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We move around so much I thought it would be nice to post a few photos from our current apartment. It was newly renovated just before we moved in (we are still removing manufacturer stickers from the appliances and windows). We are still getting settled, but it’s starting to feel like home.

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As someone who is super busy, but really wants to eat healthy (and not spend money out all the time) I have found that weekend food prep is by far the biggest time and money saver. If I could only make one lifestyle change I would make this a key part of my week. I try to spend part of my Sundays shopping, slicing and cooking up food for the week. These recipes are some of the fastest that I have in my repertoire. Hummus takes about 10 minutes, granola bars just take 5 minutes (plus freezing time) and the chicken soup is a crock pot invention that takes only about 10 minutes of active time.

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Sunny Saturday breakfast

Sunny Saturday breakfast

I love our weekends. Work is hard, but I love it. I just get so exhausted by Friday that I really need a weekend to recharge my batteries. Do you ever feel that way?

We try to take the time on weekend mornings to sleep in a little extra if our bodies let us, to eat breakfast at 10am if we can manage it, to spend a quiet morning drinking glasses of tea. These quiet mornings are my favorite thing about the week.

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Thanksgiving Decorations // Do All Things With Love

We get to host our first Thanksgiving this year with good friends. Last year I was working three jobs(?) and basically had enough time between work shifts to change clothes, bake a galette, and join an hour of dinner with friends between customer service and retail jobs. We got to have dinner at our best friends house, which was wonderful. Even though I was falling asleep in my mashed potatoes…

This year we will try hosting our first thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to decorate a little bit!

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Easy Fried Rice // Do All Things With Love

My favorite recipes are all ones that let you use up whatever might be in your fridge, freezer or pantry. For example, Minestrone Soup is one where all you need is kidney beans as a base and you can then add whatever other veggies and/or noodles and/or meat that you want. My Homemade Pizza is the same way. Any kind of random vegetable, sauce or protein you have laying around can go on it. Well, last week I added another favorite to my list: fried rice! All you need is rice and at least one egg, then just add whatever vegetables and/or meat to it  and voila! An easy-peasy, inexpensive, made mostly from the freezer, dinner.  Read the rest of this entry »

Baked Oatmeal // Do All Things With Love

Last week I discovered a great recipe for baked oatmeal, I won’t call them cupcakes, but muffin-shaped oatmeal. Perfect for a Healthy October menu! It’s cooked/baked rolled oats mixed with mashed banana, some sweetener and whatever extra additions you want to throw in. My first version I just added some cinnamon and chocolate chips, but this morning my second batch I added walnuts (from the farmers market!), raisins, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and coconut oil. I like that this is a fairly healthy breakfast to grab in the morning to eat with some fruit or eggs. Read the rest of this entry »

Chalk Menu Board. Happy October! // Do All Things With Love

Last weekend we took a trip to a pumpkin patch with two other couples (a post on that later). We picked up some pumpkins and our apartment is starting to feel like October!

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Dec 31 // Do All Things With Love

Dec 31 // Do All Things With Love

I think that 2011 was by far one of my worst years on record, for many reasons. Too much stress, I was extremely unhappy and had some people in my life that really shouldn’t have been in it. I vowed to myself at the beginning of 2012 to make it a better year. To shake things up and try for some real happiness. It took a lot of love and support from a few close people to make it through the first few months, and I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

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26 Dec Kringle // Do All Things With Love

26 Dec Kringle // Do All Things With Love

Every year for Christmas we had neighbors who brought us Danish Kringle bread to eat for breakfast. It became a holiday tradition. After some time I started baking them for us and to give to friends. This is the recipe I’ve been using for a number of years.

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Harvesting our first tree

Harvesting our first tree

So, this year is our first Christmas together, and the first Christmas I will spend away from my family. We get to celebrate Onur’s first ever Christmas (it isn’t celebrated where he is from) and with that we get to start new holiday traditions. However, we have no room in the budget for anything elaborate, so I’m piecing together what I can for decorations and everything else.

The first thing we did was go out with a bunch of friends to the national forest and cut down our trees.

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