May 232017
 

It’s been a helluva week. Our long-time-coming vacation that we had planned back in September was finally here and…we started it in the ER with Logan. He’s ok. It was some kind of virus but he was very sick and very dehydrated. I don’t want to go into details on the internet but it was one of the most terrifying things ever.

He’s much better now. Every day he got a little bit better but it was alarming seeing him so sick!

Thursday afternoon after a doctor appointment for Logan and getting clearance from two doctors, we packed up the car and drove to Bend. We booked a house less than a mile from the downtown area, blocks from a park and the river. My parents drove down from Seattle and met us there.

The house was fabulous!!

It was originally a really tiny, one bedroom cottage that was renovated and they added a second story. The upstairs had a bedroom with a double bed and a queen bed and a full bathroom.

Downstairs was open with an eating area, kitchen bar, open kitchen, living area and a half bath.

There was a big office area and then the master bedroom had a bathroom and walk in-closet. 

There was a wrap around deck that you could get to from any door and off the master bathroom there was a door to the hot tub!!!

Outside there was a dining are, a lounge area and a fire pit area. 

The house was FABULOUS! We would definitely stay there again. We were blocks from 10 Barrel Brew pub, a fancy grocery store, restaurants and shops and there was  a school across the street. 

Thursday we arrived at dinner time. We unpacked and then Michael and my dad went and picked up dinner. It was easiest to go lazy. They picked up pizza, cheesy breadsticks and salad. We ate outside on the deck.

Then Michael and I relaxed in the hot tub for a bit and CRASHED in bed. We were absolutely exhausted (spending 8+ hours in the ER the day before is not a recipe for a relaxing vacation….).

Friday morning we woke up and had a phone consultation with Logan’s doctor to follow up. He was already a million times better since Wednesday and he was already almost back to normal. What a relief!

We had breakfast and then went for a hike. My mom is having knee surgery soon, so she wanted to stay at the house and relax instead of hike. So Michael, my dad, Logan, Bella and I went out and hiked Benham Falls.  

 It was such a gorgeous hike!! It was pretty flat, only a few small hills, but the whole trail was along the river with gorgeous views of the water, lava fields and blue sky.

We came across a painter working on a painting of one of the waterfalls. It was cool seeing her in action (my mom would have loved that) and seeing the painting at the beginning, then seeing it almost finished when we were hiking back!

It was definitely a scenic hike!

It was about 72 degrees and perfect. Logan did great on the hike and was alert and just looking around. He didn’t get fussy at all. And Bella was having a blast!

We stopped just after these trees in the shade so I could change Logan and then my dad put him on his back for the hike back.

And then the little dude fell asleep. 😉

Here are the stats:

We got back to the house (short cut home to fill the growler with Boneyard beer) and then my dad and Michael got us all lunch at nearby food carts. I had a delicious green salad with spicy shrimp, feta, cranberries and almonds on top.

Logan refused to take a nap so my parents and I drove up to Mount Bachelor with him so he could sleep. 🙂 It worked! The views were gorgeous! It was a ghost town up there, though. It was really weird being up on Bachelor in sunny, hot weather and no snow on the roads!

On the way back to the house we stopped at Dillon Falls to check it out. It was a very short stroll from the parking lot. My dad and I realized that this photo below showed us that where we turned around on the hike that morning, connected to this little bog area. And we confirmed it with a map. So had we kept going, we would have done the whole hike.

There were some fly fisherman right above the waterfall (which seemed scary to me!):

The waterfall was very treacherous looking!

Then home for this:

And dinner. Michael made chicken drumsticks and corn and I had some salad, too.

May 152017
 

The celebrating started Friday when I picked Logan up from daycare. He made me a Mother’s Day present at daycare! Footprint butterfly and a handprint on the bottom. 🙂

On Saturday we went to a friend’s house for a little surprise birthday dinner for another friend. My friend Star and her boyfriend Larry made a feast! They made marinated chicken and veggie kebobs and grilled them up. There was also rice (I skipped that to save my carbs for dessert!). I made a spinach, kale and chard salad topped with carrots, strawberries and feta cheese.

