Favorite Whidbey Island Excursions in a Day or Longer Stay

Charming Whidbey Island is located just a short drive from Seattle in the Puget Sound, and it makes a wonderful day trip or a longer getaway for the entire family. With miles of public beaches, bucolic farm and forest land, and…

Tourte de Blettes: An Unusual Sweet-Savory Dessert From the South of France

One day, as we were wandering the lovely open-air market and back alleys of Antibes, France, we popped into a little boulangerie to grab a quick casual lunch. I spotted something that looked like it might fit the bill, a pastry stuffed with greens, so I thought it must be…

An Escape To Remember in Beautiful Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is the picturesque stretch of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France, creating the perfect playground for the glitterati during the summer months. We were looking for a peaceful seaside escape…

It’s Berry Season, and Most Farms Are Still Open

Here in the Northwest, we have the perfect climate for growing a variety of berries, which begin to ripen as early as May with the first strawberries. Growing your own berries, visiting a U-pick farm, and foraging for wild berries are…

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade, During COVID-19

A few weeks ago, during a heatwave, my son told me he wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money for a new LEGO set. Easy, right, just a simple activity that most of us participated in as children. Yet, times are not normal, and…

Kid-Friendly Daytrips in Provence, France

After four nights in busting Paris, we were excited to board the train at Gare du Nord and experience French country life. Prior to this trip, I had only visited Paris, and I was truly unprepared for…