Slow Saturday mornings are my absolute favorite. Last weekend I spent the morning at the Farmer's Market scooping up flowers and seasonal veggies before coming home to cook one of my favorite recipes from Oh Dear Drea's cookbook; Arepas and tangy avocado corn salsa! Arepa is made of ground maize dough and is a common dish to both Colombia and Venezuela. This particular recipe was vegan because Drea's cookbook is vegan, but occasionally I adjust the recipes to be vegetarian like with this recipe.
Of course, no brunch is complete without coffee so I also made a french press with some dark roast Guatemalan coffee from Atlas Coffee Club, which is seriously some of the best coffee I've EVER had. I've talked about them a bit before, but they offer subscription-based delivery of single-origin coffee from around the world. Such an awesome concept for coffee novices and snobs alike. They recently started some fun tutorials like their French Press Guide, too. So fun! But back to brunch - here's the brunch recipe if you're looking to try something new!
Arepas w/ Hearty Avocado Corn Salsa
Hearty Corn & Avocado Salsa: Read More
The weather is predicting 79 degrees on Friday and I'm pretty sure that spells cocktail weather, no? After so many rainy day spells, I'm more than ready for afternoons on the patio soaking up the long awaited sunshine! Thus, I'm sharing a sweet little whiskey recipe featuring Whiskey Girl whiskey. I received a bottle of their Peach (fruit-flavored) whiskey and made a simple, but delicious Whiskey Smash. Here's how to mix up this easy cocktail:
- Whiskey Girl Peach Whiskey
- 1 Lemon
- Simple Syrup
- Mint leaves
Pour a shot of whiskey into a cocktail glass and stir in simple syrup to taste. Then, mix in mint leaves and squeeze half a lemon, stirring until well mixed. Scoop up ice into the glass and add a mint spring for garnish and voila! Read More
My coworkers and I started a book club at the end of last year and it's been so much fun! It's challenged me to read books I wouldn't have otherwise read and it's been great to have meaningful conversations about big ideas and diverse experiences. With how much I've been loving our monthly book club meetings, I'd figure I'd share some of the wisdom I've collected since starting ours. I remember that the hardest part (like anything) was getting started and knowing how to have an engaged book club, so here's my advice:
1. Thoughtfully select a group of readers
I've often heard about book clubs essentially turning into wine groups because nobody finished the book so there isn't much to converse about. But, if that's the case -- just start a wine club without the guilt! Book clubs with dedicated readers are SO much better when people actually care to make time to read the book and are able to offer thoughtful commentary. Since my book club is with my coworkers and we're constantly communicating on Slack already, we take turns creating a few questions before every book club to get people thinking about the book and it makes for much better conversation. Read More
Emerson said "The Earth laughs in flowers" which feels like the perfect sentiment for Spring. Like most Californians, when Winter fades and the buds start to blossom, I always have the urge to search for anything green or covered in flowers. While it's currently raining in Northern California again, a couple weekends ago I ventured to Table Mountain because the weather was just so gorgeous! During the Spring there are endless fields of wildflowers that eventually lead to a gushing waterfall, so the hike is a flower lovers dream. Plus, there's usually cows happily grazing next to people without a care.
My recent trip to Table Mountain reminded me of the flower fields I'm still chasing after to see. Here's a few flower fields on the West Coast that are on my bucket list to see: Read More
In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me every other Friday. I love sharing a great book, show, product or even just a memorable moment from the week. "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." - Jon Kabat Zinn.
Happy Friday! I'm so happy the weekend has arrived. This week has sort of felt like a rabbit hole of to-do lists, but I think some of it's getting done (does that sound convincing? anyone?). I haven't been nearly mindful as I usually am about taking care of myself for the past couple weeks [see: hitting the snooze button, not going to the gym, working up until bedtime, etc.] and I'm totally NOT about that life, so I'm going to be taking some extra time this weekend to prep for the next week ahead. It's always a balancing act, right? Some weeks we don't do so well in some areas and other weeks we're killing it. That's why I'm a big believer in having grace for yourself because seriously, sometimes it's enough that you're trying. On that note, here's what's been making me happy this week!
Drink: Chico Chai + Beber Almond Milk
Chico is seriously so lucky to have a Chai brewer in town who spoils us with fresh chai available at almost every coffee shop, farmer's market, etc. Besides chai, local makers of Beber Almond Milk make THE BEST ALMOND MILK IN THE WORLD. Seriously, all caps necessary because it really is the best. The stuff you're buying at the grocery store sucks, you just probably don't know it. These two delicious products have merged their drinks into a bottle and it's pure bliss. For those of you who are local, the bottles are currently being sold at Chico Co-op and Sacramento Co-op. Yum! Read More
When I don't have any travel plans coming up, one of my favorite things to do is to spend a whole weekend treating my hometown like a travel destination. There's something about jam-packing all my favorite local things to do into a weekend -- or even better: doing all the things I've always meant to do in my hometown, but haven't done yet. I whole-heartedly believe that travel is a state of mind and I love keeping open eyes to take in the familiar. Plus, I know when I travel, I want to squeeze in as many things as possible so that I can experience a FULL day in that city or country. I believe you can do that at home, too. It's about spending your time intentionally and reminding yourself what there is to love about where you already live. I'll be starting to do more of these "hometown travel" series more often, so stay tuned!
Here are some ideas to get you inspired to explore your own hometown: Read More