Archive for April, 2014

 
April 25
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We take long walks a lot in the area. The tree colors are all changing from brown to green, and there is so much to take in. We stumbled onto this fair a few days ago and we decided to come back today right around sunset. We planned on having “dinner” here, which I was anticipating as hot dogs, nachos, and cotton candy. However, we ended up having the most yummy falafel, gyro, baked potatoes, and the best lemonade over. We even got in a few wine tastings from Total Wine! I took home a freshly popped bag of kettle corn too.

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April 25
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My absolute favorite grocery store is Trader Joe’s. The frozen foods section is perfect for a small household like mine, especially one that can’t cook everyday. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal from here, so I’m constantly trying out the new things they bring in. Today, I made pot roast from Trader Joe’s in my still semi consistent cast iron skillet. I thought it was going to be uber juicy and well balanced because of the cast iron, but I think I cooked it for just too long so the meat was not as pink as I’d like. Only the thickest section was perfectly cooked, but I live and learn. Next pot roast will be better I hope! As for the burrata, I’m just a sucker for burrata cheese. I also get them from Trader Joe’s every so often, and I love pairing it with different herbs, or will just throw it on a pizza for extra oomph.

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Just a few things I did today for Easter Sunday. My family never celebrated Easter the way Americans do. We don’t get Easter baskets full of candy and treats. However, when I was in my teens, my best friends’ mothers would always include me in their tradition of giving baskets. I don’t remember a year that I didn’t get one after that and I will forever cherish that memory with love. I’ve moved to Georgia, and this year, I decided to make Easter baskets for the three kids I love most dearly here. These were all taken from my phone using VSCO.

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April 12
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Now that the leaves and last year’s mulch have been cleared, we pressure washed the cement and deck, pulled as many rocks and weeds out of the dirt and added potting soil to everything….it’s time to plant the flowers and herbs before it’s too late! We have a week of sun right now, so I’m taking advantage of the weather and getting outside. The herbs will all be in pots in case it gets too cold and I have to bring them inside. The flowers will be planted in my pre-made flower bed, and I’m going to buy a baby olive tree at the PCRF [Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund] gala this upcoming weekend. I’m not really sure where to put the olive tree but I know I want one! Plus, it’s bought for charity and peace, so I just have to do it!

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April 11
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Back again at the Chattahoochee River Trails for some spring blooms. We took Dana here and went off the beaten path for a bit. The spring bloom is starting. Everything is much greener than the last post of the Chattahoochee Trails Winter. I love the change in seasons so here is the next set of pictures bringing in spring.

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April 03
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Our back yard and balcony looks clean enough, but it’s actually a little hot mess with all the leaves cluttering the yard since last summer. We initially only wanted to put up lights and make a small herb garden on the balcony, but somehow, we managed to take on this huge project of making the backyard and balcony our little private sanctuary. First, we took a trip to Home Depot and looked at all the herbs and plants we may want in our garden. Then we loaded up on recyclable lawn bags to dispose of all the extra leaves, and then we took the pressure washer to the wooden balcony deck and the concrete below. We had a lot of the industrial tools already, so we just picked up a few gardening cultivators, gloves, and herbs from the store to begin our new home project.

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April 01
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We discovered this trail recently. It’s right between the 75 and 85 freeway, this little bit of hidden sanctuary. It’s going to be a place we frequent this year because I really want to see the change of colors on these leaves from brown to green to full on blasts of color!

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