Friday, June 14, 2019

An Adventure to Mt. Hood, Oregon

 Yesterday was my "live-in gardener" and my anniversary;
so we decided to take a day time adventure.
Off to Mt. Hood we went, about an 1 1/2 hour drive from Portland.
Our goal was to have lunch at Timberline Lodge.
Now if you ever go there it is a gorgeous mountain lodge
built by the WPA to give people work back in the 1940's.
Notice the details in some of the pictures.
The dining room serves a lunch time buffet.
When our children were young we would take them here
for Christmas Eve and have the buffet, plus a visit with Santa.
 This was the view from our window.
I didn't get a picture of the salads and meat buffet,
but the dessert was fun to see.
 There was alot of raspberry desserts to choose from and
quite delicious. The cookie I saved for the road.
 Even the drapes were hand woven and
much of the furniture was hand made.
 I loved the base of this table.
 Of course I brought along some tea for after lunch;
so we stepped out on the patio for a sip of tea.
In the gaiwan was jin jun mei from China.
It really hit the spot for an after large lunch while sitting in the sun.
The view of Mt. Hood from the lodge.
It looks like you could just walk right up to the top,
but it isn't that simple.
It can be treacherous at times.
There still was some skiers, but the snow was melting fast.
 This year I am trying to notice wild flowers.
It was fun to see what was on the mountain.

There were rhododendrons blooming too, but I didn't get a picture.
Along the road were several falls of melting snow.
This is always beautiful.
Come and visit and we can take a drive here.
It is stunning any time of the year.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tea Outdoors and a Recipe

In the canister is Wild Lapsang from Wuyi Origin.
A really yummy tea.

One of the things I love to do is have tea outdoors.
Whether it is on a  hike, a lovely table somewhere,
or even in the back yard.
I am a nature girl at heart
and grew up spending most of my time outdoors.
So it isn't any surprise that as often as possible
I go outdoors with my canister of tea
and a simple goodie.
One of my favorite outdoor treats is granola bars.
Now I was certain I had shared my recipe,
but upon looking this week I found I had not shared it.
It was a recipe I found in the newspaper quite a few years ago,
but altered and I think improved it so it would stick together better.
I hope some of you try this recipe
and go ahead and take it outdoors for some nature time.

Granola Bars
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1 cup raw, unsalted peanuts
1 cup seedless raisins
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (no-shell)
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ cup melted and cooled unsalted butter
¼ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup peanut butter
1 -14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Note: It is easy to switch out the peanuts, raisins, and sunflower seeds with other dried fruit and nuts, just keep the same measurements.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line large jelly roll pan with parchment paper. In large bowl combine all ingredients until well blended. Pat mixture evenly, firmly, and smoothly onto parchment lined pan with rubber spatula. Bake 25 minutes until golden on edges. Cool 30 minutes. Lift out of pan and onto cutting board. Cut bars with pizza cutter. Store loosely covered at room temperature. (can be frozen)

 My back yard this week.
Getting ready for the celebration at an outdoor picnic this summer
with granola bars!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Garden Quotes 2019

 The daisies are just beginning to bloom in the garden.
In the background is the rose garden and the plum tree
with plums beginning to form.
 One delphinium still in the garden started by my aunt a few years ago.
Blueberries also are growing and I am sure the birds will delight in them.
A present indeed for the birds.
" Flowers and fruits are always fit presents,
flowers, because they are proud assertion 
that a ray of beauty outvalues all
the utilities of the world."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pictures taken just moments ago. 
Welcome to a new week.

Friday, June 7, 2019

A Place at the Table

This song, which we sing at my church, touches my heart today. 

For Everyone Born
A Place at the Table
“A Place at the Table” was evoked by the UN Declaration of Human Rights and my involve-
ment with Amnesty International. It should be sung at a spirited pace. It’s a matter of choice
whether the refrain is sung between stanzas 2-4, or not.
Shirley Erena Murray
Words © 1998 Hope Publishing Company

For everyone born, a place at the table,
for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
for everyone born, a star overhead,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!
For woman and man, a place at the table,
revising the roles, deciding the share,
with wisdom and grace, dividing the power,
for woman and man, a system that’s fair,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!
For young and for old, a place at the table,
a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
for young and for old, the right to belong,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!
For just and unjust, a place at the table,
abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
in anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy,
for just and unjust, a new way to live,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!
For everyone born, a place at the table,
to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
for everyone born, the right to be free,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!

