{Past Letters}

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Today's Letters" began as a result of posting letters every day in my status updates on Facebook. After much encouragement from friends (and after picking up a few new ones along the way), I finally migrated all of my posts over to this blog. Below are those posts.


Thanks to Mr. Loerke for his daily inspiration and for every reader who leaves a comment. You awaken my creativity and make me laugh almost as much the Esposso!

{Today's Letters} 4/18/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, today you walked into the living room with your hands whirling above your head. You asked me to guess what you were. I said a tornado. You said, nope, the clothes in our dryer. Dern, that woulda been my second guess next to Jane Fonda. Dear Blog, tomorrow you get to meet the world. I know you'll have to be brave like on the first day of school, but I promise you'll make lots of new friends. Dear Great Grandma Loerke, since making your sugar cookies on Friday husband has A) consumed 12 of them B) talked me out of giving some to our neighbors C) woken me up at 5:30am to see if i wanted to eat one or D) all of the above. Dear Beloved, tonight's Zesty Lime Fish Tacos made me clap my hands and say yeah. Love you more than chilis & ancho sauce.

{Today's Letters} 4/17/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, today you pulled your shirt over your head and asked if it looked like you were trapped in plastic. Three Words: you. complete. me. Dear Patty, your spoon playin at last night's concert was ri-dic-u-lous. Just like the back of yo head, Evonne. Dear Friends, meet husband's new love interest. A green leafy cabbage with an ANDI score of 1,000. Seeeexy. Dear Beloved, when you crawled into bed at 4 this morning I remember you saying, "thanks for saving me a spot, Emo." Here's to working your last night shift in the ER and to unlimited reserved seating in the biscuit.

{Today's Letters} 4/15/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, today you came up to the office and sat with me while I answered phones on my lunch break. You told me ER laceration stories and I confessed what I ate for dinner last night (see photo and insert a side of Veggie Chips and Milk Duds). Yikes. Dear Sun, I love how you roll. Weather.com said you'd bring rain today, but bam! You socked us with blue skies and Vitamin D. Dear Camera, I take lots of photos because collecting ordinary moments makes me terribly happy. I'd be lost without you. Dear Timothy James, I'm a vacuuming machine, prefer listening to music over watching TV, and sometimes forget to flush the toilet. Thanks for still being my biggest fan. X's and O's for you. Lots of 'em.

{Today's Letters} 4/14/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, today we had a picnic (thank you Whole Paycheck) and tossed the b during my lunch break. Thanks for not giving up on me even after I hit 4 windows and 2 parked cars. Dear Pillsbury, you just gave away a million dollhairs to a lady in Jersey for her ice cream cookie cup recipe. Pretty sure I'll be baking you this weekend. Dear An Education, after watching your trailer we've been waiting for Netflix to deliver you. Today Mr. McFeely was faithful. Looking forward to the inspiration that you'll bring. Dear Husband, right now you're halfway done with your shift. Can't wait to kiss your face at 4a. Ps, love you more than a 180g Super Nova.

{Today's Letters} 4/13/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, you wear Urban Cowboy cologne, draw pictures on my sack lunches, and refer to the basketball shorts I sleep in as my sexy lingerie. Love these things about you. Dear Patty Griffin, t-3 days until your show at the HOB. Looking forward to watching Becky Page interpretively sign 'Long Drive Home.' Dear Cereal, you've always been the perfect dinner. Thanks for reminding me that cooking doesn't have to be complicated. Dear Husband, because you often leave for the ER at the crack, I decided to leave you these words out by your coche. So proud of you.

{Today's Letters} 4/12/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, today you called and asked if you could use our bananas for practicing sutures. 3 points for creativity, -2 points for a fruit violation. Dear Twinner, you ran 13.1 this weekend. In the rain. During a tornado. All up hill. Two fist pumps, some Wonder Woman skivvies, and a Boulevard wheat for you. Dear Tyroch's, the Kedersha's & the Loerke's are looking forward to being your pre-married mentors for the next 6 weeks. Almost as much as eating Kristen's incredible desserts. Almost. Dear Love of My Life, eating lunch outside and interviewing you was my favorite part of the day. Ps, you'd really prefer red velvet cupcakes over Blue Bell & Magic Shell? Really? Don't tell Smucker's. Pretty sure we'd be fired.

