The Girl in the Time Capsule is an 1859 Cover Girl



In Mrs. Biddle’s second grade class, I spent my weekly sharing time talking about my horses, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry. When pressed for more information about these horses, I would say that they lived in North Carolina (where I did have cousins) with my two older sisters (which I did not have but wanted.) I saw Mrs. Biddle raise an eyebrow whenever I spoke about my beloved horses and older sisters that apparently lived 3,000 miles away from my home on Whidbey Island, Washington. But, she never called me out. Instead, she let me live with my seven-year-old delusions.

While I never did have any horses, no matter how much I begged my parents for one, I did have golden retrievers and a female named, Duchess, in particular. I would set-up all sorts of horse jumping and dressage courses for her in our backyard. Sometimes I would even try to hop on her back and pretend she was a small pony. She would sit and refuse to move when I did this.

By late grade school, I befriended anyone with a horse who would take me riding. I took care of the nastiest ponies you’ve ever laid eyes on just to have the chance to ride them which really meant holding on to their manes for dear life and hoping they didn’t buck you off.

When walkie-talkies and CB radios were big, my handle was “Country Gal” and the highlight of my week was watching Marie Osmond sing, you guessed it, “I’m a Little Bit Country.”

In college, my dear friend, Sue, a much bigger horse fanatic than me, managed to score a summer job taking care of the “Beach Ride” horses on the Central Oregon Coast. I joined her down there for a week, mucking out stalls, and exercising the temperamental horse that no one wanted to ride.



Around that time, Sue and I wrote time capsule letters to ourselves, not to be opened for 10 years. We tried to foretell where we would be living, what kind of job we’d have, who we would marry, the kind of house we’d own, and so on and so forth. Unfortunately, in those 10 years, I moved almost 10 times and my letter was lost.

While I don’t remember everything I wrote in the letter to my future self, I do remember that I predicted I’d be a large animal veterinarian, living on 4 acres, in a pale yellow house with a porch.

Funny the paths our lives take that we couldn’t have foreseen.



In April, 1859 Oregon’s Magazine asked me, “Hey, as a way to introduce you as our new Home Grown Chef, we’re thinking of putting you on the cover for the July/August Issue. What do you think?”

After pushing aside thoughts like, “unphotogenic, wrinkles and bags under the eyes,” I said, “Sure. That would be fantastic!”

For an afternoon, I turned in my Converse tennis shoes, Hudson jeans, and red wine for some cowgirl boots, a retro sundress, and a bottle of beer. Instead of taming my curly beast hair in my normal up-do, I let her down to blow around in the wind and be wild.

I stomped up and down a dirt road. Hopped in, out, and up on top of an old red pick-up truck. I threw back a bottle of beer…just to loosen up. I put my hands on my hips and stood confidently in my boots shoulder width apart. I took in the view behind me. The Three Sisters and Broken Top mountains. The farmland. The menagerie of dogs running free. The horses silhouetted in the setting sun and the ranch house with the wrap around porch. For a few hours, I got to be the girl I predicted in the time capsule letter.

Here’s a link to some behind the scenes shots of the cover shoot.

Somehow, out of hundreds and hundreds of photos, the talented photographer, Amanda Conde, and 1859’s Award Winning Creative Director, Aimee Jameson, managed to find a picture without my “over smile” that was cover worthy. Thank you Amanda and Aimee for making me look so good!!



My introductory issue features my recipe for Blackberry Crisp baked in wide-mouth canning jars. Absolutely scrumptious! You’ve got to make it for your next summer gathering…or for breakfast.

Besides my column, this issue is chockfull of amazing stories: from Rodeo Clowns, to the Journey of Chinese in Oregon, to a Six-city Ramble through Local Dives, to an inspiring story about the photographer, Russel Wong, who started his career sneaking onto Hayward Field at the University of Oregon and photographing track and field athletes in exchange for Nike tennis shoes.

In Oregon, you can find a copy of the magazine at Whole Foods, Safeway, Barnes & Noble, Fred Meyer, Albertson’s, Powell’s, and New Seasons. In Northern California it’s at select Whole Foods and Ray’s Food Places and select Safeway and Barnes & Nobles in Washington. For a complete listing of retail vendors, click here.

