Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Way to Go, Beavs!!!!!!!

In case you missed the news, which doesn't seem so hard anywhere outside Oregon, the Oregon State University baseball team just won the national championship with a 3-2 victory over North Carolina! It's the first time a northwestern college has ever won the title, and it's only the second time Oregon State has ever taken a national championship in any sport! (The other time was in 1961, when they won the NCAA cross country championship.)

Naturally, since baseball is neither football nor basketball, there was basically no mention of it in any of my usual news sources...though the New York Times did report it. Oh, well.

Go Beavs!!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Summer Solstice!

Anouncements! Anouncements! A-nnnnoounc-ments! Wednesday, June 21st is officially the longest day of the year. Title bar link takes you to the techie math stuff a certain portion of our fellow bloggers enjoy. For the rest of us, MidSummer can be fun way to spend the day, especially for the wacky Scandanavians! Maybe they're just slow, since they do the May Pole thing at the height of Summer instead of in the Spring, like the rest of us. Check out the picture, the Swedish May Pole is slightly different.... and Norwegians just light huge Bonfires, like the Irish, and party all night long! Uff Da!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day

Say Hello to a Dad today! And of course, it goes without saying, Snabby is the best Dad around!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Strawberry Time!

It's time! Get to your local Farmer's Market, Roadside Farmstand, or even your neighborhood supermarket! Title bar link takes you to recipes and other info for Oregon Strawberries! (Like the old-timey pic of picking strawberries near Mt. Hood?).

Although my siblings and I picked onions and radishes for many summers, most Oregon kids spents summers picking strawberries; picker's buses (rented school buses) would come and pick up kids when we lived in Happy Valley. Sadly, most of that is gone, with the rules about under-14 age kids working, and the city truck farms' lots' sold to developers....

This past Sunday, Bean & I made Strawberry Freezer Jam. It's so much quicker and easier than the boil bath canning method. She says she prefers our homemade jam to what's bought in the store, "It tastes more like real fruit!". We're just finishing up the Marionberry Jam from last summer.

Just buy some pectin designed for freezer jam. You'll need some jam jars & lids if you don't already have them as well as some sugar. Then get the fruit, rinse well, cut off the tops, slice'em w/an egg slicer. Mash'em up to your desired level of chunkiness.* Measure the amount of fruit & sugar it says on the package of pectin, fill cleaned & sterilized jars. Let stand for 30 minutes or so (it says on the package). Put in freezer, enjoy!

*If you really like it smooth, hang it in a cheesecloth to strain-now you'll have jelly instead of jam

In any case, if you miss the strawberries this year, blackberries & raspberries come into season later in the Summer. Also you don't have to slice them up, you just rinse them well & pick out any bad'uns!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Happy 06/06/06

Special thanks to CH for the template.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Summer Fun Stuff

Now it's time for the fave list of Summer-Time "thangs" to do in and around the PDX area;

Of course the first and foremost is the Rose Festival. We started a new family tradition last night-we watched the Starlight Parade on TV (Channel 8) and stayed out of the rain! It was hilarious because the sound/visual feed was out of sync on the ground, so it gave us the effect of watching a dubbed asian movie....

Something close to home, with large size fun but a more intimate feel is Salem's World Beat Festival, June 24th and 25th at Riverfront Park. If you get there early, you might be able to beat the "donation" at the entrance....but otherwise it's only $3 bucks, so won't break the bank for a family. Don't forget to visit the Carousel!

We're skipping the Astoria Scanfest this year, since we've got a Bar Mitzvah, Bean's 8th grade Graduation, and Father's Day to fill up that same weekend! They have alot of Scandinavian foods and crafts for sale and you may want to take a peek at the Astor Column or visit the Maritime Museum.

Of course Summer wouldn't be SUMMER without the Oregon Country Fair! This will be our 8th year now, it's become a family tradition!

If you want to get away from it all, and don't mind roughing it, try a hike on the PCT. We'll be taking a several weeks this summer to do hikes as a family, couple, and solo. See you on the trail!