Summertime Fun

Summer is made for so many awesome activities. Swimming, bbq’ing staying up late and enjoying the extra sunshine and the crisp cool air, hiking, farmers markets, traveling and so much more. 

This summer we had one big trip planned but then there were tons of other things we want to  squeeze in before the leaves start changing. I decided to make a summer bucket list and join in on the fun with The Happy Family Movement. What a fun way to be able to document what we’ve done and to be able to look at our list and figure out what we want to do. It’s not too late to join in the fun, you can start your bucket list now! 

We’ve been busy busy this summer but have been checking items off our list left and right. The big one that I will blog about in more detail soon was taking a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. My mom graciously took my sister, myself and the boy, ahem the husband on this awesomely exciting adventure. Prior to the big leg of our trip we spent a few days in Chicago and managed to check some other items off our list. I’m going to blog more specifically about some of our bucket list items but one that we did manage to check off in Chicago was catching fireflies! I was so excited that we were going to have the chance to do so since we don’t have them in Denver. Luckily some of my favorite little ladies had no problem helping me get this taken care of! Not the best picture but they were captured and we held them in the mason jar for a little bit before letting them go again! 

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The main reason for going to Russia was to see my grandmother since she was turning 90. It was a lot of fun to see her and my cousin and his family. Especially since it meant that we got to introduce the boy, ahem the husband to her since she wasn’t able to travel to Colorado for our wedding last summer. Two quick pictures below before a full rundown of our trip! Happy Sunday, enjoy your week! 

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Above: the boy, ahem the husband and I in front of the Church of Spilled Blood. Such a gorgeous church outside! 

Below: my family 🙂 Image

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Green Goddess Salad

This salad rocks. I’ve eaten it three times within the past week and I could eat it again today. Thank you to my friend Blake for serving it for dinner last week! The best way to enjoy this meal is outside with friends and a nice cold glass of white wine! I’ve adapted the recipe to make it a heartier salad which also included leaving out the bread so it’s gluten free. The salad dressing is really the star here and I’ve already got a list of ways to use it in other dishes (next up I’m thinking shrimp and pasta!) I forgot to take pictures of the dressing ingredients but you’ll find them listed below. Also left out of the ingredients picture is the sliced almonds that we topped the salad with. Oops!

The awesome thing about this salad is that the dressing can be made ahead of time and the veggies can be prepped ahead of time so you can have dinner on the table in under 10 minutes. I love rotisserie chicken, there is something about it that is so delicious! If it wasn’t so hot here then I probably would have roasted my own chicken but then my cooking time would have been a lot longer. When it’s summer out I love the simplicity of being able to throw together a healthy meal that doesn’t take long and doesn’t require the oven or stove. The awesome thing about this salad is you can adapt it to your liking. Don’t like olives? Leave them out! Love beets? Toss them in (I bet they’d be delicious!) This could even be vegetarian if you omit the chicken.

Green Goddess Salad (adapted from Food&Wine)

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced in half. Cut into small bite size pieces.

1 bell pepper, sliced thinly

1 avocado, diced

1 pint cherry tomatoes sliced in half

2 ribs celery thinly sliced (thinly sliced is key for this salad!)

2 ears of corn, sliced off the cob (I know there’s only one pictured, I wanted more corn though)

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

1/2 a package of goat cheese, crumbled

1. Place all veggies except the avocado in a large bowl.

2. Top with chicken

3. Toss with dressing (see recipe below)

4. Dish into individual bowls, top with goat cheese, avocado and sliced almonds

Dressing:

I wasn’t too exact with my measuring here, it’s all about taste though. If you don’t like one of the herbs then swap it out with something you do like. I’m sure cilantro would be good in here I just don’t care for it (gasp!)

1 bunch flat leaf parsley

1 package of dill

1 package of oregano

1 package of chives

2 cloves garlic

6 oz. container of plain greek yogurt

1/2 a small container of sour cream ( I just scooped out what was left of ours)

the juice of 2 lemons

salt and pepper to taste

1. Trim herbs from stems and in food processor (I used a Vitamix)

2. Add in remaining ingredients and blend.

Pour into mason jar and stick in fridge. Use a generous helping when dressing the salad. Leftover dressing will keep for two days.

Last night when we at this we had some baguette that we served with goat cheese and a little ramekin filled with excess dressing for dunking. It was delicious! Try this out, I promise it’s delicious and a filling meal (even the boy agreed the first time we ate it and has been raving about it since.) Great for a quick lunch or dinner this weekend, especially if you’re busy. I know we are! (10 days ’til our wedding!) Happy Weekend!

Hello World!

A place that is me. To dump pictures, random snippets of my world (soon to be my shared world with the mr.) as well as recipes and anything else that comes to mind. I hope you’ll come along for the journey, I can’t say just what kind of journey it’s going to be but I’m sure it will be a fun one!

And for now…a random dump of all things me!

Fun Facts:

  • I’m getting married in 15 (!!!) days
  • I am currently obsessed with anything that has stripes, chevron or includes a mason jar
  • Yogurtland is my absolute favorite go to treat this summer, so many choices, so many flavors
  • If I could I’d pack up my suitcase and jet off to wherever the next plane was going
  • Instagram is my favorite, are you on there? Find me at veids385
  • Have you ever tried rainbow carrots? They’re amazingly delicious if you grill them
  • West Elm is the best store ever
  • Also currently obsessed with anything I can find on Etsy, do you have a favorite shop? Do you have your own shop?!
  • If I could do anything right now I’d start my business. It has to do with kids/babies/pictures. ’nuff said
  • Tomorrow I get to go to my first show ever at Red Rocks and I’m PSYCHED (yay Lumineers and Cake!)
  • I’m marrying into an amazing family and I’m gaining not only one kick ass husband but also one incredible sister in law
  • Farmers markets make me happy
  • So does coffee, brunch, football and fall
  • Did I mention football? I love football Go Bears!
  • I love taking pictures, especially when there is a chunky baby in front of my lens, or a giggling kiddo, makes my heart melt

From left:

  1. Shots at my bachelorette party
  2. Girls trip to Chicago…biking from The Shedd
  3. City Challenge Denver with most of my favorite people (ahem, Texas…)
  4. Bicycle bar Friday night fun with the boy (almost the Mr.!)
  5. The little ladies (who aren’t so little anymore!)
  6. Jellies at The Shedd