Packing & Baking

I have been a busy girl so far this weekend.

First, I started packing for Food and Light

Things I know I am bringing:

Canon 5D Mark II camera body  (more info about my lover if you’re a camera geek and care about these things)


Canon 24-70 mm lens (my daily go-to lens for everything. I never take it off!)

iPhone picture so I could get a shot of my Big Lover

Tripod (per our instructors’ request or I wouldn’t bring it.  I prefer to shoot free than on a tripod)

Camera Bag

camerabagI love Etsy!

My second Camera Bag (Ironically, I bought this bag after seeing my instructor, Diane’s post, that she had bought this bag)

My Macbook + Lightroom 3 for photo editing.  I’m sure I’ll have a couple hundred images per day one or two photos to edit.

And of course I need my Macbook for blogging.  I will definitely be blogging and sharing what I’m up to!

I’m bringing the Be Present Pants that I raved about here

I’m also bringing this new pair, the Kona Pant, that I was sent.  They’re a knee-length version of go-to pants (the Lotus Mobility Pant)

Lovin’ the knee-length for summer.  Unlike Mexico City which surprised the heck outta me by being cold in July, I just checked the weather for Boulder and it looks hot.  Good!

I have been a loyal Be Present customer for about eight years.  I live in them.  They’re especially nice for traveling because they’re lightweight, nearly wrinkle-free, and wash and dry very easily just in case you need to wash them in a hotel room bathroom.  Not that I would know or anything.

I was wearing my Be Present’s in yesterday’s post at the MAC storeBe Present with a side of lip gloss.

Sort of hard to see, but that’s what I’m wearing

Obviously I will be bringing more than a camera, tripod, and one pair of pants and some lipgloss, but those are musts.

It was also a must that I got busy in the kitchen baking.  Unbaking technically.

I made the winner of The Great Fundraising Act

a batch of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Interestingly enough she is the same person who bid on and won my cookie dough balls when they were being auctioned in Katie’s auction for Japan.

I recognized Carrie’s shipping address and when we got to chatting on email, I instantly remembered her and who she was.  I may forget names but I never forget faces.  Or addresses it seems.

Thank you, Carrie, for being so generous in your support of these charity drives and auctions.  The world needs more people like you!

I included some extra goodies in the box I am mailing on Monday before I leave for Boulder.

I hope Carrie likes the cookie dough ballsRound 2.

From my last post, thanks for the supportive comments.  Yes, I am so excited for the trip and workshopIt’s a quickie, though.  Departing Monday afternoon, returning Wednesday evening.  Lots needs to happen before then.  Like more packing!

And I am also going to enjoy some San Diego weather and get a nice run in

followed up with some at-home yoga for a few minutes.

Followed up with a snack

Raw Vegan Caramels

3 ingredients and stuffed with nut butter.  5 minutes to make.  Easy.


1. How far in advance do you pack for your trips?  What things do you always bring on trips?

I try to start packing a few days ahead of when I am departing so that way I can cross things off my mental checklist, like yep, leave-in hair conditioner is packed, running socks are packed.  Those little random things that I’d otherwise overlook and would prefer to have make it with me on the trip!

For food, I am for sure bringing liquid vanilla stevia and a few snack/energy bars.  I don’t travel without those things.  Other than that, probably not too much since this is a quick trip.  And I’m only going to Colorado.  They have grocery stores there, I’ve heard.

2. What’s the best thing you’ve made, eaten, or done so far this weekend?

My vote is on the cookie dough balls for making.

And on the eating I have been going to town on Mango Ginger Chutney as a veggie dip.  Hot fire mouth and all.  I love it.

P.S. I am guest posting on Angela of Oh She Glow’s site today.  Please check out my post with my 5 favorite vegan recipes that I shared.  Angela is such a doll and a wonderful friend and I was excited when she asked me to guestie on her site.

P.P.S. Reminder to enter the Summertime Cooldown Giveaway if you haven’t already.

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. My packing habits depend on the trip…if its longer than a weekend I start a few days in advance. If its a short weekend trip i usually pack the night before.

    LOVE that sunflower picture by the way!


  2. Great guest post today on Angela’s blog! I was so excited to see you over there this morning :)

  3. 1.) Packing in advance? What’s that? Haha. I usually pack the morning that I leave for a trip, no joke :D

    2.) Joined a new gym today – Lifetime Fitness. AMAZING.

    3.) I LOVED your guest post! You rock, as always.

