Peach Pickin’

A couple weeks ago, my parents and I took a road trip to the small towns of Luther and Harrah, Oklahoma. This was the perfect road trip. We drove in to Luther to get breakfast at 116 Farmstead Market & Table before we headed on into Harrah to pick peaches and nectarines at Wind Drift Orchards.

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The cafe’s façade was one of a kind and absolutely adorable and fitting.

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At the front end of the café is the market! As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by an array of locally grown and made goodies! A table full of fruits and vegetables, shelves of locally roasted coffee, jams, honey, pasta, breads, milk, eggs, and a freezer full of local beef and pork.

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We sat at the end of the long center table and fully embraced and soaked up the precious small town vibe and the slight hustle and bustle from the incoming locals, and a temporary visit from a plethora of bicyclists passing through the town.

I didn’t get any pictures of our food because…well..no time. We were starving, and it was delicious. My mom and I had the loaded quiche, and my dad had The Lumberjack breakfast. All alongside coffee, of course. Dad finished off his breakfast with an apple cinnamon cake square. I had a bite and honestly…it was one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time. Sinfully delicious. Seriously wanted to cry it was that good. Mom and I finished off our breakfast by sharing a yogurt parfait with Greek yogurt, house-made granola, and local Porter peaches on top. So, so tasty.

Before we left, we picked up a bag of coffee and some meat to take home!

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After just a short drive, we arrived at the orchard! Peach and nectarine trees as far as the eye could see. It was almost surreal, especially on the beautiful overcast day that we were able to go on.

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We started out picking nectarines!

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Sampling is a necessity. I mean, you have to make sure they are just as sweet, juicy, flavorful, and wonderful as you know they are going to be, right?

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After we got our fill of nectarines we headed over to the peaches!

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We quickly realized the best peaches were at the top of the trees. This is when having a strong, 6’5″ tall dad really comes in handy.

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We loaded up. We could not stop picking. It was almost addicting. I think we left with over 50 pounds of peaches and nectarines… And we ate every last one!

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The first thing we had to make (naturally) was a peach cobbler. Dad loved the trip so much, and was so excited for peach cobbler, that he insisted that he peel and slice the peaches himself. The peaches and nectarines were literally like candy on their own though because they were just so juicy and sweet.

After dad peeled the peaches for the cobbler (with still tons of peaches to eat on for weeks to come), we headed out to the compost to dump the peels. I saw this little turtle on the porch, and well, it turns out turtles like peaches too.

This whole trip was such a blast, and the day could not have been more perfect. Food was scrumptious. Weather was beautiful. Peaches were juicy and abundant. People were SO friendly. The only thing that would have just made it that much better would have been if Taylor could have come.

Fortunately for Taylor (and the rest of us) Dad has deemed it a twice a summer affair. So, we will be going back soon!

Thank you again 116 Farmstead Market & Table and Wind Drift Orchards!!

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Blueberry Picking

Monday was Cody’s 19th birthday! So, I decided to plan a little date to the Thunderbird Berry Farm, in Broken Arrow, to pick fresh blueberries together! One of our favorite fruits!

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The farm was beautiful and peaceful. Rows and rows of blueberry bushes everywhere.

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Cody was excited to get to picking! We had an hour to pick because they close at noon, and we were determined to fill up our bucket before we had to leave.

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I clearly couldn’t contain my excitement. I was doing all that I could to not just run up and down the rows of berry bushes because I was so excited (I did a little). I love me some blueberries!!

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Such beautiful little fruits. And they were literally everywhere. Everywhere we turned there was another bright and juicy blueberry ready to be picked.

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I was in a little piece of heaven. I loved every bit of it. We were bothered by few, if any bugs. It was rather warm and sunny, but there was a wonderful breeze every now and then. It was so calm too, the only sounds were the breeze and the chatter of a couple of families a few rows down from us.

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Cody was so cute picking blueberries. We’d pick for a little while, then intermittently he would force me to take a break just so he could hug me and love on me. Every time one of  us would find a big blueberry, or find a good bush, we would share our good news and get really excited. I think he enjoyed going and doing something a little untraditional for his birthday.