{Today's Letters & Reason #974} 4/11/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, when I came home from work this afternoon I caught you doing the moonwalk across the hardwoods while listening to Otis Redding. Reason #974 why I love thee. Dear Kale Chips, I seriously can't. stop. eating. you. Check me into treatment already. Dear Weekend, you were filled with walks with dear friends, new (and old) recipes, time outside, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and time on the phone with loved ones far away. L-O-V-E-L-Y, you were. Dear Husband, tonight you surprised me and took me to the park where we got married at almost 5 yrs ago. We took this picture. It makes me want to gallop around our house on an invisible horse shouting I LOVE YOU! (Woobie lasso included of course).

{Roasted Maple Nut Granola}

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

You guys know how much I love granola, and if I could afford to live off of Legal Ground's I would. This is a close runner up. In fact, hubs and I have been making this on a weekly basis for months now. Simply can't beat it.

Ingredients:
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups shredded coconut, loosely packed
½ cup toasted wheat germ
½ cup flax seeds
½ cup chopped salted mixed nuts (cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds)
3/4 cup maple syrup, grade A dark amber
1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a half sheet baking tray (18″x13″x1″) with parchment paper.
2. Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on the prepared sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
3. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ, flax seeds, cinnamon and chopped nuts.
4. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
5. Place the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 5 minutes being careful that mixture does not boil over.
6. Remove from heat and pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture and thoroughly mix, evenly coating all dry ingredients.
7. Return the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown.
8. Transfer the warm mixture to a large mixing bowl and crumble into smaller bite-sized pieces. Mix in the raisins and cranberries. Serve at room temperature.


Original recipe inspired by Taste Invader.

{Today's Letters} 4/9/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning you left a note on top of the laundry that said, "Emo, I'm so proud of you for working out. Thanks for letting me fold your running costumes." Holy seizures of cutieness Batman. Running costumes? Yes please! Dear Car Wash, before today Scout looked like a gigantic ball of madras curry driving down the road. Thanks for helping make him squeaky clean again. Dear Key Lime Pie, you tasted unbelievable. Pretty sure you were packed with a Topsy's limeade and two fist pumps. Dear Husband, remember when you asked me out for the first time at kamp? Your skipping rock had me at hello.

{Wine Bottle Tiki Torch} 4/8/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Did you happen to see this DIY on AT today? 4 points for recycling old wine bottles, 2 points for being inexpensive and easy to assemble. And just in time for summer meals on the back porch.

Click here for instructions.



(Photo by Apartment Therapy)

{Today's Letters} 4/8/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, tonight you declared that our biscuit has special healing powers and that you'd be staying in it for at least 10 hours. Sign me up already. I want to be healed. Dear Good Morning Notes, husband's been hiding you in the strangest places these days. This morning's note was definitely awe to the some. Dear Weekend, you're finally here. (Insert long, deep, and grateful sigh). Dear Beloved, sorry for climbing on you like a jungle gym tonight while you tried to eat your dinner. Sometimes this will happen after you've worked 5 straight 12 hour shifts in the ER. So grateful to have you home.

{Today's Letters} 4/7/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, whenever you eat tortilla chips you like to cram 5 into your mouth at the same time. Usually half of these end up on the floor. I've come to realize this is just a part of having a boy roommate, a much easier adjustment than a basket of tampons in the bathroom I'm sure. Dear Neighbors, if you saw me running this afternoon and thought I was dying, I was. Next time help a sister out and loan me your bicycle. Dear Heirloom Tomatoes, I almost missed it when I went to water you today. Hidden beneath your leaves was a small reminder that you will soon produce the best BLT ever. Can't wait. Dear Husband, tonight you looked at me and said, "Emo, you're my best friend and I love you more than Milk Duds and Reeces." Whatever happened to 1,000 horses? Ps, love being your bestie.

{Twinner's New Ink} 4/7/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My sister's third tattoo and one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. A perfect combination of beauty and tranquility, just like Bubs.







{Today's Letters} 4/6/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, rarely do I get to hear from you while you're working in the ER. All the more reason why the message you left this afternoon made me smile. Dear E.T.N. Swift, I fell in love with you from handle to latch. Thanks for reminding me that everything has a beautiful story. Dear Twinner's New Ink, pretty sure you're the most lovely tattoo I've ever seen. Can't wait to meet you face to face in Maui. Dear Husband, last night you carried me in the house like a sack of potatoes. You said it was training for the Warrior Dash. Only four more weeks until we're up to our knees in mud and jumping through fire. Can't. wait.

