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Missy is back from FEAST where she was recognized as a queen. Sunshine Dairy has something you just need to try. Dirk Davis and Allyse Paetsch are here to discuss Sipping Chocolate.

Kyra of Kyra’s Bake Shop is back, and she’s an author now! Missy and Kyra dish about all that was FEAST. Missy is obsessed about her gut.

Instagram Takeover and RDK Glazed Turkey Meatloaf #speedloaf


Talk about as easy task for me:  take over am IG account for a brand you love for 2 days.  Well, I did just that with my family and took Red Duck Ketchup all over town.  I highly suggest you do this if you have an opportunity.  It allows you to be creative with a brand, and pulls you out of your own IG for a while, it was awesome for our family!

We had a blast, did a short “Ridin’ Dirty” video (click link)


We went to the food carts, the symphony, the radio station, and wrapped it up with a SPECIAL Red Duck meatloaf filmed on time lapse (click link)


Here is the ACTUAL RECIPE, since I know you cannot really tell in the video.

RDK Glazed Turkey Meatloaf aka #speedloaf


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the beef, egg, milk and breadcrumbs.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan,
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.


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Missy has taken over Red Duck’s Instagram. Missy’s going to make a time lapse meat loaf. Feast and Wild About Game are right around the corner! Marie Vavassori-Fundis, Brand Manager for Peugeot is on the phone to talk about pepper mills and cars. Missy is obsessed with Foie Gras.


The Foie Gras talk continues. It’s back to basics for Missy and James as they try and help you and themselves live a little healthier. Missy is intrigued by James’s nacho process.

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The seasons are changing and Missy and James talk about their favorite things about fall. James Lindquist of Our House and Lisa Watson of Cupcake Jones discuss the glorious goodness that is Our House and why it’s so important. There’s a number is fun events coming that James and Lisa want you to know about.

James and Elise of 1927 S’mores sit in the Simple Kitchen to talk about making on of the greatest food carts in Portland. Missy and James walk you through a brief history of wine. Missy is disgusted by the breakfast foods James likes, and is a very decisive Breakfast food eater.


Berries dying on the vine, and hungry Oregonians.

I think we all have moments where we stop, and it all comes together for us in different areas of our lives.  I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak to most of the non profits here in Oregon.  Guess what?  Oregon is hungry.

I was at the grocery store with one of my kids.  Happily selecting everything we want.  Having fun in produce, scooping up bulk products, and saying “yes” to every request my angel has for food. Cookies, cheeses, organic chicken breasts, almonds in sea salt, fancy cereals.  You name it.

As I drove home, I realized that grocery shopping, for me, is a fun experience.  I look forward to it.  I get to feel creative and I make the decisions.  The kids were drifting off to sleep in the back of the car, and we turned in to our neighborhood…..the neighborhood recently stated to be the wealthiest neighborhood in Oregon.

Stay with me.

We put the kids down for naps, put groceries away, and I suited up for my exercise.  I hit the streets and noticed a new batch of blackberries, and I had to stop and pick them.  These are free berries!  One of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat.  My kids love berries.  I also noticed, hundreds of berries that had over-ripened on the vine, and died.  Hundreds of them.  You know a pint of berries is $4.50…. right?  I do.

Berry fresh

Let me stop here.  This girl here?  The one writing?  I KNOW what government cheese tastes like.  I have had powdered milk because we cannot afford fresh, wore second hand clothes and I had free lunches in grade school.  I am a real person and I understand being a poor American, and the value of a dollar, and an education.  We don’t all make it through, but I was fortunate with the family I had and I have an excellent work ethic, and married a man with a similar background.

So, right now, I just need to say this:  Oregon, your berries are dying on the vine and your children are hungry.  What are you going to do about it?

Berry died

Click one of these and get busy.  Please.  Also, berries are not weeds, they are food.  Pick the berries, freeze them, and eat them.

Partners for Hunger Free Oregon:

Oregon Food Bank