Monthly Archives: July 2011


I love being home because all my favorite girls are around. Because when it’s 8 billion zillion degrees outside and air conditioning isn’t an option, everyone needs a buddy to make funny faces with! 

If sweating your pants off while making monkey faces gets old, you can always rent a hotel room and do some hardcore birthday-celebratin’…

Nastia turned 24 this past weekend! Watch out world! 


I usually don’t like the 4th of July… too many mosquitoes, too hot, most places are too crowded, and there’s just too much hustle and bustle for me. But this year’s 4th shaped up to be an awesome time, because Josh came in from Nashville to (re)visit the Twin Cities. And when you haven’t been back to somewhere in a while, excessive exploring is in store! 

Near the Chain of Lakes.
Dining on the most delicious Somali fare.
Catchin’ up in Mickey’s Diner… the original and best! 
Minneapolis skyline. 

And of course, we couldn’t miss the fireworks. Happy 4th! 


You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of pumpkin goodness. Or even TWO bowls of pumpkin goodness. 

Pumpkin pie breakfast bake. Recipe here. Next on the Thanks-summer-giving menu? Pumpkin pie oatmeal…

I’ve been experimenting with oatmeal combinations and this particular mix has been hailed as the “best oatmeal ever.” It’s preeeety darn good. 

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (serves 2)

  • 1 c. old fashioned oats 
  • 3/4 c. almond milk
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg 

Mix all the ingredients and cook on the stove to desired consistency. Then top with whipped cream (which is a must!) and other goodies. Granola gives these oats a crunch that would normally come from the crust of a pie. The banana sweetens it up without being overpowering. And logically, everything tastes better with peanut butter on top. More, pleaseeee.