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Whidbey Island Life

Puget Sound is home to dozens of islands. Sue Frause has lived on Whidbey Island since 1975 and still thinks it’s fun taking a ferry to get home. Read about her island’s colorful characters and what makes Whidbey such a unique place.

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Farewell Whidbey Island Life: I’m not leaving the island, just the blog

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:42:07 +0000

The last time I posted on my Whidbey Island Life blog was March 19, 2012. It was about my friend Nancy Nolan, who was performing at Jazz Alley in Seattle. A few folks noticed that things have been pretty quiet here during the past month, and yesterday a Facebook friend asked me if my blog

South Whidbey vocalist Nancy Nolan a semifinalist for jazz gig in Kobe, Japan

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:38:53 +0000

The talented Nancy Nolan will be performing at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle this evening. Nancy is a semifinalist in the Eighth Annual Sister City Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. As a program of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA), one high school and one adult female jazz vocalist will be selected from the 11 semifinalists.

Cookin’ With Farmer Bob: Beef Brisket BBQ with the BBQ Pit Boys

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 23:35:20 +0000

The last time I posted a Farmer Bob recipe was on Valentine’s Day, nearly a month ago. I’m not saying that there’s been no action in our kitchen since that time, but nothing really seemed to leap out of the stove and onto my MacBook. That all changed when Bob returned home from The Star

Steel Magnolias: Director Tim Rarick deftly brings Truvy’s Beauty Parlor to life

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:51:19 +0000

I still recall the line in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias that Shirley MacLaine so snappily uttered: “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” I actually wrote it down while seeing the movie at The Clyde in Langley. MacLaine played the hilarious character Ouiser in the Herbert Ross

SWHS Jazz Band performs in Langley, off to Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:59:21 +0000

The award-winning South Whidbey High School Jazz Band is off to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho Feb. 22-25, 2012. As a send-off, they’re playing at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 PM. The jazz band competed earlier this month at the 16th annual Bellevue College Big

Cookin’ With Farmer Bob: Cinnamon Rolls fit for a president

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:39:25 +0000

I’m not a big fan of cinnamon rolls, although when I do have one, it better be good. I don’t like raisins, nor do I care for that sicky-sweet white frosting or glaze that hurts my teeth. The best cinnamon roll I ever had was at Nancy’s Bakery in Lund, BC on the Sunshine Coast.

Ryan’s House for Youth: Serving the homeless youth on Whidbey Island

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:29:02 +0000

Ryan’s House for Youth Mission Statement: Working to provide a safe atmosphere on Whidbey Island, where students can grow with the help of caring mentors, in a loving environment. Although Valentine’s Day is over, Lori Cavender will continue to spread the love throughout the year. As the founder and executive director of Ryan’s House for

Cookin’ With Farmer Bob: ‘Sentimental Stroganoff’ for Valentine’s Day Dinner

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 19:39:27 +0000

As much as I enjoy dining out, which I do often in my travel writing world, I love eating at home. One of the obvious lures is my hubby, who is a darn good cook, which makes meals all the rosier. And when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I enjoy nothing better than being at

Cookin’ With Farmer Bob: Making cupcakes is easy, fun and tasty

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:39:26 +0000

When my hubby came home with a couple bags of groceries for my birthday eve dinner, he was most proud of one purchase: Betty Crocker Cake Mix. As he took the Super Moist French Vanilla box out of the bag, right behind it was a can of Betty’s Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting. “I’m going

Northwest Flower & Garden Show includes Valerie Easton and island vendors

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:39:23 +0000

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show opens this week in Seattle. As the largest event of its kind west of the Mississippi (and the second largest garden show event in the US), it runs Feb. 8-12, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center. This year’s theme, A Floral Symphony … Gardens take Note, will be

Cookin’ With Farmer Bob: Mixin’ Up Martinis and Manhattans

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:20:17 +0000

In addition to being good behind the stove, Farmer Bob can concoct a pretty cool cocktail. Nothing fancy, just basic. I’m not a frou-frou cocktail person, but prefer the classics. Forget the drinks with 4-5 ingredients, and hold the umbrellas. My favorite cocktails are Martinis, Manhattans, Whiskey Sours and Gin & Tonics. Last week, when

Cookin’ With Farmer Bob: The Chef in the Hat stops by post Kitsch ‘N Bitch

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:22:47 +0000

Last week’s Kitsch ‘N Bitch at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts was a fun evening of chefs, cocktails and cuisine! The episode, titled Seattle Bites, paid homage to our urban food friends: Chefs Thierry Rautureau and Ethan Stowell, and food writer / blogger Julien Perry. More than 100 people showed up, and were regaled

Kitsch ‘N Bitch: ‘Seattle Bites’ at WICA features two chefs and a food writer

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:35:19 +0000

I’m looking forward to tonight’s Kitsch ‘N Bitch show in Langley. The fourth episode in the new Wednesdays at WICA series is titled Seattle Bites, and features two chefs (Thierry Rautureau and Ethan Stowell) and a food writer (Julien Perry). The live talk-show, complete with house band Deja Blooze and resident bartender Chris Adams of