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by Sarah Steimer

Houston kitchen

Our tidy kitchen table on one of our first days. In the month ahead, this became the centerpiece of numerous meals, homework sessions and epiphanies of all types. The kitchen and its table truly was the heart and soul of our home away from home.

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by Caitlin Saniga / photos by Joel Hawksley

I love it when Joel take pictures. I tell him this all the time. So it was to my utter delight when his new lens arrived just in time and he brought it along to Outstanding in the Field this past weekend. What is Outstanding in the Field, you ask? I’ll tell you about our experience at Arcadian Fields in Hope Valley, R.I., but I think the photos tell a better story.

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by Sarah Steimer

Boulder, Colorado

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by Caitlin Saniga

Roanoke

Does this photo of Roanoke look familiar? I’m borrowing it from a post I wrote three and a half years ago, when I first moved to Roanoke.

I’ve been putting off this post for awhile now because, like the quote from “The Wonder Years” goes:

Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go.

I made a huge leap of faith a couple of months ago when I packed up what few belongings would fit in my car and drove away from Roanoke, eastward toward Providence, R.I. Flip ahead to the happy ending of this story, and you’ll find that I’m settling in nicely in this new city, in a new job and with my terrific boyfriend, Joel, by my side. I’ve traded in my familiar, beloved mountainous surroundings for a spot near the ocean in the smallest state in the country. Who knew my next adventure would be in New England? I certainly didn’t, but I’m so happy I’m here. There’s so much to explore and so many new things to experience.

But I can’t move on without first looking back and paying tribute to Roanoke, the place that shaped my foundation as an independent adult, as a food lover, as an outdoors enthusiast, etc. So here they are, my favorite hidden and understated charms of the Star City of the South, a place I’ll always consider home. Go ahead — poke around:

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by Caitlin Saniga

I have some big news to share on the blog today: I’ve moved to Providence, R.I. More details to come, friends. But for now, a postcard:

Providence postcard front

Providence postcard back

See a map of Caitlin’s and Sarah’s postcards to each other.

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by Caitlin Saniga

I kept the drawing simple this time and used my favorite new tool: random.org, a random number generator

I used my favorite new tool to pick this giveaway’s winner: random.org, a random number generator. Each commenter got a number, and the generator took care of the rest.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Sylvia's Table

“Sylvia’s Table” is a great cookbook for families who want to cook together. It’s packed with bite-sized lessons on where fresh food comes from and how to prepare it.

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