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8 Tween and teen fashion trends make back-to-school fun and affordable This year’s back-to-school clothing trends are all about expressing individual personality. Just as music allows the listener to express themselves, fashion is a way for tweens and teens to let their true personality shine through.

10 How to keep kids stylin’

and sophisticated this back-to-school season 12 Pack a ‘greener’ brown bag lunch 14 Abundant in more ways than one: Sauvie Island 18 CouchSurfing: Alternative Travel as Affordable as “Staycations”

24 Moms, do something tasty

and healthful. Eat a pear! (recipes included) 30 Niche Marketing: 6 Easy Steps 32 What does your website have to do with the scent of fresh bread?


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A Little Note... Dear Neighbors, Summer is at an end as we send our children back to school again. This month you will find back-to-school fashion ideas and “greener “ school lunch ideas in Snapshot.

DEPARTMENTS 22 Dana Layon, ERYT – What does it mean to

become our own Spiritual Warrior?

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I would also like to thank Jonise Orie and Dana Greyson for their article contributions. I believe you will enjoy their articles on pages 14, 18, 32 and 38. If you would like a chance to have your articles published, please email

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Contributors Ilona LaRue graduated from the Fashion

Institute and worked as a bridal fashion designer. She then changed course to a wedding coordinator. She now has discovered her love for photography and is owner of Studio Lumiére. Ilona is the photographer for Snapshot Emagazine, SW Washington.

Dana Greyson While not officially a

native, after 20+ years Dana Greyson feels she can claim the Pacific Northwest as home. When not playing or otherwise thoroughly enjoying the local bounty, Dana earns her keep as promotional copywriter. Her website is

Jonise Orie hails from New Mexico (the

Land of Enchantment) but is ecstatic to call Portland, Oregon home. She misses the sunshine but likes that the Northwest has flowers growing in the cracks of sidewalks. Constantly in search of adventure, her passion is to write about other people’s passions.

Mike Vraneza is a freelance photogra-

pher based in Portland, OR. He specializes in business communication, lifestyle and architectural photography. In addition to his assignment and stock photography he is currently teaching classes at Newspace Center for Photography. You can visit his website at

Dana Layon, E-RYT has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her main career focus includes teaching yoga, running her Zen Flow Yoga School, leading Spiritual Warrior yoga retreats and facilitating monthly educational workshops.

Dana strives to educate her community and beyond about the benefits of yoga. She is passionate about the benefits of stillness and how clear life becomes listening to our inner voice. Passion lives in the heart; the heart can’t be heard without stillness. Her intention is to train others to teach yoga; assist others in living their best life and utilizing yoga for optimal health and wellness.



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Tween and teen fashion trends make back-toschool fun and affordable



BACK-TO-SCHOOL This year’s back-to-school clothing trends are all about expressing individual personality. Just as music allows the listener to express themselves, fashion is a way for tweens and teens to let their true personality shine through. Actress and singer Selena Gomez has teamed up with Sears to share today’s hottest back-to-school teen trends. Here’s what the coolest kids in school will be wearing this year:

Trend 1: Be inspired by music

“For me, music and fashion are two ways I really get to express myself,” says Gomez. Like many tweens and teens, the music she likes has become a huge influence on her taste in fashion. From rock to rap styles, this year will be the year of music-inspired clothing. For example, skate-style outfits will feature bold colors and geometric patterns. Rocker styles are edgy and use dark or muted colors. Hip-hop styles have lots of flare and feature accessories such as cool hats and belts. Pop-styles tend to be trendy and mix and match lots of dressy elements with casual pieces.

Trend 2: Accessorize!

Trend 4: Make your own style

The golden rule of tween and teen fashion this year is to make your style all about you. “It’s so important for everyone, especially tweens and teens, to have their own sense of style. Even if that style is constantly changing, it’s an outlet for us to tell the world who we are and what we like,” says Gomez. She suggests trying new things and creating a different look each day. The key is to find a style that gives you the confidence to walk in a room and feel really good about yourself. “What’s great is that Sears has all the top fashions to choose from and since it’s so affordable, you can always get the hottest new items and try a variety of looks,” says Gomez. Do you have a fashion sense that stands out? Is music part of your unique personality? Visit to view all the hot new fashion trends and check out the Sears Air Band Casting Call. You’ll also have a chance to help style the band, pick a name, design a logo and more. The winner will get great prizes like a Sears back-to-school wardrobe. Courtesy of ARAcontent Images: © Sears

Accessories are an easy and affordable way to transform any outfit and make it more unique and your own. For girls, this could include necklaces, bracelets, scarves and fun colored socks. For boys, watches, sunglasses and shoes top the list. “Unique accessories are also great because they can add so much to an outfit and dress it up or create a totally different style,” says Gomez.

Trend 3: Mix and match for style success

Get the most out of your back-to-school wardrobe. Consider new combinations, interesting patterns and mixing textures to find a style that is uniquely you. Gomez suggests, “Try to mix up your wardrobe with a combination of trendy items as well those that are classic. For instance, everyone needs a great pair of skinny jeans that you can wear with anything, but look for unique pieces such as a cool jacket, vest or scarf that are perfect for back-toschool this year and really dress up your look.”




How to keep kids stylin’ and sophisticated this back-to-school season IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII American kids are learning from their parents this back to school season – about value, smart investing and getting the most for every dollar spent. Developing wise spending habits is a good thing for kids, but does it mean they have to sacrifice their sense of style as they head back to school? Not necessarily, says children’s fashion expert, Jenny Cooper, head of J.Crew’s children’s line, called crewcuts, for ages 2 to 12. Children of top celebrities from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., have been spotted wearing crewcuts. “It is possible to get great style, quality and durability at family-friendly prices,” Cooper says. “Parents should look at their children’s back-to-school wardrobe as an affordable investment, and follow a few basic rules when shopping.”

ILook for sophisticated, classic styles rather than trendy



clothes that may have less enduring appeal. Because something is classic doesn’t mean it lacks character and personality. Timeless style enables a wardrobe item to be usable and relevant for future seasons, whereas trendy togs are often “flash in the pan” items that may be cheaper and less durable. “Your son may outgrow his crewcuts by this time next year, but you’ll still be able to use the clothes next year to put his little brother in stylish, great-looking hand-me-downs,” Cooper says.

ILook for quality. Choose garments made of durable, quality materials that have great details. It’s common for children to fall in love with certain articles of clothing that they wear over and over again, as PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS


any mom who’s washed the same shirt five times in a week knows. “It’s worth it to spend a little more on a few items that will look great no matter how much use and washing they get,” Cooper says. “We are obsessed with quality.”

IDon’t forget fit. How often have you bought your child a pair of pants or a shirt in a particular brand, loved the fit, and went back and bought several more pairs in different styles and sizes of the same brand, only to find out that not all styles fit the same across the brand. “Fit should be consistent,” Cooper says, “so that items will look great and consistent across all ages. We want our jeans to look as amazing on a 10 or 12 year-old as they do on a 3 or 5 year-old.”

thing, rather than gumball jewelry, and don’t forget hair accessories to really crown a look.

IFinally, don’t underestimate the importance of good shoes, whether they are dress shoes, casual shoes or sneakers. You child’s shoes should be durable enough to survive the season of tumble and fun, and good-looking so that your child wants to wear them again and again. For more ideas on how to keep kids stylish, visit Courtesy of ARAcontent and Images: Navigation/CrewCuts.jsp


IBuild a wardrobe by mixing and matching key items. Just as you purchase a piece for your own wardrobe keeping in mind what it will pair well with, do the same for children’s clothes. A good pair of jeans, smart-looking skirt and classic shirt or blouse can be worn for a variety of occasions, from dress-up to casual. “Try to keep a core of neutral-colored items – pants for boys, skirts for girls – that will go with whatever fun, playful thing your children want to wear on top,” Cooper suggests. “If you establish a good base, the rest of the choices they make will always look great.”




IRemember, your children’s clothes need to fit their personality, not just their body. “Our aim is to create styles that kids would create themselves if they were little fashion designers,” Cooper says. “Styles should be fun, comfortable and unique.”

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Being eco-friendly isn’t just limited to the car you drive or the appliances you buy, and it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing convenience, quality or budget. In fact, it’s time to stop feeling guilty about not being able to do it all and make a few small changes to help the environment. One easy way to live a more earth-conscious lifestyle is to turn brown bag lunches green this school year. By thinking green every time you pack a lunch, you can save money and take a small step forward for the environment. Live earth-consciously by following these simple tips: Buy local foods Look for a farmer’s market or grocery store that promotes locally grown and produced food. Local foods are produced close to home and deliver the freshest taste. Buying local supports a more sustainable food system, since real sustainability goes beyond the methods used in food production. The closer a food source is to where you live, the less fuel it will take to get it to your table. Tote a reusable lunch bag Instead of using an oldschool brown paper bag, invite your kids to help pick out a reusable lunch bag. This small lesson in sustainability is an easy way for kids to help the environment. Older kids won’t have to settle for a lunch box covered in cartoon characters – stylish bags are available that will satisfy even the pickiest seventh grader. Many reusable bags are insulated to help keep lunches cool. Reusable lunch bags come in a variety of fabrics from neoprene, recycled plastics, polyester and canvas. Try sandwich bags that are better for the environment Feel better about using plastic sandwich bags to pack your family’s lunch with new Ziploc evolve sandwich and storage bags.

