Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Menu 9/29-10/5


I'm not exactly sure what happened last week. I meant to post a few recipes and then for one reason or another it didn't happen. Oops! Sorry about that! I promise to make it up to you!

This week, I've got a few things I'm going to share with you, so I hope you're ready!

By the way-did you know today is National Coffee Day and isn't it ironic that I don't have any coffee to drink in the house. Actually, that's not true. I've got coffee mate, just no creamer. To the grocery store I go!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday's Tidings on Wednesday


1. Last week my first nephew was born! Meet Oliver! My brother and sister's newest edition. This makes #3 for them and new babies are always exciting. Eden got to hold him and did such a great job and she was so excited to meet him. She keeps saying that she can't believe Christian was ever this small, lol.

2. Have you guys heard of Fabletics? It's a lot like Stitchfix except that it is all like lounge wear clothing-which is really up my alley since I rarely buy those kind of clothes. I looked at the website and everything looks so comfortable-but it's one of those monthly fee sites and I don't like that.

3. Blacklist premiered on Monday, but we didn't get to watch it until Tuesday night. Worth the wait-really missed and loved that show. Such great acting and plots.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Honey Maple Granola with Pecans


Hey guys, and Happy First Official Day of Fall!!!!
I've over at Evermine sharing this fabulous granola that will hopefully help the transition from summer to fall easier for you.

I love granola but believe it or not, this was my first time ever making it before! I could not believe how easy it was and how good my house smelled afterwards.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Menu 9/22-9/28


My house is officially ready for fall and as of 10:29pm tonight, the rest of the world will have no choice! Bwahahaha!

Let there be PUMPKIN everything!!!!!

The kids and I survived Josh's absence last week. He was gone for basically 3 whole days-but we had a smashing time without him. He leaves again for one night this week, but then hopefully that will be it for awhile.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pumpkin Thumbprints


This is my third pumpkin post and it's not even officially fall yet. Close-we've got 2 days to go and then there is no more holding back!

Thank goodness because I don't know how much longer I could wait. Fall is my favorite month and I am completely ready for it. Our weather the past few days has been more fall-like, but guess what? We're forecasted for 90 degrees over the weekend again. Gross, right?

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.

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