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May 11, 2019


Welcome to the weekend, my friends! My mom is in town this week and we’re all enjoying the time with her. We’ve had such a great time with our company this month. It’s fun to show friends and family around our new corner of the world. I’m looking forward to wandering the farmer’s market again this weekend - while Sean and our oldest son will be running the Rugged Maniac in Columbus. <- Who has the better plan for Saturday? That would be me.


ON THE BLOG this week: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is a breakfast favorite year round with my kids. There’s a good chance it will be on the table soon whenever we have apples that are no longer at their best. (But even if you need to run to the store and pick up apples just for this oatmeal, do it. You won’t regret it.)


I’ve made these Rosemary Roasted Potatoes several times over the past month and the whole tray disappears every time I make them. I’ve been making these potatoes for years, but lately I’ve been craving them on repeat.


I shared more about our day with RePapel Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. RePapel Puerto Plata is a women’s co-op in the Dominican Republic creating jewelry and handmade paper with 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Meeting the ladies behind RePapel Puerto Plata and working with them was a highlight of our trip. This was one of the excursions offered through Princess Cruises and we absolutely loved it.


What I’m CRAVING: Burgers! It’s grilling season and the possibilities are endless. My friend Toni at Boulder Locavore shared the Ultimate Burger Grill Guide and it has my mouth watering today. And while technically not a burger, this Smoky Grilled Chicken and Bacon Sandwich with a Beer Cheese Sauce is still one of the best things I’ve ever made. Also, this Cucumber, Basil, and Watermelon Salad from Heidi at FoodieCrush needs to happen this summer.


My FAVORITE THING this week is this set of electric candles. (link HERE) The set comes with a remote AND the flames actually flicker. Can you be in love with a candle? If so, I’m in love. I have them scattered all over my porch, on the table, in lanterns, on the shelf with my herbs, everywhere.


We can step out on the porch at night, click the remote and have such pretty candlelight all around us! Plus, the 5 candle set is a screaming deal on Amazon too at just $20 - plus a digital coupon for a few more dollars off. I probably shouldn’t admit how many sets I’ve bought. I’m seriously impressed!


What I’m READING: Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (link HERE) I haven’t read a Nicholas Sparks book in years, but a friend (Hi, Emjay!) recommended this one the other day. It’s very different from his other books and admittedly there were times I wanted to smack a couple of the characters, but I wound up liking it so much by the end. I stayed up way too late finishing it one night - and yes, like most of his books, there were so many tears along the way.


What I’m WATCHING: Avengers Endgame (link HERE) We FINALLY saw the movie and I loved it so very much. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that as much as I’ve loved all the MCU movies, I think that this one is the greatest of all. Endgame justifies every minute of its three hours plus' screen time. I may even try to catch it again in the theater before it’s done there.


“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.” - James Clear (This is becoming one of my favorite quotes of all time.)


Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!


Mary


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