Bûche de Noël

Every Christmas, I challenge myself to at least one cooking/baking challenge. This year, I chose a Bûche de Noël, otherwise known as a Yule Log. It is a traditional French roulade (or jelly roll cake) filled with fruit and/or cream, covered in chocolate and decorated to look like a log. The most well-known in America is…

Columbia River Gorge

Hubs and I escaped for a few days this weekend to one of the prettiest parts of our state: the stunning Columbia River Gorge. In the summer months, crowds flock here for hiking, camping, wine tastings, and wind surfing. While our off-season winter escape involved mostly snowy vistas and romantic snuggles by the fireplace, we’re…

Decorating in winter

One of the saddest days of the year is the one in which you pull down all the holiday decor. If your home is anything like mine, it goes from warm and full to looking astoundingly bare in the space of a single day. The cold weather outside doesn’t help the psychological effect, either. To…