Friday, July 18, 2014

Fancy Friday Favorites!

//this sneak peek into Karley and Robby's 3rd Anniversary celebrations!  Watching people I love fall in love with mountain biking is so much fun.

//this honey mustard roasted cabbage.  I want this like 10 minutes ago.

//this small taste of a San Juan vacation.  Though short, the snippit brought back so many memories of our week long travel adventure to the San Juan islands last year.

//these homemade syrups!  I'm not one for sweetened coffee in the mornings but I could totally see making a batch of decaf coffee and sipping on one of these iced coffees in the afternoon.

//this dinner dish idea!  Sub the tuna for avocado and it sounds like a deeeelicious dinner idea. #getinmahbelly

I'm taking a page out of Anna + Tracy's book with a Friday round up of some favorite fancy links from the week!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

the sweet season :: broken down v.4

making :: lake powell plans, denver plans, amos lee plans, birthday plans, camping plans.  
cooking :: roasted sweet potatoes + roasted tofu to be eaten cold with a { large } side of sriracha for lunches!
drinking :: lemon + mint + cucumber infused water 
reading :: done with joy luck book club starting the snow queen with a side of this is where i leave you
wanting :: a generous salad, cup of decaf coffee and flask of bailey's to get through this thursday + friday.
looking :: at a sky full of stars.  it wasn't until my dad visited us here in steamboat from ca and stopped dead in his tracks while walking home one night after noticing the sky littered in stars do i now notice and smile up at them every single night.
wasting :: away the cool summer evenings with a breeze and new book.  
sewing :: i may potentially help fix and sew a friend's dress.  i need my mary's help!
wishing :: my parents a happy anniversary.  they celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary a few weeks ago!  watching those celebrations and milestones in their lives come and go mean so much more to me as an adult as it did growing up.  i love their love.
enjoying :: dabbling in design again after taking 7 months off.
waiting :: for the weekend and time spent with rou!
liking :: the signs of summer that have been surrounding us lately.  sun-kissed cheeks, the slight smell of sunscreen that follows you everywhere, reading in the grass by the river in the backyard, salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner, falling asleep with the windows open and the breeze drifting in.  ahhh....sweet summer.
playing :: softball each wednesday night.
wondering :: why i thought i would grow my friendships with friends from work over playing softball.  have you seen me throw a ball lately?  correction: have you seen me attempt to throw a ball lately?! 
loving :: biking to work.  such a refreshing way to start the morning and a determined way to end the work day.
hoping :: the kraut i have fermenting is worth the wait and the testing of my cooking patience.
marveling :: at the concept of applying yourself and seeing yourself and your life grow.  novel concept, eh?  
smelling :: burt's bees chap-stick
wearing :: a skirt that i purchased in college about 9 years ago.  i was in a rush on my lunch break and needed a few outfits for some upcoming weddings.  i quickly bought two skirts only to discover once i brought them home that they are maternity skirts.  my sister and i laughed for what felt like ages over it.  i feel closer to her when i wear this skirt.  i love this skirt.
noticing :: my hair color is fading after coloring it last month for the first time in 1.6 years!
knowing :: the few hours i commit each week to my women's mountain bike clinics are paying off!
thinking :: ahead to my weekend in denver and i'm gitty with glee at seeing so, so, so many of my favorites.
feeling :: so many happy and nalsalgic emotions as i start writing blog posts for amie's wedding.  
bookmarking :: so, so many quick pickled recipes and tutorials.  i need to get over myself and just do it already!  pickle me.
opening :: a can of whoop ass. <----------- clearly i couldn't think an answer for this one.  but really, who doesn't open a can of whoop ass every morning?!
giggling :: at some humorous texts bouncing back between myself and a very dear 9 month pregnant girlfriend back in denver.  old friends are the best medicine.
needing :: to post this blog post already, i've been dinking around with it for 3 days now!

sweet season post volume one and two and three

Friday, July 11, 2014


After a slightly crazy, slightly exhausting, slightly productive, slightly fun week - here's to Friday, friends!  


