The blooms have popped up in the backyard. A friend made me a salad for lunch recently and she mixed a can of tuna to go with it. It was my first time having tuna since high school, and now I’m totally on a tuna kick. I love the albacore from Trader Joe’s, and I mix it with a little diced red onion, celery, dill pickle and TJ’s organic mayo that reminds me of Miracle Whip (I realize some people think that’s gross, but to me, it’s like childhood summers). Then, I add my favorite: fresh summer tomatoes.
I take salads for lunch most days, and I try to keep them interesting. This is one of my favorites: strawberries, spinach, asparagus, cous cous, toasted almonds and raspberry vinaigrette. When a friend from Missouri, who lives in D.C., but has spent the summer in Russia, comes to visit, you splurge on dessert and talk about the research she’s doing for her PhD in Russian history. You just do. My sister made me dinner one night. Cous cous spinach salad with vegetable samosas and mint chutney. She’s on her way to being vegan, and it’s fun to see what she’s eating. I’ve been trying to stay away from too many breads, but the other day I bought a loaf of seven-grain bread from the farmers market, and made garden tomato sandwiches with it all weekend. I divided the loaf so I could freeze some of it. Didn’t last long, though, because I thawed it the following weekend and binged on more tomato sandwiches. I celebrated National Night Out in my aunt’s neighborhood last week. It’s one of my favorite neighborhood events. The dough and sauce is provided, but everyone brings their favorite toppings. Then, they’re fired in the brick oven and we all share. My new obsession is the veggetti, the little gadget that turns vegetables like zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and carrots into noodles. I’ve made shoestring baked sweet potato fries, fettucini alfredo, garlic pasta with portobello mushrooms and a Greek salad with Feta cheese. I love it!It was even my dinner at the movie on the lawn.
And then there’s this, renewing my passport. Because this is happening in a few months, and I’m so excited.
WELCOME!I’m Lauren — a gentle wanderlust who lives in a little valley nestled between Sacramento and San Francisco. I embrace life’s littlest and most poignant moments, and share them here.
FOLLOW @theurbanhippie ON INSTAGRAM!April 1 // Morning view // Finally spent some time giving my plant babies much-needed TLC. Bloom, my pretties. #succulents #aprillove2018Let’s let a new month be a reason to take pictures everyday. You in? #photochallenge #AprilLove2018Love is being willing to look like a clumsy goofball for the friend and coworker who wanted to spend her final day’s celebration by floundering around trampolines! We all know you’re an Olympic gymnast @auntiesarah97! We’ll keep trying @janelle_meyers! Scroll for our video in which I just basically fall a lot. #skyzone #trampoline #CoworkersWhoJumpTogether... #IUsedToBeCool #IHaveBlueMatFear #HelpThis sweet face. She was the perfect patient today during her a very long and complicated surgery to remove a 3-pound fatty tumor that was mingled with layers of muscle. Though she’s my old lady teenager, the docs say her labs look like that of a puppy. Thankful for this sweetness. #My13YearOld #WellBeInTheDogBedIfYouNeedUs #dogchild #aussiechow #coneheadAlways fun with these girls. Happy birthday to my lil adventuring friend, Andrea! I hope it’s a year filled with boundless ski slopes, hiking trails, tent dreams, hot tub soaks, wine & cheese savoring and paddleboard naps. #happybirthdaySWIPE for some pretty greenery 🌵😍>.>.> Spent the afternoon in the sun roaming one of my favorite nurseries and pretending summer is with us. They have a great greenhouse restaurant, but make sure you get there before 3. #highhands #nursery #succulents #plantsGetting in my weekday steps, vitamin D and color fix. #afternoonwalk #theothercoffeebreakThat time when you’re ranting to God about life’s crazy, and how all you want is to get away and feel some ocean air and your friend texts to say the car’s leaving in 20 minutes. #AnsweredPrayer #APrettyClearConnection #SoThankful #BodegaBay #PacificPrescription #Blessed #RoadtripAnd then there was wheat bread - like six loaves of it! So thankful for friends who teach me how to turn wheat berries into flour and then into bread. #baking #breadbaking #wheatbread
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