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Last week my husband and I were able to spend a few days in Chicago.  We were there for a church convention, but were able to extend the trip so as to spend more time with friends and exploring the city.  Every so often I’ll get an itch to live in a large city like Chicago.  This […]

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This salad is so cool and refreshing and it makes me want to eat salad all the time, which is a sure sign you’ve found a good salad.  I’ve had this salad a couple times at restaurants and decided to make my own version at home so I would eat more salad.  Start with a […]

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This week: 1.  The best night walk in the city 2.  The best morning in the city 3.  The best song at church this morning

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This week in my American, midwestern garden: 1.  The peonies have bloomed!  So happy to have the beautiful fragrance and delicate petals decorating my home and yard. 2.  The salvia is also showing it’s bright purple spikes all throughout the yard–love how this one thrives even in the sun. 3.  I have several dianthus plants […]

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Part of an on-going photography project, in which I ask people to tell me what they need and then let me take their picture. Photos taken in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. All photos taken with my Canon EOS Rebel and edited with Lightroom 4.

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When my friend first told me about e-meals I was a bit skeptical.  It seemed to good to be true.  But now–one week into my paleo meal plan for two–I think I love it.  The verdict is still out on whether it stands the test of time, so I’ll be sure to report back, but […]

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I’ve never enjoyed a Bloody Mary until a few weeks ago when we were out to brunch with friends.  A brunch with a Bloody Mary bar.  And bacon.  That’s beside the point, though.  The point is that I liked the Bloody Mary even without the bacon.  McClure’s Bloody Mary mix is the magic elixir that makes […]

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It might be the warm weather, but I’ve been jonesing for some delicious, cold desserts.  This usually means a walk to Spoonlickers to get a bowl of fruit with a smidge of greek yogurt and husband can empty the canister of whipped cream in his dish.  This week we did that, but I also made some […]

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image from goodreads.com I actually loved this book much more than I was anticipating.  I noticed it on someone’s nightstand when we were touring homes during the Heritage Hill Home Tour (if that isn’t creepy, I don’t know what is), but it prompted me to check it out from the library on my Kindle and […]

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This week: 1.  The best way to start the day. 2.  Best brunch for two on the front porch. 3.  Best viewing of sculptures at dusk.  

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