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Janet's House
Portland, Oregon
a fresh look at creative ideas for your home, garden and life
Interests: sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking, crafts, homekeeping
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Beekeeping is becoming more popular all the time. In fact two of my neighbors are beekeepers. Their bees benefit all of our gardens, as the bees visit our flowers, taking the pollen back to their hives to make honey. There are many websites devoted to beekeeping, so today I’m just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Janet's House
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Pies are so wholesome. I think the fact they they hold fresh fruit gives them a redeeming quality not often found in other desserts. Therefore I have decided to master the art of pie making. “Easy as pie” was always lost on me. I would end up with hard, burned,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Janet's House
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Happy 4th to everyone! Celebrate and enjoy the day! Here are a couple of my favorite quotes. My dog Raleigh was a good sport for the photo shoot. "Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Janet's House
I will indeed pay a visit to the hot shop. Sounds like the perfect outing.I just love you guys!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2014 on Glassybaby at Janet's House
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I just recently discovered Glassybaby. One of the few blogs I read, by Ted Kennedy Watson, mentions them fairly often and I decided I’d better check them out. I find them beautiful in every possible way. The photo below shows wingman, wet dog, and pebble. Of course the Glassybaby candleholders... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Janet's House
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Sending the happiest wishes to all fathers everywhere! And to this guy, who not only makes fatherhood look easy, but makes being a family so much fun! Love you guys! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Janet's House
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Here are a few photos that I’ve taken recently. Each one makes me feel good and think about the wonderful things in my life. I hope you enjoy them. This guy has certainly found his passion The National Bison Range in Montana, near Missoula. Kind of makes you want to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Janet's House
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The hot weather is here in the Northwest and I’m ready with an easy evening cocktail. I love a good lemondrop, and I’ve written a couple of times on how fun it is to make a big batch of Limoncello. See here and here for that info. I also love... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Janet's House
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A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. ~Author Unknown Love to my mother and mother-in-law. Hugs and love to my children for making me a mother. Love to all the mothers, everywhere! Enjoy your day! Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Janet's House
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For Easter I made these wonderful raspberry crumble bars from Ina Garten’s Foolproof cookbook. They were such a hit and I didn’t get a good photo before they were all gone, so what’s a girl to do…I made more. They are so good and truly so easy. They can be... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Janet's House
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Enjoy the day for the love of nature, the promise of warmer weather, and the beauty of all that surrounds us. Have a wonderful Easter weekend! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Janet's House
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There are those who think it only rains in Oregon. It rains a lot, so when we get a beautiful spring day, we are quick to embrace it. Today was one of those days; the perfectly clear day in mid April, when the mountains were out for viewing. We took... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Janet's House
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I was in the mood to make my favorite granola the other day so I pulled out my tried and true recipe from way back when, and was happy that I had everything I needed in the fridge and cupboard. I think I’ll add it to our Easter Brunch menu,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Janet's House
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I am reminded of this favorite quote as I wait for the blossoms to magically turn into pears. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Janet's House
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Ahhhhh, finally. Does it feel like this every year?? The need for Spring? Even though we in the Pacific Northwest weren’t experiencing the worst winter ever, it’s what we saw on the weather report every evening, as our rain kept coming down and our 3 days of snow and ice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Janet's House
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Our brief fling with snow is in the past and we are left with our typical rainy days. It doesn’t slow us down much, but I always think of warm offerings for dinner. This soup fits the bill perfectly. A friend served it recently and it’s delicious. Italian Sausage and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Janet's House
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I’ve been neglecting writing so have decided to play catch-up as I look outside to our little winter wonderland. Portland gets snow irregularly, but these last few days are making up for it. Raleigh and I took a long walk this morning before it started snowing again. He’s an ‘only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Janet's House
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I’m packin’ up and movin’ to Etsy. Yes, I’ve decided that Etsy and I need to explore our relationship and get to know one another on a more serious level. Therefore I have decided to work exclusively with the huge membership that is Etsy (yes 30 million people are Etsy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Janet's House
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On this Martin Luther King Jr. day, celebrate love and tolerance, peace and thoughtfulness. Enjoy your day! Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Janet's House
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After the holidays are over and every little decoration and treasure are put away I’m never quite ready to fill up every shelf, table and bookcase with more ‘things and stuff.’ I kind of like the minimalist look, for a little while at least. I think it reflects the cool,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Janet's House
Thanks Amy! Your blog last year was the inspiration that sent me on the search for my 2013 word. It's such a fun, simple thing to do to begin the new year. Happy New Year to you too!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on Imagine at Janet's House
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Last year I was encouraged to find a word for the year. My word for 2013 was Forward, chosen for a variety of reasons that you can read about here. I loved my word choice and really truly thought about it often throughout 2013. So, with the arrival of 2014... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Janet's House
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It's the end of the year and I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop. 50% off of everything in the shop should allow you to pick out birthday presents, freshen up you rooms, be ready for the holidays next year with festive pillow decorations, and just get a really... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Janet's House
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If you need a quick, portable little dessert that’s easy and makes a sweet presentation these little cupcakes might be just the ticket. I used a cake mix but you could make them with any favorite recipe. No need for a cupcake tin, these paper sleeves just sit on a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Janet's House
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When we were up in the mountains this fall, just the day before the first snow, I collected a bagful of pinecones, moss and a few sticks. I had big plans for an autumn wreath. I finally got around to it today, and although it’s long past autumn, I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Janet's House