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Fact.

Yes, chocolate pairs well with wine. But it also pairs fantastically with a dark beer, or 5.

Nieces are so much fun. Especially when you can buy them sugary treats and then leave them with their momma the rest of the day ūüėČ

I’m pretty close with one of my cousins, who is about a month younger than me, started dating her husband just days before me & Chris, got married a month before us, lives 1 mile away…and just had a sweet little baby boy!!

When I’ve been wearing my hair long for too much time, I want to chop it off. So I do.

Truffle fries from Moo Creamery are AMAZING.

Sometimes my crazy dog likes to snuggle.

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Crockpot Love: Short Ribs n Beer

I’m not sure if there is a breathing being on earth who doesn’t love a Crock Pot. So easy, so delicious. ¬†Throw a bunch of crap in the pot, doesn’t really matter what. ¬†I am pretty positive that nothing less than mouth-watering could come out of one. ¬†Especially when it involves BEER. Can I get an amen?

So yeah, that’s kind of what I did here.

Crock-Pot Short Ribs w/Beer

Ingredients:
1 – 1.5 lbs of short ribs
A few shallots, sliced
A few stalks of celery, cut up into 2-3-inch pieces
3 cloves of garlic
Large bottle of a brown ale (I used Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale) *
Chicken stock – about a cup
Water
A sprinkling of salt & pepper

Throw everything in the crock pot! (Don’t you love that?). ¬†Only add enough water to barely cover the meat. ¬†I actually used no water, just added some extra chicken stock. ¬†Cook on low for 6 hours. ¬†Come home from work, make sure you have a towel nearby to wipe up the drool. ¬†These guys are SO good, totally soaked in the beer and it tastes amazing.

*Note: ¬†If you can’t find a large bottle, use a few small bottles. Remember, the better the beer, the better¬†these¬†will taste – so don’t skimp! ūüôā

If you want to make a  side, make these yummy Sweet Potato Latkes.

The latkes were good, but a little too greasy for me. Heck, they’d probably be too greasy for anyone. But they tasted¬†DELICIOUS. ¬†Next time I will try and bake them.

The Cleanse

So our cleanse went really well! ¬†Monday through Thursday of last week we were on a strict diet of raw fruits and veggies, and some raw nuts thrown in the mix for good measure. ¬†I think we were more strict on ourselves that we needed to be, but I am glad we did it because when juice day came around I never felt super hungry, or that I ever needed any real food. ¬†I’m going to give you a day-by-day glimpse just to show you the process.

Monday: I had a store-bought super healthy juice for breakfast, salad for lunch and another salad for dinner.  This night we had a little bit of salmon on our salad.  Water is all I drank, all week.

Tuesday-Thursday: Fruit for breakfast, snacks of raw almonds, salads for lunch and dinner. I was already sick of salads by the 2nd day. I wasn’t using any dressing and basically my salads were an arugala/spinach mix, and I threw on tomatoes, mushrooms and avocados with a bit of lemon sprinkled on top. ¬†Since I got sick of plain salads so fast I tended to eat random things throughout the day like raw coconut pieces (lol). ¬†We also borrowed a juicer from our friends and sometimes I’d just have a large glass of juice. My favorite was apple spinach.

Thursday afternoon we received the juice. ¬†Speaking of the juice, funny story. Kind of. ¬†It arrived in a very small box. ¬†I opened said box and counted 12 juices (6 per day, per person). ¬†I was sort of confused because I was PRETTY DANG SURE I ordered a 3-day juice plan for each of us. ¬†So I went back to¬†the¬†website and nope, I really did just spend WAY too much money on one days worth of juice. ¬† I still don’t know how I feel about it, if the juice had been thicker/more substantial I probably would think it was worth it. But, it was thin compared to fresh juice I have purchased and made. So I don’t know…anyways.

Friday: starting of juice only day! There are six juices to drink in the day. ¬†The first one was “Green Juice” – a bunch of lettuce and other veggies, and a hint of lemon. ¬†This juice was my least favorite and you actually have to drink it TWO more times in a day. ¬†I think each time I got to this juice my brain was making the experience 10 times worse that it probably was – by dinner, I hated it and basically chugged the whole thing. ¬†The other juices were PAM (pineapple, apple, mint), Spicy Lemonade (lemonade with a tiny kick of cayanne), and cashew milk (w/vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave) – these all were REALLY good, yummy…loved them.

