Friday, June 25, 2010

Food in the Blank...

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Today's fill in the blank game over at Lauren's blog is food themed...therefore I will play along!
(because i enjoy eating food)

1. If I could choose my last meal it would be
Pizza, hands down. Then red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

2. My favorite person to share a meal with is

Ben, and not just because I eat with him all the time. Its because he is the most appreciative eater I have ever seen. He loves everything. I remember one of the first things I made him was grilled cheese and tomato soup and he just about fell over in his chair. He said it was the best thing he had ever eaten (i think he really meant it), and he says that about everything you feed him. If you want to feel good about what you're making for dinner, feed it to my husband and you'll feel like a champ.

3. The best meal I've ever had was

on a date with Ben to Blue Hour downtown Portland. I had fried risotto cakes with truffle cream sauce and i almost died. It was the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. Maybe I was just starving, but I was literally scraping my plate in the fancy restaurant. The lady at the table next to me even leaned over and said

"that good, huh?".

no joke.

4. The one food that makes me feel instantly better when I'm having a bad day is

Frozen Yogurt.
Half tart, half cookies and cream with strawberries, mangoes, blueberries, and mochi. I do love an old fashioned glazed donut, but sometimes, if my bad day has anything to do with eating too much gluten, it can make me feel worse after the 30 seconds of consumption has passed.

5. My absolute specialty in the kitchen is

hmmm, good question. I think I'm a little too new to cooking to have a specialty quite yet. I must say though, I know how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwhich. fancy.

6. The city that has the best food is
New Orleans
and my favorite restaurant there is

Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter. You must go there once in your life and beignets with powdered sugar and cafe au lait.

If you get them to go, they put them in a paper sack and literally DUMP powdered sugar in the bag. Its the most delicious thing in the world, and if you can experience it in NOLA its even better. I love them so much we gave away little personalized helpings of the mix as favors at our southern themed wedding.

7. My favorite healthy snack is

shelled edamame, or a piece of toast with a few slices of avocado and tomato. And I always love a good banana.

8. In my opinion the nationality which has the best food is

Italian. Cheese, garlic, pasta, tomatoes, mushrooms, bread, wine, so amazing.

9. If I could learn to cook anything in the world (and be really good at it!) I'd choose

probably sushi, because it is such an art. Either that, or cake making. I don't really have the patience for these kinds of things.

10. The most outrageous dessert I've ever had was

at PF Changs, the Great Wall of Chocolate. Its a huge slice of chocolate cake laying on its side and it has like 8 layers. Its massive, if the cake was standing up with would be at least a food tall. Not the most delicious cake i have ever had, but it was hilarious to see all the forks at the table devour it in about 2 minutes. It reminded me of the movie Matilda where the fat kid has to eat the chocolate cake in front of the whole school. Anyone know what I'm talkin' about?

Thanks Lauren! Post a link to your own answers on her blog, here!

Have a delicious Friday!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Monday!

Its beautiful (but freeeeezing) outside my window.
Here is a little question game to start off the week. It'll be a busy one for me!

six names you go by:


."ding"(the bell ringing at the desk at my work).

."what's your name again?".
...i can only think of four.

three things you're wearing right now:

.navy/white striped sailor tank (F21)
.new mustard short sleeved cartigan (Target)
.turquoise jingley necklace (F21)

notice a theme?


four things you want at this exact moment:

.hardwood floors.
.a well behaved dog.
.a vacation.

two things you did last night:

.ate mahi-mahi and corn on the cob.
.hung out with my fam.

two people you last talked to on the phone:



two things you're going to do tomorrow:

.help out in NE.

.celebrate Father's Day again.

three favorite drinks:

.iced vanilla dopio with cream.
.iced soy green tea latte.
.plain ol' french press with


vanilla creamer.

Play along if you'd like,

and have a delightful Monday!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

pretty pretty...


with a cherry on top?

Monday, June 14, 2010

joy. ful.

What a joyful weekend!
This weekend was pretty incredible! Absolutely beautfil weather in Portland.
cough cough...finally...cough cough
We had tons of fun in the sunshine. It was a weekend of celebrating..Ben passed his series 7 exam on Friday so now he is one step closer to being licensed to sell securities! I'm married to a stock broker...weird! So proud of him, he got a 90% and its one of the hardest tests you can take. YAY HUSBAND! We went out to dinner with our families on Friday night to celebrate Ben's test and my daddy's big fat raise! ...and I almost passed out at the table because I was so tired from the week.
Anyway, on Saturday we got up and did one of our favorite things to do on Saturday mornings...Went for a drive out in the country and looked at old houses and dreamed of buying them and fixing them up and putting babies and dogs and cute furniture in them.
(told you I would wear these this weekend)

We stopped at the cutest little place called SouthStore. A little cafe in an old house on the way to Newberg. I got an iced americano and a quiche. Ben got a turkey bacon and brie sandwhich (yum) and an iced tea. We sat out on the porch with Tangle who gets super tired in the sun. Its great. (and i got a new hat which is also great)

We went to champoeg park and laid out in a clearing with Tangle
(on the Pocahontas blanket, stylin').
We finished off the night with our friends Jeremy and Katy. Had (gigantic) burgers and watched The Departed. Not good. Well, good, but so much ridiculous language.
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Sunday morning it was beautiful again, and Ben went to play tennis with his bro, so I went for a run and to the gym, and came home and made the most delicious oatmeal with fresh fruities, yogurt, honey and cinnamon. I cheated on my iced coffee and made it with Starbucks Via.
Not bad actually!

laid out in the hammock and read for a little while...

Then went to Allison's pool and met up with Stephen & Rachel and baby Avery. Her first pool experience. It was pretty stinkin precious. She loved it! Ben loved it too. I think he needs one.
(a baby, not a pool)

Said farewell for now to my dear sweet little friend Laura. She is moving to Eugene and I will miss her sweet face! I love you Laura!

An amazing weekend! I am super blessed :-)

PS...its supposed to be sunny for the next 7 days. Praise Jesus!

Friday, June 11, 2010

a long friday.

Its been a long week! A few things that are getting me through my twelve hour Friday work day...


dreaming of this vacation.

my oregon print.
i my state.
yes, even now.

wishing for this dining spot.

an art project.

my mantle with a little inspiration.

my birthday present.
(which i will don again when the flood in my backyard dries up)

Annnd THIS video. which i'm sure is old news by now, but i just love it!

well, only elevn hours to go until an 80 degree weekend!
enjoy your Fridays!

everyone loves to eat

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