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recipes worth sharing

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We've been grilling and trying to be creative with our CSA vegetables around here this summer. I haven't made too many new recipes recently as I've been trying to stick to recipes that I know won't take too much prep because I hate to be inside too long on beautiful days. As per usual, the images belong to the blogger of the recipe as identified below each image.

Simply Scratch: Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad
if you're headed to a picnic, this is a scrumptious side. It's like a baked potato in potato salad form.
image: Simply Scratch
Simply Scratch: Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
You'll need to make this for the potato salad.
image: Simply Scratch
Smitten Kitchen: Tall, Fluffy, Buttermilk Pancakes
If you have leftover buttermilk from making that dressing, you'll need to do something about that. Might I suggest these?
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The Girl Who Ate Everything: Spinach, Feta, and Orzo Salad
This is a good barbecue side dish! It is good fresh and oka…

wedding photos

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My cousin posted her October wedding photos on Facebook recently, so I paged through them and found these starring some of my favorite people.

Photos: Danielle Kirk Photography










My dad's and Aaron's faces in these two!



This is my dad's family - minus his youngest brother (who has a wife and five kids), my brother (who has a wife and four kids), my sister (and her husband) and my aunt. This photo is also already missing two babies and one due in July. (It's difficult to keep the family photos current.) Otherwise, the gang's mostly here.



summer snaps

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Riding tricycles with a net helmet.

Dressing like triplets.


Catching crayfish at Branchwood Creek with fifteen kids.


Swimming at Big Guy's and Nonna's pool.


Staying out of trouble while visiting Great-Great-Grammy in the hospital.


Watching Heidi's end-of-the-year movie.


Organizing the shed during a downpour with Jesse stranded in the garage.


Swimming and BBQing at a friend's house (with seventeen kids in the water).


Stubbing my toe (likely breaking my toe) on Jesse's heel.


Wearing Heidi out to the point of spontaneous napping.


Oh, summer, how we love you so.

wood piles

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We have been busy with our friend, the wood splitter, in preparation for fall/winter/spring.







When we are both out there, Aaron is the splitter, and I am the stacker. Otherwise, Aaron just does it all. The sides of my stacks only fell down at least five times . . . whoops.

roller skating

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On Saturday, one of Heidi's classmates had a birthday party at the roller skating rink. It was the kids' first time on roller skates, so it was mostly hilarious.









While they changed the flooring, I think the skate rentals are the same ones from when I was a kid.

a birthday date

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guest blogger: Jesse
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On Thursday, we dropped my sisters off with Nana while Mama and I went on a date for my birthday to see Cars 3 at the local movie theater that has $3 tickets and $3 popcorn.


We were pretty early, so we took a picture and then looked at pictures on Mama's phone while we waited for the movie to start.



It's almost time for the movie to start!


Mom, don't eat my popcorn.


My favorite part was when they threw hay bales at Lightning McQueen.

creek Monday

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On Monday, we set out on our weekly hike!





The crayfish catchers are getting better, but our nets need replacing.




A boy and a bucket.


They all crossed to the "cove" and wanted a photo. Then they wanted to know why I didn't get closer for the picture. Even I fall down crossing this creek: my phone and camera stay on the land side. =)