So Fresh and Vibrant – The New Boston Public Market

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Years of planning, development, design, funding, and building have come to fruition for Boston’s brand spanking new Boston Public Market. The hard work has paid off at the beautifully designed space is filled with amazing artisanal vendors.

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I have been waiting anxiously for the 30,000 sq. ft. indoor, local-only, year-round public market to open ever since the first sign went up on the windows at the space at Haymarket Station. I’ve enjoyed my walks by to catch my bus home as I’ve had the chance to take peeks into the windows as the window signage has come down

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They have various kinds of vendors from ones that sell baked goods, produce, prepared foods, and meats. You can find everything from fresh local seafood to freshly made donuts and ice cream to stir fry.

I had the pleasure of attending a preview event of Boston Public Market on Wednesday night. Getting to tour the space was so exciting.

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We started off in The Hub of the space, which is the central spot in the Market where they have displays to feature different vendors, the schedule of what classes and programs are happening in The Kitchen.

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Directly off The Hub is an area that the architects nicknamed as “Meat Street” as that is where the butchers and seafood vendors are located. There are several vendors that sell organic, pasture raised meats (beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit, sausages, etc) and locally sourced seafood.

Reds Best is a Boston based fish whole-seller and retailer that prides itself in providing you with fish days sooner and fresher than the fish you can purchase from your local grocery store, for the same cost. They track all of their fish with bar-codes and scanners so you can learn where exactly your seafood came from and who fished it. It really is a unique system that allows you to connect with their network of fisherman.

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The Kitchen is a 4,000 sf test kitchen style space connected to the market which has a kitchen set up to allow people to gather around for informal free classes or to attend a class to learn how to make a specialty meal. They are in the beginning stages of scheduling their class programming, but they are aiming to providing classes and cooking demonstrations at 3 price points – Free, $5-25, and $25- $85 depending on the length of class, topic, and ingredient cost.

It can even function as its own space to host parties, book signings, or classes well past the closing of the market (8pm). It’s such a fun idea to take a class together to learn how to make the dinner you are about to enjoy. Such a fun date night idea!

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I couldn’t get over the amount of fresh flowers that were throughout the space. They were just so beautiful. I can’t wait to get some flowers one day on my way home to brighten up our home. I was eyeing some stunningly beautiful boutiques for just $8. Awesome.

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Union Square Donuts is a favorite of mine (previously reviewed HERE) and anyone who has tried their amazing donuts. They are going to be very busy with people coming in for a donut on their way into work!

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Then we stopped by and chatted with one of the lovely owners of Mother Juice, an organic, cold-pressed juice, smoothie and plant-based cafe. They started as a food truck and then went brick and mortar in Cambridge and now they have their stall in the market. They serve vegan and gluten free foods that they locally source. Obviously, they don’t get their bananas locally, but they do the majority of their sourcing locally, even from the other market vendors.

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I absolutely love that the Boston Public Market has set up is a Cookbook Exchange. You can exchange cookbooks from ones you have well-loved (or maybe they are collecting some dust!) so that you can constantly try new cuisines from the cookbooks that are currently ready for exchange at the market.

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The market will be a buzz with people, but the outside will have plenty of great bees buzzing around the area, including the near by Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Boston Honey Company has set up a hive in their stall where bees can come and go as they please through a hatch along the facade on Hanover Street. Take a peak and look for the large blue and yellow stickers, which help them locate the hive from the outside of the building. I learned so much about bees in  just the few minutes that we stopped by the stall.

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Be sure to sample some of their honeys! They have a lovely selection of honey from their bees that are established in Massachusetts, New York, and Georgia. The bees winter in Georgia while it’s too cold in New York and Massachusetts, where they have hives to pollinate apple trees and produce honey.

I tried and loved the Galberry variety, which is from their hives in Georgia.

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Hopsters, a Newton based brewery, has a 1,000 sf beer alley, where they will sell beer, hard cider, and liquor brewed, fermented, and distilled in New England.