(Photo by Niknaknan)

{Spicy Kale Chips}

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I made these one time and it was enough for husband to confess he was addicted. Consider yourself warned.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of green kale (you can use purple, but we prefer green)
1 TBS of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp curry powder
fine grain sea salt to taste

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 300° and spray two baking sheets with Pam.
2. Thoroughly wash kale and tear into bite sized pieces while discarding stems. Place in a salad spinner and dry well.
3. Combine olive oil, coriander, cayenne, and curry powder into a small dish and whisk together.
4. Transfer kale to a large bowl and drizzle the olive oil mixture over it. Toss with your hands until all the leaves are evenly coated.
5. Spread the kale in a single layer onto the baking sheets and place in the oven for 18-20 min, turning once halfway through baking. The kale is done with it is crispy and slightly brown around the edges.
6. Lightly sprinkle with salt and begin to devour. Nom nom nom ...


Original recipe inspired by Nutrition to Kitchen.

{Today's Letters} 4/5/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning I was running late so you helped make my lunch. This blessed me beyond words. Ps, I think your double sided PB&J sammy is a great invention. Dear Wisteria, whenever I pass by you it's like driving through a gigantic dryer sheet. Your blooms are incredible. I only wish you weren't so short lived. Dear Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps, your song 'Lack of Height' is as addictive as Burt's Bees and Sour Straws. Thanks for making my drive into work something to look forward to. Dear Beloved, a couple of weeks ago you decided to call it quits right here. Just two feet away from the biscuit. Thanks for being proof that sometimes we find rest in the most unexpected places. Love you more than afternoon naps in fleece jammers.

{Today's Letters} 4/4/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, yesterday we ran. I set a goal and you pushed me to beat it. Thank you for always believing in me. Dear Kale Chips, two words: spicy amazingness. Pretty sure husband and I are officially addicted. Dear Mel & Brod, tag team the food co-op? Yes please! Thanks for helping make local and organic affordable. Dear Beloved, I have a confession. You make me wanna break dance. Just sayin. Ps, that roboto chicken dance you did tonight before climbing in the biscuit ... it was spectacular.

We also made this kale recipe and Husband licked his plate. No lie.

{Saro by Sam Amidon}

Wednesday, March 31, 2010



A Loerke fave (and a new nickname for the Twinner).

Saro - All Is Well

{Goonies Movie Party} 4/2/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last night we hosted the first annual Loerke Movie Watching Party. Featured film: The Goonies (of course). We borrowed a projector and screen from a friend which allowed the film to be visible from almost anywhere in our living room. A huge plus when you're trying to cram 15 people into a tiny living space like ours. In sticking with Goonie tradition we ate our weight in Domino's Pizza and Baby Ruth's. We also stocked up on everyone's favorite movie candy: Mike n' Ikes, Butterfingers, Sour Patch Kids, Hot Tamales, Peanut M&M's, Raisinettes, and Skittles. Our 10 min intermission gave people the opportunity to stretch, use the restroom, or catch up with friends who had arrived late. To close out the event we gave away a series of prizes: The Goonies DVD for Best Dressed Goonie, and several other door prizes which included Fratelli Bullet Hole Auto Decals, Data's Pinches of Prowess Teeth, Brandon's Arm Exerciser, and Chunk's New York Triple Fudge Chunk Ice Cream. All of our guests left with a copy of the movie soundtrack and as many Baby Ruth's they could fit into Mikey's marble bag. Overall, the party was a huge success, and we couldn't be more grateful for having such awesome friends who made the evening a memorable one. We're already looking forward to next year!































{Today's Letters} 4/1/10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, you carry a CPR mask in your wallet, a thimble in your pocket, and enough pens in your satchel to write the Magna Carta for the rest of your life. I love these things about you. Dear Boulevard Wheat, finding you at Whole Paycheck today was like winning the lottery. If only I clicked you three times and you took me back to Kansas. Dear Dmo, this afternoon you came over and set up the big screen for tomorrow night. Husband and I thank you for scoreboarding the Loerke drive in. Dear Beloved, ending the day with you and Aesop's Fables is better than all the Magic Shell in the world. Looking forward to hearing more about the Wolf and the Crane later.

