Category Archives: Gardening/outdoors

Crater Lake

Our family went down to Crater Lake a few weeks ago to do a photo shoot for Softstar shoes. To say I love Softstar shoes is an understatement. They are made in good ol’ downtown Corvallis by the loveliest people. The kids love picking out their own colors (which include sparkly leather). Our kids were […]

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sharon - March 5, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Oh I love those shots with the mountains in the background . . . and LOVE when we get to see you guys in person too :)

The September Challenge Summary!

  A lot of people have beenĀ asking me about how our September challenge ended up going. Yeah, because remember how I was going to do an awesome job documenting our month? Sorry about that. It’s just that when you are working part time, taking care of 3 kids, and cooking every thing you make from […]

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Lisa Corn - October 7, 2014 - 3:53 am

Hi Kara,
Did you use the tortilla press that tortilla recipe calls for, or did you roll them out? Also, would your friend be willing to share the bread recipe? I don’t buy buy often anymore but I haven’t found a recipe that works well for us.
Thanks!
Lisa

kara - October 7, 2014 - 7:16 am

Lisa,
We roll them out with a rolling pin and it works great! I will send the bread recipe to you!! Bye the way, I really like your blog!!

Betsy - October 7, 2014 - 7:35 am

Kara! Well done! I am sure you are exhausted after a whole month of cooking every single thing from scratch! Sounds like it went well. And just keep making the bread. It gets easier and better every time you make it. Yay for fabulous oregon and all her fabulous food!!

Carrie - October 7, 2014 - 9:52 am

I was wondering how the end of your challenge went! You are amazing for doing all that cooking all month long! I don’t live in Oregon, so I won’t be doing the Oregon Challenge, but I also won’t be doing a California Challenge either. Now that I have a baby and am back to working full time and teaching one night a week, I’m just trying to survive each day (I know that sounds horrible!). I do try to cook three nights/week, leave one night for pizza night, and leave two nights for take-out/dining out/leftovers. And one night my hubby is on his own since I teach that night. Anyway…we call our nights of leftovers “A Night to Remember,” which we adapted from my husband’s childhood. It sounds nicer than “leftovers” somehow:-)

Kudos to you on your Oregon Challenge – you are inspiring in many ways to many people!

Rachel - October 7, 2014 - 10:05 am

I loved reading this. And would love the bread recipe as well.

Currently I’m not up to a full challenge like this, but I am trying very hard to make (and eat) most of my food from scratch. Lately that means making a big pot of soup or chili one day a week, eating a lot through the week and freezing a lot for the future. I’ve also stocked up on many food items, so am now trying to use what I have, and make thoughtful choices when I’m shopping, so I can supplement with fresh produce and grow our food storage, slowly.

Lisa Corn - October 7, 2014 - 10:33 am

Thanks Kara!

sharon - October 7, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Kara, you’re amazing! Love the challenge and all the good things that came from it. So inspiring.

kara - October 8, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Betsy,
I want to hear what you are finding in Idaho so far and what your shopping routine has been there!
Carrie,
So nice to hear from you. Conrgrats on your babe!! Sounds like you are a busy gal right now!! I never would have been able to do this if I had been working a lot in September (I only have work meetings and prep this month before I start teaching at the end of September). I love “A night to remember”.
Rachel, will you message me your email and I can share the bread document with you??
Sharon,
You are pretty inspiring yourself right now lady with all of your healthy eating!

My Garden

  This is the time of year when I am usually sharing pictures of my garden and what’s growing in it. Not this year friends. In the almost 5 years that we have lived in our house, this is by far my worst gardening year. At this point, it is just looking very very dead […]

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sharon - September 14, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Love this picture of you, Kara, and the sunflowers in the background. I agree gardens are often metaphors for our lives, and also agree that we are so much harder on ourselves than others. Thank goodness for those friends who can see the beauty through the weeds and remind us of the good things we have growing too. Lots of good and beauty growing in that garden of yours, Kara :)

kara - September 14, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Sharon, you are good at seeing the beauty in any garden :). That’s what makes you so wonderful and why I am so lucky to have you as a mother-in-law!!

Dinners

So it might seem like a person who would do a challenge like this would need to be a really amazing cook. I would like to clarify that though I can hold my own in a kitchen, I am actually not an amazing cook. I usually cook easy and forgiving meals that don’t stress me […]

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Betsy - September 5, 2014 - 11:38 pm

This post makes me oh so happy! Real (local) food is the best! Love this post and love you! And thanks for the shout out :)

5 minute salsa

Most of our meals this month will not be that exciting. Many of the meals I will be making will take a lot of extra prep, so we will definitely also be eating a lot of scrambled eggs this month. Scrambled eggs are something that Sofia can make as well, so it will be fun […]

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