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A Cozy Night In With Hot Oil Fondue

Hot oil fondue has been a family tradition my entire life. Every Christmas, we settle in for a long night of cooking meat and veggies in hot oil pots. We’ll have salad and bread, what seems like a million dipping sauces. It’s a slow process — so slow, we typically open gifts while we eat. It is a perfect cozy night in and I love it so freaking much.

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Grandma's Marathon 2018

If you are from Minnesota, you know about Grandma's Marathon. It is iconic -- both for the race and for the party that happens afterward. It has been on my radar since I ran my first marathon in 2015 but because of timing, it never worked out.

I'll be honest, it is a major commitment and not just because of the running. You have to be in town Friday night -- there is no packet pick-up on race day and the start time makes it nearly impossible to drive in Saturday morning. My only other marathon experiences were at the Twin Cities Marathon where I woke up at a comfortable time and got dropped off blocks from the start line in downtown Minneapolis. So this was a new experience for me. 

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Jean's Summer Salad

My best friend Julie gave me this recipe after her mom Jean made it over the Fourth of July. Hence, why it is called Jean's Summer Salad. Easy recipe naming strategy moving forward. 

I tweaked Jean's version a little bit -- swapped out celery for cucumbers and toasted the slivered almonds. Nothing drastic because Jean's recipe looked amazing. And Julie raved about how delicious it was for being so simple. 

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