Sunday, July 10, 2016

Road Trip Oregon

Omid and I embarked on a fun filled road trip through Oregon last week. We visited all new places we hadn't been before. The best part was meeting up with dear friends along the way.  

Old school navigation. #ilovemaps #gocougstoo

First 'selfie' stop: Diamond Peak Wilderness

Sprague River #serene
We met up with friends Tom & Katie in Lakeview.

Coolest Safeway sign we ever saw. #cowboycountry
Restaurants close early  (8:30 p.m.) in Lakeview and were hungry while waiting for Lin & Ward to join us. We stopped at one restaurant and were turned away. They told us to try Jerry's. Jerry's hours say there closed at 8:30 p.m. too, but we were welcomed with open arms and stayed until almost 10:00 p.m. Thanks Jerry's!

4th of July with the BACs #badasscougs

Festive Friends
After spending a lovely 4th of July together, we parted ways with Lin & Ward. They left for the rainy coast and we stayed in sunny central Oregon with Tom & Katie for more adventures.

First stop was Fort Rock. Fort Rock is a volcanic landmark called a tuff ring, located on an ice age lake bed.

We could see for miles: an absolutely beautiful day!
#fortrock #bluesky #lushgreenalfalfa
We brought out our trusty map and looked to see where we should travel next. Katie found a place called 'Hole in the Ground.' Katie and I decided Tom & Omid had to take us there. When you see a name like that on a map, it's a must see!!

We drove 6 miles on a severely rutted Forest Service gravel road to see it. Hole in the Ground is actually a large maar (volcanic explosion crater). We heard there was a smaller maar nearby called Crack in the Ground, but decided against visiting as it is apparently hard to see.
Not as impressive as I hoped it would be. The crater is one mile across.
Tom then drove us up to Paulina Peak, near LaPine. From there we could see the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington and Mt. Hood. It was beautiful!

Paulina Lake & East Lake as seen from Paulina Peak.

Guess what we saw from Paulina Peak? Fort Rock!!!
Then it was off to see the Big Obsidian Flow.

Wow! So strong!

Paulina Falls

Katie & I found this old log full of Indian gum. We both had fond memories of chewing the stuff as kids, but didn't dare try it now. #kidsofthe70s.
It took us all day to stop and travel at these places and we were exhausted. We decided to stop in Bend, OR. We had dinner at the Deschutes Brewery Public House. So good!! Their Inversion IPA Caesar salad was out of this world!
The next morning it was off to see the Painted Hills. They are one of Oregon's 7 wonders!


From a distance, the hills look soft & velvety, but up close you can see it looks like dried mud. They are so fragile. It was unfortunate to see where tourists had stepped on the hills or had thrown rocks to break the claystone.

All in all, it was another wonderful adventure with our BACs (bad ass Cougs) friends! We are already looking forward to the next adventure!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy 12th Birthday Remy!!!

Happy 12th birthday to our favorite pooch!!

Remy started his birthday off with his traditional birthday breakfast: a bowl of freshly picked blueberries from Meadowglenn Farms and a dollop of whipped cream.
Happy birthday Remyjoon! We love you oh so much!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Prosser Wine Weekend 2016

Last weekend we had our annual wine tasting weekend in Prosser,WA. We were so happy that Lin & Ward were able to join us again this year!

Reunited! #dearfriends

I  LOVE US!!! Three WSU Love Stories! #gocougs

Katie loves to photo bomb!!!

Every year we meet to shoot sage rats & wine taste after.
We asked permission of the vineyard owner. Please don't go into vineyards and start shooting!

GO COUGS!  at Davenlore Winery

With the famous Gordon Taylor
After wine tasting, we headed back to our friends' winery, Pontin del Roza for a private party. Lin's 50th birthday party!!!! Their patio was the perfect place for the event.

Dustin did an amazing job decorating the table for Lin.

So pretty!

Love these ladies!