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Admiring some of our harvest!

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We just about filled up our bucket, and we ended up leaving with over three pounds of blueberries! We were so excited! We dreamed of all of the blueberry muffins and blueberry pancakes we were going to make.

After we left the farm, the rest of Cody’s birthday consisted of hand washing his car together (leaving us both soaking wet), and then having dinner at his house with his family and me. I think he enjoyed his day.

Below is me as we left the farm with all of our blueberries. I was happy. I don’t think Cody knew quite how to handle me and my excitement. It was such a fun day, despite the heat. Cody and I love going on little dates together that are just simple, not spending a lot of money, but just purely enjoying each other’s company and doing something fun while we’re at it.

Our blueberry muffin recipe will be coming to the blog soon!

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Trip to Taylor

Taylor, my sister, has been interning at the Ausable Club in St. Huberts, New York in the Adirondack Mountains since the beginning of May. My family, Kevin (Taylor’s boyfriend), and I have missed her dearly, so we planned a vacation to visit her! We visited many fun and beautiful places, but I think we all would agree that the most amazing part of the vacation was seeing Taylor again.

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This is my parents, Kevin, and me about to hit the road. All smiles for getting to see our Taylor!

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Our first stop: Lambert’s: Home of The Throwed Rolls! This place brings back wonderful childhood memories for me. It was just as fun and delicious as it was when Taylor and I were little kids. Good quality southern cooking, and I mean how can you beat sweet, delicious, hot rolls literally being thrown to you upon your demand. So fun.

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Its fun old-timey décor and atmosphere takes you back in time.

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Look at that beautiful, glistening, soft, sweet, hot roll. With butter. MMMM. Salivating. I couldn’t wait for the people walking around with the buckets of sorghum to come by because how can you wait when beauty is waiting to be devoured. So I didn’t wait. I buttered it up, drizzled some honey on top, braved my gluten sensitivity, and devoured the delicious roll. No regrets.

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For my main course I had Polish sausage and kraut with turnip greens and beets. All of us loved our meals. My parents even said the food was better than they remembered. We all left happy, full, and entertained from watching rolls fly through the air.

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The next day, our stop was at the Cleveland West Side Market.

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Meats, cheeses, sweets, herbs, and breads, galore.

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And fruit as far as the eye can see!!

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We left the market with some good finds, fortunately, since we got there around closing time. We left with some fresh strawberries and peaches, cheese curds, some jerky sticks for dad, and some Ohio maple syrup!

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Our next stop was New York!!  We made a rest stop at a service area along the highway once we crossed over into the state. Before we went inside there was a little farmer’s stand set up selling local honey, maple syrup, apples, strawberries, and these delicious, pure maple syrup candies! Immediately I fell in love with New York, of course. We snacked on these little candies off and on during the trip. THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS. We bought a couple of tubs of them at the farmer’s market in Keene once we got to Taylor. I ate the last one today… When my dad found out I ate it, he got upset. He was saving it for himself later. Oops…

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Our first actual stop in New York was of course Niagara Falls. Kevin and I were excited to board The Maid of The Mist! (Also, I’m sporting my favorite shirt that my dad hates because I wear it ALL THE TIME.)

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Hello, Canada!!

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Ready to go on The Maid of The Mist! Loving our gigantic blue ponchos and the beautiful blue water!

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Ready to set sail and fighting to keep my poncho out of my eyes!

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Niagara Falls is a beautiful creation of God. It truly was amazing. No words can describe the feeling of being in the boat in the center of the falls and the mist.

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After being on The Maid of The Mist, we decided to climb up right next to one of the falls and get even more wet!

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After seeing the falls we made our way to get souvenirs and then to Hard Rock Niagara Falls to eat lunch.

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Our next stop: TAYLOR. After winding through the beautiful mountains, we finally made it to the Ausable Club. We were all overjoyed to see Taylor (I got a little emotional). Tay gave us a little tour of the club in the dark, then we all made our way to bed.

The next morning, we went to SubAlpine Coffee for coffee and breakfast. Absolutely adored it. Super cute little coffee shop with excellent coffee and food options.