The protective, ultra-light bags are made using 25% less plastic than traditional sandwich bags, and manufactured using wind power – a cleaner, renewable energy source. The bags are also manufactured with less energy overall, which is a step towards reducing greenhouse gases. The bags, which are widely available in grocery, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide, offer the same quality seal, freshness protection, convenience and price that you rely on to preserve lunches and leftovers. Visit to learn more about Ziploc evolve bags and discover new food storage tips and ideas. Double fruits and veggies Make lunches extra green by packing plenty of fruits and vegetables. You will encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits by making fruits and vegetables part of every meal, including lunch. Additionally, whole foods typically consume less energy and water compared with processed foods. Teach your kids to eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables to get the most nutrients. Think beyond carrot sticks and apples and try a simple salad of red peppers, cucumbers and green beans dressed with vinegar. Courtesy of ARAcontent

Reusable Lunch Containers With just a few snips, you can create a set of cool, eco-friendly, reusable snack and sandwich containers from juice cartons and milk jugs. They’re food-safe, easy to rinse clean, and absolutely free, so it’s no biggie if they get tossed accidentally. Let your kids decorate the boxes with stickers and permanent markers for an even more personalized look. For template and directions go to MP=NLC_NL_7LittleThings_08_24_reusable-lunch-containers 12


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Abundant in more ways than one:

Sauvie Island


PACIFIC NORTHWEST ESCAPES Photos By Mike Vraneza Written By Jonise Orie Regardless of anyone’s opinions on our current recession, the one thing we should agree on is that it has taught us all many a lesson, one being the importance of the simple pleasures in life. The wind in your hair, the contentedness in beautiful scenery, or the taste of a ripe peach may be enough to help us smile and forget our woes for a moment. Making time for moments like these doesn’t have to put a dent in your wallet and Sauvie Island, Oregon is a testament to that. Not only can folks enjoy a lovely day in the outdoors, but return home with armloads of produce at affordable prices. Just 10 miles Northwest of Portland’s downtown area and about 20 miles from Vancouver’s city center, Sauvie Island is a viable option for those seeking a relaxing, spontaneous day trip or family outing. Fall brings harvest season to the island, an especially magical and abundant time, with loads of fresh produce and flowers. The area is an excellent destination for a scenic drive, picnic, bird watching, a long walk, or bicycling adventure. If you’re craving time on the coast but can’t quite commit the time and gas, Sauvie’s beaches along the Columbia River are the next best thing. The Sauvie Island Bridge, built in 1950, is a welcoming landmark that bids visitors hello and goodbye as they cross over the Multnomah Channel. For those visiting the island for the first time, its important to know that there are no gas stations on the island, but fortunately Highway 30 leading to the island has several. Acquiring a parking pass for the wildlife parks and beach areas is just as important and may be purchased at many businesses on the island or the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Portland Headquarters. Day passes are $3.50 and annual passes are $11.00. Other important things to note: bathrooms are limited; there are some port-a-potties in wildlife areas but not many. Also, there are no restaurants, so make sure to either pack a lunch or stock up at the farm markets or shops. The two main farm markets are Kruger’s and the Pumpkin Patch, each offering an abundance of fresh produce. Further in on the island is Columbia Farms. Flower lovers are encouraged to take advantage of the farm markets’ U-pick systems. Aside from the end result of a lovely bouquet, the process of perusing the expansive © Mike Vraneza 2009



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fields of flowers is enchanting, and also makes for a great photo opportunity! Both Kruger’s and the Pumpkin Patch offer an array of homemade jams, jellies, sauces, and pickled products (made with natural ingredients that you can count on one hand), as well as all the necessities for canning. To celebrate autumn, these two farm markets host mazes in their corn fields. The Pumpkin Patch offers two different mazes; one beginning September 5 and a haunted “Field of Screams” beginning in October. Kruger’s corn maze opens on September 11. All three mazes end on Halloween. Captured by Porches, a brewing company in St. Helens, offers their micro brews at Krugers Friday through Sunday. Serving from their mobile public house (a festively pained green bus with built in taps!), CBP founders Suzanne and Dylan Goldsmith offer pints of their brews or growlers to take home. 16


There are many other noteworthy shops, including the Sauvie Island lavender farm (located on Sauvie Island road). Though lavender is mostly a summer plant, the farm is open through October and offers many dried lavender items in their shop. The Blue Heron Herbary (located on Reeder road) also offers dried lavender as well as other dried herbs, teas, and gifts, and has a lovely garden (as well as friendly pet chickens!) Certainly meeting the actual definition of an island, Sauvie is outlined by the Columbia River to the East, the Multnomah Channel to the West, the Willamette River to the South, and Sturgeon Lake to the Northwest. The island’s public beaches are located on Reeder Rd., about 9 miles from the bridge and are open yearround. Located along the Columbia River on the East side of the island, there are several areas to chose from; Walton Beach being the largest and Collins beach being a clothing-optional beach. Sturgeon Lake connects to a couple smaller lakes and is ideal for paddling without the stress of high traffic on the water. PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS

PACIFIC NORTHWEST ESCAPES The island’s wildlife areas are open April 16- September 30, but there is no overnight camping allowed. One of the more popular hiking spots on the island is Oaks Island. Located at the northern end of the island between Sturgeon Lake and Steelman Lake, it is somewhat of an island within an island. On clear days, its known to have stellar views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Wapato Access Greenway State Park is located on Sauvie Island Road and is a hot spot for bird watching. A loop that takes about an hour, it is a relatively flat hike welcoming to any level of hiker. The island is a popular bicycling destination, but certainly not for family bicycling or novices. With no bike lanes, narrow and curvy roads, and tall crops obstructing both drivers’ and cyclists’ view, it is a desirable bicycling destination but should be approached with caution and respect for the rules of the road. Sauvie Island is a popular spot for weddings, and several businesses double as venues for such events. Admittedly, we have not touched on all that the island has to offer, but part of the magic of this destination is that is beckons to be explored. For those that love to meander without direction and are interested in even the smallest of adventures, this is your spot!