 Happy Weekend, dear Friends!
Pictures taken in 2018 at Kruger Farms on Sauvie Island.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Chocolate Medallions!

Not long ago it was time for tea,
but a little sweet must do.
Remembering chocolate medallions from France
and having all the ingredients,
chocolate medallions were made.
Violets from the garden were covered in sugar
then dried fruit and nuts were added
to circles of chocolate melted in the microwave.
With some time to dry in the fridge,
it was time for tea.
A recipe of a simple chocolate delight,
just perfect for your next tea time.

A Yunnan Gold black was steeped in the pot.
Cups were set.
Ahh the delightfulness of tea time with a bit of sweet.
At 3PM we broke for tea,
it delighted my soul.
So come for tea at three
and I will set a sweet of chocolate just for you.

Which teapot should we use?
Spread the table with delight and celebrate each day!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Garden Quotes 2019

 If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses,
what might not the heart of man become in its long
journey toward the stars?
~G.K. Chesterton
Roses in my garden,
picture taken just moments ago.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Field of Dreams

Field of dreams!
Yes, once upon a time it was,
but now forgotten and full of weeds.
Coming upon this on a recent walk,
tucked in between the trees
I remembered another time.
A time long ago when I was young.
Full of laughter and delight.
A boy played on a field such as that.
I went for the boy.
Oh the form, the toss of the hand,
the fluidness of a body in movement.
And after we would laugh,
eat watermelon under the stars
with juice running down our arms.
Oh for summer nights on those fields
where we danced in the moonlight
and dreamed of dreams to come.

The dreams turned a different direction
much later than those nights at the field.
He went his way
and I went mine.
But for one summer long ago
our stars danced on a field of dreams. 

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Go out and make it a special time!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Flower Filled Day

Have you ever read The Artist Way by Julia Cameron?
It has been quite awhile for me, but on thing that has stuck is having
regular artist dates. 
A time away, alone, to inspire your heart.
So last week I took an artist date and walked through this beautiful garden with my camera.
I hope you enjoy.
Rhododendron and a couple of azaleas too!
 Quote found on a bench along the way:

Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.
~Lao Tzu

I even found one hydrangea beginning to bloom.

Even though what I am showing are gorgeous rhodies,
I am glad I went when I did as they were not going to be there much longer in bloom.
I hadn't been here at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens for quite a few years
and thoroughly enjoyed the peacefulness, the quiet, and the beauty.
Take a walk alone and enjoy the inspiration of nature today.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Garden Quotes 2019

Celebrating Memorial Day!
A day to remember.

With slow and reverend tread,
I bring the roses red
To deck the soldier's bed
Emblem of blood they shed,
      For this our native land.
And I, white daisies bring
A simple offering,
Emblems of holy peace.
Oh, may its reign ne'er cease
      In this our happy land...
~William Woodman, "Emblems of Decoration Day," 1892

Friday, May 24, 2019

A Walk on the Wild Side

 Well you didn't think I could walk on the wild side 
without first fortifying with tea?
A very special oolong was shared on the dock
at the Columbia Slough by Whitaker Pond.
It was a 28 year old Buddha Hand Oolong.
 Living in the city you would be surprised to find this amazing
trail about a 5 minute drive from my house.
It is also close to the Portland Intl. Airport.
But here we are!
A plane flies over from time to time, but in between
there is peace.
 I love spotting wildflowers along the trail
and of course trees!
 Glimpses of the pond from time to time appear along the trail.
 At the far end of the pond was a nesting area for turtles.
We didn't see any, but a teacher and her small class told us about
seeing one live one and one dead one. They were very sad about the dead turtle.
 There were plenty of ducks and ducklings in several areas of the pond.
 More blooming plants!
 And canoes too!
 A beaver dam!
There was plenty of trees with signs the beavers had visited,
but I didn't see a beaver.
 The bees were enjoying the wild roses.
And to tell you the truth I loved seeing another glimpse of Camas Lilies
Spring time here in the northwest has been particularly prolific this year.
Many wildflowers and wild things all about.
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends!
Go out and see what you can see!