I am overdue.
In every way but the way you're thinking.
I don't know, the leaves outside are just blowing my dang MIND. Half the trees are bald and the other half are just luscious. There's no other word for them, and I don't say that lightly, because the world "luscious" always makes me feel like a creeper.
So, as far as my delay on telling you all about what we ate on our BYOF vacay, I blame the foliage. (classic scapegoat)
(Guys - I'm feeling wonky right now...it feels like this could get really off course really quickly. This is just a warning. I'm in that mood. I'll do my best.)
And though I do love to cook, I'm not used to cooking on location. A big part of the appeal of vacationing for me is eating most meals out, so this was going to require some planning on my part, along with a shift in my perspective.
Fortunately, the trip fell soon after I handed in my manuscript, so I was theoretically able to do things again like "think" and "plan".
Unfortunately: distracting foliage. (see above)
I did shopping on Monday and a bit of cooking that night, then cooked my fool brains out on Tuesday, before we hit the road around 4pm. (So many 4's!)
Since I already had food on every flat surface of the kitchen, I doubled all of the main dish recipes and walked three dishes over to my neighbor, who just gave birth to the cutest little guy on her kitchen floor a couple of weeks ago.
But that's another story for another day.
Can you believe how dreamy this little house in the hills is? All the white space did something to me. It rearranged my sensibilities. There's nothing like a bare, beautiful room to make a person feel like they're taking a nap whilst being fully (mostly?) awake.
The night before we left for TN, I spent a couple late night hours making loads of breakfast burritos, with scrambled eggs, spicy sausage, cheese, avocado, and pickled jalapenos. Half of them also had black beans.
These burritos met a sad end, but I'm not sure I can talk about it yet.
I also baked this cake, because it's pumpkin cake fused with chocolate cheesecake, and I can't think of a reason in the world not to eat this every week.
I also made:
Teresa's homemade Mac and Cheese. It's my go-to, and if you don't believe me, just read the comments on her post.
Stuffed Pepper Soup - An old fave, and I apologize about the picture. Viva, 2009! (what.)
Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup from Damn Delicious. SO good. So, so, so. Lemon makes everything happier!
She also had warm rosemary bread, a batch of my salsa, and a killer salad with kale and shaved brussels sprouts. (soulmate!!)
We grabbed milk and eggs on our way to the house and had French toast with strawberries on morning.
We also took cereal, fruit, and some snacks, like Takis (Fuego flavor HOLY ADDICTIVE YUM), Salt & Vinegar potato chips, peanut butter, nuts, and popcorn.
It all sounds pretty dreamy, but for the real story, you can just read this.
If I could do it over again, I would in a heartbeat.
It was definitely a bit of work on the front end, but the expense was minimal (no eating out!) and all it required of me was to warm something delicious up.
I guess it's official, I was made for the mountains.
Flower Patch Mountaingirl
PS - Speaking of soups, do you have one I need to try? Love you forever if you link it in the comments.