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Washington Cherry Upside-Down Cake

Oh my. Cher­ry Upside-Down Cake. You real­ly must taste it.

Peo­ple often ask me — “why ‘Food for a Year’? Do you make meal plans? Do you show peo­ple how to store up enough food for a year?”.…  I think this recipe a good way to answer that ques­tion. Our years are filled with tra­di­tions, sea­sons, cel­e­bra­tions, trav­el, sched­ules, work, monot­o­ny and once-in-a-life­time moments. And this Cher­ry Upside-Down Cake blends sev­er­al of these into one gor­geous, mem­o­rable dessert.

While on our recent stay in Wash­ing­ton State (Orcas Island to be exact), my friend, Ang­ie, joined us for sev­er­al days. It just so hap­pened that her stay was dur­ing our shared birth­day week — which can only mean one thing :: cake. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Fresh Blackberry Syrup and Simple French Toast

Black­ber­ries are one of my favorite sum­mer fruits and fresh­ly picked Pacif­ic North­west black­ber­ries are about the very best a that black­ber­ry could ever hope to be. To me, a bowl of sweet black­ber­ries with a sprin­kle of sug­ar is about as good as it gets. So, turn­ing some per­fect Pacif­ic North­west black­ber­ries into a sim­ple syrup seems like a good thing to do. Then pour­ing that syrup over some home­made French toast seems like an even bet­ter thing to do. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Spicy Bean & Rainbow Veggie ((No-Peek)) Veggie Stew

A pound of dried beans, a col­or­ful med­ley of fresh veg­gies and a few pantry sta­ples are often my tick­et to a sim­ple, tasty din­ner­time solu­tion. While away on our recent vaca­tion, NO-PEEK bean stew made it’s way to our din­ner table sev­er­al times. In order to bring a lit­tle vari­ety to my favorite no-peek method ((see more ideas HERE)), I switched up the veg­gies, spices and cook­ing liq­uid.

It’s always fun­ny to watch the kids com­pare my dif­fer­ent “No-Peeks” espe­cial­ly when left­overs from the last no-peek still exist. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Pacific Northwest Blueberry Brownies

On the way to the Ana­cortes Fer­ry there is the most delight­ful out­door mar­ket. I first dis­cov­ered this mar­ket on our trip to Orcas Island 2 years ago. On that trip, I loaded up on fresh, sweet corn, herb bun­dles as big as my head, toma­toes, car­rots, sev­er­al types of fruit and two flats of blue­ber­ries. The blue­ber­ries were my most trea­sured pur­chase — one taste and my entire per­cep­tion of that lit­tle blue fruit was for­ev­er changed. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, blue­ber­ries end­ed up being the only item I cooked with while on that trip. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Trip of a Lifetime ((part 5 — the end)) expectations…exceeded

This sto­ry as been hard­er to write than I first antic­i­pat­ed ((and longer than I thought it would be too)). Orig­i­nal­ly, I thought 2 parts would cov­er it. How­ev­er, as I began writ­ing it out, sec­tions and divi­sions became clear­er to me. Each por­tion of this sto­ry has been a con­trast between need and pro­vi­sion, unex­pect­ed and prov­i­den­tial­ly pre­pared, a time of peace and a sud­den storm, need­ing guid­ance and a path made clear. But this last por­tion of “our sto­ry” is going to con­trast some­thing com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent and I hope, rather than being bored with a long sto­ry, what you will see in these final moments inspires you to shine in the midst of suf­fer­ing.

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A Trip of a Lifetime ((part 4)), uncertainly certain.

If you have been keep­ing up with our sto­ry, we just received news that Shep­ard would indeed be hav­ing an appen­dec­to­my. Find out all of the cir­cum­stances that led up to this dis­cov­ery and how this new infor­ma­tion was a direct answer to prayer by read­ing part one, part two and part three of “The Trip of a Life­time”. Con­tin­ue read­ing

A trip of a Lifetime ((can this count as 2 Tips of the Week?)) part one

When you hear noth­ing from me for this long of a stretch, you can be sure it is not for a lack of things to say, haha.  Words have been burst­ing forth in my mind, but time to sit and com­pose has been nonex­is­tent. I am now home ((in Okla­homa)), and have a few spare moments to reflect on what I imag­ine will, for the rest of my days, be referred to as the trip of a life­time. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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