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Tuesday
Jul222014

Spruced-up spaghetti - the perfect use for leftover spaghetti noodles!

The clock has been ticking loudly in my aging ears. My 39th birthday is tomorrow, so I am preparing for my last full year of being 30-something. In addition to feeling like the middle ages are looming, this is also the end of the season of having more children. This realization has been unexpectedly sad for me! We sorted through our baby items and gave some things away to a good friend last week. It is comforting knowing these items that have been so precious to us for so many years will be in a loving home!

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Wednesday
Jul162014

Pizza bowls ("Interesting Pizzas")

The post-surgery fog is lingering. Things aren't clicking at a usual pace and I have been mindlessly forgetting appointments and other scheduled events. If I have blown you off in the past week, I kindly ask your forgiveness. It's a miracle I came up with the idea for these delicious little pizza bowls the other day. I said to the boys, "I have a dinner idea for tonight that I think you are going to LOVE!" Without skipping a beat, Elijah said back to me, "Are they Interesting Pizzas?!" He does that every once in a while. He pulls things right out of my head. He nailed it. They are indeed interesting pizzas. He made me promise I would include that in the title.

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Tuesday
Jul082014

Five-ingredient funfetti bars

This post is coming to you from Minneapolis Children's Hospital. I'd have to go through my archives to be sure, but this could be my first post ever written from the hospital. Elijah is currently having the ear bones in his left ear reconstruction to hopefully restore hearing that he has been without for a few years now. The doctor found NO regrowth of the mass that has been removed twice. This is great news! We would appreciate prayers for a successful and smooth rest of the surgery. THANK YOU!

I had every intention of making these bars over the weekend

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Tuesday
Jul012014

Healthy fruit dip

I looked at my phone this morning and was startled to see that today is July 1st. It is always strange to comprehend the passing of another month, isn't it? Summer months are especially precious to us Minnesotans, so entering into July is sad in a way. We have so many events yet to look forward to this summer, but here's saying a proper good-bye to June! See ya again next year!

Those things we are looking forward to? There is one particular something coming up in the next few days that we are super excited about! A fellow heart family that we adore is driving all the way from Texas to visit! We are anticipating their arrival with complete excitement! Eeeeeee! Much adventure awaits!

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Tuesday
Jun242014

Veggie confetti pasta

The little boys and I survived our 2,800-mile Kentucky/North Carolina road trip. We packed many smiles, tears and memories into 13 days. One of the greatest gifts I feel I can give to my precious boys is introducing them to ADVENTURE. I love adventure and I want them to seek it, always. There is so much to see and do and explore and discover. There are so many amazing people to meet and love and make connections with. Elijah told me the other day that he wants to visit Egypt. "Maybe next summer," he said. Uhh, I was thinking maybe just visiting the west coast next summer. I promised him that we will explore the world together (with the rest of our family, if they are up for it, too)! Egypt and everything in between.

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