Portland, Granola, and Sea Foam Green… Oh my!

Good morning lovelies.

My instinct tells me to start this off with the cliche “where did May go?”, but I am in fact sitting here quite perplexed at the thought of it being June already. I’m genuinely not okay with the fact that a whole month went by without me being conscious of it. I remember vague bits about the beginning, and I remember the last week or so, but damn. The rest of it is a blur. And this troubles me because I don’t want my life to go by with large portions dedicated to the perpetual grind of work and routine and unimportant things that my brain apparently finds unworthy of memory. We only get one life and we shouldn’t waste it.

But this isn’t supposed to be a deep, philosophical look at the passing of time, our marking of it, or a pep talk about living each day to the fullest, etc. Though really, you should live your best life always.

Anyway, I was planning to blog last weekend, but Pat and I looked at each other sometime the Monday before and said, “Wait, it’s a 3 day weekend. We should go somewhere.” We browsed Groupon for some ideas and found one for Try Scuba Diving in Portland. Portland is only 6 hours away so we left right after work on Friday. We got there with enough time and energy to check into the hotel and then hit up Voodoo donuts. Which, by the way, is open 24/7. ‘Cause why not? On Saturday we got up and tracked down a food truck pod. It didn’t open until noon, so we read our scuba curriculum in a coffee shop and then meandered through some antique shops nearby.

The food truck pod had a wide variety of foods; potatoes, pizza, Egyptian, Mexican, crepes, Middle Eastern, and American. We had Satay Poutine Fries and Vegetarian Mezza, which included dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), falafel, hummus, and baba ganoush. Pat wasn’t as big a fan of the Mezza, but those fries were his perfect food.

We then made our way to the Aquatic center, which was much smaller than we were anticipating. It was definitely one of those buildings that looks way smaller on the outside, but actually has a lot of space inside. The Try Scuba class is literally the bare bones minimum you need to know to get into the water. We spent about 2 hours there, with at least 1 hour spent in the pool scuba diving. Pat had a great time. I had some trouble regulating the pressure in my left ear, so spent most of my time sitting in the shallow end, under water of course. The scuba gear was a bit too large for me, and even with weights I had trouble staying down. But it was a fun experience.

I came away with a bit of an unexpected souvenir: my hair turned sea foam green when I got out of the pool. I’m naturally blonde but have never had an issue with chlorine and discoloration. The extension hair in my dreads however… It was a bit shocking at first. Luckily it really was a pretty turquoise/sea foam green color and it almost looked intentional. So when shampooing it didn’t change anything, I just shrugged my shoulders and went with it. I did order some swimmer’s shampoo from Amazon so I could do something about it when I got home. It didn’t arrive until Thursday, so when we got home Sunday night I soaked my hair in baking soda and water, followed by a thorough rinse with apple cider vinegar, which helped. I did that again the next day, which almost completely brought my hair back to normal. I tried the shampoo this morning to get ride of any last hint of color and to ensure my hair is fully pH balanced again.

After showering, we met up with one of my best friends who lives in Portland, and his boyfriend. We went out to this awesome vegan bar/restaurant, the Bye and Bye, and Pat even had a vegan grilled cheese. He wasn’t super impressed, but I was proud of him for trying it. I had this amazing veggie meatball sub. So good. So messy. And the drinks were incredible. Then we walked down to Salt & Straw for ice cream. Their current vegan options are yummy, but I went with their vegan roasted strawberry coconut ice cream. The line was a bit long, but moved quickly. I don’t know if I’d bother waiting again, but it was good ice cream and worth trying at least once.

After that we headed to their favorite bar, listened to bad karaoke, and enjoyed their cheap but generously poured drinks. Unfortunately scuba diving had caught up with Pat and I, and we had hit our wall sometime on the drive over to the bar so we weren’t a whole lot of fun by then. So we said our goodbyes and headed back to the hotel. We slept for a solid 8-9 hours before dragging ourselves out of bed. I tried to find a fun, vegan   breakfast spot, but the line was too long. We walked around a bit and found a bagel shop, which was delicious, then hit the road. We were planning to stop at Multnomah Falls on the way out of town, but the parking lot was packed so we skipped it.

It was a quick, whirlwind trip, but a nice change of scenery. We both are homebodies, so wanted to have a full day at home before heading to work. We had a BBQ at Pat’s mom’s place on Monday, but were otherwise quite lazy. We have one more 3 day weekend before the wedding, so I’m already thinking of options. With our PTO on hold for wedding stuff, and no toys left to play with on the weekends, we have to make the most of our paid holidays.

I do have a new recipe for you all. I made a fresh batch of granola last night and switched things up a bit. It turned out amazing! So amazing that, despite not even being hungry, I scooped it hot off the tray into a bowl, doused it with almond/coconut milk, and ate it like cereal just before going to bed. I made a smoothie bowl this morning and was quite generous with it as a topping. At this rate, it may not last as long as usual. Guess I’ll have to make more.

Cheers!

Whitney

Currently drinking: homemade green juice. Look for my upcoming May Favorites for all the details.

Currently listening to: My dog whine about needing to be taken out and played with…

 

Granola

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats

2 cups quick oats

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1-2 Tbsp cinnamon (or more… because more is always better in my book)

1 Tbsp ground ginger

1 Tbsp ground cloves

1 tsp cardamom

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

2 Tbsp ground chia seeds

1/4 cup hemp hearts

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup avocado oil

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 raw almond butter

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° and place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients. Combine all of the wet ingredients.
  3. Add wet and dry ingredients together and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Spread onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy on/in everything. 🙂

 

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Hello! I’m Whitney and this is my home for all things food and life.

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