Omid made Persian BBQ
I stopped snapping pictures at this point, but during our delicious dinner in the stunning setting, I thought to myself: "This is so wonderful! I am here with my best friends and having the time of my life. Thank you,  God!"
I'm already looking forward to our wine tasting weekend 2017!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Make This!!!

Two new recipes I found via The Kitchn. I love this website! I signed up for daily emails and I have not been disappointed. So many delicious recipe ideas!

Here are two of my favorites:

Homemade energy bars (think Larabars).  These are so tasty and very easy to make!  I toasted the almonds before hand and also added 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, a pinch of cinnamon & 2 Tbs of old fashioned (not quick) oatmeal. 

After sitting in the fridge for 24 hours, they were even more delicious and reminded me of a thick & fudgy brownie. I took some samples in to work and they received 2 thumbs up!

Individually wrapped for lunches.
The other favorite recipe I found via The Kitchn is for sweet potato chickpea patties. These are so yummy and filling too. I have been making these for the last two months every Sunday for our weekly lunches.
I double the recipe and just made a few changes. The recipe called for grating the raw sweet potato. That is very labor intensive, so I bake the sweet potatoes first, then add the mash. I also chop the onions instead of grating them. It just saves time and they still taste exactly the same as the first time I made them.
Lunch is ready!

Check out The Kitchn website. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Make This!

Lemony Brussel Sprout Slaw

I am not a fan of Brussel sprouts, or at least I wasn't until recently. The awful boiled mini cabbages of my youth (the thought still makes me gag) are long gone. Hello oven roasted crispy Brussel sprouts or this tasty slaw.
The only changes I made was to add one bunch of chopped green onion and I plan to add chopped fried bacon as well.
Make this! You will love it!!
Lemony Brussel Sprout Slaw from NYT Cooking
2 T mayonnaise
1 t Dijon mustard
2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 T lemon zest
1/4 cup olive oil
1.5 lbs Brussel sprouts, trimmed & shredded
1 medium Granny Smith apple, diced or shredded
1 large shallot, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Step 1
To make the dressing, whisk together the mayo, mustard, lemon juice and zest in a small bowl. Add the oil a little at a time, whisking the entire time.
Step 2
Combine the sprouts, apple & shallot and toss with the dressing. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, toss with the mint.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Make This! Tasty's Sugar-Glazed Apple Tart

If you have a Facebook, chances are you have seen one of Buzzfeed's Tasty videos. They are adorable & quick 'how to' food videos set to fun music.  I happened to see Tasty's video for a sugar-glazed apple tart yesterday and just had to make it.

Tasty didn't lie: it was easy, quick & delicious! 

Make one today!!

Apple tart before...

Apple tart after!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Omid's Birthday Weekend!

Last week, Naseem surprised Omid with a visit for his birthday!
We packed as much celebrating in as we could for her short visit.

First stop: Amnesia Brewing for birthday beer!

Matty had the next day off, so we went to our favorite biscuit joint for breakfast: Pine State Biscuits!

The final stop was for Pip's Original Donuts! Tourists visit VooDoo Donuts, locals go to Pips!!!

Pure donut bliss!!!!

Pip's to go!
Thanks Naseemjoon for the birthday visit for Dad! The best present ever!!! ♥

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Learning to Crochet

I found this super cute hat via Facebook and asked a friend at work if she could teach me how to crochet. She said I would need a lot practice & patience before I would be able to make the hat. I agreed, but in my mind, I was hoping to have the hat done in a week. I did have a back up plan: I emailed my sister Brenda the pattern and she made the hat in a day & a half. I should receive it Saturday! ☺

Anyways, here are the results from last week's lessons (we meet M/W/F). Monday was a challenge. I got the chain down, but was talking so much, I forgot to count. Wednesday same deal. I told myself that if I wasn't better by Friday, I was quitting.
Friday came and I learned my lesson:count my stitches & listen to the others talk (talking = skipping stitches).
Progress for sure! By tomorrow, this will be a new scarf for Remy. Next week I learn a new stitch. If I get that down, I should be ready to start my hat!