This week my mom came to visit, which was a special treat. We took her on the obligatory Colorado hike, ate a lot of delicious food, went for bike rides, and checked out the sublime Chihuly exhibit at the Botanical Gardens.
We all scream for ice cream. Especially when it’s from High Point Creamery in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood. This place is super cute and super yummy. They hand craft all of their artisanal flavors on site, and while there are some traditional picks, there are quite a few unique standouts, like Early Grey with Shortbread, Tipsy Peach, and Bananas with Honey. Bonus: They serve ice cream flights which give you five flavors plus toppings. I swear, I love this place.
Before photographing her shop, I asked owner Erika Thomas a few questions about her business.
Q: Why did you decide to open High Point?
ET: I love ice cream. I love how creative it is, and it’s hard to have a bad day in an ice cream shop.
Q: Where do you get your ideas and inspiration for such unique flavors?
ET: From everywhere. Sometimes it’s from people, what their favorite dessert or flavor combo is and I go from there. Sometimes it’s seasonal; right now I’m working on some fall flavors that are heavily inspired by what my grandmother and mother made for thanksgiving. And sometimes it’s from a problem we’re trying to solve. It all depends.
Q: What is your personal favorite?
ET: Basil with Blackberry Swirl
I am extremely lucky that some girlfriends chose The Humble Pie Store in Denver as the venue to host a baby shower for the newest mama-to-be in our midst this past weekend. The owners closed the shop for our private event on a Saturday afternoon so we could relax, taste, and savor while we celebrated our friend’s transition to motherhood.
If you have never been to The Humble Pie Store, I highly suggest you get there soon. Soon, as in today. Because every single thing in this adorable shop is incredible. It’s so delicious that shortly after my first visit I started calling this place the “Are You Kidding Me? Pie Store.” It is that good. Farmhouse chicken pot pie. Roasted root vegetable curry pie. Apple cheddar. Milkbar crack pie. (Yes, you read that right.) Apple blackberry. Awesomeness à la mode.
Congratulations to Melissa! We love you. (Ditto to Ruth and Rachel for hosting such a scrumptious event.)
More and more often these days, I walk into a room (the living room, the hallway, the kitchen) only to find a pile of clothes shed on a whim. And when I seek out the owner of said clothes, I find my son…. swimming in the buff or playing soccer sans clothing. At times during this week, I did manage to clothe my offspring and make a trip to the ice cream shop. There was also a hike and, the payoff, hot dogs, onion rings, and milk shakes. It’s all about balance. (And underwear.) Right?
After a 5×5 photo challenge (5 photos a day for 5 days) last week, I’m back to photographing my everyday. This week included a camping trip with some dear friends at Shadow Mountain Lake, near the headwaters of the Colorado River. We packed (way too much stuff), climbed on rocks, made food in a pie iron, relaxed, climbed on more rocks, made s’mores, ate s’mores, ate more s’mores, waited for our friends to wake up, and found a geocache.
There are only two pictures this week because, well, they pretty much sum up how I spent the last seven days — eating a lot, and hardly any of it good for me. Part of the ingestion involved our first trip to Johnson’s Corner in Johnstown, Colorado, on the way to see some friends in Fort Collins. The three of us shared one of their famous, pillow-size cinnamon rolls, making me feel simultaneously like the best and worst mom on the planet.