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 […]

Hummus, the Perfect Partner for a Handful of Sweet Beans

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I look out at the square boxes full of bare dirt. Good dirt. Actually compost-boosted-dirt but still…bare dirt. Not a lick of green…um, except for the occasional weed that chooses to land in there. Yes, it’s true, last year those boxes had been overflowing with tomato plants, some lettuce, carrots but this year…nothing. Nada. Rien. […]

Scrumptious Strawberry Bites

Scrumptious Strawberry Bites

I had two days. Just two days to unpack from a week spent at the Oregon Coast with my sis, my parents, a gaggle of kids and our husbands who were arriving and departing at various times during the week. A true week at the Oregon Coast complete with sun, sand, wind, down jackets and […]

Rosemary Cheese Bites and The Winner Is….

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So, my dear friends, I have a bonus post for you this week…weekend…whatever you want to call it. Katie Goodman, who is the author of the beautiful blog, GoodLife Eats, asked if I would do a guest post for her while she was taking some time off to spend with her sweet hubby. Of course, […]

Tiny Bits of Hope Wrapped Up in Goat Cheese Love

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Yes, it’s absolutely true that it rains here. I mean really rains. As in November through May you can expect a 50% chance rain on any given day which is most days. Half the year. Half the year with gray skies, wet shoes and saturated, moss-filled lawns.There’s a large percentage of us who welcome the […]

Appetizers, Apples and Antics on AM Northwest

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The past week has gone….I don’t know where. It vaporized. I don’t know about you, but I’m having trouble staying on top of things. Luckily, as I’ve mentioned before, my sweetie has already started the Christmas shopping.Thanks to a gentle reminder by my thoughtful mother and father, I realized I never posted the video from […]

Pita Pizzas, Precarious Parenting and Pam

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“But Mom…everyone is going to be there,” she says to you, not in an overly-emotional way but matter-of-factly,…slowly,…tinged with disappointment. (Almost echoing her younger brother’s cries from the week before, “But Mom…everyone has one.”) And you feel for her, you do. And channeling your 13-year-old-self, you know that you would want to be there too. […]

Zesty Salsa…and a Gift For One of You

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“This may quite possibly be, the craziest thing you’ve ever done before leaving on a trip.” (pause) “No…this IS the craziest thing you’ve ever done before leaving on a trip considering you need to be up by 4 am and you still haven’t packed.”I was listening to my handsome guy as I lowered my jars of “zesty salsa” into […]

And Now, I Pass It To You….Cowboy Caviar

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“basil, lettuce, rice, peanut butter, shallots, eggs, butter, Parmesan cheese, pasta, parsley, thyme, rosemary, ketchup, oatmeal, raisins, whole grain mustard, sesame oil, vanilla extract, avocados, cherries, black eyed peas, corn, cantaloupe, lime, cilantro, salmon, flatbread, goat cheese, hot dogs, hot dog buns, hummus, salsa, pancake mix, tea, ovaltine, cherry tomatoes, Nana’s jam, soy sauce, milk……..”With […]

Une Petite Pomme: The First Ever La Pomme de Portland Dinner Party

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I simply must tell you about one of my dear, dear friends and an entertaining endeavor she took on. She recently had a dinner party. For three families. Including all offspring. Before I go any farther into her story, let me stop and ask you, “Aren’t you impressed with just these details I’ve given you?!” […]

Simple, Yet Elegant, Stuffed Mushrooms

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My back was on fire. My fingers were like dough. My hiney felt as though I’d been sitting on a cement curb for 6 hours waiting for the start of some parade. And, I could no longer deny that I do indeed need some form of optical assistance. What I could have whipped out with […]

Hazelnut and Parmesan Matchsticks

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The first word that comes to mind is scraggy. Well, that and bedhead. The four-year-old kind of bedhead where they’ve tried to smooth down the front of their hair with some water but left the tufts around the crown sticking straight up. Trying to appear stately but still rather rumpled. Besides that, I’ve never …

Herbes de Provence Goat Cheese Spread

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We are of the opinion, our household that is, that the tooth fairy is an unreliable, flighty little thing. That she is prone to wild mood swings and is picky. Picky, picky, picky. Our dear children, having just survived another round of the molting process, bless their hearts, will wrap their precious little …

Pizza à la Julie

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Apparently, there is a bobcat a-foot in our neighborhood. He’s reportedly been seen sunning himself on the side of the road, peeking through the rails of back decks and even, chasing a female runner up one of the wooded trails. While he’s not easy to spot due to his coloring, the telltale sign that he’s […]