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Meet Ruby

You guys, I have been holding out on you with some fun news…. Remember when I mentioned being in Alaska last month?  Well, this is little lady is the reason.  Meet Ruby! Ruby is a 2.5 year old Alaskan Husky, and the newest member of our crazy family.  Ruby was a racing sled dog in Alaska.  One month ago, she lived in a dog yard with 18+ other dogs.  Unless out training, she spent most of her day tied to a chain or in her dog house.  Ruby had never been indoors, let alone slept on a cushy dog bed atop meticulously stashed dog toys in our bedroom. The husband…
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Kauai Trip – Part 2: Foodie’s Guide to Kauai

Last month we vacationed on the island of Kauai.  It truly is a magically green island with amazing beaches, great hiking, snorkeling, dolphins, sea turtles, breathtaking sunsets/sunrises, and people who made us feel like family!  In all seriousness, we were ready to move to the north shore.  Well, pack up the pups, and then move to the north shore.  Life wouldn’t be the same without our whole little crew. 😉 We truly had an amazing time, and I wrote about my recommendations for where to go and what to do on Kauai in part 1…  I included roughly a bazillion photos, while I was at it. Sorrynotsorry. Today, I am going…
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Kauai Trip – Part 1

After years of adoption limbo and vacation time stashing, we finally took a vacation!  We have been awesome weekend adventurers these past few years, but I’m talking about an unplug-from-reality in some fabulous location kind of vacation. We knew we wanted a balance of relaxation and activity, so we opted for a vacation that doesn’t involve the continent of Europe – although everything in me was dying at the thought. A little over a week on the island of Kauai ended up being EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. You guys, we didn’t want to leave! We took roughly a bazillion photos and I have graciously narrowed it down to a…
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Earth Week: How we get out and explore!

In the spirit of Earth week, let me share something a bit different today.  I’ll go back to easy, entertaining-friendly recipes this week.  In fact, I’m actually pretty pumped about some of the things coming up in the next weeks, but more on that another time. What you see here on the blog may lead you to believe that I never leave my house.  In actuality, I am not a hermit, perpetually hosting girls’ night-in, or whipping up a last minute batch of the best brownies ever.  I admit I am a homebody.  But we are also big fans of exploring!  Last summer we made a pact to go either camping,…
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How To: Alaska in the Winter

Happy Valentine’s day!  Do you have fun plans?  Or do you fall in the anti-Valentines camp  like I do?  Typically, we make the most unromantic meal imaginable (usually baked chicken wings with a myriad of dipping sauces) and then argue about politics or battle over which movie to watch.  But this year, the husband is away on business, and our super elaborate romantic plans won’t be happening.  I’m super not bummed.  Tonight, I plan to eat a poke bowl without listening to anyone complain about raw fish being slimy.  I consider eating whatever weird raw fish or mushroom stuffed pancake concoction my heart desires as my consolation prize for an…
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