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Well, we are almost there.  December 23rd.  As of last Friday, we are on Winter Break for two whole weeks.  The boys have excitedly declared today, ‘pajama day’.  Somehow, I have a feeling that today won’t be the only time a declaration of this sort is made.  While I don’t quite have everything crossed off my ‘to-do’ list for the next couple of days, I’m ready for this break as well.  My own plans include a holiday boot camp with a friend, lots of family time, getting in a few good runs, some delicious food and a chance to recharge my batteries.  That last one feeling the most needed, and the rest just the combination to make it happen.

So, I’m stepping away from technology a bit, to make these good things happen, but first, I want to share a few pictures from our 3rd Annual Hot Cocoa Stand.  A couple of weeks ago, we warmed our hearts and bodies, sharing a cup of homemade cocoa with our good friends and neighbors.  We served just around 40 this year, making it a tradition that all of us have come to enjoy.

Hot Cocoa Stand

Hot Cocoa Stand

Hot Cocoa Stand

Hot Cocoa Stand

Hot Cocoa Stand

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday, good food, family time and a few ‘pajama days’ of your own.  Merry Christmas!

 

So, as of yesterday, we have exactly 14 days until school starts.  It just doesn’t seem possible…where did the summer go?  June was a blur, July was vacation and now here we are in August.  While I still need to buy school supplies (least favorite job ever) I’m holding onto bits of summer.  We’ve got 14 more days, right?  Why not make the most of them!

Avocado Melt

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I’m just going to come right out and say it…

I had a great weekend.

It began Friday night, spending a beautiful evening with friends at a local vineyard.  Our favorite band was playing, and the wine was flowing as easily as the laughter.  That would’ve been more than enough for me, but it got even better as I got to experience my first ‘Outstanding in the Field’ dinner on Saturday night.

About a year ago, I came across a post on Facebook that mentioned a dinner and something called, ‘Outstanding in the Field’.  Being curious, I did a search and came across their website.  Browsing through the photo gallery I was in awe of the beautiful setting where they held dinners as they toured across the farmers, orchards and nurseries of North America.  Then, reading about their mission, to share the beauty of food and honor the farmers that grow it…helping people to make the connection of where their food comes from…well, I was hooked.  Unfortunately, I had missed the dinner not too far from our home, and often they do not stop in the same place twice.

Outstanding in the Field

Little did I know, that after the success and raves of last year’s dinner that they would make an exception and return to Nebraska!

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‘There’s nothing like an adventure to remind you how you want to live when you reenter routine.’

–Kristen Armstrong, Mile Markers

Yesterday, we came home from a wonderful few days in the mountains. This is a trip we make every summer, joining my parents and brother’s family for some uninterrupted time together. It is our family tradition (we figured well over 15 years strong). We don’t make plans any further than to be there, the same week each July. Everything else just seems to fall into place. Hiking, good food, hilarious, never ending hands of crazy 8s, cool mountain air, a Saturday trip into Boulder for the farmers’ market and some time at the bike park and on the trails.

boulder10

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