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More green than the sky: A July beach day

A few weeks ago, our little family of four made plans with my father- and sister-in-law for an early Saturday morning at the Lake. When we arrived in the eight o'clock hour, it was breezy, in the low seventies. At this particular beach and time of day, we had our pick of spots; only a few families were there before us. I choose a spot pretty close to the water and Coop dumped out his new beach toys out of his mesh bag and got busy building and digging...

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Life lately, July 2022

It's been months since my last "life lately" post. As with any season in life, each day brings a mixture of good and hard. I mention the hard things here sometimes, but I really want to share the joy of our quiet life and many days spent at home with littles, as well. In that theme, here are a few of the highlights from the last several weeks:A trip to the Shedd Aquarium, just the four of us...

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Cooper is three!

The last few weeks have been eventful for our family, most notably in the passing of my beautiful mother-in-law. As is often the case with life, interwoven with our grief have been moments of joy and celebration, as well. But as of mid-June, we now have a three-year-old!My father-in-law, sister-in-law and Nicholas' Aunt Julie came over for a cookout for lunch. I made our favorite sourdough cinnamon rolls as a treat...

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In the kitchen, July 2022

As a home cook, I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen everyday, and lately, I've been finding so much joy in trying lots of new things in the kitchen with items from our garden, ingredients purchased locally, or new recipes made with my sourdough starter. From our garden:I've mentioned in my previous post about our garden so far this year, but I want to be especially intentional about using, sharing, or preserving anything we harvest from our small garden. We have many things that will be ready soon (including a jungle of tomato plants), but so far, we've picked just a few items:basil: I made a small batch of pesto, using walnuts and nutritional yeast (no cheese) to try a dairy-free versioncollard greens: sautéed in avocado oil, with saltzucchini: grilled, but since we anticipate many more to come, I also have plans to make zucchini bread and shred and freeze someFood found locally:This summer, I've had a little more headspace and motivation to source food locally, namely, raw dairy and pasture-raised meats. There's a farm store not far from us that sells the dairy products and lately, I've been shopping there every other week...

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In the garden, late June 2022

Here we are, on the very cusp of July, and I've neglected to share about our garden. Nicholas and I had a plot at a community garden when we were engaged back in 2013, but we haven't had a vegetable garden since--until this year, that is. I wanted to share a bit about our garden this year: what we're growing, how we're growing it, and how it's going so far.We wanted to ease into gardening, so we didn't plant a massive garden, but I wanted a decent amount of variety so we can learn from what works well and what doesn't work as well for us in this space and with our capacity, since we are new to this...

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