July 28, 2014
Summer cooking is somewhat of a challenge for me. The recipes I’m drawn to naturally are things that one should only cook in cooler parts of the year: slow cooking beef bourguignon, rich bolognese sauce, savory spinach souffle and gooey chicken enchiladas. I’m drawn to the coziest of dishes, which gets tough as the hot months ware on and I’m trying to come up with yet another light, refreshing dinner other than the fish tacos we now make once a week. I’m trying to focus more on all the delicious produce we’re getting from our CSA—a bounty of fresh ingredients that require little to no cooking for a delicious meal: fresh tomato and basil panzanella salad; watermelon with feta and lime; peaches with mint and yogurt.
There’s a beauty in the freshness of these ingredients that’s unrivaled by a more prepared dish, and that’s something I’m trying to stay excited about until the cooler months hit and I can at last fire up my Le Crueset for some cold weather favorites.
One pleasant surprise from our CSA box last week was a pint of shishito peppers, which take minutes to cook and are delightful with a spicy, creamy dipping sauce, who’s ingredients I bet you already have on hand. Full recipe after the jump!
July 16, 2014
(photo by Madewell; shop shirt, shorts & flats)
So much to share this month! I did a radio interview (!), found a favorite new snack and discovered the cutest new vintage shop. Links below…
July 14, 2014
How was your 4th of July? We had the best time in Colorado! The weather was beautiful and we did a lot of hiking, reading books, making yummy dinners (this one was a big hit) and going on little day trips here and there. This picture, above, is one of my favorites. Adam and I snapped it on our way to Grand Lake which is about two hours from Estes Park and you take Trail Ridge Road almost the whole way there. It’s a really windy road that goes to the highest part of the mountains. I was white knuckling it when we were at the tippy-top, on this tiny little two lane road without a guard rail! The views were beautiful but I breathed a sigh of relief when we started heading back down the mountain and had some trees between us and the horizon.
More pictures from our trip below if you care to see!
June 30, 2014
(photo by The Noisy Plume on Flickr)
Tonight we’re hopping on a plane to fly to Denver from which we’ll drive to Estes Park, Colorado where we’ll be for the week and the 4th of July holiday. I’m so excited for days with nothing to do—long hikes, reading my book, and cool mountain air (the highs there right now are in the 60′s and 70′s).
I keep vacillating on whether or not to take my computer to write a few future blog posts and continue designing pieces for the small online paper shop I’m opening at the end of the summer. Part of me wants to unplug completely but another part thinks it could be a great place to feel inspired and excited by my own personal creative projects that I’ve put on the back burner lately. Plus, I’d be designing with a glass of wine on a picnic table surrounded by trees and mountains and woodland creatures:) sounds pretty ideal.
I’ve made my little packing list, below, if you care to take a look at what I’ll be bringing to The Rockies (red, white and blue themed, of course!). Links to all items after the jump.
Hope your 4th of July is sweet and come follow along with me on instagram if you’d like to see photos of our trip!
June 16, 2014
image from my instagram account
There’s a big part of my life that I haven’t been great about documenting on this blog, and that’s cooking. I think because I don’t have a stunning kitchen and the recipes I make aren’t mind-blowing, I’ve decided that there’s no reason to share any of that on here. But I’ve had a change of heart. Cooking and making fun cocktails is something that I love to do and I’m going to begin sharing those recipes on Grown-up Shoes.
So much of what we make is inspired by our CSA box with JBG Organics in Austin, so many of our recipes are reflected by what’s in season right now but can easily be adapted wherever you are based on what’s available and tasty in your neck of the woods. Putting together some posts now on improving your workday lunches, easy quiches and tasty seasonal cocktails. Stay tuned for more + have a happy week!
June 11, 2014
I drive by a high school every day on my way to work and I relish in the suddenly empty baseball field and parking lot I pass by. I imagine where the kids are that I usually see skateboarding up to class or being dropped off by a parent and I can’t help but feel a little bit relieved and excited for them all at once. As if that were me having finished another year with an endless summer stretching out in front of me like the seats in an empty movie theatre on a hot day. I remember when I was younger looking at the approaching summer and just thinking how much time there was to do nothing at all.
May 28, 2014
(Note: My email is finally back up! It was down from last Tuesday to late last night, but it’s up and running now. If you tried to send me a note any time last week, I didn’t receive it so feel free to send a new one now. Thanks!)
For Memorial Day weekend we packed up the car and headed to Port Aransas for some sun, sand and salt water. Adam’s mom Kathryn has a lovely condo on the island, affectionately called the Lilly Pad, so we try to slip down at least once a summer to enjoy. We went with Bill and Meagan (two of our best friends and coincidentally Adam’s twin brother and his wife—great traveling set up, right?) and their sweet baby Evelyn who is almost one year old.
I’d love to show you some of our photos and tell you all about our short but fun trip!