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vday threesome

happy vday y’all!

so even though i’m generally opposed to this “holiday”, yesterday, i suppose we, in a way, celebrated vday… with a threesome!

bow chica bow wow

it was a really kinky fun day!

well, prior to hooking up the threesome, we started the day with breakfast froyo (that’s right. i skipped breakfast and begged anne to get me froyo, since we had to pop into the mall to get her mammy a bday present)

oh how i do love frozen yogurt… heck, it’s possible i like it as much as kraut

a new place opened near our house, “orange tree” and i’ve been dying to give it a whirl!

i got just enough to satisfy my craving (it was less than $2 if that tells you how little i got)… pomegranate/vanilla topped with a tiny bit of shredded coconut and granola.

how cute are their spoons!?!?

we snagged a bday present for sharona, and headed to her birthday lunch at mccormick and schmick’s, which is a somewhat popular chain in portland, yet this was to be my inaugural outing.

i had a spinach salad with fennel, craisins, almonds, and a really light dressing

i’m always a fan of the spinach/fennel combo!

then i randomly went with jambalaya (crab, shrimp, spicy chicken sausage, veggies)

not something i would normally ever order, but i didn’t want anything fried, and perhaps my impending vday threesome had me thinking SPICY???

it was pretty good (TWSS- yes i did)… no complaints.

then, b/c it was sharona’s birthday lunch, she ordered up some strippers desserts


bread pudding on the first plate, and then key lime, po de creme, and a chocolate tart on the other plate… ‘nuf said

there were five chicas at lunch, and we each enjoyed a couple bites of each dessert, which put us in the mood filled us up

sharona recently had foot surgery, so we were excited she was feeling up to having lunch, and was taking it all in stride (or crutch?)

then i went bed hopping shopping


did you know vera wang has a line of beds??

i wasn’t impressed (TWSS)…

nikki had to study, so with the bed purchased, we scooped up JR…

let the threesome begin!

we headed for a hotel room wine country

(even in the winter, the 15 minute drive is pretty)

we headed for apolloni… a local winery where we are members. we had shipments to pick up, and they just happened to be having a chocolate/wine pairing event. i mean, what are you gonna do? just grab your wine and leave? i dont think so…


i love the smaller local wineries b/c most of the time when you show up, the winemaker/owners themselves are there, like alfredo apolloni


and then, because we were feelin frisky in the neighborhood, we popped into purple cow too.

again, small local winery (you actually taste in the family’s living room) and gallo, the winemaker, was there to service entertain us

and thennnnnn… b/c we were wasted had a bit to drink, we thought one more position stop was in order…

sake one is the world’s only American-owned-and-operated sak√©ry and one of my favoritest places in the portland area!!

they too were having a dessert/booze pairing event



and we were so excited to see the place was packed!

i have learned everything i know about sake from the people at sake one, and if you are in the portland area, even if you aren’t sure whether you like sake, i would highly recommend you stop at sake one. there’s something so special about this place! or heck, if you know you do like sake, order some online… their flavored sake (coconut lemongrass is my FAV) is so good!

we got toasted toasted to our day with a glass of their sparkling sake (uhhhmazing!!)


and capped off the threesome day with a quick trip through…

WHA!?!? SERIOUSLY!?! (yes, the sign says what you think it does)

ok, we didn’t really go there… what kind of girl do you think i am!??!

but that place cracks me up every time i drive by it…

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

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kraut fondness

Cam: My dream for him is that one day, he’ll be on the Supreme Court.
Mitchell: Why Cam?
Cam: So at parties I can tell people my partner is one of the Supremes.

Does anyone else love Cam from “modern family” as much as i do?!?!?!

wow, that was a random intro…

hi everyone!!

pretty sure i’m on a sauerkraut high… i’m not sure why exactly, but i busted into a jar of sauerkraut a couple days ago, and have not stopped yet!

the other night for dinner i attempted to create a kraut centered dinner. i think i had reuben in my head, but went with homemade russian dressing???

i’m not gonna lie… it tasted about as bland and disturbing as it looks! the dave’s killer bread was KILLER (sidenote: if you haven’t discovered dave, do it!!), but the turkey was dry, the dressing was weird.

FAIL

but there was a silver lining…

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

i have come to terms with the fact that i love sauerkraut… it took me a while (when i was young i pretended like i hated it b/c everyone else my age thought it was gross) but i am embracing my fondness for kraut!

a couple days after my fail, i was at one of my most favoritest places and saw that allie had properly created a healthy living appropriate reuben at home!!

omg it’s like she was speaking directly to me!!

so for dinner that night…

flat out reuben and salad!!

