Weekend Getaway | Salt Lake City, UT | Washington vs. Utah

Monday, September 29, 2014



 This past weekend I traveled to Salt Lake City, UT with my awesome roommate, Taylor, to attend a Washington State University vs. Utah State University's college football game. I have never been to a college football game before, and couldn't have wished for a better, first experience! I am originally from Utah; you would think I was cheering for the Utes, but I sure wasn't! You see, Taylor's dad is one of the coaches for WSU, so of course I was cheering for them! ;) #traitorandproudofit Oh, and the best part.... the Cougs won by one point!

Salt Lake City bound!!

Rainy, cloudy, wet, but still beautiful.

The team getting on the bus about to head to the stadium!


Have you ever attended a football game where it down-poured the entire time, and all you could cover yourself with is a thin plastic poncho?! Yeah... I hadn't either, UNTIL NOW, ha ha. Grey clouds covered the beautiful city of Salt Lake all weekend; I wasn't complaining, though! Rainy days are my favorite, especially when you can eat breakfast inside a cute bakery such as Kneaders, have a warm cup of hot cocoa or coffee, and watch the raindrops swim down the cold, glass window, all while listening to classical music. Yes, we did this on the morning of Saturday before exploring City Creek Mall.








And of course there I am... doing what I always do... taking pictures :P

We stayed two nights in The Marriott hotel, located smack-dab in the middle of downtown. Wow. That's all I could think when stepping inside the gold-swinging doors. It was absolutely beautiful. The hospitality was amazing; right as we pulled up Taylor and I were greeted by the valet men who opened our door, helped take our bags inside, and took our car to the parking garage. The view from our room (on the ninth floor) was breath-taking (the first picture up above). There is something about those bright city lights...and my most favorite part of the hotel was the restaurant that was located inside of it, La Belle (I will be writing a separate post dedicated to La Belle, soon).






And of course, my most favorite part of the entire trip was....... THE FOOD!!!! I am a total, and complete #foodie at heart. I swear I was trying to capture a picture of every single delicious thing I ate, but that was a challenge. Why? Oh, because Tay likes to make fun of me for taking pictures of EVERYTHING!... I can't help it, ha ha. This was my first time meeting Taylor's parents....thank goodness Tami, Taylor's mom, didn't think I was some crazy person for stopping every five seconds for a picture! :P I think everyone feels like they are allowed to eat more treats than usual while on vacation, and I couldn't agree more! A few of the yummies that I treated myself to were: buttery/stadium popcorn, creamy/chocolatey hot cocoa, creamy/sweet/vanilla custard filled chocolate crepes, warm/oatmeal w/ crunch granola, fruit, and brown sugar, and soft bread rolls dipped in olive oil & vinegar.


Breakfast at Kneaders :) Pumpkin Bread, Coffee, and an egg white omelet.


Japanese Chicken bowl for lunch!


Food/Dessert at the La Belle <3


Dessert at the La Belle <3

Buttery, stadium popcorn!


Late night cravings called for a slice of Tiramisu cake!


Road trip snack, of course!

I would love to hear about your weekend; It's storytime! Ready....... GO! :)

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F R I D A Y || W E E K E N D P L A N S

Friday, September 26, 2014

Good morning, friends! I hope your Friday is starting off as well as mine is! So far this is what I have accomplished: 
  1. Woke up (believe me.... that's a chore in itself)
  2. Dragged my booty to the gym (did a nice full-body lifting workout)
  3. Checked all social media updates (Pinterest, IG, Facebook, Bloglovin', ect.)
  4. Ate breakfast (actually still eating it right now... what am I eating you ask? Oh, just those delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal Squares I posted on the blog a couple days ago...tastes like cake!!)
  5. Watched am still watching The Today Show
  6. Wrote am still writing a good morning post to all of you beautiful people :) 
 
W E E K E N D  P L A N S 

This weekend I will be headed to Salt Lake City, UT to attend a University of Utah vs. Washington State Cougars football game with my roomie! 
 
 
 
What do we plan on doing while there? Oh, we will probably go site-seeing around downtown Salt Lake City area, eat lots of yummy food, maybe go shopping (at the beautiful City Creek Mall), drink hot cocoa, laugh a lot, take lots of pictures (be aware that my social media accounts will be blowing up with photos this weekend), and make wonderful memories!

Do you have anything fun planned this for this weekend? :D

Healthy P U M P K I N Baked Breakfast Squares

Wednesday, September 24, 2014




I don't know about you, but now that it's "OFFICIALLY" Fall, I am going P U M P K I N CRAZY!! Thanks to Robyn, I now have a new, favorite breakfast meal! I kid you not when I say that this is my new favorite you guys..... I felt like I should feel guilty for eating something so deliciously wonderful and moist so early in the morning! Yes, I could, and probably will, eat this for dessert, too! :) 

I topped my slice of heaven with Jiff's Whipped Peanut Butter, fresh banana slices,  MORE cinnamon (you can never have enough), and paired with a side of sugar-free maple syrup! Oh Fall.... how I love you so, can you stay forever? 

E N J O Y ! ! !


Preheat oven to: 350 degrees
Bake time: 35-40 min

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice [I used cinnamon]
1/4 tsp salt
 2 sweetener packets (I used stevia)
1 tsp vanilla
3 T warm water
1 cup of libby's pumpkin puree
1 2/3 cup of unsweetened almond or soy milk (I used Vanilla Almond Milk)

Directions:

First, mix together first 5 ingredients. Then, mix in the rest of the ingredients into the same bowl. Mix Mix Mix, and pour into a greased 8x8 pan. Bake! Let cool for 5-10 min. before diving in! :)

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What's your favorite Fall Recipe?

The Mountains Are Calling, And I Must Go...

Monday, September 22, 2014

I had the chance to go home this weekend, and go on a hunting trip with my Mom, Dad, Uncle, and Grandpa. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The time spent with my family was exactly what I needed after a long week of school; it's also one I will treasure forever. Good company + good food + good laughs + good memories = a happy Kenna <3

Grandpa was diagnosed with cancer last year, and had not been hunting since. This was his first hunt since his diagnosis; he was hunting a buffalo. Needless to say, Grandpa's still got it! ;) Hunting to my grandpa is like ice cream to little kids. He can't get enough of it, and his face lights up whenever he's in the mountains.

I think I will now let the pictures do the talking. 
Pictures really are worth one thousand words.
Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography (Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Tige)




Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips (My beautiful, talented momma)


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography (Me, Dad, Mom, Grandpa, Uncle Tige)


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography (Mom & Grandpa - Precious)


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography (The crew)


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips


Photo Credit: Janece Kenney Photography


Photo Credit: McKenna Phillips (Grandpa right after his shot; he's as happy as a little kid on Christmas!)
"I love you a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck, Grandpa."

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