We took a day trip to Colorado Springs this weekend! We’ve passed through on road trips but never really spent much time so it was nice to explore a new part of Colorado. The Springs are at higher elevation than Boulder and has a more western feel. We hiked the main loop trail at Garden of the Gods and it was stunning! The rock formations are towering and bright red. It’s a must see if you’re in the area. Pikes Peak sure makes for a gorgeous backdrop! We also drive through Manitou Springs and hiked around. We love the Springs and definitely plan on coming back!
So you may be wondering why we are doing a post on making a sourdough boule considering grains are not paleo and we mostly eat a paleo diet. This particular grain, einkorn, is exceptional because it is over 10,000 years old (some think it’s even older). Einkorn is the only non-hybridized wheat so it is truly an ancestral food. Unlike modern/conventional wheat, einkorn is high in protein and fats, with a low glycemic index. We freshly mill our whole, organic einkorn berries in our Vitamix and then we ferment it with wild Boulder yeast. We prefer to mill the whole berries so it keeps the whole bran and wheat germ oil intact. Since we ferment before baking, this bread contains many prebiotics, metabiotics, and lactobacilli spores which basically act as probiotics in our gut. The sourdough product is lower in the naturally occurring wheat starches and sugars The final product is super protein and nutrient dense and has little gluten. It’s seriously the most filling, delicious bread that gives us lots of energy!
Organic whole einkorn berries from Italy ready to be milled!
We currently have two sourdough starters; Boulder and San Francisco. We started our Boulder sourdough by capturing wild yeast in the air. We mixed einkorn flour with water in an open mason jar by an open window overnight. This allow the wild yeast to colonize and then we kept feeding it with more flour and water until it became a sourdough starter (thick pancake batter consistency). If anyone is interested in some sourdough starter, please comment below or email us and we will send you some in the mail or if you would like this recipe! It’s a complex process that takes patience to master but we have really been enjoying this healthy grain in our diet.
Milling the whole einkorn berries in our Vitamix.
Sifting the milled flour.
I find that a 4 quart dutch oven works best for this size loaf (8 inch).
Fresh out of the oven.
That’s what I am talking about!
As you can see, the result is a perfectly chewy and crackily country loaf that has an extremely complex flavor.
Over the weekend we camped at the summit of Boreas Pass near Breckenridge in Summit County! We were all itching for an extended dose of mother nature so we packed our packs and hit the road. Spontaneous camping trips are so fun! It was not a far drive from the Boulder/Denver area at all and it was so incredibly beautiful! We camped pretty much right at tree line so around 11,000 ft. There were even still a few patches of pink (bacteria) snow on the mountains. We found the perfect camping spot nestled in the trees with a stunning panoramic view. There were tons of wild bluebells, indian paintbrushes, and purple daises all around. We ate completely paleo while camping- cashews, apples, sliced turkey, hard boiled eggs, and cracklins/pork rinds. It’s most efficient to bring protein rich foods backpacking and camping. I love unplugging and running around with Tyler and Waldo in the mountains!
I want to share some more pics from our Aspen vacation and from my Dad’s wedding on top of Aspen mountain! We had so much fun. It was great for our family to all be together in such a beautiful place. We ate lots of good food, drank lots of champagne & sparking rosé, enjoyed the Aspen farmer’s market, tubed the Roaring Fork river, some daredevils of the group (not me haha) cliff jumped at Devil’s bathtub, and just relaxed! The Roaring Fork valley is definitely a special and stunning place. I feel like it’s necessary for me to take a week off from work a few times a year just to unplug and get back in touch with myself and my family.
Now more of life lately since we got back from Aspen! Life has been SO wonderful lately…there is truly so much to be grateful for every single day we wake up!! I love summertime in Colorado, pretty much everyday is gorgeous with the occasional afternoon shower which puts me in such a relaxed state. I also got a raise at my job!! I was super stoked on this because it’s the first real promotion/raise I’ve ever received!! Maybe that’s TMI for the blog but whatever, this is a place where I can share stuff like that. Waldo has been so sweet and snuggly per usual which I absolutely adore about him. It’s pretty amazing that I have a 105 lb. lap dog who looks intimidating but is actually a huge, spoiled baby.
