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Sometimes I Forget

June 6, 2011

Sometimes I forget how close I live to Denver and that I should take advantage of all the fun things the city has to offer.

Like the Chalk Art Festival.

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Have you ever been to something like this?  I thought it was way cool!

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“Eye Catching” – get it?? 😛

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This one won my approval just by the mere fact that it was my favorite baseball player. 

Oh Tulo, you even look good in chalk 🙂

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Allow me to explain what’s going on here.

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The artist was distorting the drawing so that when you look at the reflection everything is the right size.


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My brain can’t even comprehend how  to go about doing that.  So talented!

Sometimes I forget just how good banana bread muffins smell fresh out of the oven (at 11 PM) and that even banana muffins can be fancy.

Hello, apple and dates, join the banana muffin party, won’t you?

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I used this recipe and they came out just lovely.  Moist and not too sweet, plus apples, dates and bananas are just meant to go together, don’t you think?

The only modification I made was to lower the sugar from 1/2 cup to 3 tablespoons.  With dates and bananas in the mix, I figured they were already going to be sweet enough.  Oh and of course they only took 20 minutes to bake instead of 45 minutes, being muffins and all.

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It was pretty late by the time these were done, but seriously, who can resist taste testing a fresh out of the oven muffin no matter what time it is.  Joey, apparently, but not this girl!

Sometimes I forget how hot Colorado can get in the summer and that running in the middle of the day is sometimes out of the question.

Hello, indoor yoga/ab session.  I had the oven on to roast some veggies, so it was basically like going to hot yoga, right?

Sometimes I forget that meals don’t have to be a labor-intensive, time-consuming, giant mess-making ordeal.

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Last half of a tortilla with hummus, tomato and basil + salad with radishes and tomato-cilantro vinaigrette + celery drizzled in almond butter sauce and raisins.

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My lunches change so much when I’m at home to make them.  During the school year it was almost always leftovers from dinner the night before but now that I’m done with school, I’ve really been enjoying just throwing what ever is in the fridge together.

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I don’t have to worry about whether it will pack well or whether it’ll keep me full for long enough to make it through the rest of the day.  If I’m hungry again in an hour, I can just grab something else from the fridge.

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Or from the muffin tin…

Do you have the luxury of not having to pack your meals? 

Or have you ever been to a chalk art festival?

Happy Monday!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2011 5:23 PM

    The chalk art is so cool! I have seen art like that before and it never fails to impress me. I literally do not have an artistic bone in my body.

    I only have to take my lunches to school a few days a week. It can be quite the creativity stifler… but Ive managed! Couldnt get by without my Alladin tupperware set.

  2. June 6, 2011 5:28 PM

    That distorted image is seriously amazing. I mean, they all are- but that is really talented!
    I pack my lunches… I usually do ok with bring enough to eat. I don’t enjoy carrying it around all day, though.

  3. June 6, 2011 6:20 PM

    How cool is that!
    Where I live, you never see stuff like that. I’m so jealous!

  4. June 6, 2011 7:13 PM

    I can’t believe that those pictures were drawn with CHALK! That is incredible!!! 😀

    YUM! Your muffins sound really good! I’ll have to try them out! 🙂

  5. June 6, 2011 7:25 PM

    Wow I love all the chalk art, we don’t have anything like that here in Miami. It would definitely be so cool 😀

  6. June 7, 2011 5:13 AM

    That distorted/reflection picture is blowing my mind. Insane.
    I DO NOT have the luxury of not packing my meals at all. 4 out of 7 days my meals are eaten out of pyrex bowls. Weeee!

  7. The Teenage Taste permalink
    June 7, 2011 5:18 AM

    That chalk art is beautiful! The drawing of the crayon box is my favorite!

  8. June 7, 2011 5:57 AM

    Wow, those artists are phenomenal! Gorgeous chalk art. So sad to think about what they’re going to look like in a couple days, though 😦 I went to a festival like that a couple years ago. So much fun to watch them work, but it poured later the afternoon and as we were walking back it was just runny chalk all over 😦
    Lately I’ve been remembering that meals don’t need to be labor-intensive, too. Sometimes it’s fun to spend an hour in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s just as fun to throw something together!

    • June 7, 2011 4:48 PM

      When I have time it’s lovely to take my time and cook, but usually when lunch time rolls around and I’m hungry I don’t have the patience to cook.

  9. June 7, 2011 6:35 AM

    Wow. That chalk art is just gorgeous. I especially love the reflection one; that’s some crazy talent right there! And I baked banana bread last night, too… great minds think alike 😉

    I’m on my summer break, so I don’t have to worry about packing my meals which is SUPER nice because when I do have to pack, I usually just throw together an AB&banana sandwich, an apple, and some carrots in my bag because I’m lazy. I don’t usually spend that much time on my lunch meals even when I’m at home, but it’s nice to be able to whip up a smoothie or a yogurt mess and not have to worry about it travelling well.

    • June 7, 2011 4:47 PM

      I couldn’t agree more! And great minds *do* think alike 🙂

  10. June 7, 2011 9:01 AM

    I think my favorite part of working from home would be actually being able to make my lunches when it’s lunch time!!


  11. June 7, 2011 1:08 PM

    I have never been to a chalk art festival, but those drawings are beautiful. I would love to have something like that in my house:)

  12. June 7, 2011 1:34 PM

    I love it when you find cool stuff going on locally to you! The distorted image one is amazing.

  13. milehighmark permalink
    June 7, 2011 9:44 PM

    Wow…those are some great photos of the chalk art! I’m sure as a photog you loved having this as your subject matter. And that haze in Denver from the AZ fires actually seems to make for some good lighting. But what do I know, I’m just a gawker. (My younger sister is a total camera geek though.) How long did you slobber hang out at the Tulo piece? 🙂 I think it’s even the 2010 Tulo with his Mullet for charity. I live in Denver and didn’t know about this chalk art festival…so yeah…sometimes i forget too.

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