Sometimes Mothers are So Misunderstood

As an elementary school girl, I had a fetish for the paper fortune teller game. Remember the one that was folded like origami and involved numbers, favorite colors, and ended with predictions on which boy you would marry? Or, what you would be when you grew up? Or, horrors, how you would die? I can […]

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 […]

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

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  “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 […]

What’s In Season? Strawberries by the Flat

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Yes, yes, I realize that I brought your attention to the fact that strawberries were appearing at our local farmers market a week or so ago but let’s be real….it’s not possible to go to the farmers market every weekend…especially when I have no less than 5 lacrosse games staring me in the face. (And […]

What’s In Season?

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Only a quick trip to the Farmers Market was to be had this weekend…in-between dropping kids off at Lacrosse games and then, returning to watch said Lacrosse games.I made the rounds, enjoyed the sights, the sounds, the smells.I saw pints of snow peas with their feathery little blossoms still lying about.I saw people headed to […]

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 […]

Berries, Baguettes and La Pomme Live

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I don’t know about you but I have found that one of the beauties of summer is the lack of a schedule. No early morning alarms. No dinner on the table at exactly 6:30 pm every evening. No driving around town with clenched teeth trying to get small person #1 here and small person #2 […]

The Loveliest of Summer Days…Rain and All

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Why Thursday was the loveliest of summer days….even without the sun…..1. Not a single alarm clock was set in this house.2. The “baby”…um, I mean the 5-year old…slept in until 8am.  I wanted to weep tears of joy.3. The middle child arose at 10:00 am. The eldest at 11:00 am.4. I found a use for […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins….Bright Bits of Hope

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Just as promised, the rain returned on Sunday. With my mind in a slight funk due to the lack of sunlight, I stood at the kitchen counter and stared out the window. Out at the flooded lawn and out at my sweetie, in the torrential downpour, hauling bag after bag of my unused potting soil […]

A Strawberry Tart to Simulate Summer

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“Well, think of it this way….at least the kids don’t have spring fever. They’re still willing to go to school.” my dear friend Jayne said to me as a way to put a positive spin on our weather situation. She had a point. The kids don’t have spring fever because we haven’t had a spring. […]