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Alternative Travel as Affordable as “Staycations” By Dana Greyson Ever felt lonely or lost when traveling, holed up in your hotel room or uncomfortably solo dining? Find your experiences connecting with others are what you treasure most in your travels? Heard or said, “You went to (fill in the blank) and you didn’t (fill in the blank)!”? Enter Imagine a www.match. com of sorts for travelers, a free, Internet-based, international hospitality network. With over 1.3 million members, Couchsurfing is the largest hosting service in the world. It opens the door with ease to true insider travel tips. In these fiscally challenging times, when the biggest travel expense is often the roof over one’s head (heck, even most national parks are a $25 entry fee and a minimum of $12 for a place to pitch a tent), “couchsurfing” offers a refreshingly affordable alternative, ironically a much richer experience… for free!

currently playing, when to avoid peak commute traffic, how the local mass transit system works and if it’s a good option…. Granted, not every host will know all the answers, but you’re likely to get a different experience that a random pick or being at the mercy of your guidebook and will likely trust it more than an anonymous internet surfing expedition. Just as alternative music isn’t for everyone, neither is alternative travel or couchsurfing. If you have a hard time adapting to whatever comes with someone else’s lifestyle (tiny spaces, domiciles that will not pass the white glove test, fuzzy four-footers and loud little ones, well, sometimes couches… the list of prospective challenges is a long one!), are distrustful and socially challenged, and lack an enthusiastic sense of adventure, couchsurfing is probably not for you. Like you do have the ability to pick through profiles that typically give you a good sense of not only your host’s location and “couch”, but also their personality, age, gender and lifestyle. Referrals with ratings (positive, negative, neutral) further build your sense of your prospective host’s character. Also like your real name, email, address and phone number are private until you decide you want to reveal them to a connection. Hosts too, have the same levels of information about you, as well as the same levels of privacy. A bit of Couchsurfing etiquette….

Wonder no more where the nearest indie neighborhood coffee shop with Wi-Fi is, or what local pub to really relax in (and which to avoid), where the best hiking trail is for your ability, who is the coolest local band 18

If you’re a guest and send a request, hosts appreciate it you are selective and let them know why you picked them as opposed to sending an impersonalized query out to the universe, and then leave them wondering if they’re hosting you or not. Make it as convenient as possible for your hosts in terms of working with their schedule, respecting their space and privacy, giving them a sense for when you’re arriving and leaving. Be open and curious about them, PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS

give them a chance to get to know you if they want. Pick up after yourself and plan for your own meals unless your hosts invite you to join them or help yourself. While gifts are not expected, it’s nice when you thank your hosts in a way they’d like to remember you, whether sharing a bottle of wine, taking them out or cooking for them or leaving them with some small token from your life or home (ex. a native food, a book, a coffee mug). Hosting is a great way to give back and help visitors learn to love what makes where you live special. Do what you can to work out logistics as clearly and easily as possible. Offer advice (especially guidebooks and maps) and company when your guests want it, and otherwise respect their independence. Tailor your advice around their interests, budget and available time. After, ask them what they most enjoy about their experience; it’s great to get an outside perspective. Both guests and hosts appreciate referrals; writing them is a good habit. Consider giving a negative review only if there’s a seriously good reason to warn others. My first couchsurfing experience was in Australia. My host helped me navigate the Melbourne mass transit system, observe a lawn bowling tourney with in a 100 year-old-club followed by hanging out in the local pub with his friends, including a semi-retired actor. In Anchorage Alaska we were awakened by the resident kitty, the household dog ransacked our food, we cooked a fabulous meal for our hosts on the fly and got turned on to some trails we’d never have discovered on our own. In Vancouver BC we became fast friends while trading stories of adventure and loves lost and found over wine and naan at the neighborhood Indian restaurant. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed hosting couchsurfers, too. We’ve hosted an Australian teacher and

her husband who wanted to check out the School for the Blind, a Canadian family on a 7 week cross-country road trip, a children’s book writer and story-teller, an energy worker who traveled nationally and internationally for over a year, a high school environmental science teacher fresh back from a teaching exchange in Czechoslovakia, a Norwegian Sustainability Development expert... Couchsurfing has the potential to change our getaway focus, from “where are you headed?” to “whom are you connecting with?”. Definitely different. Do you dare? Article by Dana Greyson • Write Stuff Websites, Owner/Promotional Copywriter Got Couch? Image ©




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What does it mean to become our own Spiritual Warrior? It means recognizing our inherent gifts and expressing them full out – without fear of being judged. It means knowing the qualities within us that keep us from realizing our most Authentic Self and one by one, blessing them with compassion and then replacing them with qualities that serve us better.

Dana Layon, ERYT Former President of Satsang Yoga and Wellness Now Independent Yoga Instructor

It means visualizing our Self, every day, as we know our soul to be. Full of love, light, harmony, compassion, joy and gratitude for life as we see it right Now. Being a Spiritual Warrior also means committing to our practice, whatever that may be. It may be a yoga practice, a meditation, attending church, reading a book, being one with nature, eating healthy, exercising, talking less, listening more. Being a Spiritual Warrior means challenging ourselves to be more, do more and experience more. It could mean for some, to be less, do less and experience less too. Being a Spiritual Warrior means navigating through our different layers of consciousness with awareness and resilience. To venture out with excitement and experience life’s challenges and growing pains. To look life in the face and say, “I’m ready!” To look at ourselves honestly and say, “There is room to grow. There is room to learn. How can I transcend and be all that I am meant to be?” It’s asking the bigger questions in each moment as we move through layers of consciousness. It’s noticing our reactions and responses and making changes instantly so we are more of a reflection of our Self. Being a Spiritual Warrior isn’t always easy. It requires patience, forgiveness, compassion, generosity, integrity, honesty, commitment and persistence. Ask yourself today what you are willing to do differently in order to reflect that Spiritual Warrior within. What are you willing to do today that requires a bit of risk on your part? What parts of you are willing to part with in order to birth those parts inside that are waiting to speak up and be heard?



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Welcome to our Spiritual Warrior Retreats! Each retreat includes yoga asana sessions, meditation, space for silence, seminars on healthy eating, environmental consciousness, introduction to Ayurveda and/or metaphysics and tools and tips on how to find your Spiritual Warrior! Each retreat is all inclusive – meals, lodging, and scheduled sessions. Your airfare and other excursions are extra.

Beginning October 23, 2009

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February 11-21, 2010 we travel

to the Dominican Republic with on our very first mission trip. This trip is for adults only. We are looking for volunteers and fundraising ideas so be on the lookout for more information.

March 29-April 3, 2010 we are

escaping the clouds and rain and will be traveling to the West Coast of Florida for a 5 day yoga retreat. On this retreat we will offer nanny service and have lots of fun things for kids to do while parents relax and regroup.

In May 2010 we head to the US Virgin Is-

lands for some incredible yoga and meditation time for 5 days. Again, we welcome families with their kids at an additional cost. Don’t worry - parents will get their alone time too!

We are now taking registrations for our October 23-25th retreat to Cannon Beach. This is an all inclusive retreat that includes: • Daily Yoga and Meditation Sessions • Lessons on how to cook a healthy, vegetarian meal • Taking the Passion Test • Introduction to Ayurveda: Finding and Feeding your Dosha • Time for quiet contemplation All this plus lodging and all meals only costs $359. The private home is oceanfront, facing Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach and promises to offer spectacular views and the sounds of crashing waves each night. Come alone or bring someone along. You are guaranteed to have a great time. Registration and payment in full due by September 18, 2009. NO refunds, exceptions or extensions. Maximum of 10 people so register EARLY! Only $575 for two people registering together. Go to - Puffins Perch is the name of the property.

Email to register or mail a check to: Dana Layon 7102 NE 157th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98682




Moms, do something tasty and healthful.

Eat a pear!

With the kids back in school and the holidays a heartbeat away, this is a busy time for mothers everywhere. While you’re busy taking care of the family and work, you might forget to take care of yourself. But this busy fall season, there’s an easy and delicious way to do something good for your health - eat a pear.

Wine Poached Pears in Chocolate Sauce Ingredients: 6 fresh California pears, peeled and sprinkled with the lemon juice as they are peeled (Bosc is the traditional variety for this recipe, but any variety may be used) 1/4 cup lemon juice Peel of 1 lemon 2/3 cup sugar 2 1/4 cups of water 1 bottle of red wine

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 pinch ground cloves Fat free chocolate syrup

Directions: (Serves 6) In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, make a simple syrup by combining red wine, sugar, water, lemon juice and lemon peel. Bring to a boil and reduce by 1/4. Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves and stir. Stand pears in the pan with syrup, not touching each other. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Let pears cool in syrup, then gently lift with a slotted spoon, place on a platter or bowl and set red wine mixture aside. To serve, pour chocolate into individual serving bowls and warm slightly in microwave. Place poached pear on top of chocolate and drizzle with poaching juices. Top with additional chocolate syrup or chocolate shavings. Note: Pears can be poached a couple days ahead of time and refrigerated and warmed in the microwave or eaten cold. 24

As the weather cools, pears become plentiful, offering a bounty of crisp flavor and health benefits, including the chance to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition cited pears as a food that may help reduce cardiovascular risk among post-menopausal women. Pears contain flavonoids and anthocyanins that are believed to be linked to heart health. They are also an excellent source of fiber, another nutrient known to combat heart disease and promote digestive health. Pears are naturally cholesterol and sodium free, and contain just 1 gram of fat. A California Bartlett pear has just 100 calories and packs a powerful punch of vitamin C and potassium. Here are some facts, ideas and recipes to help you incorporate pears into your diet: •

Pears are usually available through fall into early winter. The Bartlett pear is the major variety produced in California.

