What we Read, Watched, and Ate this Weekend

For the Portlandians reading this, are you sad the snow didn’t come?! I mean the BIG SNOW - the “snowpocalypse”. The city was in a frenzy Friday when the forecast said we were getting 15+ inches, myself included! I was so excited to get out in the closed down streets and finally play in the snow come Saturday. We hopped across the street to Trader Joes Friday night to get everything to make lasagna and it was literally like the scene from Jumanji. You know the scene where the monkeys are throwing paint cans and the canoe goes shooting through the store? People were in a panic and had SWIPED the shelves clean, I couldn’t believe it! There wasn’t a can of beans or mere onion left in the joint. Come Saturday we woke up expecting our apartment to be enveloped in a winter wonderland - yet the branches were barely dusted with snow 🙄 The sun was shining and it was a beautiful weekend nonetheless! At least the folks who stocked up for the 'lypse won’t have to buy groceries for the next 6 months 😆

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Read

  1. I just started Girl, Wash Your Face! I’m only two chapters in and I already love it. Rachel Hollis is absolutely hilarious and inspiring. Every page I read it makes me more and more motivated to make changes to reach my goals!

  2. Reading this article on Savannah, GA makes me want to visit there even more! I still can’t believe I haven’t been there yet!

Watched

  1. Nothing like a good rom com :) In our impending snowstorm on Friday we watched As good as it gets! I love a good jack nicholson flick.

  2. For the last few days we have been watching One Strange Rock on Netflix with Will Smith as the narrator. It is so freaking amazing! It’s incredible how our planet works and how magnificent it truly is. This is definitely not a boring science show ya’ll - it’s worth a watch!

  3. Thomas finally got me to watch a James Bond movie! It’s not that I was ever opposed to them, but I feel like it’s kind of like Star Wars, if you start one than you have to watch them all and that just seems like too large of a feat at this point in time lol. We watched From Russia with Love with a young Sean Connery (cue the Sean Connery Jeopardy skit from SNL 😂)

Ate

Friday
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We made cast iron lasagna in our dutch oven! The best rich meat sauce, béchamel, and lots of layers! The cast iron sides makes it almost caramelized and crispy in some spots - SO GOOD! Putting the recipe on the blog next week.
Saturday
- for breakfast we made Turkish eggs! I’m going to also post this to the blog as well soon since It’s becoming one of our faves. Pita bread topped with a lemony yogurt, poached eggs, a spiced chickpea and walnut mixture in a buttery sauce, and then topped with fresh dill.
- leftover lasag for lunch because duhhh
- smoothie bowls for dinner because we were so full from lasagna lol - Here’s our go-to favorite açaí smoothie bowl!
Sunday
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breakfast was leftover risotto from last week with a fried egg on top! Because Sundays mean fridge cleaning day.
- I did a Valentine’s Day cheese board shoot for the blog, so I ate my weight in cheese and fig jam for lunch.
- For din I made a variation of HBH’s sheet pan chicken shawarma bowls. SO good! I love the combo of hummus, spicy chicken and cucumbers!

Have a great week friends!
xo

Our Favorite Romantic Dinners to Make Together

When I see the giant heart boxes of cheesy chocolates in the grocery store during this time of year, I roll my eyes just a little. But at the same time i’m bursting inside because I am your typical girl and go nutso over mushy gushy stuff and love any excuse to celebrate anything and everything! So while I do love this day dedicated to love, I feel like every day should be like valentines day. It doesn’t have to be this grand gesture of buying flowers, chocolate, expensive dinner and gifts ALL on one day. But we do expect this throughout the year, right ladies? 😂 Just kidding - but in all honesty doing special things together should be EVERY WEEK, not just on February 14th and your Anniversary every year.

Making a romantic dinner at home is something we do as often as possible.. There’s nothing better than breaking open a bottle of wine, turning on some good tunes, and making a great meal. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out to a fancy dinner occasionally, but for us this is our definition of a perfect date night 💕🍴 Here’s a list of our favorite recipes to make together!

