Sweet Potato Falafel

I made this recipe last night and it was so good. I do recommend baking the falafel instead of frying it. If you try to fry it then add some bread crumbs.

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Leftovers!

Leftovers!

Mom’s Visit

Mom came to visit last weekend. We had a nice cool down but then the temps came back up to a sultry 95+ degrees. Thank goodness she’s acclimated to those temps but unfortunately Andy and I were a little grumpy.

At Fort George Brewery

At Fort George Brewery

At the Astoria Column

At the Astoria Column

At Peninsula Park

At Peninsula Park

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We drove the Oregon Coast.

We drove the Oregon Coast.

Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout

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Mt. Hood 50 Camping

I went up to Timothy Lake to volunteer for Mt. Hood 50 and crew/pace for Laura. I camped out Friday night.

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View of Mt. Hood

My campsite.

My campsite.

The most amazing delicious burger ever.

The most amazing delicious burger ever.

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I volunteered for parking duty so I could be there for the early start to see Laura set off. It was a bit difficult getting out of my warm sleeping bag at 4:53am (I overslept) after only a few hours of sleep. The folks in the campsite next to mine partied until the wee hours.

I came back to the race around 10am to help Laura get through the start/finish. Once she came through I hiked with her towards Red Wolf while she ate providing some mindless chatter and laughs. Once she started running again, I hiked back to my car for some lunch and read. I ran back out to Red Wolf after a few hours and volunteered a that aid station waiting for Laura to come back through. After about an hour, she came back through.I led her out of the aid station while she drank a bit. She let me lead her for about half a mile while she ate. After that Laura felt great and wanted to run super fast down to the finish so I said goodbye and watched the rocket take off.

I helped a few other racers behind me. One guy fell and another woman couldn’t get gels out of her pack. I was truly inspired by one woman who had lost a lot of weight training for races and had this jinky hunched over run/walk. She had a long stride that forced me to take 4-5 steps for every one of hers. She never complained and just kept going. I did see her at the end being helped into a chair by two guys and then being helped out of it. Laura PRed by over an hour. It was really inspiring. I’m so glad that I volunteered. Even if the day was so freaking long after only a few hours of sleep.

Holy Heatwave

Portland has been the midst of the worst heatwave in recorded history. We’ve had so many days over 90 degrees. And almost every day in June and July has been over 83 degrees.

110 degrees on my deck in the sunshine and 92 degrees in my living room.

110 degrees on my deck in the sunshine and 92 degrees in my living room.

Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie

I gotta say this is a fantastic recipe. Probably one of my favorites. And probably Andy’s too.

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It’s not too difficult either just several steps. And you can leave the pie in the freezer for a delicious cold treat at the end (or beginning) of a long day. The recipe used strawberries as a topping but I chose cherries because I have so many. I was going to do 3 different toppings but ran out of energy.

Homemade Condiments

Recently I’ve been making my own condiments. It first started with making my Ranch Dressing. I grabbed one of those packets at the grocery store subbed out the mayo for yogurt and was on my way. The final result was a lighter more delicious salad dressing. Then I moved to a classic Caesar Dressing.

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I made the dressing with the traditional anchovies and yolks. It’s absolutely delicious. I did add 3 cloves of garlic instead of the one. But I love garlic.

Then I moved to mayonnaise. I whisked that concoction for over 12 minutes. The end result looked very close to what the Caesar Dressing looked like. But had a more pronounced lemon flavor instead of the garlic that the Caesar Dressing had. Both were delicious!

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Hamilton Mountain

The guidebook clearly spelled out where the trailhead was but for some reason, I couldn’t find it. I drove in circles and then went up one road and then another before I finally stopped the car and reread the description. I really made the whole thing much more difficult than it needed to be.

Hamilton Mountain is a beautiful hike that has everything you could want: flowers, waterfalls, and gorgeous views. Plus it isn’t that difficult of a hike and fairly close to Portland.

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