FYI Category

Extremely Popular Granola


Upon special request, I recently made this granola for a gathering at my church. It was wildly popular. Wildly. It comes from the February 2013 issue of Bon Appétit. 1 large beaten egg white 3 cups old-fashioned oats 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I tend to favor almonds) 1 1/2 cups coconut shavings 1/2 cup […]

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Best. Quinoa. Ever.


Wowed by my culinary greatness, I’ve been asked to post a couple of recipes. The first is spiced quinoa, which I found on allrecipes.com a while back. Here it goes: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 3/4 cup quinoa 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder 1/2 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, […]

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No Time Like the Present


Next week will mark two years since I left Papua and, never one to put things off for long, I pulled out my photos today and decided to finally start doing something with them. For the third time. As I looked through the photos, reflected on my time there, sat with the memories, and made […]

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Sunday in Suburbia


This week marked the inaugural meeting of the Sunday Wear-Yoga-Pants-to-a-Chain-Restaurant Lunch Club, or SWYPCRLC. Four of us convened at the Lynnwood Olive Garden and discovered that it’s true what they say: the diet coke really is excellent. They also have more plastic grapes incorporated into their décor than I’d previously thought possible. Chanda pretty much […]

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After All This Time…a Cure?


It’s too soon to get our hopes up, but… Repelling Bugs With The Essence Of Grapefruit by RICHARD KNOX Researchers at the Centers For Disease Control are working on a new all-natural insect repellent. It not only keeps bugs away — it kills them in seconds. April 18, 2011  It’s bug season again. And once again, […]

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uh-LAS-kah


Are you feeling listless? Melancholy? Easily distracted? Are you experiencing an inexplicable sense of emptiness? Do you find yourself wandering, searching, but you don’t know what for? Don’t worry, it’s going to be OK. I’m just on vacation for a week. I’ll be back soon, so don’t give up hope. Yes indeedy, it’s true. I […]

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Time to Get Moving


Believe it or not, I have now been back in Seattle for a little over six months. Interesting fact: this is the longest I have been in seattle since I graduated from high school in 2005, a fact which has been true every day since sometime in October. I love being in Seattle. It’s colder […]

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Flossing: Good for the Heart, Good for the Soul.


I’ve always had an exceptional relationship with my dental hygienist. We have known each other for years, and somehow, even with her hands in my mouth throughout my hour-long twice-yearly appointments, we have just the best conversations. Sadly, although we are on the best of terms in most respects, it took me a long time […]

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