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I made patriotic desserts for a party at my brother and sister-in-law’s pool club. Blueberry pie (which was honestly terrible) and sour cherry pie (which was glorious).

Hannah chased her cousins around our house at a cookout on the 2nd.

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My aunt’s funeral was today. She passed away last Saturday at 83 after struggling for years with heart disease. This is my Aunt Debbie, my mom’s eldest sister. That photo is from my wedding 8 years ago. I drove my mom down to see her a few weeks ago in the hospital, and it turned out to be the day we said our goodbyes to each other. I’m so glad we could do that.

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Katherine Hepburn Brownies

This is such an awesome brownie recipe, Hannah and I have made these a few times now. I stumbled on this one on Pinterest from Saveur. Hannah graduated from feeding therapy in May, which is completely amazing and glorious. But, she is still one picky little munchkin. She has trust issues when it comes to my cooking because I have a sneaky habit of sticking veggies in things. #sorrynotsorry

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I chopped off the back a few weeks ago and made it short for summer. I haven’t cut it this short for a couple of years, and I just felt like having a change. I love it!

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Last Day of School 2015.

June has been a roller coaster, for so many reasons. But today I’ll just talk a little about work. Today was my last day of school, and I packed up the last box in the library. It’s being renovated over the summer, and I’ve spent the entire month of June packing and prepping.

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Another year finished. It’s been a draining week; we had a family crisis with one of my relatives this week, and it’s been emotional. But then suddenly today Hannah was finishing up her last year in the toddler room at her school. Next year she’ll be in the primary room (ages 3-6). Two full years with the best teacher, and she’s grown so much and changed so much.

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May 2015 Outfits

So this was May. It was a helluva month. Really, really great stuff happening around here. But it’s been exhausting, too. So many evaluations for Hannah and preschool. Plus my school library is being renovated this summer, so I’ve been prepping and starting to pack up everything in the room. The library catalog was down for almost a month, so that didn’t help.

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Memorial Day Weekend. We didn’t get to the beach, but we did cook out on Monday. We had some family over for sausage and peppers, corn on the cob, tomato salad. And I still had some sweet cherries in the freezer from last summer, so I made the first official pie of the summer season. Delicious.

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first ballet

As a Mother’s Day present to my mom, I bought tickets for Hannah, my mom, and I to go see Sleeping Beauty with the New Jersey Ballet. They were doing matinee performances at Mayo Performing Arts Center this past weekend, and it seemed like a great chance for a first ballet for Hannah.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Fresh fruit season is coming in the Northeast. I’ve still got blueberries in our chest freezer from last summer, and I’m working on ways to use them up before all the delicious new stuff makes an appearance. These were an attempt to create a cookie with fruit that Hannah would eat. I don’t like raisins, and blueberries seemed like a great oatmeal cookie substitute so I hit up Pinterest for some recipes. And Hannah loved them…except she just ate around the blueberries. Listen, life with a picky eater and food therapy graduate is a roller coaster of trial and error.

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