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From Fun and Funky to Fabulous !

Onour way to Portland to visit our precious kids, we found an absolutely adorable Retro Motel in Grants Pass, Oregon….

the Motel del Rogue…..IMG_1465http://moteldelrogue.com

Cutest little room with a kitchenette

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and deck out back….

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Great funky pink sun chairs……pink_sun_chairs

The sparkling Rogue River just right for wading……

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For those quiet, glass of wine and a good book moments, a multitude of books to choose from…right out your front door !

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And then there was the Fabulous HOTEL MURANO in Tacoma, Washington….http://hotelmuranotacoma.com

DSC_0029The Glass Art Treasures are stunning !

The lobby is filled with unusual glass works……DSC_0036

Fishing lures by Rick Beck….DSC_0033

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The Danish Artist Vibeke Skov flew to the hotel to install these three incredible colored glass Viking ships.

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A uniquely designed “art wall” on each of the twenty-one floors features a single artist and their original work.

The world of glass at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma is an experience we won’t forget !!

Happy Infusions,

Kate

A Play Day…..I felted !

I wanted to play !
You know, make mud pies, or design sand castles.
Ignore, drown out, and escape those “adult issues” requiring a thoughtful decision making process.
Not for a life time, not even necessarily for a week or even the whole day……merely for a few hours.
Had to be a hands on activity…creative…there had to be an end product !
Cooking maybe?
That requires concentration. Nope !
Scrapbooking? Again…requires concentration.
I wanted to do something with my hands and let my mind entertain me….wander around and explore hidden places….and surprise me !
I can’t paint or draw….and my spinning wheel is broken.
But I have wool…lots of wool !
Wool I had dyed years ago in Surprise Valley.
Wool that I recently bought in Surprise Valley !

Found my felting books and brushed up on various projects and techniques.
Didn’t want to spend the time to felt a pair of boots……and good gracious it’s way too hot to even try these on !
I would create a flat piece of felted “art” . I had everything I needed !


Wool
Soap (old fashioned Fels Naptha),
a bamboo mat for rolling the wool,











a sink,


unlimited hot and cold water,
and lots of towels for slop and mess !
Several hours later, sporting shriveled fingers, and a very happy mind, I spread out my “felted art” to dry !
Infuse your life with Play Days !!
Happy Infusions,
Kate
www.oregonstreetteacompany.com

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Ingredients:

CRUST FOR 6″ PIE

1 cup regular flour

1/2 cup shortening, ( Crisco, not butter or oil) needs to be kept cool

1/2 teaspoon salt

FILLING:

2 good size cooking apples (Granny Smith or other favorite) peeled, cored, sliced

3/4 cup sugar

“Scant” cup flour (just under a cup)

Shake of cinnamon

Preparation:

Crust:

Using a fork or pastry blender, gradually work the shortening into the flour until it resembles pea size clumps

Add: 3 tablespoons water…mix in carefully

Form in ball and cut in half

Roll 1 ball on floured board/counter in circle for bottom crust, it must extend over edge of the skillet.

Filling:

Mix well, pour into the 6″ iron skillet, mounding apples in the middle

Roll top crust larger than the skillet

Remove excess dough

Press sides of bottom and top crusts together to seal in juices

Finish edge and top as desired…include vent holes

Brush crust with milk, using pastry brush

Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar

Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour, no matter what size

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Ingredients:

CRUST FOR 6″ PIE

1 cup regular flour

1/2 cup shortening, ( Crisco, not butter or oil) needs to be kept cool

1/2 teaspoon salt

FILLING:

2 good size cooking apples (Granny Smith or other favorite) peeled, cored, sliced

3/4 cup sugar

“Scant” cup flour (just under a cup)

Shake of cinnamon

Preparation:

Crust:

Using a fork or pastry blender, gradually work the shortening into the flour until it resembles pea size clumps

Add: 3 tablespoons water…mix in carefully

Form in ball and cut in half

Roll 1 ball on floured board/counter in circle for bottom crust, it must extend over edge of the skillet.

Filling:

Mix well, pour into the 6″ iron skillet, mounding apples in the middle

Roll top crust larger than the skillet

Remove excess dough

Press sides of bottom and top crusts together to seal in juices

Finish edge and top as desired…include vent holes

Brush crust with milk, using pastry brush

Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar

Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour, no matter what size

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Parental Alert: FREE HEALTHCARE…Send your kids outside !!

What I heard on the news seemed doubtful. My mind whirled with questions: Why? How could this happen? Who doesn’t know sunshine is good for you ?
Reports have surfaced implying 7 out of 10 children in the USA are not getting enough Vitamin D. High blood pressure, low calcium levels and possibly heart disease are a few of the health issues concerning doctors.
Seven out of ten is an incredible number of children lacking in something that is FREE —-—-SUNSHINE! Vitamin D is naturally produced by humans when exposed to sunlight. A report from Reuters suggests that most children could benefit from a little more sunshine and without sunscreen for at least 15-2o minutes a day.
What’s happened to children being outdoors? My mother informed us on a daily basis that playing OUTSIDE was good for us. (I never imagined that she might want a little peace and quiet). We had each other and all our neighborhood friends and outside was where we wanted to be anyway ! Our children spent hours outside and of course, on the ranch, they had to work outdoors summer and winter. I am grateful that our grandchildren happily absorb many rays of health giving sunshine.
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I live in a lovely neighborhood and am aware there are children here. I don’t hear them everyday. Maybe they are outside when they are someplace else. If this neighborhood is any indication though, there is truth in those reports !
I sure hope parents start sending their children outside more…after all…it’s good for them and it’s FREE HEALTHCARE !
Happy Sunshine Infusions,
Kate
www.oregonstreetteacompany.comalt

Sleepless in Redding

Last night I called for sleep.

I shouted, whispered, pleaded and it remained….
Elusive.
I wondered why it wouldn’t come.
I read.
I watched a Turner Classic Movie.
I stared at Twitter.
I checked Facebook .
I willed to dream.
I chased thoughts down steep, winding paths only to become lost in a piney forest.
I swam in murky doziness.
I conversed with Moose and Max. The dogs.
I prayed.
I greeted Saturday, August 1st with a groan.
Perhaps, a cup of strong tea….a potion of promise.
A Band-Aid for today.
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