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Petunia's Pies and Pastries Grand Opening + Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad + Jury Duty

Posted Mar 03 2013 10:57pm
Good Evening and Happy Sunday!

It has been way too long since I have blogged and I actually have a lot to report but will have to make this brief because I am under deadline on a project.  I am hoping to be able to be back to my normal life next week.  This week however starts out with Jury Duty tomorrow.  Please pray that I don't get picked.  I want to be a good citizen and think it would be interesting to be on a jury but this week is the lead up to our school auction, my website is being built this week (lots of email work) not to mention regular work.  I had to shift my schedule due to jury duty so my W/TH/FRIDAY are jam packed.  Can you feel my stress?  I want to put it out there that these are quality problems and that I really should not be complaining, I am just feeling under the gun!  BREATHE.

Speaking of breathing, I spent some quality time outside on this gorgeous day.  Spring has definitely sprung here and it was sunny and 52 degrees.  Emmet and I headed to Mt. Tabor this afternoon to work on his science project.  I was able to get in a quick run while he skated.  I did my favorite stair workout  and it felt good to shake off my feeling of overwhelm.  I hate to admit this but I am feeling like a chunky monkey and want to shed a few lbs and  reclaim that feeling of being light and energetic!  My workouts have not been up to snuff, I have not been getting enough sleep and my eating just seems to be off.  Not terrible but just out of balance.  Thus, I am declaring right here and now that I am going to tweak my diet, boost my metabolism and get back to on track!   Anyone care to join me?

Now, I do have to tell you that I did venture downtown to my absolute favorite bakery in pdx- Petunia's Pies and Pastries Grand Opening.  Darling. Lisa Clark, owner of Petunia's Pies and Pastries has finally opened up a brick and mortar location at 610 SW 12th Avenue.  I fell in love with Lisa's gluten free and vegan treats at the PSU Farmer's Market  and have been known to make a special trip just to get her Peanut Butter Crispy Bar.

Petunia’s Pies & Pastries is a flourishing gluten free & vegan baking business that was started from the ground up by its current owner, Lisa Clark. Her creative vision and plans began years ago as a child, as she learned to bake with her mother. It quickly became clear that sweet treats, creative expression, nurturing others and acts of service to bring joy to humanity needed to be a part of her life forever. In 2010, after discovering her own many food intolerances, she got an idea to start the niche business out of her tiny home kitchen in Portland, Oregon. She has since made a name for the business in local farmers markets, successful wholesale relationships and direct to customer sales. She gained a large and loyal customer base by creating positive working relationships, and established the company name in Portland and amongst the food community. She has provided wonderful opportunities for employees and has rapidly grown Petunia’s at each stage of business. Demand has grown for our quality niche product, and the attitude and experience that Petunia’s serves up with each pastry.
We handcraft our scrumptious sweets locally in small batches in downtown Portland. We use only top quality, all natural, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Only the best for us. We believe everything you eat should make you feel great. You should feel great eating dessert too! Our yummy treats are not only the best in town but good for you too! We hand make our own special gluten free flour blend using great high protein, high fiber heart healthy nutritious flours. We use all natural cane sugar, and some alternative sweeteners such as agave syrup, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar & date sugar. We use healthy fats and fat replacements like coconut oil, non-gmo canola oil, locally made raw nut butters, coconut milk, applesauce, bananas, zucchini and pumpkin.

The bakery is absolutely adorable, just like I thought it would be.   We actually went for lunch to check out their savory menu.  

I ordered the Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Salad.  Yum!

I liked this salad so much that I had to come home and recreate at home.  It makes for the perfect lunch. Protein andVeggie packed.  It has been a while since I have made a good quinoa salad and this one hits the spot.  I packed mason jars with the Corn and Black Bean Salad and they are all ready to grab and go.

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 can/box of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • handful of heirloom grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup of raw pepitas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  •  1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  •  1 tbsp dijon mustard
Garnish with salsa and avocado.

Combine cooked quinoa, black beans, zucchini, corn, bell pepper, jalapeño, tomatoes and pepitas.  Gently toss together.  In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, white balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard.  Pour over quinoa/veggie.  Gently toss again.  Garnish with salsa  and avocado.


Ms. Zoe loves Petunia's Cinnamon/Sticky Buns and I am a wee bit obsessed with the Peanut Butter Crispy Bar.


I think one of the reasons I love Petunia's so much is because owner, Lisa Clark is a little, itty, bitty thing and I like to believe I can eat her scrumptious treat guilt free.  Ha!

Zoe earned her treat because she had played in the Basketball Championship Tournaments all morning.  

The Laurelhurst Bears played hard and came in #1.

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