14 October 2013

Weekly Meal Plan

Below you'll find my meal plan for the week. This time I've got E on board which should make it more successful! Woohoo! Basically we're doing this to be healthier, and save money. So far I just have lunch and dinner for the week days planned out this week. We'll see how that goes and what happens for the weekend, maybe it'll be mostly leftovers? For breakfast my plan is oats with a little almond milk, banana and a bit of almond butter. Apples for snacks (I'm swimming in apples over here, lol). Just had the Carrot Apple Ginger Soup and quinoa for lunch, it was so good! 

Basically right now we are trying to cut out dairy and gluten and processed sugar, so eating mostly veggies and nuts and fruits and non-gluten grains. 

There are so many great websites out there with recipe ideas, I've added the links at the bottom to the pages I used this week. :)

Lunch Carrot Apple Ginger Soup, quinoa, hand full of almonds, fruit
Dinner Lentil Soup, side salad, gf bread

Lunch Avo-Lime Black Bean Salad, banana, nut butter, bread
Dinner Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers 

Lunch Carrot Apple Ginger Soup (left over from Monday), quinoa, hand full of almonds, fruit
Dinner, Lentil Soup (left over from Monday), side salad, gf bread

Lunch Avo-Lime Black Bean Salad (left over from Tuesday), banana, nut butter, bread
Dinner Apple Cranberry Stuffed Squash and creamed kale

Lunch Protein Packed Pita, hand full of almonds, fruit, veggies
Dinner Out for Dinner with the Grandparents for our Anniversary


11 September 2013

Two things I'm loving lately

This band:

I discovered this band after watching an episode of the Walking Dead (so yeah, I'm not cool enough to have been into them before they were popular). I had to pause the episode and quickly look up the song online to find out who it was, it was so captivating. Then I watched that part of the episode like three times in a row, lol. That song was Civillian, which is probably still my favorite song of theirs. In fact, I think I just better make a list of my top five favorite Wye Oak songs. Here they are:
5. We Were Wealth
4. If Children Were Wishes
3. For Prayer
2. I Hope You Die
1. Civillian
They also do a really rad cover of Danzig's song Mother. So good. Definitely one of those bands where I was like "How have I never heard of this band before, they're so up my alley it's ridiculous!"

I'm also really loving this yogurt. Ridiculous for me to post about a yogurt, but dudes, it's so good!

16 July 2013

Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burger

Ok, so it's Tuesday and I'm already off my menu plan for the week, but hear me out, it's not so bad, haha! I didn't go out to eat or go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of new stuff. I just decided to make something different with things I already had at home after I saw this delicious recipe for Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers on pinterest!

Veggie Burger

They were super simple and delicious! I made one slight adjustment, the recipe called for 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, but I measured 1/2 cup dry when preparing it and just thought I'd use the leftovers later. Well, I ended up using all of it anyway, it just seemed like the ratio of quinoa to black beans wasn't quite right, so I was pretty happy that I had made extra. I fried them up in my cast iron skillet, which is awesome because you can just move it straight from the stovetop to the oven. Then, to serve I just put them on a bed of lettuce (didn't have any buns) and topped them with ketchup, mustard, onion, tomato and avocado. Healthy and yummy!

15 July 2013

Sylvia Beach Hotel

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Sylvia Beach Hotel
(Click the link above to see all the photos from my trip on flickr)

Happy Monday folks!

So I finally uploaded the pictures from our trip in May to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

We stayed in the Shakespeare room, which was so lovely. Spent most of our time upstairs in the library, reading and sipping tea.

You get complimentary breakfast with your stay, and both of the mornings we were there breakfast was so yummy! The dinning room is on the bottom floor of the hotel and it's on the ocean side, so you get a lovely view of the ocean while you eat. The first day it was banana pancakes, and the second day it was poached eggs. You get a kind of main course, and then there are tons of other things like fruit and yogurt and cereal too. We didn't eat dinner there, but I wish we had, if their breakfast is any indication, the dinners are probably delicious!

The only down side of our stay was that I was sick the whole time we were there with a bad cold, which turned into a sinus infection, yuck, but despite that we still had a great time. If you're going to be sick on vacation you might as well be at a place where you can not feel bad about just lounging around and reading the whole time, lol. Not that I planned on being sick. It would have been more enjoyable if I wasn't.

Anyway I can't recommend this place more, it was so wonderful and we can't wait to go back!

14 July 2013

Menu Plan for this Week

Here is my menu plan for the week. We're trying to get better about doing this, and actually sticking to the plan. The idea is to do simple stuff so we don't get too tired to cook and end up going out to eat. That is what used to happen, but that is not in our budget plan anymore, let's see how this week goes!