Pear varieties grown in California include Forelle, Seckel, Sunsprite, Red Pear, Bosc, Comice and Bartlett. Each has its own distinct color, shape and flavor.

For a quick, fun and nutritious breakfast or anytime treat, top a slice of whole grain wheat toast with almond butter and sliced pears.

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Dip sliced pears in honey and then chopped nuts, sunflower seeds or even chocolate sprinkles for a healthy snack that only seems decadent. Instead of croutons which are high in fat, top your salad with sliced pears. Add extra pizzazz with crumbled bleu cheese and walnuts. For an interesting twist, top your holiday ham or pork roast with pear slices instead of pineapple. Place the slices on top of the meat just 15 minutes before it finishes cooking.

Add chopped pears to a salsa of red bell peppers, jalapenos, cilantro and lemon juice. Serve it with pita chips, baked tortilla slices or with chicken breasts or quesadillas.

Try these two pear recipes for treats that seem decadent but are actually healthful and delicious: For more ideas and recipes to incorporate pears into your diet, visit Courtesy of ARAcontent

Fresh Herb Yogurt Dip with Sliced Pears Ingredients: 2 cups yogurt cheese (see below) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar Freshly ground pepper Dash Allspice 6 fresh California pears, any variety, or a mix (sliced) Honey (optional)

Yogurt cheese recipe: Line a sieve with a coffee filter or double thickness of cheesecloth. Suspend the sieve over a deep bowl. Spoon plain yogurt into the filter, cover with plastic wrap, and allow the whey to drip out. When the yogurt has the consistency of soft, velvety spreadable cheese, after about six hours, scrape into a bowl. Add herbs and seasonings to yogurt cheese. Stir. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or up to 24 hours. Serve with sliced pears and a dollop of honey.




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Niche Marketing: 6 Easy Steps By Dotty Scott

Niche Marketing Really Works There are 6 easy steps to market online to a specific niche. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Define your niche and their needs Talk the language of your niche “Hang out” where your niche is on the Internet Create content targeted towards your niche Post content on the Internet and link it to your services, products, website 6. Be consistent and as your content grows so will your traffic Let’s look at each of these steps a little closer.

Define Your Niche and Their Needs Many business owners fail to completely define their niche. Some fail to recognise they even have a niche. Marketing to everyone that breaths will get your company to broke very fast. Look at your top clients, what do they have in common? Analyse your business and determine what type of client you really want to work with – then define the niche a little more. Choose from the “cream of the crop” and go after more of your very best clients. While you are defining who your niche are, remember to note their needs and be sure your business is offering services or products that these people are actually looking for. A prime example is a supplement distributor deciding that everyone needs their products. While everyone could improve their health – not everyone cares to try. Finding people that are already thinking healthy is a step in the right direction. Then narrow it down to people that are actively seeking advice or are searching for an answer to a problem. Forget about everyone else – they will come to you when the time is right for them. 30

Talk the Language of Your Niche Don’t talk over peoples heads. Use the language that people in your target market are already using – even if you have to “dummy down” and speak to them directly. People are comfortable in their own little worlds – don’t make them feel they have to get out a dictionary to understand what you are saying. If your niche are technical people then use the vocabulary that works for them.

Hang Out Where Your Niche Is On the Internet Discover where your niche hangs out on the Internet, then join those Social Sites. My niche is Small Business Owners and the leading site I use is LinkedIn. There are so many different Social Sites on the Internet and every industry seems to have sites that cater to them specifically. Search Google until you find where your target market is socializing and hanging out; then join that site and get to know people and let people get to know you. Do not go in spamming or pushing your services. Social Networking online is just like social networking offline. I would never go into a crowded room of people and start to sell my products to everyone. It is rude and a very easy way to get banned from the site.

Create Content Targeted Towards Your Niche and Post it on the Internet This is the most important step. Find out what your target market is searching for then create content with those keywords. Flood the Internet with your content so when a potential client searches, your content comes up high in Google and they get the answer to their PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS

YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR PASSION question from you. Make sure all your content is linked to more of your content and to your blog/website. If you are selling something then link your content to the exact page where the potential customer will find the product or service that will solve their problem. Do not make them hunt it down – they will just go to somewhere easier. If your niche likes to watch video and listen via podcasts then make sure you are offering them a content format that they want and are used to. Not everyone like to read!

