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One happy morning

One happy morning

I hope you’re deep in cookies and hot toddies at this point, my friends, or at least very close! In the past week or so, we’ve had gingerbread and mulled wine, fancy cheese and champagne, peppermint chocolate and lots of tea. We’ve watched plenty of holiday movies, participated in festive shopping around town and, today, observed our nieces and nephews […]

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Traditions & Gingerbread

Traditions & Gingerbread

For me, the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving and continues on until at least January 1, perhaps even longer if I’m so inclined. The days in between are like a long unpacking of traditions and gatherings and other such joy-filled things. When I was young, I spent many of those days anticipating Christmas morning, as children tend to do, […]

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The Little Orange Kitchen | Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula

The Little Orange Kitchen | Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula

My first solo apartment occupied the front right-hand corner of a stately purple house on the downtown edge of Grand Rapids’ historic Heritage Hill. I lived there when I started this blog, and I’ve surely mentioned it before. It was a special little place, after all. I moved in at the very beginning of 2010, just […]

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Where the pines are so high

Where the pines are so high

Summertime evokes a million memories for me. There’s something magical about the season, what with the lingering sunlight and bonfires and fresh produce in abundance and fireflies flitting about. But I imagine my onslaught of memories also has something to do with the greatness of Michigan summers and the splendor of South Dakota, these the […]

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Set Aside the Questions | Meringue with Berries & Cream

Set Aside the Questions | Meringue with Berries & Cream

I’ve come to the realization in the past few years that I am one of those people who wants everything there is to be had out of life. I hate missing out, and I love knowing things. And I’d really like to have it all: the grounded life and the big adventures, the professional climb and quiet […]

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