Take a Hike!

I’ve always loved a good hike, although I prefer them to be casual. Up until he met me The Mister, being an Eagle scout and all, had always hiked everything in on his camping trips, while I was raised with what he calls “car camping” and went on hikes near the campsite. ;)

With the temperatures finally warming up in our area, we’ve been getting outside as much as we can. Whether it’s playing at the creek, a playground, or just going for walks. On the weekends though, getting outside means taking a hike.

Take a Hike!

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Yuca Pumpkin Breakfast Pudding

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Yuca is one of those foods that you either love or you hate. Personally, I like it. Yuca is a bit of a carbohydrate chameleon, it takes on its surrounding flavors and blends into most any dish easily.

This “pudding” started out as a complete experiment over a month ago and I’ve been making it just about every week since, playing with the spices and amounts along the way.

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Cherrywood Smoked Bacon

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It had been entirely too long since we smoked. Since we moved last summer, the smoker has sat untouched in our garage. When I finally found a local source for pork belly, I immediately sent a text to The Mister to share the good news. Without missing a beat he called to reserve a belly for us. Since then we’ve been consistently brining and dry curing pork bellies.

Cherrywood Bacon

one portion of pork belly is brining in the le creuset stockpot while cinnamon bacon is dry curing next to it

And there was much rejoicing.

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Balsamic-Roasted Brussels with Prosciutto and Pomegranate

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Brussels sprouts are one veggie everyone in our home loves. Yes, even Bugsy devours these miniature cabbage doppelgängers. So in my mind they’re suitable for any meal, especially breakfast!

Roasted Brussels sprouts make for a quick dish on their own, but adding in a few additional ingredients make them especially tasty. Balsamic vinegar and pomegranate arils for the tangy and sweet flavor layers. And the prosciutto for that salty meat-candy.

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Mercury Retrograde {with my coping/navigation tips}

I’m not entirely sure I want to entirely blame my most recent moments of stress on Mercury’s retrograde period. But, dude. Between dealing with fecal matter on the carpet, Luv’s recent slumber party being cut short by her friend vomitting on our couch and carpet, tantrums aplenty, snafoods in the kitchen, Bugsy getting carsick on our trip to the west side… I’ve been waving my white flag a little more than usual.

Mercury is No Longer Retrograde - Thank the Gods! {with my coping/navigation tips}

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DIY Rose Water ACV Toner

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I’ve been using a plain ACV toner for a while now. It couldn’t be simpler to make. I just diluted ACV {apple cider vinegar, if you’re not savvy} with water until I found the right balance for my skin type. Last month I began adding rose water to my toner solution. For a few reasons…

  • I bought organic rosewater with every intention of making Martine’s delicious Turkish Delight Gummies. I was clearly a little too excited because I failed to make sure it was food safe. Ha! And, yes, after realizing my mistake I kicked some sand and ordered food safe rose water. And, yes, her Turkish Delight Gummies are delightful. ;)
  • Rose water is ultra-hydrating and soothing on the skin.
  • Rose water has a lovely scent and would tone down some of that “salad dressing” smell the plain ACV toner has before it dries.

DIY Rose Water ACV Toner

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Bugsy

Momma? ‘magine dwagons? {when requesting to hear the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons}

The Day I Broke My Arse Sledding

Okay, I didn’t really break my arse. At least I don’t think I did. But a post called “The Day I Injured My Coccyx Sledding” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. But don’t you worry! This post isn’t all about my backside. I’m no Kim K.

Sledding fun.

It was a beautiful day, with fresh snow on the ground. The Mister set his sights on sledding the night before, so after breakfast we headed off in search of some hills. The kids were crazy excited.

canyon 2

We drove up towards Canyon 2 {at least I think that’s what it is called}, but it became quite clear we’d be sledding into trees, rocks, and general doom. Luv began complaining. The excitement of sledding was too much for her to handle and she simply had.to.sled.now.

Canyon 2

The Mister at this point was feeling like his idea was an impossible one, that we would spend more time driving around scoping out a decent hill than we would even spend sledding down the hill. He put the rig in 4WD and turned around, easing down the icy mountainside.

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Erin

If there were some way to measure my blood pressure, cortisol levels, and general stabby feeling – I bet they’d be off the charts. {as The Mister’s finger approached my mouth to shhh me}