  4. Try to pack a couple days ahead. Loved your guest post!! Have a great trip

  5. As much as I try not to be, I always end up being a last minute packer. Last minute as in still packing 5 mins before leaving.
    I enjoyed reading your guest post on OSG’s this morning!

  6. I am a terrible packer. I always bring everything. Except one thing that I want as soon as I’m at my destination. Oops :) Hope you have a great trip!

  7. Those darn raw vegan carmels are calling my name!! I am making those first thing tomorrow morning and will have my kids eat them with me…yum! I also have loved your cookie dough balls every since I found them. Thanks for the tasty recipes! And I saw that you had a guest post at OSG which is another fave of mine. Have a great time on your trip!

  8. Haha, about washing your pants in the hotel bath room! We have all been there I think. I always pack last minute, and way to much! I usually end up wearing only half the clothes I brought. But it is better to have and not need, then need and not have, right?

  9. Wow, that’s so exciting that you’re going on another trip that marries food and photography! Way to go out and make those connections!

    I’m starting my MFA program residency, flying out next Thurs, it starts next weekend: I’m so excited: the first schooling that I’ve really solidly wanted to do and felt like I know myself with it. I’ll probably pack day before I leave, but I’ve been making ‘to take’ lists and fixing portable foods to take with me already…

    Safe travels!

  10. I am not sure i do much of anything too much in advance! Love your camera and equipment! Again, safe travels and keep blogging!

  11. yep, liquids stevia always comes with me. Have a great time in boulder. I absolutely love the kona pants. Can I order those online? i would live in them too!

    And congrats to Carrie, the dough balls are awesome!

  12. Your welcome for the comment on OSG, you deserve it Averie, you really are a sweet, awesome, and down to earth person! And of course you come up with amazing recipes, those dough balls look so good and I know the winner will be loving those!

    How fun you are going to a photography workshop!! I bet ti will be awesome! I think its great you have fallen in love with photography so much, and your getting so great at it! Amazing ; )

    I have to go to chicago tomorrow, still have not packed, but I will get done today! I pack the night before trips usually ; )

    Have a safe trip tomorrow and have a blast!!!

    I was thinking of picking up a new lens ( finally ) so which one should I get, I know you have several, one that you think is good for food blogging and maybe one most bloggers use ; )

    xoxo <3

  13. Have a great time on your trip! Sounds fabulous to me. And I prefer short trips — when I’m away from home too long I get anxious and stressed. I like being in my own house the best I suppose!

    I usually make a packing list a few days before hand, but I don’t pack until the day before, only because some of what I bring (toiletries, etc) I can’t pack until the last minute anyway.

    I love that the same person bid and won your cookie dough balls!

  14. Your life is going full-speed ahead right now!!! That’s ok, though. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be ridiculously busy than bored :P Have fun!!!!

  15. I have to stop myself from packing weeks in advance. I try to get the bulk of my bags packed at least one day ahead then those last minute items I can just toss in the day I leave. I hope you have a safe trip!

  16. You sure have been running around a lot lately! Did you quit your job, or do you have extremely understanding employers?
    Best food so far is squizza: Lots of home-grown squash with pizza toppings. (Sauce, cheese, pepperoni.) The cheese doesn’t agree with me, but it tastes so good!

  17. What a fun trip! Can’t wait to read about it and see your photos! I DREAD packing, because not only do I pack for myself, but for my 2 kids as well, although now that they are getting older, they can definitely help out. We are getting ready for a white water rafting trip in Idaho with my dad. We leave next Friday, so, undoubtedly I will be packing next Thursday night! Best thing I cooked -yesterday mornings baked eggs with tomato and cilantro-fabulous! Best thing I did-went to the zoo last night with my family. Always love the SD zoo! Have a wonderful trip!

    • that’s how I was for our trip in May to Aruba…I even posted about it. Moms have to pack for everyone else, the household goods, the random maybe might need this items…yes, I totally know!
      Glad you had fun at the zoo!

  18. That’s a lot of camera bags to pack! I’m in the same boat, I have my laptop/camera backpack to protect both for traveling and my smaller camera bag for running around with just my camera inside a large purse. So excited for you, hope the trip is a blast.

    1. Depends on how long the trip is, I’ll usually start a packlist weeks in advance before a week+ trip to add stuff too as I think if it.
    2. Not much! I guess going out to eat Friday was pretty good and my cauliflower smoothie came out good yesterday.

