Free Windows Theme | January

January Theme Pack

Click to download my custom January Windows 7/8/10 Desktop Themepack

I’ve been thinking a lot about the month of January, especially as experienced in the Pacific Northwest. Our winters are a bit different than the snowy winters I remember from growing up in New York. We have a lot of rain, and cloudy, foggy days. It’s a bit chill, but it does vary. Continue reading

Free Windows Theme | December

Click to download my custom December Windows 7/8/10 Desktop Themepack

For this month’s desktop theme challenge, I wanted to examine a Pacific Northwest December, which touches on some holiday themes, but primarily focuses on the natural weather and landscape settings of this area. Of course, I had to include an owl, as they are my favorite birds, and I think you’ll agree that this guy is really special. Continue reading

Free Windows Theme | Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves themepack

Click to download my custom Autumn Leaves Windows 7/8/10 Desktop Themepack

From time to time, I like to update the themes on my Windows desktop computer. The Windows Store offers a variety of free themepacks, but most of the time they are watermarked and are not necessarily relevant to my day-in, day-out experience. If Windows is a viewpoint out of a window, then I should be able to see on my desktop the sorts of things I could see out of my actual window. At least, that’s how I’m looking at it. Continue reading

Chanterelle & Green Bean Casserole

Chanterelle & Green Bean CassaroleThis is a popular Pacific NW version of the traditional Thanksgiving side dish, Green Bean Casserole. Stephanie Kimmel, chef/owner of Marché restaurant in Eugene, turned Thanksgiving’s well-worn green bean casserole into a refined dish. The colorful fresh green beans and chanterelles baked in a homemade white sauce are a serious improvement over the 1950s three-can combo. For toppers, the golden shallot and bread crumb crust out-crunches canned french-fried onions any day. To make things easy on the big day, prepare the beans and sauce ahead. Continue reading