Winter hangs on.

Can’t believe it was two months ago we had our big snow storm and now going through another this week. This has been a full winter of snow, fog and cold! Has it really been a month since Christmas? My how this month has dragged and spring feels far off. Very thankful that work is…

Football, birthdays, holidays and some snow!!

I’m a sporadic blogger that hits the seasonal highlights. So since I’m waken by thoughts earlier than I would like, I’ll extract some memories from the past season. We started the fall in Bend celebrating Sammy’s 19th birthday. My baby is not this old, right? Biking and some deep conversations in the hot tub with…

Trails of summer

I don’t quite remember the last summer that has lasted so long! We are going on 4 beautiful months of warm, hot and dry weather with no end in sight and its only August 5! I love it. It’s been a constant for me during a season of change. Our last born graduated in June….

May birthdays

This past weekend we celebrated another birthday for Ben and his grandfather. Spring has almost been summer like….sunny, clear and dry! Weather held for the birthday celebration with family and dogs. Wished I would have remembered to take a picture of the amazing meat our friend smoked for us. It was so good! Adam has…

Springy March

I can’t believe where the last few months gave gone. Maybe it has something to do with our nicer than normal weather lately. Spending any moment outside on these days is refreshing! Little flowers popping up, Bella begging to go find her sunny spot and running on the trails without mud caked to your shoes…

Happy New Year 2013!

Now that I have had a little time to think back on the busy holidays, I contemplate how to really enjoy the moments. I love every moment spent with family and friends! Meals, games and renewing old relationships is a moment. Taking lots of pictures helps me to capture the moments all over again. Decorations…

Christmas cookies with the cousins!

Tonight we were blessed with family! Three teenage cousins baking, icing and having fun! I also got to break out my new Pampered Chef icing decorator….. ***tip…don’t chill the icing before you want to use it:) Very creative work here! But this is when thing get out of hand….sprinkle wars begin!! And this is a…

Season to be thankful

I have had a bit of a dry spell since my last blog entry. Maybe I have not been as thankful as I should be. All month I have seen friends blog or post what they are thankful for each day of the month. I have been inspired, amazed and encouraged to think about all that I…

Sunny memories-Peach Jam Recipe

As I am writing this, the summer is almost half over already. With very few weeks left it’s time to camp, can fruits, and put away fresh produce in the freezer for the winter. Peach Jam. 4 cups  prepared fruit (buy about 3 lb. fully ripe peaches) 1/4 cup  fresh lemon juice 7-1/2 cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl 1/2 tsp.  butter…

Birthdays, Sun and Mother’s day!

The sun is out, birthdays are around the corner and we had our first family gathering on the deck in 80 degree weather! How perfect! Celebrated Arden and Ben’s birthday over the weekend with yummy food and of course a new cake recipe I had to try….Chocolate stout cake with ganache frosting. So good…. Then…

Snowy Leap Year Day!

A little wet, but still a very pretty snowy morning today! The weather has been crazy the past few days. I was at the coast over the weekend with some major wind gusts! Refreshing time with friends! For these cold and wet evenings, Frittatas have been hitting the spot.  So easy to make too: 6-8…

Food from scratch February!

Ok….I am on a new kick! Making what I know I can make from scratch instead of buying it. And I don’t have that much time on my hands as some of you have claimed:) Today was applesauce! Forgot how easy this is and I don’t plan on canning it this time. Just eating it….