Celebrating Summer – Simple Dinner Party Ideas

The beauty of summer is in the foods: flavors, colors and variety. We recently hosted a celebration dinner featuring a lot of our favorites: surf & turf, brown paper, bees, home canning, watermelon, tomatoes, curry corn bread muffins, wine … Watermelon Coolers with Basil Fresh watermelon Fresh basil Vodka if you are into that sort […]

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A Glimpse of Folklife Festival

This post is nothing fancy (though I LOVE the parasol – so really just an excuse to share the picture)….. This past Memorial Day weekend, Seattle hosted the perennial Northwest Folklife festival. Full of artisans and musicians, it also has quite a few characters. In no way did I get photos of all of them, […]

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Shades of Gray versus Grey

The photo challenge this week for photofriday was “Shades of Gray”. Yes, I could do the obvious, but I would only be a poser. Given that I haven’t read the books…. Besides, I love texture and perspectives. To get a sense of what to capture. I did some research, with my fingers and with my […]

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Who threw the spices out? Who? Who? Who-oo?

No, not an owl nor the Baha men. I did, all part of the cleaning trend and motivation (read lit a fire) in the Kitchen Counter Cooking School. Once again, the author reminded me of things I know and treasure. This time it is don’t keep around old spices (Old Spice, is ok) and buying […]

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Reach & Read: Moloka’i

Moloka’i – Alan Brennert Moloka’i is a beautifully written piece of historical fiction. Until the book came up during an interview at work (HINT: a great way to build your personal reading list and learn about candidates is to ask them what the last book they read for fun) and quickly piqued my interest. Until […]

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Reach & Read: The Sweet Life in Paris

The Sweet Life in Paris – David Lebovitz There is a theme of late with books I am selecting: food. Not all have yet been posted but I am finding a strange attraction to audiobooks about food being read to me. Who would have thought listening to recipes and gory food details would be so […]

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