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almost thanksgiving

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celebrating / cooking in season

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, and mashed potatoes – but all the actual food is still a big old question mark. I guess I’m hitting the cookbook […]

eating at almost-thirteen

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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 and (2) a preference for a plate of nachos instead of mac and cheese. Baby steps, y’all. P.S. Post where […]


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forty |

About to kick off my birthday weekend in a few hours. It’s a big one – 40. No insightful reflections so far, but off to enjoy the sun and embrace my awesome family. Forty with them at my side is way better. Eating a bowl of sesame soba noodles.  Sitting in the sun. Listening to The New Latinaires.

pantry gifts

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celebrating / preserving the seasons
pantry gifts |

The time for teacher gifts is just around the corner. This post is from last year, but I thought it might be worth revisiting. Teacher gifts can be a little tough as the context within which I know these adults is incredibly limited. I usually opt for homemade (food) gifts that could help dress up their day-to-day meals a bit. Homemade ketchup with a flavored salt is one of my favorite gift bundles. You could even tuck in a […]

five years

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five years later |

An anniversary passed me by rather quietly last week – 5 years of blogging. Those five years have been filled with meal planning, pictures of beautiful produce from our local markets, occasional recipes, and lots of work sessions from the kitchen table with something simmering in the background. Blogging has completely transformed how, when, why, where and what we eat and has done what I had most hoped – it has extended our family’s goal of living with […]