It’s a gazillion degrees in Phoenix. I won’t sit here and give you that sob story, but once it reaches 120 degrees (like it did last Tuesday), I can’t help but wonder why I live here. It’s actually funny, I went to happy hour last week and it felt like a ghost town. No one was out. No one was walking around. But, there we were, two girls catching up over Rosé Popsicles at Garage East. Sometimes even a horrible heat wave can’t keep you away from good friends and cocktails.
We took our weekly brainstorming session outdoors today. Mostly because it was raining and (kinda) cold in Phoenix today. We tried Pomegranate Cafe and loved it! Whole 30 and Orange Theory have been good to me, so I gave their muffins the cold shoulder, but my business partner Heidi indulged in the Snickerdoodle muffin while I sadly at my salad next to her. One day I’ll be back for that muffin.
Have you tried this place? It’s a great Vegan restaurant with a really cool vibe. Check it out here.
My brothers and sister-in-law are in town from Austin, TX. Within hours of them landing, we were at The Henry for breakfast. The kids couldn’t wait another minute without seeing them. And Colton? Yep, just as we were about to take a picture he ran into a sign and had a fit. He was totally fine. He’s just a bit dramatic. Ha! We hope you’re having a wonderful three-day weekend, too!
“WHY CAN’T IT BE KIDS DAY?” was the first thing Kelsey asked me this morning, in her most whiny voice. And then I responded in the EXACT same way my mom did years before. I said, “Every day is kids day.” And there it was. I am my mother.
Which isn’t really a bad thing. My mom is probably the most patient, loving, hilarious and beautiful woman there is. When my dad met her for the first time he said there was “a spotlight on her.” It’s true. There’s just something so special about my mom. Kelsey has that quality too. Everywhere she goes, the room lights up.
Together with my favorite boys, we celebrated Mother’s Day at church this morning. That’s my favorite place to spend a Sunday. I feel God’s presence in my heart and in the room and I am transformed.
While Kelsey & Colton were in Sunday school, Nolan slept on my lap. The Pastor asked all the moms to stand up so we could give thanks and acknowledge the role a mom plays in our lives. I was the only person standing with a baby in her arms. When we were asked what we were thankful for all I had to do was tilt my head down at the little baby laying across my chest to see the amazing work God does in this world. It was a blessed morning.
After church we went to my in-laws house for Swedish pancakes, momosas, and some Bouchon Bakery muffins & scones. You see, my mother in law is one of the best cooks around so when we gifted her the Bouchon Bakery cookbook, she decided to spoil us by making some pastries. One bite of these and I was instantly transformed back to Napa Valley.
We never get clouds in Phoenix so seeing these white fluffy things in front of a clear, blue sky made for a great backdrop to our day. I was trying to teach the kids to look at the clouds and see the shapes, but they were more interested in climbing backwards out of the playhouse and tackling each other to the ground.
Anyone else thing we should get a monthly Mother’s Day? Me too.
A Friday lunch with a girlfriend is the best way to start the weekend! Add in the fact that Diego Pops has a ice cream bar right when you walk in, and I’m smitten. Miraculously, I walked out of this Scottsdale restaurant without a delicious dessert, and instead walked to Chopshop for a green juice (also see: not the same!) but I will be back for that cone soon.
*Three pics above are from Diego Pops.
My mother-in-law deserves her own cooking show. There isn’t a thing that she makes that I don’t gobble up in two seconds. I went to her house last week for lunch and she made an amazing prosciutto, basil and mozzarella Panini. I forgot to grab the recipe (I’ll get it, don’t worry!) but found a similar sandwich that I’ve been making. Just add the prosciutto. Her trick? Buy the mozzarella pre-sliced (available at Trader Joes). Apparently, slicing mozzarella is a nightmare and pre-sliced makes all the difference.
Recipe and photo here (I add prosciutto) >
No, this post is not sponsored by Jell-O, but rather a very pregnant woman who hit the jackpot by making a Jell-O dessert via a recipe she saw in a magazine. I was so impressed with how good this tasted (and how easy it was to make) that I went online and found a gazillion other dessert recipes by Jell-O. Who would have thought, right? Bon appétit!
- Triple Layer Mud Pie, recipe
- Strawberry Pretzel Squares, recipe
- Banana Pudding Squares, recipe
- Rainbow Yellow Cake, recipe
- No Melt Sundae Pie (this is what I made), recipe
- Lemon Lovelies, recipe
Pictures from KraftRecipes.com
I logged into Pinterest for the first time in years (it seems) and I saw this beautiful piece of dessert staring back at me. I’m pregnant, hungry all the time, and hot – so this refreshing dessert looks perfect for me. I’ll be making this something this week. Wish me luck. Recipe and link to more photos if you want to join me.
All photos from Dana’s cooking blog.