Category Archives: Travel

Willamette Valley

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Tyler and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in Oregon.  It was perfect!  We started the trip in Willamette Valley and ended it in Portland.  It was beautiful.  We made it to 15 wineries which was surprising.  We did share a flight at each winery which made it doable Smile

Here are a few pictures from our trip…

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View from our hotel, Youngberg Hill.

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Enough said Smile.

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Red Hills Market turned out to be one of our favorite restaurants.  We went during the lunch hour which was perfect because we each ordered a salad and shared a wood fired pizza.

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I love these jars!

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I about died when I saw this wine at Red Hills Market.

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Four Graces was one of the first wines that Tyler and I enjoyed together.  We had it with my dad and stepmom in Kansas City when I first moved there from San Diego.

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I had to take a picture of these beautiful flowers in the tasting room Smile.

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Once we got back into the hills, the views were gorgeous!

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Tyler at Penner-Ash.

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The wind picked up right as we had this picture taken…oh well!

Well, there you have it!  We did try to hike, but it was POURING the day we went to the coast.  The ocean was still pretty from the car.   I also went to two awesome yoga classes at a new yoga studio in the town of McMinnville called 4 elements.  Check it out if you are ever in the area!  Anna is amazing!

On a side note, work is going well.  Busy, busy, busy!

Have a great week ya’ll!

 

We Are Home!

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We had a great time in Chicago, but it is nice to be home!   We landed around noon yesterday which means we still had a good chunk of the day to get organized for the week.

While we were in Chicago we ate a lot, rested a lot, walked a lot, and saw a lot.  Speaking of eating a lot, here is my plate from Thanksgiving.  I love my green beans. 

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Earlier in the day, we had my mom’s famous Sour Cream Coffee Cake.  We usually have it on Christmas morning, but since we were all together for Thanksgiving my mom thought it would be nice to have it early.  This is one of Tyler’s favorites!  The coffee cake paired with some eggs and citrus fruit was perfect for tiding us over until dinner which we ate around 3:00.  The turkey ended up cooking much faster than we had expected.  It seems like this always happens!  Luckily, we had everything else ready to go!

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

from Marty Harsch (Stephanie’s mom)

coffe cake recipe

On Friday, we went downtown to see the lights.  Michigan Avenue was hustling and bustling with shoppers.  We ended up going out to the lake to walk for a bit.  Surprisingly, it was not too cold by the water which was nice.

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On Saturday, Tyler and I went downtown again to spend time with my dad and stepmon.  Since my dad was our photographer for our wedding, we worked on our wedding album while we were with him.  We made it using Blurb.  It was really fun to look at the pictures again.   The book should arrive soon!  Come to think of it, today is our six month anniversary!  

Both Tyler and I were antsy on the plane ride home.  We both love to get home and get organized.  We had many things that we wanted to accomplish on our “To Do” list!  One of the things on my list was to go to yoga.  Ahhh!  My body was craving it.  I tried a new yoga studio called FORM in Decatur.  It is a neat studio.  The building used to be an old candle factory which was then converted into a design loft space.  So cool!  They have a great deal going on right now for new students.  30 days for $30 of unlimited yoga.  Sign me up! 

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form inside                              form outside

I felt so good after class.  I could not wait to come home and share my calm energy with Tyler.  He loves when I feel centered Smile.  My face lit up when I walked in the door.  Tyler put up the tree!  We decorated it together of course.

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The holidays are here!   Try some new recipes or yoga class this week! 

It is rainy and cold here, so I thought I would make some soup today.  There is a lentil soup recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while.  I will let you know how it goes.  I am most excited about eating it with my stepmom’s homemade honey oat wheat bread that she sent home with us.   

What is the first thing you like to do when you get home from a trip?

Have you tried a new yoga class or studio recently?

 

A House Divided

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I must admit that I bought too many veggies at Trader Joe’s given that we are headed to Chicago today!  It is easy for me to go a little crazy in the produce section these days. My research on nutrition keeps leading me to the fruits and vegetables.  We have never had this much produce in our refrigerator, but now I eat lunch at home most days of the week which is new to me. 

We are going to visit my mom, stepdad, dad, stepmom, and sister for Thanksgiving.  I can’t wait to show Tyler the holiday lights along the Magnificent Mile while drinking hot chocolate.  Yes, we are traveling on the busiest day at the busiest time of the year, but (like I said before) we will make it.  It has been a while since I have been home for the holidays.  Also, this is our first Thanksgiving as a married couple.  Another new experience.  Hehe!

Back to the veggies…I decided yesterday that I was going to do my best to incorporate as many veggies as I could into my/our meals before we leave this afternoon. 

Normally, we have pizza on Wednesday night.  I have to admit, it is nice not to have to think about what we are going to have for dinner at least one night out of the week.  In order to use up our veggies, we decided to have pizza last night.  Pizza night became a tradition in our house last year after I was in Whole Foods (surprise surprise) and stumbled upon a whole wheat pizza crust (not in the frozen section) from their 365 Everyday Value brand.

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Now, Tyler is a meat lover.  I am not.  Tyler does put some vegetables on his pizza, but he uses nowhere near the amount that I pile on.  A great solution to this predicament is to make your own pizza.  Simply split the crust down the middle and start building your very own pie! 

Homemade pizza is the perfect way to use up your vegetables if you are headed out of town Smile.  

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meat veggie

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 veggie pizza

Pizza a la Tyler

Ingredients:

  • whole wheat pizza crust (365 Everyday Value)
  • pizza sauce
  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • green olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • red or white onion
  • hamburger patty (already cooked)
  • Gates Bar-B-Q sauce (my Kansas boy)
  • mozzarella

Pizza a la Stephanie

Ingredients:

  • whole wheat pizza crust (365 Everyday Value)
  • pizza sauce
  • tons of spinach
  • mushrooms
  • red pepper
  • zucchini
  • artichoke hearts
  • half of a cooked chicken breast
  • red or white onion
  • fresh garlic clove
  • a sprinkle of Italian seasoning
  • a drizzle of EVOO

I know…no cheese. Very few people agree with me on this one. Actually, I just don’t like cheese all that much.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 4oo degrees.  Cut crust in half.  Arrange pizza toppings (of your choice) on top of crust.  Bake pizza for 14 minutes or so.  Let the pizza sit for a few minutes before cutting.  Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese (optional).  The red pepper flakes add a great punch!

As you can seen, Tyler and I enjoy two different types of pizza.  It is all good though in the Watson household.  We were both satisfied and had fun making our pizza together, and he did help me eat some of our vegetables.  I hate to see them go to waste.  We were pretty successful at using all of our vegetables, wouldn’t you say?  See below. 

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Speaking of not wasting things, Elle at Nutrionella is doing a clean and green giveaway of Janum products including natural, chemical free and compostable cleaning cloths as well as Holy Lama soaps.  The products look great!  You can actually put the cloths in the dishwasher.  Score!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Sarah and I are grateful to each and every one of you for your support and excitement about our blog.  It gives us such joy and encouragement to keep our creative juices flowing.  We look forward to sharing many more new things with you! 

Don’t forget to eat your vegetables on Turkey Day!

Do you live in a divided household when it comes to pizza toppings?

If so, what is your solution?