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memorial day weekend

this is so belated, but it’s been such a wonderful summer (which is why I’m behind), and I want to make sure to document all of our adventures! back around memorial day, we had just bought a bunch of new camping equipment for our june trip to colorado, and were hoping to test it out. we waited a bit too long to book something, though, and most of the nearby state recreation areas were full. we contemplated a walk-up site, but then there was rain in the forecast, and we had second thoughts, so decided to stay home. of course, after all that, it ended up being perfect weather and we were bummed we’d missed out on the camping opportunity…so we decided to post up in our own backyard!

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cheesy, yes, but it was actually a great, low-stress way to practice putting up our tent, trying out our sleeping bags, and figuring out what other gear we might still need. this was actually my first time ever camping in a tent, so i appreciated being close to home in case we got too hot/cold/out of drinks.

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we spent most of the evening poring over colorado maps planning out a few hikes and places we wanted to see during our winter park trip. and of course, drank some beer – i was super happy to find evil twin’s ‘ryan & the gosling’ at our local bottle shop (beertopia); aside from having the best beer name ever, it was also very good.

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other than that, we just spent some time reading and talking and generally enjoying life under the twinkly lights. i’m sure we must have looked totally ridiculous to our neighbors, but it was such a fun experience and i’m so glad we did it!

the next morning (sunday), we woke up to another beautiful day and wanted to do something outside. at this point, we were on a little break from a running plan before starting marathon training, so decided to go for a bike ride. i mapped out a ride that was about 17 miles – across the south omaha bridge, along the trails in iowa for a bit, then back over to omaha on the pedestrian bridge, and home.

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once we got going, though, we were loving being on the iowa trails and started seeing signs for a few other destinations on the trail, so we decided to keep going. our first stop was big lake park in crescent, just a few miles north past the pedestrian bridge turnoff. the lake is small, but really pretty!

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on our way to big lake park, we started to see signs for the lewis & clark monument and park – we’d heard of it before, knew it existed, but wasn’t sure exactly where it was or how to get there. it was just a few more miles past big lake park, so we decided to trudge on and see if we could make it there. the next few miles getting there were beautiful and super scenic, but basically all uphill – our quads were definitely not prepared for that kind of climbing, but we eventually made it! the views were more than worth it – it was a super clear today and we could practically see the whole city from up there. definitely looking forward to riding (or maybe driving…) up there again sometime soon.

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we’d brought a few snacks along for the ride, but were working up quite an appetite at this point, so once we got back over the pedestrian bridge and into downtown, decided to stop at local for a beer and some brunch. we’d gone about 25 miles at this point, and figured that if we went back the long way (back over the bridge and along the trails in iowa), we might be able to get close to 40 miles for the day.

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we did it, but those last few miles up L street were kind of a strugglefest. all in all, it was a great three-day weekend…and i’m already dreaming of cooler weather so we can camp in the backyard and go for long bike rides again!

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kansas city

A couple weekends ago we went down to Kansas City for a couple of days to spend some time with Kevin’s parents. We kicked off Saturday morning with a long run (16 miles for me, 13 for Kevin) and despite super hot and humid temps and the fact that it was raining the majority of the time, we got it done. I always think it’s going to be such a bummer to run when we’re out of town, but usually I really end up enjoying the sights and sounds of running in a new place. Our route in KC took us along a trail in a really pretty park and also up some pretty killer hills.

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After getting back from our run and a delicious lunch with Kevin’s parents, Kevin and I decided to head down to the Plaza for some shopping and walking around. We scored some awesome Lululemon items on sale. Earlier in the day, I’d see this delicious concoction on my friend Ruth’s instagram and knew we had to have one, so we made a stop. Yep, it’s as good (better?) as it looks. And who doesn’t love a pink drink?!

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We had our fill of the Plaza after awhile and headed over to Fervere, a small bakery in the Crossroads District. On Saturday nights in the summer, the bakery opens up for a couple of hours and exclusively sells their cheese slippers (ciabatta bread stuffed with various cheeses) topped with ingredients from local farms. The events have become rather popular, and the other time we tried to get one, they ran out before our turn in line. We got there much earlier this time and got in line with the rest of the crazies.

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Thank goodness Little Freshie is just a couple shops down. Their blackberry lavender and mango ginger snow cones really hit the spot while we waited…and waited…and waited in line for our bread.

