Springtime in Portland

SPRING When daisies pied and violets blue, And lady-smocks all silver-white And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue, Do paint the meadows with delight -William Shakespeare I love the way these daffodils look like they are dancing…perhaps a waltz in time to the wind?? Or, gently swaying with someone they love?? I spent the second half of […]

Just Do What??

As part of my goal to say YES this year, I have developed a fleet of YES phrases. At the top of the list is, yes, I will MOVE every single day. Notice that I didn’t say EXERCISE every single day. No, the word exercise doesn’t work for me. Exercise implies color coordinated athletic wear […]

Don’t Know Much but I Do Know that Mushrooms and Asparagus Together are Delightful

  For a few years now, I have been attending various food blogging conferences. I usually return home brimming with inspiration and loaded down with lots of free Scharffen Berger chocolate. A week or so ago, I attended my third BlogHerFood conference up in Seattle. There wasn’t any free chocolate (Scharffen Berger wasn’t a sponsor […]

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 […]

Seeking Sunlight

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    My twelve-year-old, inherited it all – the allergies, the sensitive stomach, the asthma. And somehow, it just doesn’t seem fair. He’s my athlete. My sporty-guy. The one who will stand out in the rain shooting baskets for hours while the rest of us stay dry inside. The one who will use the twenty […]

Hey Ding a Ding…It’s Spring!

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In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding;Sweet lovers love the spring. William ShakespeareNo visit to the farmers market was to be had this weekend. Instead, a trip across the country and back. More to come on that.I left when the leaves on the trees and the […]

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 […]

Tis the Season for Herbs

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“There’s a few things I’ve learned in life: always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.” – William ShakespeareEver since I started having herbs in my garden it has made all the difference in my cooking. Being able […]

Tis the Season

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The cherry trees in Portland right now are stunning. I’ve been cutting branches from the trees in my yard (and my neighbor’s…with her consent, of course,) putting them in vases and scattering them around the house. They are so lovely, they definitely help make up for our cold, gray weather.I realize that my posts have […]

Peas and Carrots, Carrots and Peas Spring Soup

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I sit here in the shadows just out of sight like my mother did before me. There but not there. Still needed but not seen. Watching you with your friends. Linking hands with these friends as you jump unabashedly into the water. Holding handstand competitions. Saddling up to these friends on the chair lift. Laughing […]

A Delightful Spring Birthday Soup

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What is it about certain ages that stir our emotions? Emotions that are both jubilant at one end and sometimes bittersweet at the other. You know the ages I’m referring to….1, 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 40, 65, 100 (if we should be so lucky). My youngest little buddy just turned 5 and …

A Humble Yet Decadent Homemade Granola

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The older kids are off to school and the house holds just the 4-year old and myself. I look at my To-Do list…at least 143 items long. Where do I even begin? I hadn’t taken the time on Monday to organize the list into more manageable bits and now here it is mid-week…”sigh.” My mind […]