Staycation, Garlic Scapes, and Honey Lotion

The boyf and I took a staycation this past weekend at the Nicollet Island Inn (thanks LivingSocial!). It was very short, but it was a good little outing that required hardly any effort on our part and allowed us to wander around NE and see a movie without having to drive there and back. Plus, the room was cute, and we got complimentary champagne and petit fours!

View of downtown MPLS from St. Anthony

And now I'm done with work for the week, as we take off tomorrow on our fantastic East Coast adventure to go to a wedding in Pennsylvania and explore NYC. I love me some paid time off.

Another successful Minneapolis Farmers Market this past Sunday. I learned about garlic scapes, which are the shoots that comes out of the garlic bulb before it's about to flower. Did you know that it's better to clip those off and eat them so that all of the energy can go into the bulb instead of the flower? Plus, they're super tasty when you coat them in olive oil and a little bit of salt and grill them for about ten minutes. They have the consistency of a green bean, but a little more fibrous, and while they're spicy when raw, they're incredibly mild after they've been cooked. They're only going to be around for the next couple of weeks, so you should try to hunt some down while you can! I bought mine at the Worker B booth at the market.

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

Speaking of Worker B, I also bought a bottle of their scented honey lotion this weekend. They told me it works great as an evening moisturizer, especially if you use the scented kind, because it's full of all kinds of essential oils. You'd think oil wouldn't be great for your face, right? Well, I just got done reading the book No More Dirty Looks, and they would disagree with that sentiment. It was a super interesting read; I've already been trying to eat better, but this book motivated me to use better products as well. Check it out. Anyway, this honey lotion goes right along with what they talk about in that book. So far I've just been smearing a thin layer on in the evening, and then eventually washing it off with my new Alaffia facial cleanser (recommended by the book) and patting it dry with a towel. I'm prone to breakouts, but let me tell you, thus far under this regimen (a whole three days old), my skin is haaaappy. I also bought some Alaffia shampoo and conditioner (I went all out at The Wedge the other day after standing there and examining the shelves for about an hour), so I'll report back on how that's going as well.

Back to Worker B: they're super knowledgeable about honey and their products, and they also farm on the side, AND work full time jobs in the meantime. How impressive is that? I can't even muster up the energy to do the dishes to make room for new ones half the time. Gold star, Worker B. Check them out here, and visit their booth at the Farmers Market!

Worker B booth at the MPLS Farmers Market

Welp, that's about it! Time to start packing.

Things I'm diggin' right now:

-Meshing pictures of the past with pictures of the present
-The creativity of others
-Actors in character

Classin' up the Farmers Market

Happy Summer Solstice! 

Also, The LAist used another one of my photos in their 7 Reasons to Love LA feature! I do love LA. So much. Check it.