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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Breakfast Energy Bars with Oats, Walnuts, and Rosemary (V, GF)

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Weekend breakfasts around here can be summed up in three words. Lively, leisurely, and lingering. Not having to battle with an early alarm clock means we get the chance to take our time, and enjoy the ritual. When you are mindful of how sharing a meal together is more than just nourishment for individual bodies, you create a space for food to serve as as a family connection. The cooking, the conversations, and the slow pace is a deliberate strategy to shake off residual weekday tension, and come together. As an added bonus, we get to feast on things like shakshuka.
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Shakshuka

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Shakshuka. Shakshouka. Eggs poached in a red sauce of tomatoes and chili peppers. No matter the name or spelling, this Tunisian dish is always worth it. Shakshuka, “all mixed up”, is satisfying for breakfast, light enough for lunch, and suitably savory for dinner. A red sauce bath poaches the eggs to a silky smoothness that begs to be devoured with crispy pita.
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