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Monday Gratitude

This week: my mom. If you’ve followed this blog for a few years you may have seen the post about her cancer diagnosis. After treatment, my mom enjoyed a high quality of life (given her diagnosis) for over a year and we have had some wonderful times together. Now, it is time for her to transition to hospice. We are heartbroken but also so thankful for her love, beauty and faith in Jesus. I will be taking a break from the blog to spend time with her and to grieve. Please join me in praying for her and for our family during this time.

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Wax Seals

If you’re a paper nerd like me these cool wax seals will bring you great joy.

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I used to have a set which I got as a gift in elementary school (I’m a hoarder like that) but I seem to have misplaced it in recent moves.

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This year, my sweet sister-in-law, colleen gave me a new set!

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I love that each time they come out a bit different. Such a fun way to put a special touch on a letter.

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My set is from amazon - like this or these.

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Happy sealing my fellow paper nerds!

Monday Gratitude

This week: skills I don’t have.

Jeremy’s grandma made this quilt for him when he was a boy and now we can pass it on to our little guy. I think it would take me decades to make something so beautiful and cool!

Recent Recipes

Even though things have been busy (or perhaps because they have been) I have really tried to whip up some healthy, convenient meals. Many have not been successes but the below are winners!

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I found a broccoli salad that looked just like one we have gotten at whole foods (and then thoroughly enjoyed and then complained about the price). There’s some chopping involved but once you put the work in this salad keeps for days and is a great main or side. I used walnuts and doubled the amount because this was our main dish on Monday. I also used greek yogurt instead of mayo- delicious and super healthy:)

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I think I may have posted the Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl before but I have come back to it after several months and am not disappointed. Really easy to throw together and tons of protein.

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I made two batches of these Slow Cooker Black Beans and have stored most away for future use. I cannot tell you how many 15 ounce cans of black beans I bought this year and I’m excited to have these tasty morsels laid away as an option instead. I also used them to make several freezer batches of these enchiladas. I don’t think our family would have survived this month without the preserving magic of a freezer:)

Monday Gratitude

This week: cool architecture.

Seattle Spots

A couple of weekends ago J and I went on a brunch date at a new place in Ballard: Percy’s & Co.

I had peered through the windows before and knew the interior was very pretty! 

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Unfortunately, my pictures do not do it justice so you’ll have to check it out yourself. There were bright ferns hanging everywhere and good natural light flowing in through big, beautiful windows. I told J it reminded me a tiny bit of the fancy afternoon tea spot we visited in Argentina. With live music and a vintage vibe it was definitely not afternoon tea but it was a great Sunday brunch.

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There were several delicious choices of bloody mary’s which I always appreciate. As you know, I usually lean toward the sweet drinks but I make an exception for an excellent bloody mary.

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We both could not resist the bendict and I’m glad. The potatoes themselves were worth it. The only other place I’ve had similar breakfast potatoes is one of our favorite Tribeca spots. If you’re looking for a Sunday brunch I’d definitely recommend this place! I’m looking forward to trying out more of their cocktails, too.

Monday Gratitude

This week: work.

Time Flies… When You’re Busy

I noticed the other day that my calendar was still turned to February…so yeah, we’ve been experiencing a major time warp around here!

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BUT some good news out of this craziness is that I started a part-time job Friday. Since moving to Seattle I have had my eye out for a job that would enable me to apply my abilities and training while still allowing me to spend a majority of my time with Owen. So when I saw the perfect spot in January I knew I had to go for it. I am so so thankful for all the support I received from family and friends in getting back into interview gear and polishing up my skill set.

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And I’m still loving my Snow & Graham calendar year after year! I usually ask for it for Christmas and J never fails to deliver:) This year we picked one up from de Medici * Ming Fine Paper (First Ave and University downtown) and had a wonderful chat with the owner at this enchanting little store.

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I get that thirty bucks for a calendar may seem a bit steep but I love having these fresh designs throughout the year:)

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Also, consider this my public service announcement: it is no longer February;) 

Monday Gratitude

This week: healthy food for my family.

Monday Gratitude

This week: retreats.

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