Breakfasts- Oatmeal, Eggs, Breakfast Quinoa, Yogurt
Lunches- Big green salads with beans, tuna and/or leftovers
Snacks- chips & salsa, cucumbers with humus, almonds, popcorn

Monday- Roasted Chicken with Roasted Veggies and Rice
Tuesday- Pasta with tomato sauce, salad and bread
Wednesday- Burritos (with some left over chicken from Monday)
Thursday-  Chicken Soup (with the rest of the leftover chicken) and bread. Going to do something sort of like Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, only probably substituting the orzo for something else like rice maybe, since I don't have any orzo 
Friday- Creamy Avacado Pasta with Brussels Sprouts
Saturday- Vegetarian Chili, will probably loosely use this recipe from Martha Stewart 
Sunday- Leftovers

08 April 2013

New Music Monday

I have a new favorite band obsession, they're called Wye Oak, and they're definitely one of those, "How have I never heard these guys before?" bands. Thanks to the Walking Dead episode "18 Miles Out" for featuring  their song Civilian, which is amazing, and so is the rest of their stuff. Check them out, surely you will like them too!

24 March 2013


Meyer Lemons.

I just ate the best salad ever! If you're a lemon fan, and how could you not be, this will be your new favorite salad dressing, it's called Lebanese Lemon Salad Dressing and I found it on allrecipes.com. I made it with a Meyer lemon and just eyeballed the rest of the ingredients for a smaller batch, put it all in a jar and shook it up, so easy and so delish! So much better than those commercial salad dressings with all those ingredients you can't pronounce in them! I had it on a salad of greens, chickpeas, tomatoes, tuna with a sprinkling of pecan pieces. It was amazing!

If you are looking for more lemon recipes check out my Lemon! board on Pinterest, I've got links to tons of great lemony recipes! :)

04 March 2013

Bowl For Kids Sake

Hi folks! I have joined the Next Door Inc.'s team for the Bowling For Kids' Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We are calling ourselves the Klahre House Pitbulls, aka the Annabelle's, killing you with love!

Please consider helping to sponsor our team to help this program continue it's dedication to "improving the lives of children by creating mentoring relationships." Littles and their Big matches spend 8-10 hours a month doing things they enjoy, like fishing or baking. Based on research, Littles in these matches are less likely to begin using illegal drugs or alcohol, less likely to skip school, and less likely to hit someone. There is no cost to the Littles or their families to participate but there are costs to keep the program running successfully.

You can make the most impact by giving a cash or check donation to me directly or mail it to me at work (Klahre House c/oCamille Jones 965 Tucker Rd. Hood River 97031). You can also make a contribution online with your credit card or Paypal by clicking the link below:


Enter the pledge amount. Under designation, type in "Bowling for Kids' Sake". Under Dedication, type in my name. Follow the directions to complete transaction.

Let me know if you're willing and able to pledge and how much and I will add you to my list. Also let me know if you want an invoice and one will be sent to you after the event.

And come down and hang out with us while we bowl on Saturday, March 9th at 1pm. We'll be in the tie-died Klahre House t-shirts!

05 February 2013

A Month of A to Z: F

F is for Flickr! 

Do you use flickr? I do. It's pretty much great. If you use flickr too we should be flickr friends!

I use it to post all kinds of photography, and even some screenshots from my favorite game.

Here are a random few of my galleries you can check out if you want to look at some pretty things!


Meyer Lemon Curd (I never blogged about making this like I planned to, but here are some cool pictures from that day!)

Limm's LotRO Screenshots (Some of my screenshots from Lord of the Rings Online.)

Plants and Flowers (Some of my favorite subjects to shoot!)

29 January 2013

Clinton & Mckinzie

I made a cute video of my niece and nephew, the first of many as I recently got a new camera that also shoots HD video! I'm so excited to make little films with it!

If you like cute video's of kids, be sure to go check out Olive Us, they make the most adorable little films! Definitely an inspiration to me right now. :)

28 January 2013

Reinforce the stitch that ties us, and I will do the same for you.

Reinforce the stitch that ties us, and I will do the same for you.

I am a lucky girl. Both of my grandmother's are these wonderful, creative, artistic ladies who've had such an influence on my life, I can't even begin to explain, that would probably be a good post for another day. I'll just say that I feel blessed to have grown up with them around.

Today I wanted to share with you all a nice thing I came across when I was hanging out with my grandma Gorman yesterday, looking through a few of her many scrapbooks with her. The quote above is a little note her sister sent to her, my quick Google search tells me it's a quote from someone named Doris Schwerin, but I couldn't find out much about her (no wikipedia page).

