“Maybe that’s the best part of going away for a vacation–coming home again.”  ~Madeleine L’Engle It’s this autumn past and I’m in Andalucía, Spain with my husband, reveling in all that is different from home.  Big haunches of jamón and vibrant Flamenco dresses hanging in shop windows.  Narrow roads winding through silver-green olive groves and cork […]

This week I’ve been working my way through the usual New Year’s to-do list.  Christmas decorations lovingly packed away?  Check.  New calendars obtained and displayed?  Check.  Hoppin’ John (a southern dish with ham and black-eyed peas) cooked up and devoured to ensure good luck?  Check. Resolutions made? Um. Okay, I confess:  struggling with year-end fatigue (please […]

Tis the season to be strapped for time and energy, so please excuse me for keeping this holiday blog short, but sweet.  Literally sweet.  Because what follows are my two sweet gifts to you:  two recipes for two super easy (and did I mention sweet?) treats that can be whipped up in a flash for […]

Yes, I have been known to literally hug a tree on occasion.  And yes, I do consider myself a tree hugger in the figurative, often derogatory sense in which this term is used-that is, I’m an environmentalist, defined as follows:  a person who’s concerned with, and advocates for, the protection of the environment.  But don’t worry, I’m not […]

Warning:  Goats can be addictive.  I’m serious here. Once you’ve welcomed these capricious creatures to your farm, once you’ve witnessed their silly antics, once you’ve given them head rubs and hugs and hung out with them in a sunny pasture while they lazed around you chewing their cud (or kept trying to squeeze onto your lap)–there’s a good […]

Hey Earth, I just wanted to wish you a very happy Earth Day!  🙂  I can’t believe you’re, like, 4.54 billion years old!  Bet I won’t look half as good as you when I’m that age.  What’s your secret? So … what are you doing to celebrate today?  Something awesome I hope, because you totally […]

It’s a long ways from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon by bicycle.  203 to 206, to be not quite precise, if you’re joining the some 10,000 cyclists pedaling the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bike Ride (STP) the weekend of July 16-17.  Did I mention that’s a long ways? My husband Brett and I have […]