The Coos Bay Farmers Market

“Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.”

French proverb

Hello, sweet friend…


One of my favorite happenings this time of year…

is attending the Coos Bay Farmers Market…


I always get sooooo excited on the first market day of the season…

for me the market is one of life’s simple pleasures…

perusing around isles…

Checking out the goods…




visiting local businesses downtown…



picking up farm fresh items…

supporting local business owners…




sampling a bit of sweet savory delights along the way…

yes, of course

👩‍🍳

What’s Cooking?

While perusing the market I came across a vender who was selling all things Greek…of course I picked out several items and decided to bake up a Mediterranean pita pizza. This recipe is delicious and you can obviously substitute your faves for the toppings…I did!

Greek Pita Pizzas

Ingredients

6 ounces lean ground beef or lamb  

¼ cup finely chopped onion 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce  

1 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 

2 whole-wheat or white pita bread rounds 

½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 ounces) 

1 small tomato, seeded and chopped  

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (1 ounce) 

12 pitted kalamata or ripe olives, quartered


Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium nonstick skillet, cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is browned; drain off fat. Stir tomato sauce and rosemary into meat mixture in skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes.
  • Carefully split pita bread rounds in half horizontally; place pita halves, rough sides up, in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  • Top toasted pita bread with meat mixture; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven. Top with spinach, tomato, feta cheese and olives; serve immediately.

Marcia
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The Rhodendrons At Shore Acres & Mother’s Day

My Mother, my friend so dear, throughout my life you’re always near, a tender smile to guide my way, you’re the sunshine to light my day.🌷
-Anonymous

Hello, sweet friend…

with Mother’s Day just around the corner…

I thought I would take you to Shore Acres State Park.

I’ve taken you here before…


However this time of year the Rhododendron’s (rhodies) and azaleas are the popular landscape plants…

If you live close to the Oregon coast…


a visit would be perfect on Mother’s Day weekend…



Happy Mother’s Day…



🌷In memory of my mother Olga…who walks with me daily🌷

She lived as fully and courageously as anyone could. I suppose her spirit has somehow been behind those important decisions and choices I’ve continued making in my own life… those that involve adventure, fun, challenges, fear, excitement, and of course, faith in the unknown future. Yes, my mother is still a bit of my guiding light, her presence is still very much with me.


Marcia
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Garden Time…A Visit To Copper Goose Nursery…& Moroccan Shrimp

The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God’s Heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.
-Dorothy Frances Gurney

Hello, sweet friends…

If a poem can be written in flowers…

then today is floral storyteller time…

A recent trip to a local nursery…

was all the inspiration needed…


for me to create visual verses…

compose a few flowering sonnets of color…



and it’s captivating magic…


What’s Cooking?

Can you keep a secret? (wink) sometimes I don’t feel like cooking. especially as the weather gets nicer and I find myself outside in the garden preoccupied doing this…that… and before long it’s time to eat! Long story short…this is why I lOVE this recipe…it’s yummy…easy…and super quick to whip up on those days when you have lost track of time...(or just don’t feel like cooking)🥰

Moroccan Shrimp


Ingredients

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground tumeric

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

1 1/2 pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons olive oil


Instructions

Mix seasonings together in a small bowl.

Toss the mixture with the shrimp until evenly coated.

Heat the olive oil in a over medium-high heat.

Add the shrimp to the pan and fry until thoroughly cooked – turning occasionally (shrimp should be completely pink).

Marcia
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Earth Day 2021…Planting A Garden👩‍🌾

Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”
-Van Morrison

Hello, sweet friends…

With the warm weather…

and vaccines rolling out…

in-person celebrations…

activities and more in our communities are slowly coming back…

specifically outdoor events…

I was very excited to receive notice that this year’s summer Garden Tour will go forward as planned…

Something wonderful to look forward to…

so this week I made a quick trip to one of my favorite nurseries ‘Dragonfly Nursery’ where I picked up a variety of garden starters…lettuce…tomatoes…bell peppers & cucumbers

Along those lines…

what better way to celebrate the awareness of our earth…

than enjoying fresh air in the great outdoors…

Marcia
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Company Is Coming!!!

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart. Cesar Chaviz


Hello, sweet friends….



Recently our friends mentioned they would be driving down to the coast from Eugene…

and wondered if they could stop by for a visit…

Needless to say we were excited since we haven’t had company for over a year…

With that being said…

I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to brush up on my hosting skills…

by serving lunch upon their arrival…

Here is a favorite recipe that I’ve used for years whenever I hosted a tea gathering in California…it’s a sure winner for any occasion!

What’s Cooking…

COACH’S QUICHE

(recipe from Martin Oaks Bed & BreakfastDundas, Minnesota)

“9” unbaked pie shell

10-oz package frozen chopped spinach

1 medium minced onion

5 separated eggs

1 cup milk or half-and-half cream

8-oz package cream cheese at room temperature

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup butter

1 large can mushroom pieces and stems

1 teaspoon tarragon leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Have unbaked pie shell ready before beginning to prepare quiche batter. Cook spinach according to package directions; drain well. Saute onion in butter until translucent.

Beat egg yolks until light. Add milk, cream cheese, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese, and beat well.

Add cooked spinach, onion, mushrooms, tarragon leaves, salt, and pepper. Wash beaters, then beat egg whites until firm.

Fold egg whites into above mixture and pour into pie shell.

Bake until top is brown (about 15-20 minutes). Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until a knife blade inserted in center comes out clean (about 45 minutes – 1 hour)

 Serves 6-8

Marcia
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