Lightening Up with Coconut Crack Crunch and Green Apples

Green Apples with Coconut Crack Crunch

You may (or may not) have noticed that I went off the grid for the past few weeks. Remember in my last post when I told you about the Simple Green Smoothies 30-Day challenge our family took on in January? Well, after that, Simple Green Smoothies sucked me right into their 21-Day Cleanse/Detox. Brilliant marketing. […]

4 Things I’m Doing Right Now to Feel Lighter in 2016

Tropical Blast Smoothie

For most of my life, I have made it a priority to take care of myself physically. To mostly eat nourishing food. (Notice I said, “mostly.”) To exercise enough to keep my body strong and energized. No rock hard abs but enough to wear the same pair of jeans year after year. But then about […]

My Chosen Word for 2016


Happiest of New Years to you, my friend! I don’t know about you but I have a positive feeling about 2016. For me, 2015 felt heavy. So much sadness everywhere. And I don’t know why but I’m feeling a shift. A lightening. Maybe this is just within myself as opposed to the whole world, but […]

The Post I Didn’t Want to Write

Chicken Noodle Soup by Carrie Minns

Yes, it’s been awhile and I have missed being here in this corner of the web chatting with you. Much has gone on in my life these past few months—more than is pertinent for one blog post—but suffice it to say, life has been a little nutty over here. And because of the nuttiness, I […]

My Secret Place: Do You Have One Too?

Carrie Minns Photography

Hello my lovely friend, Around five years ago, a new family moved to our neighborhood during the winter. Our winter that year was mild. Only a couple days of snow and below average rain fall as opposed to the usual three straight months of rain. When we were first introduced, I remember her telling me […]

The Answer to a Question I Want You to Know

golden retriever coworder

Hello beautiful friend, I had a different post lined up for today, but then I ran into a longtime friend a few days ago and something she asked made me realize that I needed to share the answer with not only her, but you as well. She asked me if I was still doing my […]

Preparing the Soil of Your Life

Nourish the Soil of Your Life

Happy First Day of July, my friend! Every summer I plant a small vegetable garden. Some years I go all out and plant a variety of herbs, vegetables and a row of strawberries. Other years I simply plant some lettuce and a couple tomato plants. Last summer, I did not plant anything. Life was too […]

Forever Remembered with Snickerdoodle Cookies

Prom 2015

Hello my friend, I remember we stood in line waiting to check our bags but I can’t remember where we were going. I balanced Will on my hip while he sucked away on his binky. Hanna danced around with her doll baby and Jack lay on the ground saying, “I’m sooo tired.” I’m sure I […]

What Kind of Scarecrow Maker are You?

Cover Outtake x1

Back in my party days—no, not the days of me in the middle of the dance floor bringing down the house—but that time period of about five years when my two eldest were in the early years of their life and there were parties happening every week: kitchen gadget parties, jewelry making parties, wine tasting […]

Did Everybody Make It?

Going old school with film

As you read this, know that I am curled up in my favorite chair with the worn, red floral upholstery from the 90s, drinking a glass of Oregon pinot, and reading an actual paper and ink book that only requires the turning of a page to get the next update and I shall be in […]

So, Here’s the Situation…

Guarding the Food for the Shoot

Everything takes longer than I originally anticipate. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’m learning new techniques and new technology, which is all good, but since I disappeared there for a bit, I wanted to wave a little flag to say, “I’m still here!!” For decades, maybe even centuries, there was one particular way […]

Big News to Share


My friends, big, big things are going on behind the scenes here. I am elated about all of the new developments happening as I transition from La Pomme de Portland to…da, da-da, daaa…Carrie I can’t wait to share it all with you. Since I know that change can be tricky, I promise that I […]

The Value of Guarded Time

Dijon Rosemary Marinated Chicken Breasts

Years ago back in my event planning days, a group of us put on an annual fundraiser benefiting various organizations here in town. Our biggest challenge was not wrangling the many details that went into planning this event. No, our biggest challenge was finding a time to meet to do the planning. We would toss […]

