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number three

After coming home from 5 days of camping, unpacking + cleaning, then packing again for another trip, the last thing I had time for was making a nice anniversary dinner.  We also ate quite a few meals out while at the festival, so we weren’t in the mood to go out.

Enter Kelsey, my anniversary dinner chef!

Kelsey + Eric invited us over for dinner and the timing couldn’t have been better.  She even popped some bubbly for the occasion.  I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for her, we would have been dining on gluten free mac n’ cheese instead. 

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While the food cooked, we took a few “three year” photos.  Are we looking a bit cleaner since the last time you saw us? :)

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I cannot believe 3 years of marriage have already gone by.  If you missed it, I’ve recapped our wedding here + here and talked about our adventurous Ireland honeymoon, here!  We’ve been together for almost 8.5 years now, which is incredibly hard to believe.  Time seems to move faster each + every year.

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We’ve had a lot of big changes in the past 2 years.

  • leaving my architecture job in Charlotte
  • moving to Colorado and living with Pat + Nat
  • moving to Denver
  • Chris finding a job in Ft. Collins
  • moving to Ft. Collins
  • buying a house!
  • trying to blog, write, cook + photograph for a living

And those are just the big things.  I know for certain, that I would not have gotten through all of those big life changes without Chris.  He’s incredibly supportive + loving in all aspects of our life. 

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I feel so lucky.  Each + every day.  With Chris by my side.

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A few of my favorite photos…






Now where was I…


Kelsey made a lovely mixed greens salad with an OUTstanding homemade dressing.

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Here is the ingredient list straight from Kelsey herself:

evoo + garlic + cider vinegar + salt + pepper + basil + honey + splash of yellow mustard –> blended in the magic bullet

No exact measurements were used.  Probably about equal parts oil + vinegar and then just add + taste, then add some more to your liking!  Divine!

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For dinner?

Veggie risotto!!!  Fresh asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms + tomatoes were added. 

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The texture was perfection.  Creamy, chewy, flavorful, and crunchy from the veggies.  What more could you ask for?

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With a little parmesan on top, this bowl was complete perfection.  For the recipe, check this post!  For this version, Kelsey used organic veggie broth instead of chicken broth. 

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For dessert, Kelsey + I popped up some p-corn.  A nice light dessert that was fun to munch on while we talked.

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Kelsey dressed half of the p-corn with butter and salt and the other half with butter, cinnamon + sugar.  I think I ate 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar bowl.  I’m a cinnamon sugar freak!  Love it!

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An anniversary spent with friends was a fun way to celebrate our day.  And I didn’t have to clean one dish!!  Thanks to my homegirl. ;)

Off to bed, for an early 4:45am alarm to head to the airport! 



A few more things

Im home, showered and well rested. Camping trips are the worst to unpack from. So many things to empty, clean and put away. Its worth it though!

Im posting one more time from the iphone because i have quite a few more photos to share. Before our sunday hike, we took the free gondola up the mountain to the telluride ski village. The views on the way up were incredible. The photos, taken through the blurry windows, dont do it justice but you get the idea.





Just a little 15million dollar house. No big deal..




After the gondola rode, the hike, music and a lot of rain, we decided to walk into town for dinner. We tried to eat at Brown Dog Pizza but were literally denied service. There werent many people waiting, so we dont really know why they would do that. We went there specifically because they offer gluten free pizza. Oh well, no such luck!

Then we headed across the street the LaCocina de Luz, which ended up being my favorite Mexican restautant meal ever. They use a lot of local, organic ingredients, which always scores big in my books! The quality and freshness, of all the food, was great.

I ordered veggie enchiladas, with GF corn tortillas. They were packed with veggies and the amount of cheese was just right. The rice was outstanding and even my side salad was delicious. It had fresh jicama on top!

I couldnt get over how good this meal was!




Chris had fish tacos and he loved them. Ali and Hovan also really enjoyed their meals.



Dinner domination!

We got up early monday morning to pack up and start the 8 hour drive home. We took the more scenic route which was so much fun. A lot of the drive was so green and lush, swhich is not typical Colorado.


This lake went on for days!




We stopped about half way into the trip for lunch. Ann and Kurtz were close behind so they met up with us too. We stopped in Salida, Co which wad a super cute town. We stumblef on a restaurant called Laughing Ladies that was amazing. The polenta salad sounded to die for, and it was! GF too! Definitely need to recreate this at home!


We made it home, showered and then met our friends at Bann Thai to celebrate Peters birthday. I ordered the penang curry with tofu and loved it!



Eric and Kelsey were there too!




Great end to a great week! And it didnt stop there. Today is our third wedding anniversary! We had nothing planned since we just got back from the festival but we still had a fabulous night! More on that tomorrow!