5 on 10, that is to say... one of those days

My alarm woke me yesterday, and after a few snoozes (which I hate doing), I was greeted by my monthly reminder, alerting me to the fact that it was the tenth of the month, and therefore I should get out my Big Girl Camera and try to capture some of the beauty of the day. Of course, then everyone else woke up and the day catapulted into what I would call a classic vacation-detox/transition-back-to-real-life day, which is to say a challenging day.

After a wonderful, amazing, relaxing weekend away I was back in the throws of motherhood and let me tell you, it wasn't a pretty sight. The day ended with me apologizing for having a bad attitude all day and praying with the kids that Jesus would give us all new hearts and a better day on Tuesday.

That said, these were the only photos that were taken. You'll note that there's not ten. They do still convey some beauty though, and I'm thankful for that. God is faithful to provide little snippets of beauty even amidst a hard day. Things like wedding centerpieces graciously given by the mother-of-the-bride, funky-cute pigtails, classic children's artwork, learning to read... and bacon.

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The sweetest part of the day was seeing my two daughters snuggled into the same bed after much struggling at the bedtime hour. I probably shouldn't mention how I took a terrible flash-on photo of them with my phone about twenty minutes after they finally fell asleep and I woke Hallee back up. But yeah, that's the kind of day it was. They looked super cute right before that, though.

Beauty in the ordinary... it's there even when we least expect it. That's why I like to link up with Rebekah; check out the other fun posts by clicking the button below...

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10 on 10: May 2013 and yummy creamy curry chicken & kale

I love Fridays. We've finally gotten in the habit of grocery shopping every Friday morning; sometimes we walk and today was one of those days. It was perfect coastal walking weather. In the afternoon it was homeschooling, cleanup, a bit of downtime, creative time, and then dinner prep, where an experimental dish turned out delicious and we had lovely friends over and enjoyed our newly redone patio for a backyard dinner, which is pretty much my favorite thing ever. ten on ten button

Here are my 10 on 10 photos, along with the tasty dinner recipe. I've been playing along with 10 on 10 for a while now, and it's been such a treat lately to be connecting more with its sweet founder Rebekah on Instagram. She recently got a makeover by Oana as well and I love the new look of her blog!

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dessert was Healthy Chocolate PB fudge-- soooo good!  so easy! 

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Creamy curry chicken & kale (paleo/gaps-friendly)


  • half a bunch of kale
  • half a large onion
  • 3 patty pat squash or 1-2 small squashes
  • around 2-3 pounds of chicken thighs (2 packages from TJ's is what I used)
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I get homemade from my food co-op)
  • 1/2 cup organic sour cream
  • curry powder to your liking
  • 1/4 cup organic half 'n'half
  • olive oil
  • garlic, salt & pepper, paprika

1. Slice onions & squash and wash/dry and rip up kale.

2. Toss veggies with olive oil, salt, pepper & garlic to taste in a 13 x9 pan. Add some paprika too!

3. Lay chicken out  on top.

4. Whisk or stir together mayo, sour cream, curry powder and half'n'half to your desired consistency.

5. Spoon over chicken. Add a bit more paprika-- I took this photo before that, but you can imagine how pretty it looked. Cover with foil and roast in preheated oven (450*) for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until done and nice and bubbly. I don't have a photo of the final product but we all loved it. Yum!!

Happy weekending!