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Don’t forget to go get your sweet tooth fix today! Bakesale for Japan is happening at Barista on NW 13th and Ristretto Roasters on N Williams. Bakers from all over Portland have donated their time, sugar and flour to help raise money, so get over there between 10am and 2pm today!

My cupcakes will be at Barista. The snickerdoodles are quite pretty but the others aren’t nearly as cute as I had hoped, but they still taste fantastic! And they’re VEGAN! (of course, I wouldn’t know what to do with an egg if I had one).


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Last Saturday we went to Widmer’s Oktoberfest here in Portland.  My only qualm with the event was that they were only serving Widmer beer, but that’s to be expected I guess.  Not that I don’t like their beer, I do, I just like a little variety.  And maybe an actual German beer since it’s, um, Oktoberfest.

It was a lot of fun nevertheless.  We got there a little after 4pm, which in hindsight wasn’t the best idea as I was, well, a bit sloshed by the time we went home.  But it’s Oktoberfest so what the hell.  We heard an awesome band while we were there.  Sassparilla played an energetic, entertaining and foot stomping good set of music.  Even the beer and the lemon decided to dance.

We bought one of Sassparilla’s CDs and, while we like it, we think they’re better live.  Hopefully they do a live album in the near future (hint, hint).

A couple hours after we got there some of our friends finally showed up.  You’d think we’d learn to come to these a little later so we won’t have had too many beers by the time the rest of the gang shows up, but we don’t!  =)

All in all it was a lot of fun and we’ll probably be back next year.  If you missed Widmer’s Oktoberfest don’t fret!  There are several more Oktoberfests in the Pacific NW.  I started googling them this morning and there seemed to be no end to the amount of them so I’ll just list a few for you.

So happy beer drinking and schnitzel eating!!

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Today I received my first weekly share of veggies from 15 Miles Farm.  As you can see from the picture below, I have quite of bit of greens to devour… half of which are cabbage.

I’m sure seasonal eating gets easier with experience, but right now I’m feeling almost panicky with all these greens!  Whatever will I do with them?  Somebody told me to make sauerkraut with the cabbage, but in all honesty I don’t really think I like sauerkraut.  I think.  Do I?  Nope.  I’m fairly positive.  I mean, I could probably eat some here or there, but I have like 4 heads of Napa Cabbage to consume (and who knows what I’ll be getting in my share next Sunday).  I think there are some soba noodles in my future.

According to the email from 15 Miles (I say this because I’ve yet to positively identify half of the various types of green leafy things that are currently residing in my fridge) the following is what I got in my share this week:

  • Napa cabbage
  • Braising Mix – stir fry vegetables including Morris Heading Collard Greens (heirloom), White Russian Kale (heirloom), Tatsoi, and Mizuna.
  • Salad mix – includes Rouge d’Hiver (heirloom), amaranth,pea shoots, lambs quarters, arugula, and Nevada lettuce.
  • French breakfast radishes
  • Assorted herbs  – oregano, sage, or mint
  • Parsely, Italian flatleaf
  • and 1 tomato plant

So all of this costs about $25/ week (for me it’s $12.50 because I happened to come upon a half off deal).  $25 may seem a little steep, but it’s all organic.  PLUS, supporting local agriculture is hugely important for our environment and local economy, among other things.  So it’s not that bad of a deal, especially if you can manage to eat what you get without buying many additional items every week.

If anybody has any cabbage ideas…. I need some.

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So it’s November. Time for people to start consuming more food than would typically be considered normal in the name of “The Holidays.” Football is plaguing every channel, the leaves are changing and cluttering the ground, and all those evil retailers out there are trying to sell you a bunch of worthless crap that your relatives will be ever so thankful for just before they sell it on Craigslist.

