Alpenrose Dairy

13 07 2017

Alpenrose Dairy is more than a working dairy farm. Shade trees and a farm backdrop provide an ideal location for picnicking in the white gazebo or at the several picnic tables dotting its manicured grounds. Finish your meal or your stroll around the farm with a scoop or two from the old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

Get lost in Dairyville for the afternoon by walking on the frontier boardwalk and exploring this western-themed town showcasing a pioneer exhibit, bank, schoolhouse, and model train display among other vintage businesses. Dairyville is free and open from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays in the summer.

The farm also hosts the Girls’ Little League Softball World Series, 4-H groups, movies in the old opera house, an Easter egg hunt, Christmas in Dairyville including Storybook Lane, and races on the famous velodrome track and midget race car track.

Alpenrose Dairy began over a century ago by the Cadonau family, and over six generations continue running the business today. The Cadonaus originally came from Switzerland, naming Alpenrose after the Swiss national flower. This humble family farm began hosting community events in the mid-20th century that grew to become beloved Portland traditions.

Alpenrose Dairy is located at 6149 SW Shattuck Road in Portland, Oregon. For information on Alpenrose Dairy products and seasonal events, visit http://www.alpenrose.com.

 

 

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Portlandia Foods

8 04 2017

IMG_1484It’s almost un-American, but I couldn’t handle the taste of ketchup until I was a teenager. Even then, I only used ketchup for dipping my greasy, limp school cafeteria fries into just to make them palatable. The memory of the pairing still grosses me out. To this day, I can go without having general ketchup on anything, because I only tolerate its taste. Luckily for me, usually when ketchup is available, so is mustard—and I love mustard.

While lunching with a friend, she encouraged me to try her new favorite ketchup called Portland Ketchup made by Portlandia Foods. I hesitated because my pub fries were too good to ruin with ketchup, but I trusted her enough to dip. This organic Portland Ketchup actually tasted good, and I shared the bottle with my genius friend through the remainder of our meal. Recently, while dining at a favorite restaurant with my family, not only did Portland Ketchup appear on our table for the first time, but so did Portland Mustard. I didn’t know that Portland Mustard existed!

Portlandia Foods ensures its vegan condiments remain free of gluten, pesticides, monocultures, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and monosodium glutamate (MSG) by partnering with local distributors who support local farmers. These products include Portland Ketchup, Portland Mustard, and Portland Worcestershire.

Portlandia Foods is located at 2451 SE Ankeny Street in Portland, Oregon and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays. Call (503) 729-8257 to set an appointment, or go to www.portlandiafoods.com for more information or to order online.

 

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From Portland’s Palate

10 03 2017

IMG_2370The cookbook From Portland’s Palate: A Collection of Recipes from the City of Roses by the Junior League of Portland, Oregon includes nearly 250 recipes that integrate local ingredients such as seafood from the Pacific Ocean, fruit from the Columbia River Gorge, and wine from the Willamette Valley. These recipes are both familiar and innovative. Each section begins with stunning artwork by Illustrator Jennifer Winship Mark along with a page of information and tips about a certain area or season. Not only is this a classic Pacific Northwest cookbook, but it’s also an entertaining read.

 

 

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Stash Tea

6 01 2017

img_8244My favorite tea happens to be local, founded and headquartered in the Pacific Northwest! Stash Tea began in a Victorian house in Portland, Oregon in 1972 and expanded its headquarters just over the West Hills to Tigard, Oregon. Stash quickly grew to become a top specialty American tea company, selling products online, in a variety of stores, and around the world. Stash teas come in a variety of flavors and forms including loose, bulk, bagged, pods, sachet and iced. The company also sells treats and any kind of teaware imaginable.

Stash Tea derived its name from tales of early travel when merchants traded and transported tea by ship. Ship captains received the finest teas as gifts and stashed them away for safekeeping. Admittedly, my daughter and I do the same with our favorite flavors of Stash Tea!

To see all that Stash Tea offers and learn all about tea, go to www.stashtea.com!