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1. Seared Scallops

Whenever i’m thinking of a romantic dinner at home, scallops are the #1 thing that pops into my mind! These little vessels of sea goodness are super easy to prepare if you’re careful, they look pretty, and you won’t feel super bloated after dinner - you know, so you can save room for dessert… 😉

My recipe for seared scallops with butternut squash purée is so good with sautéed mushrooms and an arugula salad on the side. Keep the salad simple with just lemon juice, good extra virgin olive oil, grated parmesan, and salt and pepper.

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2. Pasta

Nothing says ‘date night’ more than a good pasta dish and a bottle of red wine. It’s our go-to for Friday night or anytime really! I love those nights after we’ve finished our pasta and we’re sitting by the candle light finishing off the bottle and instead of turning on the tv to watch a movie or show, we just keep talking into the night. Sometimes life gets so hectic and you forget to just slowww down and enjoy each other. So my friends, break out your best bottle of cab or bubbly, make this sweet potato gnocchi with balsamic sage brown butter or oxtail ragu pappardelle and have yourself an old fashioned date night at home! 💋

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3. Lamb Shanks

The first time Thomas made me a lamb shank I seriously thought to myself “hot damn I better marry that man” ;)

I don’t know how, but for some people lamb isn’t there thing, and I just don’t get it. Lamb shanks especially, is melt-in-you-mouth-fall-off-the-bone perfection. For date night, I love our slow braised lamb shanks with basil mint pesto, with small roasted potatoes, and roasted mini carrots.

Or if you are wanting more of a stew, this lamb and butternut squash curry made with lamb shanks is one of my all time favorite cozy dinners.

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4. steaks

It’s hard to go wrong with a good steak for date night. We don’t have a grill since we have downtown apartment living, but I have found that a pan seared steak can be pretty darn good. I love searing a filet in a really hot pan with little butter and olive oil and then adding a spring of rosemary and smashed garlic cloves to the hot butter, spooning it over the steak as it finishes cooking. GAHH that’s good. All you need is silky mashed potatoes and broccolini on the side and you’ve got yourself a snazzy date night meal.

Or for a really show-stopping date-night meal, beef wellington is always so fun! I love this deconstructed beef wellington I crafted up this past holiday season. A lot easier and pretty to look at :)

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5. Chocolate Cake

okay, i’m sorry - I know this isn’t a dinner, but who needs dinner when you’ve got dessert?! If you feel like forgoing the dinner and going straight to dessert, than there’s nothing better than chocolate cake! We have made two chocolate cakes together and both are equally delicious. Chocolate rose cake for two is a fun treat for Valentine’s Day, but the double chocolate cake is extra rich and decadent.

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I know i’m being extra lovely on the blog for Valentine’s Day, but I hope you treat most days like V-Day with your other half and make date nights a weekly routine ❤️

Tell me in the comments what your favorite date night meal is or favorite thing to do together?!

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What we read, watched, and ate this weekend

Hey hey! How was your weekend? We had the best cozy cabin weekend with friends in Black Butte, a quaint ranch vacation community in Central Oregon near Bend. My friend Danni’s parents own a cabin there and it’s always the perfect relaxing weekend getaway! We headed up early Friday afternoon and spent the next couple of days with our four friends, eating good food, drinking too much wine and playing in the snow with their dogs Cooper the golden and Kodo the Aussie.

We didn’t do as much “watching/reading” as a usually weekend, but we sure did a lot of eating! 🍴

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Read

  1. I just finished reading Sarah’s Key, If you haven’t read it then you should definitely put it on your list. I just ordered Where the Crawdads Sing and Girl Wash Your Face on Amazon today.

  2. On our 3 hour ride to Black Butte, I read through a new cookbook, Six Seasons. It’s by chef Joshua McFadden who owns Ava Gene’s and Tusk in Portland. His way of cooking and using seasonal produce is incredible. Simple recipes at home centered around the seasons best vegetables. I already made a comforting cabbage farro soup from the book and I can’t wait to make more!

Watched

  1. We watched the Fyre Festival documentary for a 2nd time at the cabin since a couple people hadn’t seen it and were curious. It’s honestly so mind boggling to me that really happened and what a loser he is. It’s definitely entertaining if you haven’t watching it yet!

