Fruit festival.

Today I will post this photo of gorgeous apples and plums in a heavy cast iron pot. Tomorrow I will share delectable photos of fruit leather. That is the goal, anyway. If you’d like to follow along with me, and you have a food dehydrator or an oven with a low setting, simply pull fruit…

Letting the outside in. Or taking the inside out.

I caught this photo while sitting in the loft of Brian’s art studio. My daughter doesn’t like it because she feels like I look like a ghost. I suppose there is a spirit-y quality to it, maybe a bit haunting, but I like it because I’m a part of the apple orchard and the hillside…

Dehydrating plums.

And so it begins: Fruit harvest, starting with our giant bowl of Italian plums. I had helpers today in my sunny perch above the garden—plus a visit with a neighbor, Spanish guitar music soaking the kitchen in its light, happy melody, and the certain feeling that all is well in the world.

Cleaning house. {A tale told with many pauses and deep breaths.}

Telling this simple story of “cleaning house” really requires much more than just a few photos. And you’ll still never understand the depth of this effort. Really, you won’t. After 22 years together, Brian and I have lived in a lot of houses. So when I tell friends that I spent the majority of my…

Marinated Beet Salad

My mom made this salad for us when we were kids. I remember being amazed by the magic of slipping skins off of beets after they boiled. My sister and I gathered nearby to make beet blush and lipstick potions. By the end of the evening, our fingertips were red, our lips were red, and…

Creamy Celery Soup: Simple, summery, versatile, delish.

I started making this simple celery soup in March when we had a few extra bunches of wilted celery knocking around in the fridge. It has since become one of my favorite versatile dishes because it pairs well with nearly everything savory. It’s great as a stand-alone bowl of soup for lunch or alongside grilled…

Wild Berry Pavlova: Adventures in yum.

Ever since my neighbor and dear friend Meghan showed me how to make pavlova, I have been mildly obsessed with the process of making the lightest, fluffiest, sweetest, prettiest pavlova I can imagine. It’s just so fun. You get to create a puffy pillowy cloud heaven and then sweeten it and serve it to people…

Freezing Spinach

This is a story about spinach. It’s also about respect. We’ve grown buckets of spinach so far this season. We enjoyed a few months of delectable baby spinach salads and garlicky spinach spring onion stir-fries before an especially hot weekend caused all the plants to bolt–that’s when the plant prepares to turn to seed; the…

One Day: Days Three and Four

This is part three of a 5-day series this week as I follow a 5-day reset journey toward happiness using One Day thinking, rather than Someday thinking. Join me, even if it’s just quietly reading and watching me as I go through the steps. Or, share your stories of inspiration and failure to help us all move…

Why we need inspiration heroes: Team Sail Like A Girl.

We have a bit of a catch-22 in our modern society as our access to stories from around the world continues to expand its interconnected nature through digital means, like this blog. In this wonderful way, we can watch everyone do amazing things and we can share in each other’s adventures, stories, trials, tribulations, failures…