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feeling like spring

April 8, 2014

ImageI think the whole US is enjoying the beginning of spring right now! We are having a beautiful week of temps in the 70′s. It is back to grilling more often and thinking of outside spaces.

I made this Killer Quinoa Salad this week and even without the green onions and apricots, (I did not have any on hand) I thought this recipe was easy and delicious.  I didn’t need all the dressing however, so I wouldn’t use as much next time.

Last summer I bought Chameleon Crocs for my daughter- meaning they change color when they get wet. Loved them! This year Crocs came out with Chameleon Whale Crocs- very preppy, very cute!

Many afternoons, I find myself really tired- usually around naptime for my toddler! I love these Refreshers Very Berry packs I can make at home with water. In fact, I like these better than the drink they make in store. I know there is a bunch of caffeine in them which is great for me as we aren’t coffee drinkers and this helps me carry on!

The pint glasses we all reach for at our house- Bike Party! My sister-in-law gave these to us for Christmas and my husband and I seem to reach for these above all our other pint glasses each time. They are made in Denver and make a great gift!

Last summer I ordered a platter and salad bowl from Pottery Barn - love the roping detail and how you cannot break it (** or we haven’t managed to yet)  Looks like glass but it’s melamine.  May have to get more pieces this summer!

For Cinco de Mayo- these are the cutest and easiest sombrero cookies to make. We brought these to a party and the kids loved them last year- I think we made 2 dozen and ran out in 2 minutes. Will repeat for sure.

As for dying eggs, I try and dodge this craft every year. In fact, I usually hope my crafty friend Kristy will come and do it with my kids!! (It has worked before) This year I just MAY try this because I like how it looks and I am not sure how much longer my 9 year old will want to do this craft! Because I learn best by seeing something, here’s a Rubber Cement Tutorial on dying eggs in a cool way.

 

how to miss a childhood

March 27, 2014

ImageMy sister sent me this months ago and it had an immediate effect on me and my phone usage around my kids. But, here I am, months later and old habits are back. I want my kids to know they are important to me, and this is a great place to make a change.

How to Miss a Childhood by Handsfree Mama

march madness

March 24, 2014

Mother-and-Daughter-Yoga-01No, not basketball. I mean all the craziness of March!

Here’s what I’ve been enjoying-

Cowboy Caviar- this recipe is soooo easy and so delicious. We fill our tacos with it too! It doesn’t have to just be an appetizer but nice to make as  I usually have the ingredients on hand.

I always like Pioneer Woman recipes- now it seems she has categorized something called “16 minute meals” (I guess 30 was too long for some!). I saw her make Beef with Peppers the other day and they looked fast and delicious. It’s on my list.

We are already shopping for summer swimwear- picked up these cool trunks for our six year old- Quiksilver Magic Palm Boardshorts.

We have rolled up our front entry carpet so our boys can roll around the house over and over this winter. They both have RipStiks and they are very fun! We think it’s a better environment for them to learn skateboarding inside where they can grab onto something first and it hasn’t scratched our hardwoods. (but the baseboards have definitely taken a hit) It’s quite a sight when I am cooking in the kitchen to have two boys ride by on these and our daughter on her pink scooter.

My friend Allison sent me these pictures of a mother and her daughter doing yoga poses together- so sweet!  So many pictures to try and capture while they are so little!

As for reading, I just finished Divergent and Insurgent so that leaves me at Book 3. I am excited for the movie although I enjoyed reading The Hunger Games series more than this one.

Hope you all are having a great spring break!

 

 

breckenridge favorites

February 26, 2014

breckWe’ve been going to Breckenridge regularly for a couple of years. It is perfect temps in the summer, stunning in the fall and ideal in the winter. (Spring? hmmm) I often get asked for our favorite spots in town so I decided it may be worth posting.

Favorite food spots-

Duggans Deli- a local’s secret for really fresh sandwiches! I find that when I am back in our hometown, I crave a sandwich from Duggans!  Don’t be scared off by the basement location.

Oscars of Breckenridge- opened in August and we have been twice already in a week! YUM! It’s small, but our kids loved it and we were lucky to find a table to squeeze into. Margs are awesome!

Ember- it’s been a couple of years since we ate here- but it was so memorable and the reviews continue to be stellar. More for adults. Love their outside eating area in summer.

Empire Burger- YUM! This place delivers on really great burgers. Casual, easy with kids too.