  2. Other than the doc, the TV stayed off which was a nice change! We played a lot of King’s Corner and One Night Ultimate Werewolf, which is such a fun game! Especially if you’ve had a few cocktails!

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Friday
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our friends Danni and Nick were in charge of dinner Friday night! They made spaghetti with bolognese with salad, crusty bread, and lots of red wine of course.
- for our night cap we made our favorite Old Fashioned’s using bitter housewife aged bitters!

Saturday
- for breakfast Thomas and I made our favorite shakshuka with couscous recipe that I adapted from Molly Yeh. This is honestly the breakfast recipe we make the most in our house, and occasionally for dinner for that matter!
- for lunch we headed into Bend and had lunch at Deschutes Brewery. We had beer flights (I loved the grapefruit sour), and I had French onion soup and the Nashville spicy chicken sandwich for lunch. I have to say, our spicy fried chicken sandwiches blow the socks off of that one.
- for dinner, our other friends Gabe and Linzy were in charge and they made our french onion pot roast with creamy polenta from the blog! The most cozy of all cozy comfort meals.

Sunday
- we woke up leisurely, had our coffee, and then Thomas and I made Huevos Rancheros for the group! We made a pot of black beans seasoned with salt, pepper, and cumin and cooked them down with a little beef stock and made them really creamy. We put the beans on top of a tortilla topped with a fried egg, homemade pico de gallo, avocado, sliced radishes, jalapeños, scallions, cilantro, and crumbly queso fresco cheese.
- after breakfast we took a long bike ride and before we knew it we had to rush back to the cabin and get packed up since there was other renters coming in. So once we were packed up we headed back to Portland and made asian-y pork burritos for dinner and the Super Bowl! If you want to follow-up along on Instagram stories, I am challenging to post on there everything we eat for dinner the rest of the year and saving it in my highlight reel! 😄 I thought it would be neat for us to look back and see everything we eat, plus I can re-make some of the stuff that we make on the fly that ends up turning out good! You can screenshot the recipe in my stories if you want to make it as well!

Have a great week!

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New Year, Big Goals!

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Almost every NYE that we’ve been together, we have gotten dressed up, made a great dinner with friends, and sipped champs until the early morning hours. Is it ironic that the first year that we’re married we stayed in, wore our comfiest attire, and didn’t even open the bottle of Prosecco in the fridge? lol I have to say though, I would not have had it any other way this year. We had a rough couple of days traveling back from a friends wedding in Ohio (we got stuck and had to stay the night in Dallas) plus I have a pretty nasty cold, so by the time we made it back to Portland in the afternoon of NYE I couldn’t think of anything I wanted more than to stay in and have a relaxing night at home. We did muster up the strength to make a pretty epic oxtail ragu with pappardelle, and then we watched one of my favorite movies of all time, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood We fell asleep on the couch and woke up 5 minutes before the clock struck midnight and kept our eyes open just long enough for a kiss - then slumbered away for a much needed 9 hours.

New Years Eve is always bittersweet. In one way i’m sad the the holidays and celebrations have come to an end, but i’m also excited to reset, reflect on the year prior, and create goals for the new year. 2018 was an amazing year; We got married, we attended 5 other weddings, went to the Bahamas for my bachelorette party, visited Austin, TX for the first time for another Bach party, traveled to Bali for our honeymoon, and to the Dominican Republic for my work contest trip. On the career front, Thomas switched from helicopters to airplanes with the path to become a commercial airline pilot, I continued to grow in my role as a recruiter at my day job, I did my first two restaurant photography shoots, and I continued to grow this little blog of mine. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished together so far, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

2019 goals!

personal:

Buy a home - I am constantly drooling over Pinterest and dreaming of a house. Our big goal for 2019 is buy a home where we are going to be for the next 5-10 years.

Saving - Saving money is a big part of buying a home, so I guess these two kind of go together. However, I overall want to be more conscience of what i’m spending my money on, like coffee for example. I have a perfectly good coffee maker at home and at my office, so there’s no reason to buy Starbucks! If I added up all the money i’ve spent on coffee out the last few years, would have a good chunk of money to put down on our house…no joke!

