It has been harder than I thought it would be to keep up with the food part of this food blogging gig. In the midst of getting a new job, moving, finding a place to live, moving again, welcoming my husband back to me, and unpacking, there just hasn't been much time. I thought I was super woman and could do it all - balance is hard!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.
The official summer solstice starts next week guys!! The longest day of the year where we get a little extra park time, lots more sunshine, and patio cocktails keep on flowing. The living is easy, yeah? Since I am adjusting/settling back into my new digs here in Colorado and summer is here, I decided I needed to do a summer bucket list. I haven't done one in a few years and I felt the time was right to make get some fun adventure goals down. I feel like I am making up for lost time and have so much to do! But I'm going to take it one day at a time and enjoy the next season and try to stay as present as possible. Suummmmmmmaaaaa here I come! (also I know I spelled s'mores right - I was lazy and didn't want to make a new list - doesn't matter anyway).
What are your plans?
We just had the unofficial start to summer this last memorial day weekend and I couldn't be happier. So far things have been hectic and I haven't been able to enjoy summer activities yet. The weekends have been busy with unpacking, organizing, and cleaning, but now that our move to Colorado is officially complete, I feel like summer can start! I'm honoring this 10 on 10 for June with inspiring photos of Denver outdoor space and all the green there is to offer! June 10th is also National Get Outdoors Day. I did this post without even knowing that -- so it is meant to be! So cheers to summer and cheers to getting outside as much as possible.
Evening at the Botanic Gardens.
Wild weeds near my office.
Morning sunshine after a swim.
Sunset at Red Rocks.
Running views in Washington Park.
Walk in our neighborhood park.
The purple sunshine.
Snow capped mountains.
Check out the rest of our 10 on 10 blogging circle by visiting one of my Firefly Camp roomie Birgitte!
I've been very challenged this month with a limited kitchen. After moving to Denver in March, I found a lovely place for Chris and I to call home and moved into it in May. My predicament is that all of our stuff was still in California. I purchased the basics and I've since been living a very minimalist lifestyle. I've got my French press, a cast iron skillet, and a baking sheet. Basic. I mean, I've been going to Jaye's house for dinner several times a week, which has been super helpful, but those other times have been... harder. Like eating eggs and sweet potatoes for multiple meals kinda harder. Not a bad thing, but I dint want to make that a habit.
The good thing is Jaye and I have kept up on mean prepping since I've transitioned to our new house, which has been such a lifesaver. One of my favorite things we've been churning out (in addition to my granola) is roasted tomatoes. I love tomatoes! Raw, cooked, stewed, dried...l'll take them all. But Jaye hates them raw, so this was a great compromise. We've been throwing them in frittatas with my arugula walnut pesto, adding them in salads, or just snacking on then right out of the oven. It's a perfect little treat to pep up some simpler meals.
And now I'm sitting tight, waiting and waiting for our moving truck to arrive. At least I have my husband with me now...And internet!
1 pint cherry tomatoes, washed and cut in half
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400*. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss tomatoes in olive oil, salt, red pepper, and pepper. Bake 35-40 minutes until slightly browned and caramelized.
Store in an airtight container for about 5 days and use in everything you eat throughout the week.
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