Welcome to another installment of Dishin’ It Up – June 2016 Edition! Where I share my favorite books, music, food and fun from the month!
How has June flown by sooo fast???? Maybe because June was PACKED with so many fun activities and events? Don’t get me wrong, I love all the fun things summer brings, but I also like the lazy days of summer too, and haven’t had as many of those type of days as I would like. Hopefully in July?!?!
So last month I brought back this monthly Dishin’ It Up feature, something I started years ago to share all my favorite things (food, TV, books, etc.) and fun from that month that didn’t make it to the blog in any other way. Some of these things I share about on Instagram (are you following??), or tease about in other blog posts, but don’t go into much detail.
To be honest, I kind of stopped these posts because, one, there are so MANY things I want to share on this blog (particularly mouthwatering recipes) that sometimes I can’t keep up with it all. Also, I really wasn’t sure if YOU all liked these type of non-recipe posts.
But, for me, it was not only fun, but rejuvenating to write about stuff not so food related and ramble on about things I’m loving. AND some of you actually “liked” and commented about the things I shared in that post, so here I am again… with June’s favorites, food and fun!
What I’ve been doing:
Well after month’s of working as a Fit Foodie Ambassador, the Fit Foodie Race weekend finally arrived. The weekend was filled with a race weekend kick off party on Friday, then I was up early on Saturday to participate in the race. I sped walked/jogged the 5k and was so happy to see so many people, from kids to adults, participating. After the race there was food, cooking demos (taught by the editors of Cooking Light and Health magazine), and mini fitness classes. On Sunday I was up an at ’em again and went to the Sunday Sweat Session, a kickboxing/boot camp class taught by Fight Club Austin. It has been so hot and humid here that it was more like a Sunday drench session, and at the end I was totally exhausted but feeling good!
I finally hosted my “Buttons and Bow Ties” all boy baby shower for my dear friend a few week’s ago. Over the last few months I have shared a few tutorials (like this Blueberry Lime Mock Mimosa, Bow Tie Champagne Flutes and Button Diaper Wreath) as I have prepped and planned for this special event. I am happy to say everything turned out beautifully and my friend was smiling and glowing all day! Here’s a sneak peek but I plan to do a full post with pics, the menu, and tips on how to create a onesie decorating station sometime soon!
I was invited by Hanna wine to attend a fun wine pairing lunch in Fredricksburg last week. I invited my friend Monica from Lick the Bowl Good, and we had such a fun time spending the day catching up and enjoying an absolutely delicious spread of food! I’ll be sharing a tasty recipe and some photos of the day soon, so stay tuned!
What I’ve been watching:
Game. Of. Thrones. Since the beginning of this show, my friends and I have created weekly watching parties and rituals for this show. Like every Sunday night for 10 weeks is GOT and only GOT. I love that this addicting show has brought together our group of 8-10 friends and made this a Sunday night tradition (even if only for 10 weeks out of the year). BUT before we start talking the season finale, we had to postpone last week’s watching party and won’t see it until this weekend. So NO spoilers please!
Also, have you seen the documentary series “Cooked” on Netflix? It is put together by renowned food writer Michael Pollan and is inspired by his latest book by the same name. This show explores how the basics “Fire,” “Water,” “Air” and “Earth” has shaped our food habits and cultures around the world. The show is brilliantly and beautifully filmed and the food nerd in me absolutely LOVES it!
Where I have been eating:
This month as part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s monthly happy hour, we were treated by The Soup Peddler to a selection of menu items. For years I have heard such amazing things about this local restaurant and was excited to finally try it! We had hot and cold soups, smoothies and juices and hot sandwiches. My favorite? The “Nina Simone” – a bright and colorful beet, cashew, cardamom, local yogurt, ginger, banana, rice milk smoothie!
I have also heard wonderful things about Crepe Crazy, a local sweet and savory crepe shop, and finally tried it last week. Since it was dinner time, I had the Turkey and Avocado, but have since longed for the S’mores dessert crepe! I guess I will be headed back soon! 😉
What I’ve been reading:
Last month, I rambled on about how I wanted to start reading again, but was at a lost as to what book to pick up first. It must be the summer vibes, but Kristin over at Dine and Dish, also wrote about how her goal for the month of June was to read at least one hour a day. At first I thought this was a lot, I mean for me sitting down to 30 minutes a day to *just* read and have “me” time seams almost impossible but I found ways to find time. Cutting the TV off earlier at night, bringing a book everywhere and snagging a few minutes while waiting at a doctor’s office, to get my oil changed, etc. instead of scrolling through social media.
When I took on Kristin’s reading challenge, at first I wanted it to be reading just of books, but have found that I have missed reading things like the newspaper, magazines, blogs and so forth. So I have challenged myself to reading at least 30 minutes of a book and then, if my day allows, 30 minutes of some other recreational reading.
Anyways, after sharing some books I was interested in last month, the book I finally decided on was Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell! I’m sure many of you foodies have already read this book, as the book and movie were uber popular several years ago (when blogging wasn’t anything like it is today!!). But, I never read the book and only have a few faint memories of the movie, so I thought I was a good choice.
Keeping with the foodie themed novels, after Julie and Julia I want to pick up Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand – a novel about a celebrity chef who passes away and his former wives have to come together to say goodbye to him. Mainly I want to read this book because my friend Jessica, of How Sweet It Is, created recipes that are published in the novel! A novel and cookbook? Score!
Whoa! So much and I’ve only shared a small glimpse into June’s food and fun! What are you currently loving??? Please share in the comments below!
*Disclosure: I am a Fit Foodie Ambassador and I am working with John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend to help promote the event.
**Disclosure: I was invited as a media/blogger guest of Hanna Wines to participate in this event, but was not compensated in any way.
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