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If you’re still here, thank you for hanging in with me during my summer hiatus.  Life has been full and adventurous over the last few months.  Vacations, trail races, photographing for a cookbook and magazines, along with the everyday hustle of our three boy household meant prioritizing any extra time.  The view away from my laptop became so appealing, that I decided to take a break.  My creative juices were tapped and time away seemed just the way to replenish them and find my direction.

Moab, Utah

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There are some experiences that stay with you long after they are over.  I recently had just that.  About a week and a half ago, I ventured east to New York City for the weekend.  It was my first trip to the Big Apple, and within minutes of arriving, I knew it would not be my last.  While I love the wide open spaces I come from, the vibrancy of the city left me feeling inspired and energized.

What brought me to New York?  Well, I had the privilege to photograph a cookbook by my friend Laura, ‘The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet’.  She was having a book signing at Barnes & Noble that weekend and graciously invited me to tag along.  We have a second book (!) coming out in just two short weeks, so this was a chance to celebrate that, the beginning of work on a third book and a time for us to collaborate face to face.

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt

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Yesterday, we celebrated our oldest boy’s birthday.  Fourteen years.  Fourteen years of being a mother.

I remember so clearly the day we brought him home from the hospital.  We carefully loaded him in the car seat, and my husband cautiously driving home.  A home, that was no longer ours, but now his too.

Unpacking, we folded and put away gifts in the room that had long awaited his arrival.  The yellow rocker, that my own mother used to rock my brother and I, waited patiently in the corner for a chance with our newest family member.

Chickpea Greek Salad

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“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with Summer’s best of weather and Autumn’s best of cheer.”

–Helen Hunt Jackson

A couple of weeks ago, as I strolled through the farmers market, it occurred to me that we’ve hit the sweet spot of summer eating.  Vendors booths were overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, mixed greens, beets, watermelon, along with a variety of squash and zucchini.  The approach of fall couldn’t be missed as baskets of Gala apples, Golden Delicious and early pumpkins were spotted too.

Farmers Market

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In the last week, there has been a palpable shift in our household.  End of the year activities, such as picnics and field trips, a peak in baseball and soccer games along with playing outside among friends until the last possible minute, before being called in to wash away the grime of a day fully played.  This shift of lightness and activity can only mean one thing…summer is near.  We are on countdown to the end of the school year….only 5 more days to go.

Asparagus and Herb Quiche

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