Letters for the Future: Dear Ruby

Letters for the Future is a thing I have been doing offline for awhile now.  Parenting is hard — I’m trying to find my words as a mother and a role model to all the littles in my life.  Please comment or reach out if you have any feedback or strategies that work in your life.  Thank you for reading xoxo. Your Momma shared the story about your friend recently informing you that he has moved on to new friendships.

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South Austin Thrifting – THRIFT LAND!

This is one of my go-to spots for treasure hunting!  Not only is the clothing selection well organized and super keen, but the way they organize and bulk sell kitchen and children’s items is pretty unconventional in comparison to other places. Location:  512 W Stassney Ln #107A, Austin, TX 78745 (west bound Stassney in the strip mall immediately before hitting South 1st) Parking:  Ample, no shade Cleanliness:  When it comes to sale items, the set up is pristine.  These folks take

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Chipotle Ancho Smoked Chili

2T olive oil 1 pound Ground Beef (I used grass fed 85% lean) 1T Baking Soda 1T Better than Bouillon Beef Flavor 1/4 cup hot water 3T Chili Powder 2T Marjoram 2T Oregano 2T Cumin Seeds 2T Smoked Paprika 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 1 chopped jalapeño (seeds removed) 1 chopped poblano (seeds removed) 1 dehydrated chipotle pepper seeded and chopped 3 dehydrated Ancho chiles chopped (seeds removed) 1 bulb garlic, peeled and chopped 2 cans smoked crushed tomatoes 1

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Ode to Instant Pot: Fiesta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!

When I picked up Momma’s first Instant Pot, the DUO50, I was in my second trimester and obsessed with becoming this amazing Earth mother with a perpetually clean house and an expertly crafted meal on the table at all times even after achieving rock star status in the office. I may never actualize that dream, but, if there was a kitchen gadget that could have a part in that achievement, it would be my Instant Pot. I’m sure I’ll expand

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