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Garden Railway Tour

Garden Railway Tour

Garden-Railway-Engine-TunnelThe annual Rose City Garden Railway Show (Driving Tour) in Portland, Oregon is this Saturday, June 18th from 10am – 5pm.  What a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day! Continue Reading

Reclaimed Wood Chicken Coop

Reclaimed Wood Chicken Coop

The stores are loaded with cute baby chicks this time of year, and boy does it make me want to bring some more home. When I really look at it though – I know I don’t need more than 4 chickens, and they do grow up so fast.

Being that it is chicken season I thought I would show you guys what we did with our chickens when we moved last summer.  We ended up building a reclaimed wood chicken coop for them.Continue Reading

A Little Snowflake Day

A Little Snowflake Day

This winter I designed a little snowflake and created some very simple Scandinavian style winter and Christmas signs.  It was super fun to learn how to make a snowflake using graphic design software.  I started out using scissors to create a design, but my paper snowflakes just didn’t cut it….. get it?  ….cut it? 🙂  OK – I’m sorry.  Continue Reading

Labor Day – The Day to Celebrate Work by Not Working

Labor Day  – The Day to Celebrate Work by Not Working

What’s not to love about that.   Apparently Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. Not surprising to me that even way back then Oregonians were finding a way to celebrate work by not working 🙂  Labor Day became a federal holiday in Continue Reading

Dwarf Sunflowers Standing Tall

Dwarf Sunflowers Standing Tall

I’ve never been able to figure out how to keep regular sunflowers from falling to the ground once they bloom.  I think I finally outsmarted gravity this year.  OK – I might be giving myself a bit too much credit claiming I conquered gravity, but I will say that my sunflowers finally stayed upright this year.  Continue Reading

DIY Bamboo Tower for Pole Beans

DIY Bamboo Tower for Pole Beans

Although bamboo makes a great screen, certain varieties of bamboo can be VERY invasive.  My neighbor planted some about 15 years ago so I wouldn’t spend all my leisure time standing at my kitchen window looking into her backyard.  At the time I asked her if she encased it in anything when she planted it right up against our shared fence.  She assured me that they knew what they were doing and that it was in a metal something-or-another and wasn’t going anywhere and … well the rest of what she said wasn’t very nice so I won’t repeat it.Continue Reading

Leeks with Hats

Leeks with Hats

I am easily entertained.  There is no question about that.

Especially when my leek blossom is wearing a silly hat.Continue Reading

Cheater Chili Verde

Cheater Chili Verde

Remember the pork loin from Winco?

Part one was yummy grilled pork steaks.

Part two will be chili verde.  Make no mistake, I am well aware that this is not even close to an authentic recipe.  It is a fast, easy, yummy dinner though and that’s what counts in the end, right?Continue Reading

Twofer Deal on Pork – Pork Steak

Twofer Deal on Pork – Pork Steak

I bought a big ole hunk of pork loin from Winco for less than $10.  Big enough for at least 2 meals for my hungry family.  As usual I chucked it into the freezer until I figured out what I wanted to do with it.Continue Reading

Oh, Those Dog Rolls

Oh, Those Dog Rolls

My dog Winnie loves to sleep! Her favorite place to sleep is on my daughter’s bed, but she only sleeps there if my daughter is with her. She doesn’t like to be alone!

During the day she sleeps on the chair in the dining room, that way she can be as close to us as possible.Continue Reading

Lucky BBQ Souvlaki

Lucky BBQ Souvlaki

When spring rolls around it’s a good time to start checking for marked down lamb (especially around Easter).  I almost did my happy dance when I saw this boneless leg of lamb marked $2.99 a pound.Continue Reading

Winnie the Pooh Photo Shoot at Disneyland

Winnie the Pooh Photo Shoot at Disneyland

In trying to cull together all my most favorite photos from the past two years I ran across the photos from my spontaneous Winnie the Pooh photo shoot from our trip to Disneyland exactly two years ago today.

