24
Oct
2014

Motorcycle Camping

Posted by Tamara

I don't want to sound like a bad ass or anything, but riding down the road with all your camping gear on your motorcycle is kind of rock star. I started to understand the appeal of a cruiser. Kind of. It was like having a lounge chair with all of the stuff piled on. The scariest thing about motorcycle camping is being unsure of where the location is and the possibility of getting on rough terrain. We purposefully picked a spot ahead of time that would not be too much trouble. We camped at Timothy Lake, highly recommend in the warmer summer months when there are no mosquitoes. 

23
Oct
2014

Annie's Donut Shop in Portland

Posted by Tamara

Donuts are a serious topic in Portland. Everyone claims a different place is the best donuts shop in Portland. Consistently, I hear VooDoo Doughnuts to be the visitor favorite and Blue Star to be the local favorite. VooDoo Doughnuts may have national recognition and Blue Star might have cool, interesting flavors. But, Annie's Donut Shop on NE Sandy & 72nd has glorious donuts that don't need non-traditional flavorings to be interesting and delicious. This place is an inexpensive, no nonsense donuts shop. It's what donuts have always been. It is a place of donuts dreams.

22
Oct
2014

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Slow cookers change lives. If you don't have one of these yet, you might want to get on that. Slow cookers make cooking after a long day a reality. Imagine coming home and dinner is already cooked and warm. There are many days when I really want to cook, but I'm just tired and don't want to spend an hour cooking a delicious warm meal. Slow cookers rescue. 

This recipe is so easy that I almost didn't want to share it. Care bears say sharing is caring. It's a good thing I care. Let's get started on this pulled pork, it takes a while to cook but the slow cooker does all the work. 

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21
Oct
2014

Polenta and Chickpeas with Marinara

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Growing up with a lot of Italian food I somehow managed to not experience polenta. My family was all about the pasta. It wasn't until I was older that I experienced polenta and then started to use it more in my cooking. I will always love pasta and cook it, but sometimes I want polenta with fresh herbs and marinara sauce. Because yes.

This recipe gets a little crazy and adds chickpeas to the pile. Life is all about choices, and today I choose chickpeas.

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20
Oct
2014

Pumpkin Smoothie

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It's a pumpkin craze in my kitchen. Canned pumpkin is going in EVERYTHING. I already provided a warning. Make sure to get a bunch of cans of pumpkin and put pumpkin in everything, because it's fall and we can do what we want. I'm drinking warm apple cider with cinnamon in it right now. Fall is also a time for adding cinnamon to everything. 

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Serves one

19
Oct
2014

Pumpkin Pie French Toast

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Alright I am one of those people that gets excited about pumpkin flavored things in the fall. I’m not sorry about this. I think if you are someone that doesn’t like pumpkin things, you should be the sorry one. Pumpkin makes fall. Pumpkin is fall.

I haven’t been posting many recipes lately, so I’ll apologize for that. I am going to share more recipes, but I’ll warn you that most of them are going to involve pumpkin. This is what I’m into right now. Fall makes me want to bake and cook, a lot. Let’s get into this pumpkin pie french toast.

These ingredients are for real.

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