Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk #2: a chance to catch up and chat. 🙂 May 2018.

Hi there! How was your Mother’s Day weekend? Did you get a chance to celebrate with your loved ones? 🙂 I hope you did and it was amazing.

Welcome to my second installment of Coffee Talk! I’m really trying to stick to doing these about once a month so we can keep in touch and get to know one another. 🙂 I always love it when you leave comments on what’s new with you in the comments section. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Coffee Talk #2: a chance to catch up and chat. :) May 2018.
Me, my mom, and my sister Jenny on Mother’s Day. 🙂

Mother’s Day… As for Erik and I, we got together with my mom, my sister Jenny and her two kiddos, Dylan and Kai. Every year, we try to do something a little special for Grams (my mom) and Jenny. That something special usually consists of colorful homemade cards, going out to their favorite places to eat, and of course, making ALL of their favorite sweet treats.

This year, Erik and I made these for Grams:

And a few batches of these for Jenny:

They were all pretty pumped about everything we made, and best of all, we got to show our gratitude to them both. While Jenny is not my momma, I do think it’s important to show my appreciation for her general amazingness. Plus, how many wonderful moms do you know? We’ve GOT to celebrate them all! <3

Hawaii… Last time we chatted, I told you that Erik and I were in the very beginning stages of planning a trip to Hawaii. We’ve progressed quite a bit and are super excited about going! We’re even thinking about going ziplining, but I’m not 100% sure that I can due to my tendinitis (yep, I’m wearing a brace as I type this). Boo…

Anyway, We’re both ready to blow off some steam and get our relax-i taxi’s on! (Cue the Phoebe GIF!!)

One of the funnest parts of planning a trip is the shopping, amiright? 😉 I love having an excuse to purchase a few new, super frivolous and, thus, extra fun, clothing items (bracelets, sun hats, brightly-printed graphic tees). I’m also strangely fascinated by travel kits. I’ve been on a search for the perfect travel kit for ages. Is there one that exists that’s cute, super useful, compact, and easy to use? I always hate it when the little squeeze bottles are super hard to, ya know, squeeze, and I can’t get a drop of shampoo out without basically cracking the bottle. Ah… the fun, frivolous “problems” of leisure travel!

Are you planning on going anywhere this summer? If so, where? Do you ever fly to one region and hit up multiple areas while you’re there?

Getting into Shape… And with vacation planning comes gettin’ into shape! 😉 In the last few months, Erik and I’ve been putting the pedal to the metal at the gym. (Shouldn’t it be medal for flow/consistency purposes???) We’ve been focusing on going more regularly and just sticking to it. I’d seen this Ellen interview with Terry Crews (the fittest dude, like ever… and we <3 Terry Jeffords .) and he said to just stick to the habit of going to the gym. Even if you just go there and read a magazine, just go! Erik and I have a tendency of overdoing it at the gym, tuckering ourselves out, and not going back for a week or two. This time around, I was committed to just going and keeping things at an even keel.

I’m pleased to report that it’s been going well! Summer bikini season take that! J/k, I’m way too self-conscious to wear a bikini in public… Next goal on the list: Going out to get some gumption! .

Side note: who’s SUPER HAPPY that NBC just saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine??? I literally wrote the Terry Jeffords thing right before Erik and I heard it was getting cancelled by Fox. We were pretty bummed about it… until now! .. NINE NINE!

Currently Popular Recipes… here are some of your current recipe faves:

Coffee Talk #2: a chance to catch up and chat. :) May 2018.

Oldie, but Goodie Recipes that I’m loving right now…  I’ve been making some of my old frozen dessert favorites, ya know, getting ready for all the summer recipes to come. Funny thing is, one of my all-time faves is currently trending: mango ice cream! That pleased me to no end since I wasn’t sure how soon y’all be ready for ice cream recipes.

New SUMMER RECIPES coming your way! Can you guess what recipe this is? Quick poll: are you ready for all the BB ice cream recipes this year or is it still too soon for frozen treats?

