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The fellowship of the dress

I talked earlier in the week about how much my crafty wardrobe means to me as a person learning to love and appreciate her body. But the art of the craft does so much for my insides, as well. Being a crafty person feeds so much inside of a person. Not only does one feel something in their soul sing …

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On dresses and tattoos

I’m in my early 40s. I have two small kiddos. My body has never gotten back to where it was pre-kiddos, and that used to really bother me. Not in a “I-need-to-diet-and-exercise-around-the-clock” way, but more in a “I-never-feel-cute-or-comfortable-in-my-clothes” way. And then I discovered (via my bud Lorajean from Knitted Wit and our first glorious sewing day) the Dress No. 1 …

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Addictive slaw recipe

When JJ and I first got to San Diego for TNNA in January, we stumbled upon this place called the Crack Shack. It’s a walk-up eatery window with a huge chicken out front, and it just kinda beckoned us (or maybe she clucked at us, whatever happened, we had to go). And, wow, were we glad we did. I got a …

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My new favorite salad

When I was at TNNA with my Jae’s at the beginning of June, we discovered pretty much the most amazing lunch place ever. It’s called Little Eater, and it’s at the Columbus Market, and if you’re ever there, you absolutely need to go. They serve all kinds of yummy, vegetarian salads, using wholesome ancient grains and fresh produce. You get …

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Make it: Veggie Broth

We like to make stuff round these parts, and the more things we make from scratch, the more we realize just how easy it can be. Sure, when the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen, it can be hard to justify making, and that’s ok. That’s what grocery stores and take-out Thai is for. …

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Make it: Easy Earring Storage

I recently became obsessed with earrings. Which was kind of strange, as I hadn’t worn earrings with any regularity since college. Which was a long long time ago. BUT, I decided to be an earring-wearer once again, and began to amass earrings. Local artisans, Etsy-ites, earrings found in cute local boutiques. My earring collection grew exponentially, but I had no …

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Make it: Fresh Bread

With the flip of the calendar from September to October, it seems Fall is here. The days are crisp, handknit socks once again adorn my tootsies, and the oven is getting used once again. The best thing to grace our oven lately? Fresh-baked bread. YES. This bread is inspired by a very simple recipe my mother gave me a few …

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Make it: My favorite smoothie

About a month ago, I shared my way-to-make coconut milk, which I continue to make a few times a week. It’s just so stinking easy (and super-delish). Especially when compared to making almond milk, which takes actual foresight (you have to plan to do it a few days in advance, because you need to soak the almonds before you can …

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Make it: Breakfast-y Casserole

My mom calls it a strata. My friend Janet calls it bread pudding. Whatever you call it, it’s a fantastically delish dish for any meal. We often make it for dinner, but it works oh, so well for brunch. Best thing about it: you can use whatever you feel like using, and it will almost certainly taste fab. Per the …

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Making a mess

We’re getting some work done on our house this Fall – new siding and new windows. As excited as I am about the prospect of Astrid’s room and our room being a smooch-bit warmer due to the new windows, the big excitement is getting a new face on our house. A new color. Yeehaw! This morning, Stefan threw big tshirts …

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Saddles, and getting back into them

Today was a day for re-saddling myself. In my life. In my doing. After taking Astrid to preschool orientation, hitting the grocery store with Hazel, picking Astrid UP from preschool orientation (it’s only 2 hours this week), AND hitting Trader Joe’s with both girls, I decided to do.some.stuff today. What was on the docket? Red beans. Yellow Tomato Honey-sweetened Jam (although …