This and That



1. This last week I hiked Grandeur Peak. I am trying to get in shape to hike The Grand Teton. Not much better way to train, than to climb a mountain.


2. If Caleb gets ahold of any type of cream he puts it straight in his hair. He used to try to eat so I guess at least he’s not eating it anymore.

3. Yesterday, I walked into the kitchen and found Caleb with two egg shells in his hands. He was stomping on the eggs. Our floor was a mess and so was Caleb. I guess it’s time to teach him how to make scrambled eggs.



1. Last week I traveled to Virginia to hangout with Sabra. I did my fair share of sampling. I love all of their products!


2. Virginia was having a heat advisory while we were there so of course we found ice cream to cool us down. I highly recommend Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream in Richmond. I had a scoop of Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip-so good!


3. I also enjoyed a MASSIVE piece of Blackout Chocolate Pudding Cake at Bookbinder’s. It was so rich…and worth every single calorie.


4. I wasn’t going to eat sugar after I got home from my trip, but then I remembered that it was National Ice Cream Month. I stocked up on our favorite Tillamook Ice Cream. I fell in love with Tillamook Ice Cream when we visited the Tillamook Factory last summer in Oregon. It is the best! I bought Chocolate Peanut Butter, Fireside S’mores, and Wild Mountain Blackberry. Who wants a scoop?

5. I finished watching Brothers and Sisters on Netflix. I am looking for a new show to get addicted to. I am leaning towards Gossip Girl or The West Wing.


6. We picked our first ripe tomato from our garden!

7. I am a sucker for sweet and salty. I have to make these Sweet and Salty No-Bake Peanut Bars.


8. I usually run by myself every morning. Josh doesn’t function at 5:30:) But Josh surprised me this week and got out of bed to run with me! It was nice having a cute butt to look at the entire time:)


9. I’ve made several batches of pesto this week. We had Crispy Gnocchi with Basil Pesto for dinner and Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for lunch. This sandwich is up next!

10. I am headed to Chicago for BlogHer today! I will be speaking with Land O’ Lakes, Ree (The Pioneer Woman), and my Kitchen Conversation buddies on Friday at 4:00 in the main exhibit hall! Come find me! I would love to say hello! And of course, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for trip updates. I will be eating my way through Chicago with my favorite blogging buds:)

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  1. I need to hang out with you! I love Sabre Hummus, so good and another one of my favorites is the Tillamook Ice Cream!!

  2. My grandparents lived in Tillamook, Oregon, and you are right — the ice cream (and the cheese) are the best! You may not have time, but if you get a chance in Chicago go to the Natural History Museum down by the waterfront — it’s amazing! So is the art museum downtown.

  3. Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Ice cream??? Oh my yes!
    Thanks for the link up too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. As for hiking the mountains, before I would hike the Appalachian Trail(3 x finished), I would add ankle weights & hike(or TRY to run) up the sand dunes by where I live.
    It was Hades going through it, but it made the hikes a whole lot easier & more enjoyable.

    This is where I would hike the sand dunes:

  5. I wish I was at BlogHer this weekend…especially since it’s in Chicago AND SO AM I!! (Blogger fail on my part!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I wish I would have known that you were in my neck of the woods! Bev’s does serve some incredible ice cream, but a place not too far from there (Sweet 95) actually has creamier and richer ice cream. Bookbinders is one of my favorite restaurants – so glad you had a great meal there!

  7. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with West Wing. I’ve watched the entire series more than once. Have fun in Chicago!

  8. I definitely recommend you get hooked to West Wing. It is very well written and will not disappoint! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I would recommend WEST WING. It is very witty and intelligent. We have the series on DVD and periodically re-watch. We are back on Season 3 now.

    We like Sabra hummus too. I bought another brand and my daughter said not as good. So now I am stuck eating it while she gets a new tub of Sabra!

  10. Oh heavens, please don’t put Gossip Girl in the same sentence as The West Wing! The West Wing is beyond glorious. Beyond. Do that. Ignore the demon hell of Gossip Girl (okay, well, I did enjoy the first two seasons…)

    S’mores ice cream?! America is glorious sometimes.

  11. Made the pesto grilled cheese for dinner the other night. I used spinach pesto and added slices of tomatoes. YUM! Turned out excellent!