Heartstrings

30 11 2018

heartstringsHeartstrings musical duo entertains audiences with traditional 19th century music within historical settings. Married high school sweethearts, Rob and Nancy Downie, dress in period costumes while playing the string bass and the hammered dulcimer. Other instruments featured at events and on their CDs include the fiddle, banjo, Native American flute, acoustic bass, and mountain dulcimer. Heartstrings incorporates vocals as well as information on song history and instrument origin.

This local duo regularly performs at historical landmarks and can be hired to play at a variety of public and private events. We have the privilege of hearing them throughout the year at the Champoeg State Heritage Area, Stevens-Crawford House, Museum of the Oregon Territory, and Philip Foster Farm.  Heartstrings Christmas music will set the tone at the Old Aurora Colony Candlelight Tour from 4-6:30 p.m. on December 1. For a taste of their traditional tunes, visit them at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at 1 p.m. on January 20 for “Music Along the Oregon Trail.”

Contact Rob and Nancy of Heartstrings to purchase CDs or for information on future performances. This delightful couple would love to hear from you!

(503) 885-1502

DownieMusic@msn.com

www.heartstringsduo.com

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Black Butte Ranch

5 02 2018

blackbutte1 Black Butte Ranch, nestled in Central Oregon near the town of Sisters, developed in the 1970s on the property of the former Black Butte cattle ranch. Although it sounds like a place straight out of a western movie, Black Butte Ranch offers amenities that secure it as a leading resort. Its eight square miles encompasses stables, golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds, and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. Swimming pools and hot tubs located both inside and outside offer views, slides, and water features. Additional indoor amenities include restaurants, stores, and a spa. Besides the quiet road system, miles of paved walking and biking paths deliver guests to every part of the ranch. They wind across expansive meadows, between rocky lava outcrops, and through Ponderosa Pine, Incense Cedar, and Quaking Aspen forests.

blackbutte6The privately owned homes and vacation rentals accommodate a range of budgets and groups from personal getaways to reunions, corporate retreats, and wedding parties. Black Butte Ranch supplies its own post office, police and fire stations. It allows public access to restaurants, stables, and golf courses, but restricts the rest for seasonal guests and residents. Black Butte Ranch is open all year. For more information, go to blackbutteranch.com.

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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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