Spend less time watching TV - I’m a multi-tasker when watching a show, but i’m sure I would get a lot more done if I turned it off completely and had my full-focus on whatever i’m working on. I love a good show or movie on Netflix, but during the week my goal is to keep the TV off and focus on things for the blog, reading, or practicing Norwegian on Duolingo.

Play:

Kicking off our inaugural anniversary trip! - This is one that i’m really excited about. At my brother’s wedding we met a couple who for the last 5 or 6 years since they’ve been married have alternated planning a surprise anniversary trip! How fun is that?! It’s something to look forward to all year and will be amazing as well once we have kids and need a little vacay lol. I am kicking it off planning it for our 1st anniversary March 31st and Thomas will have no idea where we are going until we go to the airport (eh, or get in the car?) - stay tuned on where we go :)

Sticking to a weekly date night - I think connecting and being away from all social media/tv/the outside world is so important, whether it’s a cozy night at home playing board games or going our to a restaurant we’ve been dying to go to! I feel like we’re good about date night already, but I need to be better about ditching my phone!

Blogging/Business:

Read one blogging/business article a day - Constantly learning and staying up on new trends is so important and I definitely want to make this more of a focus.

Post consistently - I go through spells where I do 3-4 blog posts a week, then I’ll lose focus and only do a handful in a month’s time. I’ve already ordered my 2019 planner, so I am going to be proactive with planning content in advance and using my weekends and time off as efficiently as possible.

When it’s all said and done, the most important thing I want for this year and every year in the future is health and happiness for the people I love the most. Anything else is just a bonus :)

I hope you all have an amazing start to 2019!

Hosting our First Friendsgiving

Thomas and I hosted our first Friendsgiving last Saturday! I had all of these big plans to set-up a photo shoot and take a ton of pictures for the blog, but I definitely underestimated how much work goes into preparing for a Thanksgiving feast! I was talking big game the night before that I can do it all by myself, “it’s going to be easy”, and “I can just make a plan in the morning”. Thomas was going to be working all day, so I started feeling the panic when my eyes popped open at 6am thinking “shit! I better get a move on!”. It was such a fun first experience and we had an absolute blast.

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Here’s a little timeline of our day!

The night before: brined the turkey! I used bon appetite’s dry rubbed turkey recipe! It was some of the juiciest turkey i’ve ever had!

6am - eyes pop open in full-panic mode. The apartment is a mess and I don’t have a plan finalized for the day! I break out my bookmarked websites and bon appetite’s Thankgiving edition mag for some inspiration! After an hour of deliberating, I decided on creamy potato gratin, sausage fennel stuffing, roasted brussel sprouts, glazed kabocha squash, cranberry sauce, carrot cake for dessert, lots of gravy and the big fat turkey of course. Praying that Thomas’ flights get cancelled at this point so he can come save me.

7am-10am - Deep cleaned the house, had the Friends Thanksgiving episodes playing in the background, and stuffed everything possible that looked cluttered in the apartment behind our door in our bedroom. Our apartment has NO storage space, so anything that doesn’t have a place gets shoved under the bed or behind the door…I’m learning to be more of a minimalist ok?!

10am- Thomas walks through the door and says his flight was cancelled and he’s home for the day to help me! I cry tears of joy on the inside, but pretend like I had everything handled on the outside.

10:15 - head to Fred Meyer to pick-up all of our groceries! In our neighborhood we live walking distance to three grocery stores, which is such a luxury! We can see trader joe’s from our living room window, so we are definitely spoiled in that sense. If we ever forget a major ingredient I never sweat it since I know I can run right across the street!

11:15 - Got home and started making the homemade carrot cake! I used this recipe by Inspired Taste, but just used two of my 6 inch cake pans and made 4 layers! More frosting right?!

11:45 - While the cake is baking, Thomas starts making the turkey stock with all of the giblets from the turkey (sounds gross but is delicious), and I ran out to buy a couple more white plates from a thrift store down our street that has the best dishes! I also stopped by Kitchen Kaboodle to get cloth napkins candles, and then trader joe’s for all of the greenery/flowers for the table.