My grandma and her sister are both very creative and smart ladies who ran their own businesses, my aunt was a sewing designer who has made some of the most beautiful dresses and quilts, among many other things and my grandma carved beautiful redwood signs for over 30 years. Over the years they have sent each other many cards, notes, letters, and other handmade gifts, and my grandma has kept a little scrapbook full of them, it's adorable.

I want to do more scrapbooking of items I've saved over the years, I just have heaps of things in boxes. Modern day popular scrapbooking doesn't really appeal to me, seems to be all about buying fancy doodads and expensive papers. I like the way my grandma does it, she just cuts things out and glues them to construction paper and slips them into little plastic sleeves and into a 3 ring binder. They are so much fun to look over when I visit with her.

Any of you out there do any scrapbooking? Have any good tips for someone just getting started? Spent any time with your grandma's lately? If not (and if you are lucky enough to have them around) go visit them soon!  :)

26 January 2013

A Month of A to Z: E

E is for Etsy! There are a lot of cute things on Etsy.
Here are a few items I'm crushing on right now.

Watercolour Print Cat Watercolor, Woman Portrait, Cat Lady, Grey Cat 8x10 by Water in my Paint 
Cream Sugar and Cookie Jar in blue speckled art pottery dinnerware  at Vakvar

Melody Miller Fabric Ruby Star Shining Fabric by the Yard Typewriters in Gold - 1 Yard from Bertiesfabric

Wouldn't that fabric be great to stretch over a frame to hang on your wall as art?? :)

Oh, and if you're interested, you can see my etsy photography shop here.

14 January 2013

A Month (or months) of A to Z: D

D is for DOG!

I love dogs. Scully is my favorite. I lover her so much. She's the best dog. :)

A few instagram photos of Scully from 2012

04 January 2013

Happy things!

Thought I'd put together a list of some things that have been making me happy lately! I hope they make you happy too!

Kurt Vile
Looking for some new tunes? Check out the album Smoke Ring for my Halo by Kurt Vile. It's very good, I've been listening to it nonstop all week. I really love the first track, Baby's Arms. If you click this link to his website you can download the track. The rest of the album is really good too! 

I've said this before and I'll say it again, I LOVE kale. To use Mr. T's expression, I pity the fool who doesn't eat kale, or in case of one bad "ten food trends that need to die" list that I read, I pity the fool who doesn't like kale. I don't think it's a trend since I've been loving on it for years. It's tres delish, you can put it in practically every meal, eat it raw, eat it steamed, stewed, baked, you name it! This last week I had kale for breakfast with a poached egg and some Dave's Killer Bread toast, and then I had it with some whole wheat pasta and veggie sauce, and again in some turkey curry soup I made with Christmas day leftovers. There are so many ways to eat kale and it's so yummy and good for you!

The West Wing
Just when I start to think I'm running out of entertaining things to watch on netflix instant view I stumble onto something else cool! The West Wing is pretty great, which I think everyone else already knows since it was pretty popular while it was on and won a bunch of Emmy's, so I know I'm pretty late to the party for this one, ha ha! Anyway on the off chance you have never seen it before either, I will tell you it has some great writing and acting, and I'm loving it so far.

Awakening to 2013
Read this blog post written by my cousin Jenna, she's amazing. She and I share a lot of the same ideals, and sometimes I think I don't live up to them as well as she does, but I'm trying to be better all the time! Anyway she is such an inspiration to me!

01 January 2013

Favorite justification seemed to be the easiest thing to keep in mind on the Internet.

Happy New Year! Not gonna do a post about resolutions. Be more healthy, do more awesome stuff. That's about it. Instead I'm gong to post about something Eli and I were cracking up about today. First off, I saw this comment on a blog post about the health benefits of running, as if that even needed to be a blog post?

Undeniably believe that that you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be at the internet the easiest thing to keep in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while other people consider worries that they just don’t realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as well as outlined out the whole thing without having side effect , other people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

Clearly it's either spam or English translated from another language with an auto translator like Google Translate. I thought it was hilarious, and thought it would be even more funny if I translated this into another language and then back into English. Eli suggested Japanese. Here's what we got:

I believe you're unmistakably said. Favorite justification seemed to be the easiest thing to keep in mind on the Internet. Taking into account the concerns and do not realize they are just about to tell you, other people, because I'm definitely angry. Controls without side effects to you, to strike a nail to the top as outlined all others, it is possible to take the signal. I come back to get a lot probably. Thanks

Anyway we thought this was hilarious. Thanks internet! :)

Here are a few videos of Eli & I's crazy fireworks last night, you're not gonna want to miss these! :P