{The List}: See How My Secret Garden Grows


Remember how I planted a garden for my bucket list at my dad’s house? Well it has been growing!! The weather hasn’t been warm enough but look how great it is looking!

I went to my dad’s house for the weekend to hang out and eat some of our wonderful garden. And look who stopped to say hello!

This is our sweet and wild Llewellin English Setter Abby. I can’t believe I caught her with her tongue out! I love her!

We pulled lettuce, turnips, spinach, and fennel. My dad put beer in little cups to get rid of the slugs…not sure if it is working 100% though.

Because of the weather this was how big the onion I pulled was!

But the rhubarb is going crazy! My dad has made rhubarb bread, rhubarb coolers, rhubarb meringue pie and more!

Here is the salad we made and then we roasted the turnips, onions, and fennel!

Hopefully in a few months we will have a more plentiful harvest!

 

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{The List}: Fear of Drowning

I am afraid of 5 things. 1. Death 2. Drowning 3. Bees 4. Needles 5. Snakes. All can result in death, hence why it is #1. I love water, but fast moving rivers really scare me and so does the idea of white water rafting. Why would THAT be a good idea?! Surely, I would die.

So I never thought to put it on my list until my friend AY suggested it for her Lumberjack Bachelorette Party and it became #121. After I was assured I wouldn’t A. Die or B. Die I signed my life away to the Wenatchee River.

As we arrived to a packed parking lot of buses, people and rafts I began to panic. I don’t want to die TODAY! As I put on my wet suit, which happened to already be wet in all the wrong spots like blaring warning flags of DO NOT GO, I looked around at our potential rafting guides. We had our choices of Tom Sawyer a juvenile, Harrison Ford an obviously seasoned veteran, Bon Jovi a bandana wearing tough girl, the Hulk, an outdoors mom with her young daughter and the ultimate river leader.  All very good options-except Tom Sawyer. This kid didn’t know his left from his right. I am so thankful we got the outdoors mom with her daughter (additional safety since her daughter was with us) and the other half got the Bon Jovi girl who looked like she wrestles gators on the weekends. All in all, safe guides, all the less likely to kill us.

Our group of girls decided that in order for me to feel safe (other than a guide, wet suit and life jacket) that I would need to make peace with the river. Prior to getting in the raft I touched the water looked the river right in the eye and yelled ‘I LOVE YOU RIVER’ as I fell back into the raft as everyone laughed at me. Oops!

photo by Kristen who had an awesome waterproof digital camera

My self and one of the other gals sat towards the back in hopes we wouldn’t die in those spots. After hitting our first rapid and our guide telling us ‘when I yell paddle, even if you can’t see because you’ve been splashed in the face, you MUST paddle. We almost flipped back there.’ Done. Every rapid following we all shouted ‘PADDLE. WE COULD DIE.’ At one point following a rapid the Bride’s sister said ‘I thought I was for sure in the river. I WAS IN THE RIVER.’ She wasn’t but that’s how crazy the rapids were! Did I mention the river is extremely high too right now?

We half way through had to take the raft out and walk part way and put it back in the river, otherwise you DIE going over a dam.At this point the bride who had been braving it up front was chilled to the bone and asked if anyone wanted to switch spots. No one jumped at the chance (duh, they don’t want to DIE) and I figured, okay if I am going to make this be on my list I need to do this. Really do this. So next thing I know I am sitting up front kissing my paddle good bye and back on the river.

Next thing I know, my foot has cramped up from being shoved into the raft-my safety device to not falling out-and I am actually laughing my way through the rapids wanting more. Yes, me the girl who thought she would die was having a good time!

photo by Kristen of us with our guides after we had survived

After drying off and saying farewell to our life saving guides I was exhausted. No one ever says if you survive white water rafting that you are so SORE. Now two people on our trip did fall out on a rapid. But because it wasn’t me I can safely say I will white water raft again. I liked it and I didn’t DIE!

Have you been white water rafting? What are you afraid of or what fear have you concurred?

Float on friends,

 

 

 

{Recipes}: Lincoln Logs

Guten Tag! (That’s German for have a good day) I just had a great weekend in Leavenworth, WA a little Bavarian village east of the mountains for the Lumberjack Bachelorette Party weekend! I had a blast! I can’t wait to share one of my list things I accomplished there with you too.

Photo by the one and only Holly

Here we all are in our day attire in Leavenworth. A nice older gentleman in lederhosen took this photo for us during our shopping trip.

