Sunday, June 27, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
We drove over to La Grande last month to watch DS play in a brass quintet performance at EOU. He graduated last June, but still DJ's on the campus radio shows and plays his tuba on occasion. It seemed like a good time to take a road trip with the wet spring that we've had- plus, it was a good chance to visit with our son.
DS is real proud of his community, and enjoyed showing us some shops that he thought I might like. One charming one was the Potters House Gallery. Below, check out the little Garden Shed associated with the shop.
The shop owners Bob and Judy Jensen, stand in front of their store filled with treasures. Bob offers some Raku painting classes that would be fun to check out. In the six years that we have been going to La Grande, it's been nice to see some fun little shops and restaurants crop up.
We found lots of garden art for sale. I brought home some colorful metal flowers to put in my garden, while waiting for the real ones to bloom.
Inside, were lots of treasures, mostly consigned by local artisans. This shop has some great touches for your home, as well as being a perfect place to find a special gift.
Below, I'd been hearing about Trent Bray's Bird shop for the past year, so it was nice to be able to check it out in person. He has a great selection of quality feeders, lots of seed varieties, and sells some premium beer as well. Remember, this is a college town
mpatient's, and will fill in nicely. In warmer zones, you can plant them as early as March, but here in the NW, where it's been such a rainy spring, I'm finally getting around to planting them! That was my job last night- luckily, the soil was moist and workable and they went in pretty quickly. As they fill in, I'll post a photo of my garden, but I'm about a month behind since it's been so wet! Roses and Peonies are full of rust spots...grrrr!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
We had another fun meeting of The Art Buddies (We really do need an official name), at Dinah's yesterday. We decided to save 'backgrounds' for another time when more of us could attend-which may be in the fall with everyone's summer schedules. Anyway, we were the 'Mighty Four' and had fun thanks to Dinah's hospitality, lovely flowers, and everyone's good company. We s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d our comfort zone painting car fenders, and in spite of the comments "OMG, This is hard!" etc. I think we had some pretty good results!
Monday, June 07, 2010
We've been eating pretty healthy around here, but with Memorial Day being the unofficial start of summer, you just have to have a little Potato Salad! This is where I get my 15 seconds of fame- from my Mother at least! I'm convinced it's the dill.
Vickie's Potato salad
8 Yukon Gold potatoes
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 c. light mayonnaise
1/4 pickle juice
1/4 c mustard
1 c chopped sweet pickles
1 c. chopped celery
5 scallions chopped
3 tablespoons fresh or dried dill
5 hard boiled eggs chopped
boil potatoes until soft, drain, peel, and cut into cubes
in a large bowl, add ingredients, toss, cover and refrigerate
top with Italian Parsley, and Hungarian paprika
Great served with ribs, and corn on the cob!