A Hidden Gem in an old Lumber-Jack town.
It was mid-week, and my husband and I were out and about and nothing planned at home for dinner. We have eaten at the Woodsman quite a few times and always walk away with "Doggie Bags". Thai food is so fantastic that we have never ordered anything else on the extensive menu. Service has always been friendly and prompt. The Peanut Sauce over Spinach "Palam" is to die for. If you need to spice up your taste buds, this is the restaurant you need to try. Ample parking. We will return often.
Your family when you walk in the door.
Don and I have been dining at Nirvana Indian Restaurant for at least ten years. If we have stayed away too long, Gurmeet and Rani, have a concerned look on their face when we pop in for dinner. We are truly missed. They treat us like family. Every dish crafted by hands and heart of a real European traveled Chef served with an authentic gift of hospitality.
They offer a scrumptious buffet which is handy for group activities. Gurmeet is a highly requested Caterer for surrounding Corporate businesses. If family life is busy, we have been known to dine with them a couple of times a week. In the Corvallis area, they are our first choice when treating company. First choice after church, First Choice for To Go items, First choice in quality food. Thank you Gurmeet and Rani for loving us through your excellent food. Don and Kristen Wambach
Don't let my
"Bow and Poof" gift scare you from developing in creative design. My brothers always said I could make something from nothing.
Let's create together. This project is easy, affordable; I only spent $36 with a coupon at our local craft store. I found the glass vase at an estate sale and paid less than $10. Silk flowers are an excellent addition to your home, serving your decorating needs for years.Here's some of my other favorite design posts.
Violet's for You. A Mossy Poem.
If white isn't your color, choose a central theme and work from it. Less is more when it come's to color and elegance. Happy Decorating.
Make sure to have a look at other designs in Living Beautifully. Winter White
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My guys are so spoiled by homemade cookies that they are getting particular. Justin loves soft and chewy. I had already started the cookie's when I discovered that Don had used the last of the white sugar. Oh No! This recipe, made under duress.
"But I hit the soft cookie mark". Firm enough to store in the cookie jar/freeze. A new family favorite. You'll love them. There easy, drop and squish with a sugared glass. They remind you of a mix between an almond cookie and shortbread. You will also want to try these, favorites. Suzanne's Perfectly fast and easy Shortbread, Shortbread Stamped Cookies.
1 1/2 cup soften butter
2 cups brown sugar "packed."
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups Ghirardelli Classic White Chips
1/4 cup crystal sprinkles or white sugar for pressing
Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees Recipe Make 60 cookies
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla, almond extract, eggs, beat well. Blend in Baking Soda, Coconut, salt, flour till well mix, fold in white chips and nuts.
On un-greased cookie sheet Drop round teaspoon/cookie scoop onto cookie sheet. Press with sugared glass bottom. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Till barely browned on the edges. Remove from oven, cool for 1 minute and transfer to cooling racks. Store in air tight container. Happy Baking
Don and I set up date nights years ago. Should have implemented them when our boys were small. Lesson learned. Ladies from my perspective this falls into our organization list. Not a rule, if your guy is good at it, great just Get R Done. I understand how Neglect feels.
See 3-No's. Below
Been there, done that, paid the butcher! God always says to me; you're the one listening!
It will become a good habit.
Yesterday I had an inspiring idea; the weather was delightful for April. 68 degrees wow, balmy.
I was at home and could plan something a little more elaborate.
Let's go fishing at one of the local ponds. I thought! A Surprise!
I texted him saying I had a surprise for date night. His response was "Oh joy can't wait". Yes, he threaded his response with sarcasm. I texted, You underestimate me! Don said "never'. Well, it's conversation. There was a time when I was touchy, and sarcasm would have bugged me. I grew up and dealt with my "touchiness".
3-yes's & 3 -No's.
