My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 


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Friday
Jun032011

50/50

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.

Gooooooooooodnight.

Ashley

Tuesday
May312011

no snoozin’ here!

This morning, my mom and I hit up a breakfast/lunch restaurant called Snooze.  We scoped out a few breakfast menus to check for gluten free options and this one looked the best!  Snooze has GF options for all of their pancakes and eggs benedict.  We love ordering 2 meals and splitting, so my mom was all about heading here for breakfast.  As was I! 

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My mom is such a good sport for splitting a plate of gluten free pancakes with me and ordering gluten free toast!  Snooze is a Colorado based restaurant, with a handful of locations.  The atmosphere inside is fun + vibrant, as is the menu.  They even have a super unique mimosa + bloody mary menu.  There is definitely something on the menu for everything.  From breakfast burritos, to buttermilk pancakes, to vanilla almond oatmeal brulee!  Red velvet pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting?  YUP!  Their pancake menu is extensive.

We definitely wanted to try out the GF pancakes, but they also feature local eggs, so I knew at omelet was a must!

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My mom and I shared an omelet filled with portobella, spincah and fresh mozzarella.  It was cooked to perfection and not at all watery from the veggies!  The side of fruit was really fresh and the Udi’s GF toast was drenched in butter and deeelicious!

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We had to get the “pancake flight,” which is a choice of 3 of their pancakes.  Boy was that a tough decision!  I love that option though and they can make all of their pancakes GF.  The waitress told me they use rice flour.  They were about 7” in diameter and 1/2” thick.  SO super fluffy!  You could definitely tell they weren’t typical buttermilk pancakes.  The texture was cakey and slightly grainy, but not really in a bad way.  I loved the taste, but you could definitely tell they were different.  Obviously using GF flour is not going to be quite the same. 

We both thought they were fabulous.  

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We tried a plain blueberry pancake.

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The pancake of the day, which had banana, peanuts, and an insane cinnamon sugar sauce on top, and their blueberry lemon bar pancake. 

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The blueberry lemon bar was my FAVorite.  That’s not a pile of butter, but a honey yogurt sauce, made with Noosa local yogurt.  It was also topped with whipped lemon butter, which was outstanding! 

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This made up for last night’s dinner and then some!!  I sipped on a mug of coffee, which was strong and flavorful.  The mug and all of the plates are made specifically for their restaurant.  I just loved the mug!  You know I have a mug + bowl obsession. :)  I love a nice beefy mug!

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My mom said we’ll definitely be going back there when she + my dad visit in July!

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After breakfast, it was another long day of errands.  It’s always so much better when you have someone with you!  We’re having so much fun, even though we’re running around like crazy.  Typical for both of us. 

Tonight for dinner, we headed to my Uncle’s house to eat with the family.  [The Uncle that has been working wonders on our house! Also, my dad’s brother]

We picked up groceries while we were out and about, and I got to cooking when we returned home.

First up was Kath’s strawberry pesto pasta salad.  My mom and I saw it on her post the other night and knew we had to make it. 

Pesto and strawberries sounded like a really interesting combination.  It’s amazing how well they go together!

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This was an extremely simple recipe to throw together for a dinner party, or just chowing down by yourself at home. :)  Thanks Kath!  The family loved it!  The crunchy cucumbers + creamy beans were great.  I used a brown rice pasta noodles that were great. 

The only thing I added was a bit of fresh lemon zest and a big squeeze from the lemon! 

Perfect spring/summer recipe!

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I also made veggie kabobs after finding a BBQ sauce recipe in my Clean Start cookbook, by Terry Walters.

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The skewers were soaked in water for about an hour and then I got to veggie chopping.  I had the idea to chop corn and stick them on too.  They typically take about 3-4min per side [rotating about 3 times], so I figured they would be done in the same amount of time as the other veggies.

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Totally worked!  The corn was great.  I love adding big cherry tomatoes because of the pop of juice!  The BBQ sauce was really good too.  I’ve never made BBQ sauce before, and besides the long simmer time, it was easy to make and I had every ingredient on hand.

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Lovely evening with the family.  We were engrossed in talking, so I forgot to take people photos. :)

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Tomorrow we’re headed to see Bridesmaids [for real this time] and hit the J.Crew outlet!  

Mom says “hi!!”

Ashley