Tag Archives: Ingrid Neko Kesswood

Rent a Goat

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I have extolled the virtues of Portland numerous times on this blog.  Today is no different.  This is about another of this city’s unique, quirky characteristics that you don’t see in a lot of other places….the “rent-a-goat” service.

Today,  we took Ingrid to visit the goats .  There is a herd of about a dozen of them living in an over-sized weeded field with a nice living quarters, plenty of vegetation and a lot of room in which they can move around.

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People, (particularly those that are interested in leaving a smaller carbon thumbprint on the planet), frequently rent these goats, one at a time, or the entire herd, to clear off unwanted vegetation.

A lot of folks go there to look at them, but the owners had to put up a sign telling people not to feed them.  They were getting fat; plus the owners had no idea what they were being fed, so they had to ask people to stop feeding them.

goat3I love goats…their playful dispositions, their beauty, chevre, the way they bleat.  I have always wanted to buy one for Ingrid, but her mom doesn’t think it is a good idea, so I haven’t……yet. 🙂

goat6John and I had such a good time watching Ingrid’s excitement as she raced around and talked to and about the animals.  She raced to catch up with John and told him everything she knew about goats.  It was very cute, and we had a good laugh.

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Thank you, John.  Thank you, Ingrid.  Was fun creating memories with you two today. xoxo

A Woman of Many Hats

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I am a hat wearer.  I love hats….I have collected them for years.   Recently, my darling friend, Marilyn, sent me an entire box of hats that spokes-toddler, Ingrid Neko Kesswood was kind enough to model for me today after we got out of the pool.  Ms. Ingrid is having a sleepover with me tonight and playing dress up is one of our favorite things to do.

Here she is Lady Kesswood modeling some of the more splendid chapeaus.

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Salt and Straw….oh, my!

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Strawberry with Cilantro Lime Cheesecake…..Raspberry Lemon Basil Sorbet… or the flavor I had today…the Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero….oh, my!

Salt and Straw is the awesome new ice cream store located dangerously close to our house.

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This is serious ice cream, folks, and is not for sissies!

This summer, Salt and Straw got thousands of pounds of strawberries from deep Roots Farm located in nearby Albany, OR.  The strawberries that go into their ice cream are picked and delivered the same day they use them.  All of their ice cream is as fresh as it is delicious!

My husband’s birthday was last week.  We took him to Salt and Straw and he chose the Birthday Cake and Blackberries flavor….frosting flavored ice cream with ribbons of cake and blackberry jam.  mmmmm…  The blackberry jam is extra special because it uses Evergreen Blackberries from the Willamette Valley.  These berries are pitch black in color and wonderfully sweet.  With this combo, it might as well be everyone’s birthday every day!

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How about a cup of Pear with Blue Cheese made from  delicate, sweet Oregon Trail Northwest Bartlett pears from Salem with crumbles of Rogue Creamery’s Crater Lake Blue Cheese (recently named the best in the world at a fancy competition in France) mixed throughout?   or the Freckled Woodblock Chocolate?  Woodblock is the fist bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Portland.  Salt and Straw adds in a bit of Jacobson seal salt, and then uses an old school ice cream making technique called “freckling” to suspend the chocolate in an untempered state.  Or how about the Coffee & Bourbon flavor?  This one uses Stumptown’s single-origin Sumatra coffee mixed with a little of Portland’s Holy Kakow chocolate and a lot of Burnside Bourbon from our own local Eastside Distillery.  Uh huh….It is every bit as good as it sounds.

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Yes, folks, these people take their ice cream seriously.  They even have an Arbequina Olive Oil flavor!  That’s right!  This is one of Oprah’s favorite things!  After tasting more than 50 ice creams from all over the US, the folks at Opera Magazine were absolutely blown away by this flavor.  Red Ridge Farms from here in Oregon provide a rich and spicy Arbequina Olive Oil for its unique flavor.

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Ingrid’s favorite flavor is Cinnamon snickerdoodle made of Red Ape Cinnamon from Eugene who donates part of the proceed to save the orangutans in Sumatra where the cinnamon is harvested.  Mine is the Strawberry Honey Balsamic Vinegar with Cracked Black Pepper….made with strawberries, jam and syrup from Oregon Hill Farms, Balsamic from a 5th generation bee keeper at Honeyridge Farms, and a pinch of black pepper…a little trick to bring out the fruit flavor.

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Oh, and they have merchandise, too…tee shirts…local honey…chocolate…cookies….You name it.

Salt and Straw at 3345 SE Division Street is one of 3 locales in Portland.  This ice cream is HOT!

Day #13 – FAST

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Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day #13 – FAST

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

Day # 8 – PEEKABOO!

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Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day # 8 – PEEKABOO!

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

Day #17 – INSPIRATIONAL

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Photo a Day – JULY

Day #17 – INSPIRATIONAL

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

Day #22 – Enjoying Life

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Photo a Day – JUNE

Day #22 – ENJOYING LIFE

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

Happy Halloween!

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3 yr. old Ingrid decided to go as a “swimming dragon” this year.    Note the uber-snazzy bathing suit!

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When my own kids were small, I rarely allowed  them to eat sugar.  At Halloween, I would let them choose two things to eat from their Trick-or-Treat bags, and then we would make a candy castle out of the rest of it.  They seemed to enjoy that just as much.    Ingrid was allowed to choose four things tonight, which she was very excited about!

Day # 31 – WHATEVER YOU PLEASE

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Photo a Day – OCTOBER

Day # 31 – Whatever You Please

Stacy Alexander – 2010

(Ingrid Neko Kesswood at 4 mo.)

Day # 11 – Kitchen

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Day # 11 – Kitchen

Photo a Day – Kitchen

I have three adult children, Stacy,Jr, Myles and Sarah.  When I think back to their childhoods, I usually recall times we spent together cooking and/or eating together.  I taught Stacy and Myles how to bake bread when Myles was 4 and Jr. was 6.   I babysat their friend, Julie Clarke, who also joined in the fun.   The kitchen was the hub of our family, and we would eat meals together in the evenings .   What they put into their bodies was always more important to me than it was to them.  Slow food was the focus back then, and I firmly believed in it.  I still do…but I practice it less, as I have been swept up by life and work and am trying to put less emphasis on food.

These days, 2.5 yr. old Ingrid will come to visit and we will cook for her, but it is usually something fast and easy…but still only organic.   Times have changed, and life is a lot faster than it used to be.  Here, she is thrilled over her alphabet potatoes (that spell her name), her veggie chicken and peas….(but not so much the cooked carrots)….and organic strawberries blended with almond milk.  (She loved that!)    After she finished this meal, John set up three chairs around the ottoman in the living room and we all put on hats and had a tea party.  Each of us had a fresh lemon shortbread cookie for dessert and herbal raspberry tea.    Ingles would stick out her pinky finger on her left hand and drink her tea with her right hand and speak in her fake British accent.

Very cute.

Very family.

Lots of love.