Downstairs at Eric’s- this is a must-go with kids as they have a basement arcade. Plus, the service and food are good. My husband likes the Southwestern Veggie burger best.  We go here almost every month.

Amazing Grace- Go here when you have time to relax as there are one or two cooks in the kitchen and they also serve. Having said that, the food is so fresh and phenomenal! My husband and I love their egg sandwich on a homemade biscuit with avocado. Have taken the kids and the wait can be long so I would rather go with adults!  Sweet old house and easy parking.

Kava Donuts- Don’t go here if you don’t like your donuts fresh and made to order. I have been known to go here too often, and even on the sly with a girlfriend once when we said we needed to run to the grocery store again! In the summer, they serve Italian Ice from a cart that my kids love like crazy.

Giampetros Pizza- I hesitate to include this because they are always packed and can be a nightmare about pickup. Having said that, the pizza is good and if you can be pushy (like I can sometimes appear)- you can pick up a really tasty pizza in a normal amount of time.

Other great restaurants people love- Crepes a la Cart, Relish (still haven’t made it here as we need a sitter to appreciate), Park & Main and Columbine Cafe and Clint’s for breakfast.

I would love to hear any of your favorite places to eat too!

I will have to do a whole other post on favorite shops…

february favorites

February 21, 2014

ImageHello friends!

I started reading The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro and am halfway through. I think it’s a great read- and I like the parts about life being so tied to all of our senses.

Speaking of scent, I placed an Everyone Hand Soap in our downstairs bathroom and had to laugh as everyone walks out commenting on how great it smells!  It’s spearmint + lemongrass that I bought at Whole Foods. I guess it’s that good.

Our local amazing shoe boutique- Solemates- sells Stance socks. I LOVE them! Very comfy with padded heel and cool designs. They also sell boot height.

Is it ironic that I watch cooking shows while I exercise on our treadmill?  I recently watched Giada make this Asian Chicken Salad and was inspired to share it with a friend and her mother today over lunch. We all liked it so much and it couldn’t have been easier to make!

While I was at my friend’s for lunch, her mother wore Clic readers, and they are incredible! What a cool idea. She had a red pair (she always is fashionable) and looked so smart in them! What a great gift for our parents, or myself in 5 years… I mean, if they are good enough for Helen Mirren who still rocks a bikini, they are good enough for me! (see pic)

My two year old is fascinated with everything pink.  I bought her these Sauconys and she is loving them, plus collecting compliments everywhere.

Finally, I loved hearing from so many of you about my friendship post. How lucky are we to have so many wonderful friends, both old and new? The two days after this post, I had great talks with friends on the east coast and emails from others catching up. You guys are the best!

friendship

February 15, 2014

ImageFrom the novel “Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace and Learning the Hard Way” by Shauna Niequist- about friendship-

“Share your life with the people you love, even if it means saving up for a ticket and going without a few things for a while to make it work. There are enough long lonely days of the same old thing, and if you let enough years pass and if you let the routine steamroll your life, you’ll wake up one day, isolated and weary, and wonder what happened to all those old friends. You’ll wonder why all you share is Christmas cards, and why life feels lonely and bone-dry. We were made to live connected and close . . .

So walk across the street, or drive across town, or fly across the country, but don’t let really intimate loving friendships become the last item on your long to-do list. Good friendships are like breakfast. You think you are too busy to eat breakfast, but then you find yourself exhausted and cranky halfway through the day, and discover that your attempt to save time totally backfired.”

XOXO friends. Thanks for all the amazing moments!

Just ordered “Bread & Wine” by Shauna Niequist- came highly recommended.

making dinner

February 5, 2014

chickenHi all! Is everyone as cold as we are in Colorado?  Cold = I want to cook more. Here are some recipes in my lineup for the week. I haven’t tried them but reviews sound promising.

Marinated Chicken Breasts- I am not planning on freezing them- just marinating them for the day tomorrow. Based on reviews, I am going to use Balsamic Vinegar.

Mongolian Beef- My brother-in-law got me into this dish years ago and when this recipe arrived in my inbox, I realized I have never tried to make it myself. This is on the books for tonight!

Finally, I will try a version of these Breakfast Burritos for Friday night – meaning take out half the stuff for my kids and eat all the stuff with my husband! Breakfast for dinner gives my father-in-law the heebie jeebies, but we love it in my house!

Just posting these makes me hungry!

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