12:30 - Took the cake out and put the turkey in! You always want to use a meat thermometer to make sure it’s perfect, but a turkey takes roughly 15 minutes to cook per pound, so we were shooting for 3:30 for it to be coming out of the oven and rest for an hour.

12:30 - 3:30- This was a blur of cutting veggies, washing 1,000 dishes, frosting the cake, basting the turkey every 30 minutes, going nuts on potatoes with a mandolin, peeling god forsaken kambocha squash that has merciless thick skin, singing along to the happy hits playlist on Spotify, yelling at Alexa to turn it down when there was too much going on, sneaking kisses with my hot chef who was frankly saving my ass from having a meltdown had he not been there, setting up the table, lighting all the candles, and then answering the doorbell at 3:30 to a florist delivering flowers from my sweet Nana who knew I was hosting a party!

Pheww, I’m tired just re-living this!

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3:50 - Our friends Maureen and Eric were supposed to be coming at 4, so I quickly texted her saying we are a little behind sched and to come at like 4:30. I scrambled and took the fastest 2 minute shower ever to wash off all the powdered sugar and turkey drippings, threw dry shampoo in my hair, did a quick little makeup, and was back in the kitchen by 4!

4:00 - Poured ourselves our first glass of rosé which tasted like sweet nectar of the gods at this point in the day. That’s all the really matters here.

4:00 - 4:30 - Did last minute preparations and put everything in the oven that hadn’t been in yet. Here’s everything we made for the night! Dry-rubbed roast turkey, classic potato gratin, sausage & fennel stuffing (swapped out cornbread for sourdough), cranberry sauce out of a can because that’s how I like it, Thomas’s turkey gravy, simple roasted brussels, and kamocha squash with a spicy red wine glaze on top!

The rest of the night: Our friends arrived around 4:30ish and we had drinks and snacks before everything was ready to come out of the oven. We put broil on to crisp the potatoes, but forgot the turkey was in there, mind you this was about 3 glasses deep, and we burnt the top of the turkey! Thankfully enough that was the only mishap of the day and it was still delicious but maybe not as pretty.

We sat around candlelight until late into the night drinking 8 bottles of wine between the 6 of us, breaking out aquavit and rod stewart on the record player, and having one of the best nights ever. I love how a tradition forms when you don’t really plan on that happening, but I know Thomas and I will be hosting a friendsgiving like this one many more years to come.

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How was your Halloween week?! Ours was good, but I am officially ready to retire scary movies until next year along with not eating anymore Smarties for a very long time. Bring on the turkey gravy, an abundance of casseroles, and the will to resist listening to Christmas songs until December 1st 😁

Here’s our week in a nutshell:

1) Halloween

I kept my Halloween costumes this year as effortless as possible. For a party, I wore overalls, a straw hat, and scarecrow makeup! And for Halloween day on Wednesday I threw on clothes I already had, a pair of nerdy glasses, and taped Smartie’s all over my pants. “Smartie Pants”! I somehow managed to win our office costume contest which was surprising since I came up with the idea that morning!

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2) Duck Confit Lasagna

Have you heard three words more glorious?! We made duck confit for the first time this past week and then decided to make it even more decadent by putting it into a lasagna. I didn't take a picture of the finished product because we were so busy inhaling it, but I am DEFINITELY making this again and shooting it for the blog!

3) Date night at Toro Bravo

I have been dying to go to Toro Bravo and we finally went on Saturday for date night! We had a two hour wait, so we went next door to Secret Society and had sazeracs and a charcuterie board before getting called back to Toro Bravo for one of the best dinners we’ve had since living in Portland! We drank a pitcher of the homemade red sangria, had their “kisses” which are small individual bites, radicchio salad, the best braised lamb flatbread, and a giant pan of incredible sausage, chicken, and seafood paella.

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4) Planning a Friendsgiving menu

Since I want to do a lot of Thanksgiving recipes for the blog, I figured the best way is to cook everything next weekend, have a photoshoot, and celebrate with our closest friends for a Friendsgiving! I’m thinking bloody mary’s while cooking Saturday morning, making an epic fall cheese/charcuterie board for an appetizer for when our fraands arrive, copious amounts of wine (bon appetite said go with Poulsard), turkey of course, turkey gravy, of course, roasted brussels, a yummy rustic stuffing, a cheesy potato gratin of some sort, and mini carrot cakes for dessert. And a pie. There has to be a pie.

