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Today we worked our hinnies off!  But we also had a fun + relaxing morning. 

50% work 50% play 100% fun

Before I get to Thursday, let’s talk about Wednesday.  My mom and I finally made it to see Bridesmaids.  Pretty hilarious!  Nice 2 hours of relaxing + laughing.  We also hit up the J.Crew outlet.  All of the women’s clothes were 40% off and then an extra 15% off because my mom is a teacher.  It was like shopping at J.Crew with Target prices!!!  Dangerous!  I picked up a handful of things I love.  A few pairs of shorts [which is miraculous], a few really comfy tops [one pictured below], 2 button downs and maybe one or two more things.  It was fun to have a little clothing-retail therapy, instead of Lowes, Home Depot, and Bed Bath + Beyond.  I think I’ve only bought about 2 articles of clothing since November!

For dinner, we headed to one of our favorite spots, Tasty Harmony.  I’ve talked about this restaurant pretty frequently.  It’s veggie/vegan/GF friendly, with huge portions + delicious, creative, seasonal food!

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Super cute inside.  Casual + comfortable.  Haven’t had a bad meal yet!

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I think I told my mom about their nachos every single day since we got back to Colorado.  I was anxious for her to try them with the cashew cheeze sauce!  [The white sauce below is vegan sour cream.  The cashew cheeze was on the side]  I like these more than real cheese nachos!

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Cashew cheeze drizzled all over top.  The three of us chowed down on this plate!

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We were so busy anticipating our food, that I forgot to photograph it.  My mom got their mashed potatoes and lightly fried mock “chicken.”  The “chicken” is house made seitan.  Before going GF, I had a few bites of this and it was outstanding.  My mom said she was a little nervous about it, but she absolutely loved it.  Raved about it, in fact!  Their gravy is also amazing.  mmmmm

Chris got the tempeh reuben + mashed taters with gravy.  I got the “yogi plate”, which is a millet + quinoa mix, steamed greens [chard that night], + grilled tofu.  It also comes with vegan ceaser dressing that is out of this world delish.  The tofu is probably the best I’ve had.  Tofu texture perfection!

Clean plate club!

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This morning, we were up bright and early.  We took a lovely walk through my neighborhood and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.  Then we went for a scenic drive through the foothills.  We drove all along Horsetooth Reservoir, which I had never even done before.

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The water was a vibrant blue.

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Photo-op time!

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Cutie mom with the wind in her hair. :)

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New shorts!

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I’m so glad we waited until Thursday for our touristy day.  It was the best day of weather yet!

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We drove along the reservoir and got out a few times for photos and fresh air.

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Self timer action!  I set the camera up on a park grill. ;)

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A half eye blink, ice cream shoveling photo.  We stopped at the famous Kilwin’s for some deelicious ice cream.  I got dulche de leche.  I have a thing for caramel. 

Don’t let my pasty legs blind you.

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We walked around Old Town + Downtown, and I showed my mom my favorite shops.  She always loves seeing the places I’m always talking about.

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We got back to the house around 3pm and then it was go-time.  My mom said she wanted closure on the house, so she could feel like we accomplished a lot when she left.  Believe me, even before all we did today, we accomplished A FREAKING TON.

The porch was a disaster.  We started there are really organized and consolidated.  After we build a new shed, we’ll be able to move everything on the porch into that.  Then, maybe in the fall or next summer, we’ll be completely remodeling this porch. 

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The plastic corrugated “windows” have got to go.  We’re going to make it all open air, but keep the columns + ceiling and put in a new floor.

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Once the porch was organized, then we were able to sift through everything in the house, consolidate + move more to the porch.  When I say sift through everything in the house, I mean sift through everything in the house.  We were on a roll!!

Wait until you see the photos tomorrow!

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This room has exploded about 18 times now.  I think we finally made a LOT of progress with it today. 

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Sitting at the dining room table right now and looking around, I’m in shock.  I cannot believe what we were able to get done today.  We even made our last Lowes + Target run at 9pm tonight. 

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Nothing can stop us!!

Except some much needed sleep.  My mom leaves tomorrow mid-morning.  I got to spend one full week with my Ohio family and two full weeks with my mom.  I wish we could do this more often, but I’m so thankful that we’re able to do it at all! 

Major {love + hugs} to the most amazing mom + dad.  Ever.



Reader Comments (48)

Aw it looks like you got to spend an awesome time with your mom :) Every day seemed like an adventure!

This is so sweet! It's so wonderful that you got to spend so much time with your mom! I've loved reading about your adventures! :)

P.S. Those nachos are making me hungry! They look SOOOO delicious!

Awesome that you are getting to spend some quality time with your Mom!

You just got me in the mood for nachos and it's 6:14am where i am. Wonder if their cashew cheese is as good as your Nacho Cheeze Sauce ;)!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika

gorgeous photos outside!!

and this: The white sauce below is vegan sour cream. The cashew cheeze was on the side] I like these more than real cheese nachos! = OH that sounds and looks divine!

