Snow, custard pie and bran muffin recipe

What a fun snow we had. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it! The snow is rare, which probably makes it a whole lot easier to love. But goodness, it was a nice change of pace. We spent so much time home, kids and all, just relaxing, playing, baking and storing up on together-time knowing that the restaurant will soon be open and who knows when the next time we will be able to just lay-low like this.




easy custard pie recipe


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl combine:

3 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste

1/4 teaspoon pepper 

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Sauté and then add to the rest of the ingredients:

1 bunch chopped collards or greens of your choice

4 cloves garlic minced


1+1/2 cups cooked and sliced fingerling potatoes 

Optional: 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice

Pour into an oiled pie pan and top with:

Lemon zest

Bake for about 25 minutes or until the center is fairly firm when you shake the pan.


easy bran muffin recipe

easy bran muffin recipe


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl combine:

3 eggs

1/3 cup molasses

3/4 cup coconut milk

3/4 cup safflower oil

1 cup wheat bran

3/4 cup oats

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup applesauce

1/2 cup rye flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sift together and then add to the rest of the ingredients:

2 cups unbleached white flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup raspberries 

1 cup blueberries

Pour into an oiled muffin pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

easy custard pie recipe

puzzles with cats



Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!




Multnomah Falls

We trekked out to Hood River for a short day trip and stopped along the way at Multnomah Falls. It is such a breathtaking place and the air there is truly pure magic! The loud rushing of cars along the highway and strands of people hiking reminded me of visiting Yosemite—an exquisite place with the uncanny sensation of being at Disneyland. My mama was in town and that added a special twist because she hadn’t been to the falls before and the air and lush green was so like when we skittered off to Hawaii together several years back.

Oregon wilderness

multnomah falls

Anyway, if you never have been out there and have a chance to go exploring I highly recommend it!

                                                                        ~ Marica

Astoria in Pictures…

  Catch up time.

This is the first slow day I’ve had in the truck in what seems like months
 although it has really only been the last six weeks. Sunshine and longer 
days bring people out of the woodwork, favorite customers, old regulars and 
many a new face.

I have so much to post in pictures and tidbits that I am undecided where to start. 
Maybe I’ll just try to collect some of my favorite images from these past months.
The following are from our day trip we took to Astoria several weeks back.
Astoria, Oregon towns, Rainbows in Oregon 
Astoria Oregon

                                     More pictures to come soon!
                                                     Cheers ~


Weekends have taken on a different feel since the kids have started school.
A more weekend-y feel if you get my meaning…
I put more energy into us being together and having less to do…
It’s nice I like this carved out mellow time…
I appreciate the chance to have a new prospective…

          Hope you all are having a good weekend!!
                                                               ~ Marica