Inspiration over at  Style me Pretty

Inspiration over at Style me Pretty

5) Recipes I’m dying to make

Fall Bucket List

Fall! My favorite time of year. Beautiful leaves, crisp cool air, and all things cozy! I swear the second October hits, I switch out summer scented candles for apple cinnamon & pumpkin spice, swap dresses for sweaters, and turn on the oven almost every day to make something warm and cozy. I try and fit as much into this season as possible, so a much needed Fall bucket list is order! "‘Fall-ow” along and you will definitely feel like you did the season right!

Fall Bucket List

  1. Go to the pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin

  2. Watch all of the classics: Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Halloween, Ghostbusters, and Young Frankenstein to name a few!

  3. Bake a pumpkin pie from scratch, homemade crust and all

  4. Go apple-picking

  5. Make caramel apples

  6. Visit a local brewery and try some of their seasonal beers

  7. Have a afternoon picnic complete with warm spiked apple cider in a thermos

  8. Make a pumpkin spice latte at home

  9. Have a cozy night in and make a Fall-inspired cheese board, light all the candles and pop open a bottle of red wine

  10. Make pumpkin pancakes and have breakfast in bed

  11. Go to a Halloween costume party

  12. Visit a scary haunted house

  13. Walk around the farmer’s market on the weekend and shop for fresh produce, seasonal flowers, and apple butter

  14. Go for a hike when the leaves are changing

  15. Have a technology detox day and spend the day reading and exploring the neighborhood

  16. Read a scary novel

  17. Make a pot of chili, like this one, and homemade cornbread

  18. Plan or attend a Friendsgiving

  19. Host a wine tasting with cute appetizers

  20. Send notes to friends and family for Thanksgiving telling them why i’m thankful for them

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Ok, we may look ridiculous but I’m really in the Halloween/dress-up spirit alright?!

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This was from coolest photo bus at my brother’s wedding in Tennessee this past week! It was such a beautiful and quaint wedding with around 50 people at the Dancing Bear Lodge. It was so great to be with my family since I hadn’t seen them since our wedding 6 months ago!

However we did have a little mishap before the wedding…

On the flight from Portland to Knoxville, we had a layover in Chicago and we accidentally left our garment bag on the plane that had Thomas’ tux and my bridesmaid dress in it! The worst mistake ever right before a wedding! After filing a lost and found report and some serious sweating and anxiety on my end, United Airlines shipped it directly to the lodge the day before the wedding!! Some serious praise is indebted to United for delivering it so quickly! I had major doubts that it would arrive before the wedding since most of the time things like that take forever to get back, but they definitely delivered. Thanks United! :)

Anywho, we’re back in Portland and I’m in full Fall/Halloween mode! And the weather in Portland right now is incredible- blue skies, cool air, and the leaves are changing! I hope you all had a great weekend - Here’s some things i’m loving this week!

- We watched all 4 episodes of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and it is my new favorite show on Netflix. So so good. I just want her job!!

- I’ve been scheming up my halloween costume for this year, i’m not revealing yet what it is since i’m not 100% sure, but I loved all of these in this slideshow!

- Loved this 40+ list of the best Halloween movies! The classics like ghostbusters, Adams Family, and Hocus Pocus are my favorite 🎃

- I stumbled upon this list of the coziest cabins in the world. Can I please make my way through this list?!

- I love this fall reading list. I needed a good new book, so this is a great place to start!

- the best chicken recipes of all time from Food52. Definitely bookmarked!

