Saturday, December 29, 2012

Portland Saturday Market Closed for the Season

Portland Saturday Market is closed for the season. 

Have A Happy 
Safe New Year!!!!

From Entwined Vines Jewelry!!!

 Portland Saturday Market will re-open, for the 2013 season, the first Saturday in March.  
We will resume our blogging next month. See you all next year.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sweet Things; Noteworthy Blogs 12-27-12

Sweets, yum.  No sweets in general are not Paleo, but every now and then you have to treat yourself.  We work and food is one of our delightful indulgences to begin with, yet we rarely indulge ourselves.  When we do indulge we look for comfort, easy to make yummy goodness.

Cake is not our first choice, though we did find this one and really enjoyed it.  The chocolaty goodness with a Paleo friendly recipe and it is made with pumpkin.  The Unrefined Kitchen blog is where we found this delightful treat.  They have many other recipes that they have shared, we still have lots to try.

Pumpkin bars, yum.  While traditionally a fall treat they are good any day of the year.  Ok, I have to admit I have not spent much time on this blog, The Nourishing Gourmet, looking around.  though if the pumpkin bars are any indication, I need too.  Not only do I need to I would be foolish not too.

Don't worry if cake and bars are not your thing, I am positive that along the way, we will be sharing more of our favorites.  As food plays a big part in our lives. For its value in connecting with others, spending a leisurely evening over a meal with friends and family.  Good things come to those who feast together!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holidays with Portland Saturday Market

With only two and a half day, as of opening at 10:00 am today, left in Portland Saturday Market's 2012 selling season, it is not too late to find that perfect gift.  The holiday season is a perfect time to stop by and find the perfect handmade gift.  So many artisan's to choose from, so many choices your sure to find the perfect gift.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Super Fast Dinners; Noteworthy Blogs 12-20-12

December is a crazy busy time of year and we all have those nights where we just need a super fast easy meal that is healthy.  For us here at Entwined Vines Jewelry this is even more important, yet also a challenge as we have to avoid gluten, wheat, and corn.  Since we found this out and shifted to a Paleo lifestyle, we have more energy, feel better and are better able to handle life's curve balls that are tossed our way.

Yet, we do find it a challenge on occasion when busy and not a lot of time to cook.  Thankfully, their are a great many people willing to share their knowledge.  The tips and tricks they use to survive such circumstances and on occasion what they come with on the fly...

Paleo Parents posted shared an experience that involved an extended shopping trip, late home, late dinner with no plan and coming up with a Paleo Salad on the fly.

       Quick Dinner Meatball Salad

Also check out Fast Paleo for quick and super easy meal ideas.  It is a recipe sharing site, you never know what you might find.  Maybe give the Spicy eggplant with Roasted Garlic Paste a try, I know it is on my list to try in January.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sail Boats at Portland Saturday Market

Constellation Pond Yachts makes collection hand-made sail boats, that are guaranteed to sail.  These delightful boats come in a variety of sizes and sail styles.  Owned and operated by Jeff and Linda Patterson they provide on the spot demonstrations of how the sail boats work.  Talks about the care of your sail boat to assist in the longevity of your purchase for years of enjoyment.

Oh, how could I forget to mention the variety of colors.  The yellow one in the middle really stands out.

Personally I like the British racing green and the dark red ones.

These make great gifts for the hard to shop man in your life. Father's especially seem to like them.

Yes, that is water you see.  Jeff sets up his faithful Rubbermaid tote to demonstrate how the boats sails.

Boat stands for display, can be bought separately.

Jeff on a sunny day at the market.  While you can always find Constellation Pond Yachts at Portland Saturday Market;  Jeff and Linda can be reached by emailing them at

Portland Saturday Market
Hours of Operation
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Noteworthy Blogs 12 - 13 -12

Garden history and lore is a favorite pasttime of mine.  It holds a fascination for me that I can't seem to get enough of.  "Words with a Garden History",  find what "Favela" originally meant as a gardening term.  

I love the above blog, gardening is one of my guilty pleasures that I have not had enough time to indulge in during the last couple of years.   Garden blogs are a new obsession that I just recently found and have started indulging in.  Prior to that it I have been known to indulge in gardening books.  Both the useful and the ones with big glossy pictures.  Pictures of practical small gardens, huge impractical gardens, and plant identification books that contain both how to grow and identify the plants as well as history and the lore of  each plant.

Ha, see I am completely obsessed with all growing things, whether they have a practical use or our grown for the shear pleasure of them.  Do you share my obsession with gardening?  What guilty pleasure or hobby to you indulge in for the sheer enjoyment of it?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Children's Perspective of Portland Saturday Market

Have you ever stopped and thought about what a shopping day is like from the perspective of children?  One day we did, while we were working Portland Saturday Market. While we chose not to undertake interviewing the little tykes,as we realized this would be too daunting of a task, both from a working perspective and disruptive for parents; we did play around with what their visual perception would be like.

It really is different when you take yourself down to their height and changes how its viewed.  While I have walked by this booth numerous times, not once have I ever been inclined to curl up on the pillows.  Changing perspective changed that.  This image really does look inviting to curl up with those fabulous pillows.

Color, fun colors. Ok, I know this is my favorite tye dye booth, yet depending the height of the child all they are going to see is the color with no idea of what the actual item is.

Same with this photo, the photo captures a wider shot than most children take it.

Really can't tell you what the children seeing this booth from this height would be thinking.  Just seeing the pictures of images from a different height really drives home that the sensory input received by different people, really changes the experience.  Next time you are with a child and they comment on something that doesn't make sense, stop and change your perspective.  Look at the surroundings from their height, their perspective, you will be amazed at how different your outings with the children in your life will be. 

