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…

One Day: Day Two.

This is part two 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…

One day.

One day. This phrase is circling in my mind. One day. I went for a four-mile walk this morning with my dog and my phone, and unpacked my various heavy thoughts, one by one, to my best friend from college who lives far away and therefore cannot drop by for a cup of tea and…

Photo Diary: Buckets and Buckets and Buckets of Life.

Everything around us is bursting with burgeoning, blossoming, gorgeous, incredible, inspiring, life-giving, life-supporting, life-affirming, nature-built pieces of art. From the blackberry blossoms to the clusters of Italian plums to the Braeburn and heirloom and Fuji and Transparent apples and Bosc pears to the greens and peppers and tomato blossoms, to the first fire-orange nasturtiums, and…