nostalgia, wanderlust

Europe

Came across some photos of my trip to Europe in 2005 and scanned them in.

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It was an incredible trip I’ll never forget! I did realize looking through all the photos that I need to go back. After all, the last time I went to Europe I was young enough to think penis pasta was deserving of a photo.

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totally baked

let the baking begin, 2013!

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Some things I’ve learned already this year:

1. its a shame parchment paper doesn’t come pre-cut to fit inside cake pans.

2. when the recipe says to force curd through a fine sieve,

you will taste a difference if you ignore the instructions.

3. gluten free cakes: probably impossible. i’m working on it, i am.

but seriously. probably not going get much traction, you know, in the taste department.

4. i should just leave some butter out on the counter. basically all the time. odds are: i’ll use it.

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life lately

TEA!

We’ve grown to l.o.v.e tea these days. Like l.o.v.e it.

I don’t really know how it started but like all things with us, when we got into it we got a bit obsessed.

For Christmas we got {this electric kettle} from Christy (at the suggestion of Kaelyn) and it has rocked our world.

(which is really a topic all its own since we use it for every.thing not just tea)

And I gave Luke a new Thermos. He looked at it skeptically at first.

But, funny thing, a day hasn’t gone by that he hasn’t used it (except while we were in Colorado).

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Luke pretty much sticks to herbal teas. Favorites include:

* TAZO ‘vanilla rooibos parfait’ (which has snazzy new packaging)

*HIBISCUS ‘vanilla apple’ from The Republic of Tea

* CELESTIAL SEASONS ‘Decaf Mint Green Tea’

*YOGI ‘Soothing Caramel Bedtime’

I really like CELESTIAL SEASONS ‘raspberry zinger’ and ‘mandarin orange spice’ too.

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On the whole though I’m more of a caffeine chaser. Some favorites include:

* TAZO ‘Om’, ‘Joy’, and ‘Earl Grey’

(The ‘Organic Darjeeling’ is good too but sometimes tastes like soap to me… )

*The Republic of Tea ‘Blackberry Sage’ and ‘Earl Greyer’

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I cannot wait to see what happens with teavana now that Starbucks has bought the company.

*Hopefully* I’ll get a discount or something and we can find some new favorites. ;)

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recipe box

Nacho Fries: The Kind of Dinner You Secretly LOVE But Should Be Ashamed to Talk About

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But, I have no shame. It’s delicious. And easy.

And what it gives in generous embarrassment it makes up for with flavor.

Gluten free frozen fries from the grocery store or costco.

A can of corn kernels.

A can of rinsed black beans.

Some bacon pieces from the grocery store or costco.

Shredded cheese.

Fresh avocado if you’re lucky and they’re actually ripe!

Lots o’ dollops of sour cream.

And maybe some salsa.

Oh. My. Yum.

Plus, it’s the kind of guilty-pleasure meal you don’t bother to grab plates for.

Woo-hoo! Fewer dishes tonight.

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