  19. I have been drooling over your cookie dough balls forever, so I finally decided to try my hand at making them! I used slightly different ingredients (raw almonds, almond extract) but followed the rest to a tee! They are delicious and so perfect for a quick grab and go snack!

  20. Love those pants! I just bought some cargo pants for work and I’m actually excited to wear them. I’m waiting to wear them tomorrow on my first day…like I would when I was younger waiting to wear new clothes the first day of school. I hope you have an incredible trip!

  21. Was just reading about your trip and it sounds so exciting! I haven’t been on a really big trip like that in a very long time, but I always get so excited. Although I don’t have enough clothes to start the packing process until a couple of days beforehand at the earliest. But I try to get as much done as early as possible because I HATE scrambling at the last minute.

  22. I never thought to check Etsy for camera bags which is totally silly when you think of it – they have so many adorable things on there.
    Loved your guest post on Angela’s blog, too! You’re amazing.
    Have a wonderful trip :D

  23. Have fun in Boulder! I bet you learn so much! Your camera is beaaautiful!

    Those cookie dough balls look delicious.

  24. I always start to pack a few days ahead, mostly because I cant wait to go :D
    Best thing Ive done this weekend: Wine out with one of my best friends on Friday, and going to the movies yesterday to see Bridemaids- loved it :)
    Best thing Ive eaten… all the raw brownies with raspberries! Best combo ever! And just now, I ate some wonderful roasted veggies with tahini and sesame seeds- so good!!

  25. Saw your guest post on OSG! My sister lives in denver and I was just there! we went hiking in boulder (my parents lived there for two years) its a beautiful place, you will fall in love! I am going to Ohio from where I live now (NC) on wednesday morning and I work night shift from now until wednesday morning and i havent packed a thing yet. I used to pack weeks in advance, now the older I get Im more of a throw it in the bag at the last minute kind of person. Or maybe its that I have more important things to tend to so packing waits until the last minute.. who knows! Safe travels and enjoy your trip!

  26. Hahah love that you asked how far in advance we pack when I’m avoiding packing for a flight that’s about 15 hours away. :) I hope your workshop is amazing and those pants look fab! I wish I had seen them early enough to get some of my own for the plane!

  27. I always pack in advance, like 3 days before I depart. On the departure day itself, I only add my makeup and things that I have been using till then (e.g. laptop).
    I could never travel without my camera and charger ;) Also I always pack my snuggly little pillow (I like my head high when I sleep), wollen socks, precious stones for good sleep and yeah, that is about eat. Oh, and depending on how long I will stay, I will also bring some food items that you can´t purchase in every supermarché.
    Best thing I did: going hiking with my family and friends. Spend the WHOLE day outdoors and it was amazing!!

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  29. have a wonderful trip! I think I actually blushed at the mention of my name – you are so sweet and the dough balls and extra goodies look incredible. I’m so excited to get them!! thank you!!!

  30. I just got caught up on your last few posts and I’m so excited for you for your trip to Boulder!! Sounds like you’re going to have an AMAZING time, I can’t wait to hear about it :)

    The trip I told you about…I’ve been making a list and setting aside random things since JUNE! I work in two ways- either last minute for things I don’t care about, or WAY in advance for things I do. And now I’m leaving this week- crept up on me so soon!

    Best thing I ate this weekend…hmmmm. I’m going to go with the Victory Summer Love beer I drank today. I’d been helping my brother and sister in law move and it just hit the spot!

  31. Just left you a comment over at OSG – great recipe round up!

    Dehydrated bean-free hummus? How’s that?

  32. I hardly ever pack very far ahead of time. I feel like I forget more that way. As long as I have a list to cross things off of I’m good to go. I’m going to be using one of your raw ball recipes soon for a very special birthday present!

  33. I hope you enjoy my fine state … weather has been “hot as Africa” this week … upper 90s … ugh. I live in the mtns but work down in Denver. I don’t have air conditioning at my house so it is nice to escape to the cool each and every day after work.


    • Ok I have been wondering is it always this hot there in the summer??! when looking at the forecast. Now I know it’s kinda a fluke and am going to throw in some more tank tops and leave for the airport soon!!! :)

    • Definitely not as usual for the summer … tho still not as bad as Texas (where I moved from in 2004).
      Should cool back down to upper 80s by tomorrow and rest of week … and it has been raining a little in the PM every day almost all summer.

      60s at night.

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  35. I always seem to be packing last minute for trips …

    I hate packing.

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