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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Girl’s Weekend 2015

Can we please take a minute and hit the rewind button?  I want to re-do the entire weekend again. With very few changes except maybe sprinting up the hill at Pikes Place Market with a  full Pepsi only to dump it out when no one wanted another drink. Sorry about that, Mom! My mom and I flew out to Seattle to spend a few precious moments with my sister.  We managed to hit a sweet spot in her life right before classes started again for the semester.  It’s the first girl’s trip we’ve ever taken and we’ve promised to make it a tradition. The only girl we were missing was my sweet sister-in-law.  But she’s busy growing us two babies! My mom and I had both traveled there on at least one other occasion recently so our only goal was to try our best to relax (neither of us are great at this) and drink as much coffee as possible. Day 1 we managed 2 or 3 cups but also realized that our stomachs did much better on one cup of coffee per day, so we revised…

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Oregon

A few weeks ago, I was in Portland for a weekend trip and made it out to the ocean. This was my first time to the Pacific despite living in Seattle for a full year. I know, I know. How have I not seen the Pacific yet?! Well, I’m disappointed that it took me so long because it was beautiful!! And not being one to hold back, I was determined to go swimming. We made it to the beach in the adorable town of Oceanside, and I threw on my swimsuit. When I made it out to the beach, there were three people in the water. In wetsuits. Everyone else was on the beach. In long pants and jackets. Did I still go swimming? Better believe it! This trip to the beach began south  at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. This is a fabulous place to climb sand dunes, explore some cliffs, or just relax on the beach. From there, we headed up to Oceanside which is an adorable town with a good dose of coffee shops and a nice beach open to the public…

Lunar Eclipse

How beautiful was the moon last night!?! My mom and I (Megan and Mom are here in Seattle for a quick weekend trip, and it’s fabulous!) were on our way to the grocery store last night, and a whole line of cars was stopped along the side of the road. People were everywhere staring up at the night sky. My mom and I remembered that something cool was happening in the night sky, and we were craning our necks trying to see the beautiful moon. No luck. We decided that maybe the moon was still rising. Fifteen minutes later, we had grabbed our grocery essentials and were driving back past the crowds of people. They were gazing up, pointing, taking pictures… There was nothing to see. And then my mom turned to me. “It’s a lunar eclipse,” she said. “There’s nothing there.” She nodded towards the sky. I didn’t get it. Then slowly, it dawned on me. Lunar eclipse. Nothing there. Oh!! That’s the point! We can’t see the moon! Anyways, it was cool. Which is about as far as my astronomy enthusiasm…

Cookie Owls

I’ve learned one thing from making my favorite recipes from each of my grandmothers.  I love shortening. Which means I love fat. Awesome. I’ve also learned that I should never try to replace shortening for butter.  While it sounds better on paper (to me) to have butter instead of shortening it changes the texture of my favorite comfort foods and not for the better, mind you. Plus they are comfort foods, which to me does not equal healthy.  I mean, great if it does but really when I reach for these foods its for the unforgettable taste and the millions of memories that go along with it. My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe involves peanut butter, oats and chocolate chips all wrapped up in this delicious crumbly but still soft package of cookie. Legend has it that my grandmother made these cookies in the shape of an owl which, believe it or not, was the mascot of my dad’s high school (and grade school and middle school). His school may have been featured on ‘The Leno Show’ as having the smallest graduating class in America.  No joke. Anyways, I can almost imagine…