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I am enjoying a healthy breakfast every morning. I have been doing this for about six months now and am really delighted to realize the benefits of lots more energy everyday! I love it!!!

I want to share my smoothie recipe with you, most of the ingredients are organic.
1. handful of spinach
2. 2 tablespoons of coconut milk (canned & not reduced fat)
3. ½ of a small raw beet, chopped
4. 8oz. of water
5. scoop of protein powder
6. ½ cup of mixed frozen berries

Blend until smooth.

Sometimes I add to my breakfast a semi-hard boiled free-range, farm egg for a real treat. This is the best!

Cut branches of Japanese quince, Forsythia or other spring flowering bushes and trees may be brought inside for forced blooming in January and February. At this late date the buds burst into delicate blooms in just a few days.

The branches in my living room are white Japanese quince from the back yard. This is a yearly tradition for me and I am always in awe of the Asian flavor of this dramatic arrangement that brings early springtime into my home and my heart.

Dear Friends,

This year I have scheduled only three signing events. I hope one of these will be convenient for you to come and visit me and see the new angels.

Also, if you have an angel or ornament at home, bring it to the signing and I will sign it for you too. Just one from home per person.

I will be giving a FREE 2″ Harvest Bouquet Angel to the first 10 people in line who make a purchase or there will be a promotional give-away at the store. Check with the retailer for details.

Signing Schedule

  • October 5, 2013    1:00 – 2:00PM
    My Mother Knows
    1105 Linn Ave.
    Oregon City, OR 97045
    Phone: 503-518-1952
  • November 23, 2013    1:00 – 2:00PM
    315 Chemeketa St NE
    Salem, OR 97301
    Phone: 503-581-6953
  • December 7, 2013    11:00AM – 12:00 PM
    Made in Oregon
    Washington Square
    9589 SW Washington Sq. Rd
    Tigard, OR 97223
    Phone: 503-620-4670

My Guardian Angel Shadow Boxes are perfect, fast and easy to frame my angels. You can see in the video two of the 5” angels framed and hanging in my downstairs hallway.

We are running a special on these shadow boxes to help you get acquainted with them. Order one or more, either the 7″ or 8″ Guardian Angel Shadow Box, and we will ship one FREE. One free shadow box per order. This is a limited time offer until the end of September.

Click here to order the frames on our website: or call 503-391-2825.

I changed my favorite banana bread recipe after I returned home from a trip to New Zealand. It is so fun to experience food in another culture and bring new recipes home or use the experience to give your old recipes an update.

The food in New Zealand was really tasty and well prepared even in the little road side cafes when we were traveling. Their pastries were home made and banana muffins were a staple. They were a lighter version of our banana bread except for the addition of delicious chunks of dark chocolate.

Also when we had dinner at a friend’s house I was surprised that traditional banana bread was served like a cake and frosted with chocolate frosting – so good.

When I got home I added dark chocolate chunks to my banana bread along with doubling the amount of walnuts called for in my recipe. Well the result was not only reminiscent of my New Zealand eating experiences but mouth watering – just plain delicious!

This is a sweet twist on our American classic banana bread.

Banana Bread

Use your favorite recipe — double the walnuts and add 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chunks. I like the chunks better than chips, but dark chocolate chips work too.

It’s also quite lovely baked in a small angel food pan for a special occasion. No need for frosting this cake with the chocolate chunks inside.


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