Pop Quiz! Your child has made up their own recipe. Now it is time for a taste test. What do you do? “Look! I put jelly on my peas! Want to try it?” Answer: YES! Enthusiastically and emphatically! Open wide and get ready for the choo-choo it is time for an Adventure
Last week my friends at Farmstr slipped me a box of peaches. (They have more stone fruit – get yours before they are gone!) Each velvety peach was perfectly ripe. Nested in their shallow box they looked like an August sunset. I knew right away what to do with the first few,
If you have ever looked for a “diet” cookie you know the options, though varied, are often disappointing. I have found that if you are yearning for an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie you should just go ahead and have one. ONE. Make a date to visit a bakery, select a drool worthy
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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