Falling in love with this great book my husband bought for himself last year…

July – holy cow! Where has the year gone? Well, I know where it went…but still, kinda crazy that we’re entering the second half of 2016 already. Harvesting zucchini daily (anybody want some? heh), watching our blackberries in the early stages of ripening, and chopping up the remainder of the rhubarb crop to make a strawberry-rhubarb-blueberry butter in the crock pot, it’s definitely a gorgeous start to what we call “real” summer weather here in Oregon – not too hot, not too cold. (Sorry my Australian friends and family, I know it’s colder than average down there right now!).

Here are some groovy little tidbits for you to digest as we enter the holiday weekend here in America…

  • I just stumbled upon this article about Food Scouts, a farmer’s market program for kids here in Portland. “Through hands-on activities and inquiry-based empowerment education, children are encouraged  to learn and share food knowledge with their peers, which will lead to lifelong positive impacts on individual and community health.” Rad.
  • Industrial noise pollution in our oceans has proven for many years to be truly devastating to marine life. Click HERE to support the NRDC’s fight to better protect those that cannot protect themselves and get NOAA to both strengthen and implement their strategy on this matter.
  • Food for thought: What if Everything Your Doctors Told You About Breast Cancer Was Wrong? Having spent time with a variety of medical practitioners over my life, as have many of you, we know that there are a LOT of opinions out there, and that knowledge of cancer, its causes, and its treatments, has and will continue to evolve.
  • Ahh YUM! Check out this recipe for Ethiopian Spiced Clarified Butter. this is used in so many Ethiopian foods, and just reading the recipe? I can almost smell it…
  • Did you know the Paris Climate Deal has not yet been ratified? Thanks, Brexit, for helping slow down an already bureaucratic process. Ugh!
  • And finally, for Independence Day, here’s the recipe for a blueberry tart that I’m going to try out for our backyard BBQ. After having blueberry pie at our wedding (we ain’t cake folk!), I’ve been saying for so long that I want to make our own version, and with the two quarts of blueberries picked from my mom’s backyard bushes this past week, this should be mighty tasty 🙂

“Patience:  A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.”
~Ambrose Bierce


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