Archive | February, 2013

A Productive February

February is an important month. It’s often a defining time where resolutions either loose steam or pick up their pace. At Nooks & Cranberries, we stayed busy, kept our momentum and came out with a lot of inspiration to share. We introduced you to some destinations from our visit to San Francisco, including 21st Amendment […]

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Writer’s Kitchen: Asparagus In Celebration of Spring

As February draws to a close and spring nears, menus begin the transition from creamy, rich braises, casseroles, and stews to lighter fare celebrating the shift in seasonal food and the lessened need to eat for a sense of coziness and warmth. Winter greens mingle with spring lettuces, and root vegetables give way to asparagus. […]

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Destination Inspiration: Barking Dog Alehouse

Now that the holidays are over and the new year is in full swing, we’re settling back into a routine. As much as we love checking out potential Destination Inspiration spots in other parts of the country, including the San Francisco series we just wrapped up, we’re enjoying frequenting some local places once again. What […]

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Portland Sky

Daily Writer’s Fix: February 25-March 1

How to use Daily Writers’ Fix Monday: Sight Look up. Right now, from where you’re sitting. From where your character was in the last moment before you stopped your previous writing session. From where you imagine he will be when you begin today’s plotting. Tuesday: Smell Take your antagonist on a trip. What does he […]

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Friday Forum: 2/22

Every writer has their special writing nook. At Nooks & Cranberries we seek to share writing nooks all around the Northwest and beyond. Recently we visited Chelan and relished its beauty and peacefulness, adding to our list of favorite writing locations. Do you have a favorite writing retreat?

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Yoga Pants

There are a handful of books I come back to whenever I’m in a writing bind. They are like a lucky shirt or an old pair of jeans – the things I slip into when I feel blah. They are my yoga pants. I’ve been in a writing pickle lately. Overwhelmed and not sure where […]

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Roasted Vegetables

Writer’s Kitchen: Quick Meals for the Writing Life

I’m trying to build a repertoire of simple, quick-cooking meals that I can rely on for when it seems there’s no time to cook. As a writer, I have to. There will always be opportunities to create elaborate, multi-step dishes with an ingredient list as long as the alphabet–it’s just part of life of a […]

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Destination Inspiration: Tartine Bakery

We had some pretty amazing food and beverages during our recent trip to San Francisco, but visiting Tartine was the icing on the cake. After packing the suitcase and saying goodbye to Sarah’s parents, Daytona’s hosts for the trip, the two of us set out with our husbands and sons to taste for ourselves what […]

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Valentine’s Day Special

Today is Valentine’s Day, so it only seems appropriate that we talk about romance. I don’t mean the romance in your own life, I mean the romance in your fiction life. I know what you’re thinking…”Harlequin novels? Bodice rippers? Ew, no thank you. I’ll pass.” Let me assure you right now, that’s not where I’m […]

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