so this past weekend luke and i went to my hometown to visit my parents.
and because i was absolutely itching to get into a kitchen. i had been staying at my college to finish up some courses, and they put me in a dorm with NO KITCHEN.
the kitchen, friends, is my place of peace. it is where i end up, even unpurposefully, when i am stressed/sad/bored...to bake means to relax in my world. and i hadn't been able to bake in weeks! i'm surprised i lasted that long, honestly.
anyway, i spent the week leading up to going home planning out everything i would bake. i found some wonderful recipes on one of my favorite blogs, My Little Celebration, (which you should totally check out. the writter, dana, seems like a doll) and got excited!
Our first morning home, I immediately got to work. Banana oat pancakes were on the menu, and I'm so glad they were-they came out delicious! I don't know about you, but pancakes always seem too unhealthy for me to enjoy. All that fat and sugar?! But not these-these were vegan, gf, and sugar free as well! And filling, let me tell you. It was a great way to start the morning.
|Banana Oat Pancakes in all their glory|
|nom nom nom|
i had a picnic planned for luke and i to go on, because it's summer-why not?! We spent the whole morning/afternoon preparing our meal. Luke is great help in the kitchen-he's got some legit fruit cutting skills!
at the park, we unloaded our food and dug in. There was more fruit salad...
along with an actual salad. In it was spinach, chicken, feta cheese, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, apple slices, and raisons. YUM! i just love berries in my salads, do you? the berries actually provided enough juice that there wasn't a need for dressing-which
|yummy and delicious ;)|
|three little cupcakes...sitting on my doorstep|
Luke was very satisfied by the meal as well. he said all the flavors went great together. i must say, i agree...
|happy and well fed. like i like him!|
|our picnic table|
The next day we went to newport, which was beautiful. i just love walking around the streets and going in all the shops. not to mention the ocean and boats being right there! this was actually luke's first time visiting, so i had a lot of fun showing him around.
one of my favorite parts?
if there is one craving i constantly have in life, it's ice cream. fro-yo is even better, because it is slightly healthier for you...and by slightly i mean significantly.
a new fro-yo store, Orange Leaf, caught my eye and so we went inside. luke pointed out the irony in the name (orange leaf, pinkberry...) while i simply drooled looking at all the frozen yogurt options and tempting toppings. just as i was about to leave (or sell my soul to the store, which ever), a worker came up and asked if we wanted to try a sample?
yes. yes we did.
she gave us five-yes, FIVE-little cups which we could pour the fro-yo into. i immediately lost all dignity and loaded up each cup with "samples." luke watched in embarassment...though he wasn't really surprised. actually, i'm surprised he still is willing to be seen in public with me if there is a hint of free dessert anywhere...
|a PERFECT swirl. am i right?!|
and then we promptly left.
without buying anything.
rude? hey-she gave us the cups...
well that was a LONG post, but i hope you enjoyed!