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baking week

Traditions and an upcoming bake sale means we have a week of lots of desserts – birthday cake (for him), birthday pie (to celebrate same birthday at work) and mini-cakes for next weekend’s Austin Bakes. Still working out particulars, but more to come…

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almost summer (+ watermelon)

Summer break has begun! The season of “how do we make an entire watermelon fit in the fridge” is here! The struggle is real and I have more than once had to tell the 13yo that we can’t get a watermelon until we clear room in the fridge. I try to get it quartered as soon as it […]

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almost thanksgiving

For the first time in a really, really, really long time… my CSA pickup will not be immediately before our Thanksgiving meal and I am going to have to plan a meal before shopping instead of planning a meal around my box. All the carbs are accounted for – cinnamon rolls, honey sweet potato rolls, […]

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eating at almost-thirteen

The following is a list of what food items the 12yo has requested to have available for her birthday weekend: Oatmeal pancakes Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon Tres leches cake Juice (any kind) Casa Garcia nachos Lots has changed in the past year (height, maturity, etc.) but the only change in this list is (1) type of cake […]

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resetting

   I feel like I have been talking about getting back into a groove for at least a month… maybe longer. 2016 has been exhausting so far! I’ve managed to scribble lofty what to eat lists, but nothing anywhere close to my more regular meal plans. I had illusions (delusions) of a quick adjustment period […]

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fall promise

Greens. The loss of watermelon. The reappearance of tomatoes. Every little thing inches us closer to the cool that fall promises. Tonight’s cup of tea in place of iced water is certainly another little bit.

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wednesdays = me days

I have slowly found my way back to my mid-week “me” days – a day without meetings where I get to focus on my stacks at my own rhythm and pace. When you juggle as many roles as I do in a day, you’d be surprised how little control you have of the when and how. […]

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she’s 12!

 No one ever tells you when you are nestling a freshly popped newborn that they turn into these older kids. All the sage advice and anecdotes are about when their kids were wee just like the one that fits perfectly in that little space in your arm. Well… they do get bigger (stop fitting in […]

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lunch-packing drawer

A drawer for all my lunch-packing essentials is a real sanity saver once the school year kicks in. If you don’t have an entire drawer to spare, try finding a spot for a small basket or container that will corral everything and make yourself a little lunch-packing zone. I am a strong believer in having your […]

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what we pack lunches in… still

UPDATE: Our daughter is approaching her 14th birthday in a couple of weeks. School and the morning routines that come with are completely different now that we are homeschooling, but these containers are still holding up! We still use them at least 3-4 times a week to pack large snacks (and lunch) for study sessions […]

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all the summer feels

One last hurdle to jump before we officially kick off our summer – her last day of elementary school! Helping her navigate through this transition has been using every ounce of my mama being. It accounts for 95% of the quiet around here. Excitement, tears, nervousness, and anticipation have been filling every spare moment. She has […]

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