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At the beginning of the new year, I mentioned that one of my goals for the year was to improve my meal planning and grocery shopping. I’m notoriously bad about improvising meal ideas 30 seconds before I start cooking dinner and making four trips to multiple grocery stores in one week. Being spontaneous is great, but relying on it for every day necessities can cause issues when lack of motivation or ideas arises. So I decided an actual meal planning and shopping routine would help me be more structured and encourage variety and even inspire more cooking experimentation.
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As you probably recall from my copious expositions on the subject, our house is a little tight on main level storage space. We have limited closets, no coat closet at all, and less kitchen cabinet space than our previous house. Thankfully, our downstairs area has a storage pantry, a cedar closet for coats, a kitchenette, and a large unfinished utility area perfect for stashing stuff like luggage and holiday decor. We’ve been able to redistribute some stuff from upstairs to downstairs, but we still needed a couple of clever storage solutions to keep our most used items–particularly coats and kitchen toys–at hand instead of trekking down the stairs 50 times a day. Fortunately, we struck storage gold last week thanks to one opportune shopping trip, some Swedish ingenuity, and a couple of evenings with a screw driver.

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It means no worries, because you’ve found a yummy and flexible dish that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. At least, I think that’s the official translation.

It’s been a while since I’ve featured any recipes on the blog. I’ve been distracted with other things since the beginning of the year and haven’t played with my food much. But I did come across a new recipe recently that was compelling enough to get me back into experimentation mode.

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This pup-date has unintentionally turned out more like a Buzzfeed article. But I thought it would be fun to let you know how Murphy’s doing by sharing 35 random things Bart and I have learned after four weeks of caring for him while on crate rest for IVDD.

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What better way to celebrate four months in our house than with this photo of our spare bedroom?

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I’m on yet another snow day today. Have I mentioned that I’m fed up with winter already?

Recently I reported on my holiday tradition of growing bulbs in the house and subduing at least part of the gloominess of winter with some fresh blooms. Sadly, the last of my paperwhites have faded now; meanwhile, the weather is still atrocious and not even hinting of letting up. However, yet another snowstorm can’t bury the desire to see something green thriving around our house, and our winter defiance planting has been heating up in anticipation of spring.

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Since Christmas, pretty much all of our home improvement progress has ground to a halt. We poked at the spare bedroom a few times, but between a vacation, a work trip, a convalescent dog, and the general blah of winter, we didn’t have room on our plate to think about one more project. But DIY is slowly ramping up again at the Taylor household.

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Most of us don’t prefer to read a story with an unhappy ending. Furthermore, to read a book knowing the ultimate demise of the main character at the start seems downright foolish. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and a biography is often an instance where we find the life of an individual worthwhile to experience all the while aware of their ultimate fate. For a couple of years now, I’ve wanted to read “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas. However, one of my gravest faults in the last few years is not reading as voraciously as I used to. I recently had a friend loan a copy to me, so I finally set out to read it.

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First of all, thank you all so much for your prayers and messages and well-wishes for Murphy. You’ve been so encouraging and kind as we’ve gotten our bearings. It’s been two weeks now since Murphy slipped a disc in his back, and since many of you have inquired about his progress, I wanted to provide a quick update on his current status. Reading back on my post last week and reflecting on what I wanted to write this week, I was pretty astounded by how different my perspective is after only seven days. I believe we have seen little baby steps of progress every single day, but these have added up to a huge change of outlook in the Taylor house.
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Hello, my name is Jennifer, and I am slightly obsessed with bulbs.
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