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A Relaxing Sunday…

It does not get better than this! I have had such a relaxing day. I slept in just a bit (9 o’clock is awesome considering I wake up at 5:45 during the week). Mark and I walked to one of our new weekend hangouts, our neighborhood Seven Stars:

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This Seven Stars is especially cool – it is in an old factory building, and I love the character that this spot has. Mark and I really enjoy our morning walks over for breakfast. Mark enjoyed an almond croissant and a double espresso:

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I had a little nibble, and it was very good. Mark mentioned that the croissant was dense. Interesting, right? I always think of croissants as light and fluffy! I had my usual – a ginger biscuit and a cup of coffee.

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I really love my ginger biscuit. But next weekend I might try the ham and cheese croissant, and I always love the chocolate croissant. It is so hard to make a decision. After breakfast, we walked back to our house. After an hour, I went for a run which was kind of hard. It was really windy, and the dirt path had a lot of dust. My lungs really did not appreciate it. But I kept going, and managed to run 2 3/4 miles in 30 minutes. After I got home Mark and I went for a walk around our neighborhood. All in all, I logged about 4 miles. It’s a good thing, because there is a heck of a lot of Halloween candy in our house at the moment.

After our walk, Mark and I started making some chili. I used my America’s Test Kitchen cookbook for the recipe:

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I love the ATK cookbook. If you have not checked it out, you should! I love the show on PBS, too.

The chili is currently in its second hour on the stove. I think it is going to be pretty good.

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Mark and I had a busy week, but we managed to have some pretty awesome dinners every night. I cooked Monday through Thursday, and Mark was in charge Friday and Saturday. Every night I had all good intentions to photograph and post dinner. Here is what I have to show for my efforts.

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I had a lot going on in the kitchen. Hopefully this week I will be able to put together something to report for you.

Happy Halloween everyone. I carved my (first!?!?) pumpkin today:

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The pumpkin was overlooking the chili in the kitchen. Pretty freaky, right?

See you tomorrow!

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