Recipe for Seattle Fall

This weather in Seattle has been a bit nutsy. Our summer has been so beautiful that I am hesitant to tell you because then everyone will flock here and the traffic will be even worse. Warm, sunny and hanging on. We’re expecting highs in the 80s this weekend and while I enjoy it, it is hard to not think about fall things. Trips to the pumpkin field, chunky sweaters and soup.

Luckily the crock pot is not only this working momma’s friend, it also doesn’t really heat up our kitchen like other cooking or baking does.

Sausage, Bean and Pasta Stew Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network -


This recipe from Food Network for Sausage,Bean and Pasta soup looks super yummy, hearty and something the girls would eat. I’m excited to add it to our fall recipe rotation.

This Make Ahead Beef Stew from is perfect for the fall CSA. We’ll have lots of root vegetables and it will be an easy way to use many at once. A loves a good, crunchy baguette with this sort of meal and seems like it will be perfect to eat after a Sunday spent watching football.

We use our slow cooker to do more than just soups. We love doing pulled pork or chicken in it as well. I look forward to trying this recipe for French Dip. It is one of A’s favorite sandwich and I think it would be a perfect meal for a Saturday night at home.

In the past I’ve tended to use Pinterest to search and store my slow cooker recipes but that can be overwhelming. was easy to search and I like that it has reviews from people who tried the recipes (unlike Pinterest). I may try to organize a virtual “recipe box” this fall for all our favorite recipes.

Do you have favorite slow cooker meals? Share the wealth to help make it an easy fall menu planning season!

Seattle Fall: Dressing the Part

As I write this, the weather for today is predicted to be about 90 degrees, so fall fashion is not really called for yet out here. But let’s assume that one day, this glorious summer weather will disappear and we’ll have to dress for Seattle fall. Before I start talking about my “style,” let’s get a few things out of the way:

1. I’m not a fashion blogger. I won’t be posting selfies of me with a fashion hip pop. This post is just about what works for me.

2. Seattle fall is different from fall in other places. Not nearly as wet as some may think, but probably not like other places. Seattle is also more casual than say, the east coast. No suits here. But not just hoodies either.

All that said, let’s talk clothes. I work in an office job and I like to dress professionally. While I could probably get away with wearing jeans more often, I try to limit myself to no more than once a week. I’m an almost 35 year old attorney, I should try to look like it every once in a while. I love my Loft pants, often paired with some of my favorite Stitch Fix tops. It’s easy, professional, good for chilly weather and I can mix and match. The biggest issue is that my Loft pants claim to be dry clean only. Ain’t no one got time for that. Even without dry cleaning though, I put them aside to go through the delicate wash. Which means they sit there for about three weeks until I realize it has been weeks since I wore pants and I really need to wash them. Then I wear them all in one week and have the same issue. Clearly I either need to pace myself on pants wearing or figure out how to clean them more often. (You know, like by doing laundry.)

Dresses can be the easiest thing to through on in the morning. My favorites (because of my above mentioned dry cleaning/delicate wash issues) are easy wash and go styles from Old Navy. Most, if not all, of the dresses still allow me to nurse Lucy. In the fall I’ll throw a cardigan on over my dress and pair it with my tall boots. Throw on a scarf or statement necklace to change the look a bit. I like Old Navy not just because they are wash and wear, but because the dresses aren’t that pricey. While I get a ton of wear out of these dresses, if I grow bored of them after a season, I can pass them along without feeling guilty.

Ok, the jeans. I do wear them. Mostly on Fridays when I have no meetings outside of my office. In the fall, I like to pair it with a stylish Patriots sweatshirt or Redskins jersey. Maybe a Cal tee shirt with a long sleeve tee underneath. When you live in enemy territory, you have to represent.

I’m far from fashionable, but I think I manage to look put together most days (with the occasional toddler snot smear on me). Over three years into this working mom thing and I’ve learned that I need to find an easy way to look put together and that I probably need to do laundry more often. What are your “fashion” tips for the busy, modern working woman?


Making a Date

I know what all the blogs, parenting magazines and other “experts” say about dating your spouse after kids. It’s necessary. It’s important. It makes a difference. I get that. They’re right. I mean, I was probably able to complete about 4 sentences to A all day today. Small children are not great for conversation. Or […]

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The Dreaded Phone Call: Dealing with Sick Days

Dealing with Sick Days

I keep my cell phone on my desk at work. Its ring interrupts my thoughts and with the exception of my husband’s personal ringtone, I often find the ringing jolting. Glancing at the phone, recognizing the number as one from my daycare center is always concerning. The calls usually go like this: “Hi Lauren, this […]

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Seattle Fall: Do the Puyallup

Seattle Fall: Do the Puyallup

Despite the temperatures not feeling very fall like today, we celebrated the fall’s rumored arrival with a visit to the Washington State Fair. Or you know, Do the Puyallup. This was our third year visiting the fair, each visit bringing something new. Our first year I was pregnant with Lucy and Lila was young, interested […]

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Another Season, Another Letter to My Bear and Goose

A Letter to My Bear and Goose - Our 4th Football Season as a Family

Dear Bear and Goose,  Another season starts today and it is incredibly hard for me to believe that this is my fourth letter of this kind. (One, two, and three.) Where has the time gone? Has it really been only five football seasons since your father and I would lay in bed and roll over […]

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The Unofficial End of Summer

Baseball in the Sun

Sigh, it is Labor Day and so summer has ended. Or so they say.  The weather is turning. Lila starts preschool tomorrow. The unofficial end to summer certainly feels final and official. We’ve had a great summer. Vacations, beach trips, amazing weather. Looking back at our bucket list, I’d say we did pretty good. Beach – […]

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Some of My Favorite Things:

How makes my life easier

One of the great things about the community of bloggers on the internet is that someone is always trying something new and sharing about their experiences. For me, this is a great way to discover new ways to make my life easier in some way, plus someone else has tried it first so I know […]

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Recipe for Social Media and Quick Breads

Seattle Bloggers Visit in Seattle

I recently attended a Seattle bloggers event at Allrecipes in Seattle.  Allrecipes is a social recipe site. For those who are familiar with Ravelry, it is basically the Ravelry of the food world.  It was started by a group of University of Washington graduate students and has grown over the last 16 years. To be […]

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Trying to Find More Hours in the Day

On Facebook last week, a fellow working mom posted the Business Week article Work-Life Balance: Late Nights at Home Now Common. I almost laughed out loud as I read the first paragraph because it fit me (and my husband) to a tee: This productivity is great! But I feel so, so tired. Like I should be under the covers […]

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