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    The Drink You’ll Crave All Summer: Berry, Rhubarb & Vanilla Collins

    The classic Vodka Collins has infinite opportunity for variation, but none so delicious as a pairing of two Simple Goodness Sisters’ Syrups: Rhubarb Vanilla and Berry Sage.   Paired together in this vodka Collins with a little bit of fresh lemon juice, the result is part fresh squeezed lemonade stand at a country fair, and part your great Aunt’s strawberry rhubarb pie. A vodka collins is made with fresh citrus juice, vodka, club soda, and the sweetener of your choosing. Obviously, we choose Simple Goodness Sisters’ syrups, for tasty, unique flavors reflective of the Northwest where we grow and craft cocktails. The Sumner’s Summer Solstice drink is sweet without becoming…

  • Cocktail Recipe of the Week: the Seattle Sling, and also introducing our first Spring Launch flavor, Lemon Herb!

    For this week’s garden to glass cocktail recipe, we’re featuring a drink with one of our upcoming Spring launch flavors of Simple Goodness Sisters’ syrups, Lemon Herb. The flavor is the stuff your summer dreams (definitely ours!) are made of. Even better, we’re sharing a non-alcoholic mocktail, or “soft cocktail” version of the drink as well, for everyone who loves garden to glass flavor but isn’t interested in a tipple.  We go to bottle the Lemon Herb syrups this upcoming week (as well as Blueberry Lavender and Berry Sage) and are taking presale orders on all three, as well as our “Garden to Glass” Edible Garden Kits starting April 3rd,…

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    Cocktail Video of the Week: the Simple Goodness Sisters’ Jack Rose Cocktail

    The Jack Rose is a pre-prohibition (like, seriously OG) New Jersey classic cocktail we’re re-imagining to be solidly West Coast. It’s a little known drink (and surprisingly has NOTHING to do with our favorites from the Titanic) that will be widely popular with your friends once introduced. It’s fairly sweet but still pretty stiff, so it packs a pretty little punch. Speaking of punch, PUNCH describes the drink as so: According to David Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, the Jack Rose was, during the mid-20thcentury, a pillar of basic cocktail-mixing knowledge. The origin of its name is disputed: some credit it to an early 20th-century hit man called “Bald…

  • Talking Simple Goodness with Seattle Kitchen’s Tom Douglas, Katie O., and Thierry Rauturneau

    The Simple Goodness Sisters got our first brush with celebrity this week, when interviewed by famous and widely acclaimed (James Beard award winners!) Seattle chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rauturneau. We were not nervous one tiny bit, and if you believe that, Venise will sell you some ocean front property in Arizona next. What is also true, however, is that the syrups also had their TV debut this week! Read the blog for links to watch and listen.

  • How to make a Pomegranate sparkler cocktail

    This Sparkling Pomegranate cocktail recipe was originally posted to Youtube as a holiday party cocktail tutorial video, since it is great for big groups! The festive drink recipe is very easy to prep and serve and looks so festive. For those abstaining, I love that it is tasty, pretty, and one of the very few drinks that is hard to tell apart when it is made non-alcoholic. Watch the video to learn more!

  • Craft Cocktail Video of the Week: the cranberry mule

    The holidays, or any old Thursday, are the perfect time to make this easy to please, quick for a crowd, delicious cranberry mule cocktail. In this video how to we will show you how to whip one of these up after a holiday feast using leftover cranberry sauce, jelly, or chutney from the holidays. Join Belinda, bartender of Happy Camper Cocktails and sister/farmer, Venise, as they give their cocktail recipe tutorials on Simple Goodness Farm

  • 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 you! Imagine that cozy chair, that soft sweater, those warm slippers, that stormy night outside- what’s in your cup? You deserve something new. Something that wakes you up just a bit, intriguing you with its flavors even as it mellows you right back down in a warm whiskey glow. Something that tastes like a classic, revisited and renewed. You’ll need Huckleberry Spruce Tip syrup, so click…

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    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 lots of days on the lake. Recently, the Pacific Northwest has seen so much summer smoke from wildfires that August has been far less enjoyable than the long, hot, lazy days of my summers’ past, and some Seattlites with hazy eyes and burning throats are praying for rain and pinning pumpkin recipes on pinterest. But not me. I believe every season is owed its time…

  • 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 first shipped bottles are in the hands of customers across the USA and that feels really, really good. We are so proud to share a taste of the Pacific Northwest summer through these first edition Simple Goodness Sister Syrup flavors. We also sold a ton of bottles at the Garlic and Goats Festival at Venise’s farm last weekend to our local community and couldn’t stop…

  • Simple Goodness Sisters Presents Simple Goodness Syrups!