Saturday: Only ate fruits/veggies again. BUT that evening I had a margarita. Well earned.

Overall, I am glad we did the cleanse but I was still bummed about only doing the juice for one day and the whole “crap, that was super pricey” thing. ¬†I was proud that we did so well with the diet and didn’t cheat at all. ¬†Not gonna lie, I was totally craving fresh¬†mozzarella¬†every day.¬† I also lost about 6-7 pounds. ¬†We tried to go to the gym one day and I really felt a lack of energy, probably due to not having any carbs. I also feel a whole lot better and definitely see the affect it had on my appetite, I don’t feel as hungry as I did before this whole thing and I see myself stopping before I feel full, I was never like that before.

So there’s that! ¬†Soooo happy to eat carbs sparingly again and not have to worry about NOT being able to eat something. I am such a believer in moderation! ¬†And you know what? I just realized I still haven’t had a beer! What’s up with that? ūüėČ

Fooding

Between going to the farmer’s market, fruit picking, and being given some giant zucchinis and squash, I’ve been trying all sorts of new recipes lately. ¬†Usually when Chris and I cook we find a new recipe, or just make something up with what we have…so new¬†recipes¬†aren’t new to me. I love trying new things, even if I do have a favorite way of making something.

So, my boss and his wife have been growing a garden and since they live in a cooler climate in the mountains, they have been getting some seriously giant produce. She’s been bringing down these giant zucchini and squash…they are huuuuge. ¬†And I gladly take them.

Since I also had some freshly picked blueberries, I decided to go with a recipe for blueberry zucchini bread that I’d seen recently. But, I ended up making them into muffins and one tiny loaf.

I was hesitant at first, but these are SO GOOD. Here’s the recipe: Blueberry Zucchini Bread. ¬†I sub’d butter for the oil. I liked that it already used half wheat/half regular flour, because I like to do that anyways ūüôā

I saw another yummy looking zucchini recipe a few days ago and was able to make it tonight; it is SO yummy and healthy!  Zucchini with Mint Yogurt Dressing.  It reminded me of this dish was have every year at Christmas for our annual Polish feast, which is actually thinly sliced cucumber and radish, but it has the same type of taste. Fresh. Yum.

That was one yummy dinner! Time for me to go finish up a little crafty project ūüôā

Meal planning (or lack thereof)

Chris and I have been horrible lately at cooking at home. We really enjoy cooking, and in the past have made most meals at home.  I think life has just got busy and tiring (and probably just out of being lazy) so we have kind of gotten away from that good habit of ours. Also, we kind of suck at cleaning up our cooking messes.

This week I am turning that around by using up the frozen meat & veggies in our freezer, and making a trip to the store tomorrow for some other things and actually planning meals to make this week in hopes of getting us back on track.

I just wanted to share some of the yummy things I have planned, and if they turn out good – will share the outcome later!

From top left to right: Grilled Fish Tacos, Roasted Asparagus with Olive Vinaigrette, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Pea, Feta & Crispy Prosciutto Salad,  Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Buttered Popcorn Cupcakes, Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel & Lemon, and Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Lime Dip.

Like how I threw a cupcake recipe in our “meal plan”? Hah! Really, it’s just something I wanted to make this week (and dessert is part of a meal, RIGHT?!).

On Seattle Being Awesome

Oops, it’s been three weeks since I wrote about the first part of our “mini-moon” – {Portland} – didn’t mean for it to take that long to write about the second half of our week away.

After our 3 short days in Portland, we drove our rental car up to Seattle.  It took us less than 3 hours to get there, which is pretty awesome Рand the drive was so pretty.

When we first arrived, we just drove straight to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Deca, which is located in the university district. ¬†It’s a super adorable boutique hotel and we definitely had a great stay. Our room was adorable and had great views (I believe we were on the 14th floor), plus they gave us some free¬†honeymoon goodies including some champagne and chocolates ūüôā

It was kind of late in the afternoon and we were starving, so we decided to head downtown to Pikes Place Market right away and find¬†something¬†there to eat. ¬†Can I just say that I hate parking in big cities (especially when I’m driving) and it gives me MAJOR anxiety? That is all.

