Bearcation

June 28, 2010

The Lunchbox returns!! New setting. New ingredients. Same structure.

Today’s sandwich was Tempeh + Jam on Dakota bread. I forgot to mention this last week, but the Soy Boy tempeh is AMAZING! Best I’ve ever had. It’s sweeter – like soy milk – and has a grainer texture than the Litelife. I’m going to have to hunt this down!!

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I used a long slice and cut it in half for a short, stocky sandwich. [Did you know I pronounce it like most Southerners do: "Sam-wich" :mrgreen:

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On the side – Oikos with a little bag of granola crumbs. I found a tiny spoon in Karen’s drawer!!

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And for the nutrition, bell peppers and Sabra hummus!

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For the love of natural light!

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A great perk of being at "mom’s" house – waxed paper!! There are so many little luxuries that I really should just buy. I always find waxed paper to take up space and go unused, but it sure makes a great sandwich wrap!

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Bearcation

As you may remember, the three Bears went to live with their grandmother during our period of homelessness. Apparently they’ve been blossoming since they left!

From my mom:

I have asked each bear to choose one type of lesson this summer. Churton chose piano lessons and is already quite accomplished.  Here he is playing his recital piece, Beethoven’s "Fur Elise."  I think he chose it because "fur" is in the title. The other bears rock nicely on the rocker while he plays.

It just takes a grandmother’s touch to bring the best out in children!

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Today marks the start of the final week of my internship. Wahoo!

Hope y’all are having a great Monday :)

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

Well those bears are really quite talented – I could use a few lessons on the piano myself, maybe you could pass my contact details on!? :P
Tempeh and jam sandwich…the thought of it makes me die and go to heaven !
Have a great day!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet June 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

Hahaha that is too cute!!

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3 Rachel June 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

You guys and those bears kill me! It’s so funny and sweet.

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4 Evan Thomas June 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

Good luck with your final week! I’m still skeptical on the tempeh and jam, maybe it’s cuz I’m not a huge tempeh fan

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5 Stephanie June 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

Hey Kath! I just wanted to say that I love all your bear antics, it’s really cute and I can definitely relate. My fiance and I have a monkey named Bongo that we treat like our son. haha, it’s nice to see others out there who love their stuffed animals as much as we do. :)

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6 Wei-Wei June 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

Hahahaha the bear is too cute! How is he progressing with Fur Elise now? BTW I love how you took the photo in the chair :D And your lunch looks great! :)

Wei-Wei

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7 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

your bears crack me up! you guys are hilarious!

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8 JessicaR June 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

I love the bears! That just made my Monday. :D

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9 Marisa (Loser for Life) June 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

Haha! The bears are having a grand time!

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10 Julz June 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

That looks like a FABULOUS lunch!

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11 Emily Eats and Exercises June 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

I continue to be impressed that you’re on quite a normal eating and blogging schedule despite the chaos of moving. Very impressive! Enjoy your lunch and your final week!

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12 Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

those bears are too darn cute! :)

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13 jenna June 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

i love how your family has such a playful side! Makes life more interesting!

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14 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

Awww – the bears…so cute! Also – that Dakota bread…nom. Oh, and congrats on it being your last week!

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15 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Totally love the tempeh and jam combo. I wasn’t convinced it was delicious until I actually tried it for myself. Now I’m hooked. :D

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16 Lauren June 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Honestly, those bears are too cute. And such intellectuals, and so well-fed!

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17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Good to know the bears are enjoying their grandmother’s house! Your lunch looks tasty! Have a great afternoon!

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18 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary June 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I love that you took the food to the natural light ;) I’m always taking my food outside bc our kitchen has no windows and the dining room on gets a little of the morning sun… Can’t wait for a place with a bit more natural light for my pictures :D

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19 Estela @ Weekly Bite June 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Those bears crack me up!

I need to find me some of that Temp!

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20 Lindsay June 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Can you give the back story of the bears!?!? I have been reading for a few months now, but I am always confused by the bears!!

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21 Jenny June 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

You’re right- little things like wax paper make big differences!

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22 Brynne June 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Waxed paper reminds me of my mom too! And the pb&js that used to be wrapped up inside everyday at lunch :0)

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23 Laura @ youngDCliving June 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I second Lindsay, can you give background info? I find it really funny too, but would probably get it a lot more if I knew when it all started, haha :)

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24 Dani June 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Whats the deal with the bears?? I don’t really understand it…

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25 Dorry June 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Haha – I love the bears!! I’m so glad y’all have such as nice, comfortable place to stay during your transition!

