Finally getting back to where I left off with the first part of the road trip I went on with my mom at beginning of August! We spent the majority of our second day at Crater Lake National Park which is every bit as amazing as I had hoped it would be. Pictures don’t even do it justice or express just how truly stunning Crater Lake is.
I just got back a few days ago from an awesome 4-day road trip with my mom and am not ready for reality. Can I just stay on vacation?
I’ve been reliving all the beautiful places we saw the past few days while looking through my photos and am still just in awe. The world is such a beautiful place, especially the Western US (Okay, I’m slightly biased, I’ll admit). It truly is stunning, though, the difference a few hours of driving can make: Just 3 hours outside Portland to the East and I feel like I’m in a completely different place. Gone are the lush green trees, grass, and water. We drove past massive fields of wheat, where everything looked yellow and dry. Northeast of Bend, we explored the John Day Fossil Beds Monument, which covers almost 20,000 acres in Central Oregon. Of the 3 “units” the monument is divided into, we visited 2: Clarno and the Painted Hills.
I am soooooo happy this week is over. It was hot and busy, a recipe bound to lead to exhaustion.
Seriously. And all I have left to do is plan for the trip I’m going on with my mom next week! I’m so excited! We are heading to Central Oregon to visit the Painted Hills, then traveling South to Bend, OR. We’re then hitting Crater Lake National Park on our way down to Northern Cali, where things get a little less planned out. Possibly Lassen Volcanic National Park, definitely some hiking, maybe McArthur-Burney Falls (we’ve both been there before, but it’s really pretty!), and definitely Redding for an In-n-Out Burger. (Priorities, right?) Then back home!
I haven’t gone on a trip longer than one or two nights since 2012 so I am definitely jumping out of my skin with excitement. It will be so nice to get out of my head and out on the road, to get to spend some quality time with my mom, eat some great food, take a million photos, and enjoy nature.Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I’m just about ready for Fall. I love Fall. I’m ready for falling leaves in every shade, nighttime bonfires in the actual dark, crisp mornings, and lots of layers. Of course, I am excited for the rest of summer! In ten days, I’m going on a short road trip through Oregon and Northern California with my mom that I’m super stoked about, and the week after we get back, my sister is getting married! So I’ll enjoy the rest of my summer, I’m just almost ready for it to be Fall. 🙂
Yesterday morning was cool and overcast, and I was craving something warm and hearty; something a little different than the breakfasts I’ve been enjoying lately. I haven’t had oatmeal in a long time and still don’t eat oats, but I figured a breakfast quinoa would be the perfect substitute for my oatmeal craving. A simple, creamy vanilla quinoa base topped with cinnamon apples ended up hitting the spot, and it was so good I decided I needed to share it with you guys.
Hello hello happy Monday and happy 4th of July to all my American dudes. What are you doing today? I’m enjoying an extra day off with my boo and the usual Monday grocery shopping, then cooking up a few things to take to my uncle’s 4th of July barbecue.
Here’s some inspiration for last minute drink, sides, and desserts to bring with you. Nobody needs to know if you waited til the last minute 😉
Hellloooo and happy Monday!
This weekend J and I went camping with some of his family at Takhlakh Lake, Washington (Pronounced Tack-lack, in case those crazy h’s threw you off). I was a little worried when it was pouring down rain all day Friday while I was running errands, but it ended up being perfect weather for us while we were at the Lake. We drove about 4 hours out into the woods with no cell phone service, insanely bumpy, unpaved roads (thank God J was driving, I don’t think we would have made it otherwise!), and of course, beautiful Pacific Northwest views. Takhlakh Lake is 7 miles from Mount Adams, so on a clear day, you get a perfect view of the snow-peaked mountain reflecting over the lake. We waited all day for the clouds to clear up and finally, a few hours before sunset, almost all the clouds shifted and Mount Adams could be seen perfectly.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend?
My weekend was productive! J put granite shower walls in our bathroom (I helped!) which looks amazing. It really pulls the room together. He even said it’s his favorite part of the house 🙂 We also worked out in the garden a little, and my back is killlllling me from all the weeding. Seriously, where do they all come from? I JUST got them last weekend. We also planted beans (THREE KINDS!) to take the space where our poor little peas have given up, as well as a jalapeño plant.
Unfortunately, the weekend is over, and it’s back to work. (Well. Not for me, sort of, as my boss is on vacation. I’ll be working a couple days on some extra projects at work but not a full work-week.) Anywayyy, assuming you are back at work today, I’ve rounded up some recipes and ideas to help you have a great week!
Some days, I wake up and I just know. Today is going to be a rough day.
Other days, I wake up and I’m fine. I’m great. But at some point in the day, inevitably: I eat. And the pain ensues.
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friiiiiiiday…..
Oh, sorry, it’s not 2010 anymore. What are you up to this weekend? I need to work in my garden and get the rest of what I want to eat planted! We already have little lettuces and carrots starting to sprout up, and it’s been a month since we planted, so I think it’s time for my second crop of lettuce! I also want to plant some kale, which we forgot to do last month, and some green beans. We had planted a bunch of snap peas but it’s been so hot lately that I think our little pea buddies died. They aren’t showing a single sign on growing. Ah well. I’ll go for a late pea crop in the fall I guess. I’m just so happy this weekend we’re getting some rain, a very nice break fro the 95°+ temps we had last weekend. I was dying.