A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner has always been my favorite holiday meal to prepare. I enjoy trying new recipes and making changes to traditional favorites to add a new twist. Sharing the meal with friends and family is the best part; the more the merrier. So it was hard not to get sad and discouraged as it became…

Lyon, France

Lyon, known as France’s second city, is located in the central-eastern part of the country, at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers. Also known as the gastronomic center of France, it has well over a dozen Michelin rated restaurants. Wandering through the tree-lined streets, visiting the stunning cathedrals, sitting in an outdoor cafe…

San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano is a walled village in Tuscany that is famous for its medieval architecture and tower houses, which are stunningly evident in the skyline. It was three years ago this week when we visited this beautiful village and we were instantly charmed by its unique character and warmth. There are many things to do…

L’Espoir du Hibou, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is a huge city with a wide variety of restaurants and street vendors selling all sorts of regional delicacies, and when we visited last year, we enjoyed many of the traditional dishes while dining out. One highlight in particular was an evening spent with our niece and her family (who live in Seoul) at…

Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive is a scenic stretch of road in Northwestern Washington State that runs from Bellingham to Bow. Before it was completed in 1896, boat or train were the only options to get south of Whatcom County. This scenic road was once part of the Pacific Highway that ran from Vancouver, BC to San Diego….

Another Milestone Birthday

My husband had a milestone birthday last week. Since we thought we would be living in France by now, I had planned on surprising him with a trip to the Loire Valley for a hot air balloon ride and wine tasting. But sadly, thanks to COVID, that didn’t work out. (I have written about life…

Pistachio Encrusted Truffle Goat Cheese Rounds

Baked and breaded goat cheese rounds are a popular item to add to salads and have been around for many years. There was even a time when you could by goat cheese rounds at Trader Joe’s that were ready to be seasoned. I had some on a salad a few years ago at a restaurant…

Deception Pass State Park

When I was a child my family had an annual picnic at Deception Pass State Park with the families of several of my father’s colleagues. We always met at Rosario Beach and occupied a large area with several picnic tables. We ate hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad (my mom’s was the best) and drank soda;…

Photos From Provence

Provence, located in southeast France is one of my absolute favorite places in the world. The slight smell of lavender in the air, the quaint hillside villages, the slow pace and the warmth of the sun, make for a perfect vacation destination. Today I’m going to share a few photos taken in Bonnieux, Gordes and…