Tag Archives: fall

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

8 Sep

School is back in session, and it’s that time again for everyone’s favorite fall report: What I Did on My Summer Vacation.

It’s been a wild summer for The Denim Jungle. We’ve traveled. We’ve partied. We’ve made friends. And, oh, how we’ve imagined—and crafted!

Imagination Payne Library

Here are a few highlights… with more in the works for the fall, including a crafty storytime at the free Imagine Children’s Museum book carnival on Friday, September 16, from 6-8pm and a fun little book event at Zoka in Seattle’s Tangletown the morning of Friday, October 14, 2016. (School’s out that day, so bring the kids on by and hang out with us.)

Interested in having me come to your library, school, or event? I’d love to know more! Email me at thedenimjungle @ gmail.com.

Publishing your own book? Hopefully this list will provide some ideas to help get your creation out there in the world for readers to enjoy.

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Falling Forward

22 Sep

Green Lake Autumn Walk Shadows

Hey, remember me? It’s been awhile. Things have been a little crazy town over here. Book progress is moving full steam ahead (for release this November!) while I juggle client jobs to fund it. Plus, summer has morphed into autumn, my youngest is in preschool, and my eldest has officially entered the wild world of kindergarten.

And yet, even as I find myself falling forward into new routines, challenges, and goals, Continue reading

Nostalgia

17 Oct

OhioPond

Nostalgia: pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past.

Where is your most nostalgic place?

For me, it would definitely be my childhood home. Because before it was my home, it was my dad’s… and his brothers’… and my grandparents’.

My first memory on RR 66 includes a hazy, toddler-height view of my grandfather, who passed away when I was two. Like the depiction of many an adult in a children’s tale, I see him only from the waist down (Muppet Babies, anyone?), unintelligible mutterings hovering over my head. Continue reading

Kale-Bean-Meatball Soup

10 Oct

Kale-Meatball-Bean-SoupA couple years ago, I posted this super easy (and healthy!) recipe, and after making it this week, I am compelled to post it again. SO GOOD.

You may remember it as Grumpus Soup—proven to help alleviate child possession by The Grumpus Monster. Continue reading

Empanadas

30 Sep

Empanadas_HLooking for great foods to make and freeze for the lazy, cold months ahead? I have one word for you: EMPANADAS.

The first time I ever had empanadas was courtesy of my friend Juan’s mom, who was the master after living several years in Argentina. I still haven’t found any that can compare to hers, but these recipes (from my friend Teresa, who spent a few years teaching in South America) come close.

If you’ve never had empanadas, they’re stuffed pastry pockets of savory deliciousness, varying in “stuffings” from beef to chicken to potatoes to olives to veggies to beans and even fruit, with every combo in between. Continue reading

Tradition

26 Sep

RyanJackoLanternWhat tradition marks the beginning of the holiday season for you?

In our house (and now our friends’) it’s coffee. And surprisingly, this tradition has nothing to do with Seattle, but rather Minnesota… by way of Chicago…

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Get Things Done

5 Sep
Photo adapted from "Spring" by Katie Brady, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo adapted from “Spring” by Katie Brady, Flickr CC

What is it about the change of the calendar to fall that makes us itch to get things done? Maybe it goes back to our gather-and-hibernate instinct…

Regardless, I happened upon this TED Talk video yesterday, and it’s an excellent follow up to my post about stress-free productivity last week.

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