Last weekend we went apple picking upstate, sharing a house with three other couples and their toddlers. It was one of those trips I’ll look back on fondly, recalling the cute kiddos chasing after each other and biting into just-picked apples, savoring still-warm apple cider donuts, and eating s’mores and playing board games with some of my favorite people after the kids went to sleep. Meanwhile, the memories of rain, toddler meltdowns, and failed meals resulting in decent-at-best takeout pizza will fade without making the long-term memory cut.
Getting out of the city was a good reminder to invest in experiences. It’s one of those things I’ve known for a long while but, especially now with two little ones in tow, have to make a real effort to put into action and reinforce. With no trips planned again until the end of the year, I think it’s time to plan a party!
And since eating is an experience, here are some more ways to up your happiness:
I don’t think you need to be vegan to drool over this butternut queso. And now I want nachos.
No-churn coffee ice cream! With circus animal cookie crumbs!
Pairing hummus with shakshuka is genius.
Coolest lattice top, ever.
I love everything matcha but these mini brownies with matcha glaze are near the top of the list.