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Today alone has taught me a few things…

  1. It just doesn’t pay to be in a hurry in the kitchen trying to get something done while the little one is asleep.
  2. The bottle of vanilla and the bottle of soy sauce are very similar (THAT was a close one).
  3. Always secure valuables and breakables when driving as you never know when you’ll have to slam on your brakes to avoid running over a baby rabbit (the laptop seems to have survived).
  4. Businesses in rural areas do not have the same hours as businesses in the city (I have NEVER heard of a coffee shop closing at 6pm!).
  5. My husband is way better about putting the baby to bed than I am (and that is so okay with me).

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  • That my daughter met a new friend at the Farmer’s Market.  At four years of age they were, of course, instant best friends.
  • My husband is putting the baby to sleep more often.
  • Said baby isn’t hesitant to let us know her wants or not wants as the case may be.
  • Smiling faces upon waking since I am a grouch immediately upon waking.
  • Blossoms in the garden.
  • The excitement when an eagle is spotted on the property.
  • The young deer meeting up in front of our house and keeping away from the garden.
  • Finding a use for all the stinging nettles, a little late in season but I’m going to try cooking.  Apparently these area  powerhouse of nutrients and by golly I plan on making the most of this prolific weed as it’s growing more successfully than anything in my garden right now.
  • Bread baking tomorrow.
  • Canning next week when my mom visits for the week.  She was worried we wouldn’t have much to do – little does she know…!


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We have two actually.  Both girls.  And I sometimes forget that we have to teach them soooooooo much.  We aren’t their only teachers, thank goodness, but we’re the first.  Perfect example:  How to eat a soft serve ice cream cone.

There’s actually a lot of math and physics involved.  Timing, patience, strategy, reasoning, and so on.

I am really bad in both of those subjects but when you couch it in the form of not wanting to waste ice cream, well, let me be your guide…

Only, I didn’t turn out to be so great as I fretted over the lopsided base, the importance of knowing when and where to lick, etc. I just was so intent on not wanting to see the ice cream top fall off onto the ground, thus bumming everyone out, that I do believe I became rather annoying to be around.

Luckily, my husband had the where-with-all to turn to me and say, “Sherry, it’s just ice cream.”


Hi.  Hellooooo.

Perfect example of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

Learn from me people.

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  • So, so much dancing going on in  my house!  My three year old invites everyone to join in and there is always a (very)dramatic bow at the end of the song.
  • Sunny days and an obliging infant who sleeps while I get a little cardio in while daughter #1 is in gymnastics.
  • Kids who fall asleep quickly at night.
  • A balanced checkbook.
  • Blueberries in my csa box – that’s not going to continue for much longer.
  • Sneaking cantaloupe past my husband in today’s smoothie! Heh, heh.
  • A filing cabinet and system that I am actually using!  Such a good feeling!
  • An empty kitchen sink however fleeting it is.
  • An empty dirty clothes hamper however fleeting it is.
  • Homemade jam.
  • Laughing really hard with my sister when visiting over the weekend.  How does one learn humor?

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  • Working on my Pizza Three Ways post:  two down, one to go – stay tuned.
  • Finally (FINALLY) made kale chips – yum but I over salted a bit. No one else in the family liked them which won’t stop me from making them again.  I think they’ll eventually come around.
  • So inspired was I that I’m going back and wanting to give beet chips a try and also sweet potato chips.
  • I had planned to use my mom’s dehydrator for said chips but she forgot to bring them over so I’ll try baking them.
  • Wondering if I should make more bread but after kneading 8 lbs of bread dough my pregnant belly was really uncomfortable.  Too bad Jon is working so much – I usually get him to do the kneading.
  • Working on phasing out the white and brown sugar in the family favorite Chocolate, chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I’ve substituted half the sugar with Agave Nectar and today used Whole Wheat Pastry Flour instead of my usual White Whole Wheat Flour (only because I had run out of the latter).  The texture is definitely different – more cakey – but the taste still ROCKS!  Will post final recipe when I’ve completed the switch!
  • Totally failed on a lentil, rice recipe that I tried to double but ended up having to quadruple since I wasn’t paying attention to measurements.  This is why prepping ahead of time is so important – did I learn nothing in Pastry School?! Sheesh!  Now I have a ton of lentils “stuff” to be creative with and use up.
  • Have been feeling super uninspired this last week with dinner/meals.  Will try to meal plan for next week and be better prepared.
  • Although I made a kick ass stir fry/fried rice.  There was enough leftover to reheat and serve with a couple fried eggs for breakfast, asian style, later on in the week.  Super filling and my blood sugars were so happy!
  • Finally busted out a big batch of quinoa salad after staring at all the veggies I wanted to put into it for days.  It wasn’t until the some of the brocolini started to go bad that I said, “Enough!” and made myself make it.  Of course now I can’t stop eating it!
  • Realized about half way through this week that Sunday is Mother’s Day!
  • Jon has been working crazy-long hours this week which has meant long days as a single parent for me – I’m exhausted.
  • Transplanted some of my herb seedlings that we started although it may be too late and some may already be dead.   I wasn’t really sure what to do with them once they started growing (ie when/how to transplant).   Oh, and I forgot to water my container garden so things were looking a little wilty.  My green thumb is looking a little brown right now.

What have you been up to this last week?  I’ll bet it’s more than you realize!

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  • Sofia’s patience with me as I took “the back roads” to go to our next shopping destination last week in order to avoid traffic which turned into a half hour (albeit scenic) detour that didn’t get us one bit closer to our destination.  Note to self:  remember the last “adventure” – yeah, apparently not.
  • The start of maternity leave – so ready for it.
  • Our blooming backyard:  lilac bushes, dark pink dogwoods, tulips, azalea bushes and more!
  • Great big batches of quinoa salad.  It’s starting to become a staple in our house packed with fresh veggies and this last week – edemame for a little extra protein kick.  Sprinkled (and I do mean sprinkled) with some feta cheese and oh my…
  • The lounger section of our sectional couch – perfect for end of the day pregnant swollen ankles.
  • Grandparents visiting and Sofia asking if she can play with “Pop Jim” after dinner – so sweet.  As if he would/could say “no”!!
  • Pedicures – because who wants to give birth and have to look at ugly unpainted toes when you’re pushing?!  Granted, I may not be caring what my toes look like at that point but just in case – I’m ready.
  • That my older sister requested that I go into labor and give birth between the hours of 9am and 5pm.  I will so try to accommodate that request!
  • The anticipation of borrowing my mom’s trusty dehydrator.  Oh, the possibilities.  Wonder how long I can “borrow” it until she misses it…!

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Good-ness.  Things have been so busy here lately! As evidenced by the fact that the past few mornings Sofia has asked at breakfast:  “Who is coming over today?” or “Whose Birthday is next?” as both hers and Jon’s are within just a couple weeks of each other so it’s been a real treat fest at our house lately.  It’s worse than Halloween!


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