Archives: Morsels & Musings

A summer Oregon morning of marionberries and llamas

August 17, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Morsels & Musings.

Last week, we were invited over to a friend’s property to pick marionberries. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. My mind was immediately flooded with all the marionberry possibilities: pies, jams, cobblers, oh yeah! My friend and I picked berries while the kids played. I’m not talking about ordinary berries here…these marionberries were ginormous! • Read More »

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Chicken and Egg: a charming read with recipes

August 5, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on Chicken and Egg: a charming read with recipes | Filed in: From My Bookshelf, Morsels & Musings, Recipes.

I recently read the most charming memoir/cookbook about raising chickens for the sole purpose of having your own fresh eggs. Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes by Janice Cole is a must-read for anyone who has ever considered raising chickens or is simply enamored with the idea of it. The author tells her delightful journey of raising a • Read More »

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Visit a Farmers’ Market

July 22, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, In Season, Morsels & Musings, Summer.

It’s the middle of July and we’re full-swing into summer…and, yes, it’s still raining here in Portland. Regardless of the weird weather, our local farmers’ markets are brimming with great produce, artisan foods and handmade products. These people work hard, rain or shine, so let’s get out there and support them! Check out one of these • Read More »

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Merry Christmas | Filed in: Christmas, Morsels & Musings.

“For unto us a child is born,    unto us a son is given,    and the government shall be on his shoulders. And his name shall be called    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 May God bless this Christmas!

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Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres

December 6, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres | Filed in: Appetizer, Entertaining Tip, Handy Hints, Holidays, Morsels & Musings.

Figuring out how much food to have at a party is tricky business. I’d much rather have too much food available than not enough. Here’s a few guidelines for getting a party started, whether it’s a cocktail party or a full dinner: Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres -Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Hors d’Oeuvre, by • Read More »

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Son’s of Norway Dinner

November 28, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Morsels & Musings.

Last weekend, Father-In-Law invited us and the rest of Husband’s family to the local Annual Son’s of Norway Dinner. Husband, you see, has Norwegian roots and it was time to learn more about his cultural heritage. On the menu that evening was lutefisk (dried white fish…read more below), lefse (traditional soft Norwegian flatbread), Scandinavian meatballs, cream • Read More »

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I’m thankful

November 25, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Morsels & Musings, Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful: …for another day with my precious family. …that I have family and friends who know me and love me anyway. …for a warm house and food on the table. …for my health and the health of my husband and kids. …for those that serve our country — freedom is never free. …that God loved • Read More »

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Packing a school lunch…safely!

September 8, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Kid-friendly, Morsels & Musings.

I read an article in The Oregonian last week on how to safely pack school lunches. Our kiddos have enough hurdles to face these days at school without the added bonus of their lunch making them sick. The article includes a few simple rules to ensure that a packed lunch stays safe to eat. And while we’re on the subject • Read More »

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A visit to King Estate Winery

July 11, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Morsels & Musings.

There are many day-trip destinations in Oregon (the Coast, Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, etc.), and King Estate Winery is among them. Located southwest of Eugene near the rural community of Lorane, the beautiful European-style winery was founded in 1991 by the King family. With a little over 1,000 certified organic acres, the estate produces Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay • Read More »

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