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Daddy enjoying the view and his latte while he waited for his rather massive and delicious breakfast burrito!

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They had Kombucha on tap! And you could get samples!

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Hello, my love. Coffee. Their coffee was great. I was a happy camper.

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After we finished up at breakfast, we went to some cute little shops around the coffee place, then we headed back to the club to let Kevin finish some homework for his online classes. After he finished up, we headed to Lake Placid! Such a beautiful lake, even for an overcast day! We spent the day there going through all of the cute little shops. We stopped to get lunch at a little deli that served both sweet and savory crepes! Loved it!

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After we shopped, we tried to find a way to get closer to the water. We finally found a spot where we could get an up close look of the water and satisfy my desire to touch any body of water I see.

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We also drove by  the Olympic Training Center! Very cool! We didn’t get to go in because we got there after they closed, but it was still incredible just getting to see it.

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The next day, Taylor took us hiking! We hiked Indian Head trail. It was a blast. So beautiful, too. Dad was a great hiker. It was like he does it almost every year in Colorado, or something…Oh wait..He does.

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When we got to the top of the trail the trees cleared away into this large open area of rock. It was incredible. A little surreal. Kind of felt like we were the only people in the world. We got to see a falcon perched over the edge of the rock, and we actually got my mom to be relatively calm next to edge of the mountain (which is actually probably more of a feat than actually climbing the mountain to be honest)!

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After we hiked Indian Head Trail, Taylor took us on the trail to Rainbow Falls.

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A doe was right in our path to the falls! She moved to let us pass, but she hung around for quite a while…Until she got tired of us staring at her.

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We made it to the falls! They were beautiful! As we got closer and closer, the mist got stronger and stronger, and naturally it got colder and colder. But it was worth it to see the natural beauty up so close. And, we did get to see a rainbow!!

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Like I stated before, I like to touch any body of water we visit. My mom has a picture of me when I was little, almost exactly like this one, in my favorite purple outfit, touching some water. It is one of my favorite pictures.

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Post hike, we were all famished. We went back to the club, got cleaned up a little bit, then headed back in to Lake Placid for dinner. We went to The Dancing Bears. It hit the spot, especially after a long day of hiking. Mom, Taylor, and I got coffee. Mom and I got the Mountain Man Chili Skillet. Excellent chili. Dad, Tay, and Kevin got burgers. They said they were great! We left, once again, full and happy.

On our way home we stopped by Rivermede Farm Market, for some local snacks for later since our meal at The Dancing Bears was around 3ish. We picked up some local cheese, yogurt, apples, grapes, and of course some more of those delicious maple candies.

When we returned to the club, we went out to the deck off of our floor and relaxed. We pulled out the snacks and some cards we bought in Lake Placid to play with. We played two rounds of rummy (I was getting destroyed.) before we had to pause for Taylor and Kevin to go do homework. After they left, Mom, Dad, and I continued to snack and played some poker out on the deck. When the temperature began to drop, we decided to head inside. By the time Taylor and Kevin had finished their homework, Dad was passed out on the bed, and I think I was dozing a little bit, so we put our game of rummy on a longer pause.

Relaxing, playing cards, and snacking out on the deck was my favorite part of the entire trip.

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On the day we left Taylor to head back home, we planned on stopping back by Subalpine Coffee for coffee and breakfast again. But unfortunately, they are closed on Wednesdays. But it was a happy accident because we then decided to try the Noon Mark Diner across the street. This gave us a chance to try their local maple syrup on pancakes! Classic local diner. Delicious homemade baked goods everywhere. Very large gluten free menu. I got a single gluten free blueberry pancake with a side of bacon and coffee. Loved it.

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On our way home, we drove through Washington D.C. It was an adventure to say the least. We got some neat pictures from the car, but time, lack of parking, and a crazy, substantial amount of traffic caused us to decide to make Washington D.C. a whole different trip in itself.

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After we made it out of Washington D.C. and finally made it to our hotel in Manassas, Virginia, we went downtown and ate at Okra’s Cajun Creole. Another delicious stop, with a nice relaxed atmosphere.

