Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I Made: I had some peanut butter cookie dough in the freezer from the holidays and we had to break it out. 

What I'm Reading:  I'm on the wait list for February's Bookmarks' selection so in the meantime, I'm reading a Christian mystery book set in the wilds of Alaska.  It's been a page turner for sure.

What I'm Doing:  Things have definitely slowed down after the holidays.  So we're working in the yard, decluttering, and doing lots of fun hands-on projects for homeschool.  And this weekend is baseball tryouts for the new season!  Yeah!  It's just around the corner.

What I'm Watching:  My husband and I just finished binge watching all the seasons of King of Queens.  It took us quite awhile and the last couple of episodes were emotional.  But it was so good.  Now we're in binge watching slump!

What I'm Enjoying: The 30-Day Kindness Challenge... sunshine... bullet journaling (maybe?)... lots of salads... a few cookies ... ;-)

What are you up to?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Speed Cleaning My House After the Weekend



Looking for some mid-week inspiration?  Come speed clean with me.  From the kitchen to the dinning room to the living room and the laundry, let’s get it done!  Join me in my first speed cleaning video as we recover from the weekend.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ashland, Or's Caldera Brewery

On our last trip to Ashland, Or, my husband and I found ourselves driving through the countryside and savoring our last morning away.  As we wound our way back toward town, we realized we were hungry, but in the mood to try something new.  My husband, being the beer connoisseur that he is, wanted to see if we could find Caldera Brewery.  We'd heard about it, but hadn't found it in our travels yet.  So it became our morning mission.

Located off the #14 exit on I-5 in southern Oregon, Caldera is hidden behind several hotels.  Honestly, if we hadn't used Google Maps, we may not have found it. But once we were seated inside, we realized it sits perfectly on a hill to look over some beautiful scenery opposite the freeway.  We opted for indoor seating as it was a bit chilly, but the patio seating was spacious and clean.    

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This location houses the brewery with 45 beers on tap.  My husband was in heaven.  The waitress suggested their sampler.  With 5 beers to sample, he was quite happy with his choice and felt like he had a good taste of everything.  For his lunch, he ordered Black Bean Quinoa Burger.  Topped with guacamole and roasted red peppers, this burger held together well and was flavorful.  Black bean burgers can be tricky.  Cook them too long and they're dry.  But this one was cooked just right.  Paired with a Lemon Caesar Salad (other sides available), it was the perfect light lunch. 

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I opted for Caldera's home brewed Ginger Ale.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but I love ginger ale, so I gave it a try.  Wow!  Light, refreshing, with a little bite... this ginger ale was amazing!  For lunch, I ordered the Rogue Valley Salad.  Organic mixed greens topped with candied hazelnuts, Rogue Valley blue cheese, seasonal fruit (mine had strawberries and blackberries) and dressed with Mogli Balsamic Vinaigrette, this salad was light, refreshing, and so filling.  The portion was very generous and there was flavor in every bite.  The only thing that gave me pause was the vinaigrette.  I'm not a beer drinker and I was nervous about ruining the salad.  But I couldn't have been more wrong.  The Mogli Balsamic is both sweet and rich without being overpowering.  A perfect compliment to the flavors in this salad.

Since we've visited Caldera, they've opened a second location in Ashland's downtown district.  Although the menu is slightly smaller, there are still 20 beers on tap and a beautiful variety of items to please any palate.  I honestly can't wait to return to Caldera.  They have so many dishes we are anxious to taste.  We will definitely be visiting again.

Other favorite Ashland restaurants:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: B is for Buying Books


B is for our favorite places to buy books and curriculum... from Amazon to Ebay to Facebook to the Dollar Tree... there are so many deals to be found.  Here are some of our favorite places to find steals and deals.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

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Homeschool ABC's Collab - Letter B is for....
playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter C is for... will be posted on Tuesday January 24, 2016.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekend Links









This Week:

What I Made:  I've been working on helping the kids be more independent in the kitchen.  So we baked some bread, and they helped with dinner several nights.

What I'm Reading:  Oh, I got a review book about Alaska.  :-)  You know we love Alaska after traveling there several times.  Great mystery/romance.

What I'm Doing:  Reading, nursing sick kids, planning a fun geology unit, catching up on household chores, baking muffins...

What I'm Watching:  We started watching our Wednesday night lineup again this week...
Goldbergs, Speechless and Modern Family

What I'm Enjoying:  snow... a break in the rain... teaching my kids to cook... 

What are you up to?

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