Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bacon Burgers with Smoked Gouda


Is more like summer or fall where you're at? For me, it's still summer. It is still 80+ degrees and sunny, humid, hot, you name it! WHYYY?! Anyways, because it's still acting like summer here, we have a grilling recipe for you. But if it is fall-like where you're at or your a sports nut, this would totally work for tailgating and watching football.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Catz on the Move: Aquariva Restaurant (Portland, OR)

When Chels and I stayed at the River's Edge Hotel & Spa in August, we were invited to dine at the hotel's neighboring restaurant, Aquariva. When I say we were invited, I mean that in a couple of ways. First, our package at the River's Edge included a 20% coupon for lunch or dinner at the restaurant, and secondly, the restaurant's entrance is literally about 50 feet from the front door of the hotel, making it almost ridiculously convenient. Realistically, the proximity of the establishment makes it something of a default choice, especially for a hotel that isn't located in the heart of downtown - frankly, there aren't a lot of other choices within walking distance. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it simplifies the occasionally laborious dining decision making process, the restaurant is classy and modern, and the ability the simply stroll across the parking lot to eat is both convenient and relaxing.


Aquariva features two different outdoor dining experiences. For happy hour, there's a small patio to the left of the front entrance. It doesn't feature much of a view, but it's outdoors and pleasant nonetheless. The second is behind the restaurant, directly on the Willamette River. In fact, the only separating your table from the river is the jogging path that winds along the river behind both the hotel and the restaurant. The setting is idyllic, and while Portland may see more than its fair share of rain, in August it's a lovely spot. While we didn't dine indoors, we walked through the dining room several times. It's modern, clean, and classy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Tidings!


1. My kids get their creative genes from their father. I can't draw or color or paint at all. But my kids, astound me all the time with how good they are quickly becoming. Lately, Grace and Eden have been working on drawing people and Eden drew this picture of herself wearing the same outfit. The detail she drew into the shirt is really good. Kids, I'm not just saying that because she is my child-she honestly is, really talented! It's no wonder she wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up. :)

2 Yesterday, Josh and I got the opportunity to go out for a date night! We went and saw "The Hundred-Foot Journey" and it was fantastic! I can't wait to own it. Such a beautifully filmed movie with excellent acting, fantastic character development, and a charming story. If you have a chance to go see it, do it before it's out of theaters.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Menu 9/15-9/21


Today, we're stuck inside. Though we did leave the house so I could go grocery shopping and then I did refill our bird bath. But for the most part. We're stuck inside. A fire started over the weekend about 20 minutes from our house and it continues to rage. Sunday morning, as we walked out to our car to leave for church, ash was covering the cars and it looks like ashy snow falling from the sky. By Sunday evening, we could smell the smoke and there was a hazy orange glow all around us. This morning, health warnings were issued because the air could be harmful to inhale in. So, our windows are shut and we're not going outside. I'm feeling very thankful for the two window a/c units we have in our house right now.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cooking with Gracie: Apple Crumble Sundae


One of the new things Christian has started doing lately is showing off how strong he is. For instance, he'll take one of my reusable grocery bags that's full of groceries (usually the lightest bag) and lift it up as high as he can and make I'm sure what he thinks is manly grunting noises.

We get quite the kick out of this, because he is so serious at showing us what a strong boy he is but it is such a comical thing to watch.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tater Tot Casserole


I have a confession to make. You may or may not want to continue to read my blog. I'm sorry in advance. Here's goes.

I despise tater tot casserole. Like, as in strongly hate.

There I said it. Whew, that feels a lot better!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pumpkin Bread


*This recipe and pictures have been slightly updated from the 2011 archives. The post got some editing and the pictures got a makeover just in time for pumpkin season.*


In my opinion, any time of year is a good time to eat some delicious pumpkin. I'm a fan of pumpkin in every variety, but I adore Pumpkin Bread. It makes a delicious breakfast or the perfect snack to munch on while you kick back and watch your favorite show, read a book, or play a game with the family.
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