We’re heading home for Anthony’s little bro’s wedding this weekend. I can’t wait to see my family. I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve seen them, when in reality, it’s only been a month. I decided the best way to kick off the trip was with a couple cupcakes from Crumbs. I picked up a strawberry lemonade cupcake for myself and cookies and cream for Anthony. I’ve been waiting all day for the moment when I can curl up on the couch and devour this sweet beast. Chow!
With countless nights of tossing and turning and ear plug wearing under our belt, tonight we’ll rest easy in a new loft. We decided to go with a corner unit with lots of windows and loads of character. Last night our friend Matt helped us move the big furniture items and today Anthony and I brought the rest of it over.
We’re having fun playing around with the layout of this space. We decided we’re going to forgo owning a television. We went two weeks without one and quite liked it, plus it gives us more freedom in the way we arrange furniture.
I’m eager to get settled in and finally be able to entertain friends and family in this new little home of ours.
Anthony and I decided that when we moved to CA we would start eating differently. We don’t eat horribly, but like most people, we could certainly eat healthier. Anthony’s a very picky vegetarian, so creating meals for the two of us each day would drain me. I would search recipes and spend way too much time making lackluster meals. Poor Anthony would have to eat some slight variation of a tuna sandwich every day for lunch and pasta for dinner, like, every night. That gets very old, quick!
When Anthony found the website, Eat This Much, I felt like all my food prayers had been answered. The site plans meals for you weekly and sends you a grocery list with each recipe based off your specifications. You can choose from certain diets as well omit any foods you don’t enjoy. We have ours set to feed two people, three meals a day. Our only stipulation is that lunch must travel well and be easily reheated since Anthony eats at the office. You can also set the program to include leftovers. It’s kind of genius! It takes all the planning out of cooking. We’ve been using Eat This Much for a week now and we are very happy with it. All the foods are so simple and tasty. I told Anthony the other day, “I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such a variety of food, ever!”
A typical day of meals looks something like this:
Yogurt with fruit and granola for breakfast
Avocado white bean wrap for lunch
California grilled veggie sandwich with aioli and yam fries for dinner
That veggie sandwich is one of my faves! I never would have thought to make something as simple as that, but it tasted so good! I really can’t recommended this program enough!
How cute is this cookie?! Our new friend Jillian, who is the manager at Maxwell Dog, gave us this thoughtful gift for Diego as a “Welcome to Los Angeles” treat. I thought it was too sweet not to share with you.
And so our journey west begins! We started around 9am yesterday morning. By 10:30am we were bored out of our minds and oh so sleepy! We stopped for an early lunch at a retro McDonald’s in Illinois. We sat at a picnic table outside sharing our fries with Diego. Speaking of the dog child… Diego has done very well on this trip. Luckily sleeping all day while curled up into a small ball is pretty much the norm for him. Every once in a while he’ll pop up from his little place on the floor to smell the cow patties through the air vents. It’s pretty cute!
We decided this time around that each night we would treat ourselves to a comfortable nights stay in a hotel instead of an icky motel. Last night we stayed at a Hampton Inn near Tulsa. We got upgraded to a suite which was unexpected but great. Diego got to sleep on his own convertible couch, which he loved.. He’s still sprawled out on the bed as I type.
I’ll be sure to update more from the road, but for now there’s a free continental breakfast screaming my name! xx