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Home Face Mask Recipe You Can Use Now

Face masks can be bought at your local stores, but now you can go to your house and make your own. That sounds more fun right? Sure it does and I want to teach you how to make face wash mask when your on a budget. The materials I am going to use should be at your house or cost little at the grocery store. Face masks are very good you know. They nicely burn off all the bad chemicals that want to stay on your face. The acne, zits, insect bites, and rough natural oils are taken off to give you a step up look. Make up that you put on the night before is also taken off. I have my recipes for you to get started in making your very own face mask for cheap. Look down below for more details.

Best Korean face mask for acne

Basic Raw Honey Face Mask Recipe

Apply basic honey face mask to your face if you feel you don’t need to use anything specific to clean face. Raw honey pumps face with anti-bacteria, prevents aging, and moisturizes the skin naturally. This recipe is very easy to make and does not take much time to do. First, go buy some raw honey. You need about a small jar of it. Big jar is for people who use face masks every day. Once done, open the raw honey. Then, get a spoon that is in the draw. Take the spoon and take out a spoon full of raw honey. Next, spread the raw honey on your face. Use 2 spoons if you run out of honey. Generally, one tea spoon should cover your face but things happen. Spread the honey to every part of your face. Get the eye lids, cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Once done, you need to wait and let the raw honey work its magic on your face. Wait about 15 to 60 minutes with the raw honey on face. After, wash face off with cold water. Then, pat face down with a dry cloth. All done and ready to do something else.

Raw honey is very good for your face. Many Koreans claim it is always good to have this ingredient in your Best Korean face mask for acne recipe. Raw honey is a healing agent that tries it’s best to heal everything on your skin. Gives skin superior nourishment and hydration. Minor wounds will also be healed on your face. If you have a little cut from shaving, try using raw honey to take care of that pain. Won’t have to worry about walking in public with a ugly scar again. In general, raw honey is the best natural face cleaner that your skin can possibly have to make it look younger and healthier.

Acne Raw Honey Face Mask

Acne face mask for people who have acne and basic dirt on face. One of the best Korean face mask for acne. You get the same treatment as basic honey face mask with a little spice to treat acne better. Preparation takes a little more time. Not that much. First, get your hands on some raw honey and cinnamon. Next, take out a spoon. Then, take 3 tea spoons of raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. You got to mix these two together. Get a little empty jar or bottle to do this. Mix them together and mix them good. Warning, cinnamon is harmful to people with sensitive skin. Before you think of putting the mix on your face, test out the cinnamon irritation by putting cinnamon on the back of your hand. Your hand will react if it is bad for you. In the event it is, skip mixing the cinnamon and just use 3 tea spoons of raw honey. Next, spread the mixture on your face. Let it sit on face for 10 to 30 minutes. That should be enough time to let the mixture burn off all acne on face. That is all there is to it.

Hoverboards Are a Great Toy for Kids to Have

Hoverboards are something a kid really wants, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on. Getting a kid one of these is not doing too much. Kids get bored of their toys fast. They always need something new to help them past their free time. Consciously, you want to get them what they want and that is great. But, on one hand, you want to stay within your personal budget. Your money does not grow on trees. Many hours and days go for the cash. The best choice would be to get the best hoverboards for kids that is really cheap. You win and the kid gets what they want. More things you might want to know to help you decide on how to get one that is good and cheap.

Pick a Hoverboard That Doesn’t Burn Into Flames

HOVERBOARDS FOR KIDS

Be very weary of the cheap hoverboards you see online and offline. There have been many reports of the boards bursting into flames. Some say it is mostly the cheap hoverboards. This is not a proven fact, but you should check the reviews of each hoverboard item you buy. It can prevent your child from having something you can’t afford to pay right now. Take your time and get your child a hoverboard that is actually reliable.

As well, check to see if the hoverboard is durable. Kids like to jump on things don’t they? They will probably jump on the board and make it unusable. There is not guarantee, but when I was a kid I use to jump on things. Too many things I use to jump on because I thought I was superman. The child is highly likely to break a poorly made hoverboard. See if the hoverboard is very durable and strong enough to handle tough pressure.

