Preparing the Soil of Your Life

Nourish the Soil of Your Life

Happy First Day of July, my friend! Every summer I plant a small vegetable garden. Some years I go all out and plant a variety of herbs, vegetables and a row of strawberries. Other years I simply plant some lettuce and a couple tomato plants. Last summer, I did not plant anything. Life was too […]

When All Else Fails, Put Them to Work

Blueberry Hand Pies

When I decided to undertake publishing a book, I made my best guess on how long certain aspects of the project would take. Some parts of the project are moving along as I predicted — knowing my work habits and my propensity to kick into high gear as deadlines approach. Other parts of the project, […]

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 […]

A Homemade Granola Gone to the Birds

Bird Seed Granola

Yes, a huge reason I was absent last year was because I needed to focus on my mom. I wanted to focus on her. Be with her. However, I also had a kiddo who needed my attention. A kiddo who had been chronically “unwell” since he was born. The letter from his school halfway through […]

Reflecting on the Summer of Chimichurri

Tri-Tip Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

I have tangible files of travel ideas. I have virtual files of travel ideas. Ideas for weekend excursions, best hikes, best camping, bike tours, Napa Valley wine tours, Yamhill County wine tours, Five Perfect Days in Paris, 72 Hours in Carmel, New York City with Kids, and on and on and on. When summer hits, […]

My Summer Office

Summer Office

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Barbecuing up Garlic, Lime, Cilantro Flank Steak on a Much Needed Weekend Away

A Little Steak and Chicken Pocket Pie

“Ummm, Mrs. Minns, I don’t think our camp starts until 10:30 am,” my 12-year old’s buddy says to me as I’m minutes away from dropping the two of them off at cooking camp. “Oh no, darlin’, it starts at 10am. I’m sure of it. I have it in my calendar.” It was the first week […]

Blueberry Smoothies and the Lego Saga

Blueberry smoothie

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?

Blueberry Crumble Muffins

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 […]

Hummus, the Perfect Partner for a Handful of Sweet Beans

Lemony, garlicky hummus...

I look out at the square boxes full of bare dirt. Good dirt. Actually compost-boosted-dirt but still…bare dirt. Not a lick of green…um, except for the occasional weed that chooses to land in there. Yes, it’s true, last year those boxes had been overflowing with tomato plants, some lettuce, carrots but this year…nothing. Nada. Rien. […]

Steamed Artichokes and Short-Order Cook Sauces

Artichokes

  My family is nuts for artichokes. Every year I anxiously await the moment that the DeNoble Family Farms table at our Farmers Market is covered with artichokes of all sizes. And every year I enjoy hearing again and again from the head of DeNoble Family Farm how Tillamook, Oregon deserves to be the artichoke […]

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 […]

Strawberry Pavlova, the Perfect Dessert to Celebrate a Milestone

  “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 […]

Letting Go with Counter-Top Salads for Dinner

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Please read my message after the story especially my gracious email subscribers. She was three years old when she performed in her first dance recital. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Bunny Hop. Her little feet could be heard “tap, tap, tapping” away as she practiced for her big debut. Considering that when […]

What’s In Season? Cherries

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 […]

A Heartfelt Thank You, A Giveaway and Some Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops

I pulled the car to a halt in front of the mailboxes. With half my body out the window, I hoisted the usual haul of catalogs, coupons and bills onto my lap. Methodically, I sifted through the stack on the very, off-chance that there would be something unexpected in the pile.Caught between a Pottery Barn […]

Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti…An Easy Dish Yet a Privilege to Prepare

As we slowly pulled into the lot the first thing I noticed was the police car. It could have been a coincidence. Just a routine drive through the neighborhood most likely but my heart sank a bit as I thought to myself, “Please keep them safe. Please let them be treated kindly.” We climbed the […]

And Now, I Pass It To You….Cowboy Caviar

“basil, lettuce, rice, peanut butter, shallots, eggs, butter, Parmesan cheese, pasta, parsley, thyme, rosemary, ketchup, oatmeal, raisins, whole grain mustard, sesame oil, vanilla extract, avocados, cherries, black eyed peas, corn, cantaloupe, lime, cilantro, salmon, flatbread, goat cheese, hot dogs, hot dog buns, hummus, salsa, pancake mix, tea, ovaltine, cherry tomatoes, Nana’s jam, soy sauce, milk……..” […]

A Medley of Summer Salads

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 […]

Fabulous Fish Tacos…Without the Franticness

I pulled my receipt out of the parking meter and glanced at the expiration time, “10:16 am.” I couldn’t believe it. Considering that I had just paid for an hour’s worth of parking meant I had arrived at the market only 45 minutes after it opened. This was a first for me. I usually arrive […]