This time of the year always stresses me out. The holidays are supposed to be about community and family, getting together with friends and being thankful for what you have and that Bush is no longer the President. But every year the plane tickets get more expensive, the price of Barbie dolls increases, and my checking account never seems to follow suite with these trends. Every year my Scrooge of a demeanor gets reinforced and my belief that Christmas is only still celebrated because it’s an economic stimulus package becomes stronger. Why can’t we just say screw the overpriced gifts and the high fructose corn syrup infused food that makes you lethargic and suicidal and just get together and drink some wine and forget about all the useless rubbish that pervades every street corner, store window and television channel? How about, for a change, instead of buying toys that will likely give your children lead poisoning or sneakers made by poor, underpaid, overworked 11 year olds in musty sweatshops that we put our money where it’s needed? Millions of people go hungry every day, and just as many children likely see December pass them by without so much as a lump of coal in their stockings. This is just an idea but maybe if you’re considering buying 10 presents for your child you can instead buy 2 presents for your child and give 8 other children a Christmas this year. There are charitable organizations in almost every city in America – it doesn’t take much to help out somebody in need.IMG_2212

Alright, soapbox has been put away. So last night was Halloween. Those of you that were lucky, or perhaps unlucky, enough to be at Doug Fir in Portland got to see less costume than was probably expected; nothing like a little Halloween stripping to reel in the holiday season!  Aside from seeing more boob than I really wanted to last night was pretty fun.  For lack of time and money I ended up bein a little farm girl, though I think a trip back to the south is in order as I had a hard time pulling my Arkansas accent together.  Maybe Santa will bring me a rental car this year so I can brush up on my drawl.

Well, enough diddle daddlin, I have essays to write.  Happy fall to everyone!

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If your mind took a sharp turn south you can now retrieve it from the gutter.  🙂

The quarterly blood drive at PSU is coming up on October 19th and 20th from 11am – 4pm.

It’s a simple matter really.  You come, sit down, read of bunch of fine print, testify that you don’t possess anything vile which can be transferred, sit (or lie in my case – I tend to faint) in a chair, let a kind volunteer who hopefully has a cheery disposition gently prick your arm with a tiny little needle, do some more sitting, get a neon colored bandaged wrapped around your arm, and eat free cookies.  That’s right, f-r-e-e cookies.  Granted they aren’t monster sized, gourmet cookies from a local, organic bakery, but they’re still free.  And that’s not the point anyway.  The point is that people need blood.  We have a little extra lying around.  We should give it.

So go sign up and help save a life!  Go here, and type “Portlandstate” in the search box.  Pick a day and time.  Voila!

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One in eight women are or will become diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.  Being that there are a lot of women running around out there, myself included, it’s likely that we all know somebody that has/ had/ or will have breast cancer.  The Portland Race for the Cure event is happening this Sunday, September 20th, down at the Waterfront Park.  If you’re able to walk or run, click here to register.  If you are not able to attend for whatever reason you can still donate and help save a life.  You can even donate on my behalf if you would like by clicking here!! =)

9/22/09 Update: To you who sponsored me, thank you very much for your care and support.  The run went well.  I finished the 5k in just under 26 minutes, which averages out to be about 8.36 minutes per mile.  I run a lot these days but I spend a lot of time at crosswalks and what not, waiting.  Running the straight 3.1 miles without any pauses made me realize I have A LOT of work to do before entering a marathon!  Not to mention 8.36 is a wee bit faster than my typical 10 minute mile.  Time to hit the road!

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Ok, it needs to cool off.  I had to go to a bar to do my homework.  You laugh.  I am serious.  When your apartment is nearing 100 degrees and Yoda isn’t around to cool it off for you it’s impossible to concentrate on anything, and likely that you may get heat stroke.  So, the closest place to mia casa that had air conditioning was a Scottish pub, and I like all things Scottish. =)  Or Irish.  Whatever.

It hasn’t rained in at least two weeks, at least I can’t remember the last time sweet droplets of water fell from the sky.  It ticks you off in January when you’ve seen the rain for the last 3 months but when it’s late July and 85 degrees at 10 am and you don’t have AC you really start missing the rainy season.  I’ve walked into spider webs for the past two weeks every day on my way to the bus stop.

So it’s almost 8pm.  My doors and windows are all open.  I think it’s a brisk 99 degrees in here.  I’m super excited about that.

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