Charleston, party of two

The last time we went to Charleston, we had a day-and-a-half and a one-and-a-half-year-old. This time, it was just us kids, leaving the real kids (now ages 1 and 3.5) behind with Grandma and Papa for a long-overdue weekend away. Other than a quick overnight to Lockhouse 10 on the C&O Canal, this was our … Continue reading

When all else fails, make breakfast

The last two weeks were a bit of a departure from my usual I-can-take-on-the-world outlook. They were a bit rough — dotted with the wonderful highs of this season of life with a new baby — but rough. There were several work days that ended with me feeling like a perpetually-behind failure. The only deadlines that got … Continue reading

Let the eats begin: Christmas cookies

Welcome to December, the season of eating! While teaching my cardioblast exercise class this morning, I mentioned that we have plenty of reasons to work out this time of year, what with Christmas fast approaching. But a woman corrected me, “No, no, the holiday parties have already begun. It’s an entire season of eating.” How … Continue reading

Food for the eyes

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about living in “the other Washington” is the abundance of food writing for me to peruse. Granted, I have accepted this somewhat in exchange for an abundance of from-the-farm food from my favorite Skagit Valley farm CSA… but I digress. I am learning to savor exactly what this … Continue reading