My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

  


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Thursday
Jun092011

golden buckeye

In Ohio, when you turn 60, you’re qualified for the Golden Buckeye Card.  This entitles you to discounts at certain merchants around Ohio.  At age 60, you’re also eligible for discounts at Kohls, on Tuesdays.  Some might be scared to hit this landmark birthday, but I say, hit me up with the discounts!!!

Although hard to believe, my parents both hit their Golden birthdays this year.  I do not think they look 60!

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Time to get the hanky out, Dad!

Today is my dad’s birthday, and I wanted to share some photos + memories.  Dad’s are the best at knowing just how to embarrass their daughters.  Right dad?  But they’re also the best at giving advice and being there at the drop of a hat.

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My dad has always been a letter writer, and an email chain letter forwarder.

Whenever I was having a hard time with something, whether it was school, work, or sports, my dad would always write a letter, seal it in an envelope and send it my way.  Even in college + my most recent trip home, the letter writing continues.

Sometimes I got letters after making a bad or tough decision.  Sometimes I got letters of support and fatherly love.  Sometimes I got motivational letters.  Sometimes, they were just to say how proud he was of me.

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The letters are always welcomed + appreciated. 

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I feel so lucky to have been walked down the aisle by my dad, and handed over to the huz.  My dad never gave me a hard time about dating, which was so nice.  He trusted me!  And he trusts + loves Chris.  Although, that may only be because Chris is an avid golfer, just like my dad. ;)

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One of my favorite wedding shots, was dad tripping over my dress.  He managed not to fall, and didn’t rip my dress!

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This photo reminds me of our “daddy daughter date nights.”  It was a school function, where girls + their dads would get dressed up, eat + then go dancing.

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My dad and I have SO much in common.  One commonality being our love for cooking!  He’s also one of my biggest blog supporters, along with my mom. :) 

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Remember my luxurious dinner party?  Dad’s outfit was priceless.  You can also catch him in this getup a few times a year golfing. 

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So, I just wanted to give a BIG birthday shout out to my dad!!!  Happppppppppy BIRTHDAY!!!  Love you so much!!  Here’s to many more healthy + happy years!!!  Can’t wait to see you in a little over a month!

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Love,

Ashley/Daughter/Beezer/Beezio/Pea Pod/Shmockey

Thursday
Jun092011

baby shower cliff notes

White onesies hung with clothespins + twine.

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“OH BABY!” garland made per Nienke’s instructions

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Ann + Ali came early to help me with the party prep!

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“Fiona” garland hung on the fireplace.

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Candy + animal crackers set out in glass jars from home.

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Fresh flowers from Ali’s garden!

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Dinner is out + ready!

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Perfect feast for a lovely group of ladies.

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Ali brought the rolls, from a local bakery, and it was extremely difficult to not eat one! [avoiding gluten]

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Lettuce + tomato were cut to go with the chicken salad.

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Fun finger food. 

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Extremely cute and pretty dang delicious.  Basil + Fresh Mozz + Cherry Tomatoes

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Chicken salad recipe from the Food Network.  Everyone loved it!

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A blurry, but delicious salad.  Spinach + Strawberries + Feta + Walnuts  with a fresh dressing of: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, juice fresh lemon juice, minced shallot, fresh basil, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar

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Tea + lemony water + pretty garden flowers.

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We finally let the mom-to-be down from her bedroom. 

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Radiant, as always, and so very excited for the party!

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Ali has the best expressions.

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Chow time!

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Fabulous ladies.

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The lovely Ann.

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Natalie opening gifts, with her maternity photos playing in the background.

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Baby monitor from Aunt Ashley + Uncle Chris, along with a few little outfits + socks!

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Love those faces, Al!

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“The Gas We Pass”

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Freaking adorable tutu!!!

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Craft time!

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Ali planted little succulent plants for everyone, from her yard!  Maybe I can keep this thing alive!

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Intense creative thoughts going on.

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Pretty mama!

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Super creative ideas!

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Nat + me!

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All of the onesies, completed!  Mine had polka dots on the front and on the butt I drew a pea pod with peas and wrote “sweet pea.” 

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Photo-op with Natalie!

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This baby is going to be LOVED!

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Too cute!

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My polka dots on the left!

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Necklaces and a little “F” charm, for “Fiona!”

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Amazing friends!

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First mom of the group!

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Dessert was a hit!  Balls, cupcakes, and mini cakes were being dipped in chocolate from every direction!

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Thank you, lovely Jessica, for your peanut butter cupcake recipe!  I adapted it to make minis + used chocolate chips instead of peanut butter chips.  Everyone loved them!

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My mini vanilla bundt cakes!  Gluten free + gobbled right up!

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Do not interrupt girls with dessert!

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Dippin!

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Poppin’!

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Sleepin’!

Ashley