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It’s been all crickets here for the past few weeks and I don’t see that changing much until I get some breathing room in my days. Summer is what I have my sights set on. Until then please feel free to gander at my musings,  links, kitchen adventures, and ramblings on Twitter and Instagram.

I’ll be back… promise!

summer rearranging

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After almost a full year in the house, it is time to do some rearranging in the kitchen. We’ve figured out where our paths bump in the mornings and I have a better sense of what that kitchen demands season to season. The coffee counter, canning supplies, pantry, and cutting boards are getting a shuffle and scrub in preparation for the busy summer season that is only a few weeks out.

loquat season again

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preserving the seasons

Picked what I hope is my first of many batches today. Neighbor said that in his 40 years in the neighborhood, no one has ever asked about picking. What?!? As far as he knows, the squirrels and birds have been feasting at springtime for years. It is a HUGE tree and I have been granted full access. :) Last year was a total wash for our loquat love (moving, crazy work schedule, drought, etc.), so I am super excited about kicking off my preserving season with the beauties from this tree.

packing some love

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vegetarian meal plans

Things have been a little quiet on the blog because we have been very busy getting the 11yo ready for her first trip sans parentals. There has been lots of practice and more lists than you could probably imagine, but all that work has paid off. She is stoked! Her adults are at varying levels of nervousness about the entire ordeal, but we are inching along to an okay place about it all. I am, of course, coping with meal planning of sorts. The mess hall at the ranch will take care of her three square meals, but we are more of a 4-5 small meals a day kinda a family, so there are plans for a mama’s favorite kind of packable love – snacks. She won’t have a fridge or access to a stove, so almost everything will have to hold at room temp. Here’s what I am thinking so far:

Any other suggestions?

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vegetarian meal plans

eight | aneelee.comThat is the number of times that we ate out last week. A lot of those were quick solo lunches (a taco, a sandwich) and the one “family” meal that we had out was to mark a special occasion, but still… eight is a whole lot more outside meals than our stomachs are accustomed to. This week HAS to be better. Picking up on whatever went uncooked last week and am going with super-duper simple for the rest.

How often can you eat out before your body/pocketbook/sanity needs a home-cooked meal? Not eating at home tends to make everything feel just a wee bit off for me. It means no downtime in the kitchen prepping, no quiet time after meals with the newspaper, and far more time running around than I care for. I think I was feeling pretty unsettled by the time last Friday rolled around and if I would have paid closer attention to me (instead of the busy and the tired) I would have caught it as soon as Wednesday.

Have a great week and I wish you lots of home-cooked meals or at the very least one more home-cooked meal than you were counting on.