Today is the start of a long weekend around here. At least for some of us. My son has two days off from school, and my in-laws are visiting. My husband still has to work though, so I guess he misses out! But I am definitely taking advantage, and taking some time to relax. The weather is supposed to be in the 70′s and gorgeous around here too. So we will even be able to get outside. Something you definitely can’t take for granted this time of year.
I know that I promised to share about our trip to Costa Rica, and I will. I just need things to slow down a bit first. My son goes back to school next week, so hopefully after that I will have a little more time to go through our pictures and share the trip with you. It was awesome, and I know it will make you want to go as well! In the mean time just a few quick updates.
Summer is flying by! I can not believe that it is almost July already. Where did the time go?! We have gone to our neighborhood pool quite a few times, baseball games a few nights a week, and then enjoying the weather on the weekends. I took my 9 year old on a hike in the foothills last week. This was the first time we have ever gone just the two of us on something like that. He loved it, and wants to do it more this summer. I have 2 other hikes in mind that are close, so we might try to do it a few more times before school starts.
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to a new restaurant in Denver called 5280 Burger Bar. My husband is a big fan of burgers, so I was super excited to try it. My brother lives in Denver, so my 9 year old got to hang out with his aunt and uncle for the afternoon, while we enjoyed some delicious burgers!
I can’t believe that summer is pretty much here. My son has his last day of school tomorrow! I am really not ready to have a 4th grader, that is just kind of crazy to think about. I remember being in 4th grade. It doesn’t seem that long ago. I realize it was, and I am older than I like to admit, but still. I am still friends with my best friend from 4th grade, I am sure she would support me in that it doesn’t seem like 25 year has passed.
As many of you know, I was in Miami last week. I attended the BlogHer Food conference there, on behalf of STAR Fine Foods. Getting there was a little bit crazy. I had to get up at 4am on Thursday in order to catch my flight. After a bumpy and crazy landing, the airport was shut down for tornadoes in the area. So many flights were hours delayed, and diverted to other airports. I was so thankful that I was on the ground and able to avoid all the craziness.
After finally arriving at the hotel (The Hilton Downtown Miami), I had just enough time to take a quick shower before heading off to an event with Stonyfield, Organic Valley, and Applegate. Because of the rain we were unable do the garden tour, so we just stayed inside. After a few appetizers, we listened to speakers about responsible farming, and the importance of knowing what goes into our food.
Friday morning officially started the conference. The conference was full of lots of great speakers; both fellow bloggers as well as experts in the field. It was great to be able to learn from more seasoned bloggers, and meet with some brands and people I have worked with before. For lunch the first day a group of us went to South Beach to enjoy lunch at the Yardbird. I had the Chicken and Biscuits, and it was so good! Everyone raved about their food, so I am pretty you can not go wrong there.
Friday night I attended a few events, but the one that really stood out was the Wisconsin Cheese party. Seeing as how I grew up in Wisconsin, this was a must for me! It was held at a private mansion right at the bay. The sunset and the view were just stunning! Food Network’s executive chef was there to talk about cheese and wine tasting. Such a fun experience.
My flight didn’t end up leaving until Sunday night. So I spent the day with Aimee, Jocelyn, Mary, and Liz. I wish we would have gotten a picture of us! We went to Morgan’s for brunch. I ordered the BLT which was wonderful, but I also tasted the Brioche French Toast and that was incredible! If you are near downtown Miami, I definitely recommend you have a meal there.
So glad to be back home. The conference was amazing, and I am so glad I went. I was able to meet so many friends, and get to know lots of people. I am inspired and super excited to see what is coming next for Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. Again I want to thank STAR Fine Foods for sponsoring me to attend the conference.
It has been a couple weeks since I shared anything about our trip to California. So today, why don’t we get back to it, and talk about Disney Land. This really was the highlight of our trip. My 8 year old was in complete heaven for the entire 3 days we were there, and is asking pretty much daily, when we get to go back.
1. I cut my finger the other day while chopping basil. I have really sharp knives, which most of the time is a really good thing. This time….not so much. I cut off part of my fingernail, and part of the finger underneath it. It isn’t bad enough to go to the doctor, but bad enough to be painful and get in the way. Typing with an injured index finger is hard!!!
We are only days away from the end of February. I can not believe it is practically March. I swear I was just wrapping Christmas presents. Now we are planning a spring break trip, and summer vacation. And before you know it my little guy will be 9. I wish there was a way to just slow things down! Less than 2 months until my son’s birthday. I guess I need to start thinking about a birthday party.