The Best Blackberry Cobbler Ever

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Summer in Oregon is just absolutely glorious. We are rewarded for enduring the days of rain with beautiful sunshine and blue skies and here in the Willamette Valley it feels like we are getting to experience a little slice of heaven. Farm stands pop up overflowing with every kind of summer fruit or vegetable you could possibly want and the berries...oh the berries. Sigh...they are so magnificent they almost make me ache. Ok, actually my stomach does sometime literally ache from eating too … [Read more...]

Eight easy fall ideas and recipes!

Eight Easy Fall Ideas and Recipes

Leaves and pumpkins.  Cider and Hot Chocolate.  Sweaters and Blankets.  Bonfires and Marshmallow Roasting. We know Labor Day is a celebration of the last days of Summer...but frankly we are ready for FALL!  We thought we'd inspire you to get ready for autumn as well, with a round up of Eight Easy Fall Ideas and Recipes! … [Read more...]

Bruschetta Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

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Mushrooms. You either love 'em or hate 'em.  Where do you land on that one? I used to land on the "hate 'em" side but that might be due to the fact that I had only ever been exposed to the slimy, slightly gray colored version that come in a can. Now, if from the very beginning, I had tasted Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms, Bruschetta Style...well...I mean...just think of how my life could have been different! … [Read more...]

I have a new love in my life…

Keruig Vue Iced Vanilla Latte from At The Picket Fence

  Shhhh...don't tell my husband, but I have a new love in my life. It showed up on my doorstep recently, and the good looks and sleek sophistication drew me in from the moment I unwrapped it.  In fact I might have even given the Staples delivery truck driver a little squeal and a hug, but alas it wasn't him I was excited to see...it was my new infatuation. I believe I can convince my husband that the three of us will live quite well together in perfect harmony.  … [Read more...]

The World’s Best Black Bean and Corn Salsa

The world's best and easiest black bean and corn salsa from At The Picket Fence

I became known far and wide for my Black Bean and Corn Salsa recipe.  From Missouri to Seattle to Kentucky I had carted this special recipe to each new home and served it with pride. Pride because I KNEW whenever I made it, my salsa would be consumed in about 5 seconds flat. no lie. They would start out dipping a chip into my salsa full of beans and corn and fresh cilantro with a hint of lime, and then in would go another chip. and another chip...and soon... ...the questions would … [Read more...]

Decadent Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark

Decadent Valentines Day Chocolate Bark from At The Picket Fence

  What is it about CHOCOLATE that speaks to the soul?  It calls us with it's siren song...to open that bright red heart and bite into those little squares of goodness.  We know our favorites and savor those first, but eventually they will all be consumed down to the last coconut filled truffle. Or..how about the call to the pantry, where in desperation we dig out the half used bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and chase away our blues with handfuls of morsels and a few episodes of … [Read more...]

Chocolate and Pink Salt Dipping Spoons

Chocolate and Himalayan Pink Salt Dipping Spoons from At The Picket Fence

  Chocolate and Salt.  Sweet and Salty. Opposite yet somehow so good together.   Isn't that how it seems to work? Two people who are so opposite can somehow manage to combine to make one great pair! I will be the first to admit that me and my sweetheart are often as different as night and day, yet after 20 years of marriage we are still a great team.  I'm a little sweet...he's a little salty...grin!... but together.... well we're perfect! These Chocolate and Pink Salt Dipping … [Read more...]

Strawberries and Cream Pound Cake! I heart it!

Strawberries and Cream Pound Cake from At The Picket Fence

Am I the only one who sees a "heart shape" in just about everything when it comes to Valentine's Day? Everywhere I look I see hearts. It's like those pictures where you stare long enough and you can see faces or animals or ...er okay, maybe that's just me. I find that happening around this time every year, love is in the air and hearts are on my mind! When I saw these gorgeous strawberries I immediately saw hearts, lots of pretty little strawberry hearts just waiting to be released from their … [Read more...]

Wrapping Summer up in the flavors of Autumn…Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream with Bourbon Sauce

  We had gone to bed in summer and we awoke in autumn; for summer passes into autumn in some imaginable point of time, like the turning of a leaf. ~Henry David Thoreau Come visit me today on the FOLK Magazine Blog as I share how to make Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream with Bourbon Sauce a favorite summer staple, wrapped in the tastes of Autumn! See you over there! … [Read more...]

Apple Picking Recipes…from Tree to Table

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Today we're going apple picking and sharing some great apple picking recipes...as we go from.... From Tree to Table I have a thing for apple trees! Even the tables at our New England fall wedding were each named after apple trees. I’ve been known to tear up when reading The Giving Tree to our kids and our favorite family photos were taken among trees at a local orchard.  When we bought our house we discovered that the previous owners had planted their own giving trees in our yard, within … [Read more...]