Winter

In the Tundra

Hello from snowed/iced-in Portland! We are still snowed in. We can get around and out of the house but there is still TONS of snow and ice around town. Sunday morning I made it to the pool in the Subaru (yay!) and had the pool to myself. Then home just as my parents arrived from Seattle. We all went out to lunch at Reverend’s BBQ for my birthday and then Michael and I skee-daddled as quick as possible to go on our getaway trip!

For our wedding my aunt and uncle gave us a gift certificate to McMenamin’s and we finally used it. 🙂 It was so nice of them and it was awesome my parents were willing to babysit Logan overnight so we could have some couple’s time away. Boy, after being snowed in for a week I think we were all ready for the time away! We were all stir-crazy.

So for my birthday we spent one night at Edgefield. I’ve always wanted to stay there and we liked it so much we are already planning on doing it again sometime. It’s such a cool old building!

Edgefield is out in the Gorge in Troutdale. The weather is always way worse out there and there was a ton of snow on the ground but we were able to get there easily. We checked in and got settled before exploring.

Each room is a different theme. It’s European style, meaning no bathrooms. We stayed at the McMenamin’s in McMinnville a million years ago and we weren’t fans. The food wasn’t very good, our room was tiny and cramped and super far away from the bathroom (which was dorm style, so just shower stalls and bathroom stalls). But Edgefield was WAY nicer! Our room wasn’t far from the bathrooms and they were more private, so that was nice! You didn’t mind that there wasn’t a bathroom in your room.

I posted a short video on Instagram of our room. We got a King bed. The room was huge and comfortable and had two windows with a view.

There is art all over the place and it’s really cool. Here are a few of my favorites:

The elevator was that old-fashioned kind where you open the door and the elevator door slides open. It was slightly scary. 😉

We walked around and checked things out. I bet the place is AMAZING in the summer! So many cool things to do–golf, spa, soaking pool, there’s live shows and concerts that sell out. There are several bars on site and several restaurants. There’s a brewery and winery.

We checked out the soaking pool by the spa. We brought our swim suits and we were going to do it. They notified all the guests that the soaking pool was under temperature because of all the snow. We saw people in it and we were going to try it but decided not to. We’d have to trek through the snow and ice to get there from the hotel and Michael was fighting off a cold so it didn’t seem like the best idea. I was really disappointed!! But it was probably the best decision. The people we asked about the pool said it was too cold and they didn’t last in there long. But check out how cool it looks:

We are definitely going back just for the pool!

We did the winery package and that included breakfast. We went down to the basement where the winery was. It was packed! They also had live music. Our winery package included a tasting, a fruit and cheese plate and a free bottle of wine to take home. It was a lot of fun doing the tasting and I liked a lot of them.

The cheese was a warm, melted brie and it was all very good! We did the classic tasting, that was a few white and a few red. Then we decided to pay for the red only tasting because it had a lot of other red wines that sounded good. We ended up liking that tasting better and I loved about three of them.

We enjoyed our tasting and hung out and ended up leaving with a delicious bottle of the 2014 Ferryman’s Choice Cabernet Franc. Can’t wait to open it!

After that we walked around a bit and then went to dinner at the Black Rabbit bar/restaurant. I was craving a burger so I got their burger and got the Brussels Sprouts instead of fries. The burger was really good and the sprouts were ok (Michael’s are better!).

I had a glass of the Cuvee (it was my second choice wine during the tasting). Michael had a hot toddy with his dinner (the pork chops with mashed sweet potato puree). Michael said his dinner was outstanding.

Then it was time to call it a night. Our room was nice. You could hear the roaring wind outside. Michael said it sounded like the haunted mansion in Scooby Doo 🙂 and it kinda did! But it was cool to listen to the crazy, stormy weather. It was so nice to sleep uninterrupted and SLEEP IN until 9am!!! 😀

Then down to the Black Rabbit Restaurant for breakfast:

I got the French Toast made out of challah bread with a fruit compote and amaretto.

It also came with bacon. Michael got the special eggs benedict. It was avocado, tomato and egg and hollandaise. It looked amazing.

The food and service was great. We had a really nice, slow, low-key breakfast. Then we packed and checked out. We went to the nearby outlet mall and bought more clothes for Logan than ourselves 🙂 and made a few stops on the way home and then we were home to relieve my parents.

We spent some time with my parents and then they left to drive home to Seattle. I went to the gym and then played with Logan. I think he missed us. 🙂 We missed him but it was nice to get away for a short break and just be together the two of us. It’s nice that our family helps us have little dates here and there!

Snowed In and Some Winter Soup

Snow Day!!!

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On Wednesday we left work early because daycare was closing early–which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We picked up the baby and got home in no time at all and I was able to work from home for a few hours. Unfortunately, a lot of people I know, and some coworkers, didn’t get as lucky. Lots of people’s commutes were 2-4 hours!! Lots of cars got stuck, crashed, people abandoned their cars and walked, some people took cabs and got gouged for outrages rates, a school bus with kids inside slid down an icy hill and crashed (everyone was ok). It was chaos! For only a few inches!

