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Smoked Salmon Spread Recipe

This Smoked Salmon Spread recipe will have you drooling. Pairs perfectly with a nice glass of Rose' and is perfect for entertaining or just a night out on the deck! One of the best things about living in Portland (and there are many!) is the easy access to so many amazing wineries! I recently ... READ the POST

Flower Arrangement Class and Tips

While visiting my dear friend, Kim, this past week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend a fabulous flower arranging event. This is something Kim had attended on numerous occasions and had shared wonderful stories with me in the past. I couldn't wait to be a part of it. And, I can tell you this, ... READ the POST

Roasted Shrimp Three Ways

I really love shrimp, cooking and eating it!  It's so versatile.  The newest way I prepare it is to roast the shrimp and you can find so many options for it's use that way.  It's so easy. Just season with salt and pepper and douse with a good amount of olive oil, spread evenly in one layer on a ... READ the POST

Fun Healthy Packed Lunch

It's already that time of year again. Where did the summer go? And, for as long as I can remember, coming up with great school box lunches is one of the biggest challenges of all. Luckily I can say that say that all of the fun compartments they provide today certainly helps. I found an adorable ... READ the POST

Easy Flower Arrangements

One of my favorite things to do is find fun flowers and create different and easy flower arrangements. The possibilities are endless! As this is a particularly warm summer in Portland this year, I'm finding I want to bring all our beautiful outside gardens inside as much as I can. This morning, I ... READ the POST

Pretty Summer Dessert: Figs and Champagne Grapes

I love figs! And, I really take advantage of them during their limited season, which is now! So, using them to make a pretty summer dessert that can be adjusted to be both sweet or savory, is a must. Last week, I was hosting a few friends for dinner and trying to come up with a summer dessert is ... READ the POST

Four Ways To Use Leftover Watermelon

After the 4th of July festivities, there is always a ton of leftover watermelon and coming up with refreshing ideas for the leftovers is usually a challenge.  This year, with the unusual heat wave we're having here in Portland, I'm embracing ideas for it's use!!  Yesterday, I opened the fridge and ... READ the POST

How to Pack For a Great Picnic

With a long weekend ahead you might be wanting to pack up that picnic basket and head outdoors. Recently the weather in Portland has been so amazing that we decided to do just that. A picnic at the gorge seemed most appropriate, so I invited my favorite grill master, Celeste, to join me and packed a ... READ the POST

Simple Summer Guacamole

Nothing screams summer like a nice simple guacamole. It just makes for the perfect snack. Adding appropriate sides for dipping can be fun, as well. The choices are endless. There is always, of course, the most common choice of tortilla chips, but I like to mix it up a bit. Happy Hour last Friday ... READ the POST