In connection to The Kitchen, they will do pairing classes. But if you can’t make it to a class be sure to request a sample of their beers (with proper ID, of course!).

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Nella Pasta is nationally recognized for their deliciously unique varieties of freshly made pastas. I previously took a cooking class from the BCAE (recap HERE) and was able to first hand learn about their pastas and taste their fun varieties of ravioli, like roasted butternut squash & sagebroccoli, feta & toasted cashew, and potato, leek & roasted garlic.

While there owners Leigh and Rachel were busy at work producing a gluten free variety.

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One of my favorite stops was at Red Apple Farm, based out of Phillipston, MA. We sampled their freshly fried apple cider donuts and apple crisp. Those mini cider donuts are going to be trouble for me this fall! Highly addictive.

I also picked up a bottle for their Fire Cider ($25), a apple cider vinegar based digestive tonic. I totally understand its namesake. Man, a shot of that really packs a punch!

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Care for some fudge?

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There are 3 non-food vendors in Boston Public Market. One such vendor is American Stonecraft, which is a Lowell based company that takes field stones from New England farms and cuts and hones them into trivets, coasters, and bowls.

From stunning, vibrant blooms, in season produce, organic meats, freshly made to-go meals and baked goods, the Boston Public Market offers something from everyone. The first of its kind to offer products from locally sourced farms, it’s a really special place.

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100 Hanover Street( above the Haymarket MBTA station)

Wednesday — Sunday 8 a.m. — 8 p.m

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Book Club. 2015 Part 1

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I wish I was able to read as much as I wanted to. I wish I could just curl up with a good book and get lost for hours in the pages full of different settings, characters, and thick plots.

Sadly, life does not afford me that luxury so I typically do most of my reading while on the bus to and from work. Thankfully, I’ve actually been getting up from my desk during lunch to sit outside so I’ve been reading then as well lately. Can’t be summer reading!

I have a big stack of books I still want to conquer this summer. Wish me luck!

Currently Reading…

The Boston Girl

 

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

It was suggested to me via Kindle after finishing We are Called To Rise. I picked it because I wanted to read this book about an interesting, strong young woman while it was set in Boston a hundred years ago.I just started it so I’ve just dipped my toe into it but so far I like it and it’s fun imagining Boston back then.

Just Read These Bad Boys…

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The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls

I read this in Maine over 4th of July weekend. I really, really enjoyed it. I didn’t want to put it down. There were real moments when I just wouldn’t. Even reading in the car on the way back home, which typically makes me sick.

I liked the story telling as it was Third-Person Point of View, which I think worked well for the story and I don’t often read, so it was a nice change. Plus, the way that the story was broken up with alternating chapters about Bess and Rory. It had a nice flow to it.

The one part that I didn’t like what how the author sorta brushed over an elderly abusive relationship. I understand that relationships are complicated, complex, dynamic, but the way that the author had the main character, Bess, address the abuse seemed flawed or even passive. I dunno.

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We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

I L-O-V-E-D this book.

I came across this book from a suggestion from blogger Stephanie Howell, who has an Instagram account dedicated to her passion for reading. She mentioned how much she loved it so I wanted to give it a try, and I ended up loving it as well.

The book weaves the stories of 3 main characters together in such a way that has you begging for more with each page. I loved the style of writing and story. It was written beautifully and it comes together in the end so well, while still leaving you with so many questions.

Highly recommend this book!

*For years I have followed Stephanie Howell on various social media platforms as she is a fantastic scrapbooker and I have loved her work and style. Like me, her scrapbooking has taken a back seat to the mess of other stuff we juggle in our daily lives, but I have still followed her adventures of rising 4 girls abroad with her military husband. Anyway, she has always been a voracious reader and now she is sharing her passion for books on her blog and new IG account, WhatStephReads. Go follow along and you’ll be sure to get some great reads.

