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Three Great Day Hikes for Kids (and their Parents) in Western Washington

Hopefully that last post inspired you to pack a snack and hit the trail! In case you are wondering where to go for your first hikes, here are my reviews of the trails we have explored this month. I’d love to know where your family likes to hike. Please leave a note

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The Joy of Hiking with Kids

This month our family has gone on several day hikes. I’ve got to say it feels really good to get out and breathe fresh mountain air. The scent of fir needles baking on a sun drenched forest floor is invigorating. These little excursions have been therapeutic for my body and my mind.

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Top Tips for U-Pick Berry Success

We are so blessed in the Pacific Northwest to have a climate well suited to growing all sorts of berries. We are also blessed that it is not particularly difficult to get out of the developed areas and visit berry farms or woods where the uncultivated native varieties grow. At the peak

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Strawberry Rhubarb with Lemon Thyme Crumble

Quick! It’s 5 o’clock and your in-laws are on their way over for dinner. The dessert you planned isn’t going to work out (they were meringue based and the weather turned humid so you wound up with a pile of sticky chocolate Frisbees). What do you do?? I’ll tell you what I

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Going with the Grain: Sorghum and Lentil Salad with Mint (and Giveaway!)

The FTC would like you to know: Bob’s Red Mill has generously provided all the grain featured in the Going with the Grain series. Thank you Bob’s Red Mill! You can find all the grains from the series in the Second Helpings Shop. Scroll past the recipe to find out how to score

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Roasted Strawberry Cookies

These cookies are midsummer. When I open the container to sneak one more cookie I smell sneakers brushing against swollen late afternoon strawberries desperate to be harvested from their sagging vines. I imagine the first drops from sprinklers on my herb garden after a day of baking under the aggressive rays of

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

Today we are going to shake it up with a little something out of the ordinary… Our Lady of Second Helpings is participating in the “My Writing Process Blog Tour.” The tour is a way for bloggers to pull back the curtain and share how and why we do what we do.

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Gotta Have ‘em Grilled Shrimp Tacos

What do you call the food version of an earworm? I’m talking beyond craving. It is a pesky nagging feeling that tickles my tongue and bops around in my mind refusing to be silenced. I get these all the time and they heavily influence my cooking. But what do I call these

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Cider Glazed Pork Chops & Pears

I know we are days away from the first day of summer but a recent string of damp grey days has me in the mood for a bit of comfort food. If you share my feelings then you are really going to love these pork chops and pears cooked in cider. I

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Grilling Guru Sizzle Showdown

The FTC wants you to know: I am a member of the Everywhere Society. Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Culinary Council. As always, the views expressed are my very own.  It was a stunning blue-sky day in the Pacific Northwest. A perfect day to go play in

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Speedy Supper: Creamy Chicken Basil Pasta

The word around the food blogger water cooler is, most folks are looking for simple family-friendly meals they can throw together in under 30 minutes. Great! Me too. I have previously confessed my work-in-progress time management skills. Sometimes I get busy doing things right before dinner time. Unfortunately, once my stomach starts growling

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The Houseworkout

  Every day I come across reminders of the powerful connection between the mind and the body. There is a reason phrases like “keep your head in the game” are used so often. If you have been struggling to overcome a stumbling block in your health journey I highly suggest you make