    We’re launching online sales of our Simple Goodness Syrups. This moment is about 2 years, or 30 years in the making, depending on your perspective. Appropriately, this new venture of ours is launching the week of International Sisterhood Day. My sister and I have been sisters since my birth in 1988 and business partners since earlier this year. But the seed for the Simple Goodness Syrups was really planted in 2016, at my very first Happy Camper Cocktail Company event when a guest handed me her business card and asked if I would consider selling our drink syrups in her retail store. (Note to self, time to call!) Venise continued…

  • 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 from the Happy Camper logo to the cocktail menu and this recipe is one that she insisted we put on our menu at our very first event. It was recently featured on SipNorthwest.com as a feature cocktail. It can be a little complex with the Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup, but our already bottled Rhubarb Vanilla Bean simple syrup makes this fancy cocktail a breeze!…

  • Belinda’s dispatch from the road: Happy Camper Cocktails’ summer 2017

    2017-2018 was, excuse my language, a helluva year. It was a BIG year of growth for me,  personally and professionally, with Happy Camper Cocktail Company. On a professional level, there were weddings that made me laugh, cry, and over-caffeinate. We did our first brand promotion partnership with a major corporation. We crafted celebrations & intimate executive retreats for top Seattle area companies. Happy Camper Cocktails served corporate employee picnics for some major local players. We even moved forward on our new catering kitchen space in Wilkeson and our Simple Goodness Syrups collaboration with Venise, but those are subjects for future blogs! And then right in the middle of it all,…

  • Birthday dinner for our favorite, Kate!

    Kate hasn’t been around on this blog much lately, despite being one of its founders. Way back when, Simple Goodness blog was created as the Dairy Queens, meant to detail the adventures of our little sister Kate in 4H. She began the adventure by showing and caring for Venise’s first couple of goats, EB and Dozer. She’s been showing in 4H ever since and even rose through the ranks recently to be the president of her club. She’s won plenty of ribbons, shaved and washed plenty of goats and welcomed many new kids to the herd. Through this passing of time, she has also grown into a super pretty, delightfully clever and…

  • Happy Camper Cocktail Company is Road Ready!

    YOU GUYS ITS FINALLY DONE! I have never been more exited to share a blog post. Building our Happy Camper Cocktail Co. mobile bar been a true labor of love, with blood, sweat and tears fueling us along the way and we are finally road ready and headed to our first event, Enumclaw’s Farm and Frills Antiques and Junkers market. This event is held at the Enumclaw Expo Center which is also the home of the King County Fair, the oldest operating fair west of the Mississippi and an annual summer event for my family. Bringing my new business here, of all places, after all of our hard work is a dream come…

  • 2016 Gardens: planting seeds and having faith

    Happy Easter everyone! With Easter we celebrate the victory of life over death and dwell in the possibility and promise of miracles. We had a beautiful day celebrating the day with all of our family and eating all of the things.  We hope the same for you and yours! Speaking of having faith, the last frost date is a long standing point of contention between farmers and gardeners and our Lord. We await Spring with building apprehension, wanting to get started with planting, but must wait for that last frost to pass or risk losing it all. It takes a lot of faith and patience to wait and we’re like toddlers in a…

  • Progress for the Happy Camper

    This road we’re on feels like a long one recently. Over the last couple of weeks there have been ups and downs, which to continue the already on the verge of being over done metaphor, can be described as: dodgy rest stops (the fear that grips you when your husband insists on operating a saw in a terrible mood), armed protest road blocks (the ongoing discussion on liquor licensing), finding a dairy queen in the middle of a dessert (a full set of 1960’s gold leaf cocktail glasses for $2 each at Goodwill!) We keep chugging through it all, hills and valleys, and I know we’ll get there. My eye…

  • Happy Camper Cocktails- the journey begins!

