Dec 7
2016

Littlest Fujiling

Life at our house got crazy 2 months ago when we decided to sell our house and buy a new one.  We are still in the thick of it, but things just got even crazier.  Last Saturday, December 3rd, this little angel came home with us to join our family.  She was born on November 15, 2016 at 7:20 pm.  She weighed 8 pounds and was 21 3/4 inches long (though she’s been measured since and is actually just a little longer than 21 inches).  Yesterday we celebrated her 3 week birthday by going and getting pictures taken by my ultra-talented friend Stacey who is the creative genius behind Mobie Photo.  We are over the moon about our new little addition and now adjusting to life as a family of five!

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Dec 1
2016

German Christmas cookies

Happy December my friends!! Can you believe that 2016 has flown by so quickly?  I can hardly believe it when I look at the calendar.  This year has been a crazy busy one with some unexpected twists and turns for our family, but now we have arrived at my favorite time of the year.  I love Christmastime.  I recently wrote a piece for World Market about my family’s German Christmas traditions . . . a huge part of why I love this season so much.  So pop on over if you get a minute and have a read!  You can find the post here.

Nutcrackers and cookie plates

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Pressure Cooker Mushroom Ragu

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I am in looooooove with my Instant Pot (an electric pressure and so much more!).  My mom gave me one for Christmas last year and I’ve been a bit obsessed ever since.  I feel like I was late to the Instant Pot party, but if you don’t have one yet, you should rectify that problem.  I posted […]

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Lazy Mama’s Kenchinjiru

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Life has felt a bit overwhelming lately. To say that I’ve put a few things on my plate would be a gross understatement. But of course, Mr. Fuji and I are gluttons for punishment and made a very quick decision to put our house on the market . . . which happened last week while […]

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How to Make Stick Onigiri

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The new favorite form of onigiri (Japanese rice ball) at our house is stick onigiri.  It’s very popular in Japan right now too, and it’s no wonder, because it’s fun!  The onigiri is formed into a stick shape instead of a ball, triangle, etc.  The easiest technique is a bit different too.  It’s a bit […]

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Veggie Salad Stuffed Avocados

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My in-laws live in Draper, Utah, a city just north of us.  Every summer they have Draper Days, an event that lasts for about a week in July and is filled with everything from a children’s parade, to a rodeo, to evening concerts in the park, followed by fireworks.  It’s a blast.  This past July we […]

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Grilled Corn with Vegan Avocado Crema

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Remember that Grilled Corn with California Avocado Crema that I told you about at the beginning of the week?  Well I promised you a plant-based (vegan) version and today I’m delivering!  With summer winding down we have got to take advantage of all the wonderful produce, including corn and avocados!  This version replaces the crema […]

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Where Women Cook Magazine!

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Happy Thursday!  I’m just popping in with a bit of news.  If you read Where Women Cook magazine, I’ve got an article in the September issue!  The article shares my story along with 4 of my favorite recipes that cover a bit of everything that represents who I am…a bento, a pie, a dish from […]

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Garden Noodles & Greek Dip & Parfaits, Oh My! Refresh Your Bento Routine

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How was your Labor Day weekend?  Our was wonderful!  We got back last night from our Idaho adventure and had so much fun that the girls were wishing this morning, while getting ready for school, that we were still in Idaho.  But all adventures must come to an end and back to the grind we […]

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Grilled Corn with California Avocado Crema

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If you happen to be grilling corn for Labor Day tomorrow, might I suggest that you make it even better with the addition of some California Avocado Crema?  (And if you’re cooking corn…maybe you should?)  Hop on over to The Scoop to grab the recipe!  (P.S. I will be posting a plant-based version later on […]

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