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Bear Sole Hats

Bear your sole. Make your own tracks. Wear the bear.

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nate’s thai peanut sauce

nate's thai peanut sauce

“I think we should add a little cumin,” he said as he tasted the wooden spoon splattered in marinara. He looked expectantly at me.

“In sauce?” I replied, picturing my Italian mother and grandmother shaking their heads at the thought of this and muttering “mad dun da me.”

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my new favorite workout


My legs were shaking, my heart was pumping, my entire body felt like it could give up at any second…and it was only the first exercise of an hour long class. The instructor was calling out, “you’re strong girls! Keep it going! Only 8 more reps!” 8 more reps turned into 16 and then 16 turned into 32. I have never been to a Barre class before Continue reading

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blueberry zucchini flaxseed cookies

They are a mix of healthy with a hint of indulgence, vanilla with a bite of blueberry, and granola traced with bits of brown sugar. They are the perfect complement to a morning Greek yogurt, a touch of sweet for an afternoon snack and a craving satisfied for a late night dessert.

Sitting in a glass casing on the check-out counter Continue reading

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my new favorite tailgate accessory


It is the gathering of our friends who share a love for the same team. It is the dressing in our alma mater colors of maroon and gold to show our school pride. It is the excitement of hearing the marching band play the fight song for the very first time every season. It is the thrill of creating a special menu for every game based on that week’s theme. It is the pop of champagne Continue reading

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cold brew coffee


They are situated side by side, always facing the winding road. Pistachio green with hints of tan exposing where the weather has chipped away at the paint. They provide two seats for watching cars pass by, a place for rest after a long run and a haven for conversation no matter the time of day. To anyone else, they may just be two Adirondack chairs in the front yard, but to me, Continue reading

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tailgate menu part 6: happy halloween!

Happy November to you & i! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and that you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep this morning. Yesterday, we spent the day cheering on the BC Eagles with a Halloween-inspired menu and I am excited to share it with you on this cozy Sunday evening. A few surprise visitors, a crisp fall day and a menu that was spook-tacular made this week’s tailgating menu something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s our menu, our recipe of the week, and some pictures, if you would like to see…


  1. Breakfast Pasta Salad
  2. Homemade Pumpkin Bread
  3. Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots


  1. Halloweenies (a.k.a. Mini Hot Dogs)
  2. Burgers and Chicken Patties
  3. Apple Caramel Dip


  1. Homemade Chili (see recipe below)
  2. Cornbread
  3. Cold Cut Dip
  4. Refried Bean Dip


  1. Assortment of Halloween Candy
  2. Graveyard Cake Dessert
  3. Graveyard Cupcakes
  4. Chocolate Chip Cookies


  1. Hot Spiked Cider

Recipe of the Week: Homemade Chili


  1. 1 large sweet onion (diced coarsely)
  2. 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  3. 2 large cans crushed tomatoes
  4. 2-3 large cans tomato sauce
  5. 2 large cans kidney beans
  6. 1 large can black beans
  7. 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 2 tsp. garlic powder
  10. 1-2 packages McCormick’s Hot Taco Seasoning Mix
  11. 1-2 packages regular McCormick’s Taco Seasoning Mix


  1. In a large sauce pan, fry hamburger meat and cook onions until just tender.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients, mixing in the taco seasoning a little at a time.
  3. Bring to a vigorous bubble. Simmer for at least 1 hour.
  4. Serve with shredded Mexican cheese and oyster crackers or freeze to enjoy for a future chilly day (no pun intended)!
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