May 10 on 10 is here and I am sharing all my "where I stand" photos. Since so much of life has been changing this year, I've been focusing on more on my everyday life photos than food, just because, that is what has been happening. I've been standing and being in a lot of great places these past few months and the photos always tell a good story about what I'm loving and doing. This post is also dedicated to my Dad, since he always comments about these shots and expresses his disappointment when he doesn't get them in a post. So this one is for you Daddio.Read More
My life in Colorado has been a whirlwind since I got here. I had to leave my husband for two+ months, started a new job, had to find a place to live, and I've dealt with spring snow twice since my arrival (which my California self was not really ready for yet). Trying to find a routine and normal within the chaos has been somewhat challenging to say the least. What has been incredibly helpful is staying with my lovely, gracious, kind friend Jaye since I got here. She offered up her home to me the second I considered moving back. You have no idea how amazing it has been to have the support and safe place to go back to when everything else in life is kind of up in the air. I cannot thank this lady enough for what she has given me....but I am totally trying. And I've been trying mostly with food.Read More
April was a big month for me. For one, it was my first full month living back in Denver! That's right, I've got big news for you today. I'm back to Denver and I'm loving every second of it. I actually got here in March, but was taking time to settle in, so I kept the news to myself. How did all this happen? Well, I got a job opportunity I couldn't pass up. Plus, Chris and I always felt connected Denver since we left for California six years ago. It was like all the stars aligned for us to make the move back. So we made the decision! I packed up my little Element with my clothes, bike, and snowboard and headed to Colorado. Chris is still in California wrapping up life there, but he will join me soon enough. Lots of fun and adventures to come for us!
But first, let's look back at my April. So much good stuff...here's to life!
I started out the month with a lovely mule cocktail.
And there was snow!
And soon after I busted out the toes for some fresh air. Spring time.
We took a few trips to the Botanic Garden's this month.
All the tulips.
The first of many picnics.
I've been checking out all the coffee shops I can find around here.
Catch up coffee and breakfast with my dear Morgan who was in town visiting family.
Candy + Plants.
I joined the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society. My obsession continues...
Back at it in the pool.
Ball game beer.
Rockies vs Giants. I felt like I was cheating on Busty. (Go Noles!)
And then we ended the month just the way we started. More snow!
That's it for April - today was sunny and all the snow melted. Bring it on summa!
I've been loving Spring lately! All the blooms, flowers, sunshine and warmer weather. I've been getting outside every chance I get. My allergies hate it, but I am powering through my itchy eyes and sniffles to enjoy these moments. I've never been a huge fan of Spring (totally a Fall Fan Girl), but there is something about it this year that just makes me happy. I'm going with it.Read More
Staying with my theme of purging stuff in my home, I made these cookies with lots of dark chocolate chips and delicious sea salt that was begging to be used up. The outcome was three batches of these bad boys. Several times I took them work because I couldn't stop munching on them. And each time I brought them to into the office, they were gone by 10am. I guess that means they go well with coffee in the morning.
My batch was made with whole wheat flour. So that means they are acceptable for breakfast, yes? Sure. If say so. Don't fret if you can't get your hands on whole wheat flour though, white is perfectly acceptable and they will taste just add delicious.
Also, it's spring. Some days it's rainy and cold. Others are sunny and warm. Cookies make sense and bring some comfort in this crazy weather pattern. They make it all OK. Get ya bake on.
Sea Salted Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1⅓ cup whole wheat white flour (sub all purpose of needed)
- 4 ounces dark chocolate chips
- Course salt to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie tray with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, olive oil, egg, both sugars, salt, and vanilla extract. Add flour and baking soda and fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in chopped chocolate.
- Scoop dough using a tablespoon to portion out the dough, keeping about 1 inch between each cookie. Bake for 12 minutes, or until light golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before topping with flaked sea salt.
Cheers to the weekend and cookies!
March has flown by and so much of life has happened in a short thirty one days. Can we say in like a lion out like a lion? That's what it feels like at least. I've taken a short break from food blogging, but ramped up my everyday life photography a bit. Don't worry, I'm hoping to share a delightful cookie recipe with you next week!
Back to March...here it is for you.
I started out the month with this delicious salad at a little pasta shop in San Francisco. I might try to recreate it if I can remember all the goodness that went into it.
Soaking up some sun at Philz.
Carbs. All the carbs.
Salted PB cookie was my treat for the day.
I made french toast...the tiniest piece!
I repotted lots of baby succulents.
Picnics are my favorite.
My best California girls.
That morning sunrise.
Coffee break at a last minute conference in Sacramento.
Road trip sammies.
Random park finds.
Made it t the top.
Spring blooms are all over!
Wondering the botanical gardens.
New additions to my current plant obsession.
Here we go April. You're on.
Spring cleaning is in full throttle mode in my house. I am purging SO much crap. I did the same thing last year with the goal of creating a capsule wardrobe and got rid of nearly 7 bags of clothes and other stuff I seriously did not need in my life. I managed to keep my wardrobe down over the past year, which I am very proud about. At first I did it to help ensure I have a cleaner space, less laundry, and to cut the habit of "needing" things so much and start to find value and creativity in what I have already. I ended up saving money by not buying new things, time - by not doing so much laundry and always trying to "find something to wear," and overall saving energy. I can honestly say I really never went back to my old habits of impulsively buying stuff I really didn't need. But that habit was built around my closet contents at first until recently.Read More
I'm dedicating my March 10 on 10 to the rain and all that's come after it. This has been the rainiest year we've experiences in California! After 5 years of being in a drought, it was very welcome to the area. I actually have a green lawn right now - haven't seen that in a while!
As spring rolls in, the storms are subsiding and things are blooming all over the place - believe me my allergies notice. But in all honestly, it is all a little magical. Take a minute today and just enjoy what's popping up around you.
Here are 10 photos I've captured during our rainy season and what's been flourishing up after the rains. Happy March. And remember to check out the rest my lady blogger/photographer friends doing their version of March 10 on 10. Kim focused on spring too! Great minds...