Guatemalan Ponche

Hey Party-Makers,

It’s the week of Christmas! In a lot of ways, this is an exciting season for us. Consecutive days off work for Ben, means we get to relax and go outdoors more. No one in our house is upset about that. And although we are bummed out that we won’t be with our families, we’re doing our best to add elements of each of them in our yearly traditions to feel close to them from so far away.

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10 Tips for Healthy, Peaceful Political Conversations this Holiday Season

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When I was growing up, it was pretty clear to both of my parents that I was going to grow up to be opinionated. I was the kind of kid who challenged “because I said so,” because I wanted to understand the why behind things. My dad especially cultivated a fiery and healthy sense of questioning in me. I very vividly remember that in the election cycle in 2004 we had a lot of arguments at the dinner table. I was a big John Kerry fan and he was not, and I really couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t bend to the will of my 12-year old political theories.

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The Case for Guacamole at Thanksgiving + your New Favorite Guac Recipe

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I remember reading years and years ago in an old Reader’s Digest that your tastebuds change every 7 years. I’ve held onto that tid bit for a while and tend to try foods I hate every once in a while to check on its validity (although I think beets will hold a life-long ban on my tastebuds). One of the times I’ve been pleasantly surprised was when I was 15, and I tried avocados and liked them for the first time.

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DIY Pom Pom Strings + The Case for a Colorful Thanksgiving

Hey Partymakers,

What a week, am I right? This year has been a year full of hatred and dissent. Maybe I was naive beforehand, or I had a thicker skin, but somehow this year has felt like we’ve been hit with wave after wave of violent speech and violent actions. Now, I am generally of the mind that this blog isn’t a space for a lot of political or controversial topics, but it would be very dishonest of me to not disclose that this election has had a very personal effect on me. Because of that, I have felt slightly derailed and side-tracked from my Thanksgiving planning this year.

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Your Thanksgiving Timeline to Sanity

 

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Happy November! We’ve had two. whole. days of no rain in Portland. The sun is shining, the leaves are every shade of beautiful. Estel, our dog, is laying belly up in the sunshine in our backyard right now. Even though we’ve been in Portland for two winters now, poor girl still hates the rain. I’m taking the sunshine in, too. Even skipped my Vitamin D this morning to make sure I spent at least 30 minutes remembering what it feels like to have the sun around. And maybe that’s all melodramatic, but if you lived here, you’d know what I was talking about. And if you do live here, then I’m sure you’ve been absorbing as much sun as possible as well.

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Crockpot Apple Cider

Hey Party-Makers,

As I’ve been at home sick this week. I’ve been dreaming about all the warm drinks you can imagine. In fact, I think that could almost be a party theme. Have a few finger foods, and a hot drink bar: tea, coffee, cocoa, apple cider, and hot toddy’s. Doesn’t it sound heavenly?

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Tiramisu Cake + Half Birthday Celebrations

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It’s been a slow week so far in our household. After a good start to our weekend with a date night and then a double date night, sometime in the wee hours of Sunday morning my body decided to cave to the peer pressure of a seasonal cold. And people, when I get sick, it is just miserable for everyone involved (read: I’m a baby).

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Challah Bread

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I’m sitting in my disaster of a house right now. It’s been one of those weeks—you know, the kind where you wear stretchy pants all week, can’t remember when you last washed your hair, and have zero ideas on where to start cleaning your house. It’s also been one of those weeks though, where I’ve somehow managed to keep my to-do list checked off in all the right places, and I’ve experienced some beautiful, wonderful time creating things and eating good food. You win some, you lose some; I’ll typically take good food over most other things anyways.

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