February 3, 2016

the important thing

The important thing is to keep reassessing.

Where do you want to be?

Where are you now?

How do you move the two closer together?


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January 2, 2016

2015 in review

Hi friends,

In 2015:

I started buying hand-rolled salted butter.

I’ll never go back.



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August 13, 2015

March in the Garden

Since we bought our house we’ve done a few thing on the inside to make it ours. We’ve painted a couple rooms and built a bookshelf. But largely this spring and summer have been about the garden.

Here are a couple pictures of the backyard to give you an idea of where we started.

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Starting in late March, we pruned back our lilac bushes. These things are very overgrown. I was taught that lilac bushes should be pruned once they get more than 1-2 inches in diameter. Most of ours are currently more like 8-10 inches in diameter, and have dead branches. So we’re slowly pruning them back to encourage new growth, and to hopefully bring them back to full health. Because lilacs are my favorite.

march in the garden

We’ve come a long way since March. Stay tuned to see how things have progressed.

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June 18, 2015

Going on in May

Oh hi, old blog. I’m so very far behind on updating you. I have all sorts of garden progress photos to share and what not. But here’s what we did in May.

reading books sour dough morels garden beds hiking 1 sick cuddles hiking 2 onions


enjoying husby’s well earned week of vacation

hiking through a nearby state park. We went to forage for morels, and while we didn’t find any there, husby did find some in our neighborhood. Despite not finding any on our hiking trip, we did enjoy the beautiful views of the lake we were hiking near and the ice cream that we finished the afternoon with.

visiting friends in Philadelphia. It had been far too long since we’d seen many of these friends, and it was fun to introduce them all to Cheeks, as well as get caught up again.

moving all our furniture out to the house. We still had a couple weeks that we stayed in our apartment, but by the end of the month we were completely moved into the house. Now to figure out where everything goes.

digging up plenty of garden space, and filling beds with seed potatoes, onions, cabbage, broccoli, kale, radishes, and many other veggies.

baking sour dough with a renewed passion. I find the long fermented bread isn’t as hard on my stomach, and I’ve been using a mildly modified version of the Tartine country bread recipe with beautiful results. And after a few months of regular bread baking, my sour dough starter is really starting to develop it’s flavor. Just in time for jam season!

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May 4, 2015

Going on in April

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ripping up sod in preparation for our veggie gardens and our prairie grass/wildflower garden. One of our neighbors is also hard at work on various landscaping projects and has been eagerly  hauling away all of our sod for his own projects. It’s great, we both think we’re getting the better end of the deal!

enjoying a much less busy month. Husby’s rotations have been a little lighter, which means he’s often home by bath time. A win all around.

chasing birds. Cheeks has been fascinated by all the winged critters all around. He will watch them for hours, and if one is poking around on the ground he’ll get up and start walking towards it, often to the other side of the house or down the sidewalk, pointing and whispering “Buhh…buhh…buhh.”

chopping kale for kale salad. We’re so excited for fresh veggie season, and I know I could eat kale salad pretty much every day and be happy. This one with strawberries is still a fave.

reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette (great), Me Before You (great), The Girl on the Train (not up to the hype), and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (just started it). After a season or two of not making the time to read too much more than the current book club selection, I’m happy to be back to it.

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