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The next day, after a day of travel, our hotel was in Nashville. So, naturally I looked up to see where the Whole Foods was, and fortunately it was only about 20 minutes from the hotel and only about 5 minutes from where we wanted to eat dinner! After dinner we went to the Whole Foods, and I was amazed. They had a whole separate store for their Whole Body section! It was fabulous.

Before we left Whole Foods, I got my late night coffee and yogurt. Mom also got coffee and this locally made banana muffin! The muffin was tasty, but I didn’t want a lot, I only wanted a couple of bites, but Mom kept telling me to eat more, so amidst our arguing over the muffin, we dropped about a quarter of the muffin on the floorboard of the car…then I gave in and ate the rest of the muffin as she demanded me to do so.

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We had a blast visiting Taylor. We all miss her a ton, but we are all so proud of her. It was hard to leave, but we are all just so happy we were able to make the trip to go see her. It made being away from her all summer a little more bearable. We are all so happy she is getting to experience this wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity in such a beautiful fun place. It’s only fitting for such a beautiful and fun girl. We love her more than words could ever describe, and we are all anxiously awaiting her return to Oklahoma after she finishes up being the best intern ever.

I love you, Kitty.

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My Compliment

Hey, guys! Okay, so the school year is now finished. I survived my first year of college. WOO! So, now I will have some time to have more regular posts!

My end of the school year wasn’t too exciting. I suffered from shin pain for the majority of the track season, so running was sparse. I did finish out the year though with a 4.0, so that’s a positive!

On the other hand, this was Cody’s senior year of High School, so he has had tons of exciting things going on! So, this post is to talk about Cody, what all he’s been up to, and just a little bit about our relationship for those of you who don’t know our story.

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Cody and I have been together for roughly 7 years. We began dating when he was twelve, and I was thirteen. I had never had a boyfriend before, and when Cody first started pursuing me, I really was not interested. He pestered me for the longest time, and I finally gave in after I made a list of all the qualities that my 13 year old mind thought were imperative for a boy to have in order for me to date him, and Cody had all of them.

Some time after Cody and I had been dating I threw that list away because I knew I would never need it again because I knew he was it. We dated (if dating at 12 and 13 is even considered dating) for a solid year and then broke up. But, I was still head over heels for him. Over the years, we would get back together, break up, get back together, and break up. (It was exhausting.) Despite the many break ups (like 15) and every one around me preaching, “GIVE UP ALREADY.”, my feelings for Cody never wavered. I could never bring myself to hatred, or true bitterness. I found, despite the many immature things Cody did in his younger years, that every time he would break up with me, forgiveness trumped all bitterness. The amount I cared for that boy was unbreakable. I knew he was meant to be in my life. I knew every time he would leave, that somehow he would come back to me eventually, and I would be waiting. I had faith that The Lord would bring us back together if it was meant to be. Eventually, we came back together for this final time and we plan on keeping it that way.

Cody and I have been through a lot together. Highs and lows. Wins and losses. We know each other’s flaws and each other’s strengths. Together we’ve made it through break ups, puberty, every cross country and track meet, injuries, proms and homecomings, birthday parties, holidays, going to different high schools and trying to date, dating and being apart while he was finishing high school and I was in college, long nights of school work, family deaths, state championships, hospital visits, and graduations. Lots of stuff.

Above is a picture of me visiting Cody in the hospital 3 years ago. One of the hardest times in his life, and mine too. After dealing with immense pain for a couple of days, Cody’s parents took him to the hospital, and he was diagnosed with a bacterial infection, osteomyelitis, in his pelvic bone. He had to undergo emergency surgery because it was life-threatening.

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Cody was in the hospital around the time of my birthday. I remember visiting him in the hospital on my birthday. We weren’t together at the time. I remember on one of my visits, he declared that I was “the one.” (Granted, he was on HEAVY painkillers.) He looked nothing like himself. It was so foreign to see the normally lively, active, and hyper Cody laying in a hospital bed subdued, feeble, and helpless. I remember sitting next to his bed holding his hand. I remember the endless tears I shed while he was in that hospital. I remember bawling my eyes out and being up all night the night he went into surgery. I remember falling on my knees in desperate prayer, praying to God like I never had before. I remember the vivid nightmares I had the very few times I was able to close my eyes to sleep. I remember the feelings of anguish and sickening pain that came with the thought of losing him. Those feelings are beyond explanation and I hope to never feel them again.

