Saturday, August 30, 2008

Oregonian Hearts





























I love Hawaii. But I love Oregon end of summer even more. If it could always be end of summer, almost fall, I wouldn't even need to visit anywhere else.
When I was there I was able to eat lots of local blueberries and blackberries, with yogurt and granola. Thank goodness costco just started picking up Oregon blueberries here. I downed a box of them last week.
Then we have my parents' garden. Artichokes, peas, cucumbers, and a gorgeous tomato. Here shown is the last strawberry of the summer. I did miss strawberry picking season which I am still miffed about. I also missed a few other plants, so I guess I shouldn't try to cut my end of summer visits so close to the dead last day of summer.
My dad is a farmer at heart still. I like thinking of him checking on his plants. You know my dad is related to me because he takes terrible pictures too. I inherited the "close the eyes when the picture is taking" gene. I took several. This is the best one. He has a band around his arm because he gave blood. He gives blood as often as they let you because he has O negative, the universally accepted type. They treat him like a celebrity, and even call to remind him to come to his appointment at least twice.
I really recommend greek style yogurt for fruit eating. It's about as fattening as cream, but much more healthy (ha ha). Greek yogurt is much thicker and is a sensual eating experience. If you can't get greek yogurt, just put a piece of cheesecloth in a colander, that over a bowl, and scoop whole milk yogurt in the cheesecloth. Put it in the fridge overnight. Use brown cow whole milk yogurt because it isn't as sour as most other brands.

4 comments:

jessi said...

I really like the purple flower and the strawberry (even though i'm a moldy one). i take bad pictures too, so don't worry, it's not just a family thing...

Ephraim said...

this is melinda. that's really very nice mariko. i was happy to read this post. i'm sad to be away from oregon this fall. ahhh, but we gave ella a taste test with papaya and mango today and she totally knows them. i sure didn't when i was 4. so i guess i'll have other oregon seasons later in life.
i like seeing your dad in the garden. he reminds me of my dad.

Damaris said...

woah,
nice layout and pictures. Did you change your layout yesterday after I went to sleep?

Should I just wait to tell you this when you get home from work and I get to see you? I'm so excited I get to hang out with you. Can you please make a living from blogging so that you can stay home and hang out whenever I come and visit?!

Smiths said...

Summer is the only time I've ever visited Oregon, and I love it also. I haven't had much of a problem choking down fresh produce from the Utah farmers markets(ha ha) but you've got my mouth watering. I'm sure Oregon's got UT beat (in many many ways).