Set a $300 Or Less Budget for Purchasing One

Set a budget around $300 for the purchase of a hoverboard. Hoverboards come in many prices, but they are ultimately designed for people who like standing instead of walking. They are considered cool to have by some. I personally will never have one. But, this is about what the kid wants and what the kid wants matters. They need to enjoy life before it rushes them in the face. Buy one that is around $300 or less. You have other things you have to pay for. Got to make sure you can afford it. If you have to wait longer to get one, then wait longer to get one for the kid. The kid will understand once they get it. Never worry about that. The look on their face will make you light up with love.

Help Them Learn How to Ride One

Help Them Learn How to Ride One

Using a hoverboard is not as simple as reading instructions. Its like riding a bike. You got to practice with it to learn how to do it. The kid will not know what to do. Teach the kid how to balance their legs on one. Help them stand up if they need to. Show them how to balance their waist for a long period of time. Hold their hand to stop them from falling off. Do all these things when you have free time. It takes about 1 to 3 weeks to learn how to use a hoverboard. Have patience and teach them what to do with a hoverboard.

Prevent Your Pregnancy Stretch Marks By Following These Tips

Every women worries about those stretch marks. Are the marks going to be there for ever? Will I need to go get plastic surgery? What will people say about my marks int eh future? All these questions are normal to have. You’re a young woman and you probably never had kids before. Take a deep breath and relax. It is going to be ok now. Your not going to fall out of orbit because stretch marks don’t want to go away. Luckily, there is a way to make your stretch mark worries no more. A few tips that you can follow each week. View the tips below.

Control Your Weight

Controlling your weight is one way to prevent stretch marks and reduce the size of them. For one thing, your body skin changes over time. The change causes the skin to have marks in it. The marks represent the previous level of weight. When the skin expands due to added weight, you tend to get a stretch mark as a result. As a result of this, you should keep your weight at one level. For example, if you started at 150 pounds, try to keep your weight around 150 pounds. Do not try to go over more than 10 to 20 pounds. Keep your weight leveled each day and the stretch marks won’t appear.

A woman with a baby, is going to have stretch marks regardless, so she should use the best stretch mark prevention cream during pregnancy that she can find. You can try reducing your weight after you had the kid, but you will still need a cream to get rid of those belly marks. The cream does work. It might take more then a couple weeks but it works.

To expand on this, buy yourself a weight machine for your bathroom. Step on the weight machine each day. The machine will tell you your weight and help you control the weight better. Your going to be aware of how well you are losing or gaining weight. Its a nice little machine to have if you want to lose or gain weight. Use the machine to help you control your weight better. Measure your weight and be aware.

Use Retonoid Cream On Your Stretch Marks

Retonoid Cream applied to your skin helps stretch marks look like normal skin color. Apply to your skin each day and watch the skin go back to its original color after a few weeks. The cream provides vitamin A and rebuild collagen. Your skin will be healthier and repair itself normally. Use the best stretch mark prevention cream during pregnancy you can find on the market.

Warning, do not use retonoid cream while pregnant. Many doctors have concluded that using retonoid cream while pregnant causes harm to you or baby. Please wait for the little one to come out. Then, apply the cream to the belly each week. If you have very sensitive skin, go see your doctor and ask for the right retonoid cream for your skin type.

America’s Birthday

The fourth of July falling on a Wednesday seems a little strange, but we took advantage of the mid-week day off to go on a little adventure and celebrate my birthday a day early.

Cross Country Ride

Our plan was not much of a plan but more of an idea of what we may or may not do. We knew riding bikes was going to be part of it and it was decided pretty last-minute that it would be in the Winter Park/Fraser Valley area.

Not knowing what traffic would be like, we hit the road early, but still later than planned, of course. No traffic. So amazing. We rolled through Winter Park and into Fraser to stop into a local bike/coffee shop, Totally Wired/Rocky Mountain Roastery, and get some trail beta since our efforts to search out the route, directions or a map were unsuccessful.

When we mentioned that we were going to try to ride High Lonesome/Caribou/Strawberry the owner of the shop replied “Do you want me to draw you a map of something way better than that?” to which we responded, “hell yea!”

