It’s been a busy few weeks, so I thought I’d check in and share a little behind the scenes action! A few weeks ago, Michael and I had date night before things started getting busy this month. We went to The Copper Hen, where my favorite macaroni & cheese lives (their logo is also amazing). We also visited The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which is always free on Thursday evenings. Cheap date night for the win! Since then, we have been busy traveling, workshopping, working, hanging with friends + family, and watching House of Cards whenever we can.
I had a few of my good friends stay over at our house this weekend and tried out this recipe for homemade ice cream! It’s very vanilla and very simple, but I’m a fan nonetheless. We spent the evening eating pizza, drinking wine, playing Scattergories + Heads Up (awesome), and teaching each other yoga moves. Is this what adults do at sleepovers? I’ll take it. :)
I spent the first half of last week in Chicago with Jen to work on all things Be Free, Lance. Our first online workshop ended last month and we received a lot of great feedback that we wanted to take the time to sift through together. We have big plans for the future of our course and can’t wait to roll out a bunch of updates in the coming months. If you’re at all interested in joining our second workshop (starting June 1st), feel free to sign up for our mailing list. It’s the best way to hear about things first, as well as snag some deals. ;) More soon!!
PS. Michael and I are heading down to Phoenix, Arizona later this week for some R&R. His parents have a second home down there and I hear it’s going to be upwards of 90 degrees … so if you need me, I’ll be at the pool. ;) Oh! And if you have any amazing food recs or day trips we should take while down there, let us know!! I’ll be sharing more on Instagram as usual.
As some of you may have noticed, things have slowed down here around the blog. To be honest, I’ve been slowing down (on all fronts), putting my focus on a few other ventures, and making sure that I’m giving myself the appropriate amount of time to enjoy life, too. ;) Striking that balance between work and life can be challenging at times, but is something that I’m thoroughly committed to. That said, I thought I’d keep you up to date with some of the things I’m enjoying (or working on) in my new found free time. First up, cookies. I tried out this recipe last week and have since made two batches. They are by far the best chocolate chip cookies I have made to date.
Another big thing I’ve been tackling is my back pain. It’s been about a year now since I felt that first twinge in my neck + upper shoulders from sitting at a desk all day and putting too much stress on myself. It’s been debilitating, to say the least. But instead of complaining, I’m taking action. Last week, at the suggestion of a reader, I tried Yoga with Adriene, a free online yoga practice that’s very inviting for somebody who has ZERO experience in yoga. ;) And so far, it’s been amazing! I feel 10 times better after each session and am eager to learn some of those crazy poses. I also went back to a new chiropractor last week for an official consultation and soaked up a bunch of great insight. We started the adjustment process (is it weird that I like getting my neck cracked??) and I’m hoping that this, with a combination of yoga (and strengthening), will help get myself back to normal.
Michael and I have also been watching Anthony Bourdain travel episodes almost every night now (with a side of air popped popcorn). He has two series on Netflix: Parts Unknown and No Reservations. Anyway, we’re quickly blasting through the curated collection on there, so I’m hoping they upload some more soon. ;) Speaking of travel, I actually booked a trip to Rome & Prague (!!!) last week with two of my good friends. We’ll be heading that way in May and staying for about 10 days. Sometimes, you just gotta treat yourself. Have a great week friends. ♥
Growing up, I remember playing outside all the time
. We built impressive forts (with built in beds), had neighborhood snowball fights, and would come inside every hour or so for a steaming hot chocolate topped with marshmallows before hitting the backyard snow piles once more. I miss those days. The days where I didn’t even notice the cold. Because MAN, has it been cold. But that’s what you get for planting yourself firmly in the middle of a Minnesota winter.
Michael sent me a link to this article
last night, which I found pretty interesting! It describes several “cultural concepts” from other countries that don’t necessarily translate to a word here in the States. I’m really into the idea of “hygge,” a term used in Denmark that loosely translates to “togetherness” and “coziness.” That sounds pretty good to me, especially during our long + chilly winter months. I’ll be practicing my hygge
by piling blankets on top of myself while eating popcorn + watching An Idiot Abroad
(favorite!!) with Michael.
I purchased an ice cream maker a few weeks back, and can already tell that we’re going to have a love / hate relationship. The problem is that I have an enormous weakness for ice cream, so there’s no stopping me when something homemade is in the freezer. And unfortunately (or fortunately), that’s happening quite a bit these days. I started off with a more custardy recipe from The Kitchn
cookbook, and have since graduated to this base recipe
adapted from the Jeni’s
Splendid ice cream method. Basically, I’m in heaven and there’s no turning back.