Back at It

I feel like I blinked in April and I when my eyes opened again it was September. The last several months have been a whirlwind of absolute wonderful craziness and things now seem like they are falling back to normal…or at least our new ‘normal’.

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Moving Madness

The Firefighter and I are officially at less than one week until we close on and move into our new house! I’ve spent all of my free time recently trying to get everything organized, cleaned (as needed), and packed. Key word: “trying”. Moving is one of those processes where it gets worse before it gets better and right now the entire place looks like one hot mess.

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Whole30 Journey: Days 14-20

Day 14: Back to Sleepy Reality

Breakfast: Apple Pie Larabar
Lunch: Ground beef-and-turkey meatballs; fruit salad
Dinner: Baked apple and banana with cinnamon and almond butter

The weekend definitely caught up with me this day. Even though I went to bed pretty early the night before, I was still pretty exhausted. By the time work was over and the groceries picked up from the store, I really had no motivation left to do anything at all. Even so, I forced myself to chop potatoes and fruit for this weeks fruit salad. After getting lunch together for the next day, I went to bed and was out by 8:45 PM.

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Easter ‘Salad’

Happy Easter to All!

I woke up this morning to a snowy KC. I can honestly say I do not remember the last time I woke up to snow on Easter morning. It’s pretty and all, but I’m really starting to feel like KC did not get the memo that it is officially spring.

Once again the Firefighter and I are off to a holiday feast and were asked to bring a favorite dish. Even though we made cheese grits for Thanksgiving, I made a half-batch for Easter for the Firefighter to enjoy.

For my favorite dish, I whipped together a batch of one of my favorite ‘salads’. I use the term ‘salad’ loosely, since this dish is more along the lines of jello-salad as opposed to one with lettuce. But if it’s called a ‘salad’, it’s still good for you, right?

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A Taste of Fall

For most people ‘Fall’ seems synonymous with ‘pumpkin’. Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin pie. And of course there is the (in)famous Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Not for me, though. During the Fall, I am all about the apple.


Last weekend I went to an apple orchard with the Firefighter, one of our good friends and her chunky monkey of a toddler aged son. The cold snap in the air last weekend made it feel like the perfect fall morning: cool enough to need long sleeves and a light jacket but warm enough in the sun not to be too cold. Perfect.

While we were at the cider mill, I immediately got some of the ever-so-addicting cinnamon donuts and apple cider slushes (why places in the Midwest during the fall don’t offer WARM apple cider is beyond me, but I’m rolling with it).

apple butter

And of course while I was there, I picked up some apple cider and apple butter so that I can continue to enjoy the apple deliciousness at home.