House Hunting & A Recipe

We are officially on The Hunt. So be prepared for periodic updates on our adventures (with some minor rants here and there 😉 ). I am a hardcore HGTV fan. Love all those shows. House Hunters is my favorite. I love that show. I’ve watched it for years. It’s absurd, but I love it.

So I feel like we are prepared. 🙂 We know what we are looking for and our list isn’t very long. (3 bedrooms, 4 would be nice but that 4th bedroom doesn’t need to be a legal bedroom—it can be an office), fenced yard for Bella and Logan, a great kitchen, a basement or similar space for a play area/gym and a real laundry room. Doesn’t seem hard right?

Problem #1 is that Portland is a super hot market. It has been for years. People from Seattle and California are moving to Portland because they are being priced out of those places (which is why I moved to Portland from Seattle 20 years ago) and the IT business is booming here.

Problem #2 is that Portland didn’t plan well for growth. So the sprawl is moving out to the suburbs: Beaverton/Hillsboro/Gresham/Fairview/Milwaukie. All the new houses are being built in Oregon City/Estacada/Molalla–which if you work downtown means an hour commute. 🙁

Problem #3 is that because the market is so hot, owners are delusional. I see SO MANY HOUSES that are priced at FULL PRICE when they haven’t done a single remodel/upgrade in 30+ years. I’m talking original 1980’s carpet/paint/brass everything/oak everything….hideous. So not only do you have to pay full price for a house with potential, you then have to sink $100K into it to update it.


I know none of this is news to anyone who has been house hunting. It’s probably the norm. I’m just shocked because Michael and I have worked hard for 10 years remodeling and updating our house to sell it at top price. We made conscious, smart choices. We chose neutral colors to paint. We chose beautiful hardwood floors and redid the kitchen because THAT’S the selling point. What are these people thinking that they do nothing at all?!? Anyways….

Now the recipe…

I made this great recipe and I wanted to share it. Even if you aren’t doing a keto diet, it would still be a great recipe to add to your dinner rotation. It was a delicious low carb meal and it was actually really quick and easy to make.

Low Carb Big Mac Bowl


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese
  • 6 cups Cabbage shredded
  • 4 Mini Dill Pickles sliced
  • Special Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoon Dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoon Yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon White wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder


  • In a skillet over medium-high heat brown the ground beef. When almost cooked through add the onions and continue cooking until the ground beef is cooked and the onions are translucent. Drain the grease, salt and pepper the ground beef to taste, and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add a small amount of olive oil and the shredded cabbage. Saute until cabbage is slightly softened. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide the cabbage between 4 bowls, top each with a portion of the ground beef.
  • Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and top with pickle slices.
  • Pour the special sauce over the Low Carb Big Mac Bowl and enjoy!

Special Sauce

  • In a small bowl whisk together all of the ingredients and set aside.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 1114mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g |

It was super delicious! I used a bag of coleslaw mix and topped it with fresh diced tomatoes.

Will definitely make this again!

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

14 thoughts on “House Hunting & A Recipe”

  1. Yum!! That recipe looks delish!

    We’ve been in our house out in the sticks outside Seattle for 25 years now, and there’s no way we could afford to move anywhere, really. Our house will need a lot of work if/when we decide to sell, so maybe we’ll just leave the headache to our kids!

    1. I totally get that! When you say the “Sticks” where abouts? I grew up north of Northgate.
      That’s the thing about places like Seattle and Portland. You move out of it, you can’t move back to it….

  2. We are in California and bought our house 20 + years ago. It was expensive then. It’s insane now. Our wages never kept pace with cost of living in this state so our tax returns were always what funded our yearly home improvement project. Sorry to say that we will be one of those you mention asking for top dollar cause like most Americans these days whose 401k’s took a hit in 08, our home equity will hopefully fund some of our retirement in a cheaper state. And no we are not going anywhere in the PNW.

    1. I totally get that. The reason it took us 10 years to finish all the remodels in our house was $ and then we had a kid so time kind of got away from us. But I get it!

      I agree about the cost of living thing. Portland hasn’t really caught up to the cost of living increase either. They are trying but it’s not working yet.

      And I wouldn’t retire to Oregon, personally. It’s lovely and beautiful but the way the taxes are, it’s a terrible place to retire!

  3. I know what you mean. We are getting our house ready to sell and moving. But here in Lake Mary , Florida which is an Orlando suburb it is a sellers market. We have updated the kitchen, master bathroom, reroofed,repiped and just had the outside painted. I believe our house is move in ready. You will be surprised where we are moving to VANCOUVER Washington!!

  4. You are definitely in a seller’s market out there, unfortunately for you on the buying side, but hopefully good on the selling side. Our market is fairly medium most times and houses sell for listing price or a bit below depending on the neighborhood. Around the lake itself with million dollar homes is another story.

    Even though we are in our forever home, I still like to look at homes on the market and the rehabber in me always has ideas on how to improve LOL! We enjoy the shows where people are moving to some kind of Caribbean lifestyle. Those houses can be soooo cheap!

    1. It’s definitely a seller’s market here and it has been for a long time. Which is good for us, but also bad when we buy LOL
      I love those shows too! I like to think that someday we’ll buy a house in the Caribbean 🙂

  5. it always amazes me when even the listing photos show the laundry on the bed and the clutter on the counters (and usually no photos of the bathrooms at all!) but the listing price is at the top of the market

    I’m trying this recipe tonight after the gym!

    1. YES!!! I’ve seen some pretty bad photos. What in the hell?!?!?! It makes no sense. At least pick up your dirty laundry and put away your makeup!
      Cool! Let me know what you think of the recipe. I loved it!

      1. we love this recipe!!! Delicious and took 15 minutes to get it on the table after the gym.
        I’ve shared it with several people and they’ve all loved it too.
        Thanks for all the great recipes and book recommendations over the years, Lisa.

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