Tyler and I were not exactly good about keeping to Paleo when we were on vacation…we were bad haha. It’s always really hard to unless we are the only ones which is not often the case. But what matters the most is how fast and how well you bounce back after having some cheat meals. We immediately resumed back to strict Paleo upon returning home and I feel sooo much better!! I mean yeah that ice cream cone made me feel awesome at the time but afterwards I felt fat and I did not feel great physically. Instances like that remind me why we eat Paleo in the first place; we just feel better. This week we kind of started to transition to low-carb Paleo (with one Paleo sweet treat a week- on Sundays!). We are doing this to help us both cut down our weights (not the number on the scale but the fat on our bodies) so that we look good for upcoming events and for our wedding!! Operation wedding body begins. For diet, we will be sticking to strict Paleo, low-carb with some built in cheat meals. For exercise, I will continue to go to my CorePower classes and do more sculpt and circuit classes. We are also going to join a gym near our house because it is most accessible for us and we both need to start lifting more weights! I love my yoga so dearly and I could never go without it but my body has really been craving more cardio and weights sooo gym here I come! I am also thinking about doing ClassPass where I can go to a bunch of different yoga, pilates, barre, and kickboxing studios. If anyone has ever done ClassPass, let me know how you like it because I am really interested! Comment below.
Tyler and I have also been doing a lot of wedding planning! Our venue is set for our ceremony and reception at Chautauqua. We booked our wedding and engagement photographer, Tina Joiner, who does great work. We’re taking engagement pictures in mid September!! We reserved a block of rooms at the St. Julien for our guests. Other guests will stay at the Chautauqua cottages and cabins. I made an appointment to go look for my wedding dress in Denver at this super cute place called Emma & Grace Bridal!! I am so excited!! My hairdresser and her sister got their dresses from there and they are so pretty. My mom and Tyler’s mom are going to fly up to help me pick out my something new! My bridesmaids and I have also been discussing my bachelorette trip. We are thinking Napa and I literally couldn’t be more pumped!! I am looking at my countdown app right now and we are exactly 10 months and 26 days out from the wedding!!! This is probably the most exciting time of my life. Ever. There are already 2 events planned thus far (other than the wedding obviously) which are: bridal shower the day after Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge at my awesome aunt’s house and announcement/engagement party the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge at one of my sweet bridesmaid’s houses!! Both parties will be so much fun and I can’t wait to see all my friends and family. Here are some pics from life lately!
The #1 thing we wanted to do while in Aspen was to hike the Maroon Bells! It’s the most photographed place in Colorado and for good reason. It’s been on my Colorado to do/bucket list for years now. I was seriously in awe the whole time just soaking up the vast beauty of the lush valley surrounded by 14,000 ft peaks and aspen groves.
My brother Robson, Tyler, and I parked at Aspen Highlands and took the local bus up to Maroon Lake. The bus comes every 15-20 minutes and they do this to limit the traffic that drives over the aspen groves root system. Not sure if this is really true or not haha because we saw a few RV’s and other cars driving up so I think they just do it to limit the number of people parking at the trail head. We were actually glad that Waldo was not with us on this hike because the bus was pretty crowded and standing room only by the time we got on.
Maroon Lake is stunningly beautiful! It’s turquoise blue-green and crystal clear. The wildflowers were blooming EVERYWHERE. Again, I am obsessed with Colorado’s wildflowers- we saw daisies, columbines, lupines, Indian paint brushes, blue & purple bells, berry patches, sunflowers, etc. It was a wildflower wonderland. I love fresh flowers but I am pretty conscious and respectful about not picking them so that everyone can enjoy them and so that I don’t disturb the natural habitat. The massive, snowy peaks behind Maroon Lake are breathtaking.
We hit the trail and headed up past Maroon Lake to Crater Lake. It’s a 3.6 mile round trip hike. The elevation gain is not too bad at all (less than 1,000 ft) but the trail had a lot of loose rocks on it so you have to watch your footing the whole time which is nothing new (thank you hiking boots/ankle support). We passed multiple huge aspen groves on the way to Crater Lake. Crater Lake was even more beautiful than Maroon Lake! It was a more vibrant turquoise and I spotted about 5 waterfalls up on the cliffs and peaks! It’s pretty much right at the treeline. We found a nice log and chilled by Crater Lake for a while just absorbing the beauty and high country sun. Robson decided to head back down the trail at this point but Tyler and I continued on West Maroon Trail which is a pass that can actually take you all the way to Crested Butte. We obviously didn’t go that far (that is a multi-day backpacking excursion) but we hiked probably another mile or 2 beyond the peaks and into the valley. The crowd thinned out significantly after Crater Lake (I think we only saw like 2 other people) so that was nice because the rest of the trail was pretty crowded. West Maroon Trail is prime bear and moose territory so we stayed alert and had our eyes and ears open the whole time. We crossed over creeks and rock fields, hiked waist deep in wildflowers, and got great views of huge waterfalls on the cliff sides. Highly suggest West Maroon Trail! Overall, the Maroon Bells were amazing and unforgettable. If you are ever in the Aspen area, go see and hike them! We might even have to go back in the fall when all the aspens turn bright yellow.