SO GOOD!

i’m not gonna lie, last night, after porter’s sisters beat up on him in puppy class…

i may have possibly might could likely ate…

oh, does that look familiar??

this morning i was thinking there’s probably a way to have kraut oats???
but i chillaxed and went with something basic, but delightful

i was actually running so far behind this morning, that i didn’t arrive at work with breakfast. so i popped into the newly remodeled little store in our building and figured given my procrastinating prowess, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep some oats in my drawer at work…

i took an early lunch so i could scoop up farley boy and take him to the dr. to be de-frankensteined…

we waited for the dr… and in true farley fashion…

he was totally obsessed with the fact that he could hear noises on the other side of the door, but could not get out there and see what was goin down!?!?!

the dr. removed all of farley’s staples (bye bye frankenstein) and was so impressed with how quickly he’s recovered (his pimp walk / limp is almost completely gone)… that he doesn’t have to go back for any followup appointments!

with the good news we jetted back home. i had to make something pretty quick for lunch, and anne was sending me incredibly subtle hints like, “you have time to make me one of those flat out reubens, right??”

so… welll…..

hey, i didn’t have the salad with it, so it was like a totally different meal!!

and the best part…

the jar is not empty yet!!

dinner was royalty… BAMBOO SUSHI… nikki and jr had a gift card AND a coupon.

things started like this…

and b/c nikki and jr were still stuck in traffic, i did this…

(it’s how they pour sake… they overflow it into the little box below… something about signifying abundance… ok ok whatever, just drink it!!)

then the rest of the dinner was pretty much like THIS

i came home to catch up on modern family since i missed it last night

and b/c i was really good and did not have dessert at the restaurant, i whipped up some impromptu magic bullet ice cream deliciousness

– almond milk
– POM juice
– banana
– splash of vanilla extract
– lots of ice

magic bulleted to perfection

then thrown into…

my almost empty sauerkraut jar… HA! kidding.

we’re not there… yet!

so tell the truth… do you like sauerkraut!?!? are there any foods you always liked, but were afraid to admit it b/c you knew people would think you were weird/gross… ????

p.s. speaking of foods i love… anne is giving away some new chobani for kids… cruise over… you too could be a CHAMPION!

not built for speed

some people…

are not built for speed!

yesterday morning porter and i set out for a walk through gabriel park

i’d like to be able to say it was a nice bit of exercise, but with this person on board…

i’d say it’s more of a… meander!?!? it was still a good walk though, and we got home just in time to meet the plumber, who was a jerk and told us we needed all new pipes and good luck asking our home warranty to cover it.
ok then.. nice having you… BYE!

luckily my college friend ash came by shortly after that with her cute Cute CUTE daughter london!

london proceeded, at 18 months old, to operate my iPhone…

i mean, she was actually working the iPhone… london could unlock the phone, then she would open an application. ashlee would say, “close it” and london knew the button to hit to close the application she had open. then ashlee says, “where are the photos” and london scrolls over, and hits the icon for my photos! HILARIOUS!

seeing ash always makes me happy… and london is SO cute!! she pretty much has the blondest hair i’ve ever seen!

after they left anne and i made our way cleeeeeeear to the other side of portland to meet JR and Nikki at a local store to check out some flooring and tile for home projects.

JR was up to his usual antics…

we just looked around, no decisions were made. i do kind of think these bubble tiles would be fun for a backsplash though…


we also had to go to home depot and the grocery store, so we stopped by the house to scoop up fuzzy… home depot is good for socialization for the pup (he’s always a big hit!)

porter was super excited to ride in the car…

we cruised through uwajimaya (if you live in portland and don’t shop here, knock it off! go check it out!)

we decided to throw together an udon dinner

it was simple, but SO good

*udon noodles
*broccoli
*bean sprouts
*celery
*rock shrimp (uwajimaya has such good fresh seafood)
*sauce was really basic… miso paste mixed with a little water, tamari, garlic

we capped off the night with a movie and a little bottle of sparkling sake we also snagged at uwajimaya

if you live around here and haven’t yet discovered sake… knock it off!
make the trip to sake one in forest grove. they are SO nice, knowledgeable, and you’ll be surprised how good sake can be!

i’ll leave you with a little apology… for my craptastic photos as of late. as you may recall, my sister dumped an entire pomtini all over my little camera, and i’m still a little shy when it comes to hauling my bigger but superior camera around with me. after seeing the above display though, i promise to cut it out with the iPhone photos (at least for the most part)!!