Work hard, play hard :)

I have a thing for caramel as well, so that flavor of ice cream is PERFECT.

So nice that you get time to spend with your Ohio (represent!) family!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

Ah Nachos!!! I am feeling hungry even though I've had my dinner now. Your post made me cry. Missing my mommy-daddy! :(

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia@7spice

Your mom and you have such a wonderful relationship. I bet it was so nice to have her there during this stressful time. Glad you enjoyed some amazing family time. :)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

It looks like you had such a great time with your mom! And those nachos look seriously delish! :)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

That place you went to dinner looks amazing - you have such great restaurants near you!

My mom and I get a lot done when she's around too! Moms are super!

I have been dying to try a tempeh reuben ever since reading about it on your blog. I admire you for your energy and focus. I can't believe how much you get done in a day. Kudos!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Ahhh, reading your blog always makes me miss Fort Collins! Looks like a great couple of days :)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

The sky/mountain/water shots are so beautiful!

Great job cleaning the porch -- opening it up sounds like the perfect idea -- I love open air porches like that.

i am simply amazed at how much a simple coat of paint under the archway added to your home's decor. it looks really, really nice.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

The outside pictures around the foothills are amazing. I've only ever been the the Denver airport in Colorado, need to get out there to explore!
Glad you had such a good time with your mom.

I have got to visit some of these restaurants, especially Tasty Harmony & Snooze!! I love downtown Ft. Collins! Isn't it wonderful and super CUTE!

Mission accomplished it looks like with all your hard work!

Happy Friday!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

It's so nice that you and your family has such a great relationship! Good on them and you! :)

Aren't mom's wonderful? I can't wait to see the after photos!

Your pictures make me miss FoCo so much! I can't believe all of the new restaurants that have popped up since we left Old Town 4 years ago. I need to get up there stat.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog - I live in Fort Collins too, and found your blog through KERF, so it's really fun to see local food and activities!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Yay! You finally got to see the movie! I think Kevin and I are going to go this weekend if we can. We're building the fence, so we'll see how it goes.
Those nachos look AMAZING!

I love the mother/daughter time. So precious! And those nachos look amazing!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie to be

Gorgeous pictures! Nice self timer action shot too...when I do that I always cut our heads off. heh ;)

And nothing wrong with some Winter kissed skin...I've been blinding many a folk lately :)

Moms are the best! I can't wait to see the progress pics!!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Beauuuuutiful pichas, lady!!! Have a great time and it's totally fine, I have no color at all hahah I need sunshine

Such a pretty hike! So cool that you are getting to spend so much time with ma.

That's so funny you forgot to photograph your food! That happened to me the other day. Sometimes when you're too hungry and excited about trying something you just chow down! :)

You would be a good tourism ambassador for Fort Collins!

Love the idea of the open air porch. That will be a great part of your house when finished.

I love your nature photos! Looks so beautiful. Any ideas of what the nacho cashew cheese sauce might contain other than cashews? Yuuum.

Oh my gawsh, Horsetooth Reservoir looks so incredibly beautiful. Hope I make it there some day!

Your relationship with your mom is really inspiring. And I love Tasty Harmony (you hardly ever see restuarants put jackfruit to use!). When you were in SF, did you get to try Gracias Madre (a sister restaurant to Cafe Gratitude)? If not, we'll have to put it on the list for a group Foodbuzz outing in November!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgansmenu

So fun reading over your time with your mom.... I almost felt like I was there. That is with your beautiful photos and narration :-)
House looks AWESOME, by the way. How proud you and Chris must be of all the work you've done. Hope you have a very restful weekend!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

What an awesome day ! Looks like you and your mom are having a great time. I always love it when I can have fun and get things done all in one day! Enjoy :)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I went to Horsetooth Reservoir in December and loved it- it's even more beautiful in the summer!

Oh wow, what a beautiful day/beautiful place!
And I am so intrigued by those cashew cheeze nachoes! I just realized that corn chips are pretty yummy, and I bet guacamole, pico, and cashew cheeze make them evennn better!!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

So very proud!!! :)

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

No, I didn't get to try Gracias! I'll have to check it out next time for sure! I'm so hoping I can go in November!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I have a few recipes on my recipe page that you can check out. Typically it's soaked cashews [to make them creamy], nutritional yeast, spices, etc. The restaurant uses agar agar [vegetarian gelatin - comes from sea algae] as a thickening agent.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

HAhaha...maybe the city will hire me! ;) Transforming the porch is going to be a HUGE upgrade!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Katelyn!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good luck building!!!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for saying hi Laurie! So glad you're enjoying the blog. :)

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, we just LOVE it here!!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh, you definitely need to explore more than the airport! ;)

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Barbara!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaa!! It doesn't have the nacho flavor, but is still SO delicious! Maybe I should see if they want to buy my recipe. ;)

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Keelie!!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

oh my goodness, this post made me soooo homesick for the West!!! gorgeous mountains & lake!

I just read a murder mystery taking place at Horsetooth Reservoir! It looks like a pretty place.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAng

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