Rule's of Thumb
a. Communicate the plan
(agree together to go out, what night, budget, Babysitter if need be., etc.)
b. Serve the purpose Agree that YOU BOTH are worth it! Investment brings return. Children love happy Mommy's and Daddy's.
c. Keep it light, fun & creative. after date nights are establish, invite another couple to join you, once a month.
a.Over doing: if romance has been taking a back seat, work up to it, communication is more important.
(Choose a location he feels confident in to start)
Sports Bar, Pub, Hamburger Joint,
My Folks would say; Taco Bell
b. Rules of conduct: Agree no talking about, money, job, kids or parents. Positive notes only (Remember your Pioneering new territory)
c. Deal with your emotion's and expectations before Date Night (I can hear you say: How? If a disagreement is hanging in the air, forgive, period!
No judgement's or punishments. Period! It's got to start somewhere. And your listening otherwise you wouldn't be reading this blog post.
Keep "short" accounts of wrongs and weaknesses. If truths were being told, and I was asked to check my heart actions first. I would find plenty of logs in my eye to keep me occupied from pointing out his! If your interested in transformation and forgiveness check out these posts: Out On a Limb. A Break in the Weather, Violets For You....
That's enough deep xxxxxxx! My plan went south about an hour before he was due home. Disappointed but never the less re-group. Our patio is very inviting, So I did my best to put on the Dog................
creative Ta Do's is my thing..........Nothing Fancy we had a light-hearted menu of, Salmon patties, homemade makeshift tarter sauce, which was awesome if I do say so, Over the top green salad, green beans and rice, dinner, a bottle of (very inexpensive) Riunite Lambrusco. (Safeway) Perfect.
All needs accounted for between us. Together we cleared the table. He smoked a cigar which is a treat Don looks forward to; I sat upwind, we watch a hilarious movie
"The Love Punch" my French friend recommended on my iPad. Still outside, Should I confess, we went out for Cold Stone Ice Cream later...........ouch
Oh, the Pillow joke, I alluded too on the banner. This dinner was low key, haven't got out the summer patio stuff from the garden shed yet. Still, a bit of rain to deal with before we declare patio months. Mid-May probably. I have a pillow fetish. Yup, all kinds, Bed, sofa, outdoor. Years ago Don and I had a 20 ft. O Day sailboat. Our first dates were racing Hobie Cat's so this fit right into our memories.
We planned a much-needed vacation to the San Juan Islands Washington State. First time to park the car & boat-trailer, sailing across the San Juan Channel. Great Book: Gunkholing in the San Juan Islands, it is our bible when we sail there. Been back several times.
Well, my creative romantic imagination had visions of an expensive yacht sailing around in luxuries. Pillow's here and Pillows there that would make it romantic. Right? Except if you're in a 20 ft sailboat with a 6'4 husband, packed cooler and Yorkshire terrier. You couldn't move, change clothes, cook a meal without moving one of many blasted pillows. Surprising we didn't throw any overboard. We laugh at it now. I have to tell you a bit more of the story to make you laugh. Well, we were heading for our last night of vacation and sailing over to Friday Harbor. Got in a little late, so we were assigned on the "transient dock" instead of a boat slip. Now, on a 20ft sailboat, door removed because it was weather warped, your bedroom is the kitchen, salon and everything. We did have a sink and a small propane stove. People would be walking the docks as people do to look at all the beautiful boats. You should have seen their expression when their eyes strolled over our way and accidentally viewed us in our "bedroom". Ha ha ha. Nothing in-appropriate, like looking over the neighbors fence. Anyhow.
My quick story: we sailed in for our last night stay and tied up for our final hurrah!. No boats around us, we shut our eyes for much-needed sleep. We woke up in the morning sandwich between two 80-plus foot Yachts. What a hoot. We laugh today about that. We had just as much fun!
Well, that's my story today. I have 97 pages written in my book! Hoot Hoot. I'm so excited. What a blessing to share my stories with you today.
Go have a date with your honey. Make it a lifestyle.
these are not picture's from our 20 ft. sailboat,
We currently charter 40 footers.
More room for pillows!!!
