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Homemade Pretzels

I haven't made homemade pretzels since we were in Alabama and I had forgotten how easy they are if not a little time consuming. I made these last week for Oscar night. They keep a long time in an airtight container. 1   (.25 ounce) package   active dry yeast 1 tablespoons   brown sugar 1  teaspoons   salt 1 ½   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 3   cups   all-purpose flour 1   cup   bread flour 2   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 2   tablespoons   baking soda 1-2   tablespoons   butter, melted 2   tablespoons  kosher salt Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Place the yeast, brown sugar and salt in the 1.5 cups of warm water. Stir to dissolve. Stir in the flour. Knead for about 7-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Let it rise for an hour (I place mine in the oven with the light on). Combine the two cups of warm water with the baking soda in a square shallow pan. After the dough has risen, cut it into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each section into a


If you love plants, you don't want to miss one of the biggest plant sales of the year this weekend at the Expo Center in Portland. Hortandia 2019 is the 31st year for the event. Admission is free and you don't even have to be a member of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to attend although I encourage you to consider joining this wonderful organization (you can do so at the event).

Nurseries from all over the region (over 90!) will be there. You will kind many unique and choice vendors like Far Reaches Farm, Joy Creek, Gossler Farms, Cistus, and Dancing Oaks just to name a few. 

A lecture series, Grow With Us Lecture Series, will also take place and includes the following:

  • Cory Jarrell: “Houseplant Care with the Plant Nerdist” / 10:30am Saturday
  • Judith Jones: “Ferns Beyond Shady Borders” / 12pm Saturday
  • Riz Reyes: “Plants for Year-Round Flower Arranging” / 1:30pm Saturday
  • Laura Heldreth: “Made in the Shade” / 10:30am Sunday
  • Janis McBride: “The Gift of Orchids” / 12pm Sunday
  • Linda Beutler: “Some Like it Hot - Clematis” / 1:30 Sunday
There is also art and book sales and the book sale table is where you will find me on both days. The book and art sales areas will open at 9am, one hour before the plant sale begins. Please stop by and introduce yourself if you read my blog. See you there!

Time: 10am - 3pm (book and art sales open at 9am)
Place: Portland Expo Center, Hall E

A room map and vendor cross-reference list is now available for download here!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


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