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The Heart Collector by Jacques Vandroux

This is written by the same author who wrote The Bone Collector, which was a major motion picture years ago. It started Ashley Judd and I love her so I loved the movie. Anyway, I didn’t immediately realize it was by the same author when I selected it from a few free Kindle books I was offered- love when Kindle does that!

I liked how it blended a bit of fantasy with faith. It did get a bit predictable in the end but it was cool how all the different characters wove together. I liked how the author described the towns and cathedrals where the different murders occurred. It made me want to book a flight to France.

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Flirting with Felicity by Gerri Russell

I don’t really read romance novels but I received some free Kindle book offers and selected this one as one of the books to receive.

It was fun and quick to read. Kinda a good summer beach read. I actually read it on the cruise we went on in January.

It sort of reminded me of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, but without the submissive relationship and (excessively) described sex. The story was pretty typical – strong, yet poor girl meets rich, flawed guy, at first there is friction, but once they get to know each other and let their guards down they fall for each other. If you like romance novels then I bet you will like this.

The Book of Joe

The Book of Joe: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper

This book reminded me of a s007-08 show called October Road, which also features a national bestselling author, who wrote some not so nice things about his hometown, and has to goes back years later. He discovers a lot about himself and the people that he left behind.

I can’t get enough of Jonathan Tropper’s writing style. I loved how raw and real he makes the characters, and Joe is pretty flawed so it’s a good read to read about his complex feelings. He struggles with a lot to find happiness and I think that we can all relate to that feeling at various points in our lives so you can connect with him and you really root for him, even when he is acting like a jerk,

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Please send me some suggestions! xox

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Buffalo Chicken Waffle Sandwiches

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Summer is in full swing and I am loving it. But it’s speeding by too quickly. It’s almost August. Do you hear that noise? It’s mean groaning!! Ugh!!!

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I mean, as much as I love the upcoming Autumn with its crunchy leaves, apple cider donuts, and corduroy, I am trying to avoid thinking about it so I stay in the land of rosé, grilling, and flip flops.

To me the scariest part is how we have not accomplished much on our Boston Bucket List. I shared our list earlier in the year when I announced that we will be moving to Tampa next Spring. We have to get to work! There are so many places to visit and things to eat!!

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At least I know we will get a bunch of things done this August as we are vacationing on The Cape for a week. So we can visit The Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory and splash around on the beaches. Aside from that, I just can’t wait for the time off to hang with my family. I already have started to compile my list of goodies to make.

And of course I am packing my waffle iron!!

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I’ve jumped from the breakfast and dessert waffle to the lunch waffle.

You can’t deny that Buffalo Chicken Wings aren’t a favorite for people. They are hot and spicy. And you just love how the blue cheese dip cools off those heated bites. Buffalo Chicken anything always rocks.

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Making this Buffalo Chicken Waffle Sandwich really combines the best of both worlds. You can the heat from the chicken, rich tanginess from the dressing that helps cool off the heat and the crunch from the waffle.

I used a basic complete pancake mix that I jazzed up with some cornmeal for some extra flavor and crunch. The egg and oil that I added adds flavor as well.

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I used my Toastmaster Rotating Waffle Maker by Select Brands. I swear it makes the best Belgian Waffles. I’ve used it to make so many waffles Sour Cream Waffles with Peach Compote and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream, Banana’s Foster Waffles, Chili Topped Cornbread Waffles, The Best Buttermilk Waffles, and these Cherry Crisp Waffles.

So yeah, I like it! It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and cooks evenly. The flip helps the batter get in the deep ridges, signature to Belgian Waffles. And its such a simple task you can do it with 1 hand.

And I love it so much and I want you to as well, so I’m giving one of these Toastmaster Rotating Waffle Maker by Select Brands away!!! Check out how to enter below!!!

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I think all sandwiches should be made with waffles. You should give it a try, I swear you will be a convert!

