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The Best (and Easiest!) Barbecue Ribs

The real key to making awesome barbecue ribs at home is the oven. It may seem like you’re just going to cook them forever on the grill, but what you really need to do to get tender, fall-off-the-bone meat is to start them in the oven to help melt down all of that fat.  These ribs are just one of the best summer dinners for us. They’re super affordable (I got this rack at Trader Joe’s for $11), and I love to serve these with some delicious barbecue sides like baked beans, potato salad and watermelon. This Grilled Vegetable...

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Photo recap: Our week in Maine

This seems a little crazy to post this because we’ve been home for almost two weeks (ah! Where did the time go?), but I wanted to share some photos from our trip to Maine. It was another fabulous week at camp with almost every day bringing amazing weather. We had some delicious dinners and a few delicious pies so I had to share some photos. For some reason, Bryn literally insisted on wearing her footie pajamas almost all day, every day, but as her mother for the last 4.5 years, I’ve learned to pick my battles. She cracks me...

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Blueberry Banana Spelt Muffins

Woohoo! TGIF! It’s been kind of a long, busy week, but we have some fun stuff planned this weekend that I’m excited about so that always gets me looking forward to the weekend.  I wanted to try these spelt muffins because spelt flour is super versatile and is pretty close to using a regular all-purpose flour (while still being a healthier option). I started with this recipe from Katie Lee for inspiration, but have adapted it. I added blueberries because we are STILL trying to get through all of those blueberries from last weekend. By the way, you should definitely...

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DIY: Wicker Couch

There is nothing like the euphoria of finishing a DIY project, and that’s the high that I’m on right now. This weekend, we spent some time refinishing a new (to us – and free!) wicker couch. Someone was giving it away on our Next Door app and Trevor jumped on it. We got the couch home and it sat in our garage for a while (while we were in North Carolina).  Fast forward to last weekend and we kicked it into high gear. We borrowed a pressure washer from boss and got to work. The washer did a great...

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Grilled Vegetable Panzanella

I’d been meaning to make this Panzanella recipe for quite some time so when we had a beautiful Sunday for grilling, I jumped at the chance.  This is easily going to be my go-to summer salad recipe. It has everything we love – grilled onions and red peppers, mozzarella and even grilled, crusty bread (which is amazing on its own!). As I said, I made this Panzanella for dinner Sunday night, and I’m glad this doesn’t make a ton because Trevor and I ate pretty much all of it (sigh). We had this alongside a piece of venison, but I...

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