Strawberries are everywhere right now and I am loving it. They are by far, one of my favorite foods. My mom loves to tell the story of us going to the strawberry patch in Massachusetts when I was little. It was one for the basket, two for my mouth. I guess I would come out of that place looking like a murder scene with strawberries all over my face - ha! I didn't hide my scheme well. And I tell ya, things haven't changed much in 30 years either because when I cook something today -- its a little for the dish and a little of me along the way.Read More
Everyday Erica is a space where I can be creative and share my recipes, travels, fitness ventures, and overall life experiences with the ones I love. I currently live Denver and enjoy all the things the mountains and city have to offer. I'm a planner who has learned you can't plan for life, so I'm going to enjoy the ride while I've got this chance.
Summer Bucket List
Lists! Who else loves 'em. There is something so satisfying about making a list of things to do just to cross them off - that feeling of accomplishment! This list has been in the making for about a month. I have been thinking and thinking about what fun things I want to do this summer and I finally put them all on paper this weekend. After all, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, so why not get it done and get this thing started! Why do I do a Summer Bucket List? Well, I love trying new things and exploring my city. This list is a fun way for me to capture my adventures and it helps me stay creative. It also adds a bit of motivated to get my ass out of my house every weekend. On the days where I am feeling a little bored, not sure what to do, I can look at my list and get an idea. It is a no pressure, fun adventure list! I mean, ice cream and cocktail hour, I can't go wrong. Here's what else I've got:
- Visit a Denver Museum
- Hike a 14er - for real this time. This was on my list last year, but I didn't get to it
- Mountain Bike - I have been too scared to get on the trails around here. I'm determined this year
- Yurt Camping
- Take a rock climbing class
- Patio cocktails or happy hour - try a new place once a week
- See a movie at The Mayan or Esquire
- Eat outside (at home) at least once a week
- More ice cream - always ice cream
So that's that! Here's to summer! What's on your list?
Hi! Happy June to you. It is here - and we are in it. I cannot believe it actually. May zipped by and summer is in full swing here in Denver. I did a lot of reading this month - you'll see all the photos with my trusty Kindle. It feels like I am cheating on my books when I use my Kindle, but it is so much easier to tote around. Any who - here is a little bit of my May life. Cheers!Read More
I make dinner at my house at least 5 out of 7 nights of the week -- most of the time. This has varied somewhat over the years, but that's a good average. That's a lot! I got used to this habit when we lived in Vallejo and there was nothing, I mean nothing, good to eat in town. When we went to Benicia, the neighboring town, there was decent stuff, but they acted like we were in San Francisco with their prices. No thanks. So it was learn to make decent food at home or travel a minimum of thirty minutes to Berkeley, Oakland or Walnut for the good. The answer was start to make that shiz at home. And then I just got used planning a week's worth of meals and going from there.Read More
When we went home to Florida for the holidays last year, we did a secret Santa with Chris's family. We make a wish list for ideas and things we wants for a gifter and then go from there. You know the drill I'm guessing. Well, if you don't already know, Chris is pretty minimalist when it comes to gift. We both really, cause if we want it, we just get it, so making a wish list can sometimes be hard. One thing Chris always loves to get when we go to Florida though is pecans. Besides fried okra, it is one of his favorites. So last year, he decided to put pecans on his gift wish list. And boy did he get what he was asking for.
His oldest bro was his secret Santa and he was gift about 10 pounds worth!!! First I'm thinking...damn, that is 10 pounds we have to bring back in a suitcase! Then - what is the great hell and I am going to do with 10 pounds of freaking pecans! Fast forward to six months later and I am still working through those bad boys. I think I have 3 or 4 one pound bags left if any one needs some - just let me know. Seriously...! I have managed to add them to my granola, use them in this pesto, toasted them for salads, Chris has chomped on a bunch raw, and I have made this nut butter several times.
This NUT BUTTER IS EVERYTHING! Salty, roasty toasty, nutty goodness. And so, so, so, easy. Have you ever made your own nut butter before? If not, you should. I am a little bit of a nut butter fanatic. I have several varieties in my pantry -- including peanut, peanut with cinnamon, almond, cashew, coconut, and now this pecan butter. I just can't stop. And if you make this, don't skip the salt - it is the best part. Cause everything with a little salt is better my friends. Trust.
April is a wild child in Denver. It rains, thunder storms, snows. We can have hurricane style winds and you can be at the park the next day. I took some time to try and slow down in April. I got sick at the very beginning of the month, so that helped - I guess. I did some hiking this month, took a few short bike rides to get my butt revved up for the summer. My softball team is going strong and I feel like I'm getting better(ish) every week. I've been playing catcher, which takes me way back to third grade when I played in Port Salerno on a team called the Beadnicks. O caught a ball with my forehead once and had the ball's stitched imprinted into my head. Ha! Hopefully I'll remember to catch all these balls in my glove, not my face. That sounded weird...no catching balls with my face. Mkkkay. Oh good times...
Any way, Here is a little more about April. Cheers and happy May!Read More
Oh HI! Nice to visit you again. It's been a minute...
I have been busy, but I have no idea with what. My life is fairly standard. Work, gym, eat, sleep. An occasion evening out to grab a beer. This is my 30s and I am OK with that. I've mostly been shut in recently reading. I finally finished "Gone with the Wind!" What an epic novel! I cannot believe I took on the challenge of reading it - it was supposed to be my "winter" read, but it brought me right into spring. It was long - 868 pages to be exact! And my poor book was falling in pieces by the end - Literally - the last 100 pages were not even in the book any more, but bound by a paper clip. I survived the book, however the book did not survive. It is not in pieces around the house (and the trash)! I pick up "The Goldfinch" for my next read, but before I start, I wanted to get a quick recipe out and focus on something else for a second.Read More
I think I mentioned last month how busy I anticipated March to be - and it was true. What a whirlwind! And because I pushed myself to hard, today I woke up with killer cold. Ugh - why does that always happen. I guess self care needs to take the lead in April. I sensing more time in my hammock and maybe a massage - but before we jump to that, here's a little bit of my March life.Read More