louis & claire get married

Friends, Hello!!

I know it has been quite a while and I hope you have not forgotten about me, I have not forgotten about you! I really have missed writing this blog and am sad that I have not been more consistent with it. I think you all know that life just happens, we get busy, and time slips away from us. I mean, can you believe it is already October?? I have been doing a lot of thinking, goal setting and am really trying to start doing things that better serve me and my interests and passions. But me and my scatter brain hopping from one thing to another, sometimes time and tasks just get away from me.  In the future I really hope to start providing you with quality information and topics, not just my random life happenings. Although sometimes random life happenings are just as interesting to read about!

With that being said, I come to you today with random life happenings! But such a happy one that I just had to share.

I currently am on a plane right now coming back from Indiana where Matt and I attended our good friends Louis and Claire wedding reception. They are friends of ours that we had went to college with in Indiana, then sort of followed out to Arizona. It was one of those trips that I feel like we traveled more than we visited, but we wouldn’t have missed this day for the world. It is always good to go back and see old friends and celebrate such important events with those we love.

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Louis and Claire

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Their ceremony was on Saturday and family only, so we booked our flight for Saturday morning so we had one night to spend in Indianapolis before heading down to Southern Indiana where the reception was on Sunday. If you fly you know all the cheap flights are bright and early, so we booked the earliest flight to give us some time to settle into a hotel and have some dinner, there was a 3 hour time difference so even though we flew out at 7am, we “arrived” at 3pm. But even with an early flight we made time to hit up our favorite Dutch Brother’s for a coffee to start our trip.

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You know you’re a regular when instead of going to the walk up window at 6:30am like your normally do, but go through the drive thru at 5:30am, and get the immediate response of “what are you doing in the drive thru and why are you so early???” from the staff. This is one reason why Matt and I go to Dutch Brother’s every morning. Yes I may be addicted to their coffee, but it’s the experience that we get. They really take the effort to get to know you and truly start our days off on a positive note. They alway’s put us in good moods, and at 5:30am, we needed that!

With out coffee’s in hand we were off to the airport! And of course as soon we get there airport selfies were to be had.

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 Airport Selfie

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Matt for some reason loves to drink on the plane, and even though we had a short flight to Las Vegas for a short layover, he insisted on getting a drink, that we both had to chug immediately.

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Airplane Selfie

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That’s my husband.

 One thing I insisted on doing at the Las Vegas airport was play a slot machine. And even though we were almost late to board our plane, I think it was worth it!

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Slot Machine Winnings

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Winner!

We landed in Indianapolis and went off to find a hotel. Matt thought it would be fun and spontaneous to not pre-book a room, and little did we know that there was some sort of racing event and high school sports team competitions going on, so a lot of the hotels were booked or only had one or two rooms available. We thankfully found one with not much trouble, checked in and headed out to find somewhere to eat. We drove around our old neighborhood, and was amazed at how much it’s changed and hadn’t changed all at the same time. Since we were both pretty hungry instead of driving aimlessly around we of course just settled for something we both love. Sushi.

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Sushi Dinner

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In hindsight and driving around later there were probably so many better choices and new places we could have checked out, but you know when you’re hungry and everything and nothing sounds good at the same time? That’s where we were at. Sushi usually doesn’t disappoint.

It wasn’t bad, but it definitely wasn’t the best sushi I have ever had.

After dinner we had plans to meet up with one of our friends who recently opened up his own brewery called Big Lug Canteen. He is the head brewer, so we were really excited to taste the beers and catch up. Since the last time we had seen them, the couple had gotten married and had a kid, so it had been quite awhile.

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The beer and food were both amazing and so was the company. It was so great to hang out with them and catch up. We ended up talking for over 3 hours before we all knew it! They had to get home to their son and Matt and I were both exhausted from the trip and were ready to settle in for the night.

Even when I’m on vacation or on a trip I always seem to get up early. It doesn’t matter the time zone, time difference, the type of trip. I get up early. While Matt continued to snore away, I decided to find the hotel gym. I’m following a new program, but didn’t have a portable DVD player so I just kind of winged it. One thing I love about having completed a few programs, I have favorite moves that I know work me. So even though this hotel gym only had a few treadmills and minimal free weights. I made it work.

And was a pretty sweaty mess by the end of it!

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I headed back to the room where Matt had finally woken up. Our hotel actually had a decent continental breakfast, but we wanted to explore some more, so we headed to a really fun looking restaurant that served more local fresh ingredients called The Garden Table.

I had looked at the menu before we went and was pretty set on getting an Acai Bowl, but upon walking in and chatting with the friendly staff, they highly recommended the two salmon specials they had. One was a smoked salmon on house made sprouted bread with cream cheese and the other was a poke salmon with thai inspired kimchi and bok choy. Both sounded delicious and the couple sitting next to us actually had ordered both and raved about them. A staff member was taking his break and had ordered the smoked salmon and showed me how it was plated, so I decided to branch out and try that.

