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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

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1. Caroline wants me to put her to bed every single night and I must admit, it’s pretty much the best part of my day.  She’s cute as can be all day long, but I swear at bedtime it is magnified by 100.  I hope I never forget these times, and I hope she doesn’t either!
2. I love to take Andrew out on mother-son dates every so often and last month we went to see Monsters University.  We had such a great time and absolutely loved the movie!  I’m such a sap though, I think I teared up four or five times during the movie.
3. My little buddy is growing so fast!  Last summer he was scared to do the monkey bars but now he can do them like a pro.  So proud of him!
4. When I was a kid, my absolute favorite thing at the park was the tire swing and lately Caroline has been all about it too.  Like mother, like daughter :)
5. Ice cream out with friends.  Summer nights are pretty great.
6. A summer day, a water fountain and fun with grandpa.  What more could a girl want?
7. Baby cucumbers (which have since become pickles.)  Still love checking on my garden every night.
8. And when we water the garden, we can’t resist spraying the kids.  We all get such a kick out of it!
9. One morning last month I saw this beautiful sky while I was finishing up a morning run.  It sort of made up for the bug I inhaled and the other that flew straight into my eye.  Ew.
10. Fun at the zoo one Friday night.
11. Ben and I did the Color Run and it was so much fun!  The kids did not know what to think when we came home covered in the paint powder.  Hilarious!
12. We went raspberry picking with the kids one Saturday and the kids were so into it.  We picked about 7 lbs. of berries too.  So awesome!
13. Took my buddy shopping for school supplies before starting kindergarten.  Is this real life?  How?!
14. Went on a fun little weekend trip to Big Summer Potluck and had a blast hanging with old friends and meeting lots of new ones.  Also, I experienced the rainbow tunnel in the Detroit airport.  It was totally awesome and was kind of a perfect end to the weekend for this easily amused girl.
15. My baby was SUPER pumped to pick me up from the airport :)
16. Andrew is a proud little gardener with his first significant haul of the season.  And I’m a proud mama.

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • Denise Wesely

    Caroline is a miniature you. Adorable…and growing up sooo fast.

  • Haley W.

    The rainbow tunnel at Detriot always tripped me out.

  • lifewithkaishon

    It looks like you are having a wonderfully fun summer : )

  • Meghan K.

    My husband and I, along with some friends, did the Indy Color Run as well and it was a blast! We’re all signed up for the Electric Run in October, too. :-)

  • http://stickafork.net/ Chrissy M

    NOW I know how you stay thin with all this good food you make…you run! :)
    Oh, and I’m easily amused by the Detriot airport tunnel too. Makes up for it being such a long walk through that tunnel!

  • annieseats

    Ha, not exactly. I’ve just taken up running recently :) I’m all about everything in moderation.

  • Shanon Lacy

    Holla! Shout out to the Detroit Airport Tunnel!!! I am thrilled that this amazing light tunnel amuses you as much as it amuses me!

  • http://stickafork.net/ Chrissy M

    Good for you! I’m a new-ish runner too. I’m just starting to understand what people say when they get a “runner’s high” :)

  • Tracy

    We call that tunnel the “psychedelic tunnel,” I love running through it for a connection, especially when weird music is playing! Also, you two look really clean for a color run! They are a blast!!

  • http://www.melskitchencafe.com/ Mel

    Reading your commentary on your pictures, Annie, is like a total mirror
    of my life as I look at my kids and wonder how time seems to just
    absolutely fly by while I try to hold on to every last present moment
    with them. You are such a sweet, good mom. Your kids are lucky to have
    you!

  • http://damndelicious.net/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Awww I think it’s so cute that you get to tuck in Caroline every night!

  • Ashley Scott

    I did the Color Run too last fall! SO fun!! :)

  • http://www.justsomesaltandpepper.com/ Just Some Salt and Pepper

    #6 has to be one of the cutest things I have seen in a long time. Your kids are adorable!

  • annieseats

    Aw, thanks! I agree but I’m obviously biased :)

  • annieseats

    Aw, thanks Mel! You are too sweet :)

  • Lauren

    I live in Michigan and have flown into and out of Detroit a zillion times and have never seen the rainbow tunnel!! Where is this at?

  • annieseats

    Between two of the terminals I think, but I forget which. We crossed it when we were getting to our connection.