It’s Been A While!

Oh hey there!

It's been a while…over a month actually. I've had an interesting summer, to say the least. My pescetarian summer challenge? Went well, I ate more veggies and sushi, and had no shame about eating a tuna sandwich for dinner.

Camp was truly exhausting, my girls really kept me on my toes! As usual, one of my favorite field trips was to the Lake County Fair, where we saw goats

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Sheep ready for aerobics

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And of course, the Ferris Wheel was the group favorite ride.

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I made a few insect friends, namely a katydid on my birthday, and a cicada later that week.

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Speaking of my birthday, Adam got me the most beautiful Miyabi chef's knife, which helped me to create a delicious papparadelle dish with tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese from our vacation to Door County.

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And about that Door County trip… Adam and I spent a gloriously uneventful 4 days in the northern Wisconsin town of Sister Bay, eating too many cherries, delicious meals, and spending time doing nothing on the shores of Lake Michgan. We took a ferry up to Washington Island, where we visited a 1920s Norwegian church and a farm museum.

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When we got back, I met up with some former campers for a little photo shoot. They wanted to surprise their parents with some good pictures of them as a group for their anniversary. I can't believe I met these girls when they were 6!



Finally, after the 10 weeks of camp were over, my sister and I flew off to Key West for a few days of tropical bliss. I managed to get strep and a cold, but we still had a blast.


(at the butterfly conservatory)


Decorated cigars, done by the chef of the amazing Havana 1 restaurant




The remarkable sunset at The Top of La Concha


So much blue!

There are a lot more photos on my Facebook album. Check them out here!

So now, here I sit, the day before I go into school for the first time for the 2013-2014 school year (my 11th year teaching!) wondering what the year will hold. I'm co-teaching this year, which is an adventure in itself (50 kids, 2 teachers, 1 subject!) and I'm spending time and energy working on myself. What that holds for the blog, I don't know. If I cook or make something wonderful, I'll be sure to share it with you.

This definitely isn't goodbye. This is a "Thank you" for sticking with me, and a "see you soon"!

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7 Responses to It’s Been A While!

  1. mom says:

    hooray!!! love to read your blog!

  2. Cheryl says:

    As a pescatarian, I too often eat a tuna sandwich (ususally lunch with some fruit or cold cucumber soup.) One of my favorite dinners is French Onion Soup from Costco (in the freezer case) and egg rolls or oriental dumplings. I just throw both of them in the oven… no prep! It is fast and easy. Othere fast and easy things are frozen thin crust mushroom and spinach pizza, or eggs baked beans and frozen fries. My weight is totally maintained by eating this way. I no longer watch every bite which is sooooo freeing. Good luck with your school year!

  3. Cindy says:

    It was good to see a post from you today in my feedly. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  4. Welcome back Mara! Can’t believe the school year is upon us!!! Have a great year!

  5. Biz says:

    We rented a house in Egg Harbor for a week when our kids were younger, absolutely loved it there! Next time we definitely need to take the ferry to Washington Island.

    And we honeymooned in Key West – such awesome people watching. We stayed at the Pier House – can’t believe in December it will have been 13 years since we were there!

    Good luck at the beginning of school!
    Biz´s last blog post ..Weekly WI

  6. Rachael says:

    So funny story…I was hungry tonight and didn’t know what to make for dinner so I typed in “What’s for diner” into my google search and your site was the first to come up…I started to to scroll down and saw the goats and thought, oh I love goats, I raise goats, and then I saw the package of chevre from Door County Creamery, and did a complete double take…why? I own this store with my husband. I love small worlds, hope you enjoyed the cheese!

    • Hi Rachael!!
      I am SO glad you found my little blog here 🙂 We (my husband and I) adored the chevre, so much so that what was left after the pasta dish was consumed mostly on a spoon. We adored your shop and I’ve dreamed of the almond and fig gelato many times. Thanks for making such amazing cheese!

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