I was a bit nervous, I usually don’t do these savory type of breakfasts, but oh my gosh it did not disappoint.

The salmon was ah-mazing. Absolutely cooked and seasoned to perfection.

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I was beyond happy with my choice and so glad I decided to branch out.

Before leaving town I wanted to stop by a local doggy bakery that I use to go to quite often for cookies and treats for Delilah. I swear these treats look good enough to eat myself!

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Doggy Bakery

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After we grabbed the dogs some doggy donuts we headed down to the wedding fun!

And it was sooo much fun. It was nice to catch up with old friends at the reception and then head to Louis’ parents for a cook out and campfire. Even though it was a busy short trip, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world and had an amazing time celebrating with our friends.

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The drive back to the airport was bitter sweet. There are simple beautiful things I love about Indiana.

You don’t have little meadows like this in Arizona.

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Indiana Meadow

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But I will say it is good to be home.

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refusal

September is upon us and pumpkin is popping up everywhere.

Pumpkin Oats

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Soups

But I refuse, REFUSE I say to make any warm pumpkin in any way until my temperatures are below 100 degrees.

Yes your pumpkin oats looks absolutely delicious. Yes your pumpkin spiced coffee tempts me with its frothy creamy lather. And trust me those pumpkin pancakes topped with warm maple syrup make my mouth water.  But no pumpkin, I will not fall to you just yet. (please ignore my previous post of my pumpkin hummus quesadilla. it was a moment of weakness.)

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Fall is truly the one thing I miss about living in Indiana.  We had beautiful falls there.  The changing of the leaves. The bright colors of the trees. The crunch of the fallen leaves under your feet.  The slight cool breeze that requires only a small hoodie.

Beautiful.

But alas I live in hot hot hot Arizona now where the season fall does not exist. So pumpkin you will just have to wait.

While everyone else I’m sure has enjoyed their warm pumpkin oats and gooey pumpkin pancakes for breakfast, I enjoyed something else. Something cool and refreshing and honestly quite fun!

I decided to make Ashley’s at the edible perspective’s Banana Split Oats.

I really apologize for the pictures. I was extremely lazy, I’m not even going to lie. Please check out Ashley’s if you want better ones because hers are of course amazing.

She actually makes hers overnight oats, but I made mine hot oats, either way I’m sure is delicious. In my oat mix was:

1/4 cup steel cut oats

1 scoop Tempt Vanilla Spice Protein

1 tbsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon

After my oats had cooked I started to assemble!

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Step 1: Place banana in bowl. Easy enough. So I thought.

oops. banana fail. he broke.

Step 2: Pour oats over banana.

mmm just look at those oats.

Step 3: Pour banana/cherry mixture over oats.

so i've never attempted the whole make ice cream out of a frozen banana so i was really excited. i used a frozen banana and frozen cherries and it still kind of just turned into a puree? not sure if i did something wrong, but it was still tasty! duh.

Step 4: Add what ever banana split toppings you want!

i added a sprinkle of whole foods granola and an extra cherry on top! divine.

As are all her recipes, this was very tasty. I’m pretty much obsessed with bananas. And oats. So…this as really going to be a win win for me to begin with. I wasn’t that worried. And again. It was from Ashley. She hasn’t let me down yet.

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So while my oats were cooking I was busy doing something else.

MY KEURIG CAME!

If you didn’t read my previous post I had one delivered about 2 weeks ago and it was stolen off my patio! I made sure to stalk the FedEx guy this time around.

And it came just in time. Yesterday I went to make a small pot of coffee in my french press and came back to a huge mess.

a nice big crack 🙁 i haven't even had this for that long but of course i didn't save my receipt. -le sigh-

But look at my beautiful new Keurig in all it’s glory. I spent about 10 minutes just trying to get the thing out of the box! Thankfully I was the only one home and the pup was the only one who got to witness my struggle and fight with the box. The box almost won. But alas.

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I feel kind of bad for my coffee pot, the Keurig can be kind of a scary neighbor.

i thought i was suppose to get a sample pack of the cups, but i didn't. i dont know if it was because i had to reorder or what, but i was sad. coffee pot, you got one more day!

So that’s that. I’m on a pumpkin strike. But with all the tasty posts going up, I don’t know how long I will last. I still have half a case of pumpkin laying around after all. And sometimes when I walk past it, I feel it’s stare.

oh case of pumpkin. you waited all summer for me. but i'm just not ready. call it fear of commitment. but don't worry. i will come around soon, i only hope you are still waiting for me. thank you for understanding, but i just can not truly appreciate your warm, filling, savory taste until i am no longer sweating while i prepare meals in the kitchen. thank you for understanding, but it really is me not you.

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Have you started cooking with pumpkin yet?

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?