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Lately

Hi there! My oh my, where did June go?  I feel like I blinked and suddenly it’s July! Please slow down, summer. Summertime is always pure craziness with plans, but this summer just seems even crazier. Since I can’t seem to find the time to sit down and blog weekly, I wanted to share a few things going on around these parts lately, and share a recipe too while I had a few minutes.

Lately I’ve…been working constantly
I manage a seasonal ice cream shop, mini-golf, and barbeque restaurant (which I worked at for 7 years growing up), and along with management duties, I’m also the prep cook for the restaurant, so this all keeps me extremely busy. If you’re looking for me Thursday-Sunday, I basically sleep there.  I absolutely love it but I am also absolutely exhausted when Sunday night rolls around.  Monday is the new Friday in my book!

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Ice cream unloading
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Lately I’ve…spent as much time as possible with my Nana
Brandon and I escaped reality for a few days last week and headed down to Cape Cod to spend time with my Nana at her cottage on the water. It was my favorite place as a child and still remains my favorite  place today. The quiet, the serenity, the sound of the ocean,  and having daily cocktails with Nana can’t be beat. Grandparent time is the best time in my book.

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Lately I’ve…been loving ocean-side runs and outdoor workouts
Thanks to my second family living right on the beach and taking me in on a weekly basis, I’ve been enjoying ocean-side runs multiple times a week this summer. It doesn’t get much better  than exercising with a view like this. I will never be able to express my love of the ocean enough.

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Plus, while on the Cape, Brandon and I rode 22 miles on our bikes and it was a blast. Now I want to bring my bike everywhere! Outdoor workouts make sweating so much more fun.
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Lately I’ve…been loving ice cream way too much (no surprise here)
Do I even need to explain? I think not. YOLO.
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A father’s day ice cream cake for my Dad (1/2 for him, 1/2 for me hehehehe)

Lately I’ve…been missing my grandfather
It’s hard to believe a month and a half has passed. I love you, Bop.
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Lately I’ve…been praying for this puppy
Can someone please say a prayer that this puppy comes into my  life soon? Please? I’m begging.
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Lately I’ve….been making these cookies:
I’ve made these 3 times in 3 weeks, so believe me when I say that these are addicting! They are now my absolute favorite gluten-free homemade cookie. Love, love, love. Thanks Sally!
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Gluten Free Almond Butter Choc-Chip Cookies
Inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Ingredients
-1 large egg
-1 cup almond butter at room temperature ( I used creamy, but crunchy would work too.)
1/2 cup  light (or dark) brown sugar, lightly packed
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup to 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips  (or any type of chocolate chip you prefer. The chips I used were mini, so I reduced it down to a 1/2 cup amount, which was plenty!).

Directions:
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Then, in a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk the egg.

2) Next spray a 1 cup measure with butter spray, and measure the almond butter accordingly. Then add the almond butter, baking soda, and brown sugar to the bowl with the egg. Mix everything together until thoroughly combined (this may take a few minutes). Then fold in the chocolate chips until combined.
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3) Now form your cookies. Scoop the dough and roll it into cookie formation with your hands, one by one (using about 1.5-2 tablespoons of dough per cookie), placing them onto a parchment-paper covered baking sheet.  Once the cookies are on each sheet, gently press down on the dough mounds with the back of a fork.
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4) Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes (no more than this). The cookies will probably look  under-baked, but they will harden and be completely cooked in the next few minutes during the cooling process. Allow the cookies to cool for  about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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These are so addicting. I used dairy free chocolate chips, but you could truly put any sort of chocolate chip into these. Plus, I think slivered almonds would be a fantastic addition to this recipe, too. These are simply amazing to eat and so so easy to make. Thanks again for the recipe, Sally!

Have a great rest of the week, friends!

What have you been up to lately?
Have any new recipes to share?
What’s the longest bike ride you’ve taken? 22 was mine!

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Grown-up things

Hey friends! How are you? Happy Friday to all. I’m blaming my blogging absence this past week  totally on grown-up things. I know that since I’m 27  I’m technically (obviously) an adult…but seriously sometimes I am not a fan. Bills, expenses, responsibilities… sometimes adulthood is just plain overwhelming, right?  Often I wonder why I can’t just be 6 years old again and play with my Barbie’s…
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5-year old me. Clearly Barbie obsessed…

Well as much as I would like to rewind the clocks and play Barbie’s, that clearly won’t  be happening anytime soon. However, the good news is that not all grown-up things are bad.  In fact the things I’m speaking of from last week (although one of them was quite time-consuming), were actually pretty fun!

