Burrata, Photo Workshops and !!!

June 30, 2010

There’s been so much lunacy around here that I didn’t think project Intentional Happiness was in the cards, but I just couldn’t NOT participate after a week like this.

So forget the fact that I haven’t done laundry in a week (seriously, dudes, it’s Dirty Clothes Armageddon in my laundry room) and there’s nothing but leftover rice and a few sad, errant lettuce leaves in the refrigerator.

Weeks this  monumentally awesome scream for documentation.

!!! for this week:

!!!~Long walks, longer photography sessions, trips to the Farmer’s Market (where serious ogling of the beautiful Udi’s bread boys went down) and leisurely lunches (yes, that *is* burrata cheese, people! Best. Cheese. Ever.) :

!!!~Getting to enjoy all of the above with my dear, talented, patient, funny friend Phoo-d. Thank you so much for visiting and teaching me some sorely needed skills. I’m still way behind you, but you put me on terra firma, and for that I am so grateful.

!!!~Squealing like an impaled pig when Phoo-d won the prestigious award for Best Photo Overall (conference attendee consensus) at the phenomenal Food and Light workshop Monday and Tuesday. (I know I embarrassed the heck out of you, friend, but I was so damn excited! You are going to conquer the world. You are!)

!!!~Sweating my tail off, grappling with my Parkinson’s hands, sucking up fear of failure and insecurity, stepping way outside of my comfort zone and realizing that if I put in the time and the effort, I can take a decent photo.*

!!!~Well-deserved drinks and tapas at The Kitchen Upstairs with a motley crew of jovial,  insanely gifted, genuinely kind bloggers and photographers like this one and this one and these two rascals.**

!!!~Witnessing something I never–not ever–thought I would see. An exhausted Jennifer Yu. I think Jen gets tired maybe once every ten years, so it’s like I got to see Halley’s Comet or something. But she put on a kickin’ workshop, so she earned that tired.

!!!~Waking up Wednesday morning to the realization that after a week of non-stop running, I get to slow down and spend some time with my much-neglected family. My tireless husband, you rock. This past week was such an opportunity–such a gift–and you made it happen. You kissed boo-boos and wiped butts alone this week without a complaint. You are the glue.

Thank you, gentle readers, for your patient support while I venture away from this blog and try to learn skillz…I’m so honored that you stick with  me.

What made you !!! this week? For  more Intentional Happiness, visit BadMommyMoments and Momalom to join in on the fun!

*do not start expecting me to post photos this lovely–do you know how freaking hard I had to work to get that damn thing? Do you know how long? Anticipate plenty of trademark shitty photos for the next…oh, I dunno…few years until I get a grasp of this stuff.

**I still insist that waiter looked like the cop from the Villiage People. Just sayin’.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

k odell June 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

hey- you changed the top of your blog- very cute


Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point June 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Kitch, I love charcuterie platters and your gorgeous photo has me salivating. And the cherries are just as pretty. Glad you spared us the dirty clothes armageddon. I have my own version of that at home.


C @ Kid Things June 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Who cares about clean clothes? Sounds like you’ve had a great, food-filled week!


GoodEnoughWoman June 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

That is a fine looking deli plate!

And I like the new blog design! Aren’t berries beautiful?

And yay for workshops that build skilz, friendship, and the spirit!

Yay for TKW!

And, p.s., Yay for quick links to the booze recipes!


Jennifer June 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Ok wait, do you have Parkinson’s? For real or were you just saying that you have shaky hands.


Corinne June 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Sounds like super fun :) And that antipasto looks divine.. (the picture worked in my reader but not on the blog…)


Sarah June 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Gimme that platter with the good cheese I’ve never even heard of. Now! I need something good to eat, dammit. Shit, I need something *good* in general.


Cheryl June 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

LOVE these pics! Cheese and bread. Food of the gods.


Privilege of Parenting June 30, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I love the natural exuberance bursting from your words and images. We’re born that way and it can take more than a lifetime to get it back if the world squashes it out of us in childhood. My week’s been full of the very best of the !!! stuff—time with best friends gathered from around the country, family, great food eaten outside.

BTW, love burrata—any readers who are Angelenos might like to drop by Cobras and Matadors where the beets and burrata (and all the other tapas) go great with the BYO wine opportunity. Great eats on the cheap.