Directions were given, the map was draw. We were on our way with this guy in hand.

Afraid of getting lost, not in the least bit. Even though I’m a worry wart when it comes to getting lost on rides, I was more confident with this map than a real map because we had detailed markers and way-points. Also, this is not the first map like this we’ve gotten from the same person. He hasn’t failed us yet.

The ride was really incredible. Brand new, barely there trail, great views, and overall just really fun to ride.

The ride was fairly short, even with a minor detour at the beginning we were only riding for about 2.5 hours. When we hit the end of the descent, we opted to boogie to the car, eat, and head to Winter Park to ride DH rather than riding more XC.

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At Winter Park we caught up with some friends for a few laps and finished off the day with a lap or two on our own. I am getting better and better each time I ride DH. Riding rougher terrain, going faster, cornering better, riding bigger features and building confidence on jumps.

Sleepy Monkey Batch #2 Tasting

I was getting anxious for a Sleepy Monkey near the end of the day, so we headed to the car. I was excited for my first full beer since the end of my 30-day challenge. Evan and been patiently waiting to have  Sleepy Monkey for my birthday. It was just as delicious as the first batch Evan brewed!

We took our Sleepy Monkeys down to the creek and chatted with some other folks that we’d met up with and enjoyed the cool fresh water. Please notice Evan’s new Chacos. He is very excited about them and I was jealous of them when he could walk through the water with them on and I had to go barefoot because my flip-flops weren’t up to the task.

Dinner: DeAntonio’s Pizza!

After a couple of beers, I had pizza on the brain (when don’t I though?). Not just any pizza. The best pizza in all of Colorado. We hit up DeAntonio’s for my somewhat traditional birthday meal.

We scarfed some super amazingly fresh garlic knots and an unpictured antipasto salad, which was a highlight of the meal.

We’ve never ordered a full pizza before so we gave it a shot and got a pepperoni pizza. It was delicious, but not as thin and doughy as the slices. Maybe if we ordered a larger size it would have been? Still no real complaints from me. I loved it.

With full bellies and tired muscles we hit the road back home. Luckily, no traffic again! We were beat by the time we got home and could barely even change into our pajamas for bed.

Yesterday was a perfect day! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, um, and America’s Birthday. Looking forward to continuing my birthday celebrations today!

How was your 4th of July? What did you do? Are you working the rest of the week? 

Weekend Recap: Lazy Bones

Well, not so much lazy bones ALL weekend. Just part of it. Here’s the quick recap.

Friday

We met friends at Great Divide Brewery for happy hour(s!). The plan was a beer or two then home for dinner. The plan went by the wayside. Beers were delicious.

We went out for dinner. I ate pizza again for I think the seventh day in a row. This time from a new place, Ignite!. It was decent.

It poured rain all night. It was glorious!

Saturday

Not surprisingly, since Friday’s plan went out the window, so did Saturday morning’s plan of getting up early to go ride bikes. Instead I was super freaking lazy. Finally by midday, I pulled myself together and headed out for a quick mountain bike ride. I demoed the carbon version of my current bike. It was love. But more on that some other time.

Following my bike ride, I headed to visit my Mom. We went shopping, but I didn’t buy anything. I did, however, get soaking wet. It is apparently Monsoon season here in CO now. Whatever that means. I’m fine with it as long as it isn’t in the triple digits again anytime soon.

It was tough, but I drug myself off my Mom’s couch and headed home for a little yoga session.

Then Evan and I made a tasty dinner! I’ll post the recipe up sometime soon. It is worth making the quinoa for sure!

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa + Corn + Chili Lime Chicken.

Sunday

Sunday started off with much more motivation. Evan and I were both up and out the door early to ride bikes. Road for her, DH for him.

I met up with some girlfriends to go for a very damp, but super enjoyable ride. We had no particular route in mind, just kind of wandered. The fog was so thick that it felt like it was raining. We covered about 25 miles and about 2,000 feet of climbing.

