I’m back!

I know this is my tiny little corner of the internet and I can pour my thoughts out where, probably, no one will read them anyways¬†ūüôā ¬†So here goes…

Life has been totally crazy, which is why I have been seriously MIA over here. First I switched jobs…then we decided to move back to Minnesota(!). The move was supposed to happen “later,” maybe sometime in the summer of 2016. Then we went to visit family and popped in on some open houses and accidentally found our house. It is the perfect, sweet, little house in our dream neighborhood. It was owned by a couple for the last 30 some years who had raised their children and were now downsizing. This house is so full of good vibes, it’s incredible. So we made an offer on it, and now it’s officially ours!!

Then we realized (duh) that we had to get moving on selling our place in LA. It was our first time trying to stage a home, and I had no idea how hard it is to live (and work) in a house with two dogs while keeping it show-ready all the time. We are about to close on our place (cross your fingers everything goes smoothly) at the end of the month.  Then we move to a one bedroom sublet for 5 weeks and then drive halfway across the country to get to Minnesota!

We will be moving in with my parents for a while¬†since we are doing some renovations on the new place. Planning and designing the remodel is basically taking up ALL of my personal time at this point, but we have big dreams for the final result. I can’t wait!!

On top of this, I am really sad to be leaving LA. It’s 100% the right thing to do for our family right now and we are SO lucky that we can both take our jobs with us. But it’s LA! I have crazy FOMO for all the things that we will be leaving, plus the weather….hello! So it’s a complicated bittersweet time right now.

Family photo by the wonderful Amanda Bjorn. Family really is everything.

Fluffly homemade whole wheat waffles

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My family is obsessed with food. There is just no way to get around it; when we get together we spend our time cooking, eating, and talking about what to cook next. Continue reading Fluffly homemade whole wheat waffles

Easy peasy homemade yogurt in four simple steps

My family has been making yogurt at home for generations, and homemade yogurt is the thing I miss most when we are traveling. When my parents moved to the US in 1991, my dad came first and my mom followed with 3-year-old me and my 5 month old sister. They had to pack their life into a few suitcases, leaving everything familiar behind. This was well before the internet and decades before smart phones or Skype. One of the most valuable things my mom was able to bring with her was a small container of yogurt so that she could continue the tradition of making yogurt at home.  The culture that she brought in 1991 lives on to this day, and every time we would go on vacation she would allot yogurt into little containers and hide them in the back of the fridge and freezer so at least one would still be good when we returned home.  She has shared her yogurt starter with friends and family, and it lives all over the country and world.  If my mom made yogurt 3 times a week for the last 24 years, we are talking about over 3,700 generations!  Those are some crazy heirloom cultures!

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Kumquat marmalade

R came back from a friend’s home (Hi, Andrew and Brian!!) on Saturday with a huge bag of kumquats he had picked from their tree. I love kumquats, but eating them raw gives me a stomachache and so I decided to try to make a real marmalade.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who taught me just about everything I know. Your¬†creativity, generosity, and kindness continue to inspire me and push me to be better. I love you.

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