The Fireside Sipper you Need to Make Tonight: the Huckleberry Spruce Tip Old Fashioned

Need the perfect Fall drink for comfy chair snuggling, cozy sweater wearing, great book reading, nights by the fire? Of course you do. We all do. That’s what Fall is all about, Charlie Brown. And I’ve got the recipe – and the simple syrup!- for […]

Farewell to August Cocktail: A Marionberry Mint Simple Goodness Syrup recipe

August is waning but my thirst for a craft cocktail shared with friends isn’t. Once my mid-August birthday rounds the bend, I know summer is coming to an end. My birthday typically coincides with the Perseif meteor showers, the hottest days of the summer, and […]

Simple Goodness Syrups: Marionberry Mint & a Garden Mule cocktail

Simple Goodness Syrups have launched, shipped, and wowed their first customers. After a humorously inefficient first shipping process (picture 8 months pregnant Venise carrying an armful of boxes into fedex twenty minutes before closing, and the lady behind the counter looking wary at best) the […]

A Fan Favorite: The Genevieve

A Fan Favorite: The Genevieve

Our friends are as much a part of our success as our family and this fan favorite Happy Camper Cocktail original recipe is in honor of one of our besties, Genevieve. Genevieve was one of the OG Happy Campers who offered her critique on everything […]

Tarragon and Quince Cocktail Recipe

Tarragon and Quince Cocktail Recipe

The Tarragon is currently reaching the end of it’s productivity in the herb garden on the farm but before it goes there is still time to enjoy it’s licorice tangy flavor in a cocktail.  If you are growing tarragon in your garden, you will want […]

Floats for the Fight: Wilkeson Handcar Races

Washington state is filled with small towns that were once booming logging, coal mining and railroad towns. One of our favorites, Wilkeson, is just 5 minutes down the road from us in the foothills of Mount Rainier. Along the route to the Northwest entrance of […]

How Henry eats his veggies: one picky 1 year old’s menu

How Henry eats his veggies: one picky 1 year old’s menu

It drives me crazy that my child won’t eat a balanced diet. Let’s just start there. In theory I know that kids are often picky, heck I was, though that was mostly my sister’s fault. I copied everything Venise did and she remains to this day […]

Enchilada Casserole

  Beef. Good. Salsa. Good. Cheese. Good. What’s not to love?  (If you can tell me what TV Sitcom I am mimicking extra points for you!) This recipe is my new jam, it’s bomb diggity! Ask my sister or my husband, it has quickly become […]

Galentine’s day recipes: Monster Cookies My Way, aka Coconut, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies were the other hit from Galentine’s Day. I have a terrible habit of trying new recipes before parties which has frequently led to much swearing and boxed Trader Joe’s scones being served (and now the secret is out- if you have scones at my gatherings, it […]

Galentine’s Day Recipes: Potato Leek Soup adapted from Julia Child’s Potage Parmentier

I promised to post the recipes from the Galentine’s Day party last week because this soup and the cookies I served were both big hits. The original Julia Child recipe is from the Art of French Cooking and calls it Potage Parmentier, so if you’re […]