Date Night In: Cubanos, Mojitos and Legion

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We continued our new “Date Night In” tradition this past Friday and I’m going on record: This is now my absolute favorite thing to do. The Husband and I pick a meal, pair it with a cocktail and prepare for it all week. The preparation is normally only a trip to the grocery store and maybe the liquor store but the Cubanos we decided to make required us to prepare a bone-in pork shoulder way ahead of time. And we were TOTALLY game.

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The Notebook Returns

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No, no this isn’t a sequel to everyone’s favorite Ryan Gosling flick. This is the post in which I profess my love of the good old fashioned notebook. This week I went old school with my journaling, using this ancient marble notebook I found at the bottom of my desk drawer. I’m pretty sure I bought it years ago for the now middle schooler’s kindergarten supply list. (Please make it stop — these kids are getting too old!) When I

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When Everything is Great But Isn’t

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I started this post 3 separate times. Each attempt began with a sentence or two about how I’ve been feeling off lately, but after a few minutes I’d just sit and stare at the keyboard. It felt impossible to find the right words. At one point I decided to just ignore the black cloud over my head and share all the happy stuff, but as I typed, it seemed disingenuous and I lost all motivation. Truth be told, all is great

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What do Fidget Spinners, Exploding Kittens, and Lemon Tree Seedlings Have in Common?

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Nothing, really, besides all being a pretty big presence in my life this past week. First these fidget spinner thingies. To all my teacher friends out there, I get it. They are annoying. They’re probably taking over your classroom. Kids are using them at inappropriate times, talking about them ad nauseum and doing what kids do best, being irritating. However, as a mom of two boys who mostly obsesses over games on the phone and Xbox, I have welcomed this non-device

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A Leaster Dinner Celebration and Update on Training

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Do you hear that? Silence! I am actually in the house alone. ALONE! The boys are playing tennis with The Husband. I can count on one hand how many times that’s happened since having kids. It’s glorious! Especially after the family-filled weekend we had to celebrate Leaster, aka Late-Easter. Since I was traveling home from Uganda on actual Easter we picked this weekend to host the family for our traditional spring meal. On the menu was roasted pork loin with a

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Transitioning, Traveling, Tummy Troubles, and Training

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It feels like forever since I sat down just to write.  As I’m transitioning into a new stage of life yet again, writing is one of those things I look back on and wonder how in the world I used to fit it in. As the kids age, I find myself focused on them in a much more emotionally draining way. Babies and toddlers are a handful, of course, but I find myself reminiscing about changing diapers and persuading a 2-year-old to

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Sharing Uganda

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I’m alive!! So sorry it’s taking me forever to get back to the blog. Thirty-six hours of continuous travel back and returning to work has been quite a challenge, but it was more than worth it! I don’t have much time right now. I’m actually headed to the office but I wanted to share some photos. I don’t know what I’d say about the trip yet anyway. I think I’m still digesting it. So while I gather my thoughts hopefully my

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T – 4 Days Until Africa?!

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I really couldn’t come up with a more creative title than that probably because I’m in shock. You guys may not remember when I hopped on an opportunity to travel to Uganda with friends, so I will recap… A friend of mine has a friend who’s currently working in Uganda. He invited people to come visit while he’s stationed there. I decided to join the group because, really, I may never get this opportunity again. Especially, for pretty much, the cost of a

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Lazy Spicy Stuffed Cabbage Stew with Kale

Lazy Spicy Stuffed Cabbage Stew with Kale

Since going back to work I’ve been making at least one meal on the weekends I could bring for lunch throughout the week.  It’s normally some kind of kitchen sink chili but recently I’ve been on a cabbage kick. I made this yesterday for the week and now have 5 servings sitting in my fridge. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been able to sell the family on this one and I’m sure some of you will think it’s gross too

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Look out the Window… Are There Pigs Flying?

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First of all, The Husband… MY husband… is cooking. I know. I can’t believe it either. Twenty-two years we’ve been together and I never thought I’d see the day. The cooler thing is cooking is getting him more “into” food. He’s more adventurous and taking much more of an interest. This is a guy that used to live off fast food and boxed mac & cheese. It’s fabulous! It’s also a huge adjustment for me. I have been in control

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