Journey = Road View East San Francisco Bay – Daily Challenge


San Francisco East Bay View

Daily Challenge:


Along the roadway

Between clouds and sun

A lone bird travels

the sky


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Shades to Remember by Polly Malby = Crafts in Oregon

Another adventure in Oregon was a visit to a local crafter, Polly Malby, who is a friend of my friends. She makes wonderfully creative lamp shades and lamps.

Such a sweet person, with a most excellent eye for colors and textures. Polly makes these unique lamps that are so pleasing. Here husband, Greg made the lamp stand, which is shown in the first photo with the parasol purple top. My friend Alan helps with the wrapping of the wire frames on the shades.

She has sold to McMinneman’s Edgefield, of Troutdale Oregon, mention in my last post. Polly makes special orders too.

Here are a few of her lamps that I took pictures of while visiting. The detailing is phenomenal. You can view more of Polly Malby’s lamps on her Etsy Shop.

Shades to Remember on Etsy

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Wishing you a peaceful day.


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Breakfast McMenamins Edgefield – Troutdale Oregon

Breakfast At McManemins  Edgefield in Troutdale Oregon with my friends was a real treat. When I asked about this place, they said just wait until you see it. They said this a lot about the places we were visiting during my vacation. They did tell me it had been the poor house. Huh? I had visions of Dickensonian quarters squalid, ramshackle and depressing. That vision was wiped from my mind in short order.

It’s 74 acres of  farmland with the original restored buildings of the Poor House transformed into a vacation haven. For the visitor there are accommodations, food, spa, music, beer, and…well the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area.

It is an enchanting place. Breakfast at the “Black Rabbit”Restaurant is special. When I think of breakfast, I think that my cooking is better than most places that I have had breakfast. (I think a lotta’ meself, you say.)

The service and the Eggs Florentine I had were exceptional. When I bit into the potato I exclaimed, (Yes, exclaimed.) “These potatoes taste like potatoes used to taste – from when I was a kid.”

“Well, we live right next store to Idaho.” was the reply.  It was a Proustian moment and appropriate, since I was visiting Alan, the friend who read the complete work of Proust “In Search of Lost Time”*.  Even buying potatoes at the farmers market in the upper midwest gives me a great product to eat, but not the flavor that brought my senses back to potatoes of my childhood. The sauce was the topping that brought it all together. DE-licious!

My friends had the steak omelet with those crazee tasty potatoes. During my visit they informed me that Oregon is becoming well known as a food center in the USA.


Breakfast at McMinamens Edgefield  Troutdale, Oregon Eggs Forentine

“Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon’s natural beauty with McMenamins’ signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink, live entertainment and more.”  ~McMinamens .com


2126 S.W. Halsey St.
Troutdale, OR 97060

Local: (503) 669-8610
Elsewhere: (800) 669-8610
Contact Us


Artichokes in McMinamens herb garden


Columbia River Gorge


Many Thanks to my hosts including the lovable Che the Havanese dog.

Have a great 4th of July!

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.


*”In Search of Lost Time” Alan’s accomplishment  was previously posted with a recipe for the petit madeleine, which was the trigger for Marcel Proust’s sensory memory back to his childhood and the subsequent volumes he wrote. I don’t think I am any where near that kind of promethean writing feat because of the potato flashback. However, I did just begin reading the “Outlander” series. (Uh oh.)

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California Vacation = Fine Friends and Food!

It was a beggar’s banquet sort of vacation, where I enjoyed food with friends on the left coast. A graduation dinner at Cafe Mare in Santa Cruz California was a very fine dining experience. There were 15 people, who all enjoyed the wealth of Italian food and cooking perfection. I had fresh halibut with asparagus and mashed potato and a very fine salad. A friend tried boar, which they enjoyed. For me, who grew up on the other coast eating fresh seafood, it was the the most perfectly cooked fish I have ever had. The restaurant was beautiful, the food impeccable and the feast was a happy occasion. It was wonderful to share in the joy with old friends!

Cafe Mare writes: “Using only the finest fresh, local organic ingredients, it is their pleasure to share the simple goodness that is Italian cooking, with recipes straight from the homeland.”

A happy event for everyone.

Berkeley Event for vacation was a concert with Old Bob Zimmerman born in the north country  of Duluth Minnesota. Mavis Staples opened for ol’ Bob. Mavis and her band rocked it. Bob’s tour was a mix of a few of his songs and then lounge crooning of sad love about loss and disappointment…the musicians backing him were flawless. Bob played the piano, but according to friends he no longer plays the guitar due to carpal tunnel syndrome of  his wrists.

Afterwards we ate at my favorite Berkeley restaurant La Trattoria . It was a fine finish to the evening.


Bob Dylan June 9 2016 – Ckatt

May all your journeys be with loving friends who are kind and generous.

Grateful to all for a best ever vacation.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.


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Alan’s Recipe for Best Ever Banana Bread

Just returned from a vacation and visit with old and new friends. My dear friend Alan made banana bread. Here is the Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe.  Alan went to a place that no longer exists in Minneapolis and tried their Banana Bread. It was so good he asked for the recipe, which they gave him. He adapted it and here it is for your pleasure.


This recipe is the standard, but he used 1/4 cup of walnuts and added 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips.

And that’s the way you do it. Alan’s Banana Bread Recipe tasted purrfect! TRIPLE YUM!

I am bringing this to the people on Fiesta Fridayfiesta-friday-badge-button-i-party with co-hosts this week are Lindy @ Love in the Kitchen and Liz @ spades, spatulas & spoons

Brought to you by the amazing Angie and the world of contributors to the fiesta each Friday.

Thanks to all who stop by my kitchen! Enjoy!

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