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Oct. 10, 2013 8:25 pm 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 2:09 pm
In the third and final installment of the "From The - To The" series, we have left the sunfiled and adventuresome state of California to travel north to the abundant farmland valley and prairies of southwest Washington State. The cities of Grandview, Richland and Pasco to be exact. Each year… MORE
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Aug. 22, 2013 12:21 pm 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 8:39 am
In the second installment of my "From The - To The" series, we'll be heading west and north to the Ocean town where our dear Marianne, cook extradinaire and beloved Birthday Poster lives with her darling husband Russ. Another adorable and most hospitable couple!As mentioned in Part I, DH and… MORE
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Jul. 11, 2013 8:02 am 
Updated: Jul. 18, 2013 4:45 am
I am so very blessed to be a part of the wonderful community of people our own Mike Harvey has dubbed "Friends In The AiR." We chat up a storm on the Buzz. We ask for and receive suggestions and advice from the sharing AR Community of Home Cooks and Professional Chefs. And, we get together… MORE
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Apr. 14, 2013 4:08 pm 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2013 10:33 pm
Last week we spent the day in the low desert Coachella Valley area of Palm Springs, California. So very different from where I live, but just as beautiful in a much different and compelling way. Our trip took us to the Wind Farms where the ever blowing wind keeps electricity flowing to over… MORE
Jul. 26, 2012 5:23 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2012 2:42 pm
This morning I had the opportunity to learn how to make “Fluffy Omelets.” My cooking instructor was my 9 year old Granddaughter. Evan came to spend the morning with me before going to her Aunt Christine’s for the afternoon. I asked her if she’d had breakfast and she said had, but was just… MORE
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Jun. 13, 2012 10:05 pm 
Updated: Jun. 29, 2012 8:27 am
What makes a person travel 1,681 miles across the country to see another person they’ve never laid eyes on? To meet up with people they’ve only had internet conversations with about food? In particular good food, bad food, tweaked food, reviewed food, photographed food, and challenged food;… MORE
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Mar. 10, 2012 7:51 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2012 8:49 pm
In a blog last year, I mentioned that every January/February I get the cleaning bug. Nothing’s safe. I go through closets, cupboards and files. If it’s not nailed down, it’s gone. I love the feeling of a clean, fresh start. What I didn’t mention is that I also go through the pantry and our… MORE
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Nov. 10, 2011 9:14 pm 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2011 12:02 pm
This past week, I went shopping for a few Thanksgiving items for my newly transformed Dining Room. My first stop was Walgreens. I found remnants of Halloween decorations, candy, and costumes, but no Thanksgiving items. I found a store clerk and asked for directions to the Thanksgiving isle.… MORE
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Nov. 6, 2011 9:10 am 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2011 1:12 pm
Sunday, October 23rd, after spending a delightful Thursday with Marianne from SoCal, The Midwest hooked up with the Northwest. Our very own Magnolia Blossom and her DH flew from Illinois to Tacoma to see their son John who is stationed at McCord Army Base in Washington state. Side note:… MORE
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Nov. 2, 2011 2:19 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 7:37 am
Since becoming a member of the AR Community, I’ve done things I never thought I would do! I’ve learned to cook better; I’m learning to navigate my way around a computer better (which includes blogging), I’m discovering my creative spirit again and I’ve met some of the greatest people in the… MORE
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I am a wife and mother of 5 grown children. Being semi-retired has allowed me time to do things I've put off doing; like really learning to cook and bake. I also love to garden, read, scrapbook and just recently I've gotten into geneology. I am loving this phase of my life with my husband and family.
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