Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Events

Sunday, June 27 – North Sunday Parkways. (
Family friendly meet up at Arbor Lodge Park as part of the North Sunday Parkways. Meet @ 10:00 at the Circus Cascadia (near the tennis courts).

Monday, July 12 – Lunch at the Pioneer Square Farmers Market. (
Meet at the Umbrella Man @ 12:00 to have lunch and check out the new market.
No meeting July 8

Saturday, July 17 - Playdate at Jamison Square. ( 10:00 am – 12:00; Meet on the grass near the hot dog stand.
No meeting July 8

Saturday, August 28 - Playdate at Jamison Square.
10:00 – 12:00. 10:00 am – 12:00; Meet on the grass near the hot dog stand.
No meeting August 12

Hope to see you at an event soon.

Courtney, Darcy, and Lora

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Mother PAC

Some urbanMama friends have started a PAC. Check her email and invite out.

Introducing The Mother PAC
Just this Spring I co-created an Oregon Political Action Committee (yes, a PAC) with 9 other Oregon mothers with one goal: to elect legislators in Oregon who will champion the public policies families need. Some examples: paid family leave, affordable child care, excellent public schools, and an environment that isn't toxic for our kids. You know, the basic stuff every family needs to thrive (but doesn't currently have).

Why a PAC? We don't have the votes right now to pass the policies we need. The beauty of a PAC is that we pool our resources to send a message from mothers about mothers. When candidates get money from The Mother PAC, they'll know our vision, and will work to turn it into a reality.

Join me to learn about - and support! - The Mother PAC
I hope you'll join me for a house party in July to raise funds for The Mother PAC's inaugural election cycle. Yes, it's a fundraiser! I am inviting my mama friends whom I think really get these issues (that's you!) to be part of this amazing, mother-driven effort to fight for what we know families need. And you can even use your "free" Oregon political tax credit to break even when you donate (total win-win).***

We'll also.....have fun in the backyard, meet great people, and learn more about The Mother PAC's efforts, our goals, and the candidates we plan to support. Kids, partners and other friends (especially mamas!) are most welcome!

Summer house party details:

WHERE: The home of (PAC co-founder) Tara West @ 6435 E Burnside, on the corner of NE 65th Ave.
WHEN: Thursday, July 29th 5:30 to 7:30 PM
FOOD: Light snacks, drinks and dinner for kids.

RSVP - Email me now or ponder it till I send a real invite in July. I really hope you can make it!
***In Oregon you can get a full tax credit for contributing $50 (individual filer) or $100 (joint filer) to a political campaign or political action committee (PAC). More on that here:

PS - Two recent articles on the issues that provide excellent context:

In Sweden, men can have it all (NY Times)
Why Unpaid Maternity Leave Isn't Enough (Wash Post)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Working Mom's Recipe of the Week

Rosemary Chicken with Beans
Servings = 4
Time = 20 min

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, drained
1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine rosemary, salt, and pepper; sprinkle over one side of chicken. Place chicken in pan, seasoned side down; cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; turn chicken. Add tomatoes and beans; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until chicken is done. Stir in olives.

Submitted by: Naomi ,from Cooking Light magazine

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Working Mom's Recipe of the Week

Broiled Salmon and Tomatoes
Servings = 4
Time = 20 min

4 6-ounce pieces skinless salmon fillet
4 medium tomatoes, halved
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
8 sprigs fresh thyme
4 cloves garlic, sliced

1.Heat broiler. Place the salmon and tomatoes, cut-side up, in a broilerproof roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet.
2.Sprinkle the salmon with the paprika. Drizzle the salmon and tomatoes with the oil and season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Scatter the thyme and garlic over the top.
3.Broil until the salmon is opaque throughout and the tomatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Submitted by: Naomi Tsurumi, from

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reminder: CityMamas meeting this Thursday!

June 10 Meeting: Food Preservation 101

Food Preservation 101

June 10 @ 12:00 – 1:30
1900 Bldg., Room 4A  <--------- NOTE LOCATION!

Join cityMamas to learn about freezing, jamming, drying, pickling, smoking and pressure canning. We will highlight equipment, tools, talk generally about steps for each process, and discuss the best foods to use for each technique and where to get them. Recipes and tips to take home.

There will be food! We will bring some samples including pickled cucumbers, pickled green beans, smoked salmon dip and more.

Hope to see you then.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Working Mom's Recipe of the Week

Grill Fishwiches
Servings: 4
Time: 30 min

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
4 tablespoons butter
Boiling water
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon hot sauce (0ptional)
1 cup drained pickled vegetables
1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed olives (optional)
A generous handful of flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Four 6- to 8-ounce fillets grouper, wahoo, mahi-mahi or halibut
2 T melted butter
Old Bay Seasoning
4 kaiser rolls, split
Bibb or butter lettuce leaves

Preheat grill medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, cover the sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the garlic; season with the thyme and stir in the hot sauce.

Using a food processor, pulse the sun-dried tomatoes, pickel veggies, olives and parsley into a fine relish. Transfer to a bowl and stir in olive oil.

Brush the fish on both sides with the butter and sprinkle with Old Bay and a little pepper. Place on the grill and cook, basting with more butter, for 3 minutes on each side. Toast the rolls on the grill. Slather the rolls with the relish, a slice of grilled fish and lettuce.

From: Rachael Ray online