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. […]

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 […]

Green Smoothies for Spring Cleaning

I’m in the thick of “spring cleaning.” My “cleaning” is different than the one you may be envisioning. No, I’m not beating my rugs with a broom, or dusting my refrigerator coils. What I’m doing is giving the insides of this ole body some TLC now that the hibernating months are over. Each spring, I […]

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, Anyone? Anyone?

My summer office is closed up. I made it through the first full week of kids back in school coupled with their activities. And this past weekend, I was beat. So very, very tired. Before the weekend even started I let my daughter know, “I will only ‘drop you off and pick you up’ one […]

My Summer Office

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I realize this seems a bit…hmm, strange…but when I was a child I liked to weed. Actually, I relished it. The same was true for deadheading my grandmother’s azalea bushes. Sure, the 25 cents an hour she paid me to do it was nice, but that wasn’t my sole motivation. I treasured the rhythmic motion […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nutty Granola and Oatmeal Cookies: Similar Ingredients…Completely Different Results

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“Yeah, yeah…I know…I’ve heard this speech before,” my daughter said to me in a tone dripping with teenager attitude. Frustrated I fired back at her, “And that’s exactly the kind of attitude that won’t help out your cause.” She pursed her lips and rolled her eyes. I left the room and headed toward the stairs.Passing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Sentimental with Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

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“Is something the matter? You don’t seem yourself,” my dear friend inquired of me. “I don’t know. I feel a little….sad.” “Melancholy?” “Yeah, maybe that’s what it is…melancholy. I’m not sure why.” Here it was. The end of the school year for my eldest children. A day that I had been so looking forward to. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cookin’ Up Some Aussie Bites

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The day had started out with fog and heavy, dark clouds and continued on that way until late in the afternoon which is why I was surprised when a bright beam of sunlight burst through our living room windows. While I’m always thrilled to see the sun, any sun, at this time of year…this particular […]

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 […]

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. […]