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Matilda’s sleeping so I have a few minutes to spare…there isn’t a ton of down time these days so the blog has been a little neglected. I have something more important to tend too… Winking smile




She is growing so fast! Four months old already and I’ve packed away a bunch of clothes that she’s outgrown. Sad smile I’m going back to work this week (part-time) and while I’m not really looking forward to leaving her, I’m so thankful to have had such a long maternity leave. My cousin will be watching her and I know she’ll be fine but I’m still a little nervous about it all.

It’s so fun to watch her change, though. She’s smiling and cooing all the time and sleeps through the night, though that’ll probably change once she starts teething…not exactly looking forward to that!

Meals these days are a lot simpler, since I usually only have about 15-20 minutes to whip something up. Now that it’s cooling off I’ll definitely be using the crockpot a lot more.

This afternoon we made some spicy Italian sausage with grilled peppers and onions from our garden. Served on toasted sourdough buns with melted fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of Italian dressing, these were quick, easy, and super delicious.





Just like the fair and perfect for the holiday weekend!

And…she’s awake. Smile Enjoy your Sunday!


Hi friends! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far!

I worked from 9 to 3 today and both breakfast and lunch were eaten at my desk…cottage cheese and blueberries, a coffee, and then soup! Not very interesting…

I came home and cleaned for a bit before I got distracted by blog-reading…it always sucks me in! Smile Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers posted a recipe for Nutella Granola and I was literally in the kitchen making it within minutes.


I need to make my own granola more often! I always forget how simple it is…


I overcooked mine so the flavor was a little off but it was still good! I would probably only bake it for 15 minutes next time so it would be a little chewy…It could just be my oven, though! I didn’t add the chocolate chips yet but I might.


I still haven’t made it to the grocery store so we’re eating the fridge…egg burritos and yogurt cups.


A good amount of TJ’s salsa verde was consumed with the eggs.



Reid just brought these in from the garden…they are massive! They would’ve been great with our eggs but I’ll just slice them up to snack on…dessert, maybe? Gotta get those veggies in! Winking smile 


The kitchen needs to be cleaned and my book needs to be read! I might even fit a quick run in there, too!

Good night!

 Favorite granola combo/flavor?

After my run earlier I set about making some dinner…something to warm the soul! We were planning on make fish chowder will leftover striper and we got lucky…a perfect soup day!


I found this basic fish chowder recipe and decided just to roll with it. I obviously used striper instead of cod and added some garlic, red pepper flakes, cornstarch, and more butter, salt and pepper. I didn’t really measure anything but threw everything in a pot and stirred.


We had to add a little more salt in the end but overall it was pretty good! Served with some crusty French bread.

I am now munching on an apple (pink lady) and getting ready for The Bachelorette! Oh me, oh my. Smile


And Reid is in the kitchen making some dill refrigerator pickles! I like the sounds of this. Winking smile 


Mad Gab Monday!


And go!

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday!

We went to church this morning and then grabbed coffees and some other necessities, like vanilla bean ice cream. Yes, this is a necessity.

Reid went fishing a couple weeks ago and we had some striper (a white fish) in the freezer that we wanted to use up. I finally remembered to move it to the fridge to thaw yesterday so it was ready to go today. We marinated it for about 30 minutes in Italian dressing and then slapped it on the grill (on greased pizza pan to prevent it from falling apart).


Reid added some seasoned salt and pepper, but I think that’s it. I think the captain on their boat told them to prepare it this way…


I was in charge of the side dishes and made up some rice pilaf and broccoli.


So, so good. The fish was very mild and almost tasted like chicken. I like salmon better but still enjoyed this.


Especially because I didn’t have to cook it. 😉

I went out into the garden after to take some pictures…the cucumber plants are going insane! Reid pulled about 7 huge cucumbers off of one plant today. I need to make some pickles!


A giant tomato…they haven’t turned yet but there are quite a few big ones.



Grow, peppers, grow!


And some random cilantro…the only herb we planted! We had seeds leftover from last year so Reid just stuck them in there.


I’m now in the process of making a triple berry galette (free-form pie) to eat with the ice cream…


Can’t wait to try it! I’ve been wanting to make one for a while.

Anything exciting happening today? What is your favorite kind of pie?

I think raspberry is probably my favorite….though pecan is a close second. I’ve been randomly wanting to make a key lime pie for ages…not sure why!

A few random things that are making me smile today…

Books, books…


And more books!


Tiny tomatoes from the garden.


New workout clothes…so motivating!


Freshly baked cookies…the perfect baking endeavor for a summer night…easy breezy and clean-up is a snap! But kind of negates the point listed above. 😉


A rearranged corner in our living room…it’s the simple things!


What is making you smile today?

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