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Off to Atlanta…

Off to Atlanta…

Russell and I are off to Atlanta for Dragon Con 2019! We’re heading out to make the drive in just a few moments. I’ll definitely do a write up on the con, but until then, you can check out the Silver Empire Facebook page to see what is going on with us at Dragon Con 2019. Or if you’ll be in Atlanta too, here is Russell’s panel schedule for the weekend. See you on the other side!

Meatless Fridays: Cajun Shrimp and Artichoke Soup

Meatless Fridays: Cajun Shrimp and Artichoke Soup

We’ve started to avoid meat on Fridays. It’s only required during Lent by the decree of the U.S. Bishops, but we’ve decided to make it a regular weekly sacrifice for our family. If you read my post on the way we usually eat, then you’ll know this has been a bit of a challenge. Meat and veggies are basically what we eat! Seafood/fish is the obvious answer to the dilemma, of course, but that had its own issues. Mainly being…

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I’m dreaming of Pho…and Dragon Con 2019

I’m dreaming of Pho…and Dragon Con 2019

It was a fateful day back in 2013…Russell and I met a local Tai Chi instructor at a Vietnamese restaurant. We were prepping to open our dojo, and wanted to get other martial artists in the space to help keep the place in use more than a couple hours a week. I ordered a small clay pot. Russell asked the instructor what he recommended, and he mentioned Pho. Russell ordered that, and then, not paying attention, proceeded to dump the…

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Newquist Family Eating

Newquist Family Eating

It occurred to me after my post earlier this week on seasoning salts that before I jump headfirst into foodposting on the blog I should do I quick run down of how we actually eat. I don’t do this to be holier-than-thou on it, because trust me we eat donuts more than we probably should, but to give the proper framework for our food. I tend to get a lot of questions about how we manage to eat the way…

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A Goodbye & A Thank You

A Goodbye & A Thank You

We just got back from the going away party for our Priest. Today was his last Sunday Mass, and he’ll be moving on to another parish. This makes me very sad, as I adore him. He has always been strong and unwilling to compromise over the Truth. He also is not afraid to make people angry. In age where so many worry about not offending people so their dollars stay in the church, this is refreshing. He is also the…

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Art From Life

Art From Life

The real problems came with toddlers – when the parents had waited to have their kids baptized for one reason or another. Sometimes the parents were recent converts to the church. That he understood, and he always welcomed them, challenge and all. But most of the time it was just lazy parents who couldn’t be bothered – the “CE Catholics” who only came on Christmas and Easter, or who waited a year and a half until Grandma was in town…

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My Workout Playlist

My Workout Playlist

I was tweaking my workout playlist the other week. We just restarted our local Y membership last month, so I’ve actually been working out again. Currently I’m attempting to hit a twice a week weightlifting workout, and then once the dojo merger is finished I’ll get back to twice a week Karate as well. The Y has childcare, so I can work out in the mornings (my preferred time by far) without having to wrangle the kids. So far it…

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Meet the Family

Meet the Family

Here is a quick introduction to my husband and kids, to make it easier to follow whenever trip diaries/daily life posts happen to appear. This is Russell (pictured when our youngest was a baby). I go ahead and use his full name as he is a fellow author and hosts a blog here.  We met at a Karate studio, and have been married since 2007. He is a joy to share my life with, and I will never allow him…

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