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November 5, 2012 · 5 comments

Hey, Americans! Please vote. I won’t tell you who to vote for (though there’s a little part of me that would like to), but I do want you to fill out your ballot and help this democracy do its thing. In Oregon, we’ve had exclusively vote by mail since before I turned 18, so I’ve […]


I’m freaking out a little..okay, like maybe a LOT. I still can’t really believe it. Here’s the thing…I made a pie, and I baked it in the barbecue, and it turned out DELICIOUS! This is no minor miracle, folks. Seriously. I have tried and failed to make a good pie many times over many years. […]


I am so pleased to celebrate the two-year anniversary of my small-but-mighty Etsy shop Red Onion Woodworks. What a crazy, wild ride it’s been! Thanks so much to all of my customers, supporters, and wishing-they-were-customers-but-offering-kind-words-instead folks. You’re simply fabulous. Also, I’ve got to say that I am so proud to know that my boards (many […]


Just thought I’d throw this out there on behalf of my mom (to whom I owe a million favors)… My parents own and operate Oven and Earth Farm and have been vending at Corvallis-area farmers’ markets for 28 years. Every spring, my mom starts a ton of basil seedlings and sells them at the Corvallis Saturday […]


Happy Birthday, Oregon!

February 14, 2012 · 7 comments

The View from Prairie Mountain The great state of Oregon turns 153 today. Personally, I’m choosing to celebrate February 14 by expressing my deep love and gratitude for this wonderful place where I live, always have and always will. I don’t want to be a grinch about the whole Valentine’s Day thing (I did actually […]



January 19, 2012 · 14 comments

We got an early morning phone call on Tuesday from Henry’s dad informing us that the shop that he built in 1981 and shared with his wife and business partner for their professional custom woodworking business had burned to the ground. The large building was stocked with 30+ years of accumulated power and hand tools, […]


Today is Thanksgiving, and while I have so much to be thankful for (especially this year), I’m going to talk a little about shopping today and give you a Thanksgiving recap soon. You may have seen the above image going around Facebook or Twitter, but I thought I’d share it here along with a few […]


Granny Frank

October 14, 2011 · 0 comments

Henry’s grandma, Francis D’Amico Power but generally known as Granny Frank, passed away on Tuesday morning. Her death was not a huge surprise, but it was a huge loss for the family. During the three trips I went with Henry to visit his extended family in Georgia, I not only got to know her well, […]


Thanks for all your fabulous recipes, everyone. So many of them looked delicious and will probably end up on our dinner (or breakfast) table in the nearish future. Here are a few that had particularly good photos… Mae suggests these pumpkin waffles. Kierra offeres up this cute cake. Jenny wants to make these balsamic and […]


How to Cut a Watermelon

September 1, 2011 · 6 comments

Watching most people cut watermelons makes me cringe. I have to hide my eyes when I see someone awkwardly wielding a huge knife and hacking at a ten-pound melon. I’d like to see the statistics on how many people lose fingers while slicing up a little summertime treat. It can be a dangerous activity if […]