The Beaverton City Library Offers Books, Classes and More

October 21, 2014 4:44 pm

The popular Beaverton City Library offers an open, comfortable space where locals can browse the shelves for a good book, check their email, and even grab a bite to eat while enjoying the fountain, flowers, and weekend farmers' market out front.

Kids enjoy traditional library programs such as story time and homework help, and they also get a kick out of fun events like "Messy Science Experiments" and the "Rainbow Magic Party." Adults can join a book club, sign up for a computer class, or access the library's extensive job searching resources. If you're in a rush, you can simply order the books or DVDs you'd like to check out, and they will be set aside with your name on them. You can conveniently access anything from the Washington County cooperative system. Just swing by and pick your order up when you're in the neighborhood!

Beaverton City Library
12375 SW Fifth Street
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-2197

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Dutch Butter Cake

October 20, 2014 7:46 pm

I know I haven’t made a post in a while. My life has been quite busy! I wanted to share another one of my favorite recipes with you. This is one of my recent favorites. It’s super easy to make and absolutely delicious. I found it on Pinterest, which is one of my all-time favorite sites for easy, delicious creations.

What you’ll need:

2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 sticks of unsalted butter
2/3 cup of sugar
¼ teaspoon of salt

First thing, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, line a 8×8 baking dish with foil.

Now for the magic! Melt the butter and mix in the flour, sugar, and salt until it all just combines. The trick is to make sure not to over mix it.

Take the prepared dough and press it into the bottom of the foiled pan. Once that is complete, bake the cake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. At this time, check the cake. The edges should be just starting to turn a golden color. The cake will still be gooey, but it is definitely done at this point. Go ahead and take it out of the oven. Make sure to allow the cake to completely cool before you remove the foil from the pan. Once done, go ahead and enjoy some of your hard earned goodies!

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How to Take the Stress Out of Home Entertaining

October 14, 2014 12:44 pm

Even the best party planners get stressed out when it comes time for a large get-together, but there are some simple tips that help to take the pressure out of entertaining. Here are a few smart ideas that will make your upcoming holiday party or gathering effortless and worry-free.

  1. Make a to-do list. Any expert entertainer will tell you that the easiest way to stay organized is by making a to-do list. Detail everything that you need to do to prepare and keep things separated by days. If you start the planning a week or so in advance, everything will come together on party day.
  2. Keep things relaxed. It doesn’t take fine china to set a beautiful table. Keep things low-key by using attractive paper tablecloths and napkins, and make sure that all of your flatware matches so that you can mix and match pieces depending on the type of food that you’re serving.
  3. Create a lively atmosphere. Do whatever it takes to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable, from creating a fun playlist to drawing up seating place cards that best match guests who don’t know one another. This ensures that the conversation will flow all night long.
  4. If all else fails, make enough food. If your guests love the food, you can almost guarantee a good party.

10 Tips To Help You Throw a Great Party Without Losing Your Mind (Or Blowing Your Budget) [The Kitchn]
12 Secrets to Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party [HGTV]
The Stress Less Dinner Party [Real Simple]

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