GardenPalooza is here.  The Fusion crew stopped by the site of the Fall GardenPalooza at Fir Point Farms in Aurora, south of Portland.  This event features over 25 home and garden vendors with something for everyone!  Bring out the whole family and shop the event, then step into the country store for some fresh vegetables and tasty baked goods.  Then take the kids out to see the farm animals and help them make a ‘dirt baby’.  There is no admission and we have free parking!  We hope to see you there!

Willow Station Furniture

Some people are always looking for something new and different for their home décor.  We found someone who can help you get that ‘different’ look for your home furnishings and he can even teach you how to make the pieces.  Brian from Willow Station (503-897-7387) joined Robin to show her some of the pieces he makes and sells.  If you have heard the name of Willow Station before, it is because of all the how-to seminars he has held with his wife, Sammie, over the years at local nurseries and garden centers.  Brian is known as the ‘Willow man’ and he has been making custom furniture for years.  In his classes he leads students through the steps to the completion of their own piece.  He gets his wood with a permit from the US Forest Service.  If you are interested in signing up for a class you can check out their website or give them a call.  They also have a new DVD that you can get that walks you through the steps of building your own willow bench!  Stop by and see them today at GardenPalooza and see all their unique furniture and other willow pieces!

Kenny and Zuke’s New Deli

Kenny and Zuke’s has become known as Portland’s Signature Deli.  They have been feeding hungry Portlanders on the west side for years, but now they are introducing a new twist to the deli scene, Kenny and Zuke’s Deli Bar in North Portland.  This is a fusion of the other 2 locations that they have, the Delicatessen and the BagelWorks.  It has some elements from each location, and then added a night time feel as well.  This location is going to be open later than their other locations and even has a special late night food and cocktail menu.  The cocktail menu is very unique like the Manischewitz Daiquiri and Jerky Mary (which includes Pastrami Jerky).  It is a great addition to the night time scene in North Portland.  Check them out at 3901 N Williams #D (503-287-0782)

GardenPalooza Corn Salsa

GardenPalooza is being held at Fir Point Farms and the new owners of Fir Point are really bringing something new to the table, and we are talking food!  Jessica and Jack Romaine are the owners of Country Grains in Wilsonville and they are known for their great sandwiches and tasty baked goods.  Now they are able to carry something new, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Owning a farm they now can grow lots of new things and bring in lots of wonderful vegetables from the neighboring farms.  That means Jessica has been busy in the kitchen coming up with some new recipes.  Today she shared one of her new recipes with David, a roasted corn salsa.  This was a quick and easy recipe that uses the best vegetables of the season.  The corn is grown at the farm and was easily roasted on a gas range or over a BBQ.   Two ears of corn are all you’ll need for this recipe.  Cut off the corn and add it to a large bowl.  Then cut up some cilantro, tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers, some yellow bell peppers, a mild Mexican pepper, some lime juice and a dash of salt and pepper.  You can also add a hot pepper if you are looking for a kick.  Let it set for about an hour before serving.  You can add black beans if you want to turn it into a salad.  If you are looking for a simple way of doing it, you can stop by and pick up a ‘salsa kit’.  It is a bag that has all the ingredients that you need and a printed recipe. 

In addition to the salsa, they will have a bunch of different foods like Oktoberfest sausages, corn chowder and a full array of baked goods from their bakery, including the apple cider donuts.  We also saw some wonderful handcrafted aprons from Elie Enderle that will be available at the event.     

Stop by GardenPalooza today for a great time and some great food!

Building a Study Zone

Now that school has started it is time to get back into the ‘study mode’.  Saying that and actually doing that can be difficult.  To get some tips for building a well thought out and effective study area we stopped by the Container Store (503-620-5700) and talked to Amy.  The 2 main tips for a good study area are to keep it organized and free of distractions.  Amy had 5 tips for creating this zone of knowledge retention!   First find a place where you can spread out your study materials.  A good sturdy desk and a comfortable chair are a must, plus a good study light.  The second step was eliminating the distractions.  No cell phones, computer games or TV’s.  Next, you want to set up a calendar system and a filing system.  A calendar will help you keep track of your due dates and help you organize your time.  The filing system will organize all your paperwork so nothing is misplaced or lost.  Having all your supplies in the right place is next on the list.  It is hard to do your work if you are always looking for a pen, pencil or paper.  Keep your supplies stocked and in a safe place. 

If you are looking to create a Study Zone, check out all the materials at the Container Store!    

ReBuilding Center

If you are looking to do something good for the earth while you do your home improvement project we have the place for you.  The ReBuilding Center in north Portland specializes in recycling and reusing building materials and appliances.  Robin talked with Shane Endicott the executive director of the center to learn more about their mission.  The center is a part of Our United Villages and accepts the largest amount of used building materials in the region.  They take donations of materials and then add them to their inventory where you can purchase them for your next project.  Their inventory includes lumber, sinks, tubs, tile, doors, windows, trim, and a lot more.  They even have a division of the business called ReFind Furniture that is made from recycled wood products.  If you have a building that you’re thinking of demolishing they can come out and ‘deconstruct’ the building for you.  All the materials are then put into their store to find another use in someone else’s project.   If you would like to check out their inventory you can stop by their location at 3625 N. Mississippi.  If you would like to learn more about their mission check out their website at http://rebuildingcenter.org.


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