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Lavish & Lovely

Our weekend started pretty well. Daycare had a “date night” for parents and held a Halloween party for the kiddos so Michael and I got to go out to dinner just us. I think the last date night at daycare was back in June. Michael made the reservations for Laurelhurst Market a month ago and we were both really excited!

The place was packed. Glad we had reservations! We had a drink in the bar area while we waited for our table. The wait wasn’t very long. It was a cool space. We’ve been to Laurelhurst Market a few times but it’s been years for me. So this was a nice treat.

Laurelhurst Market is a very nice restaurant with a meat market attached to it. One of these days I’d like to get some stuff from the market.

Okay–the food. SO GOOD! We started with a few appetizers. The first was the bone marrow. Michael has been raving about it–he had it a few months ago when he was there for a work dinner and has been talking about it ever since. I’ve never had it before.

It arrived on a plate with a horseradish sauce (I usually hate horseradish but this was really good). It also came with a pretzel cut in half to share. The bone marrow was in the bone and there were some pickled radishes and celery on the side.

You used a tiny fork to get the bone marrow out and spread it on the pretzels. The flavor was really rich. If it sounds creepy, I understand and I can see where someone would be apprehensive. But it wasn’t creepy. It wasn’t amazing, but it was flavorful and went well with the other things on the plate.

The winner for me was the deviled egg appetizers. They were topped with thin slices of prosciutto. These babies were soooo good and I could have eaten a dozen of them.

I got a second glass of the delicious Sauvignon Blanc wine and then our entrees arrived

Michael got the Rib Eye steak with avocado puree and cowboy candy (I love cowboy candy!). I had a few bites of his steak and it was fantastic. Perfectly seared with a little crunch and rare in the middle. The flavors were outstanding.

I got the seared scallops. It came with raw fennel and caramelized onions, plus an egg yolk that you were supposed to swirl around in everything on the plate to kind of “cook” it. So the menu had said the dish came with some sausage. I kind of forgot about it and then realized that they made the sausage to look exactly like the scallops!

So there were two “scallops” in there that were actually sausage. The (real) scallops were absolutely perfect. I love scallops and haven’t had them in ages. So this was a really great dish for me. I loved my meal. It was so unique. I also had Brussels Sprouts on the side.

The sprouts were sautéed and a little crispy with jalapeños, maple syrup and radishes on top. It was slightly too sweet but I still loved the sprouts.

After our meal, we had some time before we had to pick up Logan from the party so we stopped at Papa Haydn’s to get some dessert to go. It was that time of year–pumpkin pie cheesecake! I really wanted to get that but Michael wasn’t into the idea (his loss). Boo! We ended up with a slice of New York cheesecake to go.

How good do these desserts look, though? Yum!

Our cheesecake was amazing, as usual. Papa Haydn’s never disappoints.

We picked up a very sleepy Logan who had had a fabulous night! Pizza, cupcakes and Halloween games. His face and fingers were stained blue from decorating cupcakes. So adorable!

The next day we went for a family hike.

It was a nice fall day, almost 60+ degrees pretty early and by noon it was about 70. The sun was out, it wasn’t foggy or cold like it usually is early in the morning. We decided to do Saltzman Road. It’s close to the city, so not too far to drive to. We needed something closer in town, so this was it.

We’ve done this hike a bunch of times. It’s a deceptive workout. It doesn’t feel all that strenuous and sometimes I kind of think it’s not worth a hike because the calories won’t be in there. But sometimes it surprises you and you do get a decent workout from it.

There were beautiful fall colors everywhere. It was a nice day for a hike. The trail wasn’t too busy, which was nice. Logan was doing well so we kept going past where we usually turn around.

We ended up doing the whole hike! I’ve never done it before–Michael did it once before without me. It was just under 6 miles round trip. Towards the end of the hike we let Logan out of the pack and he “hiked” for almost a mile. 😉

So we ended up hiking 5.75 miles! It might be the longest hike we’ve done in a long time. Like I said–this was deceptively hard. I ended up burning a pretty good calorie number.

My shins and calves were SO SORE afterwards.

After the hike we headed home for lunch, naps and showers. Logan was wiped out and fell asleep in the car on the way home. Unfortunately, when he woke up from his nap he was sick and we ended up spending a few hours at urgent care. 🙁 He’s ok, it’s just a virus, but it made for a bummer for the rest of the weekend. We left urgent care at like 8pm and got drive-thru burgers for dinner. Boo–so much for the diet for that day.

Finally, Vacation

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.