Thursday, November 26, 2009


Had to work off at about 5:00 this afternoon...we'll have family over tomorrow for a big turkey dinner. Robin's just pulled the turkey out of the oven (after a small fire! No damage, all contained to the oven, but we grabbed a bag of flour to throw on it just in case!)

Robin tried a new method of baking the turkey, from a blog by Noël Piper (

1. Thaw the turkey according to packaging instructions.
2. Optional: Remove as much of the skin as you can.
3. Rinse the turkey well, inside and out.
4. Place the turkey, breast down, in the roasting pan. This is upside down from the traditional drumsticks-pointing-up position, but it lets the moisture from the dark meat cook down into the less-moist white meat.
5. Pour water into the pan, about 1 inch deep.
6. Cover well, with roaster pan lid or foil.
7. Bake according to the temperature and time on your turkey's packaging.
8. It's done when the wings or drumsticks start to hang loose from the body. (Or you can use a meat thermometer).
9. Let the whole thing cool enough to handle.
10. Then take the meat from the bones and put it in a sealable plastic container. You can choose whether to slice it now, or just store it in whatever size chunks you get.
11. Pour over the meat as much of the pan liquid as the container can hold.
12. Refrigerate, if it's only 1-2 days ahead of your meal. Otherwise, freeze it. Also save the rest of the pan liquid to use later for gravy or soup.
13. If frozen, defrost the day before the meal.
14. On Thanksgiving, microwave the meat in the liquid in a covered container. I usually use a slightly lower power setting, maybe 70-80%. If the meat is packed pretty tightly into the plastic container, it will be good to loosen it up, maybe by separating into 2-3 microwavable containers. That way you can heat just what you need, one platters' worth at a time.

This method is supposed to make the meat very moist. Plus, cooking the turkey the day before the dinner allows the oven to be used for all the rest of the food that needs to be cooked.

We'll let you know how it turns out tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Hermiston Domestic Violence Services

Supplies Needed!

Women and men who come to the Domestic Violence Services shelter are in crisis, often leaving their homes with nothing: no extra clothing, nothing for their children, and little or no money. In 2008, the DVS sheltered 189 women for a total of 2,594 nights. 158 children were sheltered for 1,979 nights. 13,840 meals were provided. The following items can be donated to help provide supplies for people needing shelter:
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • 13-gallon garbage bags
  • Paper products
  • Bleach
  • Children's socks and underwear
  • Women's socks, underwear and bras
  • Sweats, all sizes
  • Baby diapers, all sizes
  • Phone and gas cards
  • Frozen meats
  • Lunch meats
  • Frozen dinners
  • Juices
  • Drop items at the DVS office, 240 S.E. Second St, Suite B, Hermiston or call (541) 567-0424 Read more...

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Lincoln City

    Sunset over the sea. A glorious sunset on the evening of our first day at Lincoln City. The weather that day was extraordinarily fine: warm, sunny, calm. The rest of the week was sporadically rainy, but we enjoyed every moment of it all.

    Rainbow north of Lincoln City.

    Ester Lee Motel is on the very edge of a bluff overlooking these rocks on the beach at Lincoln City. Tide pools can be explored during low tide, and interesting stones, shells, and agates litter the sandy area near the rocks.
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    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Volunteer Training: McNary Education Center

    Volunteer Training McNary Ed Center is planning a training November 20 from 9am to noon for new and potential volunteers! If you are not able to attend, and would like to be trained, please let us know what days of the week you might be available so we can plan another session. Contact: Paula Clark Phone: 509-546-8352 More information:

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    The Sea at Lincoln City

    At the seashore in November...beautiful weather, wonderful company (Robin, my delightful wife), comfortable lodgings (Ester Lee Motel), scenic view of the Pacific Ocean...God has given us a Most Excellent Situation. We've named our in-car GPS navigator, "Maggie", short for Magellan, given to me by Robin for my 52nd birthday, celebrated last week. Our drive to Lincoln City was easy, with several stops for short breaks and sustenance. Weather was rainy in spots, but nothing dramatic. Maggie has served us well...she makes it easy to find convenience stores, rest stops, and gets us back on track if we detour or miss a turn. It rained last night when we arrived at Lincoln City, but today has been absolutely beautiful! Sunny, warm, no wind...beautiful sunset this evening, and I was able to see the "green flash" that I've long heard about. The sun was sinking fast and I snapped several pictures with the digital and then with my Minolta SLR film camera. Just as the last sliver of the sun was still barely above the horizon, I steadied the SLR and focused directly at it, both eyes open, hoping for the "green flash". At the very moment it dropped below the horizon, I pressed the shutter release. My left eye was looking past the camera body, and I saw the small dot of red sun turn green and then it disappeared. The green flash lasted only a fraction of a second, but it was thrilling! Here's a link to a good explanation of this phenomenom: I probably should not have been looking at the sun through the's very likely to cause harm to the eye. I didn't think about this because there was a fairly heavy cloud bank on the horizon, obscuring part of the sun during the entire sunset sequence. In other words, "Don't try this at home, kids!" I don't yet know if I got the photo...I'll have to get my roll of film developed. Highlights of today:
  • New binoculars (Tasco 10X55mm)
  • Two scrapbook pages finished
  • Lunch at Mo's (seafood pasta and slumgullion in a bread bowl!)
  • Spotted a seal in the surf with new binoculars
  • Shopping for new clothes
  • Pizza from Gallucci's Pizzaria
  • Wish you were here! Perfectly packed trunk! Stone statue in garden at Mossy Creek Pottery
    A rainbow brightened storm clouds, sunlight made the sea blue, the surf sings an unending song of strength and sovereignty- today the ocean truly is Pacific.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    Vange John Memorial Hospice

    Volunteers provide compassionate care for terminally ill people and their families in the Hermiston and North Morrow County area:
    • ministering to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient and family
    • helping in the home, hospital, a nursing home or foster care
    • making patients as comfortable as possible so they can make the most of the time that remains to them
    • helping family members as an essential part of its mission
    • believing quality of life to be as important as the length of life.

    Hospice would not exist without volunteers. Volunteers, both lay and health care professionals, work in all phases of hospice, providing clerical and administrative assistance as well as direct patient and family care. Many volunteers are introduced to hospice through the death of a family member or loved one and find their experience so gratifying they want to give back.