Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff – A Birthday Weekend In Manitou Springs, Colorado (Part 1)

I loathe birthday parties.

It’s no secret. I don’t like having a bunch of other people’s kids in my house. I don’t like the chaos or the mess or the expense. I tend towards introvertedness (yep, that’s a word now!) and entertaining strangers and their children is just not how I want to spend a Saturday afternoon.

This year, we made the decision as a family to stop with the birthday parties and start a new tradition: Birthday weekend trips as a family!

The cost is about the same as that huge birthday party with friends and favors and rentals, but it’s fun you guys. It’s a blast. And we are building memories instead of accumulating more junk in the form of birthday presents (can I get an amen?!).

The kids have loved it, and now that we have been through all the birthdays in our family, I can look back and reflect on how this decision has enhanced our lives.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff – A Birthday Weekend In Manitou Springs, Colorado (Part 1)”

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Ashley Does: Sorry, Instant Pot, It’s Not Going To Happen (A Love Letter To My Slow Cooker)

I know you want in my kitchen, Instant Pot. I know you do. You and your shiny, new, young, fast lifestyle.

Newsflash: I am not young, or new, or shiny, or fast.

I relish in things that take time. Life is so fast, and we miss so much by rushing around.

As for me and my house? We will honor the slow cooker.

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Ashley Does: Spaghetti Squash and Shrimp in a Lemon-Butter Sauce…YUM!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about food.

Mostly because Joe and I have started a new lifestyle and I don’t cook the way I used to anymore. I don’t bake much and our meals look different to be sure.

It took some serious retraining since the New Way is so counter-intuitive to the Old Way.

It’s been almost four months and I am used to it now. I’m also two pants sizes smaller, heartburn free, migraine free, and feeling overall healthier. So it has definitely been worth it!

I bet you’re asking me, “Ashley, what are you doing?”

I will tell you, but you must prepare yourself first. Prepare your heart for something that you are not expecting.

Are you ready? Continue reading “Ashley Does: Spaghetti Squash and Shrimp in a Lemon-Butter Sauce…YUM!”

Ashley Does: Chocolate Milk Shake For Breakfast!

Chocolate Milk Shakes have their own Day.

Did you know that?!

How have I lived this long without knowing about National Chocolate Milk Shake Day?

I feel kind of cheated.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Chocolate Milk Shake For Breakfast!”

Ashley Does: Lasagna Education

I posted this a million years ago on another blog I ran – I HAD to share it with you all. I hope you enjoy it!

I can’t tell you how happy lasagna makes me. The orderly fashion with which it must be constructed. The beautiful colors. The cheese. It’s comforting from beginning to glorious end.

It’s a work of ooey, gooey art and it is one of my favorite meals to make.

It recently came to my attention that there are still people out there – people I know and love, y’all – who don’t know how to make lasagna. That is simply unacceptable and I am here to fix that unspeakable problem tonight.

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