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a morning on Sauvie island

a morning on Sauvie island

September 13, 2012 |  Category:   life seasonal Seattle & the NW travels

Sauvie Island is a small island on the Columbia River just 10 miles from downtown Portland, but with all the farmland and a view of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens on clear days, it can feel like you’re a million miles away from any urban city. It was one of our favorite places to go when we lived in Portland and it’s still one of our favorite places to go when we’re in town. Blueberry picking season was just about over, but Mark and the girls managed to pick enough berries to make the blueberry lavender cake that he baked that night at Jen’s. Blackberries, on the other hand, were abundant and ripe for picking, but I gotta say… CONTINUE READING

seasonal beauties

seasonal beauties

August 8, 2012 |  Category:   photography seasonal

There is so much good stuff at the Farmer’s Markets right now and it should continue on till Fall. We love walking over a block to our growing little market in the neighborhood and picking up zucchini flowers to stuff or watermelon radishes to toss into salads. These particular radishes were almost too spicy so Mark tossed them in a water, sugar and vinegar mixture as quick pickles and they are so good. It cut the spiciness almost completely and it’s been hard to resist not picking at them all day. We’re really looking forward to visiting the markets in Seattle, Olympia and Portland later this month. I think we’re all really ready for a change in scenery and a… CONTINUE READING

let’s not rush summer

let’s not rush summer

July 11, 2012 |  Category:   life seasonal

How’s your summer going so far? It’s a bit crazy because I am slowly starting to see back to school stuff in stores and online and I’ve even seen the dreaded “holiday” word thrown about. I guess in retail you have to think months ahead, but c’mon…really? I know that for kids in some states “back to school” is only a month away (how weird is it to go back to school in August?), but I feel like we just started here in New York. We still have 2 whole months of savoring summer fruits and produce, swimming in pools and oceans, and a trip to look forward to.   But I will acknowledge that I’m starting to come out… CONTINUE READING

father’s day on the farm

father’s day on the farm

June 18, 2012 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Really can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday – and Father’s Day at that – than on a farm on a cool, breezy early summer day. We’ve made a point to go strawberry picking every year since the first year we went a few years ago upstate and it’s been a nice way to start the summer and the fruit picking season. It’s funny to watch each girl pick the berries (this year we went to Alstede Farm in Chester, NJ). Mia got a bit frustrated early on because she couldn’t “find any”, but once she found her rhythm she wandered off away from us and made quick work of filling her basket. Claudine, on the other… CONTINUE READING

natural dye eggs for easter, part 1

natural dye eggs for easter, part 1

April 2, 2012 |  Category:   craft holidays life recipes seasonal

This is something we’ve been wanting to do for years – dyeing Easter eggs using vegetables and spices. After seeing how beautiful my friend Jen Causey’s eggs turned out, we planned our yearly egg dyeing activity over the weekend. Here’s the basic method and recipe that we used for our four colors:   Blue: Simmer 4 cups of water with 1 small red cabbage (roughly chopped) for 15 minutes.   Red: Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 medium red beets (grated) for 15 minutes.   Yellow: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and stir in 1/4 cup turmeric. Boil for 1 more minute.   Brown: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil with 1 cup ground… CONTINUE READING

eat more vegetables

eat more vegetables

February 7, 2012 |  Category:   life seasonal

Seems easy to do, right? But sometimes fitting in your recommended servings of fresh vegetables a day is hard. Like drinking 8 glasses of water (if I drank 8 glasses of water, me and my small bladder would be running to the bathroom all the time). We’ve always have had pretty healthy diets and seldom eat anything that is processed or packaged frozen mostly because it’s not in our budget to buy these foods which can notoriously inflate your grocery bill. Ok, living with a chef helps a lot, but I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to eat even healthier. I feel like my body is acting older than it should be. Everything hurts these days. I… CONTINUE READING

at the market right now

at the market right now

October 26, 2011 |  Category:   life seasonal

A recent trip to our local farmer’s market. All Fall goodness. I hear there is snow in some parts of the country already. The transitional seasons always seem so short. It’s still been mild here, but I hear in a few days time we are going to drop to the mid-50s – it is the end of October after all. I’ve been very busy the last 10 days totally immersed in this project with a new client. Dare I say…design has become fun again.… CONTINUE READING

coming too fast

coming too fast

October 24, 2011 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Last week of October. Suddenly trying to cram as many Fall activities in on the weekends before it’s all over. After last year’s farm fail out in New Jersey, we stuck to pumpkin picking on Long Island. I think the trees are a bit confused by all the warm weather we had in September and October because the leaves are still fairly green. Mark and I turned to each other while we were driving in the car yesterday and said “the holidays really are around the corner, aren’t they?” Time to fasten your seatbelts…… CONTINUE READING

quiet days

quiet days

September 29, 2011 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Not much happening around here these days. The girls are settled into school and that is going swimmingly well. There have been no transition issues with Claudine and she is loving school. The days are quiet because they’re both gone all day, a first. We’re establishing a new rhythm to the year with school drop offs and pick ups. The busy-ness of the season hasn’t quite hit yet, but there is all this pressure already to prepare for the holidays. I’m doing my best to ignore it at the moment. Trying to squeeze in Fall activities like apple picking even if the weather still doesn’t feel much like Fall. I’ve proven my theory that no matter how much time I… CONTINUE READING

Seattle, and a break

Seattle, and a break

August 29, 2011 |  Category:   life seasonal Seattle & the NW travels

Seattle…the weather has been perfect so far and such a nice and warm change to chilly San Francisco. The first thing we did was basically hand the kids off to Mark’s mom, who picked us up at the airport, and Mark and I took a leisurely walk through Pike Place Market. The market is such a different experience when you’re not walking it with kids. We took our time at the stalls, grabbed a crab cocktail to share, bought some wine, and went into every store we’d normally avoid if we were with the girls. Made me realize that I couldn’t remember the last time Mark and I just took a walk by ourselves, just the 2 of us. Pretty… CONTINUE READING

san francisco day 1. it’s cold here.

san francisco day 1. it’s cold here.

August 23, 2011 |  Category:   life seasonal travels

A nearly 40 degree drop from where we were just a few days ago. I could feel the cold through the car window as we drove closer to the bay. When we got up in the morning at our friends’ Killian and Catherine’s apartment in Berkeley, it felt like a crisp NY day in October. Our friends, who we’ve known since our Portland (and later Brooklyn) days, had a hearty spread of a breakfast ready for us. We then headed out to the Ferry Terminal Market and made our way through Chinatown. And what’s with the lines out the door to get ice cream in this city? We waited for 30 minutes at Ici on College Avenue in Berkeley the… CONTINUE READING

summer fruit

summer fruit

July 20, 2011 |  Category:   life seasonal

Such heavy stuff here over the last few weeks. Today I leave you with apricots (and 1 ripe Bosc pear), a sign of summer for sure. The farmer’s markets are bursting with all the good stuff lately – berries, currants, peaches, plums and apricots. We also seem to be in the middle of a heatwave right now. High 90s the next few days. I don’t do well in this weather at all, but it’s been super busy around here. I have 2 photo shoots in the next 2 days. Very slowly, I am making progress on a project. It’s not totally together in my mind at all, but I’ve decided that it’s better to figure it out as you go… CONTINUE READING

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