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Taliesin & Homecooking on Vacation

March 26, 2011

Is it humanly possible to go on a 9 day vacation and by the end not feel like you’re permanently full?  Apparently not if you’re me.  Eating out every day, 3 times a day can be hard.  Luckily, I have family that lives/temporarily resides in Arizona so I did get to enjoy a few homecooked meals and when I’m on vacation I crave homecooking.

My dad’s cousin Sheila kindly entertained us one night in her gorgeous house.  Seriously, it’s breathtaking.  I want to get married there.  And every time we go there I’m astounded by how Sheila manages to make her job as hostess look completely effortless. 

And like any good hostess she knew the way to my heart: mini cupcakes and homemade ice cream.  Gush.

Okay, maybe those cupcakes weren’t supplied especially for me.  It was my aunt’s birthday a few days before.  Hi Aunt Connal 🙂

And speaking of my aunt, she and my uncle Mike put on a lovely dinner party for us + my grandpa and it was simply fabulous.

Lots to eat, like homemade hummus, shrimp, peasant stew, salad, risotto.  Just to name a few.

Why don’t I eat risotto more often?  It’s so good.

My uncle informed my sister and I that my aunt is some sort of risotto queen.  You can send those recipes my way.

In between homecooked meals we got to make a trip to Taliesin West.  Are you ignoring what I’m saying right now because you have no idea what Taliesin is?  Yeah, I didn’t know either.  It’s a Frank Lloyd Wright house.  Who’s that?  I’ll admit I didn’t know the answer to that one either. 

Frank Lloyd Wright = famous architect.

Taliesin West = famous house he built in Arizona where 36 architecture students go to school.  I can’t imagine being one of those 36 people who makes it into that program.  Or being one of those 36 people who has to sleep outside in a tent.  I guess Frank was a weird guy.  Brilliant, but weird.

I snapped a few pictures from underneath my umbrella.  It was pouring that day.

This pool was designed as fire prevention.  Wright had a bad history with house fires… 

I think my mom summed it up when she said, “Why is that the house has two movie theaters but the students have to sleep in tents outside?”

I’m currently enjoying some down time in our condo in Santa Fe before we head out for a little chocolate appetizer, then dinner at La Fonda.  I’m not sure last night’s dinner at Maria’s can be beat, though.  Or maybe that’s my margarita talking.

I’m off!

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2011 6:36 AM

    They have to sleep in tents? That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard!

  2. March 26, 2011 8:51 AM

    Frank Lloyd Wright had some eclectic style that’s for sure. I’ve seen a few of his houses now and they are all very…um…unique.

    Have fun at La Fonda (isn’t that the name from Napoleon Dynamite?)

  3. Sheila permalink
    March 26, 2011 11:06 AM

    Lauren,
    Great blog even before I read the gracious post on dinner at my house. 🙂 I am hooked already with subscription.
    It was great visiting with all of you, never seems like enough time. You name the date and the wedding is a done deal. No hurry, no expiration date.
    If you get a chance, check out a friend’s(chef) blog; http://www.lespetitegourmettes.com . Not so much for vegan but some. Also her daughter bout your age has a nice blog as well; http://www.hellomarissahopkins.com Linger is name of blog. Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Sheila

    • March 27, 2011 3:59 PM

      Hi Sheila! Don’t worry, I’m not a vegan. I already checked out both blogs and they are great! Thanks so much!

  4. March 26, 2011 12:37 PM

    OMGosh! luv luv luv the pics and stories! I totally enjoyed seeing the pics ’cause con & I talked about the menu! Fun to see the “cake” at sheila’s…her house is awesome and she is a great cook! Especially loved the AZ pics of our special place 🙂 Love the recipe the bf left….and his dimples too! Connal will be sending 2 fabu recipies for risotto…love u, aunties 🙂

    • March 27, 2011 3:58 PM

      Hi Aunties 🙂 So glad you guys read this! The bf does have some cute dimples, huh? Can’t wait to get those risotto recipes!

  5. March 26, 2011 2:08 PM

    Omg I just clicked on La Fonda, is that how it looks like inside? It’s beautiful! Love those mini cupcakes they look delicious. And I’ve never tried risotto! 😦

  6. Lettuce Choose Healthy permalink
    March 26, 2011 5:07 PM

    I just found your blog through peanut butter and jenny! .. I love it!

    the mini cupcakes are so cute!

    • March 27, 2011 3:58 PM

      Yay, I love PB and Jenny! Glad to have you here 🙂

  7. March 26, 2011 5:28 PM

    Wow it’s beautiful! Have a great weekend, even though from the looks of it it seems like you already are! 🙂

    • March 27, 2011 4:01 PM

      Thanks, Sara! I hope your weekend was equally fun 🙂

  8. March 26, 2011 6:38 PM

    mini cupcakes are the way to my heart too 😉

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    chanelandolivia.wordpress.com

  9. March 27, 2011 5:27 PM

    Those cupcakes are the cutest things EVER!!!! I think anything mini is adorable! 😉 Like BABY Pizzerts for instance. 🙂

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