Hey guys! How’s your week going? Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? My birthday usually falls on this long weekend which is super convenient if you have awesome plans. But we’re in the middle of packing and moving to another state, so… Best birthday present would be if someone magically and instantaneously neatly packed and moved all of our stuff to a new house in Las Vegas 🙂 A girl can dream, right?

We had a pretty awesome last weekend and I meant to share with you, but we’ve been so busy all Monday that I didn’t even get to my computer. So here’s what we’ve been up to.

Saturday morning started with a pretty fancy brekky:

This is the Canyon Bakehouse gluten free cinnamon raisin bagel topped with diary-free Kite Hill almond cheese style spread and fresh berries. And coffee + Califia Farms almond coconut milk in place of creamer, of course. YUM!

Fueled up, we started the day of adventures.

The countdown of our days here in Tucson is officially on – until we move to Las Vegas. One of my goals before we move has been to hit a few local spots we’ve never had a chance to visit. The Cookie Cabin was at the top of my list. It’s located on Mt. Lemmon at elevation of 8,000 ft which translates into *much* cooler temps during the summer.

The road up the mountain is windy, so keep that in mind if you are prone to motion sickness. But the house that it takes to get up there is certainly not lost. The entire drive is absolutely gorgeous. At lower elevation the road winds through the fields of saguaro cacti. As you go up, cacti gets more rare and you start seeing more pine trees which eventually turns into forests – completely unexpected in the middle of the dessert.

There are multiple lookout points throughout the drive with ample parking space. You can pull over and enjoy the views or go for a quick hike. There are also multiple camping sites and even a small lake popular for fishing among the locals.

Once at the top, you’re rewarded with a view of a small community calle Summer Haven. There are cabins and a few shops and restaurants. The Cookie Cabin is definitely a must see! Kids were so excited to check it out because helllo! the cookies haha.

We decided to make have lunch here since the place also sevres food. Honestly, I didn’t expect much, but it exceeded all my expectations. I didn’t get to try the pizza my son ordered but I did have a few bites of my daughter’s hot dog and oh my yum! It was a real beef sausage on a freshly baked crispy toasted hoagie bread. The cookie selection was more than we could handle, so we decide to try the sampler plate. It did not disappoint!

After lunch we went on a little hike. Kids enjoyed being kids, picking up rocks and sticks and playing in the dirt. The air here was so crispy and fresh, you could almost taste it. While kids played I enjoyed the views and kept saying hello to occasional hikers. This place was definitely popular on the weekends!

On the way down, both kids passed out in the car and I contemplated a grocery list in my head. We made a rare trip to Whole Foods that weekend, and I can’t tell you how excited I am for this week!

Check out Palo Verde trees blooming on our street! We are going to miss it so much! Also how about these two hams cruising on the street? 🙂

Sunday was the usual church + brunch at First Watch routine. We love this place because it offers healthier breakfast options and lots of avocado!

Gone are the days when my almost 9 year old used to take a kids menu. He easily takes care of an adult plate now. Pictured here is the farm skillet with diced potatoes, eggs, bacon, avo and other good stuff. I usually go for eggs and avo sandwich (told ya! lots of avocado here!), but that day I felt in a mood for something different:

Can never go wrong with Eggs Benny, especially if it involves smoked salmon 🙂

So there you go! We also did some chores and cleaning, jumped on a trampoline and rode bikes. How was your weekend? What was the high light? Are you meal planning for this week?

Have a lovely week!

Xoxo,

Katrina

 

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