Be Consistent and as Your Content Grows So Will Your Traffic Don’t feel like you need to spend hours on this every day. Do what you can do and be consistent. I know people that block out 1 hour per week to work on Internet Marketing. I know others that do something every day. Find what works for you and then commit to doing it on schedule. Over time your content will grow and links to your site will grow. This will make your traffic grow and sales increase. This is not an overnight success plan – it is a slow and proven plan to get traffic to your site. The more you can commit to content the faster you will get results.

I build better websites for small businesses. Getting your website up and running is just the first step. Marketing your website and services comes next. I also teach people how to market on the Internet effectively.

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What does your website have to do with the scent of fresh bread? By Dana Greyson Freshly-baked, warm bread. Mmmmmmm. Delicious, isn’t it? It’s no accident grocery stores put their bakeries towards the front, and any restaurant worth its salt will tantalize you with its scent, win you over with its lovely texture. The better the restaurant, the better the bread. What does that have to do with your website? Does your website do little more than shove a menu on your visitor’s hands, and bore them with why your options are marvelous? Meanwhile they wait and wonder, impatiently. Or, more likely, they move on. Your website visitors come hungry for something, too. They want you to care, welcome them, give them a taste of how you can satisfy their needs so they can get past starving before they settle in for an appetizer and perhaps a meal. Sure, some might over-fill; some might slip off ordering little or nothing. Who’s more likely to send someone your way? Who’s more likely to return, use more restraint next time so they can save their appetite for the even more delicious appetizer, meal and dessert? While not the whole loaf, what bread crumbs have you put in place on your website? Do welcome them and ask their name so invitingly they’re happy to give it? Ask what they’d like? Offer some reasonable options given what your best customers appreciate? Give them a delicious taste to start? 32

Follow with seeing what else they’d like? Give them the time they need to decide, each step of the way? Check back? Ask for their feedback and give them a break if they’re not happy? Thank them by name and treat them so well they can hardly wait to come back? Make it easy for them to invite their friends? Welcome them back by name and remember them from before? Reward them with an appreciation gift upon their return? Yes? Now you’re cookin’. Article by Dana Greyson Write Stuff Websites, Owner/Promotional Copywriter PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS



Eggplant Tapenade Eggplant is such a delicious and unique vegetable with an unrivalled versatility meaning it can be cooked in so many different ways. The recipe I am going to share with you today is Eggplant Tapenade, a dish with origins in the South of France, consisting of pureed or finely chopped olives (black and green), capers, generous amounts of olive oil and of course, eggplant. Serves Four

Ingredients 2 Eggplants (medium-sized) 4 tbsp Olive Oil 1 Red Onion (Peeled and thinly sliced) 2 cups Tomatoes (chopped) 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar 2 tbsp Capers 8 pitted Green Olives 8 pitted Black Olives Salt and freshly ground Pepper 34

Directions: 1. Cut the Eggplant into 1 inch thick slices - leave them unpeeled. 2. Peel and thinly slice the red onions and chop the tomatoes into small cubes. 3. Salt the eggplant slices and let stand for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. 4. Warm the oil over medium heat. Cook the Eggplant and Onion until golden brown and lightly crisp. Remove from the pan. 5. Add the tomatoes and vinegar to the pan and cook for a few minutes over medium heat. Add the capers and olives and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss with the eggplant and onion and serve immediately. Image and Recipe: Recipes Room. For more recipes, please visit PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS


Southwest Chicken Salad A bed of lettuce layered with colorful veggies, black beans, and cilantro, topped with tangy homemade dressing! Serves Four

Ingredients Dressing Ingredients: 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar* 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash pepper Salad and Toppings: Approximately 4 cups lettuce of your choice, freshly washed and torn 1 cup chopped multi-colored bell peppers (green, red, yellow, and/or orange) 1 cup cooked or grilled chicken, cubed 1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup sliced green onion tops 2 avocados, diced A handful of chopped fresh cilantro Directions: 1. Start by combining dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisking with a fork or small whisk. Set aside for flavors to combine. 2. Prepare lettuce and toppings by washing, chopping, etc. as specified in the ingredient list. 3. Layer salad starting with the lettuce. Sprinkle colored peppers, chicken, black beans, green onions, avocado, and cilantro. 4. Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy! Additional Notes: *You can substitute freshly-squeezed lime juice for some or all of the vinegar. Preparation Time: 25 minutes Image and Recipe: Tammy’s Recipes, Everyday kitchen Inspiration. For more recipes, please visit http://www.tammysrecipes. com/southwest_chicken_salad





Hot Apple Pie

Cool Autumn Evenings...


apples and cranberries As the hot summer days lead into the unsettled, chilly evenings of autumn most of our tastes change accordingly. We tend to seek out warm drinks that help the body beat the new chills we’re exposed to. We are also inclined to choose flavors of the season: the apples that are filling the orchards with color, the cranberries that are prime picking and sweet honey. Hot Mulled Apple Cider Image ©Pamela. Hot Apple Pie Image ©Boomette. Recipes: Recipe Zaar: Autumn Punch Image and Recipe: drinks/autumn-punch/

