Willamette Valley wines

Beautiful Day in the Valley

Over the holiday weekend Michael and I got to enjoy a little time in the sun. We got a babysitter and went wine tasting with his mom and stepdad. They are always so nice and babysit Logan when we have pick-up parties at the wineries we are members at. So we wanted to repay the favor and take them tasting.

We started at Sokol Blosser, one of my favorites. We packed picnic items to share for lunch. I brought goat cheese, a creamy Toscana cheese soaked in Syrah (it was nice) with crackers, dried apricots, Trader Joe’s hummus, carrots, and Trader Joe’s chickpea salad (it’s one of my favorites there).

Michael’s mom brought baguette, olives, raw peppers, tomatoes, celery, blue cheese dip and Thin Mint cookies. 😀

It was a really delicious lunch. The day was a little cool to start with but warmed up nicely. We did our tasting outside and we were able to set up our lunch on a picnic table outside near the the music. There was a really talented singer–I wish I’d grabbed her name! I did post a short video on IG if you are interested.

We had lunch, and lounged and did our tasting, bought a few bottles to take home, then headed to the next venue.

Stoller

We are new members here. We joined last fall when we went there with some friends after the Sokol Blosser pick up party. The venue is SO MUCH BETTER in the summer! They opened up the patio and there was a TON of outdoor seating.

There were adirondack chairs, picnic tables, bistro tables and big tables set up everywhere. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day. There were tons of kids there playing in the grass, there was a tire swing under the big tree, there was a frisbee golf course. It was just a fun environment for a summer day.

It was just wonderful sitting in the sunshine. I was glad I wore shorts. I just chilled and let the warmth relax me. It would have been nice to spend more time there but we had to get home for the babysitter!

(I will say that Girl Scouts Thin Mints pair excellently with the Pinot Noir Reserve. :D)

It was such a gorgeous, wonderful day and I cannot WAIT for summer!!! I came home with a bottle of wine from each venue. Michael’s mom cleaned up and got some great bottles, too. We came home and grilled burgers for dinner. Perfect end to the weekend.

 

Lately

Last Thursday Logan turned 2 officially! We took donut holes to daycare so the kids could all celebrate together and everyone told Logan Happy Birthday. After daycare, he had his 2 year checkup with the doctor and he’s doing great. The doctor was really impressed at how well Logan is doing. Logan showed off and pointed to all the body parts he knows (his eyes, ears, mouth, elbow, hair, etc). Logan is 36.5 inches and grew almost 3 inches since his 18 month appointment! Holy cow! He’s 96% for height.

After the doctor appointment we went out to dinner to Mike’s Drive In in Oregon City. Michael and I got burgers. Logan got a corndog! And he loved it. 😀 He did so great. He had a great day.

In other Logan news, he might be ready for a big boy bed. Which is both exciting and scary for this mama! He’s starting to try and climb out of his crib. And he’s tall, so it’s easy for him. OY.

On Saturday (after the gym), we met some friends at Sokol Blosser for the spring pick-up party for members. It was so much fun and we were really glad we were able to hang out with our friends. We hadn’t seen them in awhile and it was nice to catch up.

The Sokol Blosser party is very nice. We were there in October with some other friends. When you first get there, you get a glass of their sparkling white. Love it!

The place was packed. There was a bunch of food–yummy smokey steak with chimichurri sauce, polenta, roasted veggies, toasted chickpeas, salad, salami, cheese, crackers, olives. All of the food was really tasty and it was enough for a light lunch while we did our tasting.

After the party, we decided to stop at one other place none of us have ever been to: Stoller. The venue was gorgeous! It was huge. I guess in one section they were having THEIR spring pick up party for members. We went to the tasting room. It was a huge, cool venue with lots of room. The place was packed so we walked to the back tent. The tent area was huge and had nice tables set up and it was heated and comfortable. The wine tasting was at your table, so that was nice.

It was a really nice Saturday!

On Sunday I decided to give my pressure cooker a test run in the “slow cooker” setting. I was hoping that I could get rid of my crockpot if this worked well. After my swim, I got all the stuff ready and put it in the pressure cooker. I had a packet for the “country rice” and used frozen chicken tenderloins.

I used the slow cooker setting on my cooker. Then I ran some errands and stuff and when I got back I checked it and realized that it was already cooked! It was like 2pm and I had thought I set it on “low” for 7 hours but at the 4 hour mark, everything was all cooked. BUMMER. I was kinda irritated because then I had to just put the food in the fridge and reheat it for dinner. Which is fine, but not ideal and not like my crockpot. So….I guess I can’t get rid of my crockpot yet.

The dinner doesn’t look pretty, but it was really flavorful. We had salad with it. Yum!

Anyways, any ideas on the slow cooker setting for the instant pot?