Lyndsey June 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm

When you can writ like you can, and paint a picture with your words….who needs photos? Just saying…


Lyndsey June 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Okay you know that was supposed to be “write” right?


camilla July 1, 2010 at 12:21 am

You have had a wonderful week, that is fantastic! I love Phoo-d’s site so that is brilliant news too.
Relax and have another olive my friend, the washing always waits


Chiara July 1, 2010 at 2:31 am

Glad you had such a great week! And that burrata looks very, very good… mmm… maybe I’ll go buy some!


Wendi July 1, 2010 at 5:15 am

Glad you’re back. Can’t wait to hear more about the workshop.


Lea Ann Brown July 1, 2010 at 5:45 am

I’m here through Phoo-d’s blog. It’s always nice to find another Colorado Blogger. I’m in Highlands Ranch and have had a food blog for a little over a year now. Hope you take a look. I’ve subscribed to your blog and look forward to your posts. Now, about that burrata! I’ve never found any in Colorado. Had it once in Oregon and l-o-v-e LOVED it.


Jody July 1, 2010 at 7:00 am

You know how you feel about Phoo-D? That’s how we all feel about YOU!


Gale @ Ten Dollar Thoughts July 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

Love the shot of the cherries. I too am just getting back into photography after a loooong break. So I understand the whole learning curve thing. I think you’re off to a smashing start. And that plate o’ food up top has me hankering for a picnic!


becca July 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

I’ve been missing you Kitch! Glad to see you’ve been out galavanting and having some grand old !!! times.

And now I’m off to the store to buy some cherries because you made them look so delicious!


Maureen@IslandRoar July 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

Well, it sure sounds freaking amazing!And that photo??? You’ve definitely increased our expectations!


girlichef July 1, 2010 at 8:21 am

Awww. Was that post intentionally sweet ;) It sounds like you’ve had a plethora of !!!!! lately…


Tiffany July 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

Good for you TKW, taking time for yourself and what you love!!


Futureblackmail July 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

Sounds like you had a great week – and enjoyed some alone time and then came back and enjoyed your family!


Eva @ Eva Evolving July 1, 2010 at 11:35 am

Beautiful photo of the cherries – well done!


Phoo-d July 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

It was a six !!!!!! week all around! The fun was monumental and I can’t thank you enough for the good times and laughs. You are the best and I love your family!


BigLittleWolf July 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

LOVE the photos! (Clean laundry is overrated.) Do peanuts at Five Guys last weekend with my kid rate a !!! ???

It was fun – so I say yes!!! (I know, I know – the fruit would be healthier.)

Have a good long weekend, TKW!


Mary Lee July 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

That workshop looks fabulous! Are you in Phoo-D’s photo? Is a new camera next on the agenda? (Not that your pictures give any indication you need one. I’m just following the way MY mind works.)

My husband is not great at doing housework, but thank goodness, he DOES wipe his own butt! (KIDDING! I know whose bottoms you meant. :) )


Christine LaRocque July 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm

My goodness, I daresay, I think you might be radiating! Trust me, I’ve very familiar with the feeling :-)


Amber July 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Sounds like a delightful week! That cherry shot made me, a cherry hater, salivate. You must be doing something right!!

Seriously, though, do you have Parkinson’s?


Contemporary Troubadour July 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Awesome, awesome, awesome! So very happy that you got to do all of this. That is totally !!! mandatory.

I found index cards today. I *will* get on this !!! wagon soon.


Anita July 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

You are too cute – so glad I got to meet you! Now I have another reason to make a return trip to Colorado! What a fun workshop that was!


Susan July 2, 2010 at 9:40 am


I love your ABOUT ME page.

I actually want some more recipes and to let you know that I have a link for a Yankee candle and for Christopher and banks on my Blog.

Have a Happy 4th of July!!!



Jane July 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

What a fun week! What great pictures! And amazing !!! You deserve it all!


bryan July 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Sounds like you all has so much fun! What do you mean “trademark shitty photos?” I thought that was my trademark.


Maria July 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

The picture is spectacular! Cheese always brings !!!

As for the laundry, its just going to get dirty when it gets worn, so, no foul, sister. Fun ALWAYS trumps laundry!


ck July 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Reading about your husband, the glue, made me feel all !!! inside. (((hugs)))


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