Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies…

Today’s been dark and rainy, definitely cookie baking weather. Since I can’t eat peanut butter I am always trying other butter cookies. These came out particularly nicely; chewy, flavorful, a touch too sweet, but hey, they are cookies.
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Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies:
 In a medium bowl mix:
1/2 cup butter soft
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 sunflower seed butter
2 eggs
1 + 3/4 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Bake 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
P.S. I didn’t add it to mine, but I’m sure some sort of citrus zest would be wonderful! 
                                                     Hope you all are well!!
                                                               ~ Marica

Hello Sun…

I love when I can love the sun…
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When I woke up this morning and saw it peeking through the curtains, I knew it was worth getting up and getting out. The two little ones and I pack a simple breakfast into wax paper bags and headed for the park. 
It was early and still cold, but the sun felt wonderful warming our faces.
When the sun is fleeting it becomes so appreciated and incredible. 
Back in California we would dream of rain and hide from the sun. I like this switch of things. 
The rain feels so healthy and fresh, I hope I never grow tired of it. 
As to the sun, come visit again soon!

                                                              Cheers ~ Marica

Settling In…

Days, and now a several weeks, have passed. I still haven’t pulled out my camera. My phone does half versions of what I am imagining in my mind, but it is quick to grab and does a good bit of the trick…
 We arrived with fall blasting all its colors… 
 I wish I had taken more time to stop and catch a few pictures…
Our house is becoming a home as we fill in this corner and that with bits and piece from our selves. 
It takes a lot to make a house a home and I’m still shifting things around, unpacking boxes and trying to see what’s needed. I love this, but my heart will always be bound to our house in California. I am trying to build my relationship to this new sister of a home. That’s not to say I don’t love it. It is a wonderful house, cozy and warm with character and depth. It’s just that we put so much time, so much elbow grease as they say, to make our old place even livable. It was like raising a child. That home will always be my baby. 
The dogs are adjusting…
On our first night here this big guy got stuck on the stairs. He was too terrified to come down…
 The kids are adjusting too. They a so quick to find their corners, their favorite spots, 
the places they make their own…
It’s all very exciting. I’ll get my camera out soon so I can get some good pictures of what it’s like here…
                                                            Best wishes to all ~ Marica


Well hello there Everyone, big changes have been afoot… 
I haven’t blogged in such a while because my world was spinning so fast I didn’t have time to catch the the pieces and put them into tidy post form. This morning as I sit at the table looking out my dinning room window to the grey grey sky I am thinking, how do I start it all off… Is there a good explanation… My family and friends have heard it over and over from our conversations, but in some ways it still seem so abstract. So, to get to the point, we moved to Portland. Portland Oregon. Exciting and fresh, a whole new ball of wax to mold into our world. There was no one reason. There wasn’t a job waiting or elderly relative that needed care. There wasn’t a University that had to be attended. It was solely the desire to live in a place that is just a bit more like us. 
The drive up was long and we landed here late on a Saturday night. The whirlwind to get up here did actually have a reason. Once we had put our sites officially on this town I researched and found a Waldorf charter school. This was a dream come true, I’ve always wished the kids could attend a Waldorf school, but sadly there were no options close enough to our home town. Usually the charter  schools in Portland are very sought after and it takes a long time to get a place. What was so incredible is that when I called I found they had space in each of the children’s grades. A spot for each kid??? This was just too perfect to take lightly. Unfortunately, due to the fact it is government funded they couldn’t hold the places for us, so we did as fast a turnaround as we could to hurry up here and get settled. It took a bit over a month to slam dang dunk it all into place and now here we are. 
As we packed I didn’t allow myself time to think. I didn’t know if I could do it or at least nearly as rapidly if I let my mind wonder over the things that I would miss. My family, so so big and important to me that I almost couldn’t make the change. My friends, many of whom feel like family, also so important. But the bottom line was the fire had been lit, and we knew there was only one direction to go in. 
It feels good. I like it here. I like the city’s smallness and accessibility yet the expanse of opportunity that a small town just can’t maintain. I feel inspired by the food, the openness to different ways of being. I appreciate the rain, the abundance of water that is always so lacking in the area where I grew up. 
It’s exciting to have a whole lot of firsts. First dinner here, first dinner sitting around our new nineteen dollar dinning table which soon will be so second nature we won’t think twice. 
I hope to be back at the blog soon, keeping in touch with you all.
                                                     Until then, Best of days to you all!!!
                                         ~ Marica