 

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Rice Cereal Treats

23 12 2016

img_0850The holidays coincide with birthdays in my home, so while everyone else plans holiday parties and menus, I focus on keeping my children’s birthdays separate and special. Rice cereal treats with a twist landed on one of our birthday menus, and fruity rainbow bars won over the many options of flavors and colors. This simple and economical treat can be changed to accommodate a variety of occasions and preferences. Here is the base recipe:

 

Ingredients

  • 3 T butter
  • 1 Pkg (10 oz) regular marshmallows or 4 C miniature marshmallows
  • 6 C puffed rice cereal

 

Directions

Melt butter on low heat in a large saucepan. Stir in marshmallows until melted completely. Remove pan from heat. Stir in rice cereal until all is mixed in and coated. Press into greased 9×13-inch pan with a greased spatula. Cut into desired shapes after cooled. These treats are best when served soft the same day but stay fresh for a couple days in a covered container.

 

Here are other versions of rice cereal treats:

 

Fruity rainbow:

Mix 3 C regular puffed rice cereal with 3 C fruity rainbow-colored puffed rice cereal

 

Chocolate:

6 C chocolate puffed rice cereal or mix 3 C chocolate puffed rice cereal with 3 C regular puffed rice cereal

 

Chocolate peanut butter:

Mix 3 C regular puffed rice cereal with 3 C peanut butter-flavored cereal

 

Cookies and cream:

Mix 5 C regular puffed rice cereal with 25 chocolate and cream sandwich cookies, chopped

 

S’mores:

Mix 3 C regular puffed rice cereal with 2 C graham-flavored cereal and 1 C chocolate chips, frozen

 

Holiday:

Mix 5 C regular puffed rice cereal, 1 C dried cranberries and 1 C white chocolate chips, frozen

 

Dipped:

Make the base recipe, cut into shapes, dip one part of each into melted chocolate or white chocolate, embellish with sprinkles or crushed candy or nuts

 

Frosted:

Make the base recipe, cut into any shape, top with frosting and decorate

 

You have infinite possibilities of variety by tweaking the base recipe and adding your own creativity. Have fun and enjoy!

 

 

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The Dash

29 10 2016

 

cemeteryWhat does every engraving include on a headstone? The dash. The dash is that small line—or dash—between the dates of a person’s birth and death. The dash appears so insignificant on a grave marker, and although a person’s birth and death are notable, it’s the time in between those first and last days that define the individual. The dash is memorialized at funerals. The dash is our legacy, good or bad.

Regardless of how much time our dashes each represent, we all have one. We’re living our dash right now! Do you like what it represents so far? Do relationships, accomplishments or failures highlight your dash? Do you want to change its story? You still have the opportunity to direct the outcome of your dash however you choose. Yes, you choose. Our everyday choices affect our own dashes.

Most of us share names, birthdays, and some day, the date of our last breath with someone else, but we will never share the same dash. It’s all yours. It’s all you. Live intentionally, paying attention to your dash before others do when a final date defines the end of it.

 

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PNW Outerwear

26 10 2016

fullsizerender-1We’re barely into our wet season in the Pacific Northwest, and we’ve already endured tornadoes, damaging winds, and record rainfall—and we haven’t even gotten into our rainiest months yet! I hear the grumbling all around me. But, life outside our doors can’t wait until summer. We live in the Pacific Wonderland, as our license plates proclaim, and we have the availability of nearly every outdoor activity imaginable.

So, what do we do? We don our moisture-wicking, water-repellent attire and footwear and get outside. Notice, I did not include umbrellas, because although we all secretly have them, we rarely use them. Die-hards even shun them. If we all used our umbrellas at once, mayhem would ensue. Umbrella gridlock would destroy our peaceful existence with what we call “liquid sunshine.”

Our more practical, less obstructing approach of layering outerwear benefits both customers and businesses. The PNW has a variety of superb local companies that can outfit you perfectly for any activity in any weather. I support local businesses even if they’ve gone global, because they’re still part of our family. Here’s my short list of PNW companies with quality products: REI, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Pacific Trail, K2 Sports, Eddie Bauer, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Northwest Riders Clothing Company, Zumiez, and Coastal Farm & Ranch. These businesses will cover your needs and keep you going comfortably so wet or cold weather won’t keep you from enjoying your outdoor activities.

 

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