Jan 172017
 

Hello from snowed/iced-in Portland! We are still snowed in. We can get around and out of the house but there is still TONS of snow and ice around town. Sunday morning I made it to the pool in the Subaru (yay!) and had the pool to myself. Then home just as my parents arrived from Seattle. We all went out to lunch at Reverend’s BBQ for my birthday and then Michael and I skee-daddled as quick as possible to go on our getaway trip!

For our wedding my aunt and uncle gave us a gift certificate to McMenamin’s and we finally used it. 🙂 It was so nice of them and it was awesome my parents were willing to babysit Logan overnight so we could have some couple’s time away. Boy, after being snowed in for a week I think we were all ready for the time away! We were all stir-crazy.

So for my birthday we spent one night at Edgefield. I’ve always wanted to stay there and we liked it so much we are already planning on doing it again sometime. It’s such a cool old building!

Edgefield is out in the Gorge in Troutdale. The weather is always way worse out there and there was a ton of snow on the ground but we were able to get there easily. We checked in and got settled before exploring.

Each room is a different theme. It’s European style, meaning no bathrooms. We stayed at the McMenamin’s in McMinnville a million years ago and we weren’t fans. The food wasn’t very good, our room was tiny and cramped and super far away from the bathroom (which was dorm style, so just shower stalls and bathroom stalls). But Edgefield was WAY nicer! Our room wasn’t far from the bathrooms and they were more private, so that was nice! You didn’t mind that there wasn’t a bathroom in your room.

I posted a short video on Instagram of our room. We got a King bed. The room was huge and comfortable and had two windows with a view.

There is art all over the place and it’s really cool. Here are a few of my favorites:

The elevator was that old-fashioned kind where you open the door and the elevator door slides open. It was slightly scary. 😉

We walked around and checked things out. I bet the place is AMAZING in the summer! So many cool things to do–golf, spa, soaking pool, there’s live shows and concerts that sell out. There are several bars on site and several restaurants. There’s a brewery and winery.

We checked out the soaking pool by the spa. We brought our swim suits and we were going to do it. They notified all the guests that the soaking pool was under temperature because of all the snow. We saw people in it and we were going to try it but decided not to. We’d have to trek through the snow and ice to get there from the hotel and Michael was fighting off a cold so it didn’t seem like the best idea. I was really disappointed!! But it was probably the best decision. The people we asked about the pool said it was too cold and they didn’t last in there long. But check out how cool it looks:

We are definitely going back just for the pool!

We did the winery package and that included breakfast. We went down to the basement where the winery was. It was packed! They also had live music. Our winery package included a tasting, a fruit and cheese plate and a free bottle of wine to take home. It was a lot of fun doing the tasting and I liked a lot of them.

The cheese was a warm, melted brie and it was all very good! We did the classic tasting, that was a few white and a few red. Then we decided to pay for the red only tasting because it had a lot of other red wines that sounded good. We ended up liking that tasting better and I loved about three of them.

We enjoyed our tasting and hung out and ended up leaving with a delicious bottle of the 2014 Ferryman’s Choice Cabernet Franc. Can’t wait to open it!

After that we walked around a bit and then went to dinner at the Black Rabbit bar/restaurant. I was craving a burger so I got their burger and got the Brussels Sprouts instead of fries. The burger was really good and the sprouts were ok (Michael’s are better!).

I had a glass of the Cuvee (it was my second choice wine during the tasting). Michael had a hot toddy with his dinner (the pork chops with mashed sweet potato puree). Michael said his dinner was outstanding.

Then it was time to call it a night. Our room was nice. You could hear the roaring wind outside. Michael said it sounded like the haunted mansion in Scooby Doo 🙂 and it kinda did! But it was cool to listen to the crazy, stormy weather. It was so nice to sleep uninterrupted and SLEEP IN until 9am!!! 😀

Then down to the Black Rabbit Restaurant for breakfast:

I got the French Toast made out of challah bread with a fruit compote and amaretto.

It also came with bacon. Michael got the special eggs benedict. It was avocado, tomato and egg and hollandaise. It looked amazing.

The food and service was great. We had a really nice, slow, low-key breakfast. Then we packed and checked out. We went to the nearby outlet mall and bought more clothes for Logan than ourselves 🙂 and made a few stops on the way home and then we were home to relieve my parents.

We spent some time with my parents and then they left to drive home to Seattle. I went to the gym and then played with Logan. I think he missed us. 🙂 We missed him but it was nice to get away for a short break and just be together the two of us. It’s nice that our family helps us have little dates here and there!

Jan 112017
 

For New Year’s Eve we tried to make this recipe but we planned poorly and the Cornish Game hens weren’t defrosted enough to make it. A few days later we had the opportunity to try.

Here is the recipe we used:

Cornish Game Hens with Bourbon Glaze

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

From: https://www.mygourmetconnection.com/recipes/main-courses/poultry/cornish-game-hens-bourbon-glaze.php

Ingredients

  • 6 Cornish game hens (1-1/2 to 1-3/4 lbs each)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Position racks in the bottom of 2 medium-sized roasting pans and coat them both with nonstick spray.
  2. Season the cavity of each hen with salt and pepper and rub a tablespoon of softened butter liberally over the skin. Season the outside with salt and pepper and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  3. Arrange 3 hens, breast side up, in each roasting pan, being sure to leave some space between them. Add a little water to the bottom of each pan and roast the hens for 45 to 50 minutes (see notes), basting once with the pan juices and rotating the pans for even cooking.
  4. Note: Cornish game hens are done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F.
  5. While the hens are roasting, heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, then add the bourbon. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer, stir in the honey and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency, 7 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm until the hens are finished roasting.
  6. Remove the hens from the oven and brush them with the glaze. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F and return them to the oven just long enough for glaze to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Remove and brush with any remaining glaze if desired.
  7. Allow the hens to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Makes 6 servings
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The recipe was pretty easy to follow and didn’t have a ton of ingredients, so that’s nice. You more than likely have everything you need on hand to make it. I was glad I had frozen the hens awhile ago.

We only had two hens and so we adjusted the recipe accordingly.

While it was cooking, Michael made the glaze and I put Logan to bed. Michael said that he had a hard time getting the liquid to thicken up on the stove but I don’t know that that mattered much because the end product still tasted great.

They turned crispy perfectly! The flavor was really good, too. I liked the sweetness paired with the pepper and salt. The one downside is that they are kind of hard to eat!

It might have been easier to carve it up like a turkey beforehand. Oh well! It was messy but delicious. We had steamed broccoli on the side. There was enough leftover meat from the two for Michael to take leftovers to work for lunch the next day.

We both agreed that it was a nice change from the usual chicken thigh or breast that we have for dinner. But the downside is that it takes an hour to cook it. So clearly not the best choice on a busy work night when you don’t have tons of time (or on New Year’s Eve when they aren’t defrosted!).

Here are the two other recipes we’ve tried in the past with Cornish Game Hens:

Roasted Garlic, Herb and Lemon Cornish Game Hens

Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Speaking of New Year’s…

I recently posted my goals for the new year. I’ve already started doing one of them! I wanted to declutter my house and I went through all the clothes I packed away when I got pregnant. I had 3 large vacuum-seal bags full of clothes. I donated 75% of them and narrowed it down to just one bag of clothes I wanted to keep. It felt good to donate so many things and clean the house at the same time. Some things were hard to part with but, really…I haven’t been a size 6 in about 3 years…