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26 emily June 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

your bears are adorable & so fun! churton looks very talented, for sure.

even though i’ve seen them mentioned from time to time, i’m afraid i missed the initial explanation…. if there was one. and if there was, do you have any idea of the link, or could you enlighten me? i want to be able to fully appreciate them. :)

your lunch looks amazing, of course. i haven’t tried tempeh before– the calories in it freak me out a bit. do you think it’s worth it anyway? & the great harvest bread you feature always makes me crave that stuff. i haven’t had it in a long time, but it’s so good. when i was little, we stopped by great harvest for free slices on our way home from ballet practice. mm.

hope you have an amazing day, & congratulations for finishing up your internship this week!

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27 katyrenee June 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Do you boil and cook the tempeh or eat it out of the package. We tried it last week–boiling, grilling and it was okay–not worth the work. But if it can be eaten out of the package I might try it again!

Enjoy your last week!

Peace!

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28 Kath June 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Eat it raw!

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29 Danielle (Runs on Green) June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Tempeh and jam are an interesting combo! I’d be interested to find out where you got that tempeh from. I’ve only ever tried the Lightlife :D

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30 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Has he learned Chopsticks yet?? :D

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31 Melissa @ HerGreenLife June 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’ve never thought to eat tempeh raw like that — and now you have me wondering if I could make homemade tempeh . . . .

Do you usually take your sandwich in a container? I’m sure the move and temporary living situation has shaken things up at bit! There are many good reasons to stick with that instead of waxed paper, both economically and environmentally. My motto? Save green and be green: go with reusable rather than disposable AMAP (as much as possible).

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32 Kath June 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Yes, of course. It’s always in tupperware. But now that’s in a POD somewhere in Virginia..

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33 Monique@She's Going The Distance June 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

hahaha that’s so cute… Fur Elise :)

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34 Mom June 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Mary, I finally had to ban chopsticks. They were all playing it, day and night. I don’t like to stifle their creativity, but a grandmother has her limits.

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35 Mom June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Oh and Freya, the piano teacher, Dr. Vandersnoot, is a wonderful teacher but very strict.

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36 Mary Frances June 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Do the bears play nice with the girls; or since there is such a huge age difference do they just keep to themselves and not bother them, especially since just getting out of the hospital recently?

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37 Mom June 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm

The girls (dolls that were repaired) are still in Baltimore with my mom. I bet they would be a little rough but not overly. They are respectful bears.

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38 Mary Frances June 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Oh, well they must be really feeling good to be out all the time because I thought they had gone home. I’ll bet when they do come home they will have a new dress to wear that they bought on one of their shopping adventures.

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39 sarah (the SHU box) June 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

it sounds like subtle requests for grandchildren are starting to be heard from out of hillsborough! although the bears seem to be keeping them pretty busy :)

i agree there is something oddly comforting about waxed paper. josh especially loves it.

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40 Cynthia (It All Changes) June 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

O the conveniences I never think to buy because I only know a few uses for them.

Enjoy your last week.

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41 Lolly June 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I’m new to this blog but love it! Can someone explain to me who Karen is & what her relationship to Kath & Matt is? Is she a friend or a relative? thanks!

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42 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog June 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I will step in and be helpful. Karen = Matt’s mom. :)

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43 Simply Life June 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Hope you enjoy your last week at the internship!

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44 Kori June 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Everything sounds like it’s going very well for you and Matt, despite the chaos that was your all’s life only a few days ago. :) Your lunch looks devine, and the bears are so cute! :) Yay for the end in site for you internship!

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45 Mom June 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Karen is Matt’s mother, Kath’s mother-in-law. The bears came from three different backgrounds and were happily adopted by Matt and Kath.

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46 Callie June 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Those bears are so adorable! :) Churton looks pretty talented.
I also pronounce ‘sandwich’ ‘sam-wich’. I guess I’m a Californian with a Southern accent…

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47 Kathleen June 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Every time I read your blog it inspires me to eat better. Also, love the bears! Adorable.

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48 Jill June 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I’m very impressed with Churton’s piano playing posture. Maybe his next piece will be something by “Bear-y” Manilow?

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49 Kath June 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm

hahahah!

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50 Jillian June 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Oh no, I hope he doesn’t pick Copa Cabearna..

I can’t believe I just wrote that. It’s been a long day and I’m really tired, that’s my excuse ;)

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51 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

lol…your mom is too cute.

I haven’t heard of that tempeh brand– now I want to try it!

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52 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Oh my gosh, the bears are ADORABLE!
And I say “sam-wich” too – along with “micer-wave” instead of micro-wave ;)

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53 Kath June 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm

ha! me toO!

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54 Marissa June 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Hilarious–the bears! Isn’t your mom a children’s author? She could seriously write a book about her grandbears!

