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


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


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


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


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


Going with the Grain: Quinoa – Super Salad Recipe & Giveaway

  It’s time to meet the next tasty edition of this year’s Going with the Grain series! Yay! This time the winner will receive THREE bags of quinoa!!  If you are just here for the giveaway, that’s cool, I like free stuff too so I won’t hold it against you, just scroll


Of Course She’ll Change

The light in the room came from all sides. It poked its nose into corners teasing away the shadows. It curled its fingers around the furniture silently urging those gathered to settle in and be at rest. The light filled in the space between the floor and high ceiling in a way


Two life changing gifts and two ways to make a rhubarb cake

One spring when I was about 7 or 8 years old my mom took my sister and I on a little trip to visit her great uncle and second cousins in the small town of Snoqualamie, WA. The trip lasted only a few hours but I came home from the visit with


Farmstr – The next wave of the farm to table movement

The FTC wants you to know: I purchased the chickens featured in this post but Farmstr provided me with additional product at no charge in exchange for writing about the company. In my very own opinion, those products were awesome and will be highlighted in future posts. [Update 5/1/2014: Farmstr is offering


Sleep Deprived – The Painful Reality

One of my goals for Our Lady of Second Helpings is to talk about how I strive for balance and wellness as it relates to my previous weight loss and continuing weight maintenance. Right now my life is not at all balanced. In the spirit of bringing you, readers and friends, along


Arrange Flowers like a Pro!

The FTC wants you to know: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. In my last post I told you all about our trouble last week getting to the flower arranging


Gridlock was just the beginning…

Every spring, flagship Macy’s stores across the U.S. treat their customers to an elaborate in-store flower show. Weeks ago I agreed to drop in on a flower arrangement demonstration s at the Downtown Seattle Macy’s, write about it, and get paid. I figured the big kid would get a kick out of watching

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