Author Archives: Amanda

my favorite season

September has pretty much come and gone and October is sneaking up on us. It’s okay though because this happens to be, hands down, my favorite time of year as I think it is for most Pacific North-Westerners I’ve talked … Continue reading

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David and I came home from Las Vegas the other night (a story in itself) and the next morning when I checked on the garden, I was pleasantly surprised to see some of our tomatoes starting to turn juicy red and some of … Continue reading

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feature friday – affairs of living

I often envy people with an iron stomach (my boyfriend) because the slightest thing can send mine into fits of rage so brutal I’m left curled up in fetal position praying for some relief. About six years ago I had … Continue reading

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sometimes the good die young

I knew the day would eventually come. It could have happened when I was living in the suburbs of Seattle but it didn’t. It happened here, on the farm. If you are an animal person it’s never easy losing one … Continue reading

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August 22,1984

A purple baby arrived and we called him Nick. Why was he purple you ask? Well, he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck when he was delivered. This purple little guy soon turned a normal pinkish color and … Continue reading

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feature friday – brownies for dinner

More often then not,  I think I should have followed my affinity for sweets and went to pastry school many years ago. I’ve always been fascinated with the aesthetic side of baking and to be fair, the taste of it. … Continue reading

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sometimes in life you lose them

We started off with twenty-six baby chicks and six days later, we are left with twenty-two. One died during the flight from the hatchery and the other three passed over the last couple of days. It’s an interesting experience, watching … Continue reading

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chocolate and walnut ice cream sandwich

Warm summer nights to me mean one thing: ice cream. A creamy pure vanilla bean ice cream is hard to beat. Except if you add two chocolate chip cookies to it and find yourself eating a chocolate, walnut (gluten AND … Continue reading

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one man’s junk is another man’s treasure: composting

Between the two of us, David and I go through a lot of food and garbage. Sometimes it is rather amazing that we take out the garbage up to once a day. Before you jump to conclusions, we do recycle … Continue reading

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feature friday- come on, ilene!

We’ve all had the experience of hearing the song echo throughout restaurant speaker, left to hum the infamous lyrics for the rest of the day, if not week. When I stumbled across this blog, the name alone automatically grabbed my attention and … Continue reading

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