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55 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog June 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I told you that was the best tempeh! I’ve only seen it at Earth Fare. Side note: SoyBoy veggie burgers are DISGUSTING. They should definitely stick to tempeh…

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56 Evelyn @ cheers2healthy June 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Hahaha!! Oh, the lengths food bloggers will go for the right lighting. Kinda funny when you think about it : P

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57 Kristina June 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm

OMG cute bears! how fun is that. :)

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58 Elaine @ Om Sweet Om June 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Your little family looks so adorable!

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59 Nora@LiveLifeEatRight June 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I love soy boy!! 5-grain is my favorite! Best way to enjoy: mashed with jam and goat cheese then mixed in a salad with spinach, celery, cucumber, broccoli and almonds! HEAVENLY!

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60 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) June 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Another great post, and very funny too. :) AMEN to natural light. As a new blogger, I learned about natural light very quickly.

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61 Ashley@thehungryscholar June 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Yay, for the internship coming to an end! You’ve worked so hard!

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62 anne June 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Your mom is so cute! I see where you get your creativity.

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63 Kath June 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Bear Background: We have 3 Bears and they are alive. Not much more to say! Bocker was the first – a gift to me from Davidson. Matt used to make him come alive (and torture him!). Beaker was second. Then Churton, who was found on the side of the road.

A joke is that I used to HATE stuffed animals, especially as gifts from boyfriends on Valentine’s Day. And now we have them! Roll of the eyes.

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64 emily June 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Hahaha, it’s kind of amazing, but that is basically exactly the same story we have with OUR bears! I’m not sure if that type of “small world” is comforting or disturbing :D

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65 lynn (The Actors Diet) June 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

i’ve never heard of that tempeh brand – will keep an eye out for it!

i’m going to practice piano too!

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66 Dana June 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Hi Kath!
I read your blog often and really enjoy it but have never posted! I am from Canada but am looking into dietician programs in the States because I have a sister in Raleigh. Where did you take the RD program?
Thanks so much and happy moving! :)
Dana

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67 Kath June 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

At Winthrop University

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68 Nicole, RD June 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Cute teddies :)

Congrats on your last week!

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69 Maria June 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for the background on the bears! My Fiance and I also give life to nonliving things (our animals range from dogs to bears to stuffed owls) as a long running joke, so I can totally relate to the bears. Hilarious post!

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70 Lisa @bakebikeblog June 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

haha what a talented bear :) this actually made me giggle out loud a little ;)

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71 Krystina June 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Haha, you, your mom and your bears are adorable.

I want to try that tempeh! I bet it’d make my tempeh/jam/dijon sandwiches taste mega good.

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72 ari June 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm

i keep meaning to try the tempeh and jam. also, i’m confused. did you not find a house? so you’re living with karen? cause i thought you did find a house. but i could be getting you confused with caitlin HAH so many bloggers moving.

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73 Kath June 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Nope! No new house.

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74 Suzanne June 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

LOVE the Soy Boy tempeh. I have been eating it for a while now. And I buy it from Whole Foods. Do you guys have a Whole Foods down there?

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75 Kerri June 28, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I want piano lessons. Lucky Bear!

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76 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I love Karen’s condo it’s so nice. I really need to try tempeh sometime, looks good.

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77 The Wife of a Dairyman June 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I just recently started using waxed sandwich bags….love them. But sometimes they can be difficult to find at the grocery store.

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78 Hannah June 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Wow, and by now you would have finished the first of your last five days – hurrah! I also love how the tempeh is thicker than the bread – protein for the win, maybe? :P

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79 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I love tempeh and jam. I also include spinach in the mix for some veggie-goodness.

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80 Amber K June 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm

You crack me up with explaining how you pronounce things! Mostly because I would NEVER think to pronounce things in those ways!

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81 Lynna June 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I know, Soy Boy tempeh is the best!! I haven’t been able to find it at a grocery store yet but I first tried it at the Whole Foods hot bar. It was so amazing I asked one of the employees what kind of tempeh was in that particular dish, he said it was Soy Boy but they didn’t sell that in the store. Humph!

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82 Casey June 29, 2010 at 1:44 am

Congrats on your last week!

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83 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear June 29, 2010 at 5:57 am

I love your bear stories :)

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84 Marissa June 29, 2010 at 8:13 am

Aww, I love hearing about the bears. So cute! I should make more of an effort to find a good spot to photograph my meals–my kitchen counter is okay in the afternoons with the big window open, but in the morning its a lost cause.

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85 Tammy June 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

Oh my… your parents NEED a real grandchild!! Tempeh looks good – I’ve never had it – I know you can make it with a starter. Have a good day.

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