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I'ma Cook You.

In the summer months, I tend to find around 3-5 quick, easy and deeelicious meals that I cycle through week after week.  I've been pinning vegan recipes more than usual lately but have been shying away from trying anything new because A) If it ain't broke, don't fix it and B) Lately, I'd rather be out on my mountain bike slash at happy hour slash reading in the backyard by the creek than spending time indoors.  That being said, I'm making this list more as a mental list to myself to help keep me accountable on expanding my cooking skillz and to quit eating homemade frozen burritos everyday for lunch { but they are sooooo good! }.

SO! - this summer, I commit to making:

2//Quick Pickled Veggies
3//Granola and eventually graduating to
4//Homemade Granola Bars
5//Noodle Salad/Vermicelli Bowl eventually graduating to
6//Bahn mi
7//Vegetable Tamales
8//Deconstructed Sushi Bowls
9//Everything Bagels

Spoiler Alert: I actually made the sauerkraut 2 weekends ago now and it's fermenting away in the pantry!  PATIENCE is not for sauerkraut and/or caramelized onion chefs.  Just FYI. 

And yes, Phil, I understand that a few of those listed above are the unconventional ways of making a classic dish. Read: No meat in a bahn mi sandwich and a spin on sushi without fish.  GASP.  
I assure'll be ok.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

See ya later, tourists!

We all know I'm wild about small town living, but what I am not necessarily wild about is small resort town living the week of a holiday.

*2 parts cluster, 1 part f!ck. 

Our first reaction was to get the flock out of dodge for the 4th of July weekend until we realized that he had a dozen+ friends coming into town, and I had 2 super duper uper special friends coming into town. We decided to split the difference of getting out of dodge, and fighting the crowds in dodge and ended up on a 24hr backpacking trip 
{ first of the season - yahoooooo!!! }!  

When we were living in Bremerton and would head out for a 1-3 hour drive to arrive at our backpacking trailhead location, Hunter would always say to me "I can not wait to take you backpacking in Steamboat and show you how many options there are within miles of Steamboat!"  It's not that I didn't believe him, I was just totally floored how right he was { don't tell him I said that }.  I worked until 5p Thursday and we were all packed up and on the road by 5:13p.  We drove for maybe 15 minutes before arriving at our trailhead, and just like that we were backpacking!  Our hike in was about 3 miles, and the trail would weave in and out of seeing downtown Steamboat, to seeing nothing but hills and trees for miles and miles.  Before we knew it and a mere hour and some change later, we had set up camp with an absolutely incredible view.  Ahhhh.....

We had an unbelievable sunset on Thursday night.  Think oranges, purples, reds, yellows fading out to light blues.  We watched it all on the tippie top of a rock bluff while we each enjoyed an IPA that happened to sneak into our backpacks.  
It.  Was.  Glorious.  

We also were able to sleep in the tent with the "windows"/screen unzipped for the first maybe 6'ish hours of sleep until it started to sprinkle.  
It.  Was. Glorious.

The next day we slept in { doesn't it always seem that while camping you wake up either at 5am or 10am?! }, had breakfast, Hunt went for a little stroll around camp while I relaxed in the hammock with a book.  
It.  Was.  Glorious.  

We then packed up lunch/snacks and headed out on what ended up being about a 5 mile day hike.  We saw dozens and dozens of butterflies on the hike, which I was totally not expecting!  Butterflies like backpacking, too I suppose.  We were about 3 miles in to our hike when Hunter happened to look across the field and says "Hey, I've been here before.  There are waterfalls back in those trees!  Let's check it out."  I'll be honest to say I was hesitant that we would find a waterfall, but { yet again } he was right!  We climbed up to the waterfall and hunkered down for some lunch, washed off a bit and simply soaked up and enjoyed the scenery. 
It.  Was. Glorious.

After our hike back to camp, it was hot hot hot and the bugs were annoying annoying annoying, so we decided to head back a little earlier than planned.  I'm incredibly thankful we did because about 10 minutes after we made it back to the truck a pretty crazy thunder/lightening/rain storm rolled in!

