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Busy Days, Steppin’ Out, & the Beauty of Fresh Local Eggs!

Boy have we been busy! I am SO grateful for the big business and the staff is working extremely hard these days. Usually this time of year we have our nephew Travis, or friend Tyler or Rachel helping run orders and doing dishes. This year we did not have a teen worker come in to…
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August 23, 2010 0

FinnRiver Farm & Cidery

I think we’re on to something. Last Sunday was our 2nd local farm tour Day Trip (The first was Hama Hama) and it was fabulous! We held it atFinnRiver Farm & Cidery, where I fell in love with the owners last February. 24 people signed up to enjoy the day with us, so we fed close…
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August 3, 2010 0

Food for Thought

The food writer event we had at Rodstol Lane Farm last weekend was fantastic! The only thing I regret is that more people did not come to it, mainly because I think it’s a shame anyone had to miss it. We had beautiful weather, great music, the food was fabulous if I do say so…
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July 27, 2010 0

Italians, Wine, Chocolate, Food for Thought & a Day Trip

I have a wonderful life and in case anyone out there thought maybe I didn’t appreciate it: I DO! Every night as I go to sleep and each morning when I wake up I gaze out my window and give thanks for this beautiful place we live (not to mention all the times in between!)I…
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June 29, 2010 0

Girl Power, Pizza & Parties!

It’s another beautiful morning in Olalla with sun-dappled trees and frolicking animals. I swear we live in a utopia out here! This morning I looked out to the bird sanctuary to see what the commotion was and apparently the Douglas Squirrel (aka Kamikaze, or Kaze for short) woke up feeling quite territorial. He was rather…
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June 17, 2010 0

Rethinking Self Value, Growing in Catering, Teatro Zinzanni & Gumbo

Mark and I had a real night out with his parents on Sunday and it was truly fabulous! What is the most fun you have had out lately? I am talking about seeing some sort of show, enjoying some music, having a fabulous dinner and just generally being entertained? The best way I know how…
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June 1, 2010 0

Fun with the White House Cook Book

I am so excited to report that we have our next Day Trip/Farm Tour scheduled. It will be Sunday, August 1 at Finn River Farm & Cidery, which I told you about last week and I can hardly wait! We will have pizza dough from their milled flour, toppings from their garden, fruit tarts from their berries, and…
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May 25, 2010 0

Fantastic Writing, Day Trip, Wine Bars & Carrot Salad

Mark and I watched the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War” and not 3 minutes into it I was smiling as I instantly fell in love with the writing. The dialogue was so well done and such a pleasure to behold. At the end I found out it was Aaron Sorkin who wrote it and NO WONDER…
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May 19, 2010 0

Stress Relief, Old Friends, & Family PLUS Donald Duck’s SweetTart Cucumber Salad

I saw a commercial for the Bounce Dryer Bar. The woman in the ad was over-worked and over-wrought and then she had to do laundry! When it came time to do that horrid chore of throwing in a dryer sheet she smiled…she didn’t have to do all that extra work! What a relief! She happily…
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May 12, 2010 0

I ruined the pork butt.

I ruined the pork butt roast. I agonized over what to do… I had ignored my inner voices once; I was loathe to do it again, and yet nothing made sense to me for a moment. Nothing. It was my third annual catering for a Kentucky Derby Party: Oven ‘smoked’ pork roast, sweet potato ‘casserole’,…
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May 4, 2010 0