Liege Belgium Waffles

Liege Waffles

I get frequent emails from readers who are going to be visiting my fair city – Portland, Oregon and they want to know where they should go and where they should eat.  I love sharing some of my favorite places.  Many of them I have blogged about over at Homebased Portland.  I have lots of favorites but one place I suggest every time is The Waffle Window. It is definitely a Wilkes family favorite.  It is often the first place we stop after picking up kids from the airport when [Continue Reading...]

July Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix

It’s time for another Stitch Fix box!  I have to say I do get a little giddy when a new box shows up at my door.  I basically drop whatever I am doing and head upstairs to see what is in my box and try everything on!  So fun! For those of you not familiar with Stitch Fix it is a monthly subscription service that provides a personal stylist and an opportunity to get hand-selected women’s fashion shipped free, straight to your door. You can then try them on in the privacy [Continue Reading...]

25 Grilling Recipes

25 Grilling Recipes (no burgers, no dogs)

We’ve been keeping our grill busy this summer!  Today we’ve got a great round up of 25 grilling recipes.  There are lots of fun and delicious things you can cook on your grill – and there is not a hamburger or a  hot dog in the bunch! There is dessert though! Cheddar Bacon BBQ Grilled Potatoes from Food Family Finds Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs from Melissa’s Cuisine Coconut Brown Sugar Glazed Grilled Pineapple from Chef in Training Fresh Grilled Veggie Tacos from Edible Perspective Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza with 10 Minute Crust from [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party


Hey, friends! We’re so happy you’re here. It’s the place to come for inspiration and leave some of your own! #InspirationMonday All six hostesses simultaneously host this party at the same time. Link up on one and be seen on all! During the week, we love to feature lots of your links on our social media outlets, using the hashtag #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow us on social media below to check out all of the ongoing #InspirationMonday fun>>> I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | [Continue Reading...]

What Makes You Sparkle?


This post was brought to you by Dansani. All opinions expressed are my own. What makes you sparkle?  When Dasani asked me this question I had to think about it for a few minutes. What makes each and every one of us happy and sparkle is going to be unique to our life.  Maybe it’s your kids that make you sparkle, or your favorite hobby or perhaps it’s your career! 

  I decided there were lots of things that made me sparkle or brought me joy and happiness in my life.  Today [Continue Reading...]

Fresh Fruit Flavored Milk

Fresh fruit flavored milkl

Today we have our third installment of Kids Can Cook!  I’ve got my little helper Addy in the kitchen with me this week. I asked Addy’s mom to get me a list of things she would like to learn how to make.  One of the things on her list was Strawberry Milk.   Not only did we make strawberry milk but we made banana and orange too! We started with strawberry milk since that is what Addy had requested.  The first thing we had to do was hull the strawberries. [Continue Reading...]

Atlantic Beach Lemon Cream Pie

Atlantic Beach Lemon Pie

Ocassionally I get an email from my good friend Sherra and it begins with the words  - Must Make!  Then there is a link to a recipe.  I know if it comes from Sherra and it starts with those two words I can pretty much be guaranteed it’s going to be a good one.  So I usually do just what she says and I make it! Pretty much right then and there! This recipe came with a fun story.  My friend found the recipe in the Our State: North Carolina online [Continue Reading...]

Orange Creamsicles

orange creamsicles

We’re having an unseasonably hot summer here in Portland.  We’ve had multiple days over 90 degrees – that just doesn’t happen that often.  I’m not complaining but as a result I’ve needed a lot of ice cream and frosty treats to keep cool. We’ve even had a few days in triple digits!  We had a couple of those days last week and wouldn’t you know it – my air conditioner wouldn’t work!  I was glad I had a batch of these orange creamsicles in the freezer to help me keep [Continue Reading...]

Hazelnut Balsamic Green Beans

Hazelnut Balsamic  Green Beana

Last week I posted this picture on Instagram. The beginning of our green bean harvest.  This year we got smart and decided to stagger the planting of our beans and not plant them all at the same time so we end up over run with green beans.  Hoping to stretch those fresh green beans out over the whole summer! With the picture I asked what your favorite way to prepare fresh green beans was and I got some great ideas I’ll be trying out so hopefully we’ll have lots of [Continue Reading...]