First up,  I bought a car!
If you’ve ever bought a car before or even just shopped for one, I’m fairly certain you know the painstaking amount of time it takes to research, test-drive, analyze, price-check, and do all the necessary comparisons before you make a decision. Well, after a solid month of test-drives and research across the states of New England, I followed my  instinct and bought this little lady.  I am so pleased with my decision. It’s most importantly a safe choice, but it also has all wheel drive for horrible Maine winters, a sunroof, and the necessary heated seats (hello toasty buns). A huge thanks to my boss and my parents for putting up with my indecisive shenanigans, and for helping me with this big, time-consuming decision!
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Second on the grown-up list: I celebrated another anniversary (from abroad):
Brandon and I marked another anniversary last week, which is unreal to me. This coming June, we’ll have known each other for 10 years (AKA we are getting old!).  It was a special day but of course I was sad at the same time because really, who wants to spend their anniversary apart? However, he sent these beautiful flowers and a lovely note, so I felt like we were together in spirit.
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Third on the list: A weekend getaway with my girls
When you combine 3 best friends, a wonderful family, & countless bottles of bubbly, you’re sure to have a memorable weekend. A Cape Cod getaway full of too much wine, delicious food, shopping, and visiting was just what I needed with my girls. Thanks again Laura and Peter!
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Fourth on the list: Meeting my friend Karen’s adorable new baby, Georgetta Rose.
Is it just me, or do you feel super grown-up when friends your age start having babies?  I know I do, but it’s so exciting, too. It’s that domino effect in our 20’s…marriage and babies are such a common occurrence! Anyway, little Georgetta  was such a cutie, and I just loved meeting her.  I miss you already, Karen!
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I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

What are your most and least favorite things about adulthood?
The least favorite of mine would have to be paying bills…yuck!
The most favorite of mine would have to be  excitement about the future. Oh, and having the option to drink bubbly Winking smile

How was your last car-shopping experience?

sometimes the hardest thing is the right thing

Hey friends! I truly did not intend to take a leave-of-absence from blogging while I was home, but somehow that’s what happened. However,  I can say I truly enjoyed every single second I spent with my family and friends, and sometimes stepping away from technology is necessary to make sure that happens. I must admit I am VERY behind on blog-reading, so to some my favorite bloggers out-there (Meghan, Charlotte, Leslee, Monique, Rachel, Elizabeth, Brooke, Kristy, Kelly, Cori, Kristina, Lillian, Bek, just to name a few) I am still a devoted reader, promise! Smile

Anyway, in five short weeks home, I think it’s safe to say I fit a lot in. It all started with a visit from my twin, which was full of:
– fun dinners:
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-puppy cuddles:
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-…and ice-cream dates:
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This visit was followed by a week-long trip to Cape Cod where we:
-mini-golfed:
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-went bowling (where the best part of the bowling alley was the bar!):
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-relaxed, exercised,  and ate loads of frozen yogurt:
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-had a fantastic dinner with some of my closest girlfriends and family (hi Laura, Peter, and Lauren!):
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…and dined out:
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(To.die.for. Lobster salad at the Poppenessett Inn)

Our Cape trip was followed by a wedding dress shopping weekend with my sister, Mom, and best friend Sarah. Can I just say that I’m OBSESSED with dress shopping? Love love love. We also squeezed in  a girls night at Mohegan Sun, and a visit to Kimmie’s wedding venue in Newport, Rhode Island:
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(We are standing on the exact location Kim and Jim will be married next year!)

-Mohegan Sun girls night:
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-Plus I got to see my dear friend Michelle for lunch, too:IMG_3567

In my last few weeks home, I worked most days (Hi Mr. Shaw!), but fit in some pool time, a Boston visit, and quality family-and-friend-time too:
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So after a whirlwind trip, I’m back in Australia! It feels wonderful to be back with Brandon after a month of being apart. I don’t think long distance relationships get any easier, no matter how much experience you have with them. But as good as it is to be back,  I do have a confession: I’m not back for long. After countless hours of research, pro/con lists, deep discussions and many tears, I’ve decided to move home in order to continue pursuing my second degree back in America. As hard as it is to admit, sometimes the hardest decision is the right decision, and this is one of those times.
 
Would I rather stay in the same place as Brandon? Yes.
Do I love living in a tropical paradise? Yes.
Do I feel that moving to Australia was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Yes.
Would it be easier to stay here and continue doing what I’ve been doing? Yes.

However, the adult me asks:
Education wise, does the university here offer what I need for courses? No.
Does it make more sense to take my pre-requisite classes somewhere more affordable? Yes.
Do I want to be done with school as soon as possible and start my new career? Yes.
Will staying in Australia enable me to do this? No.
Will I have more opportunities to work while attending classes at home? Yes.
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And so, with Brandon’s support and our families support, I’ll be moving back to the U.S.A. at the end of August, immediately starting classes in Maine at that time. 
I’m extremely grateful that I can continue my dream of achieving my masters degree of nutrition at home, but it deeply saddens me to leave Brandon, the life we created together here, and the friendships I’ve cultivated this past year. Sometimes the hardest decision is the right decision, and I’m praying that this one is the right one for us.

Thank you always for your on-going support and for reading,

Meredith

P.S. Brandon’s parents are en-route to Australia tomorrow and we are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Travel safe, Brad and Sue. We love you!