{Reason #973}

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Reason #973 why I love Mr. Loerke. His excitement over a an ice cream sammy from PokeyO's made him ask for a chest bump. Not. kidding.

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning you called while on your way into the ER and asked if you could pray for me. This made all the difference in my day. Dear Earth Hour, you were on Saturday from 8:30-9:30p but we completely forgot about you. Thanks for the grace in celebrating you a few days late. Dear Legs, it felt so good to run you this afternoon. You were a little shaky but I know you'll get stronger over time. Don't give up. Dear Beloved, have you seen the beautiful cherry blossoms in our neighborhood? I saw this one today and didn't want you to miss it. To the moon ...

{Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons}

Monday, March 29, 2010



Been lovin Mumford & Sons these days. This video sent via a dear friend, EKK.

Winter Winds - Sigh No More

{Today's Letters}

Monday, March 29, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, you maybe might want to check the fridge when you get home tonight. A celebration of sorts waiting for you in honor of your first day in the ER. Dear Orange Coconut Oatmeal Truffles, still trying to convince husband that you're made out of dates and not chocolate. Tanks for being proof that vegan desserts can taste delicious. Dear Kvance, today you turned 24 (it's about time). Loved celebrating your life with good friends, fish tacos, and queso. So grateful for you. Dear Timothy James, love you more than sleeping in, watching Jack Bauer in our jammers, and building forts in our living room. Being your wife is kind of badass. Over and out.

{Today's Letters}

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning you walked out of the bedroom shouting, "It's a miracle! It's a miracle! I can see!" Sometimes you do this after you put in your contacts. Thank you for always reminding me to be grateful for the little things. Dear Twinner, congrats on finishing your relay today. You've been the perfect motivation to get back in shape for our beach runs. Ps, 62 more days. Dear Chorus, you just landed yourself in the Loerke Top 5 favorite foreign films of all time. Definitely a must see. Dear Husband PA-S II, tonight this picture made me terribly happy. All of your things set out for tomorrow's first day of rotations. I couldn't be more proud of you*

{Vegan Orange Coconut Oatmeal Truffles}

Saturday, March 27, 2010

If there's one easy and inexpensive vegan dessert that's absolutely killer, it's this one.

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons grated coconut
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 heaped tablespoon grated orange zest (zest of one small orange)
5 dried dates, medium size, chopped

2 tablespoons coconut oil (don't use more than suggested)
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coating (Optional) - a non negotiable in my book.
unsweetened cocoa powder
grated coconut

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor and mix. Then add coconut oil, agave and vanilla and blend for about 45 sec - 1 minute. Out of the batter, form balls of the size of a cherry between the palms of your hands. Roll the ball in your preferred coating and place them in mini cupcake liners. Keep in fridge until serving.



Original recipe found here.

{Highlights}

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Highlights from today 1) 50% off Dallas Museum of Art tickets 2) Time in the dirt replanting our frozen veggies 3) Open windows 4) Swiffered hardwoods and 5) Celebrating UNT's CO 2011 PA's at their Boot Party. So proud of these guys.


A blue dress to match the mister's sparklers.


Husband won an award. So did his buddy Tim. Holla.

{Chocolate Chip Cookies: Recipe by Kristie George}

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wanna know a secret? This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER. Of all time. In the history of the world. Mark my words.

A few months before Tim and I got married I moved into the back house of some dear friend's of ours, the Georges. Kristie, an incredible friend, mother, and cook, pinned this recipe to my dress the morning of my wedding. It was by far best wedding gift we received.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter flavored Crisco (comes in packs of 3)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour
1 12 oz pkg of semi-sweet chocolate chips (sometimes I only use 80% of the bag)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°
1. In a large bowl with a wooden spoon (no hand mixers allowed), cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. This can take about 3-4 min to do).
2. Stir in the eggs.
3. Add & mix well the vanilla, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add & mix in the flour.
5. Stir in chocolate chips (I usually use a little less than one bag)

Form large spoonfuls (about the size of a golf ball) onto an ungreased (light, not dark colored) cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 min. They should still look slightly raw when you take them out of the oven. If the tops are kind of brown you know they're done. I always let them finish cooking on the baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring them onto a rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. But I guarantee they won't last that long. Just ask the Hubs.

{Follow Them Size 5's}

Friday, March 26, 2010



One week from tonight One-eyed Willie invades the Loerke Goon Docks. Can't wait.

The Goonies
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