Silly ol’ bear.Continue Reading

A Hornet Nest in the Woods

A Hornet Nest in the Woods

Last month we went out to the woods for a day. It was beautiful outside so we took a drive just to escape the busyness of town. While hiking around we found a hornet nest. I personally had never seen one before, except in movies. My husband on the other hand is all to familiar with them.Continue Reading

Salmon – Foiled Again

Salmon – Foiled Again

So being as we aren’t made of money, I’m always happy to take food contributions since we seem to just keep eating several times a day.  My mom and dad gave me some frozen salmon that my aunt’s husband caught (We Portland folk like to know our food’s provenance).  I thawed it out and it smelled, well, a bit..fishy.Continue Reading

Vegetable Garden Do-Over

Vegetable Garden Do-Over

I love having a vegetable garden because every year I get a vegetable garden do-over.  Continue Reading

Hells Canyon – Eastern Oregon

Hells Canyon – Eastern Oregon

My husband took a hunting trip last week to Hells Canyon.  Hells Canyon is located in Eastern Oregon by the border of Washington and Idaho.  Although his trip was not long enough by any means, he still had a fantastic time.  Hunting trips for my husband mostly consist of sleeping in, eating good home cooked meals and taking photos to show me the things that he has seen.Continue Reading

Shepherd’s Pie – The Full Meal Deal

Shepherd’s Pie – The Full Meal Deal

Alright, first off, I realize this is not an “actual” shepherd’s pie.  They contain lamb (shepherd-sheep-duh).

What I’m making is more like a red-headed stepchild of the cottage pie.

Whatever it is, I call it shepherd’s pie and this is how I make it.Continue Reading

Airstream Trailer Vintage Vacation

Airstream Trailer Vintage Vacation

Retro Camping at the Lakedale Resort

While trying to plan an entirely different trip, I stumbled across a glamping and camp ground off the coast of Washington State on San Juan Island that has an Airstream Trailer (camper) that is parked lakeside and restored and can be rented out by the night.  I was so enchanted by the possibility of getting to stay in an Airstream without having to own one that I abandoned my original plans and worked out all the details that would put us on this Pacific Northwest island in the sunny summertime in a glorious restored Airstream.

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Lakedale Resort – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Lakedale Resort – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Stranded on an Island

I planned a Vintage Vacation for our family last summer.  I found a place called Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island that has a restored Airstream trailer we could stay in for a couple of nights.  This Airstream glamping trip inspired Boyd to want to do a vintage photo shoot and bring props and dress me up and all that.Continue Reading

San Juan Island Road Trip

San Juan Island Road Trip

If you have any kind of transportation there are a lot of places to explore on San Juan Island.  We had a vehicle for most of our trip so we drove around the island.Continue Reading

Ride the Ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

Ride the Ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

If you are anywhere near Seattle, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest you should plan to drive a bit further North to Anacortes and take (at minimum) a day trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.  The Anacortes ferry departure point is about 80 miles north of Seattle.  We live about 5 hours away, so we opted to say in Anacortes for the night so we could get on the ferry in the morning.   We were very much looking forward to Friday Harbor, but the ferry ride itself ended up being pretty fabulous too.Continue Reading

I’m a Pepper

I’m a Pepper

I tweeted my daughter – “What do I make well (besides children)?”  Her response was green bean casserole, which of course I make well because I use the traditional French’s fried onions and Campbell soup variety, so I can hardly claim that as my own.  She also mentioned stuffed peppers.Continue Reading

Lambtastic

Lambtastic

I like lamb!

Lamb is expensive!

I am not an expensive type person!Continue Reading

My Swing’n Chicken

My Swing’n Chicken

Have you ever heard of a swing’n chicken before?

No!

