Wonderful friends, wonderful family and wonderful birthday!

I’ve had a wonderful 24th birthday and a little bit of a sun tan to go with it. The camping trip was so relaxing. We sat around the campfire reminiscing about the good ol’ times. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way. The only thing missing was my Dean guitar. The midnight air breathed softly as we sunk into our tents. We woke to find the beautiful sunshine peeking through to say hello in the morning.

One of my dearest friends, Bonnie-boo.

Bonnie-boo and Mark.

The night sky.

Adia skipping rocks...

Butterflies..

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Deciphering what to do for my 24th birthday.

My 24th birthday is in two weeks and I’m pondering on what to say when friends/family ask what I want to do. Camping is the first thing that came to mind. I would like to sit around a campfire with some of my closest friends, drink a few cold one’s, stuff my face with good food, and listen to the sounds of nature while sleeping underneath the milky stars. Or there is the thought of a new Kitchen Aid Mixer in a deep red color instead of my re-sale shop find hand mixer that is well, kinda lame. It has no rhythm and it’s just not jiving’ like it should. Maybe a vintage weight scale? Other than that..I really can’t think of anything that I just need. Maybe that’s part of getting older..we need less.
I’m just happy that I still have a kick in my step, pages to fill, memories to make, and friends and family to share the sparkle with.

Our current vacation.

We arrived at our cozy nook long after wandering through the Ozark hills. I think we we’re both beginning to wonder if our reservations we’re all just a fluke. Lesson learned never again, will I print off directions from Mapquest.com. We decided to get smart and stop by the local police station and see if they could help us. The oh so helpful police officer was our hope in a dark place. He helped us navigate our way to our cozy little nook. I was much relieved when we finally found it to say the least. I graciously spread my entire being on the bed in a big sprint. Next morning, woke up to the sound of brewing coffee, sunshine, and the love of my life. Those three combos can never be a bad sign. We walked in downtown Eureka Springs sifting through the rows of shops up and down the sidewalks. Later, we started getting hungry and ate at and Indian restaurant. We ordered a samosa for an appetizer. I would really like to replicate this…it was “Magical.” The best appetizer we’ve had this part of town. I would like to retire in this lovely place…there is so much energy, life and soul in this town. The food is amazing, the people are unique, and the beer is ice cold ( just the way it should be). Most of the stores I enjoyed going in we’re kitchen supply stores. I found some artichoke pesto spread, bruschetta spread,and jalapeno cilantro dip. One of my favorite finds was a polka dotted apron and global cookbook which will be brilliant for my ethnic food nights with friends and family. Again, the culinary field is calling my name in all aspects.
Here’s some pics of our current trip. Enjoy!

Our cozy kitchen


Isn't it cute?


So happy to finally arrive....


The "magical" samosa.


Boulanger (French) Baker.


The happy couple


Mmmm...I love me some Negro Medelo.


Matt smokin' a cigar.


Matt wasn't a fan of the cold smoke salmon but I liked it


Smokin' my first white chocolate/ irish cream cigar. I liked it


The trip has been wonderful thus far....

The adventure begins in 6 more days…..


Matthew and I are spending our vacation this year backpacking in the Ozarks. Our first couple of nights will be spent in a cozy cottage, refrigerator stuffed with junk food, big cozy bed to sprawl on and lots of room to just, do…nothing… at… all. Yes, I said it, Nothing. Vacation to me, means relaxing, stuffing your face with good food and beer, getting acquainted with the place your vacationing in and picking a couple of beautiful trails to backpack through. This week is sure to keep us busy enough getting our backpacking gear, freezer bag cooking recipes, and suitcases packed. The last backpacking trip was in 2010. Our honeymoon was spent in Seattle, Wa. It was surreal… the atmosphere was welcoming and felt almost like home. The food was amazing, the people we’re friendly, and the trails we’re unbelievably beautiful. The tree’s looked like giant paint brushes painting the sky baby blue. I get chill bumps even while I sit here and type there is no words to describe how incredible it was. I look forward to posting pics so you can share with me in my journey this year to Eureka Springs, Ar.