Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{Cook}Book it.

Cookbooks are my jam.  I do love the insane variety + recipe options online (thank you, Pinterest!), but there is something about not having to unlock your phone with wet/doughy hands while gunking up your screen trying to find your place in the online recipe.  That is why I've been especially thrilled at the book announcements that have been popping up in my little group of bloggers lately.  Most of them are cookbooks, but a few are not.  I feel like I should pick and choose to prioritize which books to buy first, butttttt let's be honest.  I know I'll buy them all the second I can (preorder or otherwise).  Most of them are vegan/vegetarian cookbooks (#winning!), but 2 of them are lifestyle books.  I don't care - I'll take them all!

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//no photo but you should click that link to see her darling son!

These ladies above are truly some of my most favorite food bloggers (and lifestyle bloggers x2!) and I really am too excited about each one of these books.  Now.  Who wants to come over for dinner?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My best friend.

I have been known to talk in seriously exaggerated terms.  Either an experience is either THE BEST I've ever had or THE WORST I've ever experienced.   I understand it's an incredibly dramatic way of expressing myself, especially when it comes to simple things such as 
OMGTHIS IS THE BEST PIZZA I.HAVE.EVER.HAD.IN.ALL.MY.LIFE.LONG EXISTENCE or omg I can't believe people even put beer that foul tasting on the menu and expect people to be ok with it.  Why the pizza can't simply be really good or the beer be simply I've had better is beyond me.  Regardless, it's how I gauge my life experiences.  Sooooooo.  Deal with it.

I feel like this overdramatic exaggerated way of life gets most annoying confusing when I am talking with people who haven't known me very long i.e. new friends/coworkers.  It's come out more and more when I would talk about upcoming visits/trips with friends.  Since moving to Steamboat, they've heard:

YOU GUYSSSS!!!  MY BEST FRIEND FROM BREMERTON, WASHINGTON IS COMING TO VISIT THIS WEEKEND!



Then a handful of months later it was MY VERYVERYVERY BEST AND LONG TIME FRIEND FROM DENVER  IS COMING TO VISIT THIS WEEKEND!



Shortly after was WE ARE GOING TO MY.BEST.FRIEND WHO MIGHT AS WELL BE MY SISTER.IN.THE.WHOLE.WORLD'S WEDDING IN MONTANA!!!  AND I GET TO SEE ALL MY BESTEST FRIENDS FROM JR HIGH AND BEYOND!



A hop and a skip later MY BEST FRIEND AND MOST FAVORITE AND FUNNIEST ROOMMATE EVER IS COMING TO VISIT US IN STEAMBOAT!!!!!!@#%^!!!#@$%$&$%#%@!@!@#!!!


Fast forward a few weeks to a blissful weekend in Denver when I GOT TO SEE THE BEST FRIENDS I'VE EVER HAD WHO HAVE BEEN THERE THROUGH THICK AND THIN.



A week or so after that trip it was I CAN'T BELIEVE WE ARE THIS LUCKY: MY BEST FRIEND FROM SALT LAKE/PORTLAND IS MOVING TO STEAMBOAT FOR 4 WEEKS!!!!


And now?  Now it is  OMG MY BEST MOST FUNNIEST FRIEND WHO HAS BEEN THERE TO SUPPORT + PICK ME UP AND SHARE IN LIFE'S BIGGEST JOYS IS COMING TO VISIT THIS WEEKEND!!!



It's a little embarrassing and I understand it's a completely unrefined way of speaking, but I genuinely get that excited about all of these people.  To me - they are all my best friend(s).

All of this to say that Jaime and her husband are planning a trip to Steamboat this weekend and I am ecstatic.  Maybe the happiest I've been all month.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

i made this :: creamy { vegan! } dill potato salad!

I know a vegan potato salad is nothing earth breaking but this quick recipe was just what we needed last night.  We got back from a { almost too good to be true } 24 hours spent camping and mountain biking and had little to no energy left to throw together dinner. When we got back to town after our ride, all we could muster was the idea of grilling some lone brats { seriously, who knows how long they'd been in the fridge } and we needed something to go along side them. I ordered an organic Bountiful Box and their Grilling Add On Option over the weekend { read: so.many.veggies. } and still managed to forget to cancel our Door to Door Delivery box which was patiently waiting for us on Monday when we got back from our ride { read: so.so.so.so.many.veggies. }  This potato salad came together in a snap as we had everything on hand minus the dill.  I ended up doubling the recipe...and then some.  We love leftovers in our house.  I do wish I had thrown some extra veggies in with it...red pepper, celery, asparagus etc to beef up the salad and clear out our fridge a little more!  Good thing is I had extra of each ingredient still at home, so a second batch isn't too far off.


Like I said, I know this isn't groundbreaking by any stretch however it was delicious, quick, filling and rather inexpensive.  #winning.