Immediately after our ride, I went to yoga. I thought it was the free beginner class. It was not. It was Yoga Sculpt. It was brutal. I was hungry and dehydrated and hot. In the end, good though.

I did some grocery shopping and started prepping food for the week and for dinner. It started downpouring. Again. This might have been the hardest rain I’ve ever seen.

Evan and I planned to have my Mom and Duke over for dinner since my Dad is out-of-town. On the menu was Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad with Pork Tenderloin and Pineapple relish. Heirloom tomatoes are not easy to find and when you find them, they are not cheap.

Dinner was prepped and I braved the rain to grill the pork. Just on time, my Mom and Duke arrived. Duke had apparently been digging before the left home. Too cute.

Dinner was so good. The tomatoes were worth every penny and all of the running around. Recipe to come.

The weekend drew to a rainy close and I slept like a baby to the sound of it. I do miss regular rain.

How was your weekend? Did you have any good eats? Go on any adventures? 

Cheers To Not Prohibition

On this day, January 16th, in 1919 the 18th Amendment was ratified and on January 16th, 1920 prohibition started. For the next 13 years it was illegal to produce or sell alcoholic beverages.

I thought it was only appropriate to focus on alcoholic beverages today, especially my favorite of them, craft beer. Because beer matters.

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On our recent trip to Seattle, we visited a couple of local breweries my favorite of which was Fremont Brewing. Even before I made it inside this “urban beer garden” I knew I was on the right track because of this sign out front.

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I loved the inside of this cute little place with bleacher like seating at the entrance, chalkboard paint behind the bar, lots of taps, picnic tables, big bright windows, an outdoor seating area and primary colored walls.

I was overwhelmed with the number of beers that this small brewery had on tap. There were at least 13 on tap and a couple of others we tried that hadn’t officially been tapped yet. I didn’t take notes or a photo of the beer list, but I should have.

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Below is a list of what I believe we tried and some brief tasting notes.

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  • Universal Pale Ale
  • Interurban IPA –  This was a really delicious tre to style IPA.
  • Wandering Wheat
  • Abominable Winter Ale – A delicious Winter Ale. Strong, dark, and malty with hints of hops.
  • Harvest Ale – A perfectly balanced Saison that was delicious.
  • The Brother Imperial IPA – Big, bad, brother. All hops. All.the.time.
  • The Sister IPA
  • Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout – So smooth and easy to drink which is scary given it was around 8% ABV.
  • Super Duper IPA – This IPA was really piney, but had strong citrus notes as well.
  • Dark Star Oatmeal Stout with Hazelnut and Chocolate – It was like drinking Nutella Beer. It was definitely something you’d have one or two of, but not drink a bunch in a row.
  • Harvest Ale Cask Conditioned w/ Buddha’s Hand and Thai Basil – HOLY AMAZING. This beer might make my list of top favorite beers ever. The flavors played so well together and the cask conditioning make it perfectly mellow.
  • Wandering Wheat w/ something – I cannot remember what this was, but I’m pretty sure we had two wandering wheats.
  • Abominable Winter Ale Nitro – again, I can’t remember for sure, but I think we had one of these on nitro

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It was a long afternoon, which explains my brief tasting notes. Tasting that many really excellent beers all at once was pretty overwhelming for me. There wasn’t a single beer that I wouldn’t have again which, for me, is unusual when tasting so many.  As overwhelming as it was, I survived. Evan seemed to handle it just fine too.

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After our flight we, of course had to order one of our favorites. My top favorites were the super special beers – the Saison with Buddha’s Hand & Thai Basil and the Dark Star Hazelnut, so I wasn’t able to get a full beer of them. I ended up with a regular Dark Star which was also satisfying.

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hatting with us, getting our opinions on the beer and even let us try beers that were mid-brew.

If Fremont was closer to home, it would be on the go-to list for me and I think Evan too.

Cheers to prohibition being over and to the rise of the craft brewing industry in the United States.

Summer Skiing

June rolled into the Front Range with bright sun, blue skies and temps in the 70s. Sounds perfect, right? Well, we ditched out on the perfect summery weather and headed to the mountains to get a little more winter.

