No food today, just a few bits and pieces from the last few weeks that I thought I would share! This past weekend we took a mini trip to Iowa for a few minor league baseball games and checked out the Iowa State Fair. I though other state fairs were large, but this one takes the cake. There were more food vendors than you could shake a veggie corndog stick at and even a cow carved out of butter! I was suprised by the vast selection they had for food. From salad on a stick to the meatiest fried foods you could want, there was a little bit of everything. I spotted a pineapple whip stand that I didn’t get a chance to try, but I think I’ll need to try my hand at making it at home soon. Plus, I got to meet this little guy up above and we decided we should get a goat, it’s better than mowing the lawn, right?
Whenever we are in the capitol city of a state we make it a point to visit the capitol building. It seems very field trip-ish, but really, it’s an awesome way to learn about the state and see a pretty awesome building at the same time. I didn’t take a picture, but the library at the Iowa state capitol building is gorgeous. I want to live there and sit on the spiral staircases all day long! Other highlights from the trip included eating at this pizza place (Chinese food+pizza=pretty dang awesome) and discovering a lovely diner in rural Iowa on the way home.
Wedding stuff! So admittedly, I haven’t done a lot of actual wedding planning. I have a few spreadsheets going, which have kept my crazy brain at bay, and done a ton of research, so at this point I’m compiling and taking a step back to evaluate different options for the big stuff. I binged on wedding magazines for a week or so, then had to just stop before I got into overload. Hopefully I will be going dress shopping with my momma soon, which will probably make everything seem so REAL. Also, this book has been an awesome resource for thinking outside the box and saving money on wedding plans. If you are planning a wedding, I highly recommend it! Having two best friends who are planning weddings at the same time doesn’t hurt either!
Other things, currently I’m reading My Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz and love it. As a former French student (as in, I took French in high school but can’t remember anything except how to order a ham sandwich now), I love the inside view into French living. I saw David speak at Blog Her this year and reading his book just further affirms that I love his tone of writing. Next up to read is Think Like A Freak by the same guys who wrote Freakanomics, because these books oddly draw me in and appeal to the economics side in me.
I’ll leave you with this picture from my recent trip to Florida. I sent this picture to my best friends and titled it ‘I’m never coming home’, aren’t beach vacations the best?! Alas, real life and an impatient kitty at home awaits.
Later this week is oatmeal cookie time! I’m still working on the recipe, but think a little salty and a little sweet, with a lot of oat-y goodness.