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“I never quit trying…”

Our daughter and son in law have the two most well behaved playful pups !

Emma is a chocolate lab and Gracie is a Chihuahua/Schnauzer mix. Gracie’s motto is “I never quit trying”. Now that could refer to begging for one more morsel dropped from the table, or looking for her favorite orange ear plugs, or it could mean trying to steal the toy that Emma just caught !

DSC_0017 Emma and Gracie eagerly await the toss of the toy.

DSC_0012 Emma is incredibly agile and leaps to catch the toy !

DSC_0014 Gracie immediately rushes in for the interception……..

……determined to steal it away !

DSC_0031 Emma is victorious, but look at Gracie…she isn’t giving up, she’s still trying to get that toy !

Gracie and Arnold Palmer have a lot in common ! He once said, ” I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”

What a great motto ! May we always keep trying !

Happy Infusions,

Kate

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

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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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test

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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Land of Sweet Tea and Poke Salad

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Sweet tea, found in the refrigerator of all true southerners, must be sweetened ( meaning LOTS OF SUGAR) while the tea is still hot. It is sacrilegious to add sugar after the tea is poured over ice ! During my recent visit to Missouri, my cousin introduced me to “Ready to Drink” gallon jugs of pre-sweetened tea.

This product, extremely popular in the South, tastes similar to homemade. Sweet tea is served year round in the South. It is assumed that if you ask for tea, you mean Sweet tea, and you only designate “unsweetened” if you don’t wish to have the traditional tea.

We stopped for lunch at Poke Salad Annie’s….a delightful little restaurant in Humansville, Missouri, recommended by the desk clerk at our hotel in Bolivar. After being seated and ordering our iced tea (sweet tea for me, of course), I ask the server why they chose the name “Poke Salad Annie’s”. She told me the restaurant was named after a song. It’s true..there is a famous song Tony Joe White wrote in 1969. He is definitely a Southerner…using his first & middle name…Tony Joe….like Jim Bob or Troy Lee. He and Johnny Cash sang “Poke Salad Annie” as a duet, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6diOn540Ws , and then Elvis Presley delivered hisalt rendition in 1970…absolutely vintage Elvis..the way I remember him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d_LCGalZ1I&feature=related.

Poke Salad Annie’s menu features regular items like Black Angus steaks and unusual specialties; frog legs & crawdads on Friday & Saturday nights. My favorite lunch time “claim to fame” is Doc’s Gourmet Fried Bologna, advertised as “Not your momma’s fried bologna”. All my life, I believed my Grandmother was the only one who ever fried bologna. I learned not to discuss eating fried bologna in California because people looked at me like I must be from another world, which of course, the South, especially the Ozarks, is a world unto itself. But then, here, at Poke Salad Annie’s, was fried bologna, in black and white, on a restaurant menu !!

Poke Salad, though, was not on the menu. Poke Salad, is made from Pokeweed, www.pokesaladfestival.com/plant.htm , a weed of great distinction in the south. My mother told me about gathering “poke greens” in the spring with her grandmother. Turns out, poke weed is toxic and must be prepared only by those carefully trained to do so. My understanding is one gathers the young green leaves in the early spring, and then the leaves are boiled for 5 minutes, rinsed and re-boiled. Most southerners add a bit of bacon grease to make a tasty substitute for spinach or collard greens. Bacon grease, like Sweet tea, is a staple in all Southern kitchens .

Poke Salad, (Polk Sallet, Poke Sallet, Poke Salat) is so revered in the south, that several towns celebrate this spring time green with a festival. The festivities are as distinct as the spelling of Poke Salad. In Gainesboro, Tennessee, not only do they choose a “Miss Poke Sallet“, but the highlight of the party is the Outhouse Race , www.gaineboro-jcchamber.com. In Blanchard, Louisiana (near Shreveport), the 35th annual Poke Salad Festival rates a parade and it’s own website: www.pokesaladfestival.com. Poke Salad recipes and folklore and Important Health Information can be found at http://www.rockytopgen.com/polksalad/index.html .

You may never eat Poke Salad, but if you are in the South, you will be ask if you’d like iced tea. (Meaning Sweet tea !)

May all your infusions be sweet,

Kate

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