- Fall recipes that I’m planning to make from other bloggers this week:


Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Crumbs, Vol. 14

Last week nothing particularly exciting happened Monday-Thursday, so I thought I would just do a little recap of our weekend since it was such a good one! Every weekend is good, but this one felt exceptionally long and fun-filled! I hope you all are feeling just as rested and relaxed this Monday morning! 😌

Friday

Normally on Fridays I love nothing more that staying in, cook a yummy meal together and share a bottle of wine. But this Friday it was such beautiful weather all day, 70’s and not a cloud in the sky, so we knew that we should soak up every ounce of good weather while we still have the chance! Thankfully we live in the best part of Portland in my opinion, so we just wandered out our door a couple of blocks and sat outside of Jo Bar and Rotisserie on 23rd ave. We drank their new seasonal cocktails, a fig old fashioned for him, a reposado cocktail for me, snacked on the best oysters with a tequila mignonette, drank several glasses of bubbles, talked and laughed and people watched. A quick happy hour turned into an unexpected date night, which is the best kind!

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Saturday

Saturday we showed our support at the PurpleStride walk on the waterfront in Portland. Several of our friends parents have passed away from pancreatic cancer, so it felt good to be there to support them and help fund such an important cause.

Afterwards Thomas planned a surprise for one of our good friends’ birthdays - To take us all up in a plane! It was our friend Linzy’s birthday, and Thomas and Linzy’s husband had it planned for weeks and us girls had no idea! Unfortunately the weather ended up being too bad to go up once we were already at the airport, but she was still really surprised and we made a plan to make a day out of it the next nice day that we have in Portland! It will be my first time as well going up with Thomas in a plane, so i’m excited! We still had to kill time though since we were planning a surprise party for Linzy at her house, so we ended up going to Edgefield for a couple of beers before saying our “goodbyes” and then racing ahead of them so we could get to their house to be in on the surprise!

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Sunday

Sundays is definitely my favorite to sleep in and move extra slowly in the morning. We fell asleep at like 10:00 Saturday night since we had such a long day, so after sleeping over 10 hours we woke up feeling rested and refreshed!

If anything is on your agenda for this week it’s to make this toast that I made Sunday! Sourdough topped high with an herby dill and parsley yogurt, sun-dried tomato pesto, wilted spinach, fried eggs, crumbled goat cheese, and finished with more herbs and Everything but the bagel seasoning! SO good. Around noon we headed out to Cornell Farms which is a beautiful nursery and garden center right on the outskirts of NW Portland. We made a cute little herb garden and then sat on the porch at their cafe and had coffee, quiche and a blueberry granola.

Afterwards we decided to check out Uwajimaya, a huge Asian food market in Beaverton. I have been wanting to go for a while now and it did not disappoint! They have everything you could ever want and we definitely took advantage! We spent part of our future child’s college fund but no big deal, it was worth it 😉 I made traditional miso ramen from scratch for the first time and I will never do it another way again! Posting the recipe soon!

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Our Essentials for a Camping Weekend

Ok - we may be more ‘glampers’ than campers just to get that out there. I would like to think that I could carry just a backpack, hike 15 miles to our camping spot, and eat freeze-dried food but that’s just not appealing to me when I am wanting a relaxing weekend in the outdoors. All the more power to you though if you’re a serious hiker like that! I always tell Thomas I would like to do a backpacking trip someday…but for now I am good with coolers of food & snacks, our comfy tent with an air mattress, and lots of beer & wine, s’mores and board games!

Here’s our essentials for a camping weekend!

  1. Find a good camping spot. I love scouring The Outdoor Project for recommendations.

  2. Pack a couple of coolers to the brim with good food and drinks for the weekend! I love Yeti coolers as well as their ice packs to keep everything cold.

  3. Speaking of good food - meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so you bring the perfect amount. We usually do eggs and bacon for breakfast, sandwiches or hotdogs for lunch, and steak, veggies, and potatoes on the grill for dinner.

  4. Even though we love cooking over the fire, a Coleman stove is essential for making something quickly or boiling water for coffee in the morning.

  5. Speaking of coffee, a French press is great since it’s easy to just add boiling water and not deal with any filters.

  6. Board games - Yahtzee and cards are a must.

  7. An air mattress - we use a battery operated pump which makes things easy. It’s always hilarious when it starts to deflate and you both end up crammed in the middle!

  8. Libations - I love sitting by the stream or lake during the day with a cold beer, and then cozying up by the campfire with red wine at night. Or hot chocolate of course :)

  9. Bug spray and citronella candles. Those little suckers are intense! Our last camping trip there were a ton of wasps and I luckily had this natural lemongrass bug spray that actually kept them away from the camp!

