Every few years, Ryan’s parents invite the entire family on an adventure sailing trip in the British Virgin Islands. They rent a large catamaran, comfortable enough to sleep eight of us—including Ryan’s oldest brother David, his wife Jenny, and their two daughters, Stella and Lucia. The boat has four cozy bedrooms and four bathrooms on the lower level, while the living space is located upstairs, along with a tiny kitchen equipped with a small propane stove. It never felt cramped, except for the brisk navy showers before bedtime, where we would quickly scrub off the layers of sunscreen and salt from our daily snorkeling adventures, using as little water as humanly possible in a space about the size of a phone booth.
In June, we attended an intimate blogger retreat in Lexington, Kentucky. We have wanted to tell you about it for a while, but as soon as we got back, we only had four days until we left town again—this time for a sailing adventure in the Caribbean with Ryan’s family. Plus, between all our travels, we have been spending every waking moment working on the final stages of the upcoming Husbands That Cook cookbook. Last month, we received our manuscript—474 double-spaced pages not including photos—back from the copy editor, and we have been diligently reading through it with a fine tooth comb, one last time before it is finalized and shipped off to be printed. We’re so excited for everyone to see it when it comes out on March 12, and we can’t wait to go on tour and meet all of you in person. Until then, we’ll be sharing new recipes on our blog—like this smooth bourbon cream, here to slow your summer and soothe your sultry sorrows.
We’ve been getting around quite a bit lately! Just since July, we visited our first glacier on an Alaskan cruise, surprised Adam’s grandparents on a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas, flew to Detroit for some of the best vegan burgers we’ve ever tasted, spent six days in paradise on the beautiful island of Kauai, cooked an epic Thanksgiving dinner in Portland with Ryan’s family, and just last weekend explored the deserts—and desserts—of Phoenix, Arizona.
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Every time we visit Kauai, we seriously consider moving there. Don’t get us wrong, we love our house and garden here in Eagle Rock, but there’s something enchanting about the idea of living in the tropics—just steps away from the beach, with ocean breezes blowing through our hair as we sip coconuts, eat fresh pineapples, and watch the waves all day. We’ve been home for just over a week and already dreaming about our next trip.
Burgers, bowling, and beers, oh my! We were invited by Impossible Foods to fly to Detroit to celebrate the launch of their plant-based Impossible Burger in the Midwest. We had been hearing wonderful things about these meatless patties and recently tried them at a local Umami Burger just a few weeks prior to receiving the invite. Our schedule was open, the two of us had never visited Detroit together, and we absolutely loved their product, so we delightedly accepted!