Well, it’s been 2017 for the majority of a month already!  I’ve decided that 2017 is going to be my best food year yet.  It’s time to get organized!  I’ve started planning out what I’ll be cooking every weekend during the week and buying the groceries ahead of time so I don’t have to think about what to make AND grocery shop the day-of, which can be an energy killer.  It’s been easy to do and has felt freeing.  And it has given me time to make more things!  I’m really excited about it.  I have so many ideas about things to make; this year I’m getting efficient and making them all happen.


My other, probably more important goal is to be more intentional in every thing that I do.  I guess the planning of meals goes with that, because it means that my weekend time is well spent (not at the grocery store).  I want to spend free time doing the things I love like cooking, not running extra errands that could have been avoided or figuring out what to do.


Santa Cruz Road Trip

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Henry Cowell State Park


Over the winter holiday, Matt, my mom and I drove up to Santa Cruz to watch my brother’s team play basketball (he goes to University of Puget Sound — go Loggers!)  We got up bright and early, piled into the rental car and hit the road, stopping only for lunch at Andersen’s Pea Soup.  (Check out my at-home version of the incredible stuff here.)


Inyo Camping Trip

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This September before Fall quarter started, Matt and I went camping for a weekend in Inyo National Forest.  Inyo is east of Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  It’s full of pine, fir and — my personal favorite — aspen trees, and it’s home to beautiful lakes and creeks set amongst tall mountains.  We stayed at East Fork campground in a tucked away, multi-level little site at 8900 feet elevation.


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