  10. S’mores of course! Hershey’s chocolate all the way. I bought a thicker bar of chocolate last time that I thought would be good, but the chocolate didn’t get as melty as Hershey’s does.

  11. Dry shampoo. This is very necessary. 3 day- greasy-camping-head is not a good look.

  12. Something to read. Spending the quiet mornings and afternoons reading is my fav! This last trip I brought my newest issue of bon appétit and i’m also reading Sara’s Key which is so good!

  13. The last essential is to completely disconnect. Not that we have any service anyways when we normally camp, but regardless we always turn our phones off. Besides the occasional picture, completely disconnecting from social media feels so good for the weekend.

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Weekly Crumbs, Vol. 13

FALL IS HERE!!! Sorry to scream that at you, but I am so excited! Anyone who knows me knows that Halloween is my thing - but it’s also so much more than that. I love the crisp mornings and chilly evenings, the beautiful leaves saying goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall, making cozy meals at home, and yes, watching lots of scary movies and Hocus Pocus at least 3 times in true Halloween spirit. I have been researching everything I want to do on the blog for this month so i’m giddy with excitement at the thought of LOTS of pumpkin. Basic maybe, but you know you love it ;)

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In love with these decked out houses for Fall/Halloween

Thomas and I were house/dog sitting for our friends who were on their honeymoon, and it made me even more excited to buy our own house! The next place we settle we will definitely buy and I am SO READY. I love all of these cute Fall/Halloween decor ideas!
- chic not cheesy
- these fall front porches
- Halloween dinner party decor
- minimal fall mantles

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Cozy meals we’re making this month

Last week was the first week that I felt was cool enough to start making all of my fall favorites. We made my favorite lamb and butternut squash curry which I am putting on the blog this week! Here are some of the other recipes already on my mind:
- wine braised beef with parsnip puree is one of my favorites!
- steel cut oat risotto with butternut squash is the best comfort food
- roasted autumn salad is the best quick weeknight meal!
- butternut squash and black bean enchiladas

Fall cocktail game is strong

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- Boozy pumpkin hot chocolate
- Aperol pear cider spritz
- this apple-groni sounds amazing!
- apple cider bourbon cocktail
- I love a good sangria - this autumn version looks amazing!

Fall Staples I have my eye on

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- I really want a cool hat like this one!
- a cute mustard colored sweater
- I need a new jean jacket for layering and when it’s not too cold out.
- Always in need of an oversized sweater

Weekly Crumbs, Vol. 12

This week has been a jam-packed celebrating two of our best friends getting married! Thursday night was the rehearsal dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant Nicoletta's Table, Friday was the actual walk-through at the venue which was located at the beautiful Maysara Winery, and Saturday was the big day starting with hair, makeup, and mimosas at 8AM and then we danced the night away until Midnight. To say I was pooped out is an understatement, but it was the best weekend! I feel like I've been to so many weddings this year, including our own, that I should be a pro by now!

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 On Sunday we got up and had brunch in McMinnville at The Community Plate, which is always so good! Thomas got the heritage pork hash and I got an egg BLT on a homemade biscuit. They have an awesome lunch menu as well! If you're in Oregon and want a cute weekend getaway, I love McMinnville! You're in the heart of wine country, there's great restaurants and bars, and you can stay at either the 3rd Street Flats or McMenamins Hotel Oregon

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The rest of our Labor Day weekend was lazy to say the least. Sunday night I made Thomas watch Steel Magnolias for the 100th time and we made pinch of yum's vegan crunchwrap supremes. Healthier than Taco Bell of course, but not dousing mine in sour cream and guacamole isn't an option for me. I also packed mine so full that it ended up falling apart in the pan, not quite the pretty picture, but delicious nonetheless. On Monday we decided we would just stay home and relax since it was such a crazy weekend- We slept in, went for a quick run, made yummy açaí bowls, and in spirit of Labor Day and the kickoff of football season, we recipe tested oven-baked chicken wings with a spicy honey glaze! It's hard to beat fried chicken, but they are still pretty dang good! 

Have a good week everyone!!