By the grace of God, and the amazing work of the doctors, Cody’s life was saved and they were able to spare his ability to run. A true miracle. Cody could not walk for 4 months after his surgery.

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Okay, so now 3 years later, more current/happy stuff!! Cody and I have been going steady for…a while now (exact dates are not our thing). I think it is close to a steady 3ish years. We don’t know for sure, but we both agree now that it is extremely irrelevant.

In the picture above, Cody is helping me move into my new house that I will be living in next year during the school year. He is helping me put the futon together in this picture. He is so generous and loves helping me with literally anything. He spoils me. I admire a lot of things about Cody, but his willingness and desire to help others is definitely something I admire the most.

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Here is Cody and me at his last high school track meet! Such a happy day. After much toil, strife, and hard work over the years, and one heck of a race, Cody finally earned himself a state title. He claimed the 6A 1600 meter State title, something we both share now.

I’m so thankful that Cody is so supportive of me, so I was so happy that I was able to be there for him on his special day, just like he was there for me when I won my senior year (pictured below).

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Below is Cody holding Lily and trying to get her to look at me. Cody and Lily have such a special bond. She absolutely adores him and he adores her. I’m pretty sure Lily likes Cody more than she likes me and my family.

I just wanted to share this picture because it shows how gentle and loving Cody is.

And yes, she actually enjoys being held like that.

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And lastly, Cody has finally graduated high school (pictured below)!! Now high school is officially over for the two of us. I don’t know who is more happy, me or him. I think me because now, instead of being 2.5 hours away from me during the school year, he’ll only be 35 minutes away!

Although the graduation was very long, it was so worth it to watch him walk across that stage and complete this chapter in his life.

I wish I could share all of the pictures and memories that Cody and I have made together over the years, but I will save that for another time.

I mainly just wanted to share how proud I am of the man he has become despite all the adversity he has had to overcome, and how grateful and thankful I am to have him in my life. I feel that it is important to constantly learn from your partner as you travel trough life together. Cody has taught me many things over the years. He has taught me how to forgive and love despite faults. He helps me to relax and be more gentle with myself. He helps to bring lightness into the situations in life that I naturally tend to get stressed over. He is my steady hand when I am in panic mode. He lightens the mood when I take things too seriously. He’s gentle, loving, protective, and generous. (Plus, he’s pretty handsome if I do say so myself.)

He is my perfect compliment. That is important to us. We are each other’s compliment. We fit. We help the other to be the best they can possibly be. We do not complete each other. That is not our jobs. That is not our purpose in each other’s lives. Completeness comes only from our individual relationships with The Lord. We are both so thankful that The Lord has been so gracious to have blessed us with our perfect compliment at such an early age.

We are both anxious and excited about this new adventure in our lives with both of us being in college now. I know more exciting times are ahead, and I can’t wait to share them with him.

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Earth Day Weekend

This weekend was full of fun! And it just so happened to be Earth Day weekend too!

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I began my celebration by heading to the Botany Club plant sale on Friday morning. They had so many beautiful plants for sale. Herbs, succulents, trees, and so much more. All for a bargain too. All the club members were all so friendly and happy. I mean they are surrounded by plants all the time, so how could they not be happy?!

I left the plant sale with 4 plants: an aloe plant, wheatgrass, a Vicks vaporub plant, and another lemon tree. I love my plants. I felt like a proud mamma carrying them back to my dorm room.

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After I went to the Botany Club sale, I decided to go to my favorite little hang out spot, The Earth Deli and Café, and get breakfast. I mean, it only made sense to go and eat at The Earth on Earth Day! I had two eggs over-easy from a farm here in Norman with yogurt and berries, alongside a green smoothie with a shot of wheatgrass from their garden, and of course coffee. It was delicious. Reminded me of breakfast back home.