Yummy dinner!

Star made our friend Samantha a gorgeous Polish cake.

How beautiful is that cake? So pretty. It was really delicious, sort of like shortbread with custard and whipped cream. Logan ate some rice, chicken and strawberries and he LOVED the whipped cream. 😉

Here is the recipe:

Kremowka Papieska "Papal Cream Cake

From: http://www.europeancuisines.com/Poland-Polish-Kremowka-papieska-Papal-cream-cake-recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • A pinch of salt
  • Custard cream:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 egg yolks

Instructions

  1. Grease well 2 8- or 9-inch baking pans / tins: coat with bread crumbs and set aside.
  2. Cake mixture:
  3. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender.
  4. Beat the egg yolks into the water: mix into the flour. Mix well.
  5. Divide in halves and spread/press each half to completely cover the bottom of one of the baking pans.
  6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes in a medium-low oven (325F / 160C): remove and let cool. Remove from pans when cooled.
  7. Cream:
  8. Scald the milk and vanilla. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, salt, and egg yolks. Stir until very well blended (ideally, whisk to make sure there are no lumps). Add milk gradually. Cook over low flame, stirring constantly, being careful to scrape bottom of pan.
  9. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes, still stirring constantly. When finished cooking, remove from heat and pour cream into a bowl; allow to cool, stirring occasionally until cold.
  10. When the custard cream is cold:
  11. Whether you're using puff pastry or cake, spread the custard cream thickly over the bottom layer. (If the custard is at all runny, put one baked layer back into a baking pan of the appropriate size and then do the spreading.) Then top with the second baked layer.
  12. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut and serve (possibly with thick whipped cream on top, if you like). A note about cutting: This is where calling this dessert a "cake" comes slightly into question, as it doesn't handle like a cake at all: the thick pastry cream center makes that impossible. The kremówka will always squish down somewhat when you slice it. However, it tastes so good that no one's going to care...
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The cake wasn’t overly sweet. It looks like it would be really sweet and rich but it was light and summery.

It was such a nice night! We had a great time and it was so lovely spending some time with friends.

On Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day by going out to breakfast. (But first Logan woke me up in the cutest way…I was still asleep and then all of a sudden Michael said “Wake up mommy! Happy Mother’s Day!” and I open my eyes and see a big goofy grin on Logan’s face and then he giggled and laughed and crawled all over me. It was probably the best moment of the day!)

We went to Genie’s Cafe. We got there early enough that we got a table immediately! That is unheard of in Portland!

I got a complimentary Mimosa for Mother’s Day and a delicious mug of coffee (much needed). It was a busy morning but we got our food pretty quickly. I’ve been craving French Toast for about a month and kept putting it off. I decided to save it for my cheat meal for Mother’s Day.

The French Toast was perfect and delicious and really satisfied my craving. The one downside to cutting out carbs is that when you finally do eat a bunch of them, they sit like a rock and make me really sleepy. I just don’t like the way I feel after eating heavy carbs now. 🙁

Michael got the caprese hash and said it was really good:

Logan had a bunch of my French Toast and he loved it. 🙂 First time having it and first time having maple syrup. He’s a fan. Logan got me a gift (a new heart rate monitor–will review it soon!) and a card, which was very sweet.

After breakfast, Logan took a nap and I went swimming. It felt wonderful. Then we all ran some errands and went for a walk in between the rain showers. For dinner Michael picked up Pad Thai to continue my carb cheat day. It really hit the spot. Pad Thai is something else I’ve been craving for a long time!

It was a really lovely Mother’s Day and I was glad I got to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people!

As for the diet: I am going to reign it in today and tomorrow and try and really cut the carbs and weigh in Wednesday. Although I’m not looking forward to it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!