About Me/FAQ

Hello! I'm Lecia Phinney.

I live in Seattle with my husband, two boys, two cats, and a Corgi named Nelly in a Lego-filled house on the water. I can usually be found with my nose in a book, baking, or lagging behind the crowd with my camera. Peanut butter is my favorite food. Other favorites of mine include singing along, sleeping with the windows open, and yellow dresses.

I've had breast cancer twice. I'm happy to say I'm fine now. At the time of my second cancer diagnosis, in 2005, I learned I have a BRCA1 gene mutation, so I've had a series of preventative surgeries to minimize the risks associated with it. After my final surgery I needed something to get me out of my worried, preoccupied state. A new hobby or project. I started this blog, which became a collection of stories celebrating a well-lived domestic life. From the time I was born, my grandmother Louise taught me to find inspiration and pleasure in simple domestic tasks. She never bought anything if she could make it. Everything of hers tasted better, lasted longer, looked better, and fit more comfortably. Every day I remember the example she set for me. Storytelling about family and domesticity has helped me really see my life and live in it more, and believe in it once again. It has helped me let go of my identity as a patient.

My work - recipes, photography, and/or writing - has been featured on popular blogs such as Apartment TherapyGlamour, The Kitchn, Orangette, and Food52, and has been nominated for multiple awards. My site has received mention in news media such as the Seattle Times, ParentMap, and ZEITmagazin. My photography has appeared in publications for the State of Washington's Department of Ecology.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by.


Please feel free to contact me at leciawphinney [at] yahoo [dot] com.

The entire contents of this site, photos and text, are protected by copyright. Please do not use anything without my permission.

Do you accept advertising? 
Thank you for asking, but no.

What camera(s) do you use?
Canon 1D Mark IIN and Canon 5D Mark II. I sometimes also post iPhone shots.

What about the lens(es)?
Canon 24-105, 16-35L II, 70-200/2.8 IS, 35L, 85L I, 135L.

I'm new to blogging/I'm thinking of starting a blog. How can I get started?
Blog about what you love. If you do, whatever it is, that passion will shine through. You will enjoy doing it, and others will respond to it.

This is a great post that just about covers it all. It is entitled food blogging, but is applicable to blogging in general.

I'm coming to Seattle...what are your recommendations?

FOOD - a few favorites: SpinasseThe Whale Wins, London PlaneSitka & SpruceBar SajorGreen Leaf,  Delancey, Essex, Honore Artisan BakeryPoppy, Volunteer Park Cafe, The Wandering GooseCanlis for special occasions.

SITES and ACTIVITIES: Pike Place Market, Olympic Sculpture Park, Discovery Park, the Ballard Locks, Alki Beach, Center for Wooden BoatsVolunteer Park, riding any of the Washington State Ferries, visiting any of the islands in the Puget Sound area.

This article has some great ideas of things to do and see on your visit to Seattle.