Welcome, again.

Friends and Family,

It seems unreal that I haven’t written a blog post in 1.5 years. But it also makes sense. During that time I got my first job, became a wife (celebrated 1 year together yesterday!), and moved, not once, but twice.

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If you looked back 6 months earlier you could include an additional move, graduating from graduate school, and getting engaged to the mix. All in all, it has been a beautiful and crazy 1.5 + years.

We are now settling into our new community and home and it felt appropriate to start blogging again.  The blog will take on a different feel – less recipes, more life.  I am moving the blog in this direction because 1) I have opted out of Facebook (more on this another time) and would like a way to update our family near and far 2) I share my life with another person which means less time in the kitchen and more time adventuring.  If you would like an update every time I post a new blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Follow”.  You can also following me on Twitter, although I doubt I will be as active there!

What We’ve Been Up to Lately

Settling in!

Our house is starting to feel like home.  We are exploring our community and have gone on many adventures near it.  One of my favorite adventures we have had was during an unusual 12 inches of snow!  We put on our snow shoes and did a two hour trot through the river front park near our house!

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Tending a garden.

Our house has plenty of space for a wonderful garden.  We are growing eggplant, a couple variety of summer squash, red and jalapeno peppers, lots of herbs, several varieties of tomatoes and beans, spinach (which just bolted this week), kale, and delicata squash.  Not only are we growing our own food we continue to participate in a CSA and have been getting fruit during its peak and freezing, drying, and turning it into fruit leathers.


Enjoying each others company.

We have had so much fun spending time together.  Whether it is walking around the park in our neighborhood, going to our gym together, or spending the day at a nearby state park, we have been exploring.    I don’t see our explorations ending any time soon – my anniversary gift from the hubby was a 2 year unlimited state park pass and several maps and books about everything Oregon and our community has to offer!  Most recently we visited Willamette Mission State Park which had incredible history, a ferry across the river,  and the largest cotton wood in the United States.


Looking forward to sharing our life with you again.






2 thoughts on “Welcome, again.

  1. This is great, Jess! Thanks for including me. 1-what town did you move to? Not sure if I have your current address. You can text me.
    2. Not sure I can figure out how to make my email update me. .. can you help?

    • If you scroll to the bottom of the page there is a button that says “follow” and that should allow you to get email updates! 🙂 I will text you my address.

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