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Fastest Jam Ever.  And the tastiest!


We found this easy and delicious recipe at Prevention.com.  We think it’s the perfect way to fastest_jamsavor the juicy goodness of Oregon berries all year long.  Just stir and freeze – so it retains all the flavor of the fresh berries.  Plus it has fewer calories, with one-quarter of the sugar used in regular jam.  Next time you’re at the Farmer’s Market, pick up a few extra berries and give it a try.  It’s summerlicious!
Very Berry Jam

Total Time: 20 Minutes + Standing
Yield: 4 Half-Pints

1. Whisk together 1 1/2 c sugar and 1 package (1.59 oz) “no-cook freezer jam fruit pectin” (like Ball) in a bowl. Be sure to buy the right type!
2. Mash 1 c raspberries, 1 c blackberries, and 2 c strawberries (hulled and quartered) in another bowl until fruit is a chunky puree.
3. Pour sugar and pectin into the bowl with the fruit and stir until very well combined. This will take 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Ladle jam into four 8 oz freezer jam jars (either glass or plastic), let stand until set, about 30 minutes, and freeze.

Voila!   Spread and Enjoy.

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When you first meet Karen Kleinwort you’ll notice her friendliness, the warmth in her eyes, the gurgle of laughter that’s gngpic-1unexpected and her tendency to physically reach out and touch the person she’s talking to. Next you may become conscious of her eyes – what a beautiful hue of blue, their softness and how deep they seem to be, taking in the person in front of her, focused on you rather than her.

Lest you believe she’s Mother Teresa, let us assure you that she’s not. She’s a wife and mother of one child and two dogs, living and thriving in Wilsonville, OR. She also owns her own business called Therapy in Transition – a unique and exceptional coaching program.

Karen grew up in Ontario Canada where she started work at age four. Yes, you read it right – age four. Karen and her older sister were expected to help in the general store her parents owned in the small town where they lived.  “My parents understood customers always come first; that was our livelihood,” she says. “And what we did could affect that.” From a very young age the girls were raised with the values that good customer service, integrity and honesty won out over anything else when it came to business.  So there were rules.  One of them was they must be smiling upon entering the store and before helping themselves “we had to ask a customer if we could help them,” she says.

Her journey toward her current life’s work started on Feb.16, 1999 when she found Tito, her beloved lab, at a California animal shelter.  “For the next seven plus years Tito challenged me to rise above the norm and the expected regarding dog care and what people expect of human/animal relationships,” Kleinwort says now.

In 2006 Karen and her husband decided to move to Oregon and shortly thereafter discovered Tito had bone cancer. She still cries today when thinking of that time. “I had not lost anyone in my life,” she says. “I didn’t know what grieving was.”
While Karen was supporting Tito in the fight against the cancer, the idea of starting Therapy in Transition took root.

The original concept focused on the Interactive Pet Therapy Program but within a few short months after his passing Karen soon realized what the real purpose was and from there the organization expanded to include Life and Business Coaching for individuals and professionals as well as offering Reiki, CranioSacral, and many other supporting elements for clients to positively embrace changes and transitions they are experiencing.

Therapy in Transition essentially supports clients to continuously be “adjusting the focus on their perspective lenses” so they may see opportunities where they didn’t before.  The mission of Therapy in Transition says it all: Our mission is to coach individuals in rediscovering their inner wisdom by creating an open and safe communication environment. Through the use of multiple healing modalities our clients are able teach themselves how to accurately identify which role of their student-teacher selves is being invoked during each life experience. It is by meeting our clients where they are and by adjusting the coaching and healing approaches to each individual we further their transformation, growth and success.

Here’s what Karen had to say when we asked her our favorite Flourish questions:

1.  Who is your hero?
Simple, my sister Krista. There are no words to articulate or express why she is my hero; I just know she is one of the most amazing people I have come to know. As children we were like any other set of siblings but as adults we have come to know each other in a way that makes me want to be more like her every day as a mother, a woman, a wife and as an individual. She is inspirational and remarkable.

2.  What is your favorite quote and why?
There are so many quotes and not enough time in the day to reflect on them but I would have to say one of the top 10 would be “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.” by Albert Einstein. One of the keys to embracing change is willing to look at alternative perspectives of the situations we encounter. This quote reminds me any problem can be overcome by seeking the support of those around us and by being open to a perspective which is not our own.

3.  What keeps you flourishing?
My clients – their success reinforces my belief in what I do does make a difference one person at a time. Their improvements and forward growth makes a positive impact on so many others that the ripple effect of my work reaches thousands. My clients gratitude is the wind which keeps me airborne, courageous and in love with life.

4.  If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be and why?
I think this is the hardest question to answer for me since I love to be barefoot. I find shoes are too restrictive for my toes. There are no shoes which provide the grounding, nurturing or support like that of my skin touching and connecting with Mother Earth.

5. I can’t wait to…
Hug my son, kiss my husband, snuggle with my dogs, or embrace my family members. For everything else I have the patience to do and experience when the timing is right.

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“Sometime in your life, you will go on a journey.  It will be the longest journey you have ever taken.  It is the journey to find yourself.” Katherine Sharp

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If you are anything like me, you probably always thought that only a few special people were artistic or creative and no matter how hard you tried, you weren’t ever going to be one of “them”.   Personally, I always thought creative and artistic were interchangeable.  I only thought of being creative in the artistic sense.    I have dabbled in all manner of artistic/creative pursuits (water color painting, photography, pottery to name a few).  I always started with high hopes that this time my hidden artist would emerge, but after a short time, I gave up in dismay convinced that there was no hope for me.  I just wasn’t a creative person.

Well, who knew then how wrong I was!  Creative thinking has little to do with your ability to paint a perfect still life.  In fact there has been a lot of research done on creativity lately and it appears that our capacity for creativity – our brainpower – is much greater than we could ever imagine.    Apparently we have ALL been gifted with a birthright of unlimited creative potential.   The key is to recognize our own potential and then figure out how to tap into the well.

Creativity comes from an open mind, an ability to look at things from a different perspective, and from a willingness to take risks and experience failure.  Creative thinking occurs when we challenge our long held assumptions and realize there is often more than one right answer.   Next time you are faced with a problem, consider asking yourself “How would I look at this situation if I was six years old?”  You’ll get the most amazing insight and sometimes…just the right answer.

ingrid Would you like to learn more about finding or re-kindling your own creativity?   Our Flourish Salon on Thursday evening, July 16th, with guest presenter Ingrid Kincaid is called “Creativity, the Play that Pays”.  If you’re in Portland, come join us for an evening of fun, creative inspiration and coloring outside of the lines.

Ready to read more about boosting your creativity?  Check out these interesting sites… Creativity For Life, Word Juxtapoz, Creativity Portal

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