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Sage in October

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Okay, I really do have recipes going on in my life.

And they will make it to the blog, super soonish. Pinky promise.

But if we can just be honest with ourselves, is anyone in the world really lacking for recipe ideas right now? errr, uhmm, file under things a food blogger should never ever say.

Just a guess – you, lovely reader, have 800-some recipes bookmarked online somewhere (hi Pinterest) and a handful of cookbooks that you’ve been meaning to cook through but yet somehow the recipes-to-make list just keeps growing and you never actually get around to making most of them. They are all amazingly good ideas, but TIME, where are you?

Enter today’s fur baby mind candy post. It’s a Monday morning and we’re doing this.

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Last week we spent a few days working from a little cabin-type place on the North Shore of Lake Superior – Tofte, Minnesota, to be exact for all my peeps who are familiar with the Midwestern cultural practice of going UP NORTH.

While we were there, I decided to give myself a little cooking retreat where I would make recipes just because. We’re talking the kind of thing where you just look through a cookbook, pick out some recipes, make them, and eat them. Revolutionary, right? No new recipe concept development, no photos, no scramble. Just good food, and just because. ♡ And everyone (ME) breathed a collective sigh of sweet, delicious relief.

I made lots-o different recipes – mostly slow, old fashioned, totally from scratch comfort food, which was so perfect for creating those yummy fall feelings. Like for example. Texas chili con carne with cornbread. Spicy kale and almond pesto that ended up on crackers, eggs, a tricolor carrot salad, and multiple varieties of homemade pizza. Vermont chicken pot pie (why Vermont? I don’t know and better yet I don’t NEED to know – someone else named that recipe and I don’t need to think about it 🙌) that took a total of TWO DAYS to make because I made the chicken, stock, gravy, and biscuits from scratch.

You can bet your buns that I have a list of new ideas that are a mile long after taking just a few days to get back to the basics of cooking love. But also: I made delicious recipes that will probably never find their way to the blog because SOMETIMES IT’S GOOD TO DO THAT.

Which brings me to Sage.

Sage is just rocking the October vibes, you guys.

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I know it’s technically not the end of October yet, but let’s be real: she doesn’t have much more going on for the rest of the month besides sleeping on the couch, so I thought today was as good a day as any for a monthly recap.

Our trip up north was her first Sage-cation and she did brilliantly with the change of location, change of pace (HIKES! wow Sage), and change of scenery. I think she’s a granola dog at heart.

We even caught some rare paparazzi-like shots of her (wait for it) BEING ACTIVE.

Or more accurately, “Being Active.”

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Yep. There she is, our little mathlete.

Okay, but seriously, Sage’s October highlights (with an emphasis on our little vacation) included sitting on laps, sniffing the trails, and eating mass amounts of treats during our training session to try to teach her how to play fetch.

The fur hooded vest sweater situation was not exactly her highlight, but it was definitely mine.

From the moment that we packed her up in the car and she snuggled right into her little backseat spot to the moment we walked back into the house and she belted out a long, happy howl… it was all just meant to be. Sage + October for lyfe.

Happy Monday, all you dog lovers of the internet!


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In other news, I’m looking at studios today. WHAT WHAT WHAAAAAT.

That is for real happening in my actual life and I’m so excited about it slash dorky that I literally couldn’t sleep last night. You should come along for the tour today! I’ll be snappin. Just search and follow pinchofyum on Snapchat – if you see something you like, send me a snap! Snap message? Snap-text. Right? I’m old. I love hearing from you guyz on all these internet places.


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94 Comments

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    Kristine

    I love food but I love dogs more. My favorite post since I’ve been following; she’s lovely.

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    Julie

    Love all your pics- it’s so beautiful up here in N MN right now! And I love Sage- she always has the cutest look on her face- kind of a cross between excitement and “meh”… Keep those pics coming! 🙂

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      Uh, yeah, but probably leaning more towards MEH. All the time. She’s so unexcitable except for like two minutes of the day, when we finish work and get ready for a walk. Oh Sagey.

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    Tamara

    What a sweet little girl! And what a breathtaking autumn landscape. It’s one of those things we aren’t privileged enough to see here in Florida. Thanks for sharing the pictures, at least I could relive some Fall memories through them.

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    Ronda

    Sage’s jacket is the cutest! She is a lucky dog/family member. One of the things I like about your blog and that makes it unique is how real you two are on here. I’ve visited blogs where it’s obvious that blogger is trying too hard to be funny, find something to write about that they don’t really care about, and/or throw something online just to get something online. You, on the other hand, are not feeling a recipe today so let us know. Just one of the many reasons why your blog is a success.

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    Kim

    Our dogs spend so much time waiting for us it’s nice that you devoted some October time for Sage

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    Leanna

    Sage is such a beautiful dog! It looks like she had a great time. We took our mutt on her first road trip this fall up to Carmel, CA (and used some of your recommendations for the coastal drive–thanks!), and she loved it.

    Enjoy that fall weather for those of us in SoCal; it was 103 here yesterday. I am not a CA native, and I’m gonna make some pumpkin scones now and pretend to be back in a place with seasons. 🙂

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      ohhhhh sweet Carmel! We have such good memories of that place. Did you take your dog to the Carmel beach where all the dogs run free? That’s Sage’s (read: my) dream trip. 🙂

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    Yesss we got to see the hoodie! 😉 Sage is beautiful and so was “Up North”. Thanks for sharing and I hope studio hunting is as fun as it sounds!

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    I love this series! It makes me so happy. Yay for Sage for Being Active. We knew she had it in her. But we love her snuggly self just as well. Thanks for making these posts; since I don’t have social media, I really enjoy being able to see Sage and you guys together…and all the other life posts you do. <3 You're awesome! And gorgeous photos again! ☺

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    Cassandra Ridenhour

    Honestly, I did need a break from recipes. This has been my favorite post of your so far! I love my dog Lucy as well and am inspired to take more photos of her now 🙂