White Chocolate & Toffee Blondies

White Chocoalte & Toffee Blondies

On Memorial Day we had a potluck BBQ with friends from church.  We had spent the day playing.  We went for a hike at the beautiful Silver Falls State Park.  By the time we got home I didn’t have much time but  I had told my friend I would bring a salad and a dessert.  Yeah, I’m a bit of an overachiever. The salad was no problem as I had made the salad dressing the day before.  For once I was planning ahead but I didn’t plan ahead on the [Continue Reading...]

Cheese & Garlic Rolls

Herb & Cheese Rolls

So I may have mentioned a time or two here on the blog how much I like fresh baked bread in any form.  Maybe. Well today I am going to mention it again.  I love fresh baked bread, especially fresh baked Cheese & Garlic Rolls. Sundays seem to be my day of choice for bread baking.  After we go to church we stay home for the rest of the day.  I love Sundays.  It truly is a day of rest from the busyness and cares of the rest of the [Continue Reading...]

Silver Falls State Park and Weekend Recap

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I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and memorable Memorial Day Weekend. I hope we all took a little time to express our gratitude to all the men and women who faithfully and courageously defend our country today and in the past and especially to those who gave their lives for our freedom!  We are blessed. Our weekend started out with our Saturday morning trip to the Farmer’s Market. The produce selection is growing each week and the colors were bright this week. I thought the orange beets were amazing!! [Continue Reading...]

Portland}The Grilled Cheese Grill

Grilled Cheese Grill Food Cart

Now that the weather is getting better in Portland one of our favorite things to do is hit one of the food cart pods that are all over the city for lunch or dinner. Portland is a mecca for food carts! One of our favorites is a food cart that just serves grilled cheese. Grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of our favorite comfort food. I think we grew up on grilled cheese and tomato soup at our house. The Grilled Cheese Grill is located at 1027 NE Alberta [Continue Reading...]

Buttermilk Chicken with Sweet Tomato Relish

Buttermilk Chicken with Sweet Tomato Relish

Yum. Yes, yum! I actually can’t believe I’m so excited about something made with tomatoes.  I never ate tomatoes as a kid, as a teenager, as a young adult and even as a not so young adult but as a middle aged adult I have learned to love and appreciate tomatoes. I think I have a new favorite condiment – sweet tomato relish.  I made a batch of this last week for the bridal shower I hosted.  I served it on  crostini that was spread with a little roasted garlic [Continue Reading...]

Chicken Wire Crown

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Note:  Thanks to a suggestion from reader Laurie I’m totally thinking about adding these to my etsy shop.  What do you think?? Every girls deserves to feel like a princess.  Especially a bride or a bride to be. Of course, a princess needs a crown! I wanted to make sure bride to be Kara, who I was hosting a bridal shower for last week, felt every bit the princess so I made her a crown. I made her a chicken wire crown! The crown may have been made out of [Continue Reading...]

Make Your Own Party Backdrop

Party Backdrop

When I host a party I usually serve food from my kitchen nook area.  I push the table right up against the wall.  There is a painting that usually hangs there but for a party I will take it down and decorate the wall with a banner or something else. For the bridal shower I hosted last week I decided to create a fabric backdrop that I could use on the wall. A trip to Home Depot and then to Joanne Fabrics and I was good to go.  The total [Continue Reading...]

White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

White Chocolate and Raspberry Bundt Cake

I love bite size  food.  The main reason I like it is that it gives you the opportunity to try more than one thing.  You don’t have to choose just one piece of pie or cake,  you can taste a little bit of everything because each one is only a bite. For the bridal shower I recently hosted I decided to do a selection of mini bundt cakes.  We did three flavors.  Orange Poppyseed, Chocolate and today’s recipe for White Chocolate Raspberry which was definitely my favorite.  A selection of [Continue Reading...]

Projects and Weekend Recap

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It was all about projects at our house this weekend. I’ve got a list a mile long. Most of the projects on my list have something to do with a little wedding we have going on later this summer. I love a good project.  I love coming up with the idea for the project, making the plan for the project, executing the project but nothing feels quite as good as finishing the project and crossing it off the list! This weekend I crossed a couple of projects off my list. [Continue Reading...]