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Finally we got closer to the entrance and it seemed pretty likely there would be enough for us to get a couple. They had run out of one of the types we wanted, but we were able to snag two others – an heirloom potato, and a peach. There’s no seating inside the bakery so we followed suit and did what the locals do — found a spot on the sidewalk and ate them right then and there. Totally worth the wait, and I think heading here at least once each summer is going to become a tradition. I mean, just look at those things!

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Still on our cheese slipper high, we decided we’d check out a couple of breweries on our way back to Kevin’s parents house. First up was Cinder Block Brewery. It was in a weird industrial area so we didn’t expect much but when we got there, there was a food truck outside, a band playing inside, and the place was packed! We shared a flight here and really liked their Weathered Wit and the champagne cider.

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Next stop was Big Rip Brewing Company, not too far down the road from Cinder Block. A much smaller, calmer feel here, but we were able to talk to the bartender a bit about their beers and also catch the end of the Royals game on TV. We shared a flight here, too; we really liked the Sweet Brown and ended up getting a mini growler of that for later that night.

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Sunday morning we got up early for a recovery 5-miler before church, followed by mass and brunch. Then we headed home to get changed and headed out to Kauffman Stadium for the afternoon Royals-White Sox game. My first time seeing the Royals play at home!

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It was raining up until the game started but cleared up just in time and eventually the sun even peaked out. We enjoyed a giant bucket of extremely salty popcorn, a couple of hot dogs (a must for any baseball game), and a few $11 craft beers (I know, so painful, but you have to have a Boulevard at the Royals game!). I always tell Kevin that I will sit with him at a baseball game as long as I get my hot dog and remain sufficiently buzzed on overpriced beer, so he did his job and we both got our way.

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Overall a really fun weekend visiting with the in-laws, eating lots of delicious food, checking out new breweries, and of course, seeing a Royals game!

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memorial day weekend

How was everyone’s long weekend? Memorial Day to me always seems to mark the unofficial start of summer, so we were pretty bummed that both Saturday and Sunday were cloudy, rainy and kind of cold. After an uneventful Saturday spent whining about the weather, we decided it was #sundayfunday or bust. That morning, we headed to Railcar for brunch, because three-day weekends demand day drinking. Bloody Mary’s have slowly been growing on me, and I really liked Railcar’s — it had a great smoky flavor. Our food was great, too; there was even “bread service” in the form of a croissant with butter. Yes please.

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We spent the rest of Sunday morning and afternoon in a brunch coma, but recovered enough to mix up a pitcher of Strawberry Pimm’s Cups, which were super delicious and I’d highly recommend if you’re looking for a light and fruity summer cocktail (which should be everyone?). Fueled by our cocktails, we went on a closet clean out and organizing rampage and got rid of and donated tons of old magazines and clothes. Downsizing is my love language.

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Once we’d finally worked up an appetite again, we made this Mango & Red Pepper Orzo Salad for dinner. It’s full of tons of spring and summer veggies, plus some mango and mint for sweetness, and chickpeas for protein. We skipped the dressing in the recipe and just used a goddess dressing we had in the fridge. A really great combo and a salad we’ll be making on repeat this summer. It’s held up well over the last few days, too, and made great lunch leftovers with some grilled chicken mixed in.

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On Sunday we woke up and made coffee and had bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, which we picked up at Costco the day before. I’ve always enjoyed smoked salmon at restaurants but wasn’t sure how the quality of the Costco version would be — we were super impressed and will definitely buy it again as it makes for a great breakfast!

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While we had breakfast, we baked a loaf of bread that had been proofing and rising since the night before. We used Jim Lahey’s no-knead method, letting it rise for about 15 hours, then forming it into a ball, and then letting it rise again for another 2 hours right before baking. It’s a foolproof method that just requires a little bit of planning ahead to pull off. I love how hands-off it is for how delicious the bread tastes. Now that I know how easy it is, we’ll definitely be making our own bread more often and experimenting with different additions to the dough.

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Once our bread finished baking and we let it cool long enough to sneak a quick taste, we noticed the sun was coming out and decided to enjoy some time outside while it lasted. We headed out to Lake Zorinsky and walked/ran the loops around both sides of the lake, about 8 miles total. It was unexpectedly sunny the entire time and we did not wear sunscreen. I’ve been feeling pretty sad lately with all the clouds so the vitamin D and endorphins were great therapy. The trail itself was prettier than I remember it being the couple times we’ve been out there, and I think it’ll be a great place for some long runs during marathon training.

