Summer in Peru

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My daughter, Erin, and my grandkids, Cody, 12, and Ellie, 10,  have just arrived home from a summer spent in Cusco, Peru.  They went to Cusco  to do volunteer work in the Juan Pablo II Orphanage. The trip was arranged through United Planet, an organization that offers volunteer opportunities in over 35 countries.  They were up for an adventure and they got one beyond their wildest expectations. [Read More]

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Molded Gazpacho Salad

This molded gazpacho salad is one of my favorite summer meals.  It has all the wonderful flavors of a classic gazpacho soup, is bursting [Read More]

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Life becomes very casual at my house during the summer.  Meals on the patio and days at the beach call for recipes that are quick and easy [Read More]

Coconut Madeleines

We get a week or two of hot weather here in the Pacific NW, usually in August, but this year it's starting early and we have been in the [Read More]

Black Forest Bars

Black Forest Cake Bars

  If using a cake mix isn't your thing and you cringe at the thought of opening a can of fruit pie filling then this recipe isn't for [Read More]

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Chicken and Shrimp Paella

With summer just around the corner I'm looking for recipes that can be easily prepared and served on the patio...one dish creations where [Read More]