Jan 29

New Lillys Sriracha Hummus

Two years ago I was introduced to Lilly’s Hummus and hilarity ensued as we held the first ever “Fuji Bowl”—the game being played by Team Black Bean and Team Roasted Jalapeno.  We got extended family involved and the result of the big bowl game was as a tie.  Lilly’s Hummus became a permanent fixture in our refrigerator, though the requested flavor usually varies these days between Roasted Jalapeno and Cracked Pepper.  Fast forward to a few months ago when my mom and I were planning our trip to Portland, OR.  I was game for anything, but my two requests were visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory and then meeting up with the awesome people behind Lilly’s Hummus. [Read More…]


Jan 27

Visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook Oregon

Even if you’re not a cheese lover like I am, a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, Oregon is worth the trip.  The factory is located 2 miles north of the city of Tillamook, an hour and half drive west from Portland.  Initially I wondered if we wanted to spend 3 hours out of our limited time making the drive all the way out to do the factory tour, but we really, really wanted to do it, so we decided to make a go of it.  I am so glad that we did. [Read More…]


The Croft Farm on Sauvie Island — Portland, Oregon

The Croft farm, located on Sauvie Island, approximately ten miles northwest of downtown Portland, Oregon, is a small farm (approximately 5 acres), committed to harvesting organically grown fruits and vegetables, free-roaming chicken eggs, and crisp cider apples, and is registered as a Non-Profit Animal Rescue.  It’s also the location of a perfect Airbnb rental.  My [...]

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Avocado Courage

My most recent post for Multiply Goodness went up last week while I was out of town.  So if you missed it, here is the link.  I wrote about one of my favorite things on the planet—avocados, and how we are like avocados.  Have I peaked your curiosity?  I hope so!  Hop on over and [...]

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Gluten-Free Apple Pie—Pie Therapy for the New Year

Happy 2015 everyone!  I must say that I’m happy to greet the New Year and shoo out the old.  The end of 2014 about did me in.  The Sunday before Christmas the flu hit me like a wrecking ball, and I’ve been in bed ever since.  Have you heard about the mutating influenza strains?  Yeah, [...]

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Holiday Thermapen Giveaway!

I am just starting my holiday shopping, so please don’t tell me if you’re already done with yours!  We’ve had so much going on in our family, that I feel like I’ve been running at a full sprint just to keep up.  So I’ve spent this week brainstorming what to give to who.  If any [...]

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Drop Treats On Someone’s Porch — 24 Days of Giving

Just in case you missed it, this month I’ve been working on a fun project from Multiply Goodness called 24 Days of Giving.  From December 1st through the 24th, there is an invitation posted to complete a specific act of giving.  My family has loved the experience so far, and the first thing that Squirrel [...]

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Leftover Turkey Ramen

*I hope you’ll join me in participating in 24 Days of Giving—one simple way each day, from December 1st through the 24th, to do an act of service for someone else. You can get all the details you need here. ——————————————————————————– I hope you had the most amazing Thanksgiving!  I know we did!  Now that [...]

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Turkey Bone Broth — Don’t throw away those bones after dinner tomorrow!

Tomorrow, after you’ve eaten your Thanksgiving feast, the leftovers have been put away, and you’re cleaning everything up, DO NOT throw away those turkey bones!! If you do, you will be missing out on a turkey that can keep on giving. Instead, pull out your slow cooker, and throw the turkey carcass into it, along [...]

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Planning

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned yet?  Or are you mostly ready, but have a few things left to figure out?  Or maybe you’re one of those people who had it all planned out a month ago, down to what table linens you’re going to use, what foods will go into what dishes, and [...]

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