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weekend love it — lazy weekend

This weekend was all about relaxing. One of the best investments that the boy and I have made is a ginormous L-shaped couch that intermittently functions as a small island. I am a firm believer that some weekends are just meant for being lazy. So we made the best of our couch this weekend with the colder weather and indulged in a wonderful homemade dinner, lots of baseball and some reading.

Here are a few things that I have been loving, especially during this lazy weekend!

1. Vie Activewear Instagram. This week VIE ACTIVE featured a photo of mine on their instagram as I was wearing their super awesome leggings in Urban Warrior. The boy got me these (as well as a few other awesome pieces) for my birthday and I have been obsessively wearing them since. I wore them on our recent Goat Lake adventure and took a zen yogi photo that I obviously instagrammed. I was incredibly excited and humbled to be ‘regrammed’! Thanks Vie Active!

A look below at my 15 minutes of fame!

featured on @vieactivewear

featured on @vieactivewear

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2. Siri as a BFF. My incredible aunt Kory, who is the most patient and loving mother to her three kids, recently posted an article on Facebook that I found wonderful and endearing. The NY Times Article is essentially a love letter to Apple’s Siri from the mother of a boy with autism. The article is at times hysterical while being both comforting and optimistic in a technology obsessed world. A great read for anyone.

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3. Comfort Food Dinner. The boy and I enjoyed the most comforting meal at his parent’s house this weekend. It was the perfect way to end the work week and set the tone for the rest of the weekend. We enjoyed a cheese plate (which I ate about 75% of…no shame), a pear and toasted nut salad, homemade chicken/veggie pot pie and gelato for dessert.

The boy’s mom is an overall superb cook/baker/lady who manages to throw a meal together without any apparent effort. I am constantly baffled at her ease and creativity in the kitchen. She topped the homemade chicken/veggie pot pies with cut up Pillsbury Rolls, which she browned to perfection. They were obviously delicious!

I was in heaven. Food porn below of the delicious meal!

creamiest cheese ever

creamiest cheese ever

so creative!

so creative!

browned to perfection

browned to perfection

pear and toasted nut salad

pear and toasted nut salad

before i ate the entire ramekin

before i ate the entire ramekin…

the best gelato

the best gelato

4. Final Fall Walks. The boy and I have been taking full advantage of what has seemed like a never ending Indian Summer with fall walks on a trail near our house. We pack the stroller into the truck (obviously for the pug and not a baby…) and set off in hopes of wearing Maude Pod out. Even when I’m in a horrible mood, walks like these cheer me up with the fresh air, crazy puppy and beautiful scenery.

the harriman trail

the harriman trail

the boy and maude

the boy and maude

pugger lizzie living the life

pugger lizzie living the life

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no words to describe her happiness

no words to describe her happiness

love these two (even though i'm generally the third wheel)

love these two (even though i’m generally the third wheel)

5. Oregon Students Play Beer Pong in Student Section at Oregon Game. Oregon football is no joke. And the student section at Oregon football is serious. There are guards at the entrance blocking the section and I always found it a win to make it in and out in one piece. Even though I enjoyed many a game in this section, I always felt like a slight impostor. I love the social aspect of football but cant quite say that I LOVE football.

But these fans LOVE Oregon football and obviously America. They inspire me to be a better Oregon fan. A high five is in order for these lads.

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photo by @JeffWhitee/Twitter

6. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. After reading “Big, Little Lies” by Moriarty I was excited to begin another book by the author for our upcoming book club, which could also be termed a wine/social club. Regardless of what really occurs at “book club,” it pushes me to read a bit more, which is always a good thing. I truly appreciate Moriarty’s writing style. Her books are easy reads yet captivating and page turners. I loved reading “Big, Little Lies” and didn’t see the twist in the book coming at all. Great reads for anyone looking for their next book!

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7. Pretty Pies. Food52 recently featured 9 Ways to Fancy Up Your Pies to help you up your game for the upcoming Holiday Season. I am constantly looking for baking inspiration and easy ways to up my game for the Holiday Season (who isn’t?). So I am now inspired and on a mission to make a leaf lattice pie if only to take beautiful pictures of it. Inspiration pictures below!

this marshmellow topping is beutiful and would give me good reason to use a torch in baking again

the leaf lattice pie is my favorite

this marshmellow topping is beutiful and would give me good reason to use a torch in baking again

this marshmellow topping is beautiful and would give me good reason to use the torch again

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weekend love it — savoring the sun

It has been a long, hard week, but it’s impossible to not feel like the luckiest girl in the world when you live in the most beautiful place in the world…and when you have the most supportive friends and family in the world.

Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. Indian Sun Valley summer. My preparation for fall may have been a bit premature. It has been so crazy beautiful here lately. As a mountain biker said on a recent hike, “The sky here is always blue, but sometimes it is BLUE.” As in the most beautiful, pure, and potent blue you’ve ever seen. Pair that with gold speckled aspen trees, and you have a colliding horizon that makes even the simplest tasks take that much longer, because you want to take a picture of every view. Here are some photos of the lovely scenery:

new neighborhood hike

new neighborhood hike

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trail creek at work

dr. suess tree

dr. suess tree

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failed selfie on proctor with par par

failed selfie on proctor with par par

fun hike with aunt gina, uncle tom, and mom!

fun hike with aunt gina, uncle tom, and mom!

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2. LC’s wedding. I have always admired this lovely lady. Sure, reality TV is silly, but she has always struck me as someone who is composed, graceful, creative, and even genuine and modest. Her wedding, and her as a bride, from what I can tell from these photos was all of those things. I especially love this photo by Elizabeth Messina of Kiss the Groom (which is on my bookmarks bar, check it out for an onslaught of swoon-worthy photos) of their engagement.

Elizabeth Messina's photo

Elizabeth Messina’s photo

3. Gone Girl. This book was upsetting to me — it was great, thrilling, twisted, well-written, and I would recommend it, but it also infuriated me for the way it represented gender relations. The main characters, Nick and Amy, are equally horrible. You hate them both enough to agree that they deserve each other. I loved the movie — I thought it was perfectly cast — but both Taylor and I left feeling like something was slightly off. We didn’t hate Nick nearly as much as we hated Amy in the movie which wasn’t the case in the book. There are many more themes and undertones and a level of complexity in the book that were missing from the movie. This article puts it perfectly. Good find, Taylor. That being said, go see it. When has the movie ever been as good as the book?

4. Yoga pants.  Yes, I’m wearing some right now. The recent coverage of dress codes and their connection with slut-shaming has certainly caught my, and any self-respecting woman’s, attention. The fact that these girls are being forced to alter their behavior and compromise their comfort all because “the boys can’t help themselves” is a great example of a lot that’s wrong with society. Here’s a great article that says it better than I can. Also, this makes me laugh…and is also relevant to my point.

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5. Neighbors and baked goods. Moving into a new house brings a new awareness and investment in your new neighborhood. I’m having fun getting to know our neighbors and have been so pleasantly surprised by gestures like this one from our neighbors Liz and Josh. Cookies were inside of this tuperware, and they are insanely delicious. I also made some tasty treats this week, which I’ll post about soon.

thoughtful housewarming gift

thoughtful housewarming gift

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chase’s favorite fall recipe, pumpkin muffins. recipe coming soon!

Have a great week!

cheers krista

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