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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Refreshing Grapefruit and Greens Salad…25 Years in the Making

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Just as I was putting on my coat and preparing to leave my dear friend’s annual cookie party, her father says to me, “So, Carrie, would you like a case of grapefruit before you leave? I still have 15 cases in the garage. You know, we’ve been selling them all these years. They even gave […]

Une Petite Pomme: The First Ever La Pomme de Portland Dinner Party

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I simply must tell you about one of my dear, dear friends and an entertaining endeavor she took on. She recently had a dinner party. For three families. Including all offspring. Before I go any farther into her story, let me stop and ask you, “Aren’t you impressed with just these details I’ve given you?!” […]

A Simple Salad & The Sound of Silence

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  The boxes have been put away. The vacuum has been run. The cheery red of the holidays has been replaced with winter whites. Linen. The poinsettias with bare branches. (Well, actually I didn’t have any poinsettias but I like the way that sounds. Don’t you?) The children are back at school and the only […]

Herbes de Provence Goat Cheese Spread

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We are of the opinion, our household that is, that the tooth fairy is an unreliable, flighty little thing. That she is prone to wild mood swings and is picky. Picky, picky, picky. Our dear children, having just survived another round of the molting process, bless their hearts, will wrap their precious little …

Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

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Clearly, the baby has not yet grasped the concept of “sleeping-in.” In my semi-conscious state, my mind barely registers that he is speaking to me. “Mom?” Pause. A little louder, “Mom? What animal sleeps during the day?” As I try to break through the fog that has not yet lifted from my mind in this […]