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After I ate, I had to go to class. It was a gorgeous day. the sky was so blue, and the temperature was perfect.

Next to my class their is a rose garden, so I stopped by to appreciate all of the beautiful flowers in bloom.

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So the next day my mom and Taylor came down to visit me in the morning and have breakfast. We went to Main Street to eat and it just so happened that the Norman Music festival was being set up. We weren’t able to hear any of the music because the event hadn’t started yet, but we were able to enjoy the empty streets and walking around looking in store fronts during the quiet time before stores opened and the event began.

We eventually decided to eat somewhere different than our original intentions because the wait had grown too long and our appetites were getting the best of us. So, we made our way to one of our favorite places to dine in Norman, Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails. Everything here is made from scratch (hence the name), and they feature lots of local ingredients on their menu. We decided to sit out on their patio, and we started  our brunch off with coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice around the table, and their scratch made scone basket with honey butter. Okay, I had to take a nibble…or two. I’m a sucker for a good scone. Especially orange cranberry scones. They are a weakness… Anyway! My mom and I had three cheesy scrambled eggs with bacon and potatoes. Hit the spot. Taylor had their homemade biscuits with pancetta and sausage gravy with scrambled eggs on the side. She said they were perfect. We left full and satisfied.

After that, we stopped by The Earth Café so they could see their amazing garden out back where they get a lot of their ingredients that they use in their dishes.

Then we went back to my dorm so that they could pick up my plants so they can take care of them until I come home for the summer. My room felt so empty without my plants, but I knew they were in good hands.

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Today my mom sent me tons of pictures of the progress this years garden is making. The seeds my mom is holding are beet seeds. Isn’t that crazy? So fascinating. So, right now what we’ve got planted is: Beets, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, and onions. We also have tomatoes, strawberries, two peach trees, an apple tree, and a blueberry bush. We are all SO excited for our garden and to watch it grow.

Also, today I went to the little Earth Day festival here in Norman. It was great. Lots of booths teaching young kids about their impact on the environment and how they can help maintain the Earth’s health and beauty. And! One booth was giving away free red oak trees (pictured below)! Yay! My dad was especially excited to hear that I’ll be bringing this one home.

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Art Walk

Alright, sorry it’s been so long since my last post, but the semester is coming to an end which has meant that my time and energy has magically vanished! But, I have found a moment to spare to update y’all on some fun things I’ve been up to!

A couple of weeks ago some of my teammates and I went to downtown Norman to enjoy the little Art Walk/Farmer’s Market held once a year. There were local artists, farmers, food trucks, and bands. All the little antique shops around had their doors open welcoming people in to look around and shop. It was a lot of fun and a beautiful evening. Perfect weather, which is a rare one for Oklahoma.

Growing up, my mom took my sister and me to Farmer’s Markets whenever we could make them. Thanks to my mom, and her teachings, I formed my deep love and appreciation for Farmer’s Market’s and all that they stand for.

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This is a picture of me talking to some local bee keepers about their honey taken by the beautiful, and talented, Abbey Mace. She is one of my friends, and teammates that accompanied me to this event. She is also an extremely talented aspiring photographer. Check out her work! Here, she perfectly captured me doing what I love.

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This is the stand of a couple selling local honey from right here in Norman: Hidden Hill Honey! They were super nice and happy to talk to me about beekeeping, how they do it, and their opinion on flow beehives! My family has been thinking about raising honey bees. We are still trying to decide how we would do it if we do. According to these local bee keepers, the concept of flow hives is great, but not for commercial beekeeping. Great information! So, flow hives are still on our radar because we aren’t really looking to do it commercially. Well at least not in the near future… Anyway! I bought some of their honey. Very delicious and smooth. Slight floral tones to it. I found that it was especially good with aged sharp white cheddar. Perfect snack.

(Plus, after I finish with the honey, I get to keep the jar and use it for something else, which is always nice!)

I also purchased a chocolate cherry tomato plant from a local farmer which is now currently growing on my windowsill!

