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 […]

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 […]

Do You Know the Hidden Beauty of the Cherry?

A Sultry Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese and Arugula

I love the way the Internet tumbles us from one place to another. From idea to idea. Yes, that often adds up to a huge waste of time, but every once in awhile, it can lead us to something extraordinary. Something that inspires how we live our lives. Last winter, I stumbled upon Danielle LaPorte’s […]

Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil for Betty’s Birthday

Quinoa Salad with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes

My mom found solitude and a sense of calm through weeding and deadheading. She was always saying, “I’m headed outside to work in the yard.” And there she would go with her gardening gloves, a pair of shears and an old plastic grocery bag….the opaque kind with handles from Safeway or Fred Meyer…into which she […]

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 […]

When the World Feels Uncertain

Fennel and Watercress Salad with Citrus Dressing

Sometimes when the world around me feels frightening and uncertain, I want to gather up my chickens and my hubby and pile us all on a great big cozy bed. And I want to eat ice cream and watch movies and snuggle with my children – without them knowing that we’re snuggling.  And when the […]

Keepin’ It Real Menu Planning with Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and Coleslaw

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

You may have noticed that I haven’t been publishing posts here on La Pomme as regularly as I have in the past. I have to be honest that I have been a wee bit overwhelmed lately.  Overwhelmed by having three kids in three different schools. Overwhelmed by their activity schedules. Overwhelmed by my own writing […]

Tabbouleh Salad With a Twist to Share When Words Fail

A Twist on Tabbouleh Salad

It’s true. We all have our quirks. Our less appealing bits about ourselves. Our strengths and our weaknesses. And nowhere is this magnified more than within the walls of a family. We love each other. We drive each other crazy. Our families have known us for so long, it’s hard to hide our true personality […]

Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Summer Salad on AM Northwest

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So, my dear friends, this week has been filled with milestones, celebrations and a few tears on the part of yours truly. One headed to high school, one to middle school and one leaving that sweet, sweet year of Kindergarten and as I’ve said before every first for my littlest one is a monumental last for me. […]

Strawberries in a Salad and Siblings Who Skip

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It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.  -Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet”Mom, it’s so embarrassing! Do you know what he does all day at school?””No, please tell me.””He skips.””Well, he’s in kindergarten.””Well, it’s embarrassing. My WHOLE class […]

Chickpeas, Asparagus and a Splash of Lemon Salad So Good You Might Weep

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Yes, it’s true. “I’m a weeper. I weep.”(To borrow a line from one of my favorite movies, The Holiday, which does indeed make me weep.)Just this morning I started weeping while making the kids’ lunches. One may have thought it was because if I have to make one more school lunch I may start weeping […]

A Refreshing Grapefruit and Greens Salad…25 Years in the Making

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Just as I was putting on my coat and preparing to leave my dear friend’s annual cookie party, her father says to me, “So, Carrie, would you like a case of grapefruit before you leave? I still have 15 cases in the garage. You know, we’ve been selling them all these years. They even gave […]

A Medley of Summer Salads

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There they are. Like always. Pots of red, white and blue petunias and geraniums. A thoughtfully placed flag off to one side. They are the first thing I notice. The first thing I look for because isn’t that what holidays are for? The expected. The traditions. The counted on. The nostalgic.The same gathering of aunts […]

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?!” […]

Inspired by a Salad of Golden Yellow Beets and Brilliant Green Arugula

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My appointed date in the “Blog-It Forward Mashup” has arrived at which time I am to share with the world what it is that inspires me. Thank you ever so much to the infinitely kind and talented, Victoria Smith, of the alway inspiring blog, sfgirlbybay, for organizing all 300 of us. The darling artist, Ariel, […]

A Simple Salad & The Sound of Silence

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  The boxes have been put away. The vacuum has been run. The cheery red of the holidays has been replaced with winter whites. Linen. The poinsettias with bare branches. (Well, actually I didn’t have any poinsettias but I like the way that sounds. Don’t you?) The children are back at school and the only […]

Mediterranean Spinach Salad

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I left the house in summer attire. Tank top. Flip flops. Sunglasses. And, headed out into the warm, balmy morning air for our local football jamboree. Upon arriving, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the skinny little legs poking out from under the mountainous shoulder attire. Hard to believe the fall sports …