Speaking of the issue, if you don’t live anywhere near one of these outlets or don’t frequent any of them and would like to have a copy of the July/August issue, let me know in the comments below. I have 15 extra copies that I would love to send out to you. Without you reading La Pomme de Portland, this opportunity would never have been possible for me. If there are more than 15 of you, I’ll draw the names from a hat next Monday, July 23rd to make it fair.


PS: Speaking of drawings, the lucky recipient of The Bonne Femme Cookbook is Anne H. as drawn from the hat by the 12-year-old.

I know where to find you Anne….



  1. While not one of your “older sisters”, I am still a proud sister none-the-less! Your talents are my continual muse!

    • It’s all Anne Running’s fault. She had those two cool older sisters not to mention the older brother who could play the Maple Leaf Rag and it was simply too much for my impressionable 7-yo self. Of course, as I matured I realized I didn’t want an older sister because I loved being an older sister and having a rockin’ younger sister. xoxo

  2. Your blog has been my tenuous connection to my home state while we lived in Boston, and we just moved to Portland and are so happy to be here and relishing the fresh food. Congrats on your beautiful cover!

    • Oh, Emily, I’m so thrilled to know that my small space in the virtual world could help keep you connected to home. Welcome to Portland!! Thank you for reading La Pomme!

  3. I’d love a copy–so proud of you!

  4. Kathleen says:

    You are beautiful and amazing! Thank you for sharing your thoughts in such a way that draws us all in and helps us realize we aren’t on this island alone.

    • Thank you so much my “generous in so many ways” friend! Looking forward to spending time with you very, very soon. xo

  5. Carrie! That is so cool! And you look so
    awesome riding that ol’ pickup truck!
    Beautiful. And count me in on this drawing!

    • Thanks, .kat! That ol’ pickup truck looks like something that would show up in one of your beautiful photographs. Your name is in the hat!

  6. Diane Buell says:

    I subscribed to 1859 just in time to see you on cover of my first issue.
    Love that magazine. (and I live in Bend, so was glad to read about
    the 1859 gathering here)

    • Oh, Diane, thank you for being a new subscriber to 1859 and for spending time here on La Pomme. So appreciated. xo

  7. Phyllis Schmitz says:

    Would really love a copy and congratulations
    to you for your accomplishments!

  8. Jen XOXOX Nurse says:

    Car, I didn’t subscribe in time>>>would you PLEASE send me a copy? I’ll Facebook you w my address…XO Jen

  9. I so enjoy your blog and would love a copy! Congratulations, this is awesome!

  10. We gratefully borrowed your canning jar presentation for a blueberry/marionberry cobbler.
    Nice idea. G

    • Fantastic, George! Hope it all turned out for you. Thank you for stopping by La Pomme and reading 1859!

  11. Maria Rivero Gore says:

    Your so awesome! LOve to read all your postings. I signed up to receive 1859 but not sure I’ll get the July issue as my first issue? I would love a copy if you have an extra.
    Congratulations on your hard work and success!

    • Thank you so much, my friend. Can’t wait for our Fridays to start up again in the fall!!

  12. Sue Hagerty says:

    Oh, the laughter that comes back thinking of those days that summer. My gosh, we were goofy. Squirt, the little horse, hiding in the manger and “raspberry.” I, too, have lost my time capsule letter. Funny, isn’t it, that our little minds just didn’t know how to dream big even when we thought they were. And I’ll try to forgive you that you were in Bend and didn’t come see me! Love you and hugs to you.

    • I think my little mind was stuck in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. So sorry about slipping right past your place without stopping but….I’ll be headed your direction a lot more in the next year and will make it a point to stop and catch up. Thank you for stopping by my small part of the web, my beautiful friend. xoxo

      • Sue Hagerty says:

        No worries! I am sure that was a very busy trip. I’ve heard it’s tough being a cover girl! Ha! So proud and thrilled for you. LOVE your “small part of the web.”

