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April 18

Asian asparagus slaw

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Since I’m still waiting for my garden to start producing I hit the farmers market for one of my favorite springtime vegetables.  I love to thinly slice asparagus with a vegetable peeler and eat it raw.  I have to admit that slicing it with a vegetable peeler can be a bit frustrating but it is so worth it if you’ve never tried it.  In the past I’ve always tossed it with a little olive oil and parmesan but this time I thought I’d try an Asian inspired version.  I’m always looking for ways to get a lot of veggies in my salads and this is a full of colorful vegetables that’s topped with a sesame ginger dressing.  

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April 17

52 objects: No. 11

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I can’t believe that we are at week 11 already.  Some days I think that it might be a struggle to come up with 52 things of significance and other days I worry that I might forget about something important to share with you.  Looking around the house at all the things I’ve accumulated over the years makes me realize that a lot of it I could easily do without but there are a few pieces that I would be really sad to lose.

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52 objects - no 11

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52 objects - no. 11 - www.scalingbackblog.com

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April 15

Boozy blackberry crush popsicles

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boozy blackberry popsicles - www.scalingbackblog.com

I am not a drinker.  At all.  I actually am really allergic to alcohol and have never managed more than a glass of wine in my life.  So why would I make alcoholic popsicles?  One of the first recipes I ever posted on my blog was for a blackberry sage cooler and I got a ton of comments requesting an alcoholic version.  So I thought a cocktail version in popsicle form would be a great place to see if I could indulge a little without the fear of breaking out in hives.

I was really happy with the way these turned out.  

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April 14

Minimal Mondays: The paper chase

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The one thing I hear time and time again is “how do you manage all the paper?”

•     The junk mail

•     The bills

•     The kids school papers

It’s endless I know.

I tell people that they need to have a command central spot where you can dump and sort. This is the place where you can unload the mail, etc. and sort them into categories before they go to their final resting place.

For me it’s in a high traffic area so I can quickly dump everything that comes in the door. This is a place that I pass by it all the time and am constantly reminded to sort the piles and get them to their rightful place.

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April 11

Avocado tartines, two ways

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When I was little and wanted a snack I would grab a half and avocado and a little tin of soy sauce.  I would sit outside on a warm day with a spoon, my avocado and my soy sauce.  It’s funny how certain foods can really take you back to your childhood and avocados do it for me.  Growing up in California avocados literally do grow on trees.  We always had friends gifting us with huge bags of avocados so I found myself snacking on them on a regular basis.  My parents weren’t really the type to whip up guacamole so I grew up eating avocados and soy sauce instead.

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April 10

52 objects: No. 10

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I’m going to a concert.  Two, actually.  My favorite band is reuniting after a 16 year absence so me and my friend are going to see them here in Portland on Monday and then drive up to Seattle to catch a show the next night as well.  I haven’t done that since the early 90′s.  It made me think of this list and I reminded me of my box of old concert ticket stubs.  Each one has it’s own little story behind it and evokes some great stories and also reminds me of some terrible experiences as well.  Memories of friends I’ve lost touch with and boyfriends I broke up with.  

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April 9

Millet tabouli

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Finding lighter things to eat for lunch can be challenging.  I am always looking for a new salad to add to my rotation of favorites so I thought a variation on traditional tabouli was worth a try.  Usually made with bulgur wheat I substituted millet which is gluten free and high in protein and it’s sweet slightly nutty taste makes it a great replacement for rice and wheat.  This is a super simple salad to make and will keep for a few days in the fridge, it actually tastes better once the millet soaks up the dressing.  While it’s great as is consider adding a little hummus on the side, some crumbled feta or some grilled chicken or shrimp for a filling and healthy lunch.

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April 7

Minimal Mondays: 5 tips for a well styled bookcase

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As someone who likes less stuff in my house, books are hard to deal with. We seem to have books everywhere. My husband’s a writer and a collector. His father was also a collector of antique books and when he passed away we inherited numerous boxes of beautiful books. But what to do with all of them?

In a small space you need to make hard decisions about what stays and what goes. When it comes to books the same rule applies. Keep what is meaningful and donate the rest.

Here are 5 tips on how to display your books:

Place books on shelves sparingly i.e let the books breathe, don’t pack them in tightly

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Sort by size or color

Minimal Mondays: 5 tips to a well styled bookcase - www.scalingbackblog.com

Mix art and other objects in with your books

Minimal Mondays: 5 tips to a well styled bookcase - www.scalingbackblog.com

Place books horizontally and vertically and change the direction with each shelf

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Place conversational and coffee table books in easy reach.

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April 3

Hazelnut pear galette

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I have to admit that I am not much of a pie person.  My husband and son aren’t into fruit based desserts and the thought of me having to eat an entire pie is not a good idea.  I’ve also always been really afraid of making my own crust, it always seems like so much can go wrong.  And let’s not even get started about rolling out a perfect circle, not my strong suit.  Recently I’ve begun to face my fears and experimented with a few different recipes and I have to say that I really have come to love free-form galettes, they seem simpler and less fussy than most pie recipes and I love the rustic look of them.

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April 2

52 objects: – No. 9

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Some of the things sitting around on shelves gathering dust are nothing more than window dressing.  Those are the things that I want to get rid of, pare down to the things that have significance to me.  This is one of those things.  It isn’t valuable but it belonged to my grandfather and when I look at it, it reminds me of time spent with him.

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52 objects - No. 9 - www.scalingbackblog.com

52 objects - no 9

52 objects - No. 9 - www.scalingbackblog.com

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