If you’ve recently spent any length of time perusing hobby store aisles for the perfect spring or summer wreath, you might share in my frustration. Most of what is available ready-made is a bit pitiful. I’m not a fan of gaudy florals that look about as real as a garden gnome. I wanted something with a more wild look to it, like it was gathered in the forest and pinned loosely into place. Since I couldn’t find something like that already made, I decided to create an easy DIY wild greenery wreath of my own. I’m quite please with how it turned out. And you guys, it was so ridiculously easy to make. Read on to see how I did it.

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red and orange bell pepper strips topped with cornbread, sour cream and chopped cilantro

Mine is a family of foodies. We eat real food meals ninety-nine percent of the time, with the occasional quick dinner of crackers and cheese thrown in every once in awhile for good measure. We also tend to eat with the seasons, opting for grilled meals most summer nights and baked casseroles or soups in the winter. Transitional seasons give us the chance to do a little of both. The meal I’m sharing today is the result of some recipe experimentation to include the flavors of summer wrapped up in a hearty dinner. If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you’re going to love our chicken fajita cornbread bake.

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assorted raised and cake doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon

If you know anything about visiting Portland, Oregon, you’ve probably heard that Voodoo Doughnuts is a must try. It, no doubt, is a social media hotspot. But when it comes to the city’s best tasting donuts, does Voodoo Doughnut deserve the claim to fame? It’s a question we wanted to answer during our recent visit to Portland. And I don’t mind telling you that we took the task very seriously, going so far as to arrange a blind taste test. Our semi-scientific approach required input from ten family members, ranging in age from two to eighty-two. I’m happy to report that we came away with a clear winner of the title Best Donuts in Portland.
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