It was such an amazing 24hr getaway from reality, tourists and traffic.  I'm so excited to do it again 
{ and again and again and again! }.

*I totally stole this from a Someecard, but let's pretend I was crafty enough to think of it myself.

Monday, June 30, 2014

the weekend

in no particular order
game of thrones watching
brunch cooking
brunch devouring
spending hours meal prepping/fermenting/cooooooking
bike riding.  mtn and road
baby holding
cards against humanity playing
cloud watching
game of thrones watching

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

we made this! (and this and this and this)

If there has been one constant in our lives since moving to Steamboat, it has been cooking!  And cooking, and cooking and cooking.  We typically enjoy a home cooked dinner with Hunter and his dad about 5-6 nights out of the week.  Sometimes it'll be a 10 minute meal while others can be up to 2 hours worth of prep time (homemade pasta how we love you so!).  We've made note of how complex and well we eat night after night, but it wasn't until we invited some of Bob's friends over and cooked for them and hearing them discuss over and over the "gourmet" dinner we prepared for them that we noticed that hey! we do pretty well for ourselves on a nightly basis.  Two of our guests asked if they could come over for cooking lessons from Bob and I.  Ha!  I tend to keep a well stocked (understatement) vegan recipe Pinterest board, so it's pretty easy to come up with dinner ideas in a pinch.  We are also faithful Door to Door Organic (yay for Steamboat delivery!) & Bountiful Basket customers, so fresh vegetables and fruits are always in abundance in the Madfield Casa.  Below are a small tasting of recipes we've tested out.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: Thank You Vegetable Gods for allowing Hunter and Bob to be so patient and kind with my vegan cooking!

1//tofu lettuce wraps + red quinoa taco salad
2//shiitake & napa cabbage gyoza + spicy orange tofu and peppers
3//spinach & artichoke wonderpot
4//vegan stuffed shells/lasagna
5//poblano and portobello mushroom fajitas
6//sweet potato vegetarian chili
7//thai coconut curry soup
8//portobello burgers w/spicy slaw & pickled onions + paprika hashbrowns
9//black bean burgers
10//lime cilantro portobello tacos
11//homemade falafels
12//quinoa & black bean salad
13//baked southwestern egg rolls + quinoa chili
14//pan fried pork dumplings 86 the pork
15//hummus vegetable pizza + stuffed mushrooms + zucchini rolls
16//green detox soup
17//veggie quinoa enchiladas
18//vegan pho + tofu spring rolls

Our simple dimple dishes that require no recipe (or thought for that matter) include:

//flatbread pizzas using boboli as our base and a variety of toppings/sauces including buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce, red sauce, pesto, tofu, onion, peppers, cilantro, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, black olives, spinach
//salads for days and days using any variety of spinach, aragula, romaine lettuce, cabbage (red and green), peppers, chickpeas, mushrooms, basil, tomato, avocado, tomato, roasted sweet potatoes, corn,
//risotto we keep arborio rice stocked at the house along with a bottle of white wine + vegetable stock, so risotto is pretty easy for us to throw together at a moments notice mixed with some asparagus, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions.
//stir frys served with a quick peanut sauce along + lightly saut├ęd onion, peppers, carrots, mushrooms enjoyed on a bed of rice or solo.
//homemade pasta The best/worst decision we made was purchasing pasta attachments for our Kitchen Aid.  Best because the flavor and love that goes into homemade pasta is simply unbeatable.  Worst because the time that goes into making the pasta is beatable.  Ha!  But so worth it.
//curry using the same idea as our love for stir fry above but with an added kick of spice and heat.
//frozen burritos are quite popular with us for breakfast, lunch and dinner..  My first frozen burrito inspiration came from Budget Bytes.  I use that recipe as a base but add quinoa, refried beans, tofu, tempeh, plethora of vegetable combinations...really whatever we have left to use up in the fridge.

I really miss writing my I Made This series from last summer - I'm hoping to slowly bring it back to the blog throughout the summer.  Bon appetit, friends!