Matcha Elixir with Ginger, Citrus, and (optional) Bourbon

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Hope you are having a lovely week! This week seems to be dragging for some reason. Maybe it’s anticipation of the weekend ahead? Perhaps it’s the change in weather? On the other hand, we’ve been super relaxed this week. Getting into bed early; not cooking two hour dinners; coming home from work and changing into comfy clothes at a record breaking pace…it’s been nice. Podcasts have been our jam this week, true crime mostly. Hey, it IS almost Halloween, ya know? If you like that kind of thing check out Generation Why. They have a ton of interesting episodes! A few stories will probably be familiar to you, a couple will be very familiar, but most will likely be new to your ears.
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Rancher’s Pasta (aka Huevos Rancheros Pasta)

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How are you doing on this Happy Humpday?? Got any plans for the weekend? We had an adventurous weekend last weekend, so we are looking at mucho chill and relaxation time; filled with yummy food. Luckily, we got a lot of sleep Tuesday night, and were feeling much more alive on Wednesday. We were definitely riding the struggle bus on Tuesday. Speaking of sleep, how much do you get? “They” say we should be getting 6-8 hours a night. We usually get 6-6.5 hours a night; and wake up feeling fairly refreshed. The 8 hours Tuesday night didn’t seem to change our moods or alertness, but I’m sure our bodies and minds were happier for the extra 2 hours. Leave us a comment below on how much sleep you get on average, and if you feel like it has an impact on your daily routine. On a side note, we ordered the Brain Tonic Tea from Chattanooga, TN based Wooden Spoon Herbs. A blend of estate grown green tea, rosemary, and gingko promises mental clarity and improved memory. We will let you know what we think in an upcoming post.

We promised you some more pictures from our WV trip, so here we go!
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Chocolate Brownie Banana Muffins (Gluten Free)

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Hope you had a very peaceful weekend. We made a four day weekend out of it; spending time with Warren’s family in Canaan Valley, WV.

As the annual trip to Canaan approached, we were filled to the brim with excitement. We knew what was in store for us; jeep and hiking excursions, cooking, and most importantly, quality time with loved ones. Canaan brings family members from West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Colorado to celebrate togetherness.
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Simple Kale & Pumpkin Seed Pesto (Vegan)

Quick, simple, and versatile.
Quick, simple, and versatile.

Are you having a good week so far? We are! If you’re reading this, then you are alive, and that means you have every opportunity to have a good week. After a hectic schedule last week, and a fun filled weekend, we decided to take a couple days of down time to recharge. No fuss meals, revamped leftovers for lunch, and a lot of porch chilling pretty much ruled Monday and Tuesday.
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Butternut Squash, Rice, and Saffron Stew

Hearty, warming, and perfect for an Autumn evening!
Hearty, warming, and perfect for an Autumn evening!

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend so far! We spent the weekend with family and friends, and today Warren took me for a belated birthday brunch on the Foothills Parkway. Just look at that view!
Birthday brunch with a view!
Birthday brunch with a view!

And he even poached eggs for us to bust open on top of some grilled garlic bread!
Yes, this really happened!
Yes, this really happened!

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Hot Jackfruit Open-Face Sandwich

Vegan | Dairy Free | Gluten Free Option
Vegan | Dairy Free | Gluten Free Option

Summer here. I had a birthday yesterday. It’s not unnerving, but it does feel a bit different this time around. Not good or bad, just different. That 3-5 birthday; the birthday 5 years from 4-0; the birthday where people say, “oh, you’re still so young”, but I’m actually the oldest I’ve ever been in my life.
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