Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lunch Table Dreams

We're moving.
To Santorini.I wish.
But how nice would that be?! This recurring conversation comes up I'd say ohhh on average once every couple months whenever Adam and I are sitting in the cafeteria eating lunch and venting to each other about work. We actually like our jobs. And where we live. But we also like the idea ever since we traveled to Greece in 2007, of packing up shop and moving here:
Whitewashed houses on cliffs and black sand beaches don't get old.
Our lunch conversations go a little something like....
Everyone speaks English there anyways.
But we'd also pick up Greek really quickly if we lived there...
Adam: "I could get a job as a fisherman!"
Daisy: "Maybe I could be a tour guide?"
We could live in a cute little apartment in the side of a cliff. (Prime real estate, didn't ya know?)
The supermarket has everything we'd need!
As you can see, we've got it all figured out. Santorini is magical. I would give my left pinky toe to watch these sunsets on a regular basis.
The conversation came up today because (in addition to filling each other in on the latest work drama) we were talking about how Greece's economy isn't doing so hot. We'd move anyways. Greeks rock.
Or we'll keep dreamin' at the lunch table.
That sounds about right.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

City Walks

Boston is a great walking city. I should know, I walk everywhere. Saturday mine and Tricia's adventures-on-foot lead us to shopping on Hanover Street and in Downtown Crossing. We also walked to the Boston Common Loews to take in a flick. We felt sort of guilty being in the movie theater on such a ridiculously nice day, but Date Night as recommended to us the evening before was calling our name. Hilariously cheesy with Tina Fey and Steve Carell, we both really enjoyed it. I feel like it didn't get good reviews?
Before my walk on Sunday, I fueled up with breakfast cheffed by Adam.
I drank a spiked coffee.
Spiked not because I'm trying to get my buzz on at 11am, but because I ran out of sugar and this makes my coffee sweet! Adam headed out on a bike ride and I headed out to wander and take pictures.
Spring.is.everywhere.
Christopher Columbus Park right down the street is home to some of the most beautiful Tulips I've ever seen.
They go on for days. Glorious.
The park also boasts beautiful trees in full bloom.


I headed across the park and out onto the docks of Long Wharf North.
~Low tide~


I continued along the Harborwalk.
The wharf has intricate stonework right under your feet, and amazing views across the harbor in all directions.
I got hungry.
All that walking worked up an appetite.
If you're ever in the city and looking for something to do after your Faneuil Hall shopping spree, your lunch in the North End, or your trip to the Aquarium, follow the bright blue signs and take in a Downtown Boston Harborwalk. I know I'll be taking many more as the warm weather sets in for good!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Peanut Butter Oreo Pie

The other night I made a no-bake Peanut Butter Oreo Pie.
This is the same recipe as my St. Patty's Day Chocolate Mint Pie, except made with Peanut Butter Oreos (yes they make those!) and Jell-O Instant Vanilla Chocolate Chip Pudding.
Using the same recipe detailed in the link above, I was able to create a different twist on this luscious dessert.
These no bake pies are a simple, quick dessert that I think are fun to make. (Easy = fun) 
You could easily craft this pie to your liking with any flavor pudding and any type of Oreo combination.
I think the peanut butter and vanilla flavors work well together. SO GOOD!
Hope everyone's having a great week!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A-Basin & Silver Plume

Rise-n-shine!
Today's adventure consists of none other than my all time favorite sport: skiing!!
We left Boulder around 7:30 am in a two car caravan embarking on an hour long road trip to the town of Dillon. We made a quick stop at Einstein Brothers Bagels to fuel up!
My toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with plain shmear hit the spot.
I took tons of scenery photographs on the journey. We went from the flat lands of grazing cows, through the town of Golden - home of the Coors Brewery and eventually hit the mountains in all their glory. Here is a look at the variety of landscapes we experienced.
Colorado = home of the Rocky Mountains!
I loved driving through these tunnels. I spotted lots of wildlife on the drive, specifically the Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep! {Photo source - since I didn't actually get that close}Eventually the snow capped mountains appeared. We climbed to higher and higher elevations on the winding mountain roads.
I spy ski trails...
Around the other side of the mountain you descend into the basin.
Arapahoe Basin to be precise.
A-Basin to the locals.

Ready to hit the slopes!
Here are some of the views from the ride up the Norway double chair - climbing to elevations upwards of 13,000 feet.It was an absolutely gorgeous day out, if you couldn't tell. It was spring skiing at its finest! I was able to shed my winter coat after a few runs. And after a couple more we took a mid-morning beer break at The Beach. From the A-Basin website: The infamous "Beach" scene cannot be replicated by any other ski resort in Colorado. The Early Riser parking lot is home to a stretch of prime real estate known as the "Beach." The Beach backs up to the three lower mountain chairlifts, snow and great skiable terrain. From personal experience: The Beach is the party scene. You bask in the sun, you grill, you make friends and you drink beers. This is what it's all about!! 
And I met up with another UNHer!
Lisa and I go way back, she was one of my roommates Sophomore and Junior years of college. She moved out to Keystone (10 minutes away) a few years ago. The scene at the beach.
This is the life! Eventually we got back out there again.
Then we stopped at the Continental Divide overlook for what else....
A photo shoot.



On the way home we pulled off I-70 into a historic mining town called Silver Plume. 
This is Downtown.
Main St. Silver Plume, Colorado 80476
This is the Post Office.
These are the houses.
And this is Sopp and Truscott Bakery.
A Bakery With Altitude!!Elevation: 9,118 feetEverything about it is absolutely charming; from its home situated on the paved dirt road surrounded by a backdrop of mountains, to the single green chair that sits out front, to the antique appliances lining the shelves of the interior.
All of their breads and pastries are baked fresh daily.
I basically took a picture of every thing at every angle. Outside and in.
I'm fascinated that this refrigerator it is still in working order.
If you live in or are vacationing in Colorado and ever happen to be driving up I-70 to or from the ski mountains, you must stop in.

Here you've got your rye, barley flakes, rolled oats, wheat berries and white rice.
This place is a real gem. This whole town is!Experiencing a little slice of Historic Colorado was the icing on the cake of a perfect day.
Bye Silver Plume. 
P.S. I purchased a Naughty Bar ($2.50) and ate it on the drive home.
This decadent bar of goodness boasts coconuts, walnuts, pecans and chocolate chips in a brown sugar filling with a flaky butter crust.
I adore Colorado! Take.me.back.