Coffee Talk #2: a chance to catch up and chat. :) May 2018.

Summer’s around the corner… can you believe?? Tell me all about your plans for fun in the sun, chillaxing, and general self-care. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear about it all!

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤

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  1. definitely time for cold treats. Is there any way you could make a vegan chocolate ice cream

  2. I would be looking forward to summer too with this itinerary. Love these recipe ideas…gives me lots to choose from. Might have to start with the vegan oatmeal raisin cookies first. YUM!

    1. Oh you’re definitely gonna love the oatmeal raisin cookies. Esp with a side of ice cream! ☺️ So happy you enjoy the ideas Ali, there’s gonna be some seriously tasty treats this summer!

  3. So fun that you are going to Hawaii! I have not been, but anywhere with a beach and crystal blue water is my favorite place to be!
    Love all the recipes that you linked in your post! I especially love those energy bites… great pic!

    1. Thanks Susie! ☺️ I’m so excited—this is my first trip to Hawaii and I’ve heard such wonderful things. Can’t wait to see those beaches!

  4. I love your Coffee Talk and I’m glad you and your family had a nice Mother’s Day. I celebrated with family, food and Yatzee! I baked my Mom an Apple and Ginger Cake with Lemon drizzle frosting. I didn’t tell anyone it was vegan, so it was really fun when they liked it! My family teases my husband and I about being vegans. ☺. Way to go on your gym goals! Have you decided which island yet?

    1. Hi Heidi! So glad you’re enjoying them still. 🙂 I have one a month planned out, at least through the summer, so hopefully I won’t run out of stuff to talk about. Lol. Family, food and Yatzee sound PERFECT!! What a fun day! It’s awesome that no one guessed it was vegan–isn’t that the best?!? We’re going to Kauai!! On my sister’s very high recommendation. We just want to chill and decompress, so maybe something like Maui next time.

  5. Hi! Hubs & I just got back from DC for my uncle’s funeral at Arlington (WW11 vet). My sweet dad is laid to rest there, too, a Korea war vet. After DC, we drove over to Ocean City, MD for a getaway, was very nice. All 3 kids called me on Mother’s Day. This summer we’ll be home as our kitchen will be remodeled and I’ll get ready for a HUGE garage sale in late summer. I’m off to make your lemon poppy seed muffins!

    1. Hi Cindy, I’m so sorry to hear that. My condolences for your loss. <3 I'm glad you were able to pay your sweet father a visit too. It's good to hear that you got a chance to relax and hear from the kiddos. 🙂 Good luck on the remodel and the garage sale!! I can't wait to hear about the progress on your kitchen! Enjoy the muffins!

  6. Well, my Mother’s Day was great but now I’ve got a short amount of time to get into shape. Summer and baring more skin is just around the corner. But this summer will be more work than play, we’re planning on moving. And it’s never too soon for frozen treats.

    1. LOL I know, where does the time go? So happy you had a good Mother’s Day Marisa. Hope you have a smooth and easy move!

  7. omg that ice cream looks SO good!! My husband and I went to Hawaii in November and it was suchhh a good trip! If you need any tips for Maui or the Big Island, let me know 🙂 And yes, shopping for vacations is the best!!!

    1. Thanks Sues! Wow, Hawaii must have been so nice that time of year. This is gonna be my first visit, and I’m really looking forward to it! ☺️

  8. Your summer travel plans sound way more exciting than mine. I’m going to the Fancy Foods show in New York in June, I have a trip planned to visit a friend in NC and my husband and I are flying to Minnesota to visit his family. Nothing quite like Hawaii… Jealous.

    1. Omigosh, the Fancy Foods show sounds like so much fun! I hope you have a great time on your trips. My first time in Hawaii, so hopefully it’s wonderful. Hope you get to go some time! 🙂

  9. I love the shopping part of a trip too!! Haha it feels so special! And I’m SO READY for frozen treats!

    1. Yes! It’s almost as much fun as actually going on the trip. . And yay for frozen desserts!