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Cheese, Carbs, and Macarons

We’re coming in to the home stretch of Cook at Home month with less than a week left! Week three was even easier than week two, as we’ve fallen into a routine {dare I say habit} of cooking at home. Dinners have been a little cheese and carb heavy this week, and for the most part, equally delicious. Week 3 Menu: caramelized onions and blue cheese veggie burgers (2x, I can’t get enough of caramelized onions and blue cheese) veggie lasagna (still eating leftovers of this one) tomatoes Provencal black bean burritos brown rice bowl with shrimp, snow peas, and Read more…

The Accidental Mimosa

The second week of our cooking at home challenge was so much easier than the first. We weren’t really craving going out to dinner like the first week. Admittedly, it was a little tough going to Dig A Pony for my monthly travel meetup and not being able to get one of their tasty cocktails, but ordering a ginger beer was an excellent alternative. So by the time we were putting together our third week’s meal plan, I was feeling pretty proud of myself. And then… Dear Internet, I have a confession to make. I had a mimosa! What!?! was Read more…

Cook at Home Month

The month of January has officially been deemed the month of getting back into cooking at home. Sounds tame right? Well, then you add in a few “little” extra rules like no alcohol, no extra sugar/treats (except for cooking, so cookies = no, small amount in a recipe = yes), less dairy (this one might make a liar out of me), no coffee (1 cup of black tea per day allowed), no junk food/snacks, and only going out to eat once per week. What the what?! Yes, January is [self-imposed] Be Healthier: Cook at Home month. So in the name Read more…

Rescue Hoarded Rats? – Forkover Friday Week 17


I received a comment on my first Forkover Friday post, about Northstar Animal Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit, who was in charge of 1,000 rats that had been given up by hoarders… yeah apparently there’s even a TV show called “Hoarders” [sidenote: I don't keep up on these things, as I don't have cable, but while on vacation, I stumbled across a show called Extreme Couponers, that seems to have the same concept of hoarding. It. was. horrific.]… and these rat people were on that show! Yikes. Anyway, the comment from Jack & Jill caught my attention since I’m such an Read more…

Red Cross New Zealand – Forkover Friday Week 8


I spent about a month in New Zealand during my travels in 2008. And like most travelers, hearing that a disaster has hit somewhere that you’ve spent a bit of time, is naturally a little more disheartening than some far off place that I’ve only seen in pictures. So this week’s Forkover Friday is for Red Cross New Zealand for the Christchurch earthquake. I flew in to Christchurch from Sydney on a rainy, and very Northwest-y autumn day back in April 2008. I had been experiencing a bit of homesick blues, and the similarities between Christchurch and Oregon were really Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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