Finding Strength for 2015

Coffee and a Pink Scarf

Most of you know that the past few years have been challenging for me. The whole process of trying to make sense of my mom’s illness—one that eventually took her life—and then maneuvering through the emotional aftermath as we all try to manage our lives without her has been exhausting. I’ve felt as though someone […]

My New Year’s Wish for You…and No, it Doesn’t Involve Happiness or Rainbows

NYC x1

I seem to derive a certain amount of pleasure from doing things the hard way. “Glutton for punishment,” my hubs likes to say. We went east to celebrate the holidays with my hubby’s family: Christmas in Connecticut and the days leading up to the New Year in New York City. I lugged my Canon camera […]

Wishing you Hugs and a Bowl of Soup – Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chickpea Croutons

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chickpea Croutons

I really wanted to have a witty story to share with you. Something funny. But honestly, I’m not feeling witty these days. This holiday season is a bit heavier than usual since it’s the first one without my mom. I spend a lot of time up in my own head…remembering. Not sad, per se, just […]

Cookbook Giveaway and Review – Carrie Vitt’s The Grain-Free Family Table

Zingers from The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook

Those of you who have been reading my blog for any length of time know that I don’t often do cookbook reviews or reviews of any kind. However, when Carrie Vitt, who writes the blog, Deliciously Organic, asked if I would be willing to share her new cookbook, The Grain-Free Family Table, with all of […]

The Photographer’s Daughter Finally has her Photographs

Hanna - Steel Bridge x1

Well, hello there. I sure have missed checking in with you. Thank you for still stopping by here and reading my musings. The past few months have been a whirlwind of photographic activity, which I wrote about in my last post over a month ago. Goodness. One tidbit I did not mention then was that […]

A Visual Explanation for My Disappearance


Remember this summer when I was laying out all of my goals and desires to you through regular weekly posts? When I announced my goal of publishing my book? When I confessed my desire to be laser focused on that goal? And then I disappeared? Well, I forgot to mention that there is a clause […]

Why Tacos on Tuesday are a Necessity (Even if it’s Not Tuesday)


The minute my head snuggles down into my pillow each night, I am out. Practically unconscious. There are times when my hubs is watching SportsCenter on the TV, my kids and the dog are hanging out on my bed, and there I lay sound asleep with my eye shades on and my earplugs in. Most […]

When All Else Fails, Put Them to Work

Blueberry Hand Pies

When I decided to undertake publishing a book, I made my best guess on how long certain aspects of the project would take. Some parts of the project are moving along as I predicted — knowing my work habits and my propensity to kick into high gear as deadlines approach. Other parts of the project, […]

My 2014 Goal Drawn from My Childhood Loves

Chester Blackberry Picking

As my high school graduation date neared, the more I was asked by adults, “What are you going to study in college? What are you going to major in? What do you want to be?” I had no idea, but replied with statements such as, “I’m majoring in Telecommunications and Film. I plan to study […]

Lessons on Laser Focus from Thai Chicken and Rice

Thai Chicken with Coconut Rice

I remember typing up my first professional resume at the wise old age of 22. Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story with his Red Rider BB gun essay, I knew that my business catch phrases and the listing of my shiny new college degree would wow any prospective employer. And nothing made my heart sing […]

Don’t Interrupt the Sweater Change and Other Thoughts that Define “My Own Voice”

The Wicked Smart Beauty

We learned to never interrupt the sweater change. It didn’t matter if you were six-months-old or 65-years-old; you were expected to sit quietly through the entire two-hour, one-woman rendition of Mary Poppins as performed by my four-year-old daughter. My aspiring thespian not only sang the songs, but she fully embodied the magical nanny right down […]

What Can You Do to Feel Lighter?

Peaches, Basil and Baby Greens

Sometimes because of my father’s military orders, and other times, just for kicks, my parents moved us at least every three years. The benefit of this peculiar habit was that we had no clutter, no closets full of unused “stuff’, and no junk piles since we sorted and purged every 1-3 years The first 10 […]