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  • Reflections on 2017

    What am I most proud of? I am really proud of some of my professional successes this year. I have earned a great promotion and received a major certification in my field. I am also really proud of some of the mental hurdles I’ve jumped regarding friends. I’m in a good place. What do I […]

  • Clean
  • Greek Dressing

    Delicious Greek dressing. A keeper for sure! Ingredients 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar juice of one lemon 4 cloves garlic 1 tbsp dried oregano leaves 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper Directions Add oil, vinegar and lemon juice to jar. Press 4 cloves into the jar. Add oregano, salt, black pepper. Shake vigorously to emulsify.

  • Baked Goods
  • Dawn’s Cornbread

    I recently discovered that the cornbread recipe from a website that I’ve been using for years was gone (the horror!!). Luckily, I was able to determine the old URL and the Wayback Machine was able to get me a snapshot of the page from a few years ago … so now I’m saving it here. […]

  • Misc
  • Essentialism – Exercise

    What I say NO to: Guilt about not getting to the gym enough. It’s not that I won’t cancel a gym membership if it isn’t working for me, but I know that a lot of stuff is cyclical and if I miss a workout, it’s not the end of the world. What I say YES […]

  • Misc
  • Essentialism – Dating in Marriage

    Mawwaige. Specifically dating as a married couple. It ain’t easy. What we say yes and no to. What we say NO to: Routine date nights (every Friday, every anniversary, etc.). It sounds great in theory, but it absolutely does NOT work with our schedule. Going crazy (spending wise) on dates. We try a new and […]

  • Misc
  • Essentialism – Friendship

    We had a blast at Disney, but I’m not done getting through all (any) of the photos, so that post will have to wait, but in the meantime …. This is one of those topics that I don’t really want to talk about, which usually means I should. I am blessed to have some great […]

  • Making
  • Disney Shirts

    We’re headed back to WDW pretty soon, this time with Matt’s whole side of the family. I am not a big fan of the matchy-matchy family shirts, but I do like to do a little something special for a Mickey trip. So I came up with the idea of making a “custom” Mickey head for […]

  • Life
  • Essentialism – Kids’ Education + Extra Curriculars

    The podcast actually tackled school and extracurricular activities in two separate posts but both due to attention span issues and number of things to talk about/crossover, I’m talking about them together. What we say NO to We say no to a whole lot of extra work … both during and outside of the school year. […]

  • Life
  • Essentialism – TV

    Essentialism is a concept I’ve thought about for a long time – if not in that exact terminology then at an abstract level. It’s the concept that you have to pick what’s important to you (truly important) and say yes to that, but, perhaps more importantly, say no to other things so that you can say […]