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The Best 5-Ingredient Sausage Gravy for Biscuits

  Have you guys seen the wildfires burning out of control here on the West Coast? It’s so awful! And really, I’m not anywhere near them, but the sky here is still covered in a thick layer of smoke. I think the wind from the North is funneling the smoke into our valley from Washington … Read More »»


Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad

  The cheese stuffed tortellini, Parmesan and fresh mozzarella are like the triple threat trifecta of perfect cheesy goodness! I am so excited to share this delicious recipe with you. If you and your family love pepperoni pizza like we do over here, then you are in for a treat. And I have to say … Read More »»


Riding the Skunk Train through California’s Coastal Redwoods

It had been about 12 years since my last ride on the historic Skunk Train. The previous memorable trip had me excited to return to the meandering tracks of the California Western Railroad one more time. I am not alone in my exuberance over this four hour excursion through the pristine countryside. It remains a … Read More »»


6 Happy and Helpful Picky Eating Solutions

I wish I had used some of these ideas when I was battling it out with my picky eater and drawing lines in the sand…it never worked! Kids do often come around, but the mealtime arguing over how many bites they need to take eventually wears you down and often leads to giving up. Lucky … Read More »»


Avocado Caprese Bites

  When it hits two and three o’clock in the afternoon, everyone at my house is looking for a snack, myself included. Something that is satisfying and can get you through to the dinner hour is what is requested most. What, no ice cream?  With summer tomatoes at their peak, California avocados in season and … Read More »»

Favorites From The Past


Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Chive-Lime Rice

  Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing, fun-filled weekend. The weather in Oregon is finally summery and every bit as warm as we were hoping for. The garden is finally in and the grill has been working overtime. Have you ever had traditional Hawaiian Kalua Pork? Where the pig is cooked … Read More »»


Cherry-Pineapple Cinnamon Crunch Cake

So what was I saying?  Oh yeah, my obsession.  Well, other than my obsession with using up all the accumulated boxes of cake mix in my house, I am also obsessed with the taste of canned cherry pie filling.  I love it.  I don’t know what it is, but I do.   Now, do I enjoy home … Read More »»


Gratineed Pineapple

I can’t tell you how much I love Hawaii.  It has been our go to place for needed rest and relaxation. However, the costs of putting in a vineyard do not warrant spending a small fortune in Hawaii this year.  My dreams of a tropical vacation have been trumped by the purchase of pressure tanks, well pumps, fencing, electrical generators, … Read More »»

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