Chocolate-Drizzled Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies

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When I started this here website almost 4 years ago, my main motivation was to put my writing out into the universe and find out if there was anyone out there who enjoyed reading what I had to say. I chose food as a topic because I love the way food brings us all together. […]

Wishing You Moments of Captured Time for the New Year

Since writing my last post, I’ve been pondering the evolution of holiday traditions. How they started. Why we continue some and not others. New traditions that spring up and are adopted…Shelf Elf…or not. I choose “not.” What occurred to me is that many of our traditions started out of scarcity. Feasts were thrown around holidays […]

In Celebration of Three Years…a Gift for Each One of You

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    When I think about it now, it seems silly that I was nervous. That my heart was racing. That my stomach was fluttering. But three years ago, I had never done this before. I had never put anything I’d written out into the World Wide Web. And I didn’t know whether those little […]

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 […]

A Strawberry Rhubarb Pie to Hold onto the Noise

I skidded down the steep gravel trail, anxious to enter the canopy of trees – my virtual dome of silence. I needed a break from the noise that comes with the chaos of my life. I jogged over the bridge and ran up the stairs. Deep breath. I had arrived. I slowed my gait and […]

Perhaps the Best Brownies I Have Ever Had

  I go through phases. For months, I will dutifully write-out my weekly meal plan, go to the grocery store once a week, and proceed to make dinner according to the schedule. I will have flipped through my favorite cookbooks, blogs, and magazines and found new, inspiring recipes to create for my family. I will […]

A Little Photography Session with Some Molasses Crinkle Cookies

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“I awoke this morning with devout Thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson My dear friends, I hope you’ll indulge me a bit this week as I stray from my regularly scheduled program of story, photos and recipe. Over the course of the past year, I have received many kind emails […]

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 […]

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies – When the Dark Chocolate Bar Won’t Do

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I wanted chocolate. You know what I mean. I NEEDED chocolate. The dark chocolate 74% cacao bar I keep in the cupboard for these occasions sounded about appealing as lima beans. No, I wanted chocolate, warm and melted, wrapped in some buttery, white flour concoction. I couldn’t even make this up if I tried but […]

Blueberry Crumble Muffins, Need I Say More?

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The Rooster stands in the shadows of the garage, waving and smiling, but giving us a look that says, “Here you guys go, leaving me again.” The kids and I wave, blow kisses and holler out the rolled-down windows, “Bye Sweetie! Bye Dad!! See you in a week! We love you!” And with that, we […]

Strawberry Pavlova, the Perfect Dessert to Celebrate a Milestone

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  “I’m thinking of signing him up for golf camp, basketball camp, a soccer camp and maybe some swimming,” one of my well-meaning friends was saying to a group of us about a month ago. The conversation then lead to the fall, “Besides soccer, we’re putting together a flag football team if anyone wants to […]

What’s In Season? Cherries

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Well, it’s cherry season! While I’m absolutely in love with the Rainier cherry – those unique little yellow and red orbs – I’m starting to have a new crush on the super-sweet Bing Cherries coming out of Washington. Of course, right now as I’m typing this to you and need to know the exact name […]

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 "Chocolate Times 100" Cake and a Little Celebration

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I found myself immediately transformed into a traffic cop as I held out both hands and practically threw myself into the “after-school pick-up” traffic to avoid having my 5-year-old hit by on-coming cars as he obliviously skipped across the street toward me. His eyes were shining. His “too-big” back-pack was jostling wildly up and down […]

A Modest Little Almond and Cherry Cake

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There are days, afternoons, evenings when I simply want all of my chickens and the rooster home…but I want to be left alone. No extraneous chicken friends. Just the 5 of us. Here in our coop.And I don’t want to play Candy Land. And I don’t want to have Family Movie Night. I don’t want to […]

Simple Little Ginger Crisps

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If you’d like, cue up, Christmas Time is Here…..I watched her walk toward me through the snow. Snow at least 2 feet deep. Deep by Portland standards. A steaming mug of tea precariously balanced in each hand. A few tense minutes later she successfully arrived at my front porch and handed me one of the […]

A Provincial Sort of Apple Cake

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I kept seeing it everywhere. This recipe for, “Dorie Greenspan’s Apple Cake.” Always referred to as a 4-word title. There it was in our local paper, tied to her book review on Amazon.com, traveling the virtual airways by Twitter, Facebook, Blogs. Hard bound and in print on page 432 of her new cookbook, Around My […]

Pumpkin Pie to Mark Some Firsts…and Some Lasts.

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“Mom! Mom! Wait for me!” His shoes slip ever so slightly on the gravel. His backpack, almost half his size, swings from side to side. Up the hill he scrambles. “Mom, wait! I have a treasure for you.” In his tightly closed fist he holds four dandelions. All in various stages of blooming. He gallantly […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Strawberry Tart to Simulate Summer

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“Well, think of it this way….at least the kids don’t have spring fever. They’re still willing to go to school.” my dear friend Jayne said to me as a way to put a positive spin on our weather situation. She had a point. The kids don’t have spring fever because we haven’t had a spring. […]

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?!” […]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Dried Cherries (aka My Own "Bottle Cap")

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All right, so last Monday morning wasn’t exactly my proudest parenting moment. But you can’t really blame me. No. It’s not my fault how I was raised. You see, when I was young and my siblings and I would scrape a knee, cut a finger, crack our heads open or break an arm, my father […]

A Little Insurance Policy in the Form of Chocolate Chip Cookies

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For months now, at the request of family members, friends, strangers even, we have dutifully removed our shoes and assumed the “back-to-back” position, while these…people, bent their knees, leveled off their point-of-view and eyeballed our heads. And then, rising back up, these same people would sigh and declare, “Nope. Not yet.”And so it was, the […]

A Plate Full of Cookies…..

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Portland had been frozen over by one of our annual ice storms but I bravely stepped into my car. Slowly and carefully, I made my way across town. A virtual ice pond. The streets were all but deserted. An odd stillness to the city surrounded me. My trek across town seemed suspicious. As though I […]