Tyler and I recently arrived to Aspen for our family vacation/my dad’s wedding (which is today at The Little Nell up on the mountain- another post on that to come). The first full day here we hiked and explored the Grottos!! It was so freaking cool!! It’s up Independence Pass (probably the world’s most beautiful pass) a few miles from Aspen. When I was researching it, it honestly didn’t look that awesome but let me tell you, it’s underrated! It’s not a long trail but there’s a lot to see and do. The Roaring Fork River runs along the trail so there are tons of beautiful river spots to hang out at and foot bridges to cross and cascades that were literally roaring! Tons of wildflowers which are my favorite. The best part by far were the ice caves! You have to climb down in between some sketchy crevices to get to them but it’s so worth it! There are these huge glaciers down there. Highly recommend this hike for anyone in the Aspen area. Check out our pictures below! We have a bunch more adventures planned for while we are here so stay tuned!
Our first high country summer hike this season was to Crater Lakes in James Peak Wilderness! It was exceptionally cool and sunny which made for perfect hiking weather. This was my first real hike where I brought my new camera and it was so much fun taking pictures along the way. Tyler even enjoyed it too! The wildflowers were blooming and there were tons of creeks babbling everywhere from all the snow melt. Truly peaceful. I spotted a few wild columbines and some sweet hydroponic alpine flowers. We crossed over probably 10 foot bridges which are always fun and make me feel like a kid again. We started at the East Portal Trailhead near Rollinsville and it was a 6 mile roundtrip hike with about 1,400 ft elevation gain. The trail was heavily forested but still had great mountain views. We chilled at lower Crater Lake for a while and let Waldo swim/run around. We also climbed some rocks and played on the snow fields. It was really fun sliding down the snow! After a while, I noticed that Waldo’s paw was bleeding and realized that he cut it open somehow so we had to bust out the first aid kit. It was my first backcountry first aid experience and I managed to clean it off and bandage him up pretty nicely! We decided to head back down after that and thankfully he wasn’t limping or in pain. He’s such a tough and sweet boy! He never lets us see him sweat, that’s for sure. We had a great time and plan on backpacking/camping in James Peak Wilderness sometime soon! All the pictures below were taken with my canon rebel camera. None of them are edited due to my lack of expertise in that area.
We are getting married at Chautauqua Park here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado on Saturday, June 24th, 2017!!We are loving engaged life thus far and have had so much fun picking our wedding venue! Props to Tyler for the idea of doing it at Chautauqua. There’s a lot more planning to do but since we got our venue locked down, we wanted to make an announcement on here! Of course, formal save the dates will go out in the mail towards the end of this year. The ceremony will be outdoors on the Chautauqua green with a stunning view of the flatirons. The reception will follow in the Chautauqua dining hall right next to the green. It will be an indoor/outdoor reception with a tent, band, and buffet. When Tyler and I went to check out the venue, there was a wedding going on outside on the green and that seriously sold us!! Check out the pics below. We even walked to our appointment with the event coordinator because it’s only a few blocks from our house. So easy and yet so stunningly beautiful!! Chautauqua is at the base of the flatirons so it really couldn’t be anymore perfect and it’s also a national historic landmark with tons awesome hiking trails. It’s so us. Link to our wedding website and Honeyfund below. We are so excited to get married in front of all our family and friends! #GlotzofLove
It’s surreal that Tyler and I are engaged!! I am writing this the morning after my 23rd birthday, the day after Tyler proposed to me. It was pure bliss waking up with my fiancé this morning. I am beyond thrilled that we are spending the rest of our lives together! Yesterday was the greatest day of my life thus far. The love jitters were uncontrollable haha!! We are both so grateful that we found the loves of our life and cannot wait to get married. Thank you so much to our wonderful family and friends for all their love and support. Apologies if we were not the best with our phones yesterday, we were trying to savor the moment and were overwhelmed with happiness!!
