Natural Grocers Mar10

Natural Grocers

On Sunday I got the opportunity to attend a sneak peek lunch at Fayetteville’s newest grocery store. Colorado based Natural Grocers will compliment Fayetteville’s existing and coming options for healthy grocery shopping experiences.  The store focuses on science based health and nutrition practices. I was really impressed with the staff’s knowledge of various diets and nutrition from a truly scientific background.  We heard all about the store’s beginnings in Golden, CO and their dedication to health.  They explained their policies and practices in their fabulous little (reservable) meeting space in the front of the store. The thing that has me sold, aside from lower prices, is the list of things the store won’t sell. It’s amazing being in a store where you literally don’t have to read any labels.  Grocery shopping takes me ages because I’m constantly checking the ingredient list for things I don’t want in my food (MSG, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) – at this store, you don’t have to do that! I giggled, because they don’t provide grocery bags (though they do have boxes in case you forget your bags like I always do). Things I’m stoked about them carrying: store brand granola at affordable prices, house made peanut and almond butter, organic apple varieties I’ve never even heard of. What has you excited about the new grocery store option?!...

venue spotlight: backspace Feb20

venue spotlight: backspace...

If you’ve been too sketched out to check out a show at Fayetteville’s Backspace, be too sketched out no more. I say all of this because I was in that camp, I mean – it’s tucked behind the tree-line flanking Frisco Trail just behind the metro building. The venue was created to support community arts programming through events such as music and art shows, readings, performances, and more. The only time I had been there before was to go to a clothing swap – so, a totally different thing from seeing a band. (But also cool!) I think the thing that the organizers at the Backspace have nailed on the head is the “community” aspect. The mantra when a band is coming tends to be  that there’s no cover but to please “support the bands”. There are tip jars scattered around for the venue and the bands. When you walk in to the small space it feels like walking into a person’s living room – but like, some cool person who has house parties all of the time and keeps ratty couches that can withstand a lot of foot traffic without getting too much worse. The hipsterly crowd of guitar playing, road bike riding, bearded 20 somethings might have been somewhat specific to the band playing, but I’d venture to say they were probably the regular kind of crowd. I didn’t have a super authentic experience because it was a Wednesday night and there was ice and snow left on the ground outside, so the crowd was small. I think it’s clear that my experience wasn’t better than what I would expect another night to be like. I encourage you all to check it out, and tell me how great it is on a weekend...

Ozark Mountain Music Festival – First Festival of the Year...

Eureka Springs is the place to be mid-January. I know, it sounds nuts, but seriously – the Ozark Mountain Music Festival is SO MUCH FUN! And I don’t use all caps lightly! Step ten feet from the Basin Park Hotel and it’s chilly and quiet, but that’s actually kind of a pleasant environment to explore the town in. There are still walking tours going on, shops open, restaurants, and bars too. Inside the hotel, it’s like the world comes alive with people milling about on every floor. Everyone’s in that friendly festival mode, willing to let you do your thing or become your new best friend. So, if you’re the goes-to-every-festival type, you’ve got to look at OzMoMuFest as the first festival of the year. Festival season no more, we get it going in January in E.S.! Bring your hoop, your flow-y hair or winter beard, and the will to dance to some good-ass music. If instead, you’re an old person or a laid back or responsible human being or any combination of those – this festival’s for you too! It’s in a hotel, so you don’t have to camp or drive or even walk more than a few feet to your bed that gets made for you by housekeeping every morning, I mean – it’s like.. what would the word for festival glamping be for this?? It’s just so nice! The Basin Park Hotel is so cool! Add amazingly talented bands to their two biggest venue rooms and you’re in for the best weekend you could imagine – especially in such drab weather! Check out my other recent posts on lorrabeth.com for more details on the amazing bands that played this year’s second annual OzMoMuFest and make plans to be there next year!...

#OzMoMuFest 2015 – Saturday Night Wrap-Up...

Saturday night at OzMoMuFest was full of some serious talent from Eureka Springs, AR; Colombia, MO; and Fayetteville, AR. The night started off with a big local band – Dime Trip – and ended with the practically local Shawn James and the Shapeshifters. The two amazing bands sandwiched some equally awesome talent. Here’s my wrap-up of Saturday night at the Ozark Mountain Music Festival! Local band, Dime Trip, jammed the sun down in the ballroom Saturday night. With the band members’ kids grooving right up front (and even on stage for a bit) there was a family friendly vibe that made the ballroom feel like Dime Trip’s living room must be; music, dancing, drinks, it was a good start to the night. Plus these guys are super talented and fun to be around. Following Dime Trip was Chucky Waggs, also from Eureka Springs. The band brought the bluegrass sound to the stage and with a slide guitar, harmonica, and one of the rockin-est fiddle players I’ve ever seen, plus a singing-drum-playing-guitarist, it was hard not to dance through their whole set! The Hooten Hallers had a grunge/blues feel that was heavy and kind of hardcore – in a good way. Their drummer got on stage, took off his pants, and the band got started. He stood through the whole set and was one of the most engaged drummers I’ve seen. And I just couldn’t get over how that sax is just enormous, and has such a deep sound! Their sound was a hardcore one that took some adjusting to after the bluegrass/blues sound of Chucky Waggs, but after their first few songs the dance floor was packed and they ended their set with a song about the police that got the whole crowd fist pumping. Shawn...