Friday, August 29, 2014

five minute friday//foodie linkz

Thought it might not be riveting to you all, I do love posting a few of my favorite links each Friday.  It keeps me aware when I am scrolling through the dozens of blog posts I read each week and truthfully holds me accountable and to not let 3+ weeks go by without me posting on this space.  However, they have been feeling a little stale to me lately, so I'm going to try adding a little Five Minute Friday blurb where I write with no edits for 5 minutes straight. 

Hunter and I took off for a birthday celebration last Friday after work.  I need to get some photos and memories from our trip up on the blog.  It was a weekend of love, adventure and bliss that we haven't experienced in a while.  The 4 days we were gone felt like they were pulled straight from our adventurous 7 months in Bremerton last summer.  Even though this weekend is a long weekend with Labor Day, we decided against a quick trip to WY and are choosing to stay close to home and spend time with a dear friend who is only in Steamboat for a few short weeks.  Plus, I'm gearing up to start a part time job, so I would like to get our apartment and meal prep in order a bit more!  We've been doing Bountiful Baskets for a few months now, and it has completely restyled our grocery shopping.  I've been trying new recipes that use more of what we have on hand versus going out to buy a new huge ingredient list.  Cooking can get so expensive but I'm working to be a thrifty chef at the same time.  A tasty thrifty chef!  andplusalso, I've been using the magic of actual recipe cards more and more which makes me sound like one of those young bucks who is discovering a how cool funky and vintage a typewriter can be.  It seems kind of strange to me we are already entering September, but at the same time it feels just right.  Over the weekend, Hunter and I talked a lot about how adventurous our summer was last year and how different our summer has been this year.  Though we did more camping, backpacking and spent far more nights in a tent last year, this summer has been adventurous in a new way.  We've logged so very many hours on our mountain bikes which is a post and a half in and of itself.  We've spent more time enjoying creek side happy hours, had great BBQ's with nearby friends and just all in all had a really lovely summer.  

And now, a few { mostly food related } linkz to start off the weekend.
//this grilled sesame ginger cabbage.  cabbage has been my jam lately.  talk about thrifty cooking; i feel like a head of cabbage can be stretched to nearly a dozen salads + stir fries.  i need to try this salad/stir fry out sooner than later.

//this african peanut stew.  anyone who knows me knows asian food is my go-to-favorite-gimmie-more cuisine.  anyone who really knows me { aka has eaten too much thai/asian/Vietnamese food with me } knows that i like my meals flavorful and i like them saucy.  lindsey and i have had many a conversation over soupy curry vs thick curry.  i'm team soupy.  when i read the final sentence of this post about serving it over jasmine rice, i knew immediately it was the perfect recipe to try for a soupy gal like myself.

//this round up of back to school allergy free snacks is just the motivation i need to tackle homemade granola bars.

//this spicy sweet potato avocado toastadas sounds { and looks } like summer time dinner bliss.

//this inspiring post about keeping your closet to a minimum { say what?! a minimum!?? }  since moving to steamboat i've convinced myself that i haven't had enough clothes { i donated 80% of my wardrobe before moving to bremerton and about 18% of that remaining 20% is in storage }.  I've been hungry for deals and online shopping, but i just adore the spin of keeping our closet to a few pieces rather than a ton of pieces.  novel concept, eh?!  

aaaand a quick photo from a coffee shop in crested butte last weekend that stole my heart { and stomach } with their techniques, homemade bread and all around eye candy.





Sunday, August 24, 2014

i made this :: thai coconut curry soup!

If I could eat one soup for the rest of my existence, it would be this Thai Coconut Curry Soup.  And that statement is a pretty tall order because I love soup.



I have made this 3 maybe 4 times and each time I make it I enjoy it { i.e. absolutely freak out about how much I love it } more and more.  That is rather rare for me because my cooking habit tends to be make a recipe once, love it.  Make a recipe twice and burn myself out on the flavors/textures the second time.  This soup is easily adaptable with whatever veggies you have on hand and I tend to up the amount of curry paste used { love me some spice! } and cut the cans of coconut milk in half { while using reduced fat versus the full fat coconut milk }.  



It makes a huuuuuuge batch which is another reason I love it so.  I know it's an extra good soup recipe because not only do Hunter and Bob gobble it up { they aren't as big of soup fans as I am }, but Hunter specifically asked for this particular soup when we { i.e. me } were hankering for soup a few weeks back.

Moral of the story: Make the soup.  Love the soup.  Eat the soup.


Friday, August 22, 2014

link it up

//this girl and her sweet blog post!  i love reminiscing on our insanely fun and ridiculous memories.

//these funny face straw toppers.  i think the blog post mildly puts me to shame as i wouldn't use these for children, i would use these for an adult party!  so silly and fun.

//this round up of great branding.  one of my favorite slow/fast food restaurants meets good branding and leaves me a happy { hungry } gal.

//this brunch me pinterest board i finally started.  brunch is my love language.  end of story.

//this marinated fennel + tomato salad is a salad i can get down with.



ending this post with a few photos from my birthday celebrations this week.  heavens to betsy have i felt the birthday love near and far!