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My First Ever Garden: What’s in My Garden

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Welcome back to my series all about my FIRST ever garden! It’s been so exciting learning and experimenting in my garden. I have enjoyed spending time outside with my garden in the evenings. I swear it changes so much even in one day. It has been so exciting to watch all of the seeds come out of the ground and watch their progress as they slowly start their growing.  Last week I shared some tips and resources I used to…

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My First Ever Garden: What to Plant?

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Last week I introduced my first ever garden project, I decided to make a cinder block raised bed garden in our yard. It was fairly simple to construct and fairly inexpensive. Planning the construction of the garden was the easy part… But picking what to plant in the garden was the difficult part. There are so many awesome veggies out there and so much technical information on each one. Researching what to plant, what does well in my Zone, etc.…

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Broccoli Salad

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Last week our local store Ashley Supervalu celebrated its’ golden anniversary! Fifty years in business is quite the accomplishment and all of us here in Ashley are so thankful for their continued hard work to provide groceries, meats, and produce for our small town.  As part of their celebration, they had lots of great events as well as lots of great sales. And I think I almost shrieked when I walked in and saw fresh broccoli was on sale. The…

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Chicken Bruschetta Salad

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A couple weekends ago, I spent a Saturday in Fargo with my BFF. And as usual, whenever I am “in the city” we always have to go out for good eats. We ate at Granite City and we both enjoyed an amazing chicken bruschetta salad. I am not a huge tomato person, they always taste so bitter to me. But this salad was incredible. The tomatoes were so sweet and were mixed with these caramelized red onions in a tomato…

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Australian Adventure Part 5: Victoria

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After leaving the Darling Downs and Queensland, we ventured ALLLLLL the way down to Victoria to visit some long time social media friends. It is pretty amazing that the internet can bring people all the way across the world together, but it does. I mean nothing surprises Mark and I anymore, we did meet via the internet!  We spent the long Australian Labor Day weekend with them. It was so awesome to actually chat in person, enjoy some meals together,…

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My First Ever Garden: Construction

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Gardening is something I’ve always admired. From the outside, it looks so fulfilling to plant something and be able to harvest the fruits of your labors. We farm, so I understand a lot of what goes into gardening. Farming and gardening are indeed very similar. But for some reason, gardening has always felt so intimidating to me.  Ever since we built our house, I keep telling myself I need to try my hand at gardening. I am not a green…

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Chile Rellenos

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If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, it is no secret I LOVE Mexican food. I am always on the hunt for authentic recipes of my favorite Mexican dishes. I finally found a Mexican rice recipe I love, I nailed the green enchiladas, and a couple weekends ago I tried my hand at Chile Rellenos. I scoured the internet for a recipe and didn’t find one that satisfied me. So I took several recipes and put them…

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Australian Adventure Part 4: Darling Downs

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The next part of our journey down under took us out of the cities and into the countryside. We traversed across all kinds of farm land and small, rural towns much like you’d find here in North Dakota. One of our favorite parts of the trip was the fact we traveled so much and got to see all the diversity that Australia has to offer!  Our first stop was an area of Queensland called the Darling Downs or the Salad…

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Protein Pancakes

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One of the things I’ve discovered on this journey towards a healthier lifestyle is protein pancakes. There’s a million different recipes for protein pancakes, but these have been my favorite to-date. They most closely resemble a real pancake texture, despite the fact there is no flour in them!  You can use whatever protein powder you’ve got on hand, I recommend using vanilla. But I’ve used chocolate and it is delicious as well. I just recently discovered my new favorite protein…

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Steakhouse Salad

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One of my favorite things out there is a steakhouse style pizza. Big chunks of delicious steak. Some pepperoncinis. Some fancy cheese. It’s perfection. However, lately I’ve been trying to eat on the healthier side, adding more salads in my daily meals. I’ve been utilizing leftover meat from the night before into a salad the next day for lunch in order to get in some protein and keep me full longer. This steakhouse style salad has been my favorite to-date. Feel…

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