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Here is another great picture captured by the wonderful Abbey Mace! This is me with a couple more of my friends/teammates that went with me to support our local artists and farmers!

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This is the food truck I decided to eat at! There were so many trucks and such unique and tasty options at all of them, it made  it very difficult to decide which one to eat at. After much contemplation, I decided to order the Whole 30 Bowl (pictured below) from The Healthy Hippo. It was fresh and satisfying. Just what I needed after practice and the extra walking around.

It is so important to remember to support local artists and farmers! Buying local helps to maintain these artists’ and farmers’ livelihoods! Plus, not only is buying local food great for you, but it is also great for supporting the local economy. Also, by buying local, you help in the fight against cruel, chemical based commercial farming and agriculture.

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Easter Festivities

Easter! One of my most favorite and memorable holidays as a child and still to this day. The smell of food made with love and care filled the house, along with the sound of joyful laughter and play. I can still remember approaching my Grandparents’ house, seeing all the flowers and the Easter signs lining the pathway, and running around without a care in the world other than the color of my Easter bunny and finding the most Easter eggs, whether with change in them, or hopefully the couple that had a dollar in them, or just the good ol’ dyed hard boiled eggs.

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Here is mine and Taylor’s Easter dresses we wore to church that morning to celebrate the whole reason Easter exists! The resurrection of Jesus Christ! A day in history that brings everlasting hope and joy.

It was fun to dress up! Both Taylor and I had forgotten that it can be fun to dress up due to our demanding college lives!

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Mommy working on Easter supper!

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Taylor is excited for food! Especially deviled eggs and cake!

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Here is a picture of our completed Paleo Carrot Cake with a Paleo goat cheese icing! Mom and Taylor started getting emotional that we are growing up. Boo adulthood, but yay for cake!

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Supper time! This picture just makes me salivate remembering how great everything tasted. So, what we have here is some nice, juicy ham, a deviled egg, creamy and cheesy au gratin potatoes, honey glazed rainbow carrots, and peas with some freshly picked, mint from my herb garden. Yum yum yum!

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Lily thinking, “Where’s mine?!”

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Paleo carrot cake with Paleo goat cheese icing! Perfect pairing with coffee, milk, or just stuffing it in your face without any beverage at all.

I’ll post the recipe we used in another post!

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The tradition of dying eggs! Usually Taylor and I paint our own dozen of eggs, but this year we decided to collaborate! So, we decided to make our eggs look like fruits and vegetables. Taylor made the: pineapple, carrot, potato, avocado, tomato, and lemon. I did the: artichoke, strawberry, corn, watermelon, and eggplant. Cody even helped out! He made the blueberry!

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Here is a close up of my egg made to look like a corn cob!

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Here is a close up of Taylor’s pineapple egg!

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And the hunt begins! Yes, I am 19 and Taylor is 21 and we still hunt eggs. No shame.

Also, this is me wearing my new ‘grass fed.’ t-shirt, teacup pajama pants, and my forever old, toss around Adidas sliders. Interesting look, but it works for hunting Easter eggs!

Taylor and I tied in the hunt for our Easter eggs, so all ended peacefully.

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Probably our weirdest Easter tradition.. After all that work of turning our eggs into works of art, hiding them, then finding them, we throw them at a tree and smash them. Occasionally throwing the eggs at each other, but not so much any more because we realized that throwing hard boiled eggs at people actually is painful and kind of dangerous.. So, now we mainly stick to rubbing the eggs on the tree and making smashed egg art on the tree to stay on there for a couple of days! Weird, but fun! For some reason there is some kind of weird satisfaction in throwing an egg and watching it smash into pieces. But, we had to make sure we kept Lily away from the egg debris. That would be an easy way for a puppy to get a belly ache.

Here is our post hunt picture with our Daddy! Daddy loves playing with his girls, and his girls love playing with him. He looks so handsome, proud, and excited.

Yes, I know my shirt could have potentially said a naughty word, but in fact it does say, ‘grass fed.’, not something else.

This was a memorable Easter weekend. I am so happy I got to come home and eat some good food, be with people I love, and most importantly celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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