    Hello, beautiful readers. I have some really exciting news. This is happening:….   ….!!!! I almost can’t believe that the Happy Camper Cocktail Company  has come along so quickly in the last few months, but this gorgeous photo literally puts it in black and white and grounds my dream to a new reality. How pretty and professional is this logo? (Rhetorical question, if you don’t adore it please don’t share, because I am obsessed and oh so happy to have it!) This logo feels like the second really big step from taking this dream from a dream, to a trailer, to a business. And, I have a website! Yay! You…

  • Girl Crush: Joanna Gaines

    Every woman between the ages of 25 and 65 is obsessed with her remodels, exquisite taste in pillows, witty husband, and gorgeous sun kissed babies. Yes of course I am talking about Joanna Gaines. Even more so, we’re obsessed with the wholesome family fun the Gaines family models on their weekly show. They make the American dream look really good, and we actually believe in their happiness and strong values. So I wasn’t surprised when I was moved and impressed by this video when a friend sent it. The Gaines don’t hide their Christianity from their viewers, rather they wear it through their actions and attitudes in their daily life,…

  • Happy Camper Cocktail Company- the beginning

    Have I gushed about how awesome my husband is lately? Yes, he makes me laugh and takes awesome care of me and our son (example: last weekend we had a wedding to attend and my stepdad threw out his back and couldn’t watch our son. Mr. Kelly dressed up Hankie Pankie in a suit jacket and Chuck Taylors and brought him to the ceremony, played with him in the sand at the beachfront venue while I did bridesmaid-y things, and then drove him home to my Aunt Debbie who was able to sub-in and put our little man to bed. All told, he drove 4 1/2 hours so that he…

  • How My Kid Saved Christmas (or something less dramatic)

    Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas actually begins Christmas day? According to Wikipedia, in most Western Church traditions Christmas Day is the First Day of Christmas and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January. While a lot of my friends have taken down their trees and decorations and already have the presents sorted and tucked away in their new homes, I’m still holding onto Christmas. I don’t know what it was exactly about this year but it went QUICKLY. Maybe it was because this was my first year with a whirling dervish of a baby boy to run after or perhaps it was the sickness…

  • Changing Traditions

    At 10 pm last Sunday night, in a fit of rage that could only be induced by untangling Christmas lights only to find they won’t connect correctly or are half burned out, I realized just how different this Christmas will be. It will be our first Christmas with a toddler. That ever-curious, fascinated with the world, glass case of emotions, destructive breed of little man is about to throw a wrench in all of my holiday plans. The signs had been creeping up on me, in the way of jealousy over friend’s tranquil Instagram posts of flawless decorations hung with languishing ease. In year’s past, I too enjoyed a hot toddy or…

  • Kitchen Gardens 2015 summarized

    Seed selection, garden planning and raised bed research occupied my mind this Spring. With the arrival this week of the Baker Creek seed catalog in the mail, this fervor has been re-awakened. I am already excited for the work to come in Spring. With the same fervor I once felt for planning cute outfits for warmer weather, making shopping lists in my mind and sketching fashions to fill my endless supply of blue cover spiral notebooks (needs to be blue, always blue- OCD much?), I now plan for fresh produce. Last Spring I dwelled in the pages of the Whole Seed Catalog by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company like it…

  • Kelly Home Renovations Update: Kitchen Remodel

    The kitchen remodel is finally moving on to phase 2 and I am so excited! The subway tiled end is in sight! There are some beautiful pendant lights at the end of this tunnel and I cannot wait to share recipes with you from the final result, the heart of our home, our gorgeous new kitchen. After removing the old cabinets, installing the new, replacing a wall of old wood windows, refinishing the original hardwood floors and installing my dream sink and faucet, my lovely and talented husband is due for a break. (More pictures from phase 1 of the remodel are here.) Plus, he has been working crazy hours on the…

