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Let It Be Sunday, 280!

Hello my friends,  We’re here, smack dab in the middle of July, in the middle of the most wild time.  How are you? How are we?  I was on a camping vacation last weekend (thank you for all your kind words about last week’s no-post) which makes coming back to current news and circumstances a little bit more of a gut punch. It’s ok. We’re just going...

Let It Be Sunday, 279!

Hello sweet friends.  I’m taking a break from our Sunday post this week to give myself a bit of a holiday. I’m camping in Mississippi – in an RV with air conditioning – I’m not totally crazy.   I’ll be cooking this camping menu, listening to a lot of 90’s music, swimming in a river, and sitting around a campfire.  Thanks for being here every week....

My 4th of July Camping Menu

You all have seen me pitz around my kitchen pulling cakes out of the oven – no surprise there.  There’s part of me that you might not be as familiar with. She’s outdoorsy, she can build a fire, she can make a cobbler over hot coals, she owns a bow and arrow, she is a Girl Scout forever.  That’s me! And boy-howdy (where did that come from?) I’m going...

Let It Be Sunday, 278!

Hello sweet friends, I’m glad we made it here to this moment.   This week I’ve been focusing hard on the things right in front of me. You know? The world is spinnin’ real wild, but the small things of an everyday life have to get done. I’ve had those in focus – checking the front garden for caterpillars, watching my sunflower bloom, giving Tron extra...

Blueberry Extra Crumb Coffee Cake

I still have pandemic brain.  Maybe now more than ever?  The brain that doesn’t know what day it is. The brain that wants to leave the house but also does not want to step food outside. The brain that stays ready for that early bedtime but wakes up at 3 in the morning with oh… you know… the casual weight of the world upon it.  It’s only a little dramatic,...

Let It Be Sunday, 276!

Hello sweet friends,  We sure did make it to another fine Sunday. It doesn’t matter what condition we’re in. It’s Sunday and hopefully we can spend at least an extended amount of time in our pajamas.   You know that idiom ‘you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time’?  It’s a weird one and wow that poor elephant but also – I feel like I’m taking...

Almond Flour Banana Bread

Welcome to my home, firm, sweetly yellow bananas. You’re beautiful. You’re perfectly ripe. I know you holler for me every time I pass the fruit bowl. “Me! Me! I’m perfect! Eat me now!”  I hear you. I’m just ignoring you.  But here’s the thing, I have a plan for you. I’m going to reach for the apples and nectarines. That avocado you’re leaned against...

Let It Be Sunday, 275!

Hello friends!  My favorite thing to do every morning is pick out the coffee cup I’m going to use. A luxury of having exactly too many mugs is that you get to choose from an array of places, memories, and gifts from friends when you’re selecting a cup.  This morning I picked a cup my friend Amy gave me a few years back because the colors reminded her...

Raspberry Cheese Danish Thumbprint Cookies

I’ve been staring at my pantry these days looking for exactly anything other than what I have.  You do that too, right?  Sure there is a bounty in this home, a true wealth of nutrients but like…. where is the box of Entemann’s coffee cake that happens to be literally the only thing I want to eat right now? Where is that? Somewhere beyond the too many...

Summer Bucket List, 2020.

Hello friends!  It’s that time of year again though, what a doozy of a year we find ourselves in.  I won’t call it ‘unprecedented’ and I won’t use the word ‘uncertain’.  Enough of that.  We’re living through everything all at once. Truly. But we always have – we’re just feeling it more.  We can take it and we can make moves from it. In all that – we...

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