Scenes of Summer From My Favorite Park

INSPIRING SCENES OF SUMMER FROM MY FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK! Central Park at Orenco Station is an inspirational place for me, since I spent time there almost every day while I wrote my novel. Following is a snippet from “Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation” for you to enjoy. ‘Life in the heart of beautiful Orenco Station was an incredible “God Thing.” One of my joys each … Continue reading Scenes of Summer From My Favorite Park

Memories of Margrit

SWEET MEMORIES OF MARGRIT! By Patty Thurlby. I happened on a yard sale when I was on my way to Ken’s Super Friendly Market on Avenue U.  As I entered the yard a quick glance at the tables told me I probably wasn’t going to be interested… View Original Post: Memories of Margrit I LOVE this story and its history! Enjoy Patty’s creative artistic work on … Continue reading Memories of Margrit

Red, White and Blue Baby Potatoes for the 4th!

CUTE RED, WHITE AND BLUE BABY POTATOES FOR THE 4TH! These darling colorful baby potatoes are the perfect addition to a 4th of July “Real Food Meal.” To keep them healthy, I prefer mashed, baked, steamed or roasted potatoes. If prepared properly, potatoes are an exceptionally healthful low-calorie, high fiber food. There are lots of ways to make them taste wonderful, but sorry, no French fries! … Continue reading Red, White and Blue Baby Potatoes for the 4th!

Cool Red Raspberry, White Nectarine and Blueberry Icebox Cake

COOL NO-BAKE RED RASPBERRY, WHITE NECTARINE AND BLUEBERRY ICEBOX CAKE! I originally posted this recipe a year ago and since it is one of my favorites, I wanted to share it with you again! The icebox cake became popular in the 1930’s because it was easily created from pre-made cookies and whipped cream, and it required no baking. It was just chilled in a refrigerator before serving. In my version of this creamy cakey delight, there are layers of fresh fruit … Continue reading Cool Red Raspberry, White Nectarine and Blueberry Icebox Cake

Cold Sweet Dark Cherries on a Hot Summer Day

FRESH COLD SWEET DARK CHERRIES ON A SIZZLING HOT SUMMER DAY! Today in the Portland Oregon area, the temperature has reached a scorching high of 99°F! That is much too hot for me and I soon found myself looking for something cool and refreshing to serve as a snack. Thankfully, my husband had picked up some organic sweet dark cherries that were on sale when we went grocery shopping the other … Continue reading Cold Sweet Dark Cherries on a Hot Summer Day

Banana Oatmeal Cookies With Chocolate Chunks

TASTY BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE CHUNKS! Two of my favorite things are bananas and chocolate and these rustic cookies embody both of those. The flavorful bananas melded with dark chocolate chunks along with the vanilla and cinnamon is a delicious combination. Bananas are such a convenient and versatile fruit. You can eat them straight out of the peel or put them in your cakes, breads and cookies. They make yummy banana pies … Continue reading Banana Oatmeal Cookies With Chocolate Chunks

Inspiration and Guidance for Writers at all Levels

INSPIRATION AND GUIDANCE FOR WRITERS AT ALL LEVELS! Nature is alive and growing in what’s left of Spring here in Oregon and for me it’s the perfect time for some personal growth too. I’m always looking for new information to broaden my skills and awareness as a writer and Amazon recently shared a new program they are now offering. Enjoy this photo of some gorgeous volunteer chives courtesy of my … Continue reading Inspiration and Guidance for Writers at all Levels

Sometimes a Day Just for You is Precisely What’s Required

SOMETIMES A DAY JUST FOR YOU IS PRECISELY WHAT’S REQUIRED! Today is one of those rare days when my usual inspiration and motivation levels are especially low, so I decided to take a day for myself or a “me day.” These photos were taken about three months ago, but they look exactly like what today feels like and that tells me it’s time for some proper rejuvenation. I’ve been feeling a little weary … Continue reading Sometimes a Day Just for You is Precisely What’s Required

French Toast With Maple Yogurt and Pecans

YUMMY FRENCH TOAST WITH RICH MAPLE YOGURT AND RAW PECANS! French toast or “pain perdu,” which means, “lost bread,” was created as a way to use stale bread instead of giving it to the birds. Just dip it in some eggy custard. You can top it with almost anything you like. Try some maple syrup, yogurt, whipped cream, nuts, honey, jam, fruit, chocolate or even an … Continue reading French Toast With Maple Yogurt and Pecans

Cantaloupe and Banana Protein Rich Smoothie

REFRESHING CANTALOUPE AND BANANA PROTEIN RICH SMOOTHIE! Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get more healthy foods into your diet with their focus on fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. This refreshing cantaloupe and banana version is especially satisfying and with the addition of yogurt and protein powder, it is a well-rounded wholesome beverage. The only sugar in the drink comes naturally from the fruit. Cantaloupe is a member of the melon family … Continue reading Cantaloupe and Banana Protein Rich Smoothie