green fig jam with honey 

Be kind and generous. That’s a top priority in our family. Our fig tree continues to spoon us heaps of generosity.  After friends and family gather their loot, the remaining less camera ready ones become fig jam. My first attempt…I shouldn’t take credit considering it’s a perfect food to begin with. I looked around for…

Fried Bananas with Beer Batter 

Anything deep fried is going to be deliriously good. My second daughter loves plantains and burro bananas plainly fried in a pan.  However today was deep fried day.  These mini sweet bananas sell for 99 cents per pound. Stop by the Asian market, pick up sweet mini bananas, the mix and a bottle of beer….

Tasty find: Beyond meat plant based burger 

I am 4 decades along and I’ve never had a steak. When I tell people that tidbit, gasps and no really?! Replies. Never had probably never will. And yet my husband lives for steaks and burgers. He cooks/grills it himself of course. 😋  I’ve been reading about plant based meat alternatives and tried it out…

Terracotta warriors 

Special exhibition of the terracotta warriors at the Pacific Science Center. One of two US city tours (Philadelia fall 2017-spring 2018).  Tickets are $38 for exhibit and IMAX film – well worth the price. Suggestion: watch the IMAX  movie first so the awe balloons before meandering through the exhibit.  Reminder that we learn more about…

Mangoes with chili lime ditty 

Some days we all just a little irrelevance. But seriously the $2 Trader Joe’s chili line seasoning is so good on mangoes. Give it a whirl and make a ditty, an app that sings your texts. ​ ​

nothing “beets” a mother’s love 

Love is intention as much as action. Love is swirly colors without formulation or rhyme. It just works. Motherhood is improvising and seeing what works as you go along.  Always a chance to start over or repeat what works. In celebration, a new let’s see if this works salad (it did!): Mandolin sliced beets with…

Frye Art Museum, Seattle. free art for all 

Fyre Art Museum is free, offers free parking across the street and has private collections and ongoing new exhibitions. Free doesn’t mean less, free means the power to be  generous, to be selfless, to extend. Art is civics. Art is inquiry.  Dab and devour alone or as a family or crazy me alone with the…

Orange your glad you stopped into Portland?

If a color can be a city, orange is Portland. Not bold red, not fiercely pink, just solid and approachable – orange.  During this quick 24 hr visit, the color was following me. I’ve known Portland for 20 years…before McMinnville was fancy. It’s incredible to see how the city has changed and yet still draws…