So the proposal story. The weather was looking to be a pretty rainy/stormy afternoon on my birthday so we decided to go on a morning mountain adventure in lieu of going camping. Tyler drove us up to Dream Canyon, which is just as dreamy as it sounds! We were hanging out and admiring the view at the overlook and all of a sudden Tyler said my name, Camille. He proceeded to get down on one knee and pulled out a wooden jewelry box. At this point, I knew what was happening and had a giant smile from ear to ear. He gave a little speech before opening the box and told me how he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and that I am the love of his life. He opened the box and revealed a GORGEOUS diamond and sapphire ring. It was his family ring. That’s when he asked me to marry him. I immediately said yes and started kissing him. He then put the ring on my wedding ring finger (removing the promise ring he had given me–he sure kept his promise!!). This was by far the best and most memorable moment in my life. We stayed at dream canyon just hugging, kissing, loving on each other, talking, etc. for a while afterwards until we decided to head back to Boulder to share the news with my mom and grandmother (who are in Boulder this weekend) and all our other family members and friends. Our phones blew up like crazy and were dead in less than an hour after the news was shared!! We feel so loved by everyone and we are just so incredibly happy to be engaged. For those who have asked, we have literally no clue about any wedding details haha. Tyler graduates from CU in May 2017 so, it will definitely be next summer sometime because we met in the summer, it’s the best season, and we need time to plan everything! It’s also probably going to be in Colorado and I will definitely be wearing a flower crown.
For those who are interested, here is our story of how we meet and fell in love! Tyler and I met for the first time way back in the fall of 2012. That seems like yesterday to me but, in reality that was 4 years ago…wow. Anyways, I was a sophomore at CU Boulder and he was fresh off the greyhound bus from his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. I use the word fresh very sarcastically because he was quite the opposite in all his sexy, southern, home bum-esque appeal. Pretty sure all he had was a backpack to his name, and a small one at that. I have to give major credit to one of my best friends from college and roommate at the time, Alli, for allowing Tyler and his other 2 other traveling friends (whom I have a deep affection for now) in our home because to be honest, I was not exactly comfortable with them being there at first haha! Alli was dating one of Tyler’s best friends from home, Dan, who was also attending CU and lived one block away from us. Tyler and his friends were in between crashing at Dan’s place, camping, and crashing at our place. Tyler and I were obviously in different places in our life when we first met but, I knew from the instant meeting him that he was 1) an awesome, brave, and smart person and 2) that I wanted to be close friends with him (maybe even more than friends hehe). Tyler has since told me that he mentioned to Dan that he wanted to marry me before he even really knew me, which I find really adorable and romantic. But like I said, we were in very different places in life and it wasn’t until the following summer in early June of 2013 that we became romantically involved, although we remained good friends throughout that period of time. After about 2-3 weeks of ‘hanging out’ and hiking at the beginning of the summer, Tyler asked me to be his girlfriend which I happily said yes to! It immediately felt like the start of something incredibly, which it was. Ever since then, we have fallen more and more in love every single day of being together. We have been through so much together and we know that we want to be together forever . Our relationship is truly the most special thing and we love each other unconditionally. Fast forward to now, 2016, we live in a cute little duplex together that we have been dwelling in for about 2 and a half years now. I graduated from CU Boulder and have an ‘adult’ office job. Tyler is finishing up his degree in computer science at CU Boulder (he’s a genius just so you know). We have an adorable American Bulldog, Waldo, who makes many features on the blog/Instagram. He is our first child and is spoiled rotten! It’s funny because Waldo’s birthday (June 21) coincides with our anniversary. So this year Waldo will turn 3 years old and we will celebrate our 3rd anniversary! We don’t have an exact day as to when we started dating but, we know it was in mid to late June so we just stick with Waldo’s birthday so we both always remember haha. It’s like Waldo is our spirit love child lol. Okay, too far…haha. Now we are are engaged and are the happiest we have ever been!!
Over the weekend Tyler and I went to Boulder Falls for the first time ever!! We made the choice not to bring Waldo since we were unsure of the trail conditions and since it’s technically closed. I like to follow the rules (sometimes) but in my opinion, you can’t close nature. C’mon Boulder! The weather forecast wasn’t looking promising to do much else outdoors so we decided to say screw it and adventure anyway!!! I’ve been dying to see Boulder Falls but it has been closed for almost the entire 5 years I’ve lived here. I came to the realization that people safely visit all the time and just go around the closed off rope sign. It was a great day to visit because 1) we were the only ones there so that was really nice and 2) it has been raining recently + snow melt so the falls were raging. The canyon was all foggy and mystical, it was so romantic and relaxing. Pics below 🙂