Winter

Beachy Birthday

So this is 39!

For my birthday this year we made the trek to Depoe Bay to spend the weekend at an AirBnB house at the beach with friends. I’ve been looking forward to it for months! Saturday I went to the gym and then we packed the car and left after lunch.

The house we rented was SO GREAT!!!! It was called the “OctoMojo House” and it was a block from the beach with amazing views of the giant winter waves. There was a nice deck (which would be great in the summer time) and a hot tub and you could hear the ocean. The house had two bedrooms on the main floor and then a loft bedroom upstairs with even better views.

We unpacked and our friends, Sam and John, hadn’t arrived yet so we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and go for a walk on the beach!

You think Logan and Bella were having fun in the sand?!?! It was kinda gray and cold but it was dry so that’s all that mattered! We walked and ran and got super dirty. Then started to walk back to the house.

Our friends arrived and we made dinner. Pork tenderloin they had been marinating all day in lemon, ginger, soy sauce and garlic. It was delicious! We had salad and couscous, too. And fancy Trader Joe’s cheese with crackers while we cooked.

And opened a bottle of wine I’ve been saving for almost a year:

After Logan went to bed, the four of us got to chill out in the hot tub and listen to the ocean and just catch up on life. It was nice! And relaxing. I loved being able to hear the waves. And smelling the ocean air.

Sunday was a lazy day. It was stormy and rainy and the waves were even bigger. Breakfast was delicious omelettes made by Michael and Samantha. I actually got to enjoy my coffee while it was HOT. 😀

Then Logan and I went for a little walk outside in the drizzle.

Sam and I drove up to Lincoln City to Mo’s to pick up takeout lunch. It was nice to get away for a bit and have some time just the two of us. We got an order of Mo’s famous clam chowder and an order of clam strip appetizers.

I’ve wanted to try Mo’s for years but the lines are SO LONG we never go. I’m glad we finally got to try it! It was delicious! Creamy and tasty and hot on a dreary day. After lunch Logan took a nap, I took a short nap and then chilled with some hot tea and a good book. 🙂 Eventually there was a little break in the rain and Logan was still sleeping so Bella and I went for a walk on the beach just the two of us. It was nice!

Sunday night dinner was made by Samantha, with me helping prep the veggies. I brought chicken thighs and she brought the stuff to make an AMAZING curry dish! All fresh ingredients. She even showed me how to use fresh ginger (which has always intimidated me so I never bought it, now I want to try it!).

We opened some wine, turned on some great music and hung out in the kitchen while the boys did their thing in the living room. Then dinner was served. Curry chicken and veggies on top of mashed potatoes! SO good! Topped with fresh cilantro and green onion.

After dinner, Logan ran laps through the house 😉 and then went to bed and we played a few rounds of my new Family Feud board game (super fun!), more hot tubbing and then to bed for the great night of sleep I’ve had in awhile. Breakfast the next morning:

Scrambled eggs with green onions and diced jalapenos, bacon, topped with cheese, a side of toast and fruit salad. Monday the weather was just perfect. There was blue sky and rainbows.

I love the beach. Year round, doesn’t matter the weather. Stormy, sunny, whatever. The beach is in my blood. Someday, I will live at the beach. 🙂

Snow & A Recipe

We had some snow last week! And lucked out having some extra time off from work because of the snow. So that was nice. Bella LOVES the snow. Logan likes it but is a little more cautious. He’s not quite sure what to make of it. LOL

The first photo was the night before (last Tuesday) when the snow first started) and the other one was the next morning!

Even though it was nice to get some nice winter wonderland for a bit, I am kind of ready for spring.

So this recipe popped up in my Feedly list somehow and I wanted to try it. It says it’s “Paleo, Low Carb and Whole30”. I liked that it was a low carb meal made with stuff we usually already have on hand in the house. And what better night to do it then a cold, snowy, icy night when we don’t have a ton of time to cook?

Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl

Prep Time: 20 hours, 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 21 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 255

Fat per serving: 18.7g

Carbs per serving: 8g

Protein per serving: 14.8g

Fiber per serving: 3.8g

From: https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/pork-egg-roll-in-a-bowl-crack-slaw-paleo-low-carb-whole30/

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (get it here)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 5 green onions, sliced on a bias (white and green parts)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (get it here)
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha or garlic chili sauce, more to taste (omit for Whole30)
  • 14 oz bag coleslaw
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Aminos or soy sauce(get it here)
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar (get it here)
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, and white portion of the green onions. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the ground pork, ground ginger, sea salt, black pepper and Sriracha. Sauté until the pork is cooked through.
  4. Add the coleslaw mix, coconut aminos, and rice wine vinegar. Sauté until the coleslaw is tender.
  5. Top with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54264

This would be a good recipe to do on a work night when you don’t have a ton of time. It’s even easier if you can get the prep done earlier.

I gave Logan a bath and got him ready for bed while Michael made dinner. He toasted the sesame seeds, which was a nice addition. The only thing we didn’t have for the recipe was the green onion. I’m sure it would have been better with it, but the recipe was still good omitting it.

I’d gotten a bag of coleslaw mix so that made it even easier–just throw the bag in the skillet!

We both liked the dinner. I think it would have been better with something crunchy on top–like maybe some crunchy Chinese noodles as a garnish? Other than that, dinner was great! I loved that it was low carb and low in calories.

YUM!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite super fast work night recipe for dinner?