friday present: moving to alegre

This week was chock full of wonderful bits, enough to overshadow the not so wonderfuls. (Thank goodness!) It's probably obvious from my recent posts that this week I am crazy thankful for having completed our move.

yay! our move!

 {photo: unknown, please let me know if it's yours.}

I don't want to dwell on all the ghetto (not so) fabulous difficulties of where we were living before. But you know how when you put up with something for so long and finally move on, you are left lighter, unloaded, nothing on your back save that huge sigh of relief? This feeling can be found in lots of life's corners: relationships gone south for the winter--winters ago; the chronic pain in your jaw--that you barely even notice anymore--that changes the your swagger enough for you to eventually require foot surgery; that phone number you dreaded to dial and finally did, insomnia halted. That's how this move feels. 

The tijeretas (earwigs), which weren't even that bad by local standards: gone. Electric and gas piping outside the walls: inside. Wind entering the house and all heat escaping through a zero-ly insulated roof and walls: insulated. This house is much smaller than our last one, but now that we're moved in and our lives are stowed, it feels plenty big enough for the two of us. And we're warm!

a letter from a dear friend. 

On my huge to-do list the day we were scheduled to completely vacate our old abode, was to visit the post office and plea with them not to deliver a letter from my beautiful friend Claire, Bicoastally extraordinaire. There's really no reliable mail forwarding system here, at least not where we live. But I figured if I kept going to the post office to check, it wouldn't get stuck at the other house to likely be tossed out in the trash. Just as I sat down to catch a bit of rest, the mailman knocked on the door with a special delivery. This must be the most beautiful card I have received in years, right down to the adorable envelope! At that moment, I don't think anything could have made me happier! 

i get to play with cuppie! 

Carrie at This Free Bird just sent me Cuppie, so I will lovingly share in a lovely androgynous cupcake, part of the OneCraftyFox Cupcake Challenge hosted by Diana. The whole challenge is hilarious and absolute fundom. If you haven't already seen it, you must check out the boisterous romps of Cuppie while on Carrie's watch. Can't wait to receive the cutiepie and see if I can decipher her gender. Or his gender :) Adventures coming soon!

breaking in the digs with a killer breakfast. 

Long, slow breakfasts are close to one of my favorite things on Earth. This morning I rolled out of bed--early and awake and happy--with an urge to eat a Mexican-style breakfast with homemade tortillas. So I got to work kneading and rolling out tortillas, chopping tomatoes for pico de gallo, scrambling eggs and grating cheese. We ate the little breakfast burritos with some yummy lentil paste that Serkan had made last night for dinner. And I devoured one sweet one with butter and cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on top.

chirimoya alegre.

{chirimoya found here}

In case you don't already know, it's winter here for us. And reading all y'all's blogs had me craving cherries and blueberries! (No canned or frozen versions in these parts.) I've also been chatting with my dad about cheesecakes every so often, so I'm itching to bake one soon. The last one I made blushed with a raspberry topping. For some reason, (that I won't complain about) the local supermarket always carries frozen raspberries.

So what does this have to do with chirimoya? Well, even though we're far far away from fresh berries, today we randomly scored a chirimoya, which I also haven't seen for months! What is chirimoya, you ask? Chirimoya is a wonderful Latin American fruit, whose tree is sometimes referred to as the ice cream tree. (Now who wouldn't want to try ice cream fruit?) It's high in fiber, calcium and vitamin C! Now we're talkin', right? Sometimes we eat it orangified. One of the most common ice cream flavors here is called chirimoya alegre, or happy chirimoya, and it's happiness comes from the dash of sunshine that is orange.

Have you ever tasted chirimoya?

And do you have any cheesecake topping suggestions or special recipes that you adore? I would love to hear them and maybe try one (or several) out!

And what are you thankful for right now?


Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

Yay! You get to host Cuppie! I can't wait to see the adventures :)

And how wonderful that the move is complete! The card from Claire is absolutely beautiful, I love it!


Bella said...

Glad to hear your move is complete and that you are so happy with your new place. I know exactly that feeling you're talking about - it makes such a difference in life when you get to throw those things off, so to speak. Enjoy your new home!

Elena said...

Oh, Heather. I'm so happy for you and your new place and your much more frequent blog updates. When do we get to see pictures of your new place?
Lane makes a to-die-for pumpkin cheesecake. yum.

Persis Shah said...

Hi Heather!

that first pic has been a fave of mine since a while now...if only i knew who it belogs too.

and that card is beyond lovely! im sure it made your day =)

have a lovely weekend!


Sarah Klassen said...

I hope you enjoy your new home and that it brings you many great memories :)

Have a great weekend!

Claire Kiefer said...

I'm so happy you got my card. :) And long, slow breakfasts remind me of the hours-long breakfast we had at that place on Shattuck, up the street from my house, one morning . . . I can't remember when or why, but I remember we sat there forever with our food and coffee and it was so wonderful!

Abby said...

I'm thankful that your move was successful and that you're so happy where you are! I'm glad you have Cuppie now. I think that was a great idea!

And that card is creative. For me, I'm thankful for music and rainy days and FOOD.

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

thank you so much for stopping by my blog. thank you for the compliments and the love. i am not sure how i did not find you sooner than this and have a lot to catch up on, my new found friend.

Krystal said...

i'm so jealous of your acquisition of cuppie! can't wait to read about his time with you:) and i HATE earwigs. they always got in to our old house :(

Anonymous said...

I had so much fun with Cuppie when I had him and even more fun watching Carrie's adventures with him! Can't wait to see where you and Cuppie roam! xo

Jammer said...

have fun with cuppie! I can't wait to see what she gets into this time!

Claudia said...

hi! thanks for stopping by my blog and leading me to yours. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.
I have to say my favourite cheesecake right now is pumpkin.

AB HOME Interiors said...

Chirimoya? Never heard of this. Sounds interesting! I absolutely adore the first photo, very cute!

Regan said...

Your blog is gorgeous!! I love the photo for your header. :)

freckleonthenose said...

Congrats on your move!

That breakfast sounds amazing!

English Rose ♥ said...

Glad to hear you had a successful move!

Merci beaucoup for stopping by darling, it means so much that you like the blog and I really hope you become a regular visitor =]

I love your blog too – hope you had a lovely weekend!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

So happy to hear your done with moving house. Ah, and you are the host to a cuppie? How sweet;-)

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Your breakfast burritos sounds scrumptious - you make your own tortillas - impressive and most likely delicious. Congratulations on your move. How exciting. So many new and unknown adventures yet to come. I hope your weekend is going well. =)

Paislea Elyse said...

Congratulations on a successful move! it's so stressful but yay that it's over!

i hope you're having an excellent weekend!

Estefany said...

Cute blog, you made me want some chirimoya now. So good!!

Hollie said...

that first photo is so cute!! I like waking up late and making a lovely breakfast on the weekends. It's a Sunday ritual for me.

Style, She Wrote said...

Congrats on moving in! Enjoy!

Hiking in Stilettos said...

So glad that your move went well and you are enjoying your new home! Long breakfasts are definitely one of my absolute favorite things in life. :) I actually made a cheesecake this weekend - my first one! It is chocolate espresso, and it is quite rich, but it's good. I wish I could somehow send you blueberries for your cheesecake!

La Boheme said...

So happy for your move! I wish you the very best in your new place. Also congrats on the Cuppie - can't wait to see where you will take her/him :) xoxo

My Owl Barn said...

I love Chirimoya! We call it custard apple in India.


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