Hours of Operation
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Noteworthy Blogs 12-6-12

Hi all, Noteworthy blogs is going to be short and sweet today!

Oh Snap! Lets Eat!  is a blog mostly about food, but also travel and other items.  The author Tina, lives in Atlanta Georgia and blogs once a week or so.  

Jim's Marketing Blog is geared towards business owners, I really like his writing.  Take a look at "Are Your Competitors Controlling your Potential", he doesn't give you all the answers.  Instead he presents it and asks questions that get you to thinking about what you are doing in the day to day running of your business.

What are some of your favorite blogs you follow?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ayala Originals -- Portland Saturday Market

Ayala Originals is one of the markets clothing artisans.  With a focus on applique and re-purposing, her designs set her apart.  Portland Saturday Market is home to a variety of clothing vendors, from new pieces to re*purposed and recycled, lending something for everyone.

Easy to find Ayala's booth with her lovely handmade sign.

This black dress caught my eye.  Made me think about cool fall nights.

Colors and designs to please just about everyone.

Ayala talking with customers while manning her booth.

Ok, this short jacket with the applique flowers on the back is too cute.

Short long, bright or dark, there is lots to please the senses.

Hours of Operation
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Noteworthy Blogs 11-29-12

Fall is in the air with winter nipping at our heels, sigh.  While food is a big part of life and time should be taken to enjoy it to its fullest, this time of year just seems to bring it into sharp focus.  Maybe it is the colder weather and we are inside more often.  Maybe it is the holiday's that puts us in mind of big meals with family and entertaining friends.  Who knows for sure, yet here are a couple of noteworthy blogs to jump start some cooking creativity in your life.

All I'm saying is Garrett is lucky to have me. ;)

 New twists for the budget stretching old standby of hamburger.   You will find new ideas in this Ground Breaking 25 non Burger Dinners to make with ground beef.  Found a few of them that will work for potlucks as well, perfect for the holidays.

Pete Evans Balinese Roasted Chicken
Photography © Katie Quinn Davies 2011

OMG! This Balinese Roasted Chicken is delicious!  Now wondering if I can cut out the roasting of the whole chicken and just do it with a pan of chicken thighs.  Hmmm,  thinking I might have to experiment soon.

Do you find yourself cooking or thinking about cooking more often this time of year?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Noteworthy Blogs 11-22-12

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Today's noteworthy blogs cover the decadent and the practical.  As we spend time with our families and remember that both are of  equal importantance.

Practical is what you get from the Financial Highway.  Their posts are always so informative, like Preparing for your Peak Income Years.  Who knew you should plan for it, I sure didn't.

Moving on,

I have a confession to make, I have a weakness, that isn't very Paleo, its desserts.  While my desire for sweets has dropped to almost non existent, it hasn't gone away entirely.  What I have noticed is it is now more of a situation inspired craving versus a constant craving. There is just something about ending a meal, when dining  with family and friends, with desserts that provides a sense of satisfaction and completeness to the event.

Slow Cooker Applesauce Spice Cake is a paleo recipe of an old favorite. 

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Burnt Orange a Color of Fall

Fall colors are a favorite of ours here at Entwined Vines Jewelry.  We like them all, yet burnt orange is one of our favorites.  With so many talented artisans to choose from, a delectable array of items to choose from were found on  It appears that other artisans share our love of burnt orange.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Caricature Portraits at Portland Saturday Market

When vacationing everyone like to have a keepsake with which to remind them of time well spent. Visiting  Portland Saturday Market is no different, whether local or from out of town time at the market is a mini vacation for the senses.  What better to memorialize the event than with a caricature portrait created while you wait. Drawing under that kind of pressure takes a unique skill set that few possess.

Pre-start to the day, all set up and waiting for the market to open.

Become a toon is one caricature option.

Another is have your caricature portrait done in the likeness of a famous person.

A really reasonable price at $10.00 per person. 

Random piece of work on the drawing table.  Caricatures are a lot of fun, get yours today.

Hours of Operation
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Noteworthy Blogs 11-15-12

This week in noteworthy blogs we are sharing a few passions.

Tina has a love of cooking, which Thank you doesn't even begin to cover how much I personally appreciate that she also has a love of sharing her cooking on a very regular basis, as I(Tammy) do not enjoy cooking.  I can cook, just don't like to, it takes time away from other things I would rather be doing, yet I love food.  Talking about it, reading about it, researching it, and watching cooking shows.  Have to say my life has been so enriched since I met and became friends with this amazing woman and her family. Anyway, got off track back to today's regularly scheduled programming. 

We both follow a paleo lifestlye and are always on the lookout for new recipes.  The holy grail: a good paleo pizza, blogged the pizza crust recipe she used, the results and a critique.  

Can't wait to have time to try this out myself.  Have any of you tried it?  What's your thoughts on a paleo pizza?

It's November, I am dreaming of the spring garden.  While this hasn't been a reality the last couple of years, there is nothing like growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruits to eat straight from the garden.  

While it hasn't been a reality, I still dream shop. Losing many an hour to drooling over the seed catalogs.  Botanical interests is a web page I follow; they are a high quality seed company.  You can also find them on Facebook.  Highly recommend them if you are into gardening at all.

Any gardening blogs you would recommend?

Monday, November 12, 2012

In honor of our Vetrans

The men ad women of the United States Military have stood for our freedom for decades.  As Sunday was a day set aside to honor our veterans, have you stopped and asked yourself when the last time you thanked a veteran or an active serviceman or woman?

These men and women protect our freedoms on foreign sole.  They and their families sacrifice a great deal while serving.  Regardless of your stance on the current political use of them, they deserve our respect and thanks for the service they provide.

Thank you, for your service and sacrifice.