Bakery Visit #4 – St. Honore’ Boulangerie

16406709_791900104301680_137431856214187476_nBy the third stop on our “52 Bakeries in 52 Weeks” Goal this morning we were getting hungry, so we decided to have snack at St. Honore’ Boulangerie (#4) on 33rd & Division.

16473146_791900114301679_3178892706112003150_n 16508165_791900110968346_3590421164515900249_nWe chose a cream fill St. Honore’ and an Apple Toast with coffee and the most fantastic hot cocoa. Wonderful – but really enough sweet for the whole day.

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Bakery Visit #3 – Roman Candle Baking Co.

Stop two for the day on our “52 Bakeries in 52 Weeks Goal” this Sunday morning was Roman Candle Baking Co. on 33rd & Division.


They have a great selection of breads: Stecca, Ciabatta, Caraway Rye, Pane coi Santi, Seeded Whole Wheat loaf, Contadino and more.  In addition they serve some wonderful looking Pizza Bianca al Taglio – “Roman style flatbread”, sandwiches and a variety of breakfast items.


They all looked wonderful so we picked up a Pizza Blanca to have during the SuperBowl – soft and fresh, sprinkled with salt and fresh rosemary.


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Bakery Visit #2 – Petite Provence

16473184_791893877635636_2145740816204832222_nWe decided to work on our “52 Bakeries in 52 Weeks Goal” this morning. Our First Stop – Petite Provence on 48th & Division in Portland. This bakery has an attached cafe which was packed on a Sunday morning.  I have a dear friend, a French teacher, that gives Petite Provence a very positive recommendation.

16427599_791893874302303_5699813552415454967_nWe stepped in from the rain to a bustling shop smelling of good coffee, breakfast and cinnamon. They had a beautiful selection of pastries so we picked up a square of coffee cake, a Kouign-amann, and a sticky pecan roll to take home for the boys.

16473505_791893867635637_1442229456669585550_nAbsolutely delicious.

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Our Furry (and feathered) Friends

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Birds in the Backyard Farm – Winter

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Lemon Marmalade


  • 6 lemons – Meyers are best (about 1.5 pounds total)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 t butter


Quarter the lemons and remove the seeds (reserve these) and slice very thinly. Combine the lemons with 4 cups of water. Place the seeds in a cheesecloth bag and add it to the lemons in a nonreactive bowl.   Let mixture stand, covered, on the counter overnight.

img_3914After about 24 hours, throw out the lemon seeds and add the butter and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower the heat, and simmer, until it has reduced down to about 4 cups. Stir in the sugar and boil, stirring to prevent sticking and scorching, until the mixture passes the cold plate jam test.

Ladle hot marmalade into sterile jars, and steam can for 20 minutes.


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Snow Day Two (part 4)……

No melting today – clear and cold.

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….and the Crazy Weather Continues.

We had our fourth snow storm of the season, unimaginable in the Willamette Valley.  Some areas of the city had over 15 inches of snow.  Out here in the woods, we picked up about 4, which is just about the perfect amount.

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Crazy Weather and I Love It!

We are in the middle of our 4th weather event of the season.  The snow from New Year hasn’t finished melting and we had more snow today and freezing rain is predicted for tomorrow.  The odd thing about it is that any snow/ice event in the Willamette Valley is pretty rare – let alone 4 in one winter season.

This morning I drug DH out to the Eastmorland Golf Club to an After Christmas Sale of hand thrown pottery from one of my favorite artists – Debbie Dean.  We left early to get there and back home before the snow.  I found a wonderful bowl and a small platter with a sheep (on the right in the photo) and was pleased to meet the artist who told me the reason the items were seconds – the bowl  has glaze on one side that got a bit too warm and is rougher (like a salt glaze), the plate is just an older piece.


We got home after the snow started, built a fire, made a pot of soup and settled in for a storm, “The Storm of the Century” if you pay attention to the local news.  We did pick up another inch of snow, but the temperatures didn’t get as low as expected so our ice forecast for tomorrow isn’t as dire as they once thought.  We should have ice for a few hours and then plain rain should take over mid morning – if that’s true, school’s will be open and everything back to normal by Monday morning.  Meanwhile, I leave you with the last shot of our beautiful snow……


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Hygge House – Kitchen Island


Today’s micro-remodel was quick because I decided to just go after the kitchen island.  It tends to be the place where everyone sets things down when they come home and the catch-all is not making me feel hygge.  I cleared it off, rearranged the pieces that I really like and added an old oak stool for folks to sit a bit while I’m cooking.  Ahhh hygge.443321b8-cdac-4fa4-ad78-333e6ee67f69

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