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Taylor’s Pink Perfection: Camellia or Lipstick Color?

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Nature doles out some amazing colors. When my Taylor's Pink Perfection camellia began to bloom for the first time, I found its blush exuberant, unapologetic and very reminiscent of a hue I'd come across...

Spring Joy in a Daffodil’s Nod

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Spring seemed to takes its own sweet time this year; arriving late, leaving early, hopscotching around the Pacific Northwest in quick visits tied to its own whims. I've made peace with winter, now that...
blooming crocus

Vashon Snow: After the Storm(s)

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Like much of the country this winter, the Pacific Northwest succumbed mightily to the whims of wild weather. Our February, the coldest on record, left islanders grousing about temperatures Midwesterners would scoff at. But...

Vashon: At Home in a Snowglobe

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Snow comes and goes in the Pacific Northwest, but it usually prevails at higher elevations, and leaves the shores of Puget Sound unfettered by the constraints of its icy grip. With Vashon so close...

Hand Pies: From the Bottom of My Flakey Heart

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Few symbols capture my heart like the heart. There’s no gray area here, no mistaken intent. Whether rendered in a doodle, decal, cookie-cutter, pie plate or box of chocolates, a heart-shaped anything delivers the...

Sharon’s Bread-and-Butter Pickle Recipe

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Mrs. S. Briskman Makes the Best Pickles! I love bread-and-butter pickles: not too sweet; not too sour; can stand on their own; and can dress up any sandwich worth its weight in Cougar Gold. In...

Christmas Time Is Here

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Merry Christmas Friends and Happy Holidays to you and yours! Buddy and I have been plugging away here on the farm, tending to daily duties and quietly watching the seasons change through the wavy windows...

To the Everyday Heroes

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One of the benefits of sporting a roadmap of wrinkles, carting around a bone bag of stiff joints, and having a fond memory of a thick head of hair, is knowing that along the...

Summer Days on Vashon Island

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My favorite season (I say that about the other three, too) is now greeting me with darkness when I roll out of bed around 5 am. The light of summer's pendulum is stealing away...
vashon island sponge cake with raspbrerries

Very Vashon Victoria Sponge Cake

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I recently discovered Victoria sponge cake thanks the PBS program The Great British Baking Show, where Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood serve up tasty challenges to a group of lovely home cooks and amateur bakers. The...