Today’s “Friday Favorites” post is going to be a bit different. I’m going to weave a couple of my favorite things into a recap from last weekend.
Mother’s Day Weekend
I traveled “home” to California last weekend to visit my family for Mother’s Day. It was such a wonderful trip full of food, fun, and family and it was the best. I haven’t spent Mother’s Day with my Mom in 5 years, so it was very special.
When I arrived on Friday night neither my Mom nor I wanted to cook so we headed off to one of my favorite sushi spots in town – Blue Nami!
All I wanted was salmon, avocado, and hamachi, so that’s what I got.
The next day we got up early and headed to Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe to ski for the day. I grew up going skiing with my family every weekend and this year was the first year I hadn’t skied with them once all winter. Luckily I still got to ski with them because there’s still TONS of snow in the Sierras!
We went with our favorite family friends and we skied hard all day. My brother kicked my butt!
It was special to spend time with my family doing one of our favorite activities. I’m so grateful for my wonderful parents for teaching my brother and I how to ski. There were probably many tough days of dragging whining kids around a mountain. Thankfully they stuck it out and we’re able to do almost anything now.
I shared the picture below on my Instagram account and some words about how I feel about skiing. I had this realization while flying down the mountain that the best forms of exercise are those that are more than just movement. Yoga, for example, is much more than simply moving your body into down-dog and child’s pose. It’s a way of living, moving, and breathing that seep’s into all aspects of life.
Skiing is intensely physical while also requiring intense mental focus, problem-solving, and complete fearlessness. Maneuvering down a difficult shoot and then flying out onto a steep but smooth groomed run requires some serious guts and problem-solving skills. I feel like those parts of who I am were developed on the mountain.
Skiing is much more than just exercise.
Another perk of skiing with my family: we know how to lunch.
No over-priced hot lunch for us! We always get lots of envious eyes when we pull out our big lunch bag full of meats, cheeses, dips, fruit, veggies, bread, crackers, shrimp, drinks, etc. It’s awesome.
Food just tastes better on the mountain… am I right??
The next day, my mom invited my grandparents over for Mother’s Day brunch. We feasted on a spring vegetable egg casserole, teriyaki salmon (my Dad’s specialty!), strawberry goat cheese salad, blueberry coffee cake, fruit salad, and my nana’s homemade rolls.
It was so delicious! I definitely went bag for seconds and thirds on everything. Yummmm.
Here’s the recipe to the spring vegetable egg casserole by Two Peas and Their Pod. I’m planning on making it again this weekend and picking up all of the ingredients at our local farmer’s market. Try it!
P.S. How cute is my mom and nana!? I’m so proud to be from lineage of strong and passionate women who go after their dreams and goals. I love these ladies with all of my heart!
My flight wasn’t until late Monday night so my mom and I went for a walk (our favorite activity to do together!) and did a little bit of shopping. We passed by a Chick-fil-A on our way to the mall and since neither of us had ever had it before, we thought we’d try it!
I haven’t had fast-food in probably 10 years so it was fun to try something different. I went with their Cobb salad and we split their waffle fries. The chicken was good and the fries were SO delicious!
Our server ended up giving us the entire meal for FREE because it was our first time there. How sweet!!
I flew back to Oregon that night and had an all-day Young Professionals Summit the next morning. 3-time Olympic gold-medalist Ashton Eaton and the founder of Barre3 Sadie Lincoln were the keynote speakers. It was highly inspirational and I can’t wait to share more about it soon!
They’re both amazing vocalists with massive followings on YouTube and they live right here in little old Eugene. Peter Hollens JUST this morning released a new video featuring Tony Glausi on trumpet.
And while you’re at it go follow Evynne on Instagram. She posts the cutest stories of her and her little boy. I watch all of them. Every. Single. Day. I love them so much.
Check it out and ENJOY!
Have a great weekend! I’ll be back soon to share more about what I learned at the Eugene Young Professionals Summit and other great things.
What are your favorite brunch recipes?
Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?