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Welcome to August

Welcome to August, month of the Golden North Salmon Derby and the beginning of the end of summer. August is one of my favorite months for fish, picks (berry picking), and hikes. I’m typically not one for sport hunting or competitive fishing but I’ll admit it, I love fishing in the salmon derby. Every year […]


Audible: The Home Remedy for the Whole Family

In my on-line facebook group, Brighter Days, I had posted a link to the April 2012 TEDTalk by Robert Gupta, entitled “Between Music and Medicine”.  I shared with the group that this video was profound for me.  He talks about that elegant integration of two things that I love – Music & Medicine. This past […]


5 ways to create big luxury in a small master bathroom

(BPT) – If you’re thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there’s a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: 75 percent of people who renovate a master bathroom don’t make it bigger. Enlarging […]


Recipe: Huckleberry Coffee Cake

Vaccinium Alaskaense or Alaskan Huckleberry are prolific from Crater Lake National park in Southern Oregon to all of Southeast Alaska and well into the Yukon. Harvesting from spring (for flower harvest) to September with August being my favorite month to fill up my baskets. We have the following sub species: V. ugliginosum, V. caespitosum, V. […]


Welcome to Juneau!

Welcome to June! Summer is in full swing. Soccer and softball have started, many of us have dipped or dunked our bodies in the ocean, perhaps caught a fish or two. As I sit here and bask in the glory that is the beginning of summer, I am thinking ahead, planning cabin trips, fishing excursions, […]


Seasoning tips to help you savor a great grilling season

(BPT) – Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and temperatures are warmer – you can probably recognize all the signs that grilling season has arrived! But do you know how to best season all the fresh foods you’ll grill this summer? Sure, a dash of salt and pepper may be all you need for […]


4 easy ways to make your yard an outdoor oasis this summer

(BPT) – Summer is the season when your backyard takes center stage. As warm weather arrives, it’s time to head outdoors and create a beautiful and lush outdoor space that you can enjoy all season long. “It’s no secret that backyards are the best place to spend time with family and friends in the summer […]


Signs of Spring

Hello May! It’s finally that time where we are spending more of our time outdoors. There are a couple signs of spring in our household that I’m sure are common in yours too, so please take a moment to relish or grovel with me. Window Cleaning: by the time spring rolls around, our house windows […]


The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice

(BPT) – Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, natural ingredients, is a relatively recent food trend that’s well […]


Recipe: Salmon

Ode to Spring Salmon Rich in the long chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids, unlike most other fats, omega-3 fats are considered “essential”, meaning you must get them from your diet since your body cannot produce them alone. Omega 3’s are an integral part of the cellular structure and affect the function of cell receptors in membranes. […]

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