Henry is back in California this week. He was home for a short while after his last trip south, but now he’s helping his team place hives in the almond orchards just as the bloom begins and the bees go on contract. This kids and I are holding down the fort, and so far, like […]


A lot of folks look at a new year as a fresh start, a time to be your better self. I’ll admit that I sometimes think those kinds of thoughts. I mean, why not? A new year is as good an excuse as any to be more motivated and make changes for the better. The […]


I haven’t made a pie since July. It’s a crime. I know, but I’ve been so obsessed with putting food up and stashing all the fruits of summer away for the winter that I haven’t been baking for the present very often. Today, however, I put my jamming plans on hold for a bit while […]

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on the grill

June 29, 2013 · 0 comments

If I were hard pressed to declare my favorite vegetable right at this moment, I might tell you it’s the onion. Man, do I love onions. Earlier today, I went to the farmers’ market and bought a bagful of Walla Walla sweets from Spring Hill Organic Farm. They’re the biggest onions I’ve ever seen in […]


Before I start in on this recipe, I’m going to tell you a random personal story. I messed up my knee pretty badly (that’s a really boring non-story) while I was in college, so in the fall of 2004, I signed up for knee surgery. The procedure went more or less as planned, and my […]

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A while back, the kids and I went over to my friend Jenny‘s house. Her son and daughter are a year younger than each of my kids, so everyone gets along famously. (Jenny and I have know each other since the second grade, but are parents have been friends since the 70s.) After doing a bunch […]


I made a pie the other day, rhubarb-raspberry because the rhubarb patch is really going crazy right now. I can always harvest some for my mom to sell at the Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market, but I like rhubarb as much as the next girl, so our little family is keeping up with the bounty pretty […]


I met my friend Ana about a year ago. I had recently started my contract work as writer/photographer/blogger for Gathering Together Farm, and Ana was working as the pastry chef in the GTF restaurant. I liked her from the get-go, and even though, like many folks, I’ve found it harder and harder to connect with […]


So I turned 30 on Sunday. Like last year, I’d been looking forward to this milestone. Though I have my fair share of regrets about things I should or shouldn’t have done in my past, I’m pretty confident that I’m on the right path (or at least a good one) now. I feel completely satisfied […]


Blue Oatmeal

February 1, 2013 · 6 comments

This is what we call blue oatmeal. It’s actually regular oatmeal (rolled oats) with a couple handfulls of blueberries thrown in while it’s cooking. We eat it for breakfast often because a) It’s super healthy. b) It’s super cheap. c) It’s super easy to make (and pretty fast, too). d) We’ve got to use up all […]