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Growing up, it’s safe to say I was the quiet girl.  Not necessarily funny or clever, (except for maybe in my head) a true behind the scenes girl.  As a natural redhead, with a lower rating on the confidence scale, I learned quickly not to intentionally draw too much attention to myself.  The hair and freckles did enough of that on their own.  The only folks that might disagree with that statement would be my parents.  In the comfort of my home, I was a bit more lively.  I do believe ‘spunky’ is the word my mom has used to describe it.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar

My comfort zone has always been in creating and observing.  This lead to much time spent in the art department during high school both drawing and painting, people watching during the wee hours in my college library, and finally behind the camera. I found no fault in being this person, up until a few years ago.  I’m not sure if motherhood tripped the trigger, or just the benefit of getting older, but somewhere along the line whispers of more began.

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Hello…and welcome to Spring!

This small space has been in a hibernation of its own the last month.  Winter is a funny thing for me, as it rolls in I feel the need to draw in, cozy up, and actually enjoy the comfort of our home.  By February, I’m over it, and the heavy funk sets in, despite my best efforts.  I long for color and warmth.  Gray and brown blanket the skies and fields.  March and April become glimmering beacons of hope that Spring is near.

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Now, here we are, past March and already into April, a month that promises color and warmth.  Birds have been singing the praises of Spring in the early mornings, just outside my window, for the past few weeks.  As I awaken, a smile creeps across my face listening to their carefree songs.  It brings back memories of my childhood bedroom, waking to the view of a blue sky out my window, and birds singing from their perches in the cottonwoods just outside.  In my mind, spring not only brings warmth, but an awakening of the senses and the desire to create.  I’ve found myself composing blog posts in my head as I go about my day.  Yes, the creative juices are most definitely flowing again.

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So, let’s catch up, shall we?  As March rolled in, followed by daylight savings, and then April, our time outside has grown exponentially.  Soccer is in full swing times three (!) and after a few weeks of muddy thaw, the running trails are ready to go.  The countdown is on for April birthdays, a trip to Chicago, opening day of the farmers market and a spring half marathon.

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Signs of life after winter’s hibernation.  I couldn’t be more excited.

No recipe to share for today, just a few of the things I’ve been enjoying most.  If you care to share what you’ve been up to and loving, of  course I want to hear about that too!

Books

Tales of Another Mother Runner

Gifted Hands–this was a recommendation from my mom.  Inspiring story about one of the top neurosurgeons in the country and his humble beginnings.

Me Before You

 

Running Gear

Fast Track tops from Athleta

Salomon Speedcross

Mizuno Ascend

Tailwind

Recipes

*Spring always has me in full cravings for salad greens.  Shaved brussels sprouts and kale have been the base for many creations.

Sprouted Kitchen is always my favorite place to search for inspired flavor combinations, especially when it comes to greens and vinaigrettes.  I recently picked up their new book, and can’t help feel drawn into their world of beautiful food and photography.

*this one is particularly amazing

I’m not a brownie fan, but these could definitely convert me.

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt KIND Bars?  Yes!

Whole milk vanilla bean and lemon yogurt from this local farm.  Amazing.

I’ll wrap it up with these words from Kristen Armstrong.  She’s one of my favorite writers, and has an essay in the above mentioned Tales from Another Mother Runner (originally posted on their site).

Until next time…hopefully sooner than later…follow our adventures on IG…get outside and enjoy the season!

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Welcome to November!  It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into the eleventh month of the year.  Thanks to some cool, windy days the leaves on the trees are now a patchwork quilt of color gracing the lawns.  About six weeks ago, we made our yearly trip over to Waubonsie State Park to walk the trails.  It’s become one of the things I look forward to most about fall.  A cool morning, hiking under the canopy of trees, the crunch of leaves and fallen acorns under our feet.  This year we were a little early for the color, but it was no less beautiful.

Chewy Granola Bars

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As I pulled into the driveway after a 5am spin class this morning, the rise of the garage door slowly revealed a pair of bare feet waiting for me.  A sleepy boy, with his sun-kissed, freckled face smiled and whispered a sweet, ‘good morning’ as I got out of the car to enter the house.  I knew my  intention of sharing a post about our Tuesday cherry picking was about to change, as my early risers had other plans.  Breakfast, snuggling up to talk about ideas for the day that include friends and swimming.

It’s summer.

So, instead of a lovely detailed post about our time amongst the cherry trees yesterday, I offer up an abundance of pictures and a simple recipe for a sour cherry galette.  For the crust, I used the whole wheat pie crust recipe from Erin Alderson’s wonderful, new offering, ‘The Homemade Flour Cookbook’.  Of course you can use whatever your favorite pie crust recipe may be, but the nutty, hearty wheat from Erin’s crust adds to the already rustic quality of this galette.  I served it topped with vanilla bean whipped cream, but it would be equally delicious with vanilla ice cream.  I’m already thinking this might be a great Fourth of July dessert.  Enjoy!

Sour Cherry Galette

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