Happenings (vii)

February 19, 2014

1. Breaking news: I finally tried a new recipe last week! Though I am certain you aren’t sitting at the edge of your seat anticipating recipe posts these days, it was refreshing to change things up. Mama Bender had once made this Pistachio-Crusted Chicken, and it was so good that I had to try it […]

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Books in Review: January

February 8, 2014

Since I have a fictional page goal this year, I thought it might be fun to do a monthly roundup of the books I’ve read as a way of checking in. Some books – as in anything by Rainbow Rowell – may get separate review posts, but this method will ensure I at least mention […]

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A Weekend in Minnesnowta

January 27, 2014

What a difference six months makes in aerial scenery. Last weekend we paid a visit to Minnesnowta for some family fun – including the chance to see two of our nieces pieces! Claire Bear… …and Molly Moo. We joined Susan, Adam and the girls with Barb and John for a weekend of ice and snow adventures. In […]

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Book Reviews: Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

January 14, 2014

So far, my 15,000-page goal is off to a good start, and I primarily have Rainbow Rowell to thank. When Nicole listed Eleanor & Park as a choice for our December book club, I was really intrigued by the storyline. Although we didn’t ultimately select it, I added it to my ever-growing list of things to read…eventually. Almost […]

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January 12, 2014

Yesterday, we celebrated another year of corny jokes and sage advice – and I don’t mean tips on how and when to use the herb. Although with Papa Bender, that wouldn’t be surprising. The festivities were very similar to last year, including one of the most delicious batches of Mama Bender’s Beef Stroganoff ever made and […]

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Twenty Fourteen

January 6, 2014

The new year started off on the right track thanks to a breakfast made with love. These bacon breakfast cupcakes were super easy to make and crazy delicious, especially when topped with salsa. I have a feeling they’ll be added into our rotation with the brunch egg casserole. I also was thrilled to obtain a […]

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Looking Back

January 1, 2014

Overall, 2013 was really good to us. We started the year settled into our new home, but had no idea just how much out-of-state adventure Bobby’s new job would bring us. We ended the year with a nice change of pace, however, and in 2014 are looking forward to exploring more of what’s right here […]

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Merry and Bright

December 27, 2013

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas! ‘Twas a great one in Arizona, for sure. The holiday week is automatically merrier and brighter when Mama Bender’s peppermint-eggnog punch is involved. The recipe just keeps getting better every year. For 2013, it featured: 32 ounces organic lowfat eggnog 32 ounces Fevertree ginger ale 1/4 cup Torani […]

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