Today hit a high of 50 degrees. You’d think it was spring, based on all the people I saw wearing shorts and sweatshirts around downtown Portland. It almost will be, since we dealt with freezing temperatures for about a month now. 20 degrees warmer and we’re pulling out the lighter gear and sunglasses! (Haha. Seriously though, who are these people?)
The warmer weather must be messing with my brain, because I have had sudden urges to clean out my linen closet, pantry, and deep clean the laundry room. That is where I remembered, as I was reorganizing and de-cluttering my pantry, that I had all the ingredients to make 7-layer bars. It seemed fitting, and rewarding, after all the hard work to make these simply irresistible, and super addicting, bars. Continue reading
We just got back from a week’s vacation visiting family in California. Like all good adventures, this one was filled with laughter, fun, and craziness. And when I say craziness, it pertains to just one thing–children. Ha! I had the brilliant idea of driving, which by map, should have taken about 10 hours, but in actuality, it took a little over 13. In my head, I thought of it idealistically, that driving would be good family fun and bonding, and let me just say, we certainly bonded! I already knew that little ones just cannot sit still for that long, but a long car ride just proved that point even further. (Actually, it wasn’t as bad as I make it out to be. The kids were pretty good in spite of it all; it was me who had to remember they’re only 3 and 5.) The portable DVD player is what saved us.
One day we went into San Francisco. I love that city!
Eric and I had been there numerous times before, but it was fun walking through the city with the kids. They saw things I had never observed before! As we concluded the day, we went and had ice cream at Ghirardelli. Grace and I shared a double scoop cone, and Eric and Matthew shared one. Seems reasonable, right? Apparently, I had NO IDEA just how big a double scoop is. We could have shared one between the four of us!
We had such a wonderful time (despite the car ride) and were so grateful to extended family for hosting us. They cooked us yummy food and kept the kids entertained (which is no easy feat). So, thanks fam!
As a parting gift, my aunt sent me home with a bunch of Meyer lemons and limes from her yard. (My other aunt grows grapefruit, and I came home with about 20+ of those. Trying to think of good desserts to make with that fruit…) Continue reading
I hope you had a great Memorial Weekend. My family and I went to the beach for a long, extended weekend and got back home later Tuesday night. For those of you who have been to the Oregon beach, you know that the weather is not predictable. For example, on Monday the weather predicted that it was going to rain all day, but instead, it was sunny and in the low 60s. I really like Oregon beaches, compared to California, South Carolina, and Mexico, (which are the only three that I can compare because I haven’t been anywhere else), because Oregonians actually do things at the beach besides sunbathe. We jump the waves in the water,(which has to do with the cold Pacific Ocean temperature more than anything), make sand castles, fly kites, and take beach walks with kiddos and dogs.
I was shocked last summer when I visited Charleston, (which I loved by the way), and could actually sit in the ocean. Sit, I tell you! It was like warm bath water and I didn’t want to ever get out. Yeah, Oregonians don’t do that. Well, maybe with a wetsuit, but that defeats the purpose of swimming in the ocean. This was the first time that Matthew has been on the beach. My mother-in-law bought some sand toys and Matthew went to town, filling his bucket with sand. (When I packed his clothes, I forgot to pack a thick sweatshirt, so he had to use one of mine. It was like a long cloak on him!) Continue reading