• Parenting

    Let the Gaming Begin!!

    Three years ago, my children received a Playstation for Christmas. The gift was from both my husband and me, but my husband was definitely the one pushing this purchase, as he was eager to share his love of gaming with our kids. I, on the other hand, had never really been extremely passionate about gaming. I remember playing Pac Man on Atari with my dad as a kid, but that was the extent of my gaming experiences. I never have been very technologically savvy. Even now, I tend to shy away from techie things. When our children received their gift, they were the first of their friends to start gaming…

  • Parenting

    Mind your children’s manners

    As a parent to five children…yes…FIVE,  I’m constantly reminding them to mind their manners.  A day doesn’t go by without me uttering several if not more of the following phrases… “What’s the magic word?” “Please, say good morning to Mr./Mrs. so-and-so.” “Did you say thank you?”… The list goes on and on… However, I’m beginning to think that I’m part of a dying breed of parents.  Is raising children with good manners something that society just simply doesn’t value anymore?  Well, I’m not quite convinced because I often receive compliments from people concerning my children’s manners.   Are my children’s manners at finishing school levels?  No, but they’re good enough to…

  • Food & Wine

    The Beauty of Biodynamic Wines

    How does packing cow horns with fermented manure and following the lunar calendar lead to a process of creating incredible wines?  Well, this was exactly what I wanted to know.  A few years ago, I worked for Evening Land Vineyards giving tours of their Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills of Oregon.  They had recently started employing biodynamic viticulture principles.  Prior to this experience, I had never heard about biodynamics and was eager to learn as much as I possibly could. Biodynamics was founded by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861 to 1925) and is based upon the principles that farming is a holistic process between all living things…

  • Food & Wine,  Wanderlust

    My Perfect Pairing

    My journey into the world of wine began in December 2007 when my husband and I were visiting Turin, Italy for his work’s Christmas party.  While there his Italian friend offered to take us wine tasting in the neighboring Langhe region.  Without a hesitation we embarked on an adventure that would change our lives forever.   Our wine tasting adventure began around mid-morning and lasted well into the evening.  There was a light dusting of snow covering the vineyards, which made our trip all the more special.   We found ourselves traveling through winding hillsides that were filled with vineyards.  Throughout the day we tasted Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera wines, all…

  • Food & Wine,  Learning,  Wanderlust

    Hej Då Oregon Pinot

    While spending the past four years living in Oregon’s beautiful and bountiful Willamette Valley, I quickly developed a love for Oregon wines, especially pinot noir!  Well, needless to say, this passion led to the accumulation of some pretty amazing bottles.   The following have been some of my favorites; –Dusky Goose 2007 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir –Evening Land 2012 Seven Springs Vineyard ‘La Source’ Pinot Noir –Beaux Freres 2014 Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir –Domaine Serene 2014 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir –Soter Vineyards 2014 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir Sadly, only two bottles from my cherished wine collection made it to Sweden, primarily due to the cost of shipping wine internationally. …