Thursday, July 26, 2012

Freaks of the CSA

Introducing the freaks of the week:

They are Egyptian Spinach, a Gold Cylindra Beet, and Ground Cherries. 

I don't know what "Ground Cherries" are, but they taste kind of like really sweet tomatoes.

Any suggestions for that spinach?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Last night's root beer float

Frozen mugs, cold root beer, and fresh vanilla ice cream on a hot summer evening.

The only thing that made it better was sharing the experience.

 (P.S. Mom -- reminds me of The Good Steer!!)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cole Slaw

  by CarlyJH

Finding things to do with all the cabbage we get in our CSA each week.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Road Trip to Crater Lake, Oregon

All of our friends that have visited Oregon told us we HAD to go to Crater Lake during our trip.

The best thing about having a rental car is that you have to pay extra to have a second driver.  Know what that means?  I had an entire week off of driving!  This [two-hours-of-commuting-every-damn-day] girl was psyched.

Justin didn't mind doing all the driving, anyway.  Although he put around 1,500 miles on the car in six days, ~90% of the driving was up and over mountains, on winding roads, alongside freezing cold creeks.  It was pretty.  I had to close my eyes on the scary parts ("OMG, THERE'S A CLIFF NEXT TO US"), but Justin found it fun.

The reward for the many miles was well worth it.  Look at this view!!

Crater Lake National Park is home to the deepest lake in the United States.  I have probably seen fewer than 10 lakes in my entire life, so I didn't waste any time with any lame ones, just skipped right on up to the Mother Of All Lakes.

When we arrived, of course I had to bundle up with as many layers as I could find.  Brrrrrrrrr!  Oregon weather is downright weird.

All day long, I just kept saying, "Look how blue it is!"  I did not know water could be so blue.

After taking a million pictures, we enjoyed and warm and tasty lunch of soup and sandwiches at the beautiful Crater Lake Lodge.  We planned to do a hike and maybe a run after lunch, but the friendly French people at the table beside ours let us know all the trails were still closed by snow.

Fortunately, the 1-mile-straight-down-the-mountain path was open.

And I was able to touch what I think is my very first lake!  (Mom?  Is this true?)

MAN, it was cold.  They have an 18-foot jumping ledge where people sometimes dive in.  I don't generally mind cold water, but I think this would put me into shock.  According to the park rangers, the temperature usually hovers right around 38 degrees.

If you're ever in Oregon, see if you can make it to Crater Lake!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pre's Trail

Last week, we spent 6 days traveling around Oregon.  On waking up for our first morning in Eugene, we set out to find Pre's Trail in local Alton Baker Park.

We weren't the only ones out there for an easy morning 4-miler. Bernard Lagat was finishing up a little shake-out run of his own before competing in the 5K that night.

It was such an honor to meet such an impressive and respected distance runner.  (Later in the day, we watched him finish 2nd in the 5,000 meters...... and then he showed up with his family at the restaurant where we were eating dinner :)

We wished him luck and were on our way.

The trail was lovely -- about 4 miles of bark-lined paths around ponds and through trees.  Being the Olympic Trials and all, it was a pretty popular place to be.

My run was totally traumatic, as I watched a hawk violently snatch up a little baby goose out of one of the ponds.  Mean bird!

 Then I went too far, got lost, and had to ask a random construction worked where to go.  But really, what's a good run without getting lost?

More of our trip to Oregon!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Egg Sandwiches

I love egg sandwiches.  Especially bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches with really crispy bacon.

Luckily our first morning in Portland, Oregon found us enjoying egg sandwiches on homemade biscuits.

They were amazing and I went on to eat bacon for the next four days.  Now that's a good vacation!

Pine State Biscuits

More of our trip to Oregon!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Worth the mess


Sunday afternoon blueberry cobbler

Kitchen mess-making in the works ;)

Pops in DuPont

Enjoying a few Summer Peach Popsicles on this 100 degree day.  DuPont Farmers Market from our dear friend Brian at Pleasant Pops!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Potato packets

Love having guests for the night! Prepping potato packets for the grill...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

An Atlantic sunset

Speaking of sunsets, I think the Atlantic can do a fine job keeping up with the Pacific.

In the beginning of June, we spent a long weekend at Emerald Isle with a few friends.

