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WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU CURVE BALLS

  Life is always full of surprises. Sometimes they are good surprises, like free coffees on your birthday, a toy prize in the cereal box, or when that first date you went on on a whim turns into something much more exciting. Sometimes they aren’t so good, like when you are excited about your career because the company has let you take on more and…

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GIN + KEY LIME BARS {and a gin lime meringue cookies}

I recently had a friend ask me, “Why do food blogs have so much writing I have to get through before I get to the actual recipe?” Now I read a lot of food blogs and sometimes I love the back story people put into their posts. I think it adds fun personality and color behind it and you get a lot of interesting content…

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MY FAVORITE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES {Gluten Free/Flourless}

When I first started blogging a bit over a year ago, I wrote and filmed a short post about my favorite peanut butter cookies. At the beginning of summer, I gave my blog a bit of a facelift and moved it to a new platform (it was a bit more work than I’d hope but I think it was worth it in the end). Unfortunately…

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THANKSGIVING PLANNING: A Field Guide

KITCHEN GYMNASTICS A plan for when to cook what so you’re Thanksgiving meal is ready to eat when you want to eat it I’ve hosted quite a few Thanksgiving dinners, in addition to a traditional “Fakesgiving” I often throw the Friday before the real holiday. But if you’re not a veteran Thanksgiving host, preparing all that food can seem like and overwhelming task, and most…

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER — {A Story In Under 9 Seasons}

  I love the TV show How I Met Your Mother. I was a late comer to the show, starting to watch in the fall of 2010 (and I picked it up on a completely random season, too). I had recently moved to Portland and was living in a townhouse off of Powell Street in SE Portland. For those of you unfamiliar to the city,…

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HALLOWEEN TRICKS & TREATS {My 2018 Halloween Favorites}

I love Halloween I like dressing up. I like decorating my house in fake cobweb. I like spooky ghost stories and carving pumpkins and passing out candy to Trick-Or-Treaters. The whole holiday is a fun, festive start to the entire holiday season (before you know it, we’ll all wake up with Champaign hangovers from New Years Eve).  As I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself holding…

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PEAR & BRIE {I’m Not Waiting An Hour For Brunch} FRITTATA — A Brunch Story & Recipe

    Portlanders love brunch (though I’m 99 percent sure this isn’t an exclusive Portland thing). But I’ll admit Portlanders can get very intense about their brunch—It goes along well with a long list of other b-words associated with our city: Beards, Bikes, Birds, Beanies, Beer, etc., etc. (Thanks Portlandia). Another thing Portland is famous for is the high amount of people who move here—supposedly…

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GRETCHEN TRIES STUFF EP 15: The One With Zero Waste September {Take 2}

  I know what you’re thinking: It’s already halfway through October and I’m late with my Zero Waste September update. I’ve been sitting on this for about a month trying to figure out exactly what I want to say on the subject. My Zero Waste September ended up being a Zero Waste Half-September. I’m typically very disciplined and very good at sticking to my funny…

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SPICED APPLE DUTCH BABIES {A Breakfast Treat For Fall}

  My dad is famous for one thing: Cooking any food that can be served with maple syrup. (Okay… he might be known for more than one thing, but that’s definitely one of the things he is most known for in our family.) Many of the breakfast recipes I make today are originally recipes I was taught by my dad, coming from the tradition of…

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BOOKCLUBS — Pros and Cons {also, “I’m starting a bookclub” announcement}

“Hello, My name is Gretchen and I’m a bookaholic.” I’m a pretty avid reader and always have been but I haven’t always been too huge on “bookclubs.” I’ve had many opportunities to join them in the past and I’ve only agreed to it once. One of my good friends started a Young Adult Novel bookclub and I joined that (I wasn’t always good at reading…

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GRETCHEN IS A WRITER-BASED IN PORTLAND, ORE. SHE GOT HER START AS A JOURNALIST WORKING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND RESTAURANT BEAT BEFORE MOVING INTO COPYWRITING AND ADVERTISING WORK. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS AND WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.

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