To be fair, it doesn’t snow often in Portland–usually we get hit with ice and that’s worse. But not many of us local PNW-ers are experienced driving in snow AND it’s so hilly that roads get icy and treacherous, and so the city pretty much shuts down.

Thursday work was closed and so I did a little bit of work on my laptop (when I had some, which wasn’t much) but basically I had a snow day too! YAY!

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Logan let us sleep in a bit, which was a nice bonus, and Michael made breakfast burritos. Then I worked out in my living room.

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Snowed In Workout

Warm-up with resistance bands

Push-ups: 2 sets of 10

Bicep curls with resistance band: 3 sets of 10

Chest press with 2 15 pound dumbbells: 3 sets of 10

Overhead Triceps with 2 15 pound dumbbells: 3 sets of 10

Mountain Climbers: 4 sets of 20

Kettlebell Swing with 20 pound KB: 4 sets of 10

Squats: 3 sets of 10

Plank Jacks: 4 sets of 15

Abs:

V-ups: 3 sets of 15

Toe touches with 8lb ball: 3 sets of 20

Bird Dogs: 3 sets of 10 each side

Cobra: 4 sets of 10

Glute Bridge: 4 sets of 12

Plank: 30 second hold twice

Finished up with PT exercises for back and stretching.

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Logan’s playmate works great as a workout matt, too! 😉

I’m super happy with my home workout! Even though I was snowed in and couldn’t get to the gym–I was able to get some fitness in. I immediately felt better after working out. And trust me, it’s been a rough month and a half of being sick and my fitness being super spotty. So it was an extra bonus to work out consistently this week (despite the weather!).

Later, Michael braved the weather and picked up some groceries. He got some tomato bisque and made us grilled cheese sandwiches to go with it.

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It really hit the spot!

The rest of the afternoon I did some work, took a nap (I wasn’t feeling great still) and Logan took a nap and then I made us dinner.

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I was a vegetarian for about 10 years a long time ago. I’ve talked about it before, and how I was a terrible vegetarian. And while I’m no longer a vegetarian, I do tend to lean more towards vegetarian meals when I have to cook for myself. Thankfully I’m a little better at it these days and don’t just eat crap AND there are much better options out there for vegetarians than when I was one.

I really love Angela’s recipes at Oh She Glows. Not only is her website gorgeous, the recipes I’ve tried have been really good–even if they ARE vegan/vegetarian.

I’ve had this particular recipe for a few months now and finally made it. The snowy, cold weather just seemed fitting for a hearty soup.

Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 7 cups

Calories per serving: 282 calories

Note from author: I tried a version using light canned coconut milk and one using full-fat canned coconut milk, and I greatly prefer the full-fat coconut milk version (shocker, I know). I recommend following suit, but if all you have on hand is light canned coconut milk that’ll work in a pinch—it just won't be as rich and creamy.

From: http://ohsheglows.com/2016/04/03/glowing-spiced-lentil-soup/

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (280 grams) diced onion (1 medium/large)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can full-fat coconut milk*
  • 3/4 cup (140 grams) uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste (for a kick of heat!)
  • 1 (5-ounce/140-gram) package baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, add the oil, onion, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt, stir, and sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes until the onion softens.
  2. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom until combined. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), entire can of coconut milk, red lentils, broth, salt, and plenty of pepper. Add red pepper flakes or cayenne, if desired, to taste. Stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a low boil.
  4. Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium-high, and simmer, uncovered, for about 18 to 22 minutes, until the lentils are fluffy and tender.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach until wilted. Add the lime juice to taste. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle into bowls and serve with toasted bread and lime wedges.
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The recipe was REALLY easy. Like seriously. You can easily make this on a work night when you don’t have a lot of time. I prepped stuff (chopped onion, garlic, got all the ingredients out) and that took about 10 minutes and then I played with Logan and when it was time to really start cooking Michael took the baby and got him ready for bed.

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I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth because neither of us are vegetarian and I kinda wanted a little more flavor in it. Other than that, I followed the recipe completely. She said you could add chard, kale or spinach. I used kale and baby spinach.

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I opened a bottle of wine and toasted some asiago bread, topping it with the garlic Irish butter.

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It was so good! It was the perfect dinner for a snowed-in day.

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It was hearty and filling and completely satisfying. I really enjoyed the dinner. (Even though I was congested from yet another cold.) Michael said it would be better with some sausage in it–maybe so. Like I said above, I am usually cool with vegetarian meals. So I don’t necessarily feel like the dish was lacking because it didn’t have meat. But you can easily add something to this and I think it would still work.

I think our dinners were about a serving and a half. I have about 3 or 4 servings of leftovers and I think it will taste even better after sitting overnight.

After dinner we watched a few episodes of WestWorld. 🙂