Some evenings getting dinner on the table is tough. You're in the mood for a fun meal without the fuss of going out. It is cold and dark outside, and you are tired at the end of the day....
Hosting a “date night in” is nothing new for most parents… but on a casual night, that usually means a simple Netflix and popcorn night on the couch. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon and everyone feeling more cooped...
Having a smaller holiday get together this year? Not sure how to downsize your favorite dishes? Don't want to make a huge meal? I hear ya! And, I have a crazy idea: don't make them! This year has been anything...
The leaves are turning colors, the days are getting shorter, and fall cravings are in full force here in PDX. Between hitting up pumpkin patches and taking full advantage of harvest season at the vineyards, you’re bound to get...
Sometimes, being at home can be a real drag, and that was back when things were “normal”! We are staying home more often and it can be extremely stressful -- especially when you have young children at home! So,...
I consider myself a meal prep advocate that has been practicing what I teach since 2018. When my kids transitioned to distance learning in the spring, a whole new set of challenges came up around the lunch hour. At...
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Pandemic Prepper

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In 2009, my husband and I put together emergency “bug out bags” which included flashlights, N95 masks and MRE’s. We created the bags, put them in the garage and more or less forgot about them. Preparing the bags seemed...
Berry Season 2020 is a go here in the Pacific Northwest. Arguably the most flavorful time of the year, there's something magical about the berry deliciousness that abounds in the region (or, you know, it might be the soil...
Preserving foods is a fantastic and frugal way to stock your pantry and freezer so you can have fresh, summer meals all year long. While it may sound old fashioned, overly domestic and perhaps a bit time-consuming, preserving is...
In the last several weeks, I’ve had some virtual happy hours with different groups of women. We can all collectively agree that life has been turned on its head, there’s no doubt about that. One friend owns her own...

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Where to See Holiday Lights in the Portland Area

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Winter is here. Shorter days mean longer nights, and one unexpected bonus to that arrangement is that it means more hours to enjoy holiday...
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No Waste November