Raised here in Seattle, I'm definitely a Pacific Northwest girl! I love getting out to hike in the mountains, snow ski, raft, anything that gets me out enjoying all that Washington (and beyond) has to offer. My husband and I both like to garden, especially vegetable gardening. We have 3 kids - 2 in college - and taking care of the yard is a family affair. I like to cook and bake, especially pies. Pie baking is nearly a religion in this household. I live in a great neighborhood and enjoy visiting with my neighbors, especially on weekends, when we chat over coffee on somebody's porch. And being a true Seattleite, I love good coffee! I make my own every morning, but then usually find an excuse to go to the best coffee shop in the world (really!) for a cappuccino.