#OzMoMuFest 2015 – Friday Night Wrap-Up...

The second annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival in Eureka Springs is off to a strong start. Thursday night Mountain Sprout kicked the festival off and it’s been rocking ever since. Stepping into the Basin Park Hotel during the OzMoMuFest is like walking into another more lively and cruise-ship-esque dimension. The hotel is full of band members, festival goers, and incredible organizers and staff who are all there to have a good time and are mixing and mingling freely. There’s locals, out-of-towners and it’s all a big happy mix of people. You can get a feel for the music if you check out the festival’s spotify playlist: The Friday evening set started with Dusty Pearls from Tulsa, OK at 7pm in the Ozark Room – which is by the way a super intimate setting and one of my favorite places to see a band. I always feel like I’ve gotten to know a band so much better after seeing them in this venue because it’s just so relaxed. It’s like they are playing and talking to you from your own living room. They’re comfortable, the audience is comfortable, it’s just plain nice. The Dusty Pearls were no exception and even ended their set with a song about “sex farts” that they were both embarrassed about and charming while playing. The duo is inspired by other folksy harmonizers like Johnny Cash and June Carter and The Civil Wars. They played some amazing covers and plenty of equally amazing originals. Lucky for you, even if you missed this show, they play again today from 3-5. After the Dusty Pearls the festival moved upstairs to the Ballroom where Hosty Duo, also from Tulsa, OK brought the weird dance-y vibe that got the night rocking. With songs about pterodactyls that include...

doing sunday morning right Jan18

doing sunday morning right...

I don’t know if words are necessary here. This is what every Sunday morning should look like. The things I love most about this moment (which was actually last Sunday): That milk. It’s from a local farm and is sold in non-walmart grocery stores like Harps. There is no better tasting milk on the shelves. None. Plus, the refundable glass bottle makes it ever so charming. Fiestaware. I got this new set of poppy dishes for christmas (thanks mom!) and they are making the dreary weather so much more cheerful. You don’t know how much you need the color orange in your life until it’s there! Plus, how cute are those mismatched flatware? Bicycle Times. I am a sucker for print magazines. I have an ipad, I can delve into the world of all things media there, but there’s something special about a magazine. Plus, I love my bike and it’s too cold for a joyride, so the pictures of dreamy bicycle adventures in faraway countries will have to appease me for...

can you tell your life story in license plates Jan14

can you tell your life story in license plates...

I’m fortunate enough to have been a bit of a hoarder as a kid. So, every time we moved out of state and thusly changed our license plates I held on to the old ones. Over winter break my parents and I spent hours going through big plastic tubs of toys, school work, and junk that I had kept for way too long. My mom wrote about the experience in more detail here. I got rid of the duplicate plates, and kept these four that tell the story of my life so very well! I’ve hung them in my new room and am loving the worldly vibe. Sometimes my focus gets so narrow, it helps to remind myself that there’s a whole world out there and that I’ve been in it and can again! I’m going to be graduating and getting my teaching license in May, so there’s a lot of consideration as to where I’ll go with that opportunity to move anywhere. I’m probably going to stay in Fayetteville if I can, but I have to say, I hate to break the pattern that’s forming here. Don’t worry folks, California’s licensure is the least compatible with out of state teaching licenses. Oh! I almost hit publish without including the story the plates tell! It’s long, and I never really understand when other people find it interesting, but it does explain a lot about who I am – so here it is.  I was born in Anaheim, CA and we moved around southern California a bit while my mom finished school. When I was four we moved to San Francisco and lived right in the city. Then, when I was eight, we moved to an intentional community in rural MO. This would be my...

Tricky Yogurt Tricks Sep16

Tricky Yogurt Tricks

While I am definitely a big fan of my BNTO, I have to admit that this little trick made me feel immensely tricky and it’s something I’ve been doing weekly since I figured it out. Also, Tillamook’s yogurts (especially the vanilla one) are rocking my lunch world. Shout out to all the other grown ups who pack their lunches! If that’s you comment: “I’m hella rad!” on this...

#newhouse Jun26

#newhouse

You may have noticed, if you follow us on twitter or instagram, that we’ve moved house. We’re having our housewarming party this evening, but we have so many friends who live too far away to come see our new house in person. So, we’ve made a little video! Check it...

refrigerator pickles Jun23

refrigerator pickles

My mom taught me how to make refrigerator pickles several years ago when her garden exploded with cucumbers. We made a huge jar of them and ate them all summer. So when Brooke and I found these adorable little sweet gherkins at the farmer’s market last weekend we had to have them. Despite the fact that they are in canning jars, they are not canned. They won’t last more than a few weeks because they just keep getting more and more vinegary. Want to make your own? It’s super simple. All you need is: 1 part water 1 part white vinegar pepper corns a dash of salt a teaspoon of sugar for every 2 cups of liquid cucumbers! Any kind of cucumber will do, and you can cut them any way you like! Just wash and chop your cucumbers, stick them in the jar with everything else. Shake it up and stick it in the fridge. They will be ready in about 4 days and should keep for about a week after that or longer depending on your preference for vinegar! Also, I sanitized my jars (by dipping them in a pot of boiling water for about half a minute each), but only because I use them all the time and felt like they needed it if they were going to sit in the fridge for a...