We ended up grabbing some delicious chowder at Pikes Place Chowder, and then spent the rest of the day walking around, exploring and hitting some some shops.

And since our trips are all about food, we had a late dinner at a sushi place that was right down the street from our hotel, Village Sushi.  It was really good and the restaurant was on a street with older houses Рso it was in a super cute old house!

The next morning we went to a diner that has been featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, Voula’s Offshore Cafe. ¬†The cafe was super cute and we had a great meal – you could tell it was a really popular place, and for good reason. I have no idea what we ate but it was probably delicious ūüôā

That day we drove about an hour and a half away to a a wildlife park called Northwest Trek. ¬†We wanted to see more of the outdoorsy part of WA, so that’s why we went there. Plus…we love animals and it sounded pretty neat. ¬† The whole places was located within a dense forest, on acres and acres of land. ¬†All of the animals there are native to the area, some were in enclosed habitats, and there was another part of the park where you go on a tram tour through all these different habitats and see heards of different animals roaming around. That was pretty dang neat, because you were right next to them. ¬†Here’s some of my favorite animals we saw.

That evening we ate at RAM Brewery and grabbed some coffee at Satellite Coffee, both in Tacoma, WA. ¬† Weird story, that night when we got back to our hotel in Seattle, we turned on the news and saw there had been a shooting at a “popular¬†restaurant” that night and Chris said “that would be funny if it was the¬†restaurant¬†we went to”…and it TOTALLY WAS. Weird right. I mean…Tacoma is kind of a drive from Seattle, and we just happened to be at THAT¬†restaurant¬†that same night. Crazy.

Our last full day in Seattle was spent visiting some random places that I had read about online…they were kind of all over the city so we drove a lot. ¬†In West Seattle we visited Bakery¬†Nouveau¬†(I had an AMAZING almond croissant), Cupcake Royale (we tried lavender, red velvet, salted caramel and tripe threat chocolate, all so good!), a store called Click (lots of handmade goodies – I got some cute stuff), and stopped at the farmers market (it was a Sunday). ¬† That night we hit up another brewery, down the street from our hotel, Big Time Brewery. ¬†We mostly just went there to try their beer (which was good!) and we ate pizza ūüôā

Aaaannndd, the last day of our trip, we had to drive back to Portland from Seattle. It was raining really bad – so bad that sometimes I couldn’t see and I felt like I was going to crash! But we made it ūüôā ¬†(and just so Chris doesn’t sound lazy, I had to drive THE WHOLE TIME because I am the only one 25 or older and we didn’t want to pay more for him…boo!). ¬†Before we went to the airport, we met a friend for lunch at – you guessed it- another brewery. We had lunch at Widmer Brothers, and I think¬†Chris¬†is the only one that actually had beer. At this point, I wanted to die from all the beer and food we had been ingesting – lol. ¬†After¬†that, we headed to the airport and we had a safe flight home (yay!). ¬†Actually, boo…I was really sad to leave that gorgeous area and kind of depressed to come home. Can’t wait to go back.

And that, was the longest trip recap of all time ūüôā Hope you got through it all. Whew!

Hellooooo there!

WOW, it’s been way too long since my last post. Obviously, I’ve been a little busy. Between the wedding coming up in, oh. TEN DAYS (!!!!), and having our house all torn up for wood floor installation/bathroom remodel..it has been just a little crazy. We didn’t even have our computers hooked up at home for almost a week (until last night), that sucked!

We had a co-ed wedding celebration this passed weekend, which was SO FUN! We did a Lumberjack & Jill theme, and my sister threw the party. Here are a bunch of fun pictures.


The food: mini corndogs, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, kettle corn..I’m probably forgetting something. All deliciously horrible for you, but like i said, DELICIOUS!

Oh and I made these s’more cupcakes, super last minute, but that’s ok!
So, we had set up a few areas to take photos of everyone’s attire, and the ohsoclever Talia came up with the idea to make some fun props….
Danielle & Rachel!
One of my most favorite things, I finally got to use my Instax more than just a photo here and there, so I scanned all the photos we took ūüôā Here are some:

Ok that’s all for now! It’s almost 10pm and I still have like 30 DVR’d show to watch ūüôā I hope to blog a few more times before the wedding. Weeeeeeeeeeeeee. TEN DAYS!!!!!!!