Hot Mulled Apple Cider Ingredients 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon whole allspice 1 teaspoon whole cloves 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 dash nutmeg 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inch) 2 quarts apple cider orange wedges 1 whole cloves

Directions: Makes 8 servings, 18 cups Combine brown sugar, allspice, 1 teaspoon cloves, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and apple cider in large saucepan. Bring to boiling. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain to remove spices. Serve in mugs with clovestudded orange wedges. 36

Ingredients 1/2 fluid ounce Baileys Irish Cream 1/2 fluid ounce Goldschlager 1 dash cinnamon (optional)

Fill a shot glass half full with the Bailey’s and the rest of the way with the Goldschlager. Mix with toothpick. Then sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on the top and light it with a match (it may take a couple of tries to get it to stay lit). Let it burn for a few seconds and gently blow out the flame being careful not to splash the drink out of the glass.

Autumn Punch Ingredients 2 teaspoons whole cloves 1/2 of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise 1 64-ounce bottle applecranberry juice 4 medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced 1 750-ml bottle Gewurztraminer, or other fruity white wine* Ice cubes

Directions: Makes 10 to 12 servings. Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) *Nonalcoholic Option: Substitute two 12-ounce cans chilled ginger ale for the Gewurztraminer, and serve over ice. PLEASE MENTION SNAPSHOT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADS


Learn to Brew Your Own Beer...

My Brew Buddies Have you ever wanted to learn to brew your own beer? Well it is football season and now is a perfect time to learn. “Get your Brew On”. My Brew Buddies offer classes (Brew Parties) in your home, with your friends. As a “Host” of a Brew Party they will extend discounts and gift certificates to you. If you get your friends and buddies to buy something at the brew party they’ll give you a cut in the form of a gift certificate.

Hopefully they’ll bring you a cold frosty one at the same time! The idea is that if you can get your friends hooked, not only do you get to drink their beer but you can get discounts and gift certificates. This lets you get more ingredients to make more of your own homebrew. The more they buy the more you get.

Did someone say “free beer”?

While they are helping you brew and understand how to make a great tasting batch of beer, they’ll take orders from your friends and deliver them to you in about a week. These can be as simple as kits of ingredients to brew a batch of beer or something like a fermenter so they don’t need to borrow yours. You only need to get them to come over and pick up their orders.

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September Dessert Wines Dessert wines are a fabulous way to end an evening. Serve before coffee and dessert, instead of dessert or with dessert. Some say dessert wine can truly be better than sex. You’ll have to see for yourself. Most think of Port as the only dessert wine. However there are many more. Sauternes... aromas of honey, dried pineapple and nuts. Ranging in flavors of apricot, peach, pineapple or vanilla; often trimmed with a burnt sugar flavor, like a crème brulée. Warning watch out for the Sauternes label, make sure there is an “s” at the end, or you might end up with a wine that does not even come close to the real deal! Try Pedro Ximenez 1827, Sweet Sherry. This one is not your plain Sherry; it had a serious sex appeal. Serve over vanilla ice cream, it’s sinfully delicious! Also try Vin Santo and pair it with biscotti or dip your cookies into the wine for an amazing dessert. And there are still more, ask your local wine concierge for suggestions. Here is one that was recommended by a friend MAS AMIEL http://www. à la votre !


Balconies, Beer and Bite… Quintessential Portland and Beyond By Dana Greyson Looking for local insider tips on what to do, with focus on experiences that are unique to our area and amazingly affordable? Recommendations for visitors and those of us on staycations…


Bagdad Theater, resplendent in balconies, beer and bite of pizza, while watching a $3 movie is one of the sure winners. For the more active, as the largest urban park in the country, Forest Park, with its Rose and Japanese Gardens, Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, Forestry Center and the view from Pittock Mansion is hard to beat. Powells, the largest independent book store in the country is a don’t miss for bookies. For foodies the choices are almost endless… Papa Hayden’s desserts are definite palate pleasers, agree with one of “Road Food” author Michael Stern’s top 15 places to eat in the country, Sahagun’s chocolates, and finally Clay’s Smokehouse satisfies on aroma alone.


Off I-84, another sure-fire favorite is the Historic Columbia River Highway gorge scenic waterfall tour, with a lovely lookout from Vista House, capped off with a trip up to Timberline Lodge’s “The Shining” lobby. While a hiker’s paradise, even the less ambulatory are enchanted by the windsurfers in Hood River, and can see stunning sights with ease. Don’t miss the huckleberry shakes at Mike’s Ice Cream in Hood River. Route: take the loop from I-84 Eastbound, with the scenic byway at Troutdale, back on I-84 to Hood River then along rural Hwy 35 to Timberline and returning on Hwy 26 through Sandy is a long, full day.


About an hour’s drive northbound off I-5 leads to Mt. St. Helens, the still-active volcano which dramatically erupted in 1980. Its surreal scenery is ably explained and put into perspective by several interpretive centers. Open through October, Johnston Ridge Observatory offers the closest view of the still smoldering peak. Article by Dana Greyson Write Stuff Websites, Owner/Promotional Copywriter



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