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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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.


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.


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.


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!


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



*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!






We’ve had an early start to our Wednesday morning.   The phone just rang with the much anticipated announcement of a snow day.  It’s our second one this week.  After a very mild winter, including spring like temperatures just last week, February has come in with a vengeance…and about 10 inches of snow.

Egg Avocado & Salsa Breakfast Bowl

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