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Giddy Overload

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in New | 3 comments

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This guy makes traveling light seem so romantic;

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like all you need is a passport.

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Is it really that complicated?

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I don't need much...

Packing tips anyone?

This is not my gift.

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A road well begun is the battle half won.  The important thing is to make a beginning and get under way.  There is nothing more harmful for your soul than to hold back and not get moving.  

 -- Soren Kierkegaard

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September in France

Living a dream

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The Tiny House 

The Paris Apartment

Au revoir!

Be back in October

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Guest Photographer Too!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in New | 1 comment

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It is Izzy!!  I’m back and better than ever.

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I know you all have been awaiting my appearance on coco’s blog so this time,

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I wanted to add something special, I took the pictures too.

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Late on a Wednesday afternoon, Maddy left for college in Arizona, so on Monday we had a family dinner.

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We ate some really great food.

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Had a mini photo shoot;

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  selfie fun and some-- even climbed a tree; but, that was only what was captured on camera.

Wednesday was an emotional roller coaster.  I realized that in the past I had taken the time that I had with her for granted.

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Even though we will all miss Maddy dearly, she does not go forever.

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We are very blessed that she gets to come home more often than a lot of other college students, and you know what, it just makes the moments we have with her a thousand times sweeter.

♥ Izzy ♥

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Photos courtesy of Isabella

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Isabella of the Ball

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in New | 6 comments

 

Madelynne is safely tucked away at school and Julianna is off to church camp; all that-- created a day for Iz to revel in what she is passionate about, fashion.

photo source: worldstridesummer.com

 

The edgy Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles is a mere 40 miles away and Britton invited me to tag along on a field trip adventure to the city where as a child I visited my grandmother and two aunts who lived in the Wilshire from the 50’s (which is coincidently Izzy’s decade of choice).

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Our freeway descent into the big city began like a Hallmark movie, with the heart of downtown’s iconic skyscrapers surrounded by pockets of high-heeled fashion, entertainment venues, marts, and unfortunately, sketchy real life tent cities.

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The museum is located on the ground floor of the design school; while only three large rooms, the current exposition displayed fashion costuming from television.

 

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Stop it; there it was.  Claire’s brown ochre woven brocade flat pleated skirt dress with golden yellow gauntlet gloves and straw platter hat adorned the pedestal.

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You remember the one she wore to the Kings stables when she and Jamie were in Paris?

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I’ll let the photos tell the tale—

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lunch at Panini...

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if only we could have found Grandma's house.

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Hello ASU

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in New | 1 comment

maddy dinner picShe is off.. and we are running moments over and over,

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and over!

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Winding Down

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in New | 3 comments

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MP and I have loosely completed our Whole30 month; I say that with a tongue-in-cheek--
sort of eye-roll bit.
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There was cheating involved. MP dislikes rules while praising propriety.
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He eats oats, Coaches Oats and little seeds and berries;
and for breakfast only that will do; how about you?
Additional photos of our compliant summertime suppertime embraces are tagged here.
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Seared Ahi Tuna with Arugula, Grilled Squash, Roasted Asparagus,
Cherry Tomatoes, Plums, and Cherries
Many concepts stuck.
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Chicken Meatballs and  Garden Haricots Vert, Golden Zucchini Zoodles with Homemade Marinara
I thoroughly relished the expedition; eyeing lively foodstuffs for platter canvasses like a tapestry of performance art.
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 Avocado Sweet Potato 'Toasts'
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 Herbed Ghee Pan-seared Wild  Pacific Red Snapper with Grilled Nectarines.
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 Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs with Garden Bells Stuffed with Roasted Eggplant and Olives
Some rules are easy to live by...
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Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Reed Avocado, Cantalope, and Wild Red Snapper Filets
Then just last night...
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Spicy Walnut-crusted Port Tenderloin, Avocado Caprese, Grilled Stonefruit on Purslane
How about you?

Photographs and text used on cococooks belong to me, Peggy Lunde unless linked otherwise.

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Strategy

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in New | 1 comment

The Whole30 strategy is sinking in for me; hearing from several of you who are tagging along is inspiring too. I have met the challenge by remaining genuine to a seasonal canvas of colorful vegetables and fruits-- swaying away from grains, beans, legumes, and dairy.  Often, I pull something together and ask how this can be ‘compliant’ (code word for Whole30-heads).

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For example, we pound down homemade Gazpacho in the summertime. Therefore, my recipe becomes compliant by omitting the bread which thickens the luscious cold refreshing soup; I merely made it chunkier and used more cucumber.

A look at other dinners…

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Grilled Rib-Eye, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Cauliflower 'Rice'

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Pan-seared Baquetta Grouper with Pico de Gallo, Steamed Haricots Vert, Roasted Potato Wedges, and Grilled Peaches

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Oven Roasted Chicken with Fennel Pollen and Fresh Herbed Ghee

(we're lovin' that 'rice')

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Wild-harvested Grilled Boar and Eggplant Sliders with Grilled Shishito Peppers

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A little messy, but o'so delicious!

 Photographs and text used on cococooks belong to me, Peggy Lunde unless linked otherwise.

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