Wishing You Moments of Captured Time for the New Year

Since writing my last post, I’ve been pondering the evolution of holiday traditions. How they started. Why we continue some and not others. New traditions that spring up and are adopted…Shelf Elf…or not. I choose “not.” What occurred to me is that many of our traditions started out of scarcity. Feasts were thrown around holidays […]

In Celebration of Three Years…a Gift for Each One of You

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    When I think about it now, it seems silly that I was nervous. That my heart was racing. That my stomach was fluttering. But three years ago, I had never done this before. I had never put anything I’d written out into the World Wide Web. And I didn’t know whether those little […]

Hearty Breakfast Cupcakes

Hearty Breakfast Cupcakes

Here’s the thing about feeding families….it’s filled with good intentions and constant marketing. We all intend to feed our families healthy food. We all intend to cook more at home. We don’t intend to feed them take-out pizza three nights in a row, but sometimes that happens. We’re busy. They’re busy. No one has much […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Apple and Rhubarb Baked in a Pie

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It was during my third hour of weeding that I said to myself, “And I thought this was a good idea because…why?” Not the weeding. No. That was simply part of “the sickness” as the Rooster refers to it. That along with deciding now would be a good time to take down the cat house […]

A Fragrant Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples to Enjoy During the Quiet Moments

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“Well, we’re in the midst of it.” You hear yourself say to yourself with a sigh. Winter Break. Christmas Vacation. The “Holidays”. And, you want to be that Mom. Really you do. You know, the one who is fun all the time. But you see, you have a “noise aversion”. And with each day that […]

Simple Little Ginger Crisps

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If you’d like, cue up, Christmas Time is Here…..I watched her walk toward me through the snow. Snow at least 2 feet deep. Deep by Portland standards. A steaming mug of tea precariously balanced in each hand. A few tense minutes later she successfully arrived at my front porch and handed me one of the […]

A Provincial Sort of Apple Cake

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I kept seeing it everywhere. This recipe for, “Dorie Greenspan’s Apple Cake.” Always referred to as a 4-word title. There it was in our local paper, tied to her book review on Amazon.com, traveling the virtual airways by Twitter, Facebook, Blogs. Hard bound and in print on page 432 of her new cookbook, Around My […]

Appetizers, Apples and Antics on AM Northwest

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The past week has gone….I don’t know where. It vaporized. I don’t know about you, but I’m having trouble staying on top of things. Luckily, as I’ve mentioned before, my sweetie has already started the Christmas shopping.Thanks to a gentle reminder by my thoughtful mother and father, I realized I never posted the video from […]

Pumpkin Pie to Mark Some Firsts…and Some Lasts.

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“Mom! Mom! Wait for me!” His shoes slip ever so slightly on the gravel. His backpack, almost half his size, swings from side to side. Up the hill he scrambles. “Mom, wait! I have a treasure for you.” In his tightly closed fist he holds four dandelions. All in various stages of blooming. He gallantly […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata & Tea, Of Course

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Then he sat in his favorite chair, drank a cup of hot peppermint tea and ate a slice of bread with honey on it. The farmer felt very cozy and a bit tired.”Dream Snow” by Eric CarleI wish I could say to you, dear friend, that I spent my college years drinking coffee, or even […]