At the time, I was reading the book Kate Remembered, a biography of Katherine Hepburn by A. Scott Berg.  It was interesting at first, but I lost interest before I finished it.  I think I would enjoy it more after watching a few Katherine Hepburn movies.

On the last night, we packed up some chairs, a bottle of wine, and fishing gear (for Justin) and headed down to the ocean.

It was beautiful to watch the sun set and the moon rise.  The perfect end to a great trip!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Logging truck

In the Umpqua River Valley of Central Oregon, where logging is a huge industry.

From the front seat of our Toyota Yaris rental car!   

More of our trip to Oregon!

Dinner date at The Vintage

We spent our first evening in Eugene, Oregon enjoying dinner in the front garden at The Vintage

Crazy eyes and rosé.

There was a funny yard sale going on across the street.  A yard sale on a Wednesday night at 7pm... guess Eugene is just a yard sale kind of place.  

I wanted to buy a little collection of heavy brass ducks that I saw for $7, but I second-guessed the purchase and didn't get them.  Now I am so mad I didn't!  It would have been the perfect souvenir from Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks.

Pics taken with Instagram.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Pacific sunset

Oregon is cloudy (did you know?), so a sunset is a rare and precious thing.  A few shots after dinner on the last night. 

It's cold.

Monday, July 2, 2012


More of our trip to Oregon!

Mitered cloth napkins

Lunch today at the Wildflower Grill on the Oregon Coast.

More of our trip to Oregon!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fishing at Shinnecock Inlet

Usually while we are at home visiting my family, Justin and I relax by the pool, run a few times, eat obscene amounts of home-cooked food, and just generally hang out with my family. 

This trip, Chuck suggested getting up with the sun and doing a little fishing at the Shinnecock Inlet.  (Read about the Shinnecock Inlet here).  The sun decided to sleep in, but the three of us were up and out on the rocks nice and early.

There were about 20 other fishermen (and fisherwomen :) out there along with us.  I didn't see a single catch all morning!

I still enjoyed being on the water and casting out a fishing pole a few times.  As kids, my aunt and uncle would take the four of us kids out on boat trips around the Long Island waters for a few weeks at a time.  I have many memories of riding out the choppy waves of the Shinnecock Inlet.  It was fun to go back for a visit.

The commercial fishing boats seemed to have more luck catching fish out on the open ocean, as indicated by the flock of seagulls surrounding the boat.

Justin pulled in this little guy all tangled up in another fishing line.  Chuck and Justin did their best to cut him free and help him live, but I don't think they found him in time.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

We traveled to my home town of Blue Point, NY for Memorial Day this year.  Long Island is a very patriotic place, so it's great to visit for Memorial Day.

It also happened to be my parents' 34th Wedding Anniversary!  Aren't they awesome?  Check out Carvel's iconic "Fudgie the Whale" cake  :)

We got to enjoy the "first weekend of Summer" with a bunch of perfect summertime activities.  Look!  A tiny (and overweight) chihuahua named Carlos shaking off his bath.

My parents gave me this wooden swing for my 16th birthday.  Here are Chuck #1 and Chuck #2 enjoying the afternoon:

Little dude (Chuck #3) was pretty hilarious for his first Slip 'n' Slide experience.

He wasn't into the whole diving-onto-your-belly thing, despite many demonstrations from his mother & Uncle Justin.  Instead, he would slide down on his butt, run through it, crawl under it, and drink it.  I don't think he missed out... he loved it!  As a matter of fact, around 8pm that night, he was asking if he could get back in it.  Amazing how kids don't mind that freezing cold hose water!!

Uncle Justin did a lot of fishing while we were there.  He didn't catch a whole lot, but there were a few tiny little fish.  Here he is showing Charles his first fish catch out of the pond....

The pond at home is mostly full of snapping turtles and frogs.  Justin caught one huge snapping turtle by accident.  You should have seen the fiasco of the boys trying to get the hook out of the turtle's mouth (poor guy).

He was not a happy camper!

Luckily, my family comes from a long line of nature (and turtle) lovers.  They have literally spent generations working to protect and preserve this pond and the animals in it.  After a few minutes of drama, they were able to get the hook out of the turtle's mouth and set him free again to swim.

This old dinosaur turtle reminded me of the movie Finding Nemo, where the young fish wants to know how long a sea turtle can live.  How old do you think this guy is?!

PS -- I borrowed the turtle pictures from the Long Island Frog Blog, written by my dad :)