Food & Recipes

  • White Lavender Plant Photo copyright Shawna Coronado
    Garden Travel

    How to Grow Lavender

    Oregon is known for it’s amazing lavender fields, so when traveling to Oregon’s Mount Hood Territory, I wanted to explore flowering fields and learn more about growing the plant. Chris Mulder…

  • Vodka and Soda Scent Hint

    Best Vodka and Soda Cocktail with a Scent Hint

    You all know I am currently living the anti-inflammatory diet for my osteoarthritis. Frankly, there is no way we can consider liquor anti-inflammatory. Yet I have found that I can occasionally…

  • Davey Tree Specialists copyright Shawna Coronado

    Care for Trees

    We are coming upon the time when drought is a concern in parts of the country and care for trees is super critical. Trees provide shade for our homes and can…

  • Lake Trillium Mount Hood Dawn Reflection copyright Shawna Coronado

    Sunrise on Lake Trillium Over Mount Hood

    Yesterday I posted about the Trees of Mount Hood on Lake Trillium in the Oregon Mount Hood Territory. Rainy and cold on the day I hiked, I totally enjoyed the paths,…

  • Pond view in suburban Chicago copyright Shawna Coronado

    Pond Tour in Chicagoland 2016

    There is something magical that happens when you sit next to a pond or running water feature. Your heart rate decreases, you breathe easier, you touch nature a little more closely,…

  • Cabbageworms Eating Kale

    Cabbageworm Damage and Organic Control

    Have little green worms on your vegetables? These might be cabbageworms and they can damage a vegetable crop. Cole crops are the most susceptible – kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, collards,…

  • Plant a Bar Top View Garden copyright Shawna Coronado

    A Garden Bar

    You all know I have this fascination for herbal cocktails. And no, herbal cocktails are not a part of my anti-inflammatory diet I set up for my osteoarthritis. Yet mixing up…

  • No Grain No Dairy Eggs Benedict

    Poached Egg Recipe

    Being on a no dairy, no grain, anti-inflammatory diet can be intensely challenging when I travel — lots of places cook with soy or corn oil and most everything is served…

  • Red Pig Tools Bob Denman Blacksmith copyright Shawna Coronado

    The Blacksmith at Red Pig Tools

    Off a quiet winding country road in Boring, Oregon, about an hour away from the majestic Mount Hood National Forest, sits a few lonely blacksmith workshops among the laden green trees…

  • Recycling Note

    Are You Recycling Properly?

    It’s time to help the earth by doing a quick reminder check on your local recycling regulations. When my suburban Chicago garbage man leaves me a note to help share more…

  • Muir Woods Park WindingTrails copyright Shawna Coronado.jpg

    Skin Cancer and National Don’t Fry Day

    Wellness is about what you eat, but also how you protect your skin. Today is the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention’s DON’T FRY DAY. This day, the Friday before Memorial…

  • Elevated Planter Box in Garden with Plants

    How To Plant an Elevated Garden Bed

    Surviving degenerative osteoarthritis or other physical conditions means that you can still have an amazing vegetable garden. One of my goals since being diagnosed with osteoarthritis has been to change the…