Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Welcome, Colorado Bento Posts!

From 2009 to 2012 I started publishing a lunch packing inspiration blog called Colorado Bento. I have decided to close down that blog, but imported all the posts which can be found under the Colorado Bento tag. I certainly feel inspired to start to post some bento lunches on Eat Play Love, stay tuned!


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Monday, September 29, 2014

And The Heat Kicked On

I first heard a creak, followed by a slight clattering in the metal pipes, another creak, and a faint bubbling sound almost reminiscent of what one hears when the hose is turned on outside and you are still inside. My nose confirmed what my ears had already caught wind of. It's that mild something-could-be-burning familiar smell, which made my brain automatically think I inadvertently left the oven on. No, I didn't leave the oven on, the heat kicked on. My home is heated with water, running through copper pipes, jutting along the baseboard of one wall in every room. It's 1962 nostalgia at it's finest.

But the simple automated action of the heat turning on, surprised me.

The weekend was beautifully warm, full of sunshine, hiking in tank top weather, and today, the thermostat read 65 degrees in my house. The calendar tells me I should be wearing sweaters and jeans, that it's time to put away my sandals and take out my wool knee high socks and leather boots. While I long to wrap myself up in my dormant cozy clothes, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the warmth and sunshine filled summer days. By 7pm, the sun has dipped on the other side of the mountains and our wool throw from Iceland has never looked better. Autumn, sweep over me with hot tea after dinner, my 12 year old Brooklyn hoodie, and those fuzzy lined slippers that have been waiting patiently for your return.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy Seven Years Ago

Nothing quite marks the milestone of seven years blogging, like forgetting about that oh so special day.  That special day was August 13, a month late, a dollar short? Eat Play Love is not feeling a collective warm and fuzzy hug. Eat Play Love did not get a surprise party celebration. Eat Play Love is more like the balloon in the corner that's slowly deflating, a week after the party (that's inspired by a Ben Harper lyric).

My feet are so grounded in the place I am currently in my life, I should be inspired to be writing more. I am definitely wiser than I was seven years ago, I almost feel brimming over with ideas to share. And yet that most common writer's dilemma is plaguing me, where do I start? I've had this draft page open for a few days now, I click on it, write a few lines, I click on it delete a few lines, close it, open it, think of including photos, delete a paragraph, and decide just post the damn thing already.

Now a visual flashback. Maybe you remember some of these blog headers. Where has the time gone...






Saturday, September 6, 2014

Inspired and Accomplished, Soulcrafting With RedCamper

There's no purer way to my heart, than giving me the opportunity to dabble. As for my heart, it walked away from one evening Soulcrafting, purring a happy rhythm. I've never really been drawn to one hobby, I like to dabble in many things from DIY home projects to sewing to jewelry making to baking to gardening to painting. I love learning new handicrafts and practical skills, but often find it difficult to self motivate or commit to month long weekly classes.

Welcome, the dreamy, Soulcrafting. Soulcrafting has done the legwork, created the contacts with  amazing local master craftspeople, and set up the easiest way to continue your journey of lifelong learning right in your backyard through their class offerings! Leatherwork, home brewing, metal crafting, jam making, cheese making, kombucha brewing, gardening, tie making, are a just a few ways to dabble with help from Soulcrafting. If there is a skill you've been longing to try your hand at, the wonderful folks over at Soulcrafting will create the experience for you. I am already dreaming up multiple ways to celebrate birthdays with friends and family! Remember I said dreamy, maybe I meant really dreamy.

A few weeks ago I was invited by Soulcrafting to join Maura from RedCamper who is the creative genius behind Deliciousness jams. I've taken a canning class before, but it paled in comparison to learning from someone that is a creative powerhouse. Three of us joined Maura in her test kitchen (aka her house) to learn how to make jam. Maura has a brilliant palate and creativity just oozes from her, sitting in her home was so inspiring. I've always felt like people's homes help tell their story and Maura's just complimented her wonderfully. Before I knew it we were elbows deep in peeling apricots, boiling, measuring, pouring, and recipe testing an apricot-rosemary-rum-jam and a apricot-cinnamon-rum-jam! The night passed too quickly and not only did I leave with a bag full of goodies, I left full with the type of joy I only find when I take time out for myself.

Here's a glimpse into our evening, pure love and gratitude:



Related links:
Gracefull Plate, Soulcrafting with RedCamper
Soulcrafting's website,  Twitter, Facebook.

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My evening was provided by Soulcrafting, but my excitement was purely a product of that evening.