Apartment Therapy

While I was sick in bed last week, Apartment Therapy started running our series – they’ve been banging them out! Post 1-8 are up already if you’d like to see. Sometimes I forget how much work we’ve put into this place until I see those before pictures. I’m so thankful that the shag green carpet in the bathroom is a distant memory!

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Sick as a dog

Oy friends! Sorry for disappearing on you! I’ve been sick as a dog the past couple of weeks – it was hard to get out of bed, let alone get any work done in front of a computer screen. I’m finally starting to feel better this week and have missed this space. Here are some pictures of mainly what Dug has been up.

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Photo Oct 13, 11 22 08 AMDecided to dust off my knitting needles (does that even collect dust?!)

Photo Oct 13, 2 52 16 PMA newborn’s head is roughly the size of a squash right?

Photo Oct 12, 9 56 05 PMFirst knitting project complete

Photo Oct 13, 9 47 35 PMOur friends took us to Juniper Ivy – anyone fans of top chef? It’s Richard Blais’s restaurant. What a treat!

Photo Oct 23, 6 52 59 PMHanging out with Grandma

Dug the Sushi

Photo Oct 08, 11 25 18 AMWe were up at my parent’s earlier this week and I decided to take the down time to start Dug’s Halloween custom. heh heh. We actually haven’t found a dog parade or party to go to yet but hey, never hurts to plan ahead right? Dug is such a good sport, letting me mess with him to fulfill the dog-in-costume shaped hole in my heart. Hopefully we will be participate in some kind of Halloween festivity later this month as a family because I have plans to make a Kikkoman t-shirt for Aaron :) Happy October Everyone! (ps After I added the grains of rice on his costume, he looked more like a sheep with a piece of salmon strapped on his back, don’t ya think?)

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Outtakes and a tiny sneak peek

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If you remember from a whiiillle back, I mentioned that we were selected for Apartment Therapy’s renovation diary series. Then a few things happened in the spring and the house had to take a backseat to life. Well, this past weekend, we finally started shooting our “big reveal” post which is to say, we are so close to finishing up this project! I can’t wait to share the actual series with you all when it gets posted but in the meantime I can share some outtakes (aka Dug getting in the shot or more accurately, us trying to get him to pose in the shot) from this weekend … and a few tiny sneak peek if you’d like to see. (if you like to see some before and demo shots click here, here and here.)

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Volcan Valley Apple Farm

09-28-14 Apple Picking 032This past Sunday we went apple picking with our good friends Mark and Christine who are expecting! These days I see a lot of apple orchard feeds on blogs and ig but it’s such a novelty for me, the city dweller! We made our way up to Julian’s Volcan Valley Apple Farm (about an hour outside of SD) which had 5 varieties of apples to choose from. As we were walking up and down the rows of apple trees, we discovered Golden Delicious apples which none of us has ever heard of before and it was …wait for it .. delicious! It didn’t taste like an apple to me and it made me a believer. We walked away with four bags of mainly Golden Delicious apples that day.

BUT FIRST, we stopped by Julian Pie Company because Christine has had their apple pie and said it was to die for … she’s also pregnant so she’s the boss. The pies were indeed amazing. Now, I actually don’t like pie fillings, just the pie crust and Julian Pie’s pie crust is so good – sturdy yet flaky. After we fed ourselves with enough pie to last the rest of fall, we went to work at the orchard.

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Eat your veggies

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09-18-14 Juicing 025Recently we watched the much talked about “Forks over Knives” on netflix – a documentary that promotes the benefits of a whole food plant diet. While we probably won’t be making such a drastic change to our diet anytime soon, we do think there is truth to benefits from eating more veggies. I’ve recently started juicing – it helps that Aaron can bring home tons of cucumbers from the farm and I usually add kale, apple, celery and spinach to the concoction. I have to say we polish the juice off pretty quickly and are usually fighting over the last glass. Since my mom’s cancer diagnosis three years ago, we’ve been paying more attention to the food we put into our body. It’s something that I think about a lot and hope to be more mindful as I cook meals for my family. Here are some pictures of veggies in the kitchen. Wishing everyone a good weekend, filled with healthy food.

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