Home-Cooked Meals and Stretching Comfort Zones

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we made it to california after a great few days in hawaii! we met up with some friends from college we haven’t seen in about 4 years and it was excellent. they were so kind and invited us over for a home cooked because they figured we hadn’t had one in a while. they even let us choose whatever meal we wanted (isn’t that so sweet…i almost started tearing up)!

here is Justin and Danielle (for people that know them…she didn’t grow a foot she is actually sitting on the counter. don’t worry…california water isn’t that crazy).

justin and danielle dinner dateeven though Justin is wearing the Air Force shirt, it’s actually Danielle who is a Captain in the Air Force. oh, and she’s a freaking doctor! she’s super inspiring. talk about a baller wifestyle. love it. Justin is pretty amazing too, he teaches at a low-income high school and actually used to teach at my old high school in Colorado before they moved here (crazy small world)!

we had amazing mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, mango rice and grilled chicken (and wine because they know that helps make everything better) when we walked in!

chelsea avery and danielle dinner dateit was so excellent to be in a home (and a beautiful one at that) and eat a delicious and healthy home cooked meal while catching up with friends who are doing big things with their life!

then Danielle pulled out the big guns and we had “apple bombs!” these were so incredibly delicious. it was a whole apple, filled with butterscotch and cinnamon then baked in pie crust. never had anything like this-it was like our own little apple pie and outrageously good! made me happy to spend the evening with them and we are so grateful so thank you two!

apple bomb dessertfor the next few days, i am in an intense workshop for entrepreneurs figuring out to be more successful while working for yourself. this is all thanks to my friend Jenn who i met while traveling through New Mexico last year! she’s fantastic and has so many good ideas-it’s pretty incredible.

chelsea avery and jenn codythis workshop is absolutely stretching my comfort zone but also giving me some helpful points in figuring out how to run our business. being an entrepreneur is extremely difficult and at times i totally miss working a 9-5 job but it does give you more opportunities if you create thing so that is the energy i’m harnessing! wish me luck.

the new wifestyle: don’t take for granted when someone cooks you a meal and expanding your comfort zone is exhausting but usually worth it.

1) do you own your own business? ever considered it?
2) last home cooked meal you enjoyed?
3) favorite areas to visit in California if you’ve visited before?


  1. Dave

    October 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

    It’s so nice to be finally caught-up reading your posts, so now I feel I can respond in real-time!

    1) do you own your own business? ever considered it?
    Sort of. I guess I freelance as an actors and sound designer and I am one of two people behind True Theatre, but we’ve not gone all business-y with that, yet, despite the fact that we’ve started our fourth season of shows! I guess my day-job (where I work for the proverbial “man”) takes up most of the time I would like to spend on my other endeavors. 🙂

    2) last home cooked meal you enjoyed?
    Been so long, I can’t remember! I keep meaning to cook at home. I’m spending so much money on take-out. I remember the days when I planned ahead and made food on Sundays and ate leftovers through the week. Money saved, belly full and healthy. Alas.

    3) favorite areas to visit in California if you’ve visited before?
    The redwoods at Muir were incredible. San Fran is gorgeous. L.A. can be fun, when you’re not in a rush, and if you like a little craziness. I’m told San Diego is a must-hit place and I’ve been trying to arrange to meet a friend out there. Keeps getting put off, but now that I’m thinking about it, I just might get that ball rolling again!

    P.S., Apple Bombs! O-M-G!

    • chelsea

      October 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      thanks for your comment dave and glad you could get caught up-thanks for reading 🙂

      that’s fantastic that you are in your 4th season of your shows-well done! and yes lots of money can be save by eating in (we are noticing that by having to eat 95% of our meals out!

      we have yet to visit the redwoods in Muir but we did see some in Eureka that were amazing. we are loving San Fran now! hope you get to visit your friend soon and yes OMG to apple bombs. omg.

  2. Corinne

    October 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

    1) do you own your own business? ever considered it?
    We have done in the past and learned a lot from it. My one piece of advice – try to go for something where you can see a bit of an income right away. Even if it’s a trickle, it’s better than nothing with a promise of something big.
    2) last home cooked meal you enjoyed?
    Spinach filled pastry. Delish – though the apple bombs look pretty A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. totally going to have to give them a go.
    3) favorite areas to visit in California if you’ve visited before?
    Only really done LA/Santa Monica; and of the two, we preferred SM. Gorgeous coastline, and such a relaxed clean area. Good food too which always helps xx

    • chelsea

      October 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      yes absolutely agree corinne! way better to have even a small amount of income but consistency is key! and whoa- spinach filled pastries sound amazing! i’ve also always wanted to visit Santa Monica so i should add that to my list-sounds lovely!

  3. Corinne

    October 28, 2013 at 5:36 am

    PS: Hope the workshop goes well and you network with a heap of people – that always helps 🙂

    • chelsea

      October 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      thanks corinne! we made some great connection and learned alot! excited to start implementing 🙂