Driving home on a Friday is a happy time. It’s even better when this is the view.  Mom/Dad: don’t worry, I didn’t take my eyes off the road taking this picture with my phone – promise.

Matt’s Big Breakfast

Jim and I had always wanted to try this place out, especially after it gained fame on The Travel Channel. It’s a literal hole in the wall in downtown Phoenix that’s known for fabulous breakfast and endless waits.

Matt’s Big Breakfast on N. First St. is a popular diner that serves heaping plates of Chop and Chick (pork chops and eggs). A local favorite, the small dining room fills up fast causing a line of early birds to pour out onto the street.” – the Travel Channel

Everything about this place could be described as, well, cute. The yellow door, tiny juice glasses with roosters on them, vintage art on the walls, even the waitress aprons.

Jim ordered the special; a concoction of eggs, hasbrowns and Andouille sausage in a hearty sauce. I opted for the waffle that came with A. the best butter I’ve ever had and B. some bacon.

The service was lightening fast once we were seated and the food was tasty. My waffle was by far the winner of our two entrees.

Would I wait an hour to eat here again? Doubtful. Am I glad I got to experience it? Very.

so this one Monday…

Zoee and Nancy and I decided to go on a hike. At sundown. Not our brightest idea, but still really cool. Afterwards, when prompted what I wanted to eat for diner, I replied, “cobbler.” To most this would be a passing joke; to Nancy, a.k.a. gourmet-a-palooza, it was a genuine request. Here are some pictures of the late night feast that ensued. Love these ladies.

Salmon with a citrus marinade, Swiss chard in a balsamic reduction, cous cous, a homemade berry cobbler and homemade vanilla bean ice cream. In the words of my dad, “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”

beer olympics

This post is a little belated, like four months or so, but better late than never (Jared).

This summer was the first time I attended the annual Beer Olympics hosted by our friends Jared and Katie. What does this consist of? A lot of beer, backyard games and stiff competition.

To start the event, about 25 of us were divided into pairs by drawing names out of a hat. Ironically, I ended up with Jared, and Katie ended up with Jim. We took turns at a variety of events:

Ladder Ball                                                    Beer Pong

Bag Toss

There was also a maddening game where you toss a hook that’s hanging off the roof by a string, and try to get it to loop around a nail on a wall. Maddening I tell you. We also had an event where we were throwing a frisbee at a tiki torch, trying to knock a beer off the top of it. We continued through multiple rounds and gradually eliminations brought it down to four teams for finals.

All in all it was a dang good time. Did I mention that the winners would take home the worlds most amazing (and eclectic) trophy?


That’s right. Jared and I were the overall winners! Champions do it right. Looking forward to retaining my title next year!

i like this quote.

“Make up your mind to be happy—even when you don’t have money, even when you don’t have a clear complexion, even when you don’t have the Nobel Prize. Some of the happiest people I know have none of these things the world insists are necessary for satisfaction and joy. Why are they happy? I suppose it is because they don’t listen very well. Or they listen too well—to the things their hearts tell them. They glory in the beauty of the earth. They glory in the rivers and the canyons and the call of the meadowlark. They glory in the love of their families, the stumbling steps of a toddler, the wise and tender smile of the elderly.”

book worm

Tonight I was at my neighborhood book club. Let me fend off sounding like a complete nerd by explaining that this is a monthly opportunity to gather with neighborhood women, eat delicious food, have a fair amount of wine, and maybe (just maybe) talk about a book for a few minutes. We all have good intentions to read the books, but sometimes life gets in the way. At any rate, it’s fabulous company that I look forward to each month.

There’s something about being surrounded by different generations of women that really feeds the soul.

I’ve always loved reading, and it’s interesting to have a generally solitary activity morph into a boisterous social event. We have no theme for the books we choose; it’s merely the thread that laces together our gatherings.

In case anyone’s looking for some good reads, here are our latest picks:

1. The Book Thief

2. The Wednesday Sisters

3. The Great Gatsby

4. Julie and Julie

5. The Keeper

I enjoyed them all, minus # 2, and haven’t started # 5.