  • Lessons from Sir Henry: things I didn’t know before motherhood

    I was not the kind of expectant mother whose Kindle was filled with parenting books and weekends were filled with new parent classes. (Actually, I don’t even have a Kindle. I like the way books smell. But that’s another story…). I halfheartedly slogged through parts of “what to expect” and then went back to binge watching Fixer Upper on HGTV (Best. show. ever.) I figured that babies and mamas have figured out a way to co-exist for a long looong time, so I would let nature and my instincts guide me along. For the most part, that has worked out really well for Henry and I. Babies don’t come home from the hospital with a user…

  • Galentine’s Day: the best fake holiday ever

    I love a good party. I especially love to throw a good party. So ever since Leslie Knope of the tv show Parks and Recreation introduced the world to Galentine’s Day last year, I’ve been wanting to have one of my own. “Introducing the best fake holiday EVER: Galentine’s Day! Its time to treat yo’ self” So read the invitation to what turned out to be one of my top ten favorite parties ever. Simple, easy and quick to plan, Galentine’s Day was not as wild or as extravagant as some of my other favorite affairs have been, which is exactly what made it so great. We did the basics:…

  • Lake Chelan Winterfest, a 2nd Annual Adventure

    A few weekends ago we headed off to the better half of the state for a last hurrah. I was about to begin my first week back at work and Mr. Kelly has worked almost 3 weeks straight so we both needed to unwind. Lake Chelan, our happy place, was the perfect destination and the timing worked out perfectly to hit up the Lake Chelan Winterfest again, making the trip our “second annual.” Last year’s trip was our first time seeing the lake in wintertime and it made for the perfect retreat. The ice dripped from lichen on the tree trunks of my uncle’s property, making for some beautiful practice photography…

  • Kelly home renovations update

    After a super productive first month in the new house, we have a lot to be proud of. We were hard at work refinishing the floors, replacing the front and back door, removing wallpaper, prepping and sanding walls for paint, painting walls, replacing upstairs carpet and setting up the nursery.  For the last month, the progress has slowed from a frenzy to a slow muggy southern evening on a front porch type pace. This is due to the hot Fall days we’ve (still!) been having, the fact that the TV was hung and most especially, the arrival of Sir Henry.  Our time now has been occupied by learning from and loving this amazing sweet boy and our…

  • Selfies for Nanny

    Our Nanny, the inspiration of Simple Goodness, died last year on October 5th. But more importantly, she lived for 94 energetic, selfless and inspiring years before that. She touched and taught her husband of 67 years, 8 children, 29 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and countless friends and church parishioners. She left this world a better and warmer place when she left it last year, because of both her spirit and the legacy of handmade quilts she gifted to many of those she loved. I spent Sunday morning staring at my son as he did tummy time on the quilt nanny made for me when I was born. I was wishing that she could…

  • Kelly home renovations, Week 1

    Do you know what I mean when I talk about the utter satisfaction of white paint? The catharsis that comes with  rolling a coat of clean white paint over a wall studded with grease, dog prints and the history of a thousand foreign fingerprints? It’s a feeling of release, that I imagine unwinds the tight strings of my muscles and lowers my shoulders just a fraction of an inch in a moment of pure happiness. Ok, so maybe I am a bit type A, and maybe I am overthinking this, but I really love what a coat of paint can do to a room. I’ve had the pleasure of that moment of joy about 47…

  • Throw your own Kentucky Derby party

    Our family welcomes any excuse to party. And we love a good animal race- horses, piglets, goats, you name it, if they’ve been raced at a county fair, we’ve lined up to watch and cheer them on. So last year, despite being months late for the annual Kentucky Derby, we decided that Grandma Nancy’s surprise birthday bash was the perfect excuse to finally throw our own farm animal races in my backyard (a bucket list event for me if ever there was one!) The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 Stakes race for three year old thoroughbred horses run annually the first weekend in May. Held in Louisville, Kentucky, the…

  • Another baby on the way…

    It seems like babies are coming daily to the farm, and the farm bloggers are no exception. Except, luckily, I’ve got a few months until our little man greets the world. That’s right, I said little man! For those who haven’t yet heard, here is the big news: There’s going to be a new Mr. Kelly! When we first found out we were going to be parents we felt incredible joy, and a whole lot of shock and awe. And then right away, a whole lot of decisions came down the pipe. When do we tell people? What doctor do we choose? Do we want to find out gender? And…

