Favorite produce of the past summer

My favorite garden produce of the past summer were the lovely tomatoes.  I used tomatoes, fresh and roasted, in leafy green salads, in Caprese salads with basil, and for Marinara sauce.  However, my favorite menu item made with tomatoes was tomato soup! My featured photo is Lemon Boy tomato soup with a dollop of greek […]
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Remembering the garden produce

It is hard to believe we are deep into fall.  Autumn brought an end to delicious, healthy vegetables from the garden.  Check out the cute little guy on my Thai basil bouquet. It was a warm dry summer and the produce and herbs were prolific this year. Check tomorrow to see what my favorite menu […]
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Deep into fall already?

As I look back on 2017, it is almost a blur.  My mom died in February and it seems like I just floated through the seasons. Now we are approaching the end of the year.  My featured photo is of me in my St. Louis Cardinal pajamas, on a Vashon Island summer deck day.  No, […]
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Over 40 years ago?

My Monday blog post was about the importance of connecting with yourself as part of healthy healing from loss.  One very important way to do this is to engage in activities that you enjoy. My week in Peoria ended with a reunion with four incredible women who I lived with over 40 years ago on […]
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Back for a visit

I had made plans to return to Peoria in October to spend more time with family and was so lucky to see and sit on the two memorial benches that had been placed honoring my mom.  A bench at Glen Oak Park was a Mother’s Day Gift from my son. What a very special gift […]
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Back for the wedding

In 2016, after my son James and marvelous Mindy from Michigan were engaged, they began planning a small intimate wedding with just their immediate family present.  Their preferred destination?  The “lakes”, our family vacation spot for decades, which is just a few hours from Mindy’s family home in Michigan.  My mom was excited about the […]
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1st trip back home

The first trip home to be with family was less than one month after mom had died. I flew on a ticket I had purchased months before her death, a visit that was planned so she and I could just hang out and prepare for my son’s wedding. Instead, I came to be with my siblings […]
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A life crisis

When I started my wellness blogging in the fall of 2015, I posted about connecting with yourself as one piece of living a healthy lifestyle.  Wellness and health truly are multidimensional. You may eat primarily whole foods and be in strong physical shape, but  if you are not in touch with your spirit you are […]
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Fall in the mountains

There is nothing quite like a hilly hike on a chilly fall day.  We visited Yellowstone National Park this fall for the first time in over a decade.  Yellowstone was the first National Park in the U.S. and I am not surprised by the 1872 act that established this spectacular 20 million acre park “for […]
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Fall city bike

There is nothing quite like seaplanes circling over South Lake Union on a beautiful fall day in Seattle. When I am biking out of the city, I am focused on the views and the grandeur of the great outdoors. However, I always need to find just the right safe paths to bike on in the city.  The […]
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