Mid-Week Music: Trojans by Atlas Genius

This week has been crazy!

I got back from Napa on Monday. Work has been crazy busy. And to top it all off, I’m sick!

I’m so sorry that I have neglected you poor blog, I promise a big old post soon!

Sneak peak into my Napa photo post!

Now enjoy this song please. 


It’s Official: Hello Holiday Half Marathon!

I have signed up for my second half marathon, the Portland Holiday Half!

It’s in North Portland, which is perfect! It runs right by the University of Portland (oh hey alma mater/workplace!) and it also gives my family and friends a chance to see me race!

Is it weird I am already planning my costume for the race?

I am super excited and have already come up with my training plan! It starts next week after I get back from Napa

(Haven’t mentioned this, but I am going to Napa Valley to celebrate Miss Kate Vance and her bachelorette-ness! Post to come when I get back!)

For my training plan, I (and Smart Coach) kept around the same mileage plan that I did for the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon. I am planning to incorporate one spin class and one yoga class a week for cross training. Long runs are on Saturdays and my highest mileage week is 19 miles.

Thanks to Steven for my fabulous Excel spreadsheet! He knows I like pretty things!


I’m excited to get started! Now who has some good ideas for a costume?!





Mid-Week Music: I Spy by Mikhael Paskalev

My co-worker/office mate Jeff showed me this incredibly epic music video. Jeff Kennel, being the coolest photographer/videographer I know, is a genius when it comes to videos. Probably one of the most creative people I know.

Watch this video. I love everything about it. Man, dancing in underwear, breaking things in slow motion.

And this song has been in my head for at least four days. Those Norwegians make some damn good music!


Monday Night: Football & Food

Last night I had Steven and Dannica over for a little Monday Night Football & Food action. There is literally nothing better then coming home from work, having a couple beers, eating good food, and hanging out with two of your best friends.

And that’s exactly what we did last night! (and can I say, that my team won!!)

I think I might have perfected a great (and easy and cheap) Monday Night Football feast for a couple people.

Our feast included Buffalo Chicken Poppers with Avocado Blue Cheese dip, veggies & ranch, salt & pepper kettle chips, southwestern ranch salad, Red Velvet Brownie Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Blue Moon Belgian White beer in beer steins. (go big or go home!)

You guys need to try these Buffalo Chicken Poppers and the Red Velvet Brownie Bites!

I found this awesome recipe for Buffalo Chicken Poppers from one of my favorite blogs Let Them Eat Cake. And what better time to make them then for Monday Night Football! They are quick and easy to make. I whipped them out after work and they were so so delicious. I am going to make them all the time now!

Perfect amount of buffalo heat, which then mixes well with the cream cheese and avocado blue cheese dip!

Buffalo Chicken Poppers with Avocado Blue Cheese dip

Buffalo Chicken Poppers:

8 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

1 packet ranch dip mix, divided in half

2 large chicken breast, cut into small pieces

1 jar buffalo wing sauce (I used Frank’s Buffalo Sauce)

2, 8-count tube reduced fat crescent rolls

Preheat oven according to crescent roll package directions.

Mix together cream cheese and half the ranch dip mix in a small bowl.

Season chicken with remaining half of the ranch dip mix and cook in a non-stick sprayed skillet. Toss with buffalo wing sauce until coated, and set aside to cool.

Lay crescent rolls out flat and place 1 spoonful cream cheese mix in the center and then a spoonful of chicken.

(warning, this is messy!)

Bring all three sides of the crescent roll triangle to the top, then pinch all three seams to seal.

Place on a baking sheet, and bake according to the crescent roll instructions.

Then enjoy!

Avocado Blue Cheese Dip:

1 avocado

1/2 cup blue cheese dressing

Mix together!

While I took care of the dinner, Dannica was in charge of dessert. She made these delicious Red Velvet Brownie Bites from Tasty Kitchen, which were so incredible. I couldn’t stop eating them…

She made the brownies bites with her family’s top secret cream cheese frosting recipe. So you guys are going to have to settle for another recipe… family traditions are sometimes sacred. Even when it comes to frosting!

