Deep breaths & baby steps 

We are supposed to be here in ten days. Ten days. With only one productive weekend left in between now and then. ….But the airstream is still in pieces, work is trying to call me back, and Adam has been so sick lately I’m not sure we’ll finish her to even a basic level of…

Impatient 

I’m impatient. Very impatient. I like that about me.    I like to think of it like When Harry Met Sally, “when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Isn’t that the truth? What a perfectly…

Baker’s before photo tour

Baker helping with the tour of our ‘new’ 1984 31 foot Airstream International. He looks just about as happy as I do to finally own one of these monsters! For scale, Baker is currently about a 110 pound year old Bernese Mountain Dog…and still growing! Between him and Frank [the basset hound] we decided to…

Short-term Goals

Every time we round the corner and see her my heart skips a beat with possibilities. Can you seriously love metal this much? Though I’ve been pining after all the fabulous rigs and travel destinations online for years, I know that the Airstream is only half of it. It’s not just the shiny polish or…

Parmesan Broth & Tortelloni

Throw away a whole day.  Not because this meal takes a whole day. But it could….and that could be wonderful.  One of my all time favorite quotes is by Thoreau:  “You must walk sometimes to be perfectly free, not prying or inquisitive – not bent upon seeing new things.  Throw away a whole day for…

Last Years Resolutions 

2015 simply had to end. It isn’t possible for a year to hold any more life than this one has….but I’ll be damned if we don’t try. Cramming the best possible changes and adventures into one single year is hardly fair to the years that follow, unless we resolve to make them just as grand….

Squash Sausage Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

There are 112 hours in a week. ….Well, after you have adjusted for a full, restful 8 hours of sleep, each and every night. If you work 40 a week that is 72 left. That is a lot of hours! We try really hard to be intentional with our time. I’m not saying that every…

Peppered Ginger Pumpkin Pie

Unpredictable can be wonderful. I’ve made a life that revolves around the unpredictable. Wanting never to bore or tire of the same routine, I’m drawn to boundaries that need pushed, challenges that need met, and the unpredictability of weather.  As a professional emergency manager, I spend my days assisting people prepare for what could be…

Spicy Salmon Avocado Rolls on Shiitake Stir Fry

Retreat to the kitchen. ….My favorite line from my new brother-in-law’s wedding toast, and damn good advice. Not that today was anything tragic or particularly hard, but work is busy, days seem short and the weekend quickly slipped into the start of the next work week. Leaves are falling and summer flavors are fading. While I love fall [and…

Merging Kitchens

I have had this inexplicable sense of assurance that we were going to spend our whole lives together from our second date. So when we got engaged in March, of course I was overjoyed, but by that time we were already living out complete commitment to one another so I wasn’t sure what our wedding…

Staples – Croissants

Julia Child made compromises. …this is what Adam tells me Saturday morning when he was looking at croissant recipes to attempt. Julia Child! The female World War II badass who then found love and french food. The woman who brought nearly all of my favorite foods to America, and made food TV a mainstream staple with her…

staples – pie 

Maybe not everyone considers pie a staple, but I sure do. Pie for breakfast: absolutely. Pie for dessert: sure. Pie with wine on the boat for dinner: yes, please. I love pie. I just didn’t know how to make a good one until recently. My whole life I thought there was shortening in pie crust. I…