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Fall Family Time

October 12, 2010

Hello, hello! I hope you had a great Monday!

Anytime we go out of town and have to leave the dogs with their boarder, I always feel pretty guilty.  They really like the people they stay with—it’s a BIG house out in the country.  The boarders have tons of room for the dogs to run around and play, and they have six (SIX!) golden retrievers of their own, so I know our dogs have fun, but still…it makes me feel like a bad parent!

So, whenever we pick them back up after taking a trip, we try to do something extra fun with them.  Today, we took the dogs to explore a hiking trail that was recently built by the environmental studies professors and their students.  Apparently they have class up on the trail sometimes!  Even though the trail is literally right across the street from our office, we hadn’t yet explored it.  With the leaves in full technicolor-mode and the dogs full of energy, today seemed like a great day to finally hit the trail!

Here are some highlights from our mini-hike:

Following the yellow:

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…and the red:

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Plus all the colors in between:

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Two years ago almost to the day, about a week after we adopted Baxter, I took this photo in Indiana, where Ryan and I were in grad school at the time:

halloween and fall 149 

…and today, I took this one:

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Some things never change!

The dogs had a great time running around:

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…and sitting around:

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…Ella found the perfect stick:

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You gotta love a dog with ambition, right?

Baxter took in the view:

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A great time was had by all! I love knowing that this trail is only five minutes away!

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Our day was a celebration of fall, but our dinner felt rather summery.  In an effort to use up some of the seaweed that we have in our pantry (that sounds weird, I know), I came up with this tofu seaweed slaw.  It was really tasty! 

Slaw Ingredients:

1 small head green cabbage, sliced thin

1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thin

1 package cubed firm tofu (I use Nasoya, because it’s already firm right out of the box.  If you wanted, you could press your own tofu and add it after pressing)

2 sheets of nori seaweed, cut into strips

1 package (about 2 cups) kelp noodles, drained and chopped

3/4 cup soaked arame seaweed (to prepare the arame, soak in a bowl of cold water for about 15 minutes before adding to the slaw.  This will allow the arame to rehydrate and almost double in size)

Dressing Ingredients:

juice of 1 lime

2 tbsp. tasted sesame oil

1 tbsp. mirin

1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

2 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce

1 tbsp. brown sugar

Stir the dressing ingredients until the sugar has dissolved, then pour over the slaw and toss until slaw is mixed and the dressing has been fully incorporated.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. 

Some pictures of the process:

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Nori:

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Arame, soaking:

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Final product:

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Yum!

This was great! It was really reminiscent of the seaweed salad I love at sushi restaurants, but with some added substance from the tofu.  I filled my bowl about four times.  🙂

Time for a bath, and then…bed!

See you tomorrow!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. greensandjeans permalink
    October 12, 2010 12:48 am

    I just want to dive headfirst into these pictures! So flipping pretty. I’m sad that prime leaf season will be over by the time I get out there!

  2. October 12, 2010 12:52 am

    Gorgeous photos — absolutely stunning!

  3. October 12, 2010 12:56 am

    That salad looks incredible! I want to be outside so badly right now! I am tired of being inside with all of this work! Your pictures made it worse for me! Enjoy the time with your family!

  4. October 12, 2010 1:47 am

    What STUNNING photos! I am so impressed! They make me love fall even more 🙂 Enjoy the time with the fam!!

  5. October 12, 2010 1:48 am

    Those fall photos are absolutely breathtaking! You have mad skills with the camera!

    • October 12, 2010 1:57 am

      The fall colors make it easy…but thanks!! 🙂

  6. October 12, 2010 2:21 am

    Amazing fall photos!! : )

    I understand, it’s hard for us to leave our dog at the boarders too … but the place we bring him is called Bed & Biscuit, haha, I love it.

  7. October 12, 2010 2:31 am

    Looking at these pictures just makes me wish for the millionth time that I lived on the east coast where I belong!!

  8. Jen permalink
    October 12, 2010 2:59 am

    gorgeous, just gorgeous.

  9. October 12, 2010 10:39 am

    so pretty! we took some fall pics this past weekend and it is just my favorite time of year.

  10. October 12, 2010 12:10 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful day, dogs, and dish! It’s the little things, isn’t it?

  11. October 12, 2010 12:36 pm

    I love the beautiful fall pictures!! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing here- they’re getting ready to any day now 🙂

  12. October 12, 2010 12:36 pm

    You are making me miss living in a place with an actual “fall” 🙂

  13. October 12, 2010 12:40 pm

    What a great slaw idea. You did inspire me to start using my arame in stir fries. Love all the pictures. Gorgeous. Our leaves are just dead here after the brutal summer.

  14. October 12, 2010 12:47 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous. It’s funny how fall has really hit your area already, but when I was near Philly this weekend there was barely any color in the trees!

  15. October 12, 2010 1:12 pm

    what beautiful pictures, you sure have a talent!

  16. Emo permalink
    October 12, 2010 1:12 pm

    How gorgeous! The leaves down here haven’t changed, yet — of course, it is 88 degrees. I love the pictures of the pups! I hope y’all are enjoying fall!

  17. October 12, 2010 1:48 pm

    Being outdoors with my dog and husband is my favorite thing to do! Looks like you guys had a great afternoon 🙂

  18. October 12, 2010 1:53 pm

    Ahhh I love fall in Pennsylvania.

  19. October 12, 2010 3:48 pm

    Beautiful photography!

  20. October 12, 2010 5:38 pm

    Wow, the pictures are beautiful! We’re just starting to see those fall colors here.

    And yum on the slaw, great use for tofu!

  21. October 12, 2010 6:05 pm

    the food recipe OR the fall trees…either would have been a stellar post…

    but you combined them.

    you had me at the first beautiful picture of fall. God, you are so talented with your camera!!! And in the kitchen!! 🙂

  22. Lisa permalink
    October 12, 2010 7:00 pm

    WOW those colors are incredible! We definitely don’t see the colors as rich out here in California so I have to live vicariously through your photos.
    That portrait of Ella on the tree stump is absolutely perfect–it belongs in a calendar! 🙂

  23. October 12, 2010 7:02 pm

    WOW those colors are incredible! We definitely don’t see the colors as rich out here in California so I have to live vicariously through your photos.
    That portrait of Ella on the tree stump is absolutely perfect–it belongs in a calendar! 🙂

  24. October 13, 2010 12:31 am

    Love the photos! I just love fall and seeing how the colors 🙂

    Your slaw looks great, I love finding new ways to eat more seaweed 🙂

  25. October 13, 2010 1:08 am

    Those pictures are so gorgeous. You are a really good photographer.

  26. October 13, 2010 3:21 am

    Love love love the photos. Sigh.

  27. Ginger permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:11 pm

    Beautiful!!! I wish I were back there now!

  28. October 14, 2010 5:33 pm

    Hi! I just clicked over for the 1st time from Faith, Fitness and Fun. What a pretty blog you have – and I love the pictures in this post! I have a slight obsession with fall, and all those vibrant colors make me swoon:)

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