PORTLAND APPLE TASTING FESTIVAL 2014

October 12, 2014

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Having spent most of the weekend indoors, cooking with tons of pumpkin and squash in the kitchen (including one or two baking mishaps), we decided to wander out and check out the annual apple tasting festival this afternoon. For the last two years, I always meant to check it out, but was a little intimidated by the overwhelming flock of people that attend. We were originally going to head to a pumpkin patch today, but wanted to stick to something closer to home but fall-related. So apples (and pears) it was! We fueled up with pumpkin pancakes, bacon and eggs, and set out to gather bags full of our favorite fruit.

We didn’t end up waiting in very long line for the apple tasting event, but just grabbed up a bunch of random apples that we can’t remember the names of. I may or may not be making some caramel apples soon… stay tuned!

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FRIDAY FAVORITES // OCT 10. 2014

October 10, 2014

Happy Friday friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad this week is coming to a close and the weather is cooling down. This one threw me for a bit of a loop, for no particular reason. These days my only plausible explanation is that mercury is in retrograde. It has been an ongoing joke at work lately, but really, there has to be some truth to explain the indescribable weirdness. Hopefully it starts to rain soon… I know my soul could use a cold, rainy day inside with warm, fuzzy socks and pumpkin candles lit everywhere. Anywho, a quick recap of the week:

I ran a half marathon on Sunday. My third half marathon ever. In over four years. I’m not going to lie. It was hard. But for not officially “training” for this one, I’m pretty dang proud of myself for finishing in less than two hours, only five minutes slower than my original PR done in San Francisco in 2010, placing 9th in my age division, and being the 87th female out of 1755 to finish. My main issues were this- having some digestive issues leading up to race day, not sleeping enough (because duh, who wouldn’t be excited and who actually sleeps the night before race day?), being super nervous/excited/fight or flight mode with dry mouth right at the start even though I drank plenty of water, becoming dehydrated half way through the race with a lack of aid stations, and feeling nauseous and sick at the end. So yeah, all things considered with those conditions in mind, I’m stoked. My super awesome playlist helped get me through. The rest of my day consisted of this:

I put an offer in on a house. I hemmed and hawed until I came to the conclusion that I thought it was the one. I loved many things about it but come to find out, in addition to one other minor inconvenience, there were some foundation issues. Which, from day one, was always the #1 deal breaker. Trying to have no regrets but this house hunting thing has really been driving me batty lately. It’s thrilling, fun, nerve wracking, anxiety-provoking and turning me into a crazy lady. But I’m trying to keep cool. Keep calm and house hunt on is the motto, right?

This weekend we are looking forward to a nice, Fall hike full of color. It is prime hiking and running season…I absolutely love it. There are some great suggestions on this guy’s blog.

Speaking of Fall and pumpkiny things, Trader Joe’s has been hitting the ball out of the park with the pumpkin items this season. See above. Pumpkin JOE JOE’S! I literally screamed when I saw them. But I calmed down and only bought two boxes. I bought plenty of everything else they’ve had though. I think my favorite is the pumpkin waffles. Let’s not forget the pumpkin greek yogurt, salted caramel pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin mochi, pumpkin cornbread… according to the cashier I spoke to the other day, they have 65 pumpkin items this year. Unbelievable! My cupboards are stuffed with everything pumpkin right now, it’s a little insane. Marshmallows, Milano cookies… I thought I had tried everything, but apparently this lady has something on me. That’s a LOT of pumpkin! Also, apparently there are a few pumpkin spice things that haven’t yet been invented… the possibilities are endless.

Some favorite links and news from around the web:

-TWIN PEAKS IS COMING BACK! I couldn’t believe my eyes! I am beyond excited, and so happy I hopped on the TP wagon sooner than later to be able to appreciate this lovely piece of news. Several months ago, there was rumor this was happening, but it was a hoax. BUT IT’S REAL. 25 years later! If you need a reminder of how delightfully styled this show is, here is a recap of 18 sweaters seen in TP. Eeeee!

-Since we are on the topic of Twin Peaks, and this is a food blog, let’s rehash the Top 8 Food Moments from the show.

-Speaking of running, this is definitely THE best running comic I have ever seen. I love The Oatmeal and need. this. book.

-This cat is my hero. I don’t even know how to skate. Also, if IKEA was like this everyday I would never want to leave.

-Six decisions you will never regret making. Always a good reminder.

-Like, OMG, like so, um, EW!

-And yet, another reason why Jerry Seinfeld rules. But he does this because he can. Because he rules. Speaking of which, he was randomly in town about two weekends ago and ate at the super hippie vegan falafel food cart filming a segment for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Fred Armisen. Less than one mile away from where I live, and three blocks away from my workplace. Talk about OMG. I would’ve pissed myself.

-Can we just dream and escape here for a few minutes? Please? Lake Como is where my ancestors are from, so it is on the top of my travel wish list. Someday…

-Ladies, you feel me? Also, ever since I saw this video, I catch myself saying “sorry” all the time for the same mundane things we have been programmed to automatically apologize for. Let’s stop apologizing so goddamn much.

Alright, we are off to see Gone Girl this eve. Since I read the novel two years ago, I won’t remember much, but hopefully it won’t be too much of a disappointment. Has anyone else seen it yet?

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