Jul 262016
 

Remember how I said that Friday nights were always my gym nights? And while it was nice because the gym/pool was empty, it kind of sucked for “fun” on a Friday night. Well this last Friday we had a different kind of Friday night and it was so much fun!

It was kind of a humid, gray summer day but the evening was nice. I got home from work and Michael said we were going out. Logan had been fussy fussy fussy all day long. I figured he wanted to get out of the house. He didn’t tell me where we were going and after feeding the baby we left.

Turned out we were going to explore the food carts on SE Division Street. Division has exploded in the last few years with tons of new restaurants, condos, etc. It’s a completely different neighborhood than when I lived over there. I’ve been wanting to check out some of the new popular restaurants on that street for a long time but I always talked myself out of it for some reason (traffic, parking, crowds, long lines, etc).

There were a ton of food carts in this little area with a bunch of picnic tables and a beer garden. The place was packed! And it was a really popular place for people with kids and babies. I love that this is an option for eating out when you have a young one.

We walked around and checked out the options and I decided to get something from the Korean-Hawaiian food truck, Namu. I ended up getting the Bulgogi Beef plate. It was spicy beef, rice, kimchi, spinach, cucumber and avocado. It was between that and the vegan bowl with toasted tofu–that sounded really good, too. (My original choice was going to be the waffle truck that sold sandwiches made out of waffles–but I reasoned with myself and decided that wasn’t a good idea diet wise. LOL)

My dinner was really tasty and spicy, but I did kind of have food jealousy over Michael’s dinner. 🙂 Michael got pizza from the pizza food card (I don’t remember the name, sorry). They cooked their small pizzas in a wood burning oven.

We found a table with another couple and their toddler and asked if we could share and they said yes. (And then I asked them about their super cool detachable high chair seat thing that just clipped onto the end of the picnic table–brilliant!).

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Logan did great! I think there was so much going on and so much noise that he wasn’t fussy anymore. He just chilled and checked everything out and let mom and dad enjoy their food.

I had a few bites of Michael’s pizza and it was REALLY good. I loved the crust. They nailed it.

We enjoyed a Crux Double IPA beer from the beer cart. PERFECT! It really hit the spot. And it was strong (at least for me). One was enough.

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We finished eating and Logan was getting a little antsy so back in the stroller he went. We decided we wanted dessert and there was a dessert truck but it was vegan and that wasn’t really what I was feeling. So we decided to walk up Division Street and see what other options we had. It was so nice out, too, we didn’t want the evening to end yet.

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I like this neighborhood. It’s hip and popular and there were tons of people and art all over the place. It just has a cool and inviting vibe (like I said, a lot different than 8 years ago when I lived near there). It was fun just being out on a Friday night with all these young, carefree people out on dates. 🙂

We walked up the street and past Pok Pok, where the line was at least 2 hours long, it looked (there is always a long wait there) and then we ended up at Salt and Straw.

It’s a super popular ice cream shop in Portland. I’ve had their ice cream before at events and it was good but I never understood why the lines were always so long. And if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know how much I hate long lines for restaurants. There are just too many good places in Portland to stand in line for over an hour. No thank you!

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But we didn’t have anything else to do, so why not? And the baby was sleeping! The line actually moved fairly quickly and as we waited we tried to figure out what flavor we wanted! And tried not to drool at the aroma of waffle cone as we stood in line…

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We got to the counter and they said we could have tastes. Michael tried the Pear and Blue Cheese and said it was amazing so I tried it and it was just ok. He got a taste that was all pear and I got a taste that was all blue cheese. It wasn’t overpowering but it just wasn’t for me. I tried the Goat Cheese and Marionberry with Habanero and it was FANTASTIC! Loved it! The heat was at the very end and it wasn’t crazy hot, just the right amount. But I thought it might be too much in a full serving.

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My first choice was the Sea Salt with Caramel and the Honey Lavender. Then the girl at the counter talked me into tasting the Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and my mind was blown. SO GOOD! So I got a half scoop of the Sea Salt and Caramel and a half scoop of the Almond Brittle Ganache. PERFECT.

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Michael got the Chocolate Gooey Brownie, I had a bite and it was good but I won at the ice cream selection. 🙂 We walked around and ate our ice cream in the warm summer evening and then Logan started to wake up and it was time to go home.

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Feb 292016
 

Lately

So a little while ago I got a jar of black strap molasses because it was supposed to loaded with iron and for whatever reason I was still anemic even though I was taking both a prenatal vitamin that had iron in it AND an iron supplement. I was trying to eat more iron rich foods and the molasses? So not for me. 🙁 I tried it a few times in my oatmeal and just did not like it at all. The flavor was not something I could get past.

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I decided to give it a try in baking. I found this recipe and it sounded really tasty so this weekend I finally tried it! It was rainy and stormy and seemed like good baking weather.

OATMEAL MOLASSES CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

From: http://www.persnicketyplates.com/oatmeal-molasses-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 12 oz (1 bag) chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli baking chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, eggs, and molasses (which should all be at room temp). Mix until smooth using the paddle attachment or a hand mixer.
  3. In another large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together (or you can sift it).
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto your prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2" in between.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown with the centers almost done. You want them to be chewy, not crispy.
  8. Let cool on the pan for about 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Notes: Betty Crocker recipe passed along from a family friend
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=49566

The cookies were super easy to make and took maybe 15 minutes to prep. I baked each batch for 10 minutes on the dot and that worked well. They came out chewy and not crispy or too raw.

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The cookies were FABULOUS. I am partial the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and these were so delicious. There was a HINT of the molasses flavor but for some reason it didn’t bother me in the cookies–it added to the richness of flavor instead of being off-putting for me. I definitely recommend this recipe. It’s really delicious, easy to make and they came out perfectly!

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This weekend I also had a lunch date with my friend Erika. We went to Pizzicato. I was craving a slice + a salad! I really like their pizza. Since I’d had a small breakfast and went swimming before lunch I was kind of famished when I got there so I ended up getting two slices of pizza–cheese and the puttanesca (artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil and kalamata olives) — so good!

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The lunch special comes with a salad and we both got the Arugula and Pear salad (it’s one of my favorite salads). It’s arugula and spinach with pear, gorgonzola and candied walnuts. Lunch was perfect and hit the spot on all my cravings!

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We hung out for a few hours talking and catching up. Last time I saw her was at my baby shower but it was so busy and chaotic it was hard to talk about too much so this was nice….just getting out of the house and catching up with a friend.

In Due Time

I signed up for two 5k’s! Yahoo!

Damn, it’s so weird to see old photos of me! This was two summers ago:

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Crazy.

So yeah…I signed up for two 5k’s–one in August and one in September. Michael signed up, too. I was so happy I was able to run two 5k’s last yearboth while pregnant. One race was with Michael (his first) and one was with my dad. They were both cool experiences and I’m really excited about doing it again this year.

I am not putting too much pressure on myself in regards to training because obviously, things will be different this year. Once I’m cleared to exercise again by the doctor I’ll start training slowly. Lots of walking with the babe and eventually get back to running. I will probably do the Couch to 5k program again.

That was my weekend. How was yours?