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My Pig

I have two children. As I have said before, my son is my little gardener. And my daughter is my little environmentalist. She has always been one who looks at the big picture. It was a result of her encouragement that you will find me riding my bicycle to accomplish my close in errands. During…

Week 29 – Coleslaw

My husband never went camping as a child. He views camping as an activity where you are likely to wake up with a wet pillow (it’s Oregon after all!), where you might miss your creature comforts and where dinner consists of beans and hot dogs (not that there is anything wrong with beans and wienies!).…

Picking and Preserving the Harvest

My kids and I have very different styles when it comes to berry picking.  My daughter is efficient and thorough, from her sitting position.  I try to pick as fast as possible, knowing that time out in the berry field with my children is limited.  And my son puts each and every berry he pulls from the vine…

Week 28 – Green Bean Salad

There are times when the only thing that sounds appetizing is some form of comfort food. There is much being written about comfort food these days… what it is and what it isn’t. For me there are different categories based on the time of my life. If I am longing for something from my growing…

The Forests and Wetlands are Healing

A couple weeks ago, I had a health scare. It is nothing that cannot be fixed. It has, however, reminded me that I am getting older and I need to take better care of myself. Too often, it is too easy to say that work needs me or kids need me or my garden needs…

Week 27 – Watermelon Salad

Another summertime activity I love is the picnic. There is nothing like eating outdoors. Whether it is during a camping trip around a camp-fire, or at a nearby park on a picnic blanket, or even in our backyard at our rickety picnic table. The kids are entertained. Everything seems to taste better. And best of…

It was a Feast

Last week our farmer’s market was overflowing with strawberries.  Quite literally overflowing.  And yes, like the rest of the produce in the Pacific NW, the abundance was a couple weeks late.  But that’s ok… it only delayed, it did not dampen my enjoyment.     The strawberries in my yard are only mildly productive and…

Week 26 – Potato Salad

There is a list of things that always remind me of summer. Oscillating sprinklers. Long idle days. Laying in the grass. Floating in a raft while the sun bakes my skin. Riding my bike with the banana seat and orange flag. Playing card games with my family while the sun sets. And my grandmother’s potato…

The Summer my Father was Ten

Things are moving along at a gentle hum.  The summer herbs and vegetables have been planted.  The spring vegetables are providing us with lots of tasty treats for the dinner table.  My job right now is to weed and water and make sure my little plants are happy.  I feel like I can take a…