hash brown soup

I think next time I would run my immersion blender through this soup for a bit of a thicker texture with fewer shredded potatoes, but otherwise this was pretty good on a chilly night. I’d had a bag of shredded potatoes in the freezer for a while, from some long-forgotten recipe I was going to make, so this was great for using up what I had on hand. We both love potato soup, and I never would’ve thought about shredded potatoes.

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We went to Battleview Orchards today for their big Easter Egg Hunt, it was a blast! We’ve never been to this one before, and I think we’ll go back. There was plenty of space for all the kids, everyone got eggs, it was really well organized. H loved it.

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I am a little behind starting this year’s running booklist. I keep all my booklists and crafts made lists here, and this post will get updated as the year goes on.

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4th birthday

I’m kind of…stunned. I can’t believe we have a 4-year-old now, but at the same time it feels like an ice age since she was a baby. Also, this kid killed it for birthday season this year.

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liberty fabric

I’ve been stocking up on Liberty of London fabrics from a secret, cheap source in Manhattan. I’m not ready to share the source yet, because the members of my quilt guild who shared it will take back my crafter card if I spill the beans. The point is that now I have to figure out what to make.

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slow cooker lasagna

2016 is the year I fell back in love with my slow cooker, apparently. This was waaaay better than I thought it would be. Next time I’d add at least another layer of pasta, because this was on the saucy side. But it was delicously, deliciously saucy. It feeds a crowd and makes pretty great leftovers, so next time I’m doing family dinner and don’t want to be in the kitchen forever, I’m making this. I kind of want to make it again right now…who’s around for dinner?

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This is a project I’ve wanted to do for ages now. The kitchen island was the only real place in the house where we could really do some messy play, and obviously the kitchen is not always ideal. Also, my kitchen island is frequently covered in life–mail, crockpots, recycling. So, I’d wanted to make a nice big blanket, one side laminate, so we could move messy play around the house. Because I’m me, I apparently cannot just go buy a tarp.

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I haven’t posted a playlist in forever. No idea why, I just haven’t. But I’m ready for spring, which has been a bit of a tease this week with freak snow falling yesterday after weather in the 50s and 60s. So, this is what I’ve been listening to. Still fairly moody and wintry songs, but with a little bit of irreverence thrown in for spring’s sake.

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February 2016

If January was all about decluttering, February was all about illness and injury. Meh. But also, birthdays and parties!!

This was the month I found out I probably need knee surgery. We had a quick round of a stomach bug with Hannah. Adam needs to have more dental surgery soon. And I’ve been snowed under by a nasty cold/sinus infection for the past few days. But, I’m getting there! On the mend.

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I always thought my hands were too shaky to ever do my own nails, but then before the holidays I decided I was tired of spending money and time on manicures. This is the top of the mountain of First World Problems, I know. But, I’m a lifelong nail biter. Having my nails done stops the biting habit.

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