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Valerie Tonus
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I made this with chard from the garden. It was delicious.

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Out there
Near Crescent Bay Last week we traveled to Washington's Olympic Peninsula. It's hard to describe the otherworldliness of this place. Sweeping vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Old-growth fairy forests of towering cedar, hemlock and fir. Wild flowers, gr...

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Slip Back
Lately I've found a place for focus of a different kind. I'm not sure how to describe this place because defining it diminishes it somehow. I wrote a poem - more of a canto really - that describes going there. Perhaps it is a simple meditation. I don't know...

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I really like this aspect of gardening.. movement.

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Apricot Coconut Granola
Apricot Coconut Granola Spring is busy. Longer days give me the sense that I've more time. So what if I don't get to the garden until four in the afternoon! I still have several hours of daylight to accomplish garden tasks. One regular task in my week is gr...

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Patience is the hardest
A good friend wrote and asked me to share something I've been working on, so I've put up a sachet I embroidered recently. My friend and I used to paint together in Romania. She is a wonderfully brave painter, and I've never forgotten her advice to me… Paint...

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Apricot Almond Yeast Bread
Apricot Almond Yeast Bread It's raining in Seattle. What to do. What to do... Make bread! I usually start this process by looking in my cupboard to see what I have on hand. Yesterday as I poked around the pantry I came across a large bag of dried apricots t...

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Healthy Butternut Squash Bread
Healthy Butternut Squash Bread I recently had some butternut squash left over from dinner. What to do? Why, put it in bread, of course! I found my inspiration from MyBakingAddiction , a great site for all you obsessive bakers! My own version has more fiber ...

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February inspiration
Showy blooms at the garden show February can seem dreary, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Yet there is beauty everywhere, and the promise of more to come. February is also brings the Northwest Flower and Garden Show . After two days of show bliss,...
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