Down the Rabbit Hole

This past weekend, I was out in Colorado visiting my bestie for her birthday weekend. This makes me sound like an awesome friend, but really she bought my plane ticket, so she is the awesome friend.

I won’t divulge all our shenanigans, but I wanted to share a little bit about the food tour we went on in downtown Colorado Springs. We visited six different local “food destinations.” One was a spice shop, so you can’t really call them all restaurants. The most interesting/unusual thing we ate, in my opinion, was at a restaurant called The Rabbit Hole.

The entrance to the restaurant looked like an old subway entrance and was perfectly fitting for a place called The Rabbit Hole. You walked down into dimly lit, exposed brick, awesome-ness.

At each restaurant, the manager/chef selected the dish they felt best represented their eatery or was what they were really known for.

Rabbit meatloaf wrapped in bacon, garnished with a carrot. That’s right, I said rabbit. We ate Thumper.

And you know what? It was pretty good.

They also offer, although we didn’t try it, fried “bunny bites” with mixed berry honey mustard. I’m guessing they’re like chicken nuggets? But rabbit?

If you’re planning a trip to Colorado anytime soon, here’s the food tour website.

What do you guys think? Would you eat rabbit?

Folded up in Nature

It’s 85 degrees, sunny, and humid in Omaha today. So I thought, “Hey, today would be a great day for a hike!”

My brilliance amazes even me sometimes. But I was bored and had no plans for July 4th. I haven’t really been working out (thanks to a busy schedule + mono), but I figured I could handle a “nature trail.” Erin and I had talked about going to Schramm Park last summer, but never made it there. Today I decided I would make it there. And I did (thanks Google Maps!).

The very nice park worker at the Aksarben Aquarium gave me a map of the trails and suggested a route for me. It took me through the woods, up and down a little bit, and across three bridges over a creek. I love woods, bridges, and creeks, so it was basically awesome. In the shade of the trees the sun wasn’t so hot and I remembered to wear bug spray today, so that worked out well for me. It wasn’t a very long hike, maybe 2.5 miles, but it was peaceful and refreshing.

I love that moment when you’re deep enough into the trail that you can’t hear traffic anymore, when there’s no one else on the path and you just feel folded up in nature…absolutely enveloped by it.

Meditation Shelter

I discovered this on the trail. Almost every state park trail has benches sprinkled along the way for people to rest, but meditation shelters? That’s a new one. I thought it was pretty cool.

life is sweet (literally)–baking post

After a week of so of yearning, I have finally gained possession of…Girl Scout Cookies.

Hallelujah.

This is thanks to Erin, who found them for sale while she was grocery shopping and texted me to see if I wanted her to buy me some.  I’m pretty sure she knew the answer would be yes.

There is simply so much joy (and calories) in a box of Girl Scout cookies.  And now I have thin mints and tagalongs (or peanut butter patties for those who live in certain regions).  Delicious.  I’m totally hiding them in my room so now one else eats them.

In addition to Girl Scout cookies, I now have a pan of bread pudding, indirectly courtesy of Jimmy Johns.  I ordered a sandwich for lunch today and got a loaf of day-old French bread free with my sandwich.  Being the baking whiz that I am, I was all “Oh, I’m just gonna whip up some bread pudding with that.  No biggie.”

Okay, that’s not really how it happened.  But I looked up some bread pudding recipes, picked one, and went to town.  Aaaaaand, I have successfully impressed my roommate who declared “You are a woman to marry,” she was so impressed by my baking.  True story.

spring break reflection

The cons:

  • having to spend half of spring break working on the yearbook
  • getting strep throat and not knowing it was strep throat, therefore suffering more than necessary

The pros:

  • seeing my dad
  • exploring Orlando
  • ziplining
  • holding an alligator
  • seeing baby alligators
  • being able to wear flip flops
  • sunshine
  • sleeping

I’d say the pros far outweigh the cons!  It was a wonderful trip and I’m glad that I got to take it with my dad.