Karen’s Mom’s Bran Muffins

I had a really interesting conversation yesterday with another mom who juggles in abundance and we were laughing about how the usual gifts for moms, working or not, usually involve a spa treatment or some sort of “Calgon” type getaway. She explained that really what she needs is to have more time WITH her family, … Continue reading

Chicken Sausage & Lentil Stew

I know that you east coasters are basking in the sun beside your pools, wiping the sweat from your brows but us folk in the pacific northwest are still wearing our sweaters — not for long! The summer is almost here and we’ll go from brrr to good-god it’s hot out in a matter of … Continue reading

Taco Night

The long weekend has come to a close, and it’s back to the grind. It went by too quickly, didn’t it? To think we’re faced with June, and soon July — and we’re through half of 2012! Now THAT’s gone by quick! Shocking really. This meal didn’t last long either — we polished it off … Continue reading

Artisan French Toast

Hello beautiful people and Happy Memorial Day! Saturday night in Portland felt like a real life scene from the Wizard of Oz. Any moment Toto was going to appear barking at a pair of red and white striped legs sticking out from under the foundation of our house. Bryce clung to me for dear life … Continue reading

Time for Crepes?

Have y’all seen this issue of Time Magazine? Lawd have mercy. This fascinating article takes a look at the topic of attachment parenting, which says that the more time babies spend in their mother’s arms, the more well-adjusted they’ll be. Common practice, right? The three basic tenets of attachment parenting are breast-feeding, co-sleeping and baby-wearing … Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Italian Soda

Last night I needed to be “working mom” and attended an event that we hosted for the top wealth managers named in Portland Monthly’s May issue. We hosted the event at the Sunset Porsche dealership (ooh la la!) There was beautiful catering by Mezzaluna and several wine tasting stations hosted by Dobbes, Ponzi, Alexana and … Continue reading

Soup for the Soul

Sparkle 2.0 passed while we were away. What the heck — this one had about half the life span of the first goldfish. By my sister’s account there were — oops — Florida salt-water shells in the (fresh water) tank and to make matters funnier/worse there were also little bits of cheese in there. I … Continue reading

What day is it?

I seem to recall an ad campaign by the Las Vegas Convention and Vistors Bureau that said Vegas was for families. Mind you, common sense kicks in a bit and questions whether or not bringing an impressionable 5-year-old to the capital of sin is really a good idea, but in weighing the option to swim … Continue reading

Vegas Baby

Today we’re on our way to Vegas for a regional magazine conference. There has been so much travel lately between Ben and myself that I thought it would be fun for all of us to go and spend a little time in the sun. My schedule will begin on Saturday night and so Ben and … Continue reading

Grilled Fajita Quesadilla

We eat a lot of tortillas up in here. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love them because they’re versatile, fast, and you can buy them almost anywhere made with corn, spelt, whole wheat or white flours. Last night was a mad dash to get dinner on the table, so we fired up the grill and … Continue reading