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Washington DC Botanical Gardens

Our trip to Washington DC was relatively short, allowing ample time to visit Mount Vernon the first day and one other day to run around the Mall like mad trying to see the sights. I had heard before that all of the museums were free in DC, but that seemed like an urban legend –...

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

My sweet friend Denise brought me a much needed dose of Oregon by coming to visit me in New York, and I saved the best gardening-nerdy things for her visit. One of our stops was at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which is not such a far walk for our apartment. We had a nice, albeit...

Mount Vernon

Sometimes you visit a place so spectacular that no amount of pictures can capture its magnificence. This post is filled with way too many pictures, but nothing will compare with seeing Mount Vernon in person. You must visit if you ever get the opportunity. Mount Vernon was the estate of George Washington and it is...

Shrimp Étouffée

Inspired by my earlier road trip this summer, I have been incorporating some new dishes into my cooking repertoire. By far the most challenging aspect is working in such a trimmed down kitchen. Our apartment has 12″ of counter space, very limited spices, no measuring spoons, and only a wooden spoon for cooking utensils. But...

Road Trip: Arrival in New York

The road trip is over, for now. I was driving over the Staten Island Bridge heading into Brooklyn when my trip meter wound past 6,000 miles. What a long drive and how exciting to be home – however temporary that home may be. We hauled my suitcase, my watercolors and my books up three flights...