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A Ray of Sunshine

My daughter got in the car the other day and announced, “It smells like summer.”  The day had been one of those extraordinary early spring days where everything is warm and feels of promise.  The car had that earthy warm smell that comes from sitting in the sun after transporting two active children.  Perhaps it…

Week 37 – Greek Salad

The kids are back in school.  We are settling back into our routine of carpools, soccer practices and piano lessons.  The kids are coming home tired and happy and full of stories to share.  I, too, have refocused my energy, settling into a new work routine.  The sidewalk, underfoot, is beginning to be crunchy with…

Week 36 – Green Zebra Salad

A couple weeks ago, I was gazing longingly at my tomato vines wishing and hoping.  What a difference a couple weeks make.  Over the last few days I have dried cherry tomatoes, made tomato jam and am hoping to can a portion of the bountiful harvest this weekend.  But my favorite way to enjoy this…

Week 34 – Summer Garden Salad

The kids are heading back to school next week.  I will be sad to see summer end (especially since it arrived in the Pacific NW only a couple weeks ago!), but mostly I will miss the wonderful playtime I have had with my children.  This year we tried something new.  I have a friend who…

Week 33 – Zucchini ‘Carpaccio’

Every year I plant one zucchini start, because one zucchini plant is all it takes. I love the plant’s large leaves and golden orange flowers, not to mention the green, tubular vegetable it produces. The thing about a zucchini plant is that it is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and it is extremely…

Week 32 – Caprese Salad

I wait all year to make my first Caprese Salad.The succulent tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, earthy basil and sweet/tart vinaigrette.It is one of my absolute favorite summer dishes.Best of all, it is super easy to make, making it the perfect outdoor/ dining food!Now, I will have to admit that I was hoping to show you tomatoes…

Week 31 – Cherry Quinoa Salad

It’s been an extraordinary couple weeks.  My sister gave birth to an adorable, snuggly, baby boy, Benjamin.  My brother got married to a wonderful, beautiful woman and the parties that marked the occasion were joyous and festive.  And my husband’s family came into town from their points scattered around the country to vacation together and to celebrate my…

Week 30 – Corn Salad

In the summer months, there is nothing better than fresh corn on the cob. Fresh from the farm and into the pot. Corn (and peas) begins to lose its sweetness as soon as it is plucked from the stalk. The more direct the route from stalk to pot, the sweeter your corn will taste. My…

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…