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Strawberry balsamic basil soda

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strawberry balsamic basil soda - www.scalingbackblog.com

There are days when I question if parenthood is worth it.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love my son but we have entered the teen years and suddenly he is no longer my sweet little boy but a petulant and irritated teenager.  He is driving me crazy.  It is my lucky week since he is going away with his classroom for a few days to camp on the Oregon coast.  That leaves some time for me and my husband…

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Minimal Mondays: Shop your house

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I recently moved some furniture around (I do this a lot) and found that a table that used to be a bit hidden was now in a prime spot. The one problem was, it needed a little dressing up.

Sometimes this is a good excuse to go shopping but when you’re trying to have less stuff not more, this is a great time to look around your house for accessories.

I recently wrote about using art and beautiful…

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Asian asparagus slaw - www.scalingbackblog.com

Since I’m still waiting for my garden to start producing I hit the farmers market for one of my favorite springtime vegetables.  I love to thinly slice asparagus with a vegetable peeler and eat it raw.  I have to admit that slicing it with a vegetable peeler can be a bit frustrating but it is so worth it if you’ve never tried it.  In the past I’ve always tossed it with a little olive oil and…

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52 objects: No. 11

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I can’t believe that we are at week 11 already.  Some days I think that it might be a struggle to come up with 52 things of significance and other days I worry that I might forget about something important to share with you.  Looking around the house at all the things I’ve accumulated over the years makes me realize that a lot of it I could easily do without but there are a few pieces that I…

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Boozy blackberry crush popsicles

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boozy blackberry popsicles - www.scalingbackblog.com

I am not a drinker.  At all.  I actually am really allergic to alcohol and have never managed more than a glass of wine in my life.  So why would I make alcoholic popsicles?  One of the first recipes I ever posted on my blog was for a blackberry sage cooler and I got a ton of comments requesting an alcoholic version.  So I thought a cocktail version in popsicle form would be a great place to…

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Minimal Mondays: The paper chase

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The one thing I hear time and time again is “how do you manage all the paper?”

•     The junk mail

•     The bills

•     The kids school papers

It’s endless I know.

I tell people that they need to have a command central spot where you can dump and sort. This is the place where you can unload the mail, etc. and sort them into categories before they go to their final resting place.

For me it’s in…

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Avocado tartines, two ways

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When I was little and wanted a snack I would grab a half and avocado and a little tin of soy sauce.  I would sit outside on a warm day with a spoon, my avocado and my soy sauce.  It’s funny how certain foods can really take you back to your childhood and avocados do it for me.  Growing up in California avocados literally do grow on trees.  We always had friends gifting us with huge bags of…

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52 objects: No. 10

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52 objects - no. 10 - www.scalingbackblog.com

I’m going to a concert.  Two, actually.  My favorite band is reuniting after a 16 year absence so me and my friend are going to see them here in Portland on Monday and then drive up to Seattle to catch a show the next night as well.  I haven’t done that since the early 90′s.  It made me think of this list and I reminded me of my box of old concert ticket stubs.  Each one has it’s own little…

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Millet tabouli - www.scalingbackblog.com

Finding lighter things to eat for lunch can be challenging.  I am always looking for a new salad to add to my rotation of favorites so I thought a variation on traditional tabouli was worth a try.  Usually made with bulgur wheat I substituted millet which is gluten free and high in protein and it’s sweet slightly nutty taste makes it a great replacement for rice and wheat.  This is a super…

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Minimal Mondays: 5 tips for a well styled bookcase

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As someone who likes less stuff in my house, books are hard to deal with. We seem to have books everywhere. My husband’s a writer and a collector. His father was also a collector of antique books and when he passed away we inherited numerous boxes of beautiful books. But what to do with all of them?

In a small space you need to make hard decisions about what stays and what goes. When it comes to…

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