Bites of My Life

This past week/weekend is notoriously one of my favorite weekends of the spring. The weather usually is always beautiful by end of April, the Arts Festival has popped up, the OKC Memorial Marathon takes place and some kind of wedding celebration has known to fall on this weekend too. Proof here, here, and here.

I’ll be 100% honest, this weekend made me second guess my move from OKC. There is so much pride for the city that takes place this time of year (the memorial marathon being the reason). However, adventure awaits down south and OKC will always be here, so will my love for the big league city.

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-New Spring/Summer menu launched at The Jones Assembly and my eyes are all over this well crafted cheese board.
-The new spot in town is both convenient and delicious. Highly recommend the grain bowl at Stitch.
-Unintentional pink on pink on pink deserved to be documented.
-I’ve been going to the Arts Festival since I was tiny, and I’ve always been more interested in the “culinary arts.”
-Somehow we used this photo booth opp as a way to throw it back to our pom and cheer days to celebrate Bailey and Andrew’s upcoming wedding.
-The weather has been gorg-e-ous lately, so I took advantage of it Saturday afternoon.
-Up early at Gorilla Hill to watch runners go by. Elle really dressed for the occasion in her banana yellow.
-After years of watching from the sidelines, I finally got to participate int he OKC Memorial Marathon - relay style!

Annie

Bites of My Life

Coming back from such a fun weekend in LA was an adjustment, mentally and physically. Physically I was exhausted and sick on Monday, and mentally I was still in La La Land. The week however went by surprisingly fast. Come Friday I got to celebrate my sweet roommate’s engagement. If you need me to keep your engagement to your fiancé a secret, I’m up for hire! Pat on my back for keeping this huge secret while simultaneously psyching them out for two of the people closest to me. Maddie and Kenzie got engaged two weeks apart and I’m relieved that the cats are out of the bags.

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-Brought a little bit of Beverly Hills home!
-Recent Brandless haul full of pantry staples and all the non-toxic cleaning products. Have you made the switch to non-toxic? I’ve read tons on how this simple switch can make a difference on your health and well-being. Brandless has great options for cheap!
-Lunch has looked a lot like this lately. I’ve had zero motivation to follow a recipe lately, so I’ll go to the store and buy all the veggies that a speaking to me. Roast some, keep some raw, throw it all over greens with avocado and call it good.
-Went to DryBar for their OKC grand opening on Friday and my stylist told me, “beware, you’re going to get hooked.” I’m not one to spend too much money on personal beauty. I get my hair cut once a year, rarely spend money on my nails, but one good blowout later and I signed up for the monthly DryBar membership!
-And just like that my sweet roommate Kenzie is off the market! So so happy for these two besties of mine and their recent engagements!
-Saturday morning baking feat: disgusting pajamas, bed head, this playlist and my favorite apron.
-If you follow me on instagram, you know what all these sprinkles led to. The “fun” recipe will be coming this week!
-Omelette for dinner and this combo is a win! Two eggs, golden tomatoes, roasted zucchini, green onions, almond milk mozzarella and sprouts!
-Celebrating six years of Take A Bite today!

Annie

Bites of My Life

Consistently my favorite weekend in OKC. The last week/weekend of April is home to the Festival of the Arts and the Memorial Marathon. I've been going to the arts festival for as long as I can remember. I'm partial to the "culinary arts" aspect of the festival, but it is all great none the less. See past visits here, here and here. And a ghetto archived post here.

The Memorial Marathon is always a favorite event too. My knees won't allow me to run it, but I love waking up at the crack of dawn to watch friends and co-workers over the years. Helps that the marathon runs right through my parents neighborhood. 

To add to the weekend, there was a baseball game, a basketball game (RIP the Thunder's playoff season), a charity event and the most fun couples shower. You know you helped throw a good party when it transitions from barbecue, to flip cup tourney to all-guest dance party lasting until 1AM. 

April, you were exhausting but a good one.

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-Death by BBG. Kathleen and I are now on week of BBG. While it's terrible, it helps to have a buddy and works. 
-Working through dinner aint so bad with an açaí bowl on the back patio. 
-Cauliflower fried rice recipe aka a freezer clean-out. Recipe is highlighted on my instagram!
-Got it from my momma // 1 scoop vanilla, 1 scoop chocolate Arbonne protein, 1/2 frozen banana, some ice, 1 tsp. almond butter and almond milk!
-I typically branch out more at the arts festival, but you can't beat a classic Indian taco.
-Loved the little details for our "I Do BBQ"
-Showered our Staysh!
-All eyes to Gabe in the corner of this picture. Cheering on the marathon runners at Gorilla Hill. 
-After a v long weekend and all the eats and drinks this was necessary. An all green veggie salad eaten in bed, then promptly to bed right after (at 6:30PM).

Annie

Bites of My Life

Thank goodness for a really great weekend to pull me out of my Hawaii depression. Last week was hard coming off vacation. However, it was super busy playing catch up, work in general being busy, life in general being busy, it all helped distract me from my post-vacay blues. But nothing like oldest sis coming in town, leading to a great fam filled weekend to turn things around. Truly a great weekend, that's all I can say. 

Now back to the craziness. April man. Always kicks me in the.... 

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-Finishing up the workday on my back patio with spring like weather is the best way to end a Monday. 
-PSA letting you know how delicious the lunch (especially the tacos) are at Okay Yeah!
-When Take A Bite and Claire Martin Designs collide.
-Loved celebrating 5 years of Take A Bite giving away some of my favorite things!
-When sis is in town we eat, drink, and then eat and drink. #notmad.
-Ladies who brunch. (p.s. EnCroute has some very notable brunch additions to their menu.
-And the winner for the best wedding invitations goes to...
-AUNT SQUAD.
-Grilled Pizza for Claire's last night in town.

Annie 

Bites of My Life

I apologize if you fell for my April Fool's joke yesterday, you weren't alone. However, I'm not sure I've ever pulled off an April Fool's joke more successfully. I was quite proud. I was also blown away by the amount of people who fell for my joke and messaged me saying how sad they would be if TAB really was ending. I've said it before, but you put all this content out and wonder if people even read it. So thank you, thank you for reading my posts, making my recipes and letting me know that you do so! 

Jokes aside, I leave for Hawaii in one week. Did I tell you all I'm going to Hawaii? I haven't been on a real vacation in I can't tell you how long. It's just me and two girl friends, very spontaneously jetting off to paradise for a week.  Did I also mention we booked this trip 3 weeks ago? Really embracing the "YOLO" motto for this trip. 

I also posted 4 times last week. I haven't done that since hmm maybe 2015. TAB was in full force last week. Scroll back through my feed to see said posts. 

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-So excited to add Caroline to my Arbonne team!
-That soft boiled runny egg spilling out is giving me all the feels.
-Welcome to the hood Stella Nova. I don't know how you make your almond milk latte so good, but you officially have me hooked on them. 
-Raspberry Lemon Protein Muffins were posted last week and you simple need to make them as soon as possible. 
-Carrot cake protein shake was equal parts festive and delicious. 
-Hello fresh, hello roomie taco dinner!
-When Claire love's espresso martinis, you surprise her with espresso martinis for her birthday.. 
-Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars, loved by all the non-vegan's I fed them too. 
-Successfully pulled off an April Fool's joke for the first time ever. 
-Double desserts and dessert fails are oddly becoming an Easter tradition. Carrot cake fail 2K12, double cheesecakes 2k14, pie crust mishap and two coconut cream pies this year. 
-Eggcellent first Easter for Elle!
-Love our Easter feast tradition at home we have continued that past few years opposed to brunching out to eat. 

Annie