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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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Are you back to school?  Today marks the beginning of our school year.  We’ve done the school supply shopping (does anyone else feel like that’s just a scavenger hunt gone wrong?).  Each boy is sporting a new pair of shoes.  It’s the beginning.

(a little throw back to our early back to school days and today…we’ve come a long way)

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I had to laugh when I read the most recent circulating post by Jen Hatmaker.  I’ll admit, a few similar thoughts have crossed my mind in the weeks leading up to this first day.  We’ve enjoyed our time together, but the closer this date crept on the calendar, the more I could see it was time.  A few more scuffles between brothers, less interest in the swimming pool and other activities that had kept us busy the last couple months.  It’s time for catching up with friends, getting to bed a little earlier and finding our routine again.  After all, there’s plenty of things to look forward to as fall creeps ever closer.  Football season, apple picking, jeans, sweaters….*sigh*…..Yes, I do believe I am ready.

The Best Homemade Lunches on the Planet

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If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you may remember the Farm to Table Project.  In 2013 I documented the growing season of Rhizosphere Farm, a small organic farm at the time, located in eastern Nebraska.  At the end of that season, farmers Matt and Terra Hall, took a year off to find a permanent home and land so they could further pursue their dreams of sustainable farming and feeding their community.

After a lengthy search, a permanent home for the farm was found in Missouri Valley, Iowa.  The 2014 growing season started off beautifully, and the first time I visited the farm’s new location I was in awe of the bounty in the fields.  Matt and Terra, along with their assistants Nick and Jackie had the farm looking like they had been there for years, instead of months.

Rhizosphere Farm

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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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