Well, let me tell you about one!Continue Reading

Righteous Loaf

When I was a young wanna-be housewife in my twenties, my boyfriend and I had a friend over for a meatloaf dinner.  Once the friend was done eating he said “That was a righteous loaf.”  I think of that every time I make a meatloaf.  Now that I’m in my fifties, it’s one of my eldest daughter’s favorite meals.Continue Reading

Forest Grove Views & Hillside Bible Church

Forest Grove Views & Hillside Bible Church

Until the age of 5 my family and I lived on my grandpa’s farm in Forest Grove. We lived up on a hillside near the Forest Grove and Gales Creek boundary. My grandpa was a filbert farmer, who owned a lovely piece of land with a view. The home we lived in was surrounded by filberts, and my grandparents home was below us through the orchard. When I wanted to visit my grandparents my mom would call my grandma to inform her that she was sending me down. Through the orchard I would run to the waiting arms of my grandma.Continue Reading

Fishing for Dinner Ideas?

Fishing for Dinner Ideas?

I don’t generally cook with recipes.  I consider them guidelines.  I read a recipe, think, “oh, what a good idea,” and then I do it my way.Continue Reading

Portland Aquarium – Photoblog, Tour and Review

Portland Aquarium – Photoblog, Tour and Review

Hey I’m posting some photos and a video clip from my recent trip to Portland Aquarium.  I wasn’t even aware a public aquarium existed in Portland, but it’s a fairly new destination, opening in 2012. Continue Reading

Western Riding Lessons

Western Riding Lessons

My girl loves, loves, loves horses!!! She researches anything and everything she can about them. Almost all her free time is spent doing research or watching YouTube videos of western riding.

Last fall I filmed her riding, but I would have to say that I am surprised at how much she has already improved since then. I love this little video though. I love capturing moments in time, so that you can really see the improvements, and remember the event.Continue Reading

Splittin’ Chicken

Splittin’ Chicken

I have mentioned that I buy many things in bulk for price and convenience sake.  In case you wanted to know what 40 pounds of chicken breasts look like before I stick them in my freezer, you’re in luck.  I buy hamburger, bacon, and occasionally other featured items from a company called Zaycon.  This is not a commercial for them – just telling it like it is.Continue Reading

My Chicken May

My Chicken May

May is one of my black and white chickens. She has yellow legs and feet, whereas Wilco has white legs and feet. May is pretty adventurous, she usually climbs to the top of everything. When I go outside she always runs to me for a nice visit.

Unfortunately, May seems to not be able to get totally clean when she takes a dust bath. She had some extra “things” hanging off her back feathers. I did some research on Pinterest and found that this is common, and you can give them a chicken bath if you need too.Continue Reading

Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!

I started making this dish when my kids were little.  None of us are little anymore but it is still the dish they request the most.  We call it Pizza Chicken.Continue Reading

Imperfect Easter Eggs

Imperfect Easter Eggs

I have been craving egg salad sandwiches, but I have not been eating them because I would have to stop and boil eggs which apparently is just too much to ask of myself.  Then the other night I was skipping through a magazine while trying to go to sleep and I saw this  really cool idea for putting a leaf impression on colored Easter eggs with natural dye. Wanting both egg salad and now also to color Easter eggs was finally enough to move these dual-desires up the priority list high enough to actually make them happen.  Plus that – what better way is there to expresses my thankfulness that Jesus Christ was resurrected from death to give us all eternal life than taking chicken eggs, boiling them, and coloring them pink & blue & green & purple?!

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Twilight Tour Part 2

Twilight Tour Part 2

Day two of our Twilight tour took us to Portland, Damascus, and Indian Beach.Continue Reading

Coffee Crush

Coffee Crush

Back 1,000 years ago when I was a young woman of 21, I worked in a fancy Italian ristorante.  It had a deli with gelato and Italian imports.

