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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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pear hazelnut galette - www.scalingbackblog.com

I have to admit that I am not much of a pie person.  My husband and son aren’t into fruit based desserts and the thought of me having to eat an entire pie is not a good idea.  I’ve also always been really afraid of making my own crust, it always seems like so much can go wrong.  And let’s not even get started about rolling out a perfect circle, not my strong suit.  Recently I’ve begun to face…

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52 objects: – No. 9

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Some of the things sitting around on shelves gathering dust are nothing more than window dressing.  Those are the things that I want to get rid of, pare down to the things that have significance to me.  This is one of those things.  It isn’t valuable but it belonged to my grandfather and when I look at it, it reminds me of time spent with him.

52 objects - No. 9 - www.scalingbackblog.com

52 objects - No. 9 - www.scalingbackblog.com

52 objects - no 9

52 objects - No. 9 - www.scalingbackblog.com

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Shredded Rainbow salad with Greek yogurt Caesar dressing

Salads never get boring for me but sometimes I have to admit I get a little lazy about chopping everything up.  When I am feeling a little bit lazy I turn to my handy mandolin for a super quick salad in just a few minutes.  If you don’t own a mandolin I highly recommend investing in one.  You don’t need to spend a fortune on one either, this onewill only set you back about $25.00 and is really…

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Minimal Mondays: Medicine Cabinet

This time of year my entire family suffers from allergies. I am constantly reaching into our closet to grab nasal sprays or allergy medicines.

This used to be a huge pain as I rummaged through one drawer that held all our different pain relievers, Band Aids, thermometers, etc. Then I realized how much easier it would be if I sorted all the medicines into two groups: adult medicines and kid…

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