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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Pita Pizzas, Precarious Parenting and Pam

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“But Mom…everyone is going to be there,” she says to you, not in an overly-emotional way but matter-of-factly,…slowly,…tinged with disappointment. (Almost echoing her younger brother’s cries from the week before, “But Mom…everyone has one.”) And you feel for her, you do. And channeling your 13-year-old-self, you know that you would want to be there too. […]

A River. A Tent. A Simple Satisfying Sandwich.

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  The kids were geared up. They had on their road warrior hats and there wasn’t a single complaint to be found. No, “Are we almost there?” No, “I’m bored.” They knew our destination. Had been looking forward to it for a year. This annual pilgrimage to “The River.” The Eel River, to be exact. […]

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 […]