Saturday we buzzed up to A-Basin for a few hours on what was their anticipated closing weekend, but thanks to a late-season (um, summer season?) storm, they had gotten nearly a foot of snow earlier in the week and are extending their season for at least one more weekend.

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The conditions were the best summer skiing conditions I’ve had in Colorado. The temps were warm, no wind, sunshine, and plenty of slushy bumps at the bottom. The top on the other hand was so far from slush. It was perfect soft snow. You’d have never guessed it was June 1st.

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Not only were we stoked to get up there to tick off skiing in another month this year and enjoy the summer conditions, but we also retrieved our mugs! Thank goodness we went because the 6th Alley Bar isn’t open next weekend, so our mugs would have been long-gone.

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We didn’t use or mugs nearly as much as we’d hoped, but definitely still love having them.

Cheers to summer skiing!

S’mores!

Until this weekend, my Mother had never had a s’more! Can you believe that? Although they had probably been around for much longer, the first s’mores recipe was published in the Girl Scout Handbook in 1927, so they were certainly around well before my Mom was a youngster.

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I have a feeling now that they have an outdoor fire pit, she is about to make up for all of the years of her life that she didn’t have s’mores.

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While I can’t say I have never had s’mores I can say, I’ve probably never had s’mores so fancy and smelled so little like campfire after having them.

We had quite the assortment of items for our s’mores including three kinds of gourmet handmade marshmallows – chocolate chili, toasted coconut, and rosewater. The marshmallows were from Bang Candyin Nashville, TN and were given to my Dad as a Christmas gift with this purpose in mind. It was my first experience with handmade gourmet marshmallows and I may never be able to go back.

Don’t worry, we still had plain old marshmallows too. Not only did we have chocolate, but we also had Chocolate Cappuccino spread and peanut butter.

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My Mom started with a plain old s’more. It was tough to just how much she liked it, but I do know she thought it was messy!

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We each made a variety of combinations. Of course none of them were bad. I think Evan’s were the most extravagant.

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Then we had to try the marshmallows on their own also. We compared favorite ways to eat a toasted marshmallow. My preference is to char the outside, eat the outside, then char the next layer, eat it, and so on.

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The big winner for marshmallows was the chocolate chili. I could have eaten the entire bag. Just enough spice to keep me wanting more.

Have you ever made gourmet s’mores? What are you favorite s’more fillings?

Telluride: Day 1

For the third weekend in a row I’m on a mini vacation in the mountains. This time to one of my favorite mountain towns, Telluride. I had never been here, but this town, and more specifically the Tim McGraw song about it, is one of the reasons I moved to Colorado.

We were here last year for the same race, Full Tilt in Telluride, but I spent a lot of my time in Mountain Village. This year, we’re staying in town and one of Evan’s friend’s girlfriend is here too, so I have a buddy.

Telluride is nestled on the valley floor in a box canyon so there is one year-round way in and out of the town.

 

At the end of the canyon is the largest waterfall in Colorado, Bridal Veil Falls. Although I have been to Telluride several times I have never been up to the falls, so I made the trek up to the falls Saturday morning. We got caught in some rain and the sky wasn’t Colorado blue but it was still incredible.

 

The hike/bike/drive up to the base of the falls from the Pandora mill is a little less than 2 miles, so as far as hikes go, it is extremely easy. The 365 foot falls are the largest free-falling waterfall in Colorado.

 

You can continue the additional half of a mile or so to the top of the falls where the power plant is. To the top, the elevation gain is about 1,200 feet. We couldn’t go to the house at the top or even down toward the top of the falls because it was closed for construction.

There were tons of waterfalls in New York growing up so I’m not usually that impressed by them, but these are truly awe-inspiring. It is no surprise that they were used in commercials to promote visiting Colorado.

The trail didn’t end at the top of the falls, so I did a very short trail run up a bit higher. The trail got steeper and rockier, but the scenery remained amazing. There were several little waterfalls all around and the wildflowers were gorgeous.

 

All the way down the hike there were stunning views of Telluride tucked into the valley. The sheer rock walls, vibrant red rock, and rugged mountains are so unique to the south western portion of Colorado.