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Buffalo Chicken Waffle Sandwiches

Makes 2 Sandwiches

Ingredients

For the Waffle Sandwich

  • 1 1/2 Cups Complete Buttermilk Pancake Mix, such as Krusteaz Brand
  • 1/2 Cup corn meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Sandwich

  • 6 Chicken Large Tenders
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/3 Cup Hot Sauce- I suggest Frank’s Red Hot
  • 1/2 Cup arugula
  • 1/4 Cup blue cheese dressing
  • splash of milk

Process

  1. Preheat your belgian waffle iron.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the waffle batter until just combined; some lumps are okay.
  3. Scoop a 1/3 Cup of the batter into the center of your waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Repeat to make 4 total waffles.
  4. While you are making the waffles, brown the chicken in a skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray over medium heat. When both sides are browned, add the butter and hot sauce. Continue to cook on very low heat until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Combine all of the ingredients.
  6. Thin out your blue cheese dressing a bit with some milk to create a sauce to pour on the sandwich.
  7. Create your sandwich by placing some arugula on a waffle, place the chicken tenders on the greens, and then pour some of the blue cheese dressing on the chicken prior to topping off with another waffle.

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While I received the waffle maker from Select Brands in order to develop recipes, all opinions are my own. 

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And now the GIVEWAY!!!!

I have another awesome giveaway from Select Brands!! We’re partnering up this year and I’m so excited about it!

We want you to be able to make awesome Belgian Waffles with their Toastmaster Rotating Waffle Maker (Retail Value $25). You just have to enjoy stacks for those beautiful, golden waffles with deep ridges that perfectly capture butter and syrup. Pure perfection!

Follow the instructions HERE!!

Giveaway open to US residents and runs through 8/6/15.

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Whole30 #3: Days 1-3 Recap

 I am documenting my THIRD Whole30 journey to help me see how far I’ve come from my first Whole30 (Feb 2015), my second (April 2015), to now! Plus, I don’t want to fall into any food ruts. Hopefully this will keep me inspired through the whole process. I’m looking forward to the transformation in how I approach food, cook with it, and enjoy it. Check out all my Whole30 related posts HERE from why I did each previous Whole30, why I am doing this one, and all my food diaries. 

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{Day 1}

Monday July 20th, 2015

A great first day of our THIRD(!) Whole30! It went smoothly. It’s nerve-wracking to dive into this again but it feels so good too. I’m excited to do it again.

Breakfast

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2 slices of homemade bacon, 1 over-easy egg, 1/4 of a sliced avocado, Brussels sprouts

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. It was good and satisfying.

Lunch

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Salad with romaine, arugula, grape tomatoes, chopped up bacon, homemade dressing. Lz Croix Passionfruit Seltzer. Larabar- Cashew Cookie

I forgot my hard boiled eggs at home, so I was bummed about that, but otherwise the salad was good. Plus, it was nice to take the time to sit outside to eat and read my book.

Dinner

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Sauteed haddock fillet with blistered tomatoes, roasted broccoli, served with Koop’s Horseradish Mustard

I made this quickly while Price was putting Autumn down to bed (or attempting to do so, as it has been such a struggle recently!). Then I ran over to CVS and ate my food in the car so that I could quickly get Autumn her Iron Supplement. Ya gotta do, whatcha gotta do.

Late Night Snack

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Kalot’s Fruit and Almond butter

While snacking on Whole30 is frowned upon, I was up late working in my office so I needed a little brain food. OMG. This almond butter is incredible. Loved it.

Activity/Steps

11,127 Steps

I had to go back to work so I didn’t get to do a big walk, but happy I met my 10K Step Goal.

Hydration

I started off the day with a massive cold brew coffee that I brought from home. I added some cinnamon to it to jazz it up.

Then I had 2 cans of La Criox Seltzer and a bunch of water.

{Day 2}

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Day 1 went well, as did Day 2. It feels good to be doing the program again and knowing how well it makes me feel.

