winding down.

winding down |

Sometimes I forget that I live on an island.

I forget because it’s not your typical island, one that’s studded with palm trees and picture perfect weather. My island is Long Island, which is part of New York state. Both beautiful and unique, it has a completely different vibe. We have several beaches across the 118 mile stretch; some rocky and some smooth… some with billowing bluffs. You’ll find shrubby pines amongst the sea grass, and if you look close enough you might spot a deer. It may not be tropical, but it sure is wonderful.

In true local fashion, I didn’t go to the beach once this summer. We spent most of our days swimming in the pool and hanging out in the backyard. The month of September is a completely different story. This is my most favorite time of the year. The weather is warm and sunny, and the crowds have completely disappeared.

Just how I like it….

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reason #6: too many updates

reason #6: too many updates |

This may not be the most riveting read, but you might find it a bit interesting…

For every post that I publish, I get a handful of new email subscribers.

And, a handful of unsubscribers.

Luckily, the service that manages my reader subscriptions will give you a reason as to why someone has unsubscribed from your blog. It gives you insight to their personal preferences. The most popular choice is #12: other or will not disclose (a.k.a the nice guy’s way out). Then, there is reason #6: too many updates….

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trusting your instincts

trusting your instincts |

I often wonder about the life of a blogger outside of blogging…

When I first started The Clever Carrot, I wasn’t sure how personal it was going to be, especially when it came to my kids. With that said, I had a recipe for you today but I am not going to publish it. I’m feeling compelled to share a different kind of story, one that doesn’t involve any food at all. In doing so, I hope to inspire those who might find themselves in a similar situation. Because when it comes to your kids, they trump everything.

(Go get yourself some coffee and a snack… this is a long one).

Two days ago, Jake woke up with a really nasty bite on his upper thigh. It looked like a ‘bulls-eye’. Was it a tick?

We went to the pediatrician to have it checked out….

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in my summer kitchen

in my summer kitchen | The Clever Carrot

It’s been a while since I’ve given you a tour of my kitchen, hasn’t it?

Well, don’t get too excited- it’s a total mess. We moved into our new house a couple of days ago and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. Boxes and junk EVERYWHERE!!! The picture above features my latest finds while unpacking today, including my favorite white leaf platter…

Also, in my kitchen are my gorgeous new appliances.

Remember this post? Feast your eyes on my new stove!…

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scenes from our easter celebration 2014

easter 2014 | The Clever Carrot

We partied like it was Christmas.

All it took was a little warm weather and some good food to whip our sun-deprived souls back into shape. Welcome back, spring! My aunt and uncle hosted the festivities this year, and if you know my family, we’re always up for a good party (holiday or not). We sing too. Did I ever tell you that? We’re like the modern day Von Trapp family. Incidentally, our Easter egg hunt is accompanied by the banjo… Rhythm and chaos, it’s tradition….

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