My favorite was a little teeny bottle of espresso soda called Bibi Caffe.  It was spendy but I loved the sugary fizzy drink.  This was before I even drank coffee (obviously pre kids).Continue Reading

Best Western Agate Beach & Oregon Coast Aquarium

Best Western Agate Beach & Oregon Coast Aquarium

A friend of mine (who is also the mother of a friend of my son’s) invited us to join her and four of her kids on a one-night trip to the Oregon Coast during spring vacation.  I already had a really full week scheduled of me sleeping in, reading, maybe planting some seeds in my veggie garden if the rain ever stopped, and possibly culling through our mass accumulation of digital photos so I can upload my all time favorites to ShutterflyContinue Reading

Twilight Tour

Twilight Tour

For the first two days of spring break my girl and I have been traveling around seeing some of the locations where the movie Twilight was filmed. There are quite a few sites around the Portland area.Continue Reading

Sundries

Sundries

This is a dinner that I completely pulled out of the air.  Last night I realized I had a bunch of odds and ends of veggies that were on the verge of turning or just weren’t getting used up.Continue Reading

Apple Power Mac G5 Hack – New Life for Dead Tech

Apple Power Mac G5 Hack – New Life for Dead Tech

Part of our basement is a technology graveyard.  It’s where old computers and the like go to collect dust until a new fate is assigned.  Last week I was restless and decided that I would never use my retired Apple Power Mac G5 Tower…at least not as a computer.  My inspiration started out simple…”I’m gonna gut this thing.”Continue Reading

Photographs I Love

Photographs I Love

While flipping through my pictures in Picasa I always notice these photographs. They haven’t fit into any of my other posts so I thought that I’d just highlight them today. When I see these photos I smile.Continue Reading

Gotta Frittata

Gotta Frittata

Wanna see what I made with one of the compound butters I recently made?

Remember the smoked paprika butter?  I decided to make a frittata.Continue Reading

Cyclamen – The Upside Down Flower

Cyclamen – The Upside Down Flower

So I have had this lovely little Cyclamen houseplant since mid-December.  It was a gift from one of my bookkeeping clients and is a new plant for me.  It bloomed throughout December on my kitchen windowsill, but apparently I wasn’t really watching what this little plant was up to.

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Cleaning the Chicken Coop & Peanut Butter the Chicken

Cleaning the Chicken Coop & Peanut Butter the Chicken

Cleaning the Chicken Coop

Cleaning the chicken coop is so much fun!Continue Reading

Bulking up Breakfast

Bulking up Breakfast

So this certainly isn’t my idea.  It’s one of those Pinteresty things you keep thinking “I’m gonna do that one day.”  Well, I finally did and now I’ve done it several times!

DIY instant oatmeal packets add ease and health to my family’s morning.Continue Reading

Fruit Salad – Yummy Yummy!

Fruit Salad – Yummy Yummy!

We have been on a fruit salad kick – which sounds rather active because of that kicking part, but it is really just us eating a lot of fruit salad. Continue Reading

How to Make a Quick Easy Necklace Set

How to Make a Quick Easy Necklace Set

If you are feeling a little bit crafty, and would like to make some custom jewelery Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts has a wonderful selection of beads and artful pieces to choose from. Continue Reading

Bits and Bobs

Bits and Bobs

Do you ever buy those bags of lemons at Costco?

I do, and sometimes by the time I’ve gone through a few I’m not feeling so lemony anymore.  Most of the time I’ll juice the remaining lemons and put the juice in the freezer.  Occasionally, I’m too lazy to even be bothered.Continue Reading

It’s that Lenten Rose Time of Year

It’s that Lenten Rose Time of Year

The sun came out this week so I actually looked outside and all my Lenten Roses were just blooming their little hearts out.Continue Reading

Sisters, Oregon

Sisters, Oregon

Last summer my family stopped by Sisters, Oregon on our way back home from Bend. I love this little town. We use to have family that lived in Redmond, and called all the tourist that stopped in Sisters – Cone Lickers.Continue Reading

Creamy Cajun Kale

Creamy Cajun Kale

Late last summer, I planted some kale in a planter box that I can see from my dining room sliding glass door.  I planted it, left it alone and just watched it grow.  The critters seemed to enjoy nibbling on it.  There were plenty of bug bites on the leaves and the squirrels ran around playing in it.  After a while, it became more of an experiment in overwintering kale.Continue Reading