Breakfast

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Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Potato Hash with zucchini, Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde

I made the scrambled eggs with 6 eggs, water, and a herb blend I got in Seattle. Price and I shared that, along with the sweet potato hash. So good & filling. I didn’t have any cravings in the morning since I was so full (protein!)

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Related… EAT ALL THE SALSAS!!! HAHAHA!!!

Lunch

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Salad made with Romaine and Argula with grape tomatoes, broccoli slaw (Trader Joe’s), leftover brussel sprouts, sauteed chicken. Homemade Dressing

Someone took my dressing at work. NOT OKAY! At least I had another older compliant one in the fridge too. But so annoyed!!! The salad was really good, even if I had to use a dressing I wasn’t looking forward to. Boo!

Dinner

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Cauliflower Rice with 2 Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausages and sauteed asparagus, Spicy Brown Mustard

Nothing fancy but it was satisfying.

Activity/Steps

11,514 Steps

I wanted to beat the number of steps I had on Day #1 so I paced around our room before going to bed. I’m nuts.

Hydration

Typical massive Cold Pressed coffee… I think like 30 ounces. Lots of water too. It was a good day.

{Day 3}

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The day started off great, but ended up being pretty crummy. I stayed up late to write a blog post and while up I started to feel sick, which just made me stay up later and later. My stomach was so upset :-( I don’t think it’s related to Whole30 or anything but I was definitely sick.

Breakfast

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Cauliflower rice with asparagus and 2 over easy eggs, Franks Red Hot 

Morning Snack

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Container of fruit- blueberries, mango, kiwi, pineapple

When I got to work I then munched on this container of fruit. I really needed this. I was feeling blah. I needed the fruit, although I probably shouldn’t have had it. I wasn’t craving sugar or sweet. I was craving something fresh. Maybe I’m already sick of eggs? CRAP!

Lunch

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I made this quick stir fry in the morning for our lunch. I used Thai Kitchen’s Green Curry Paste to make it. I thinned it out with some water and it made a nice mellow sauce. Plus the tomatoes that burst added some extra amazing flavor to it.

Dinner

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Pork Chops with brussel sprouts and a baked potato, 1 pickle (not pictured)

This felt like a ‘normal’ meal.

I used ghee for the baked potato, but I always keep forgetting that the Trader Joe’s Ghee is made with unsalted butter so I was wondering why it was kinds blah. Of course, I then added hot sauce. I guess that’s better than salt!

Dessert

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shared a small bowl of watermelon with Price

It was refreshing and enjoyable to end the day, especially after a 3.25 mile walk. I ate it less for it being sugary, than for it being cool and watery.

Activity/Steps

16,321 Steps!

Went on a 3.25+ mile walk with Kellie. We walked down to Marry O Malley Park. It was such a nice night that we couldn’t resist a long walk.

Hydration

Failed miserably today!

I realized on my way home (3.30pm) that I was feeling crumby because I didn’t have enough water by then. I tried to play catch up with a diluted unsweetened ice tea, but was not successful. Plus, I did the big walk, which put me in even more of a deficit. UGH.

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Stay tuned for more of my Whole30 food diaries!

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7.24-26: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

home from work | get Autumn from daycare | Market Basket for food shopping | Autumn goes to bed | eat dinner outside with Pricer | watch Triple D, first floor clean to up sort upstairs/downstairs stuff | bed early

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{Saturday}

Thinking Cup for a croissant for Autumn | shopping at Haymarket | Price and Autumn get Frank inspected (pass!) | kitchen clean up and food prep | chicken salad for lunch | bath with Autumn & then she naps | House Warming at Evan’s |  dinner & watch TV | bed

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{Sunday}

up at 6.30 | make cake | leave house at 7.40 | Go to Catherine & Ed’s | Stop & Shop | make individual Strawberry  Shortcake triles | go to Megan & Sarah’s good bye party | home | grill dinner – sausages, mushrooms, shishito peppers, kale | Autumn has bath bottle, books, bed | food prep, blogging, dishes | watch DVR’d NASCAR & shows | bed

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