Friday, August 21, 2015
Wine is more than a liquid libation. Most locapours (lovers of local wine) will claim Washington wine has meaning, depth and even truth in every glass. Wine is an experience, sometimes even a ritual that’s meant to be shared and from there the truth often flows. Vino Veritas is a Latin phrase that translates “in wine [there is the] truth.”
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Some of my early articles were published under the pen name, Coco Irving. I pretended it was highly creative and mysterious to have an alias. The truth was I was insecure about my writing. After many years and countless published works, I still am.
When I inquired about using a pen name, my editor quickly agreed and asked what it was. I had no idea. In response to the blank look on my face, she asked what my stripper name was. What? Stripper name? Why would I have a Stripper name? She explained it was my dog's name followed by my mother's maiden name. Too funny!
So Coco Irving it was. After a year of being published under my dog's name, I bravely applied my real name to the byline.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
While you were sleeping, countless drops of water fell from the sky and nourished the parched earth. It was an answer to prayer for many and still we were all blessed by the peaceful morning symphony. Find joy in the seemingly ordinary as rain is nothing less than a familiar miracle. LLR
Friday, August 7, 2015
The historic hotel is like a time machine that transports visitors back to a more elegant era where attention to detail was paramount and traditions are started. We're sure Louis Davenport would be pleased to know that after 100 years the hotel is still the best of the best and the fragrant flower shop is still blooming with possibilities.
The Davenport Hotel is located in downtown Spokane, WA.
Photo Credit: Bayside
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I believe you spend the first 25 years of your life trying to get away from home and then the next 25 years trying to get back again.
I grew up in a quaint but fragile farmhouse on acreage. It was nestled in the woods along with two large barns, an apple orchard and horse corral in which we boarded horses in exchange for riding lessons. My father built a simple treehouse which provided forbidden but frequented access to the roof for stargazing. This home is glamorous in comparison but my childhood home was my paradise, my playground and still has a place in my heart. It's the house that built me. I fancy myself a city girl but then a property like this completely captures my attention. I believe HOME is the nicest word there is. Check out this week's house crush. If you'd like to meet it in person and make it yours, contact me to arrange a tour. A totally different lifestyle awaits you that's still only 25 minutes from downtown Spokane.
Photo Credit: S Wolford C21
Meeting Lou Holtz was inspiring to say the least. The legendary football coach has a an acronym for life, W.I.N. - What's Important Now. It's designed to help you focus on what you need to do now to get what you want in the future. That means clearly deciding what you want in life and then focusing on the steps to get there. Thanks Lou, years later I'm still hanging onto your words.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Few can deny that peanut butter and chocolate are a blissfully delicious match. In fact, they just may be dynamic duo of a baking world. This recipe is simple yet brilliant as when these iconic flavors are combined and baked, the result is simply irresistible.
The peanut butter cookie recipe was inherited from my sweet Grannie who never bought a bakery item in her life. She made everything from scratch but always welcomed an eager grandchild to assist her in the kitchen. I can recall the smell of her baked goods engulfing her small home and practically luring us there for frequent visits. Fast forward to my grown-up kitchen where there are many a shortcut made except when it comes to cookies. My boys were raised to pass on store boxed cookies and often initiated that we bake together. One day, we strayed from the recipe and tossed in chocolate chips and a new twist on a classic cookie became our family tradition. It doesn't have to be complicated to be divinely delicious. But be warned, this recipe is highly addictive.
WINE PAIRING: These irresistible cookies go so well with Spokane blissful blends.
Townshend's T3 and Vortex
Latah Creek's Vinosity and Monarch Red
Barrister's Rough Justice
Arbor Crest's Dionysus
Grande Ronde's Cellar Red
Nodland's Private Reserve
Whitestone's Pieces of Red
Robert Karl Claret
Warning: These cookies are highly addictive.
• 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
• 1/2 cup Shortening
• 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
• 3 Tablespoons milk
• 1 Tablespoon vanilla
• 1 egg
• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 cup chocolate chips
• Preheat oven to 375ºF.
• Place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling cookies or use a cooling rack.
• Combine peanut butter, shortening, light brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl.
• Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.
• Add egg. Beat just until blended.
• Combine flour, salt and baking soda.
• Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.
• Stir in chocolate chips
• Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
• Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
• Bake at 375ºF for 7 to 8 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown.
• Makes 3 dozen cookies
Repeat if necessary.