There truly is no substitution for the joy that community can bring into someone's life. When I started blogging a few years ago I had no idea how fulfilling blogging could be, but I also wasn't aware of how much alone time I would encounter; truth be told it’s a lot. I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to get a dog so that I could have someone to talk to, ha! I find it quite odd that this is the case because the life of a blogger is based in community; it really is the life blood of what we do. I am so thankful that my career allows me to connect with people, readers, and other bloggers from all over the world, but what I find myself lacking is the chance to connect with people in real life, not just via my phone or computer.
But then #bossbabefestMSP happened.
My girls Amanda and Sherrie, who I really admire, happened to be experiencing the same pangs for community as I was, so they decided to do something about it and hosted a retreat. These ladies put a hell of a lot of work into this event, but they had one goal in mind: to get a group of fellow bloggers together so we could support, love, and encourage each other, and that's exactly what happened.
We spent the weekend laughing, eating, shooting, and talking. Amanda and Sherrie had prepared a bunch of fun activities for us to enjoy like a private cocktail session from Erik Eastman of Easy & Oskey, and the opportunity to learn how to make flower crowns at Willful Goods. Each of these activities were so much fun, plus it gave us girls another way to experience a little slice of life together.
On our final night there we had a beautiful dinner that was all made possible because of the generous people at La Croix. Before we sat down, we got the chance to make some mock-tails by adding these delicious infused shrubs Sherri made to our favorite La Croix flavor.
Around this table we did more that share a meal; we celebrated community. But what I walked away appreciating the most were all of our group conversations. From discussions about zodiac signs and favorite foods, to sharing seemingly taboo information about how we approach our work; we covered it all. I came to Minnesota eager and thirsty for friendship, and I definitely left recharged.
Each of the ladies that attended #bossbabefestMSP are SO incredibly talented, and inspiring, so here’s a list of who came so you can take a look for yourself.
Sherrie (With Food + Love)
Amanda (Heartbeet Kitchen)
Alanna (The Bojon Gourmet)
Emilie (The Clever Carrot)
Sarah (Snixy Kitchen)
Liz (Floating Kitchen)
Jayme (Holly + Flora)
Renne (Will Frolic For Food)
Shelly (Vegetarian Ventures)
Honestly, saying goodbye to these ladies was so hard. When Amanda and Sherrie dropped me off at the airport tears were definitely shed. I am so thankful for everything these two incredible women did to make this #bossbabefestMSP happen.
Thank you to everyone for filling my heart with so much joy and love.
Now, let's talk about this green tea affogato, shall we?
Each summer I seem to find a new dessert that I eventually become obsessed with, which as of late has been the ever-so satisfying coffee-creamy goodness of an affogato. The idea is simple: hot espresso drizzled over a generous scoop of ice cream, and that's it! Too easy right? This dessert is what inspired me to make this green tea affogato. In my version, I pour warm green tea over a scoop of chocolate chip ice cream, and I promise you the result is heavenly! I have to thank My Encha for gifting me with such high quality green tea.
This event wouldn't have been possible without the incredible help from our offical sponsors, Vital Proteins.
Thank you again to all our of the sponsors who made this event happen!
Sift 1 teaspoon of the match powder into a wide cup or bowl.
Add about half of the water into the cup and using either a bamboo whisk, or a small wire whisk, begin to whisk the mix the water into the green tea to until a smooth paste forms.
Once smooth, pour in the remaining hot water and soy milk into the cup, whisking to combine.
Place 1-2 scoops of chocolate chip ice cream into two separate cups. Divide the green tea, then pour equal amount into each each cup.