  13. My boss subscribes to this magazine and has it mailed to work before he takes it home each month. I was able to flip through it a bit this time and was so happy to be able to discover your blog. I love your passion for food. The regional desire to eat locally and seasonally (or as I put it: the way we’re supposed to eat) is one of the reasons I recently moved to the northwest. I’d love to keep reading the issue, but my boss stole it back. I’d love to have my name in the hat. Congrats on the cover too!

    • Ryan, thank you for stopping by to take a look around La Pomme. So thrilled you love the magazine and welcome to the Northwest. Your name is in the hat!!

  14. Alison Dahl says:

    Carrie –
    It’s Alison Dahl – a blast from the past! I read your blog all the time and have been meaning to email you for literally years 🙂 You look gorgeous in your cover photo and I would love to have a copy of the magazine if you have enough.

    • Oh, Alison, we think of you all so often remembering fondly our girls running around the Sunriver lawn with their dolls. Thank you, my friend, for spending time here on La Pomme. I have a copy of 1859 with your name on it!

  15. Hi Carrie, I love this story. Your work sounds like it’s really fun and landed exactly at the right time. Congratulations on your cover photo! I’d love to read your magazine!

    • Shalini, thank you for stopping by La Pomme. Hope our paths connect in another Cook N’ Scribble class.

  16. Hi Carrie from another Kari – I love this story! We lived in Portland for four years before moving back to the Seattle area…. I love any opportunity to reconnect though with anything Oregon. Love the mason jar recipe. I would also love a copy of the magazine and I think that a subscription on my part may be warrented in the near future. Good luck with your new job and thanks for giving me snippets of Oregon!

    • There will be a copy of 1859 headed up to you, Kari. Thank you for reading. So glad I can help keep your connection to Oregon!

  17. Congratulations the cover is lovely. I ‘d love a copy of the magazine. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such large blackberries where I live on the east coast.

  18. Betty Cook says:

    Well, I almost bought out Whole Foods the first day the magazine was out! What a beautiful cover girl. XO

  19. Carrie! What a great shot, you gorgeous thing, you! Congratulations. All of your hard work is really paying off.

  20. Ellen Saunders says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I am a big fan of yours… We moved from Portland to Boston almost 2 years ago and I always enjoy reading La Pomme for a taste of home. I would love to have receive a copy of 1859 as I don’t think I can get it out here! It looks like a great magazine. Congratulations on being hired to write your column – lots more people will get a chance to benefit from your wonderful recipes and wisdom.

    • Ellen, thank you so much for reading La Pomme over the years…and letting me know. I was just in Boston for the first time and loved it. What a great city!! I will definitely shoot a copy of 1859 out your way.

      • Ellen Saunders says:

        Thank you Carrie! Next time you are in Boston I would love to meet up with you and show some of the hidden away Foodie Secrets here… I have had fun getting to know the city.

  21. Greg Winston says:

    You are a truly amazing and talented person… the amount of care and art you put into each blog is staggering. I subscribe to exactly one blog on the Internet because I find people ordinarily treat their blog as a catching ground for vague wanderings, personal rants, or other nonsense.

    You, however, have a site that is both beautiful in aesthetics, but filled with your voice and your artistic expression! Keep up the great work, and I vote you for “Best Site”.


    P.S. You look great in that photograph!

    • Ah, Greg, such thoughtful and generous words. I’m touched. Thank you…and thank you for reading La Pomme over the years. Means so much. Cheers, my friend!

  22. Carrie, thank you so much for sending a copy which I received this week. Beautifully tagged, a lovely personalized surprise. Congratulations on your column, new job and the magazine cover. You sure do live in a beautiful part of the country – now I want to move to Oregon! I really enjoy your blog, recipes and beautiful photography. Thank you again!

    • Thanks so much, Anne, for your kind comment. So glad you received and enjoyed the magazine. I really think the 1859 editor and publisher have a good thing going and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Cheers, Carrie

  23. Paul Montmeny says:


    Will you be doing another “berry” cover photo for 1859 again this Summer?



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