Pictures Of Things + Le Love List

September 19th, 2015 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

dinner on the beach

Just a nice relaxing evening on the beach.

Hellooooo!! My goodness, my goodness. You know guys, I really intended to have a post up earlier in the week, and it was going to be so pretty. But alas, it still sits in queue, unfinished and unpublished. So you’ll just have to wait for my autumnal musings, and a ferment-y apple recipe . . . coming soon!

For now, a wee collection of the things that have been happening, and making me smile, and filling my life with little bursts of light and love. This is a really, really crazy time for me, between grad school and business ventures, Waits starting kindergarten and all my many projects I’ve got my fingers and toes in these days. Sometimes I look around and I wonder “What am I doing?? This is madness!”

But the truth is, I like it that way. My mind is restless and I’m never content to sit idly by and watch life move on without me. I was talking with a friend last night, about this latest little business I’ve started with Jeremy (I’ll finally be posting about it next week — it’s the thing that’s been keeping me so busy these days!), and my friend and I agreed that we’re both the kind of people who take on “too much”, who tend to jump first and think later. Not in the reckless sort of way, but in the adventuresome way.

And being that kind of person means you spend a lot of time in panic mode. And it comes with a lot of lost sleep, and a lot of worry, and oh my goodness, so much juggling. But also . . . I know that I will never look back on my life and feel like I wasted my time here. Ya know? I think I’ll get to the end of my life and think “Damn, that was fun!”

At least I hope so. And I hope that for you, as well.

So cheers to the dreamers and the DOERS, the movers and the makers. And now, here’s what life has been looking like lately, in our little corner of the world:

vegan kids knotts berry farm

We took Waits to Knott’s Berry Farm, a small amusement park down near Anaheim. It’s basically like Disneyland’s dejected little sibling, but we had so much fun there! It’s less crowded and less overwhelming, sweeter and weirder and easier to maneuver. Also, they just so happen to offer vegan “fair food” options at many of their restaurants and walk-ups (think chik’n fingers and pizza and veggie burgers and french fries). It was such a fun day! Some more pics from our Knott’s adventure, below:

knotts berry farm vegan
knotts berry farm vegan food

vegan food at knotts berry farm

Burgers and tenders and fries, oh my!

homegrown tomatoes
Gifts from the garden (they’re meant to be green – perfectly ripe and tender “Emerald Apple” tomatoes).

vegan jam crumble
Home-baked healthy(er) desserts.

California beach kid
Beachy days . . .

dinner dates with kid
. . . and date nights. (And also that blackberry margarita, mmmm)

vegan cheese plate
Summer evenings in the back yard with a beautiful vegan cheese plate, featuring Miyoko’s Creamery artisan cheeses.


And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List!

Hosting wine tastings around our coffee table. // Castelvetrano olives. // The small business owner community here in Santa Barbara. Jeremy and I have developed a whole new network of friends, and it’s so beautiful the way we all support each other. // Waking up next to Waits and seeing his smiling face. // Packing school lunches. // Beach life. // My back yard full of butterflies. // Baking with Waits. // Ethiopian popcorn. // Earthy, leathery, old world reds. // Playing chef. // Being so busy you can barely breathe, and that feeling of working so hard, just so hard – do you guys know the feeling I mean? That mixture of ache, exhaustion, and satisfaction. The kind of bone tired that brings pride, and in turn that pride brings another wave of energy so you can keep pushing. That’s where I’ve been this week, and it’s one of my very favorite places . . . to visit. ;-) //


Alright guys, now it’s your turn! Please leave your own Le Love Lists in the comments below, so all of us can read what’s been making you happy, peek into your life, and share the joy!

And as always, I hope you have a spectacular weekend!

  • Orla

    Not to be too pedantic, but Knott’s Berry Farm is in Buena Park. (I know this because I used to live in Buena Park.) As a kid, my family virtually lived at Knott’s! At that time (60s) there was no entrance fee. We had dinner there weekly.

  • Rachel in Veganland

    I love this post! And whew, did I need it this week. Do I ever need a love list come to think of it. Always glad to read yours. Here’s mine:

    Seeing my fitness grow and change into something I’m proud of // Waking up with cat whiskers in my face // deep, dark roasty, Miami coffee // cool mornings and evenings where I can have the windows open // finally feeling fall in this strange place where i’ve only lived for a year. // FOOD PREP! I’ve come to enjoy a hefty Sunday afternoon of cooking that fuels me and my body throughout the week.

  • Allison Chambers

    I love Knott’s Berry Farm! I wish Universal would up their game for vegan offerings, my trip to Universal in Florida left my hangry. Aaand my love list:

    Getting back into my Saturday morning cleaning + Our Hen House podcast routine ◊ Letting my process be… even when I’m hurting ◊ Batch cooking and being prepared for the busy week ahead ◊ Auntie time! Enjoying Hi Ho Cherry-O and Enchanted Forest as an adult ◊ My post-doc residency… My new clinic team is incredibly supportive and I feel reinvigorated in my work ◊ I’m finally starting to feel grounded again after so much transition and turmoil the past couple of years ◊ Fall baking! So many apples and squash to play with ◊ Sleeping with my windows open and waking up to a pleasant chill in the air. ◊

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oof! Thanks for the correction — I knew it was close to Disney, so I just assumed. Whoops!

    Awesome that it used to be free entry. What a different time. ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks for sharing, I always love catching up with you via Love Lists as well!

    What is fall like in Florida? It doesn’t really get cool there, does it?

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful Love List, Allison! I’m hoping to hit Universal Studios Hollywood soon and yeah, I’m a little worried about my food options. But Jeremy has never been so we have to go! Maybe we’ll just pack a back pack full of snacks like we do with Disney. =)

    I love the phrase “Letting my process be” ♥

  • Rebecca Carnes

    Tuesday Love List?? lol..I’m always a few days behind these posts…but here it is:
    *My new French Press yay! *Making new parent friends at P’s family Social night at his school *Organized our bedroom- no more clutter! *Halloween *And lastly, Phoenyx has been running around everywhere singing “Hey Soul Sister” by Train… love his little voice:)
    And Knott’s sound so fun – haven’t been there in years!! Really great to know they have some yummy vegan options!

  • Rachel in Veganland

    I think it’s a lot like SoCal actually. It’s been in the 80′s here mostly, with a few nights that have dipped down to the 70s or high 60s so far. It’ll cool off eventually, throughout October. The break from the humidity is the big thing!

  • laramarie

    I know I’m behind with reading this, but your love list gave me chills! I know that feeling, that bone-tired adventuring feeling and am also excited for new projects ahead that will bring on that sort of tired. //snuggling my 9-month-old // celebrating fall // applying for midwifery school despite being most excited and terrified all at once! // hooray for the DOERS!