Essential Thanksgiving Recipes ~ Lets Talk Sides

While the Thanksgiving turkey is usually the show stopper, it would be pretty boring without an amazing supporting cast (aka side dishes). It is always a struggle to find yummy side dish recipes that are healthy. I’ll be the first to admit, for the holidays I loosen up a little and some not so good…

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Essential Thanksgiving Tips ~ Talking Turkey

I’ll admit it, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. There are just so many things to love about it. We take time to be thankful for what we’ve been blessed with and we get to embrace the fall harvest and take a day to gather our families and just savor it all. So…

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Fall Flavors

After two and a half amazing weeks in Germany I arrived home to see the leaves on my lilac bush an amazing burst of reds, yellows and oranges, announcing that Fall has arrived. There is just something warm and comfortable about Fall that brings to mind scents of cinnamon, clove and apples. Warm fires and…

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Essential Quilting Tips

With Fall comes the pitter patter of little feet… presser feet that is! After a long beautiful summer the days start to get rainy in Southeast Alaska and that is when my friends and I pull out our sewing machines and start quilting. We have these wonderful quilt retreats out at a remote waterfront lodge and…

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Essentially Cooking with Lemon

Let’s have fun cooking with Lemon! This morning was just a downpour, and by the afternoon as I was typing away a little bit of sun popped over my shoulder and it made me think of the John Denver song, ‘Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy’. I love that soft buttery color and it…

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Cedar… Mother’s Little Helper

With school starting it is simply a matter of time before one of us gets that dreaded call that we have go get our child and deal with those dreaded head lice. While my youngest just graduated, we had our share of experiences with those nasty little buggers. It is a huge task, especially when…

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Why is it so hard to ask for our needs to be met?

It is okay to ask for your needs to be met. Repeat that out loud three times for me. Why? It really hit me that we, really have trouble asking for our needs to be met. I just got back from a wonderful convention with 27,500 people put on by my favorite brand of essential…

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How to Capture the Essence of Summer

After several cloudy, rainy days, I thought summer was over and was settling in for our rainy season followed by our snowy season, but today I woke up to a gorgeous sunny warm day. The kind of day that makes my want to indulge in one of my guilty pleasures, laying in a sunbeam and…

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