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We were pretty hungry after our run so we made a quick stop at the store for burgers and pretzel buns and cooked those up for lunch once we got home. It’s also not officially summer until you have a giant watermelon taking up approximately one fourth of your fridge. Also, the Steigl Grapefruit Radler is everything.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon doing yard work – we were able to get both the front and back yards mowed and raked and some weeds taken care of. Yard work is decidedly not my favorite part about being a homeowner, but it also feels so rewarding to have it done, and makes sitting outside on cool summer nights that much more appealing. We were able to get everything done in time to enjoy a couple more hours of warmth and sunshine outside while we read and had dessert.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

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second sundays

A couple Sundays ago we decided to ride our bikes a few miles down the street for the inaugural Blackstone Second Sundays. What I love about getting our long runs in (95% of the time) on Saturdays, as well as most of our errands done, is that Sunday truly does get to be a fun-day. Blackstone is a district about 2 miles from our house that’s being revitalized and is home to some of our favorite hangs, so when we heard they’d all be opening up on a Sunday afternoon with specials and tours, we were in.

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No respectable Sunday begins without first being properly caffeinated, so our first stop was Archetype Coffee for an espresso (me), pourover (Kevin), and some perfect patio weather. Archetype is our go-to shop for coffee a couple times a week, and is where we almost always buy our beans for at-home, too. Always delicious coffee, great service, good jams on the record player, and a rotating selection of local pastries. (What more is there in life?)

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We successfully avoided pastries at Archetype (hey, there’s a first time for everything) because as soon as the clock struck noon, we were biking a few blocks down to the Crescent Moon for beer donuts and breakfast beers. The Moon is a popular Omaha dive bar that also happens to have one of the best craft beer selections in the city and on this particular Sunday, also fresh-made beer donuts. We indulged in both, after which we were pretty hungry for real food that wasn’t sugar or caffeine or alcohol.

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Our original plan was pizza for lunch, at a brand new by-the-slice place called Noli’s, but alas – despite the fact that we’d actually read about the Second Sundays event on their website – they weren’t open. We adapted and overcame and ended up at Corkscrew, a wine and cheese place just a block down, which is also fairly new and we hadn’t been to yet. They had – obviously – tons of wines, but impressively a good beer selection as well, but we went straight for the food – a cheese plate, in fact, that was really really good.

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We purposely skipped drinking at Corkscrew so we could make our final stop at our home away from home, Scriptown Brewery. If you follow us on instagram, you already know that we’re basically always here – it’s on our way home from my bus stop, so it’s too easy not to go. For Second Sunday, they were offering free tours, so we got to hear a little bit about how the brewery got started and what’s coming down the pipeline.

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All around, a Sunday funday well spent. Looking forward to more of these this summer in our new favorite neighborhood.

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happy weekend!

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happy friday, friends! congrats on making it through the week…i know i had a tougher time than usual. what are you up to this weekend? we’ve got a graduation to attend tonight, and we’re running the papillion half-marathon on sunday morning (which seemed like an awesome idea coming off the high of running lincoln two weeks ago, but i am decreasingly excited about as it actually approaches). oh running, such a love/hate struggle. other than that, we’ll probably spend some time working on our garden that we planted last weekend, getting rid of the huge tree branch that fell during the storm last sunday, and maybe planting some more greens since it seems the rabbits got to them before we got our fence up. hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and here’s a few links to things i’ve enjoyed recently, if you’re interested..

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these produce candles look awesome, and i’m in love with their packaging. i think i could totally be into my house spelling like kale. or corn. or cilantro. i think a trip to anthro is in order.

have you heard about the new food documentary fed up? it focuses on the sugar industry and their contribution to the growing obesity epidemic. it hasn’t hit theaters yet in omaha, but i’m looking forward to checking it out if it does. i did enjoy mark bittman’s column about it in the times, though.

we made this recipe of lentils folded into yogurt, spinach, and basil for lunches this week, and it’s a new fave that will be entering the lunch rotation for sure. so, so good on top of toasted bread (we used a rosemary + olive oil loaf from costco).

food & wine’s list of best new bars in the u.s. just came out, and i want to go to all the places. happy to see kill devil club make an appearance, as it’s a kansas city fave, and looking forward to checking out some of the san francisco spots this summer.

a genius way to use your leftover swiss chard stems this spring, via love and lemons.

i love food52’s “not recipes” column. we’ve been making a lot of vinaigrettes for lunch salads lately, so i’m loving their recent installment on how to make vinaigrette without a recipe. check it out for dressing inspiration / an excuse to buy a baby whisk.

happy weekend!

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