Let’s talk about some stuff in our jeans…brace yourselves, it’s a long one.
The last time I install backsplash. Until the next time I install backsplash. We’re already talking about extending it up higher.
It may have been late and it may not have been fancy, but we got to enjoy the cool temps and dark sky as we feasted on Memorial Day while sipping boxed wine.
My parents came to town the first week of June. Flowers for mom are a must, and always from my favorite flower shop.
Root Down brunch with my parents. My mom’s almond flour pancakes [with homemade cornflake topping + strawberry rhubarb compote – also GF!] stole the show. BUT, everything was fantastic. Especially the bottomless mimosas.
Best pancakes. Ever.
I ordered the veggie eggs benedict on quinoa patties, devoured it, and helped my mom out with her pancakes.
Brunch is my thang.
Kind of obsessed with info-graphics. Especially boozy ones. Especially when dad’s buying the booze.
Typical summer breakfast.
whole milk plain Greek yogurt + chilled plain quinoa + fruit + 2 large eggs + coffee n’ cream
If you make a batch of homemade peanut butter cups for a 10yr olds birthday they will like you a lot. Especially if you add crunchy peanut butter cereal [Panda Puffs, obvz] on top and a candle.
While my parents were in town the work didn’t stop, but I got to feed my family in the process and my mom helped me a ton in the kitchen. Having help for even just a few days was amazing. This was for a freelance job I’ll be sharing with you pretty soon.
Dakota likes my dad.
More than anyone else.
Lots of cheers’ing!
Lots of morning walking!
Exploring in downtown Golden, CO.
I took my mom to Pinot’s Palette for a painting + wine date for her birthday. It was one million times more fun than we expected! Neither one of us are too artistic [like at all] when it comes to painting, drawing, etc. but their simple instructions were surprisingly easy to follow. We can’t wait to go back together!
Umm, yeah, there’s still more.
Round 2 // Colorado –> Cleveland, OH
I headed back to Ohio with my parents to visit the rest of my family + friends. I haven’t been home since my book signing in October!
The trip started off with a side trip to PA to visit Jess. I’m pretty sure we talked about 137 topics for 5 minutes each without stopping to take a single breath. But we did manage to eat a whole lot of fries. Definitely on my top 5 list of best fries ever, in case you were wondering.
Stone fruits. STONE FRUITS.
My fancy photo setup at my parent’s house + White Quinoa Pizza Casserole.
My dad recently mentioned that his great grandma used to always make him an angel food cake for his birthday and it was his very favorite growing up. I happened to be home for his birthday this year, so it was obvious what kind of cake I needed to bake. I bet you will never believe this beauty is gluten-free and is also the absolute best angel food cake you’ll ever eat. The texture was spot on. My entire family raved and everyone said this is going to be a new go-to.
Topped with fresh whipped cream + berries. The only way. This is my kind of dessert.
Umm, heartbreaker? I think so. I lucked out and got to spend some time with my cousin + her sweet boy who were in town from Chicago while I was in.
My brother knocked my socks off the other night when he whipped up a few traditional [vegan] Indian dishes in his kitchen. It was really fun to help someone else cook and watch their process.
Aloo Gobi + Daal Tadka
Pretty much the best Indian food I’ve ever tasted.
It’s been a whirlwind these past few months, but in the best ways possible. I’ve had more work than ever [yay!] and have gotten to balance it out with a lot of family time and weekend fun.
Thanks to all who entered!
Recipes will be back next week! Thanks for hanging in there with me this week with the sparse posting, due to my laptop charger dying + me being under the weather for a few days.