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Oh it’s hot…

It’s been a hot day here in CO.  I find myself constantly surrounded by beverages, although that goes for most of the year.  Although it’s been hot lately, last month was one of the wettest months here on record, something like 236% above average!  I kind of like to think that we’re nearly half way through the month….far fetched thinking I know, but I suppose you can understand my logic if you’ve read my previous post.

I know it doesn’t bear repeating, but I probably won’t be talking about food nearly as much as I used to for a while…I’ve discovered that my BF inspires me to cook and bake and without him, I don’t feel passionate about it.  I have however baked once or twice since I’ve been back in the States.  Today for instance, I baked Banana Oatmeal Cookies and they were delicious!  Kind of like a little piece of banana bread in cookie form…Mmmm…..Yeah, I know it was something like 97 degrees outside today, but I felt like baking despite the hot temperatures.  I apparently also feel inspired during the hotter months to make afghans!   Ha.  I’m nearly done with crocheting my blanket–I’m just finishing up those hanging threads and giving it the finishing touches.  I’ll be so happy with my handiwork when it’s all finished.  I know it’ll definitely be an heirloom one day.

Not much else going on while I wait to hear more news about my job, which will hopefully be starting soon!  I hope to know more this week….fingers crossed!  Until then, it gives me an excuse to enjoy what time I have in the kitchen and devoted to my blanket!  I’ll be sure to post a picture of my blanket when it’s all done!  I’ve also found that I enjoy watching all the Harry Potter movies lately too….and reading the Twilight series too!  I certainly never run out of things I’d like to do while not working, that’s for sure!  I’ve always got a stack of stuff from the library like magazines and books/Cd’s to look at in addition to all the books I have already that I’d like to get around to reading.  I find I read mostly at night, which thankfully hasn’t been playing itself out in my dreams or anything.

Can I also say on a different note, how much I miss England and of course my boyfriend?  I miss them both..I miss all of my English TV programming, my little pieces of nature, my little way of life there, getting to see my boyfriend each and every day, getting to spend so much blissful time in the kitchen, going to the market, even grocery store shopping, which I hate doing here in the States…..I miss watching funny episodes of ‘Top Gear’ or ‘The Apprentice’ when it was getting good…and giving me a reason to look forward to Wednesdays after work….getting to see the ocean is another thing I miss, ok, technically it isn’t an ‘ocean’ per say, since it’s a channel, but you know what I mean.  I miss my favorite pine tree filled neighborhood near the beach.  Ahh..I just miss so much of it–all of those millions of little things that made up my daily life….I can picture it all now…it was all so different to my life now here.  It’s as if my time in England was truly another life time and I can only hope that I always remember every last bit of it.  Of course, I’m dying to go back for long visits…..to savor it all over again.

Well I’m happy to report that I have been in the kitchen lately…see pics below for the goodness both foodie and non-foodie!

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Spring Waters and History in Bath

Hello All!  It’s now Easter weekend, so that means that I get to spend a little time with my BF and his family as everyone has time off for Easter here.  Yesterday my BF and I visited Bath for the first time, well it was the first time for me, and not my BF, but it’d been a while since he’d taken in the sights.  It took us about 2.5 hours to get there from here but it wasn’t bad at all on the train.  

At first, I didn’t know what to make of Bath.  All of the buildings are of the Georgian style and of the same color stone.  We had a walk around town first before deciding to visit the Roman baths.  It’s just amazing to think that the Romans utilized steam rooms and mineral baths all those years ago!  One thing I learned on my tour was that they used the hot mineral water not only for medicinal and hygienic purposes but also for worship.  It was just cool to step on the same stones that the Romans had used and built thousands of years ago.  

After all that touring and looking and picture taking, my BF and I decided to have lunch.  There’s only one place, us being the foodies that we both are, wanted to go:  Jamie’s Italian.  I use a lot of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks when looking for inspiration or a new recipe to try out for dinner, so you could say that I’m a fan.  Once we were finally seated as we had to wait a while to get into this popular restaurant, we decided to get the “World’s Best Olives” and the Meat Antipasti for starters, the Chopped Buffalo Steak Hamburger for our mains, and an order of Rosemary Salt Chips with a Humble Salad for sides.  The Buffalo Hamburger was one of the BEST hamburgers I have had in a looooooooong time!!!!!  I mean, it was so good!  The kind of hamburger that doesn’t make you feel embarrassed about enjoying every bite of it no matter how messy.  It came complete with homemade mayo, a grilled bun, and parma ham that was crispy!  It was heaven between two buns.  

The only not so glorious highlight of the day was when I was walking along the cobblestone street looking at all of the shops and boutiques on the other side of the road and stepped in a huge puddle.  That was lovely.  But thinking back to all I’d done in the day and the delicious hamburger I had had, made that big puddle misstep worth it.  Here are some pics from my lovely time in Bath:

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