Family Treasures

Mother’s Day Message: Duce the Duck

»Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Heartfelt Treasures | 0 comments

Mother’s Day Message: Duce the Duck

A few weeks ago I shared a story of Checkers the cow. With Mother’s Day having just passed by, I wanted to share another “motherhood” story from Tanglewood Farm. After several years of living on our small hobby farm in Tillamook, Oregon, we had acquired a variety of animals. Chickens, rabbits, bees, pigs, cows, horses, cats, dogs and various passing varieties of birds and small pets all came and went on the farm. Each generation of animals brought with it a new set of chores and a passel of stories and memories. Then came Duce. We acquired Duce through strange and unique circumstances. David found her wandering down the middle of the road late one night while on ambulance duty. After watching several cars narrowly miss her, he stopped, scooped her up and brought...

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Our Five Senses: Bacon

»Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures | 0 comments

Our Five Senses: Bacon

Bacon! It seems like bacon pops up more and more in today’s cuisine world. Last night on the food network channel, the show America’s Best Cook featured desserts that had to include bacon as an ingredient. The process of taking a cheap meat staple such as pork and curing it by turning it into bacon has been around for hundreds of years. But now, entire cooking competitions worldwide are focused on bacon, challenging competitors to take it to a whole new level with bacon cupcakes and bacon sriracha lollipops. In a recent interview, Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin told TIME. “There’s nothing about bacon itself, it’s what people are doing to bacon.” While you might think this section of Our Five Senses is about the taste of this delectable salty meat, it is...

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Oma and the Tin Man

»Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Family Treasures, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Oma and the Tin Man

Take a step through the Porta Nigra, and enter the world of the Trier, Germany market square known as the Hauptmarkt. This public square has served the community of Trier since medieval times. Trier is Germany’s oldest city founded by the Romans in 17 BC. It blends generations of culture into an easily walkable time-travel adventure. Roman ruins, fantastic museums, palaces and churches combine with nine UNESCO World Heritage sites to make it easy to experience German culture, but hard to decide where to go next.   When I visited in 2008 with my mom, my daughter and my niece, we found Trier to be a favorite stop along the Mosel River. It is recommended that you get an early start when you visit the market place to avoid some of the heavier afternoon shopping...

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Multigenerational Vacation: A Mother’s View

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Family Treasures, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Multigenerational Vacation: A Mother’s View

Connie’s Corner blog today is by guest author, Dee Durham (my Mom).  I asked her to share her thoughts on vacationing with three generations such as our trip to Europe in 2008.   The downpour that we experienced last weekend here in Phoenix, Arizona was unbelievable, even for us Oregonians. At one time, I was sure that it was not even possible to get from one side of the street to the other without swimming. I tried to think of when I had been in rain like that before. What came to my mind was when we were in Luxembourg (2008) on our Legacy Trip. Connie has written about that trip, but she didn’t say that it was raining so hard we could not see out the windows enough to spot a parking place, even if had there been one. Too much rain. We all voted to...

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#FictionFriday; It’s A Mystery

»Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Personal Stories | 0 comments

#FictionFriday; It’s A Mystery

We all love a good mystery. I think it’s in our human DNA.  Even at a young age when we would read to our kids growing up, the books that had an air of uncertainty and mystery always left them asking us to “read it again” or “read one more chapter.” What would happen next? We did not own a television in the Nice home until the kids were in junior high school, so naturally our evening family entertainment focused on board games and lots of reading. Our family favorite for many years was a series called, The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West. The first four books in this series were published by Doubleday & Company, Inc in 1953 and there are 33 books available. In doing a bit of sleuthing on google, I discovered that even  60 years later, The Happy...

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#FictionFriday and Peter Rabbit

»Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Personal Stories | 8 comments

#FictionFriday and Peter Rabbit

It’s #Fiction Friday and since it’s almost Easter, what better story is there to write about then Peter Rabbit? I have such fond memories of this book as a child and also later in life as a mother reading it to my kids. No one can resist the adventures of the mischievous rabbit Peter. As I became a mom I always appreciated the dedication and love of Peter’s mother. She tried so hard to lead Peter down a path that would not follow in the footsteps of the sad demise of his father. I also love the illustrations with their black & white drawings touched and tinted by water colors. So soft and inviting. What a great Easter basket gift this book collection and a little stuffed Peter Rabbit would make for your child and/or grandchild. Shhh….don’t tell my little...

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