Hey hey! I’m back from Paso Robles, and already missing the mellow vibe. I swear, my usual feelings of anxiety seem to melt away up there. It’s just so peaceful and relaxing. I also really enjoyed the break from exercising. That’s not to say I don’t love my spin classes, but I’m definitely entering into a less strict zone when it comes to working out. I’m stepping back a bit and learning how to differentiate between workouts that I want to do, and workouts that I’m forcing myself to do. I’ve been pondering lately if my love for fitness is as real as I’ve made it out to be. There is no doubt that I love to be active, and that it helps with my anxiety, but part of me wonders if my years of feeling the need to burn calories has made my likeness for fitness more about that (burning calories) than about enjoying movement. So this summer is going to be all about honoring my body and my soul. I’m cutting back on my workouts, not my calories, and I think this will be a huge step in my journey to separate myself from disorderly behaviors.
With that out of the way, I have another Paso recap. On Wednesday my mom and I ate at the winery where my aunt is the chef. It’s called Aron Hill, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, as are most of the wineries in Paso. The menu is full of paninis and salads. It was all so delicious. And just look at this view from our lunch table. Could life be any more serene?
Also, the weather…it was so hot! But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy a steaming latte every morning. I found this ridiculously adorable little hipster coffee shop in town that carries organic milk (win), and has a bunch of cute things to look at. I pretty much never go to Starbucks unless I’m desperate (been there in Vegas), so whenever I’m in an unfamiliar city I seek out the indie spots. This place, called Amsterdam Coffee House, is a total winner. I can’t wait to go back. Their lattes are amazing. Here are a few pictures from inside.
Gah, I just love little places like this. Paso is full of them. Another spot I’m in love with is the General Store. Three words: SO. DAMN. CUTE. They have cookbooks, candles, lots of local culinary goodies, a wall full of artisan chocolate (total weakness), and other adorable but probably unnecessary trinkets.
I went into a clothing store, tried on a bunch of clothes, and didn’t spend a single dime because I’m really trying to be good about frivolous spending. But then I went into this place and blew fifty bucks on a mason jar with a steel straw, a sugar scrub for my lips, a small candle, chocolate, lip balm, and other things I can’t even remember. Maybe there isn’t anything else. Surely if I spent fifty bucks I should have bought more than just that, right?! Good god, I am the definition of a frivolous spender.
Can I just spend my life shopping at places like this for things I don’t need? That would be fabulous. Although, even though it’s fun to get away, I’ve gotta say I’m glad to be home. My aunt has re-inspired me when it comes to cooking, and I can’t wait to start getting into the culinary grind again. I’ve been out of it for a while! While I was up in Paso I made Jessica’s Summer Sangria Berry Crumble for some friends and family. Everyone loved it. But, duh. It was a no-brainer to make a dessert full of booze in a place like Paso, where everyone is a total wino.
When I got home yesterday, I was so eager get into the kitchen that I actually made dinner…something I practically never do after coming home from a trip. Actually, cooking dinner has been a rarity altogether lately. I love to bake, but I rarely cook dinner recipes. My meals are usually simple and just kind of thrown together. But now I have two new savory recipes to share with you–one for a salad dressing and one for an entrée–so stay tuned! I kind of wish I bought that cookbook called Good to the Grain (see a few pictures up). It’s all about baking with whole grain flours. Anyone have it?!
I definitely plan to do some baking this afternoon. I have two very ripe bananas on my counter. Do you have any fun Friday night plans? I’m being mellow, as I typically prefer to be. I have a friend coming over later and we’re going to make homemade pizza and roasted vegetables for dinner. Super stoked for that!
Qs for my readers:
How do you feel about cutting back on exercise for mental reasons?
What (or who) inspires you to cook and bake?