An invitation to spend the day in Bend, Oregon
Sometimes, in our busy lives, we can lose sight of the honor received by being invited to spend the day in company with a dear friend. No purpose except to share a long drive so they can return, 22 months granddaughter to her parents which are flying in from a much-needed vacation in Kaui Hawaii. All that is required is my company. What a privilege it is. Yesterday was such a day. Spring time in Oregon, especially crossing over the mountain pass you are guaranteed to experience a vast collection of weather manifestations. We started overcast, went to fresh snow on the trees and slush on the roads, to bright Eastern Oregon sunshine, back across, snow in the mountains, roads clear, over the top, hard rain into the Willamette Valley.
It has been awhile since I spent any particular time in the company of small children. As a mom of four adult boys, I forget how busy and even happy noise is loud and distracting. Currently, my married kids aren't making any plans for me becoming a Grandmother.
El Rancho Grande
My second time to fill our craving for Mexican food. My first visit was during the Redmond fair with my son who was a vendor. I enjoyed it then so when my friend and I were choosing our lunch location and asked her Bend kids. I realized I had been there before. Yes, an excellent place. Careful the salsa is well seasoned. They serve white meat chicken which many Mexican restaurants do not. Service was almost, to prompt, then we wanted to lollygag and enjoy each others company. I will return again.
How fortunate I am to spend several hours sharing, listening, meeting her adult kids and then spending a relaxing lunch, @ El Rancho Grande, a few shops and back home to Corvallis.
Bend is transient type town attracting vacationers, extreme sportsman, retirees, and a collection of people who crave the drier climate and the sun.
I have known my friend for almost ten years, with the relationship growing into an intimate one within the last two.
Friendship 5 points to ponder:
We all have many things on our Ta-Do list. Tho' I will never remember all the times of; pay bills, mowing the lawn, making beds, doing laundry, writing month end reports, organizing paperwork. I will bear in mind that keeping these things in good order and upkeep gives me freedom to do them on a different day.
Invest in the people God has given to influence your life. And you might be related to some of them.
Tomato cages support the voluptuous blooms and will be covered up with lush leaf growth. Stake during planting to prevent injuring the tuber's.
They prefer your garden soil instead of potting soil
4-6 inches deep.
Dahlia's are an easy, generous, splash of color for your summer/fall garden. They are a favorite cut flower that I enjoy arranging for beautiful tables. You have to be a bit of a visionary to plant tubers, seeds and bulbs, thinking ahead of schedule. Fill your sunny beds, flower pots now for a big showing in the summer and fall. Catch my post on Perfect Patio Pots too!
Oh, just reminding myself I have a hole in my garden gloves. Time for a new pair. And remember as always. SNAIL BAIT!!!
My husband Don came from a family of "Dad's" in the kitchen. I am spoiled. Keeping the pantry filled, is a good way to ensure his creativity and I'm happy to step out of the kitchen. Don and I have had many a "date" night at the grocery store. He is a true foodie and loves to read ingredient labels, scout the meat department, I love him cooking. This was a lazy Saturday and to my surprise he is up and looking for something to heat up his cast iron pan over. Yippee, Italian pork sausage waiting in the frig. You'll love it. Make sure you check out, On my Soap Box Quiche, this is what I did with the leftover sausage. The video is a hoot as well. Happy Cooking
Ingredients: Serves a Hearty 4
1 Lb Pork Italian Sausage
4 Sweet mini peppers
1 teaspoon homemade garlic powder
1 Tablespoon butter
1 large onion chopped
salt and pepper
6 eggs scrambled
Cook Italian Sausage, crumbled and nicely browned, Drain any fat. Set aside. Saute peppers, onion in butter, season with salt and pepper, combine into sausage in cast iron pan. Set aside.
Scramble eggs do not overcook, take off of heat before browning shows. Fold eggs into 1/2 of the sausage/veggie mixture, cook on low for 2 minutes. Serve immediately. Store/freeze remaining sausage. Serve withOld Fashioned Baking Powder Biscuits.
Use saved sausage for a quick dinner:
"On My Soap Box" Country Quiche