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Back Home Again

August 31, 2014

Coming home from vacation is bittersweet. It can be difficult to accept that the adventure is over, but there's always something comforting about being back home in your own bed at night (and to have your pup back at your side).

It's been a week since we've come back home from vacation, but we're still feeling the blues, after a summer filled with adventures every weekend and visits with family.

Although we love our city and our home in the Northwest more than anything, it can be hard to let our family go from these visits, since we don't know when we'll have the opportunity to see each other again. Fortunately, we know that we are only a plane ride away, and that we have our memories and photos to get us through this time!

Last week, we left the Northwest for a trip back to my home in the Midwest, where we visited with my parents for the first time in more than a year. This visit was also my husband's first trip to the Midwest, so we had a great time traveling from Illinois to Indiana to Ohio and back again, showing him around!












After we took our Midwest road trip across three states, we returned to Chicago for a day at Wrigley Field, to watch my beloved Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Then, we caught a flight back home.





What an adventure!

We're planning on settling back into things in Seattle and enjoying our time home with Olive, before we set off on our next trip.

The Olympic Peninsula

August 22, 2014

This August has been quite an adventure for us. This month marked the anniversary of our first year in Seattle and the Northwest; the month that we said goodbye to our first home here and settled into another; and the month that we get to visit with our family who live 1000, 1500 and 2500+ miles away respectively.

Last week, my family who splits time between Phoenix and San Francisco, were in town to experience their first summer in the Northwest, and we decided to show them all that Western Washington has to offer, by taking them to the Olympic Peninsula.

We embarked from Seattle on a ferry (which is always exciting for me, no matter how many times I've taken one), then traveled to Kingston, Washington and then on to Port Angeles, to spend our first night on the Olympic Peninsula.

We woke up early the next day, and stopped by Crescent Lake to take in it's early morning beauty and have our coffee.





We then continued on to Ruby Beach, one of the most scenic and one of our favorite beaches on the Washington coast. It is now my family's favorite as well. 

We had such a great time exploring there!





Our final stop of the day was a hike through the Hoh Rainforest, which has some of the most striking green trees and shrubs that I've ever seen. 

It's annual rainfall is 140-170 inches (or 12-14 feet).






After all the traveling we did around the coast that day, we decided to make our way back to Port Angeles for the night so we could wake up at Hurricane Ridge the next morning. 

Our decision to begin our next day at Hurricane Ridge was probably one of the best decisions we've made. The fog, the clouds and the views were breathtaking.







We then made our way home back to Seattle after a great weekend spent exploring.

But of course, we're already looking at the map for a spot to go on our next adventure.



Note: We will be traveling and visiting family again soon, so be sure to check back next month in September for another one of our explorations.

Thanks for following along!

Northwest Summer Recipe | Mexican Style Watermelon

August 4, 2014

It has been a hot week for us here in Seattle. Temperatures have climbed well into the 80's, and with the addition of humidity and only a fan to cool us down, we have had a rough first week of August.

Luckily, watermelon is in season here in the Northwest, and what better fruit to help you hydrate and get through a hot summer day?

Watermelon was my favorite treat growing up, and I loved to make it sweet, spicy and savory by adding chile, salt and lime. Although I don't have as many great recetas as my Mother, this one is simple enough that I have it down: Sandia con Chile y Limon (or, Mexican Style Watermelon)

This is a simple summer recipe that is common in Mexico (only three steps), and I'm happy to pass it down from my family to yours. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!




Sandia con Chile y Limon (Mexican Style Watermelon)

Serves about 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chile pepper 
  • 1 lime (zest and juice)
  • 1 watermelon (1-10 pounds), cut into wedges
  1. Combine your salt, chile pepper and lime in a bowl, and mix.
  2. Take your watermelon wedges and arrange them on a platter, then add your lime zest, juice and chile mixture on top (as little or as much as you prefer).
  3. Serve watermelon wedges immediately, or refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy!