I want to get married all over again. That was seriously the most fun day and when you go to other people’s weddings, you’re reminded of how freaking awesome your own day was. And after going to a wedding in the mountains over the weekend, I think I may divorce my husband to then quickly propose and go on another destination wedding somewhere else. Waaaaahhhhhh!! Why does that day have to come and go so quickly?!?
A close friend of ours got married up in Grand Lake over the weekend. If you’ve never heard or been to Grand Lake, let me paint a little picture for you…and this is the summer picture…when it snows 8572398 feet, there is no way I’m getting near that town. Anywho, you drive up in the mountains towards Winter Park and drive the crazy winding pass that makes your stomach drop and then out of nowhere this gigantic, completely beautiful lake appears. And if you know anything about Colorado, you know we don’t exactly have many lakes to speak of, especially large ones. But with 3 lakes in a row, it seems like the water goes on forever. And once you get to Grand Lake, this tiny little quaint town that hasn’t really been commercialized, you truly never want to leave. This beautiful lake is at the bottom of mountains that jet up with little white peaks at the top and every morning you wake up, it feels like you’ve woken up in heaven because the clouds are so low that it feels like you could touch them. The town is so quiet and you’ll see everyone in town if you just walk the 4 blocks, and you’re definitely one with nature when you see all the fox, moose, and black bears roaming around.
The town was just absolutely amazing. A friend’s parents just built a house up there and I totally see why now. It has snow, it has water, it has small town living all wrapped up into one small location. We spent most of our time out on the water while we were there…which slightly sucked because it was 60 degrees and rainy most of the time. And since it’s up in the mountains, there was a good wind chill in the air. So the first two days we spent on the water, no one wanted to join us. But since my husband had planned the boat, towed it up to the mountains, and worked so hard to make it happen, I wasn’t going to let a little sh*tty weather keep me out of the water. Luckily, my husband brought me his wetsuit shirt to wear that helped a ton when I jumped into 65 degree weather when it began raining. Once I was out of the water surfing, it was awesome. I surfed for a hour and 15 minutes straight, only falling 3 times. But those three times made it pretty miserable. I would get back up on the board and my legs couldn’t stop shivering so it took me a little bit before I was able to surf without the rope since I could barely stand. You can see a fun gloomy surf video from Grand Lake here!
When we weren’t on the lake, we spent the rest of our time working in coffee shops around town or looking at all the houses on the lake. Pretty much every houses on the lake had a boat house that was almost nicer than their own house. Here’s some stuff I would like to know:
- What do these people do for a living? Tell me all your secrets.
- Are these their summer homes or do they live there in the winter, too? Because from I know, it snows A LOT there. So I know that it becomes a snowmobile town in the winter. But does everyone just snowmobile everywhere? And what if you don’t own a snowmobile? Do you just stay in all winter long. I need to know the details of all of this.
The wedding turned out to be perfect. As I was getting ready to go, my dress zipper decided to break on me. After FREAKING THE F*CK OUT, I decided I would wear my husbands suit jacket the whole night (a lot of pouting was occurring during this decision), but luckily I had a problem solving friend who decided we should go to the front desk of our hotel and ask if they had a sewing kit. They did. And the same color thread of my dress. So my friend sewed me into my dress while we took a pontoon boat over to the wedding. It stayed sewed up all night. True miracle right there, mostly for my husband so he didn’t have to hear me b*tch all night. It also stopped raining for the 20 minutes while they got married, the reception was awesome with all kinds of booze and delicious food. We danced hard and then ended up changing clothes and all going out to the bars. PS there are about 2 bars there, so we killed both of those bars.
On our last day up there, the sun came out and all of us completely fried while we were on the boat. My thighs are 60 shades darker than the back of my legs right now. Cute. We spent the day surfing, napping off our hangovers and eating a couple meals on the boat that we grabbed from this amazing coffee shop called Blue Water Bakery which had a ton of gluten free options! It was seriously the perfect easy getaway weekend. And it made me want to go on a hundred more vacations with my husband. That’s seriously all I want to do: plans trips and make out. It’s just SO damn good for your relationship. And I need another friend to get married. Wait, YAY, I actually have one next month! Hell yes!
Ok…back to reality. Which means back to food. Have you been checking out me, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and Fed and Fit CSA seasonal food series? Every Wednesday for 6 weeks now, we have been sharing seasonal recipes on all of our blogs! This week, I’m using cauliflower and fennel as the inspiration behind my dish. And here’s what you’ll find this week on their blogs! Enjoy!
Cassy’s Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs – This simple batch cook-friendly dinner is packed with flavor and an abundance of healthy Summer vegetables! Take advantage of this Summer’s tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, onions, garlic, and poblano peppers. The salsa verde is a breeze to whip up and these meatballs are delicious over polished white or cauliflower rice!
Lexi’s Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans – This easy sheet pan dinner is packed with flavors straight from the farm or the garden! Use up that fresh basil, parsley, cherry tomatoes, and green beans in this Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans dish! It comes together in under 20 minutes and will be a hit with the entire family!
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 1 fennel bulb, fronds removed, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons ghee, melted
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast*
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- chopped parsley, to garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, add florets and fennel along with ghee and toss to coat. Then all other ingredients and toss to coat completely.
- Place in oven to bake for 35 minutes or until slightly browned and some pieces are crispy.
- Garnish with fresh chopped parsley on top!
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