  • Re-flooring our master bedroom

    Troy has been making great progress on our master suite, and I hope to be able to do 2 things soon: 1) show you all the transformation, and 2) move out of the smallest, least attractive room in our house that we’ve been squatting living in since last summer. The master suite will be a large office- bedroom combination, with tons of natural light filtering in through a skylight and tons of windows. In the house’s former life, the back room was added on to create a daycare playroom and napping room, so there is still a large happy sunshine mural painted on the walls (what do you think, should…

  • Yellow Cake with Whipped Cream Filling and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and a bittersweet “See You Later”

    I have no idea how to hold it together while writing a post about goodbyes, however temporary, so let’s just call this a cake recipe post. Today, my very best friend since the age of 15 is finally, after years of waiting, off to begin officer training in Alabama with the United State Air Force. I show my love in layers, so his going away party cake was my biggest creation yet. I am happy for him to begin this adventure, since adventure has after all been the common thread in our stitching, tugging us along in life in varied directions, states, relationships and careers. I’m proud that he made…

  • Waldorf Red (aka Red Velvet) Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Here it is, February 15th- the day when men in the USA collectively sigh with relief, thankful that they remembered to pick up the flowers or make the fancy dinner reservation. It is a day that, for me, is beginning with ice cream and deceit. I made this ice cream for my husband for his Valentine’s Day present, so I know it is wrong to be opening up the handwritten “happy Valentine’s Day love!” container and eating a few bites, but I simply cannot help it. This stuff is that good. We have a Valentine’s Day tradition of experiences over gifts. Neither of us enjoys a big crowd in a…

  • Winter Wine Tasting: a girl’s weekend guide

    If there is one thing my sister and I really love (besides baby goats, fresh chicken eggs, our dogs and our hubbies of course) it is a good girl’s weekend. Creating and keeping close female friendships is one of the biggest accomplishments of my young adulthood and I have found our nights of laughter, shenanigans, and TMI birthing story sessions (yup, no kidding) to be incredibly rewarding! When checking out the Chelan Winterfest this weekend I couldn’t stop thinking about how fun it would have been to have all of my girls there with me, dancing, wine tasting and making friends with the locals. We’ve had 4 of our bachelorette…

  • Day trip: Lake Chelan in Winter

    About this time during a Washington winter, I begin to crave escape. The feeling is visceral, like I will begin to peel out of my skin if I must endure one more fog filled day of dreary Northwest winter. I start to plan spring vacation escapes and my pinterest board turns more and more tropical (this year I am thinking Palm Springs: vintage bikinis, old men in fedoras, Joshua Tree, poolside margaritas.) I betray my native city by beginning to long for any glimpse of wide open blue sky. This is in stark contrast to my feelings at the end of the summer, when I crave with equal strength the…

  • Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels

    Signatures can be a double edged sword. For sake of example: While Stairway to Heaven brought Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin a great hit, it also brought an endless deluge of requests for the song, so much so that years after its release, Plant refused to play the song in concert. And a more personal example: our Grandma Nancy wears Clinique perfume. It is so completely entrenched in my brain’s idea of her that I cannot walk through an airport or mall without smelling it on someone else and immediately craning my neck for a sight of her. She has worn it as long as I can remember and she…

  • Tom Douglas’ Tomato Soup

    If you don’t know who he is, you probably are not from around here. Tom Douglas is a restaurant mogul here in Seattle. A few of his restaurants I adore, a couple I don’t care for, and his cookbook has gone mainly unused on my shelf. The reasons are many: too busy at work, too many good episodes on my hulu queue after work, and quite honestly, too much work in some of these recipes for me. I don’t want to go on a special shopping trip for almond meal and three kinds of flours, and I don’t have the patience for most of the pastry in the Dahlia Bakery…

  • Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

    What sounds better than cuddling up with a loved one by a fireplace on Christmas morning with a warm cup of coffee and Irish cream in hand, smiling eyes set on the view of the glowing Christmas tree and the delight that is taking place under its bows? In this recent frigid Seattle weather, maybe Hawaii does (Hey hubby, Alaska Airlines’ current specials include flights to CA, AZ, and HI, just sayin’… ) But nothing else comes close. So this week while Troy was watching the Discovery channel’s  Moonshiners, I set to work making some moonshine of my own. As part of my annual goal to bring as much handcrafted goodness to the Christmas season,…

  • A Simply Good Thanksgiving: What We’re Thankful for

    On this lazy holiday weekend I am thankful for daytime naps in crisp sheets, thick slices of leftover pie, long walks on these last few cold clear days we have before the rain comes, and for the thanksgiving dinner we enjoyed with our family on Thursday. We crowded into the kitchen on Thursday with no oven schedule or pre-assigned dishes, as some families do, instead choosing our usual form of controlled chaos to cook our favorites while bumping into one another and loudly calling out our needs for a wooden spoons, milk, an oven mitt. Our parents, our hosts, flitted around taking care of each of these needs, producing an iron for…

  • Avalanche Cupcakes

    We’re a multicultural family around here, probably like most families in the US, with a few countries of origin represented around our table and a litany of hyphenated titles to describe our relationships, including but not limited to “step-,” “half-,” “ex-,”  and even “ex-half.” This means our holidays are a mass of traditions, special foods and cultures coming together in one great smorgasbord of love and celebrating. Eggrolls for thanksgiving? Done it. Hanukkah/ thanksgiving combo? Yup, that’s happening this year. The challenge of trying to accommodate gluten-free kosher vegetarians all in one meal? Every time we get together. If you can relate, I invite you to try these cupcakes for your next family gathering.…

  • I think I Can, Can, Can, Part 2: Homemade Canned Applesauce

    This weekend found me trying to channel my inner-housewife and can homemade applesauce. I found out that canning is wicked stressful. I now understand the 1950’s woman’s dependence on barbiturates. What helped most was thinking of Nanny (yup, we like to talk about her a lot ’round here!) Nanny did not ascribe to the mama’s little helpers way of thinking. She did swear in the kitchen. She did not spill. She did not give her family botulism. She was the Grace Kelly of canning, the Katherine Hepburn of homemaking. I tried to channel her grace under pressure while making the applesauce she made so frequently, and only swore a couple times. And the effort was f*!?ing…

  • I think I Can, Can, Can: Part 1

    Some women get weak at the knees at the sight of small jewelry shaped boxes. For me, its all about the produce boxes. Let me explain- My dearly betrothed hates stopping anywhere on the way home. En route to somewhere, he happily obliges my tiny bladder, antique store blitzes and all around leisurely drives. On the way home though, he becomes a stickler of efficiency with one mission only: get home. Can anyone relate to this? I can’t be the only woman suffering through the potty dance on return destinations! So anyway, when he remembered me mentioning that I’d love for him to bring me some apples from the Thorpe…

  • It’s Almost Summer- Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

    As part of my annual “omigosh it’s almost summer!” freak out, I have been snatching up berries whenever they are on sale. I can’t wait until August when I will be able to pick the deep red, incredibly sweet little strawberries that grow here, so I made these cheesecake parfaits with strawberries that probably have a bigger carbon footprint than my husband’s big Ford truck. This summer, I will serve these at a party or family dinner on a hot day when turning on the oven turns our kitchen into hell. We will eat them on the deck after a meal of bbq chicken, vinegar coleslaw, and crockpot baked beans. For now, I made them one…

  • Electric City, WA: Another Dam Fishing Trip

    Summer comes late to Western Washington, and I never can wait for it. Impatient, Troy and I take off east of the mountains as many Spring weekends as we can, in search of sun. Our favorite destination is Lake Chelan, where my bass-obsessed husband Troy loves to fish and I love to elevate riding in a boat to a fine art (proper boating must involve: a picnic including wine or mimosas, a good read, and lot of naps with my dog Leupold on the sunny deck of our Bass Tracker boat.) This last weekend we decided to turn one of Troy’s bass fishing tournaments into a quick family getaway. We packed up Leupold, made a playlist…