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82 Pricks

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And no, I'm not talking about a football team. Today I went in for food allergy testing to determine what I couldn't figure out on my own . The doctor also recommended I get tested for pollens from trees, grasses and weeds since sometimes food allergies can occur from cross-pollination. Overall, I was tested for 82 different species. 82 pricks on the skin of my back. Fun!  I don't know everything they tested for, but there was a good combination from my list of foods that I ate before having a reaction, common allergen foods, and other items that were close to the foods I listed. This includes rice, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, garlic, corn, wheat, soy, eggs, milk, grapes, sesame seeds, navy beans, shrimp, fish, and chicken. I have no idea what trees, weed, and grasses they tested for other than the ones that came up with very strong positive results. Before I get to the results, let me explain the process a little bit for those of you who have never been tested

These owl cupcakes will make you swoon!

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We had a Halloween bake contest at work and I got plenty of inspiration from Pinterest, and landed on making these precious little owl cupcakes . I think they turned out great, and they were a huge hit at the party!! They were super easy to make. I used Double Stufd Oreos for the eyes and Reeses Pieces for the iris and beak. And I used a butter knife to create the owl-like tufts with the frosting!

The best rice dish ever

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If there is one recipe you MUST try from this blog, this is it!! I adapted my recipe from  Martha Stewart's,  One-pot Curried Cauliflower Rice . Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies, but I hardly eat it because the hubs despises it. One of his favorite foods is rice. Any type of rice, and he'll be happy. The beauty of this recipe is that I get cauliflower and he gets a yummy rice side - all in the same dish! It's easy, fun, and goes with any dinner. via  MarthaStewart.com 4 teaspoons vegetable oil As much cauliflower as you want Coarse salt and ground pepper 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced small 1 cup basmati rice (uncooked) 2 teaspoons cumin powder* 1 tsp garlic pepper 1/2 can of chickpeas (or more if you want), rinsed and drained About 1 1/2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth 1/4 cup heavy cream Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a pot** heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add cauliflower and cook, stirring frequently, until browned in

Shucking Corn with Ken

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A local AG man teaches us how to shuck corn with ease (and quaintness!) And nearly 4 million hits on You Tube - he's famous! How cute is he?! I am definitely going to use this trick next time I buy corn on the cob!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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Saturday marked the inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk in downtown San Luis Obispo. Overall, nearly $30,000 was raised for breast cancer. Can you believe it?! My team, The Boob Patrol, raised $1800 and $710 of that was from my own fundraising efforts!! I want to thank all of you who donated and supported me in my first charity walk! You ALL light up my life! Linda and Jim Bass James Dwight Pat and Margo Friemel Rachel Higgins and Family Vicki Higgins Dorothy Joyce Bob and Gayle Mallory Phil and Kellie Martin Heather Mohr Nell Rogers Haleh Sahami Helya Sahami Joanna Schafhausen Kara Warren Richard and Cathy Wright Now, for some highlights of the event! I got there early to help set up and the volunteer booth had lots of yummy breakfast pastries for the volunteers. Well, a homeless man decided to take this opportunity and help himself! He came to the booth THREE times for snacks, balancing a handful of banana bread, bagels, an

Crafty

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We bought an unfinished table at a local furniture shop that we thought would be perfect as a printer table in the office. The fun part about buying unfinished, is that you can stain or paint it whatever you want! We choose a dark brown stain that matches the feel of the office and I picked out some cutesy knobs from World Market. The original piece of furniture looked similar to this (of course not the same design, but looked unfinished this way). I am so mad at myself for not taking a "before" picture, but you get the idea. And the result!  

So Big!

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The Mohr family stopped in SLO for a few days during their California road trip adventure. Lucky for me, I got to spend some quality time with my best friend and the cutest baby on the planet. No joke! Harper Lee Mohr is an absolute angel. I couldn't keep my paws off him and he provided entertainment all weekend long. LOVE him. Just look at that face and those chubster legs!! And Harper is very smart. When you say, "Harper, you are sooo big! Soo big!" he puts his hands up over his head like this and looks you right in the eye as if to say, "yes, I AM so big!" (Please ignore the construction zone in the background). And after we all do the SO BIG thing together, we clap, of course! Harper's claps always come with a smile. We visited the Avila Barn for some fall-time fun and Harper's very first pumpkin patch! The Mohr family dressed up in plaid flannels - perfect for the farm! Mama and Harper love

Alien Onion

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Look at the size of this onion we picked from our garden! I think we left it in the ground too long because it was oober slimy..ew.

This is how I feel about most animals

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I had to share this with you because it gave me a good, healthy chuckle and I think you deserve one too! Sometimes these internet videos are funny and make me smile, but this one made me giggle, so there must be something to that, right? If this was me, I'd totally scream too. "Thank god for that mail truck!" via dooce.com

Heart(y)

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I replanted some of the succulents from my wedding bouquet into a giant planter on the patio, and lookie what they've grown into! Flourishing just like our wedded bliss!

America's Next Top Model Man

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I love his man pose but I really love that he requested to be photographed next to his baby Acacia. 

A Growing Garden

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When we moved into our house two years ago, the existing garden area was overgrown with weeds, the fence was falling down, and goat heads ruled the dirt. Last year, Steve cleared out the weeds, built a raised bed, and fixed the fencing to keep safe from the deer. This year, we (Steve) expanded the garden to three raised beds with room to grow. Steve has tweaked the garden with better drip systems, beer holders, climbing wires for the cucumbers and canteloupe, and a cute flower bed to add a touch of color. I wanted to share with you Steve's labor of love and how he got our garden to flourish so wonderfully.  For the record, I do help! I assisted in attaching the climbing racks for the cucumbers (which is very important for space). I shoveled my share of donkey doo for the compost and I save all of the kitchen scraps to add to the compost bin. All of this, combined with store-bought soil makes for the perfect growing dirt. I also weeded the beds a few times in the early stages,