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  • The Days of Our Lives….

    April 2014
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He’s Mobile

The last time I saw him, he was just kind of moving around. A little.

And now….he’s is cruising and moving and talking and has a whole personality all his own! It was awesome. It’s fun to see that change from tiny baby to tiny toddler. He kept us on our toes!

Cilantro Chicken with Avocado Salsa

I found this recipe years ago and loved it. The original was a little bit more time intensive, cooking the salsa, etc. So I changed it a bit. And it still turned out amazing. We ALL loved it. It’s completely refreshing and perfect for the spring. I served it with asparagus, so our plates were full of vegetables. Loved it.


I’m not a huge fan of eating these, but I sure think it’s fun to take their portrait every now and again.  I can’t believe that Holy Week is already here and Easter is coming up this weekend. What?!!! How did that happen. Not that I’m complaining. I wore flip flops a couple days last week….until the snow came and I had to whip out the snow boots again. Life on the plains I guess.

Hoppy, er um, happy Monday.


Orvell the Octopus

Happy Friday All!

Layers: Canyon Tea and Greek Salad

So, for those that have visited the Grand Canyon….did you have falling dreams after? Oh my, have I. Crazy falling dreams where I jerk awake.  It might not have been a great idea of reading about all the deaths there shortly after my visit. But, geez, the internet is right there and we were so curious. Which by the way, more people die in planes and on the water than falling. There is a great book that tells you all about it. We didn’t buy it. We just scoured the internet. Because everything on the internet is true. Right?

I couldn’t get over the layers of sandstone and rocks and beautifulness on this adventure. It was amazing. In one of the gift shops they had “Canyon Tea” which was spice tea, but when you look at it, it does look an awful lot like the layers of rock. I thought that was clever. Very very clever. I posted our spice tea recipe about 7 years ago, so I thought I would pull it out of the vault. Plus it just sounded good as soon as I saw it and I’ve been craving it ever since!

And I also love these little containers for layering foods, they make the presentation gorgeous and they are really easy to take along with you on picnics, etc.  You can get them at the dollar store or target or where ever. They aren’t too hard to come by.


I have also been craving a good greek olive and feta mixture, so I decided to whip this up. At a wine tasting party this fall, a friend of mine brought something like this for an appetizer. I ADORED it. I wasn’t sure what she all put into it, but I think this might be kind of close. Or not. Regardless, it was my lunch today and it hit the spot. (Avocados and Kalamata olives are two of my favorite foods. )

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