Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pullman Weekend!!

I recently won tickets to any WSU home football of my choice on Instagram and chose the EWU game (first home game of the year).
First stop in Pullman: Ricos for a drink!
Next stop: Lin & Ward's RV! WOOHOO!!! GO COUGS!!!!

Lia and Amy drove off for their own adventures after dinner at Sellas.

We were up to our alumni shenanigans on campus after hours! #gocougs!

Up bright and early for game day celebrations. We had the yummy omelets in a bag again. If you haven't tried those yet, do! Very easy and delicious!

Great seats! Not bad for free tickets!!!


View from the endzone

GO COUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At half time, Lin said the seats next to her and Ward were vacant.
We rushed over and watched the game with our
The Cougs lost, but it was so great to be back in Pullman again!

Omid had to practically put me in the car kicking & screaming, I didn't want to leave.
This was the view out of town. So beautiful!!!

Omid was so thoughtful and took a detour to Walla Walla for wine tasting.
That definitely lessened the sting of leaving town.

Dusted Valley cabernets - always a good choice!

After spending the day in Walla Walla, we headed home.
Check out the sky near Boardman, OR.

Washington State is so beautiful no mater where you travel!

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!