Sometimes Mothers are So Misunderstood

As an elementary school girl, I had a fetish for the paper fortune teller game. Remember the one that was folded like origami and involved numbers, favorite colors, and ended with predictions on which boy you would marry? Or, what you would be when you grew up? Or, horrors, how you would die? I can […]

Hearty Breakfast Cupcakes

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Here’s the thing about feeding families….it’s filled with good intentions and constant marketing. We all intend to feed our families healthy food. We all intend to cook more at home. We don’t intend to feed them take-out pizza three nights in a row, but sometimes that happens. We’re busy. They’re busy. No one has much […]

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 […]

Why I Love 6-Year-Olds Who Love a Rustic Pear Galette

  Why do I love 6-year-olds? Well, for one, they still skip. They hum. They hold your hand when they cross the street. They look like this on the first day of school.   When they spy you on the hill, waiting for them after school, they run to you as if you are the […]

Blueberry Smoothies and the Lego Saga

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I don’t do well with chaos. Not shopping malls. Not county fairs. Not kids pounding up and down stairs. Not legos strewn throughout my house. I’m definitely a “go outside and play!” type of Mom. I know I shared with you back in March that I was triumphant. After months of organizing and purging, I […]

Apple and Rhubarb Baked in a Pie

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It was during my third hour of weeding that I said to myself, “And I thought this was a good idea because…why?” Not the weeding. No. That was simply part of “the sickness” as the Rooster refers to it. That along with deciding now would be a good time to take down the cat house […]

A Fragrant Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples to Enjoy During the Quiet Moments

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“Well, we’re in the midst of it.” You hear yourself say to yourself with a sigh. Winter Break. Christmas Vacation. The “Holidays”. And, you want to be that Mom. Really you do. You know, the one who is fun all the time. But you see, you have a “noise aversion”. And with each day that […]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread to Acknowledge That Autumn has Truly Arrived

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“No. I don’t want you. Get back in your closet. I don’t care if you used to be my favorite. I’m not ready for you!!” I heard myself wailing those words last week, like a toddler having a tantrum.With a sigh, I said good-bye to the sun and braced myself for the 7 straight days […]

AM Northwest and Apples, Apples and More Apples

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I can’t tell you how it makes me jump with glee knowing how many of you have already run out and bought apples to make apple sauce.  I have already had to buy 20 MORE because I can’t even get the batch off the stove before it’s been devoured. Maybe we should plan a day […]

Home Cooked Apple Sauce for a Fall Weekend at Home

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I was coming off of three glorious days and evenings spent with my dear sweet cousin, Michele, and her darling husband, Phil, who were visiting from the East Coast. I had taken them around to a sampling of my favorite “eateries” here in the Rose City. Some of my favorite window shopping haunts. I had […]

Blueberry Crumble….To Share

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It all started about 8 years ago with a seemingly unassuming jar of pesto. Not a ziploc bag of pesto. Or a tiny little 1/2 pint jar of pesto. But one of those generously sized Ball jars with the wire hook flip lid filled right up to the brim with homemade pesto and topped off […]

Berries, Baguettes and La Pomme Live

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I don’t know about you but I have found that one of the beauties of summer is the lack of a schedule. No early morning alarms. No dinner on the table at exactly 6:30 pm every evening. No driving around town with clenched teeth trying to get small person #1 here and small person #2 […]

The Loveliest of Summer Days…Rain and All

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Why Thursday was the loveliest of summer days….even without the sun…..1. Not a single alarm clock was set in this house.2. The “baby”…um, I mean the 5-year old…slept in until 8am.  I wanted to weep tears of joy.3. The middle child arose at 10:00 am. The eldest at 11:00 am.4. I found a use for […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins….Bright Bits of Hope

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Just as promised, the rain returned on Sunday. With my mind in a slight funk due to the lack of sunlight, I stood at the kitchen counter and stared out the window. Out at the flooded lawn and out at my sweetie, in the torrential downpour, hauling bag after bag of my unused potting soil […]

Spring Cleaning Scramble

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The flurry of activity from the weekend is over. Everyone is back to his corner of the city for the weekly routine. I absentmindedly reach over to pick up a pair of scissors jutting out from under the couch. I walk over to the set of drawers with the fading labels and pull on the […]

Sauntering Through the Market with a Basket of Rapini, Potatoes and Chives

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As usual, I was running late. Nothing new there but my tardiness was extra awkward (even for me) considering that I was trying to slip, unnoticed, into a pew in the hushed room of The Old Church for the monthly Willamette Writers meeting. This month’s speaker had already begun her talk as I tried to […]

A Winter’s Walk

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I’ve always considered myself an autumn-type of gal. Fall-ish. Something about the start of the school year cuing me to put in motion all of the “goals” I’ve laid out for myself. The kaleidoscope effect from the colors of the turning leaves. The hint of wood burning from those people still left with an actual […]

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata & Tea, Of Course

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Then he sat in his favorite chair, drank a cup of hot peppermint tea and ate a slice of bread with honey on it. The farmer felt very cozy and a bit tired.”Dream Snow” by Eric CarleI wish I could say to you, dear friend, that I spent my college years drinking coffee, or even […]

Banana Bread with Chocolate and Walnuts

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“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the Spider to the Fly, “’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.” The Spider and the Fly, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Mary Howitt I sit here at the dining room table my desk. I am wearing a down vest and flip-flops. My feet are cold. […]