 

We finished out the hike hungry, with sore feet, and in a steady cold rain. Just as we finished we got word that the boys had finished up their race practice and were at the local brewpub, Smuggler Joe’s, for a snack and a beer. That sounded amazing to both of us, so it didn’t take us long to put on dry clothes and get our tired butts there. Luckily it is less than one block from our condo. I had a Debauchery which was a Belgian Tripel and it was excellent. And strong.

 

After a snack and some rest a friend and I took public transportation a.k.a. the gondola to Mountain Village which is basically up and over the mountain. The Town of Mountain Village is new development and serves as the main base area for the ski resort. It is a drastic difference from the town of Telluride.

I don’t think I will ever get tired of the views from the Gondola. The mountain below falls steeply away, you get a peek at the end of the canyon, you’re staring at red rock cliffs straight on, all wall watching the already small town of Telluride shrink from view.

 

Believe it or not there area couple 4×4 road that go up and over that ridge and mountain bike trails that come down it into town.

 

After a quick tour of Mountain Village we took the gondola back to the midway point, the peak of the ridge, and wandered into a mountain top restaurant, Allreds, for a fancy drink. Just as we finished our drink, the boys called and we caught up with them to jump back on the gondola and head back to Town.

As I look around this town it is no wonder that people will do anything to live here and celebrities have been flocking here more and more recently. It is such a unique town with an incredible historic, but trendy vibe.

Off to savor more of this incredible town.


Have you ever wanted to live somewhere without having ever been there?

Weekend Recap: Lazy Bones

Well, not so much lazy bones ALL weekend. Just part of it. Here’s the quick recap.

Friday

We met friends at Great Divide Brewery for happy hour(s!). The plan was a beer or two then home for dinner. The plan went by the wayside. Beers were delicious.

 

We went out for dinner. I ate pizza again for I think the seventh day in a row. This time from a new place, Ignite!. It was decent.

It poured rain all night. It was glorious!

Saturday

Not surprisingly, since Friday’s plan went out the window, so did Saturday morning’s plan of getting up early to go ride bikes. Instead I was super freaking lazy. Finally by midday, I pulled myself together and headed out for a quick mountain bike ride. I demoed the carbon version of my current bike. It was love. But more on that some other time.

Following my bike ride, I headed to visit my Mom. We went shopping, but I didn’t buy anything. I did, however, get soaking wet. It is apparently Monsoon season here in CO now. Whatever that means. I’m fine with it as long as it isn’t in the triple digits again anytime soon.

 

It was tough, but I drug myself off my Mom’s couch and headed home for a little yoga session.

 

Then Evan and I made a tasty dinner! I’ll post the recipe up sometime soon. It is worth making the quinoa for sure!

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa + Corn + Chili Lime Chicken.

 

Sunday

Sunday started off with much more motivation. Evan and I were both up and out the door early to ride bikes. Road for her, DH for him.

I met up with some girlfriends to go for a very damp, but super enjoyable ride. We had no particular route in mind, just kind of wandered. The fog was so thick that it felt like it was raining. We covered about 25 miles and about 2,000 feet of climbing.

 

Immediately after our ride, I went to yoga. I thought it was the free beginner class. It was not. It was Yoga Sculpt. It was brutal. I was hungry and dehydrated and hot. In the end, good though.

I did some grocery shopping and started prepping food for the week and for dinner. It started downpouring. Again. This might have been the hardest rain I’ve ever seen.

 

Evan and I planned to have my Mom and Duke over for dinner since my Dad is out-of-town. On the menu was Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad with Pork Tenderloin and Pineapple relish. Heirloom tomatoes are not easy to find and when you find them, they are not cheap.

Dinner was prepped and I braved the rain to grill the pork. Just on time, my Mom and Duke arrived. Duke had apparently been digging before the left home. Too cute.

 

Dinner was so good. The tomatoes were worth every penny and all of the running around. Recipe to come.

 

The weekend drew to a rainy close and I slept like a baby to the sound of it. I do miss regular rain.

How was your weekend? Did you have any good eats? Go on any adventures?