Color My World

Color My World

Still playing with colors and what one friend called “just enough bling” in new jewelry. For fun I made these “Cat of My Heart” earrings an unmatched pair. The porcelain heart charm I’ve had for years and found that I like the combination of baroque pearls and aventurine chunks along with the cat charm. On … Continue reading

Going Rogue

Going Rogue

The Rogue River is one of those wind-all-over-the-map rivers with multiple personalities. It starts on Mt. Mazama, or as it is better known, the volcano that is home to the magnificent Crater Lake. From that lofty beginning the Rogue travels south and east, eventually reaching the Pacific Ocean. Along the way it is serene in … Continue reading

Cat Molas, Part 2

Cat Molas, Part 2

I’ve had these molas – bought on the San Blas Islands off Panama – for about 11 years and never got around to doing anything with them. Well, I can finally check that off my “to-do” list. After years of accumulating bits and pieces, each of which has meaning or a memory attached, I’ve arrived … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour

The surprises keep coming. The Sweet – actual, edible cherries from our own tree! Based on what we saw in the grocery store, I think these are Rainier cherries. They certainly are sweet, and except that it takes a VERY long pole to get them down, they are accessible. Yum! The Sour – we planned … Continue reading

Fun with color

Fun with color

Red is not my color, never has been. But then I saw these red beads and couldn’t resist not only using them to make a bracelet, but actually wearing them. In my wardrobe there is exactly one red sweater set that I usually wear during Christmas/New Year holidays. But the weather was still cool enough … Continue reading

When Calla Lilies Attack

When Calla Lilies Attack

Seeing all the wonders of the garden this spring has been delightful, and one of the best surprises was the elegant calla lilies. There are two large and impressive groups of them along with several smaller offshoots that now dominate the front planting area. But yesterday I noticed a new and somewhat disturbing development. Scouts. … Continue reading

Made it! I think….

Made it! I think….

Today’s baking is done and – I think – successfully. The cranberry coffee cake? Just fine. Nice cake, good texture, not too sweet, with the cranberries for a bit of tart to offset the sweetness of the  brown sugar and cinnamon topping. Of course we had to test it – can’t run the risk of … Continue reading

Bake Time

Bake Time

It’s bake time tomorrow – making some goodies for an early morning seminar on Wednesday. The cranberry coffee cake I’ve made many times so I know it will be good. The challenge will be to duplicate those famously decadent Berger Cookies of Baltimore. Half cookie, half fudge, and totally addictive. With King Arthur’s help I’m … Continue reading

More garden gifts

More garden gifts

The garden here continues to give us beautiful surprises. For months I wondered what the clumps of large, rumpled-edge leaves out front would be. For the answer, think Katherine Hepburn: “The calla lilies are in bloom.” These exotic-looking flowers seem to have lost their way from some tropical home, but I’m glad they are here … Continue reading

Strawberries, Asparagus, and …Yak?

Strawberries, Asparagus, and …Yak?

Yep, there was even a stall selling yak, elk, and buffalo meat. But most of the stalls – and there were dozens of them – at the Beaverton Farmers Market were selling plants, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, nut butters, honey, preserves, sausages, and all sorts of prepared foods. I especially liked the brick oven pizza … Continue reading

Is it just me, or…

Is it just me, or…

…is technology turning some of us into whining little brats? This tirade was triggered by an item in today’s Shelf Awareness, a daily newsletter of publishing and bookselling news. This one small paragraph announces a new iPhone app called ShelfLook described this way by the iTunes store: “Do you hate turning your neck sideways to … Continue reading

The Northern Rain Forest

The Northern Rain Forest

Last weekend we felt it was finally safe to visit Mt. Hood and get a closer look at this dormant volcano that always surprises me. You’re driving along and, bam! there’s a white peak sticking up on the horizon. Turn a corner in downtown Portland and there it is. It’s many miles away, but on … Continue reading

Another nice garden surprise

Another nice garden surprise

One of the delights of being in a new place is seeing what comes up in the garden. Some plants are familiar, like the regal irises that are about to burst into bloom out front. But in the back there have been surprises like the gigantic fern nestled beneath the noble fir – clearly that … Continue reading

The Baking Itch

Do you ever get the itch to just “make something?” In my case, if that “something” is not jewelry, it is most likely a baked thing. Tomorrow I get a shipment from King Arthur (the baker’s store in Vermont – wonderful place!) that will include some espresso powder and silicone pie crust edge protectors. I … Continue reading