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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 7, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day to my many friends who have recently taken on the role of Mom, and to my own mother and grandmother!

This year, I decided to do something a little special to celebrate. It’s the first time I’ve lived this close to my parents in almost a decade, so I took advantage of the proximity. I reached out to a photographer in Charlotte whose work I really love, to see if we could go through his archive to find a picture of Alaska. You guys know I lived there, but my parents also live in Alaska (on Kodiak) in the 1980’s for three years. Ken Beebe, the photographer, used to travel to Alaska in the 1970’s when he worked for the USGS.

After looking through his images, I found an absolutely outstanding picture of Dutch Harbor, Alaska from the sea featuring a crabbing boat in the foreground. I fell in love immediately, and knew the perfect spot for it to hang in my parent’s newly renovated kitchen. So, I worked with Ken on picking out the right size, matting, and framing, then my dad and I hung it as a surprise for my mom. I highly recommend checking out some of his prints that are for sale, either in person at his studio or at his e-commerce site Charlotte Views @ Kugler’s Studio. I am a huge fan of his vintage Charlotte collection.

I also invited my mom over for dinner to cook a Blue Apron meal and eat together. It was so nice to spend time just the two of us, making a super yummy Zucchini & Parmasian Quiche. Neither one of us would ever be described as skilled in the kitchen, so it was fun to make a restaurant quality meal together following the easy instructions. (Recipe Here!)

Enjoy spending time with the mother in your life, and being celebrated if you are one! I personally can’t wait to see what Sasha & Moose got me – being a dog mom totally means you get to participate in this holiday. Here’s hoping they splurged on a new pair of trail running shoes for me!




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