Photo by the lovely Holly

And here we are in our natural habitat as LumberJacqueline’s, beards, axes, wood and all in its National Forest luxury! I clicked the camera remote A LOT. You can see more amazing details from the amazing Holly here and here.

We had a great time celebrating the bride to be and it was a great way to get to know the other gals before the wedding-which is surely going to be a great time. I plan on wearing my beard and suspenders.

So now that you made those Lumberjack Stacks, here is another Lumberjack themed party treat!

Lincoln Logs aka Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt from Two Peas and a Pod

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Soft caramels
  • Sea salt

Bake at 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift together flour, soda and salt and set aside.

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder and sugars until it resembles coarse sand. Add yogurt and vanilla, stir to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Wrap the chocolate dough around the caramels and place to dough balls on the baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and cool.

You will die when you eat these. Eat a few cookies and then go build a Lincoln log cabin!

Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dad’s out there-But especially to the world’s best-The Captain!!! Here we are dancing at my brother’s wedding to Neil Diamond our favorite. Fun random fact: My first concert was Neil Diamond with my dad!

Not sure when this photo was taken, but I’m sure it was before I was born-alas the beard. Looks like my mom and him went cross country skiing one of our families past times and another fun fact: My dad made that down jacket. Sewed it. Amazing!

The Captain is also a jokester! At my brother’s wedding they had a picture wall made up for photos. Here he is with my cousin and aunt attacking Brad and I…sometimes parents are more out of control….Just kidding dad!Since all of the Captain’s kids are over 21 these days, our family has started making our own wine! Here he is in the pouring rain getting buckets ready for our Pinot and Riesling grapes to be de-stemmed and then pressed!

My dad is the coolest. How do I know? Look at that mustache! I think this was when my parents were first married-aka the 1970’s. WOW. Okay also notice that the style they both have would totally fit in with today’s indie trends. Those trendsetters!

Here my dad is teaching my brother science. In the form of wine. I love my family!

My dad is also a Vietnam veteran from the Air Force which I am so proud of!

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I am so thankful for all of the things you have taught me-independence, confidence, giving, handyman skills, driving, gardening, and so much more, except you still need to show me how to change a flat tire. 🙂 You are the world’s bravest, funniest, supportive, and loving dad there is! I love you!

{Recipes}: Lumberjack Weekend

I’m off to a Lumberjack Bachelorette Party this weekend out in the woods! I can’t wait to share some fab photos of my Lumberjack attire! But to hold you over I’m going to share some treats with you!

First these over the top crownies (cookies/brownie combo!)!

Lumberjack Stacks aka Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Brownie Bar from Kevin and Amanda

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 package double stuffed Oreos
  • 1 family size brownie mix (9×13) plus ingredients to make mix

Bake at 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and both sugars in a large bowl with a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Mix dry ingredients with the other ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread cookie dough into a 9×13 pan that’s been lined with parchment paper and cooking spray. Top with layer of Oreo’s. Mix together brownie mix and pour the batter over the cookies. Bake for 45- 55 minutes.

After fully cooled use the parchment paper to lift out and place on a cutting board to cut into squares.

Now go get some milk!

{Recipes}: Coconut Chicken with Apricot Sauce

You must make this immediately! My picture does not do it justice because this was soooooo delish!

I even managed to make the chicken moist-not DRY! Holy miracle worker!

My friend Sarah came over for dinner the other night and she made this yummy and beautifully presented caprese salad.

We both could not stop saying how good the chicken was though. We felt the rice was delish too but might have made it more of a summer feeling dish with a mango or cilantro lime rice instead. By the way this was my first successful ‘real’ rice not the 5 min kind! But go ahead and make this garlic rice pilaf. I dare you. And I dare you to go check out the picture of the original recipe-then you’ll really want to make this.

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{Things I Want}: The Ocean

With summer on the brim and hopes of spending time basking in the glowing rays of the sun on a bright sandy beach and listening to the waves crash into the coast has got me wanting all of these ocean like things. Right. Now.

First and for most I believe in sun safety! Protect your skin and your age by tanning and playing safely with the SLIP, SLAP, SLOP, and WRAP!

  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slap on a hat
  • Slop on the sunscreen
  • Wrap on some sunglasses

Okay, my Public Service Announcement is over!

1. Whales. I’m really wanting to get some cool whale items for my bathroom or even a nautical themed office…hmmm the possibilities are endless! Here are some of my favorite whale items I found on pinterest (the whole ocean board with more cool ocean stuff is here).

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Must get cool whale stuff. Or see a whale. That’d be cool too.

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