Banana Crumb Muffins

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If you’ve been reading my recipe posts as of late, you’ll know that I’ve been doing everything in my power to avoid turning on my oven this summer. With the exception of this ombre birthday cake for Matt’s birthday, I have stuck with no-cook or grilling meals to combat the summer heat. When Rizzi from […]

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Tabbouleh Salad and Sangria

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Before I share with you a super easy salad recipe that goes great with blazing hot weather, I want to give you a quick rundown of some observations from the weekend. Bridge runs are for the birds On Saturday mornings, we like to take Finn down to a park along Sarasota Bay where he can play […]

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Running in a humid climate

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Hey remember when I used to run outside? I don’t. OK so I do remember it, but I also remember it being much more enjoyable. I was back in Illinois a few weeks ago and got a chance to run on the trail near my parents house. The weather was perfect. I could actually breathe. […]

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Summer resolutions

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I know resolutions are typically written for the New Year, but the first weekend of summer seems just as good as any, no? I mean this way at least you don’t have to worry about crazy gym crowds, indulgent foods and lots of holiday parties. OK so maybe you do but those hot dogs and ice cream trips […]

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Workout Wednesday: Work out like a dog

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Before I got Finn, I had two choices. 1) get a dog who could I could take on runs with me but who may be miserable and hyper throughout the day while I’m at work or 2) get a dog who could nap with me. I chose the latter and ever since Finn has certainly lived up […]

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Meeting the neighbors

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Matt and I have been in Florida for a little over a month now so we figured it was time we started to meet our neighbors. After all, we don’t want to be known as those stuck up yuppies from Chicago. We have quite the Midwestern reputation to live up to. And seeing as how nearly […]

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Very Berry French Toast

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We decided to mix up our Sunday routine and go to a later mass today. I know what your thinking. Real crazy life we are living these days. Truth is, since we moved in, we’ve been going to an early mass so we could get to the beach each Sunday. Matt’s family was in town most of […]

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Family Photos

I realized when I unpacked all of my frames at our new house in Florida that my photos were pretty Murphy-centric. And seeing as how there are two of us in this house, well three if you count the big hairy thing that barks at us when we sit on the couch, I thought we […]

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Summer Chicken Salad

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Is it too early for me to mock the weather in Florida? It pains me to do it especially considering the winter we just came from in Chicago, but I can’t help but laugh at these people when they deliver the news every morning. Traffic is a hoot. Yes there’s violence but on a completely […]

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Farmer’s Market Strategy

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One of my favorite things to do with my mom on Saturday mornings was to head downtown to the farmer’s market and shop for produce. I love to social aspect of it, the people watching, the beautifully lined vegetables, the music. Isn’t it amazing how the things you absolutely dreaded as a child have become some […]

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