Red Velvet Brownie Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Brownie Bites:

½ cups Unsalted Butter, Diced

3 ounces, weight Bittersweet Chocolate, Chopped

1-½ cup Sugar

3 whole Large Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

¼ teaspoons Salt

1 ounce, fluid Liquid Red Food Coloring

1 cup All-purpose Flour

½ teaspoons Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 325° F. Fold a 16″ long piece of foil and place in a 9″x9″ metal baking pan, leaving overhang on 2 sides. Repeat with another sheet of foil the same size in the opposite direction, lining the pan completely. Spray foil with nonstick spray.

Stir butter and chocolate in a heavy large saucepan over very low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, then eggs, 1 at a time.

Stir in vanilla, salt, and food coloring. Sift flour and baking powder over the mixture and stir to blend well. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

Bake brownies 30 to 35 minutes and until puffed and dry-looking and a tester inserted into the center comes out with some batter attached. Cool completely in the pan on rack.

Using the foil as an aid, lift brownies from the pan and place on a cutting board. Peel foil down away from the sides of brownies.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, At Room Temperature

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1-½ cup Sifted Powdered Sugar

Beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix a bit to incorporate. Then add the sifted powdered sugar and beat to combine.

Spread evenly over brownie bites.


The good life, the good weekend

My weekend in photos. A very busy, successful weekend if I do say so myself!

From watching my Timbers play our hated rivals to birthdays to dinner dates to hiking. This weekend came and went so fast! It was the perfect, sun shining, still summer-almost fall weekend. I loved it.

Date night with this handsome guy

This kid had a birthday

Timbers 1 – Sounders 1

Such an intense game. The atmosphere was electric!

Dinner party courtesy of Kevin & Lisa

I love my $2.99 New Season wine (alot…)

Watched my Ravens lose…


5 mile hike with Dannica


PDX Fab Find: Bazi Bierbrasserie

I am going to be honest, I never really venture out into SE Portland. Being a downtown girl, I  know my way around the west side, but the east side is a little bit of a mystery for me.

Let me tell you, Bazi Bierbrasserie is a hidden gem on the east side. Small, tucked away right off of Hawthorne, this bar/restaurant totally rocks!

Bazi Bierbrasserie (don’t ask me to pronounce that…) is a Belgian bar with a brasserie style food menu. Steven and I met our friends Katie and Dylan right after work for happy hour and to watch a Timbers game.

I was totally and completely impressed with Bazi Bierbrasserie .

The restaurant is smaller, but has a great outside area with picnic tables and umbrellas. There is also a garage door that was opened into the restaurant, which gave a lovely natural light. Awesome atmosphere, I loved it!

The cool thing about Bazi Bierbrasserie is the beer selection. There are about 17 imported Belgian craft beer taps as well as a couple local, rotating guest taps, all in the Belgian-style. There is something for everyone and our server was more then helpful with our selections.

Steven, Katie, and Dylan well went with traditional, dark imported Belgian beers (of course!), while I ordered lighter Wit beers from two breweries.

Turns out the two beers I had were from the local rotating guest taps, one from pFriem Brewing and the other from Breakside Brewing. If you like lighter, creamy beers, these two Wits are for you!

Hint: Be prepared to pay a little more for your beer! Also, since they are imported, there are no beer samples. So ask your server and order wisely!

Not only were we all super excited about the beers, the food was so so good! Happy hour prices ranged from $3-$7 and the food portions were very generous. I definitely want to come back for dinner sometime.

Happy Hour food menu

I ordered the happy hour frites and the dirty laundry grilled cheese sandwich! The frites were delicious and cooked to perfection. Whatever seasoning they had one them, I want it on everything. I also died over the grilled cheese. With doughy pullman load bread and copious amounts to cheddar and gruyere, I could eat this grilled cheese everyday.

Steven and Katie ordered the old fashioned cheeseburger and both had nothing but wonderful things to say about it!

Bazi Bierbrasserie shows all local teams, MLS games, and English Soccer games on a giant 114 inch tv. They also have a smaller tv in the corner of the bar. If you are going for a game, be sure to get there early! We were shocked how packed it was a half hour before kick off!Good beer, delicious food, great friends? Nothing could be better… (besides a Timbers win)



May We Never Forget – “Leap” by Brian Doyle

Photo courtesy of Syracuse.com

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by 9/11.

In some ways, we were all touched by that day 11 years ago.

May we never forget.

This poem was written by esteemed writer and a colleague of mine, Brian Doyle.

Take three minutes, listen to this beautiful tribute to those who died on that fateful day.