Date: November 26th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: Design, Elements, Garden, Green, Leaves, Oregon, Seasonal, Shadows, USA, winter.

Frosty Geum leaves


Date: November 21st, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Flowers, Garden, Oregon, pink, Seasonal.

Rose unhindered by frostRose unhindered by last night’s freezing temperatures.


Date: November 12th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: Canada, Cultures, food, Seasonal.

Tourtiere, a traditional French Canadian Christmas dish


Every year about this time I start baking tourtiere, recalling such fond memories of my French Canadian mother-in-law, Marie Paule, who is no longer with us. Her pies were always amazing. She used to say that all the flavor is in the fat, but in my opinion the pork still adds flavor even after fat is removed from the cooked meat, and this allows you to have an extra slice!
To save time, using ready-made pastry works perfectly. Bake bottom crust first for 10 minutes or so at 350F, poking with a fork so it doesn’t bubble up and warp. Tourtiere filling:
1 lb. ground pork, 1 lb. ground beef, 4 medium sized potatoes, mashed, optional medium onion, chopped and 1 clove garlic or use powder, 1/2 cup water, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp. each of thyme, sage …if using fresh herbs, double their quantity… pepper and cloves. Brown meats, removing as much fat as possible. Combine all ingredients then add a generous amount of filling to the partially-baked crusts then top with pastry cut-outs. this should make 2 pies. Bake at 425F for the first 15 minutes, then lower to 350F for about 45 minutes. Yummy hot or cold, with ketchup.


Date: November 10th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Flowers, Garden, Oregon, red, Seasonal, USA, yellow.

Painted Daisies, Hillsboro, ORPainted Daisies, Hillsboro, OR


Date: November 9th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Garden, Leaves, Oregon, red, Seasonal.

Purple Sandcherry leaf on a tarp


Date: November 6th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: beach, Design, Elements, Oregon, Oregon beaches, USA.

Circular designs in the sand are created by the wind-blown grass bladesCircular designs in the sand are created by the wind-blown grass blades



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