Best Picks for Football Season

Hello All,

Usually on these Saturday posts I talk about gear or travel tips, and this week is no different. Football season is upon us, and I am thrilled about it. I am getting pumped for tailgating, and various other shenanigans.

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However, when it gets to be cold outside, it becomes a lot harder to be cheerful, and in the PNW football season means cold, rain, wind, and truly dreadful situations. To be a football fan in Oregon requires unending dedication.

So, here are my picks for five must have items for Football season, and yes, they are in the correct colors.

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  1. Women’s Back Beauty Pants by Columbia Sportswear with Columbia’s Omni-Heat and Omni-Sheild technology, these pants will keep you warm and dry, and bonus they are super cute. While the $85.00 price tag is pretty steep, you may be able to find comparable pants on sale.download (1)
  2. Sweet As Softshell by Columbia Sportswear another great Columbia Omni-Shield product. I love this light jacket. It’s super cute, surprisingly warm, and delightful. Mine was stolen and it makes me sad, but I’ll just buy another because I love it so much. 🙂794268771_260
  3. North Face Resolve Rain Jacket simple, strong, coverage. This jacket will keep you dry and it isn’t messing around.burton-alldaylong-bne-burnheath-14-prod
  4. Burton All Day Long Beanie simple and loose, but will cover your frozen little ears.
  5. And, Most Importantly: The Wine Rack Flask….for insulation.WineRack-Flask-Bra1

Enjoy football season! In a couple weeks I’ll be back with best things for tailgating. ❤

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Menu Monday: Famous Fall Sangria

Guys. I love booze. Especially in the kitchen.

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About 4 years ago, when I split with my no-good cheating ex boyfriend, I was hanging out with grown ass adults for the first time in my life, and I discovered the magic of Sangria, and started developing different kinds of it for the seasons. I love Sangria. Sangria is easy to make and tasty for all your fall festivities. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of Wine, Preferably a light red, like this great cranberry wine.
  • 1 bottle sparkling water or mineral water. This is lemon flavored and fun.
  • 1/3 cup triple sec
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 small plums OR a handful of blackberries

Directions:

  1. Chill the wine and sparkling water over night. This will make it drinkable more quickly.
  2. Chop the fruits and place in the bottom of the pitcher.2013-09-09 17.40.02
  3. Top with mineral water and wine.2013-09-09 17.42.20
  4. Top with booze. Stir well.2013-09-09 17.44.17
  5. Place in the fridge for an hour or so. (not necessary, but tasty).
  6. Serve in a cute glass.2013-09-09 18.07.14
  7. Drink. 

Enjoy responsibly.

Eating Vegetarian in Disneyland

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Eating Vegetarian At Disneyland

One of the best parts of Disneyland, as with any kind of travel, is the tasty tasty food. I love to sit down and have a snack during a long day in the park. As a long-time vegetarian, this has often been a huge struggle for me in the park. These past few years, however, Disneyland has modernized some of its menus with delicious vegetarian options. Many of these can easily be made vegan, just ask the Cast Members what they can do. Usually they can make a little magic.

Below you will find some ideas of my favorite dishes in the park, plus a few things not to try. I’ve also put one DCA idea in each category. Overall I’m not too impressed by their meal items yet.  I have personally tried all of these delicious eats and can attest to their tastiness to the Vegetarian Palate.  For more info about other kinds of Disney dining info check out the Disney Food Blog or AllEars.net.

Top Five Breakfasts:

photo credit: mouseplanet.com

photo credit: mouseplanet.com

  1. Carnation Cafe- Huevos Rancheros
  2. Carnation Cafe- Spinach and Tomato Egg White Frittata
  3. Flo’s V8 Cafe- French Toast Brioche
  4. Cafe Orleans- Crepes
  5. Ariel’s Grotto Princess Breakfast- Ask them to sub the sausage and bacon for vegetarian alternatives.

Top Five Lunches

photo credit : disney parks blog

photo credit : disney parks blog

  1. Cafe Orleans-La Salade de Maison
  2. River Belle Terrace – Vegetable Po’ Boy
  3. Rancho Del Zocalo -Tostada Salad
  4. Hungry Bear Restaurant – Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
  5. Paradise Garden Grill – Skewers

Top Five Dinners

Burrito Sonora - photo credit dineatjoes.com

Burrito Sonora – photo credit dineatjoes.com

  1. Rancho Del Zocalo – Burrito Sonora
  2. Royal Street Veranda – Vegetarian Gumbo
  3. Blue Bayou – Portobello Mushroom and Couscous Macque Choux
  4. Wine Country Trattoria- Pasta Your Way
  5. Harbour Galley – Vegetarian Chili

Top Five Snacks

photo credit : Disney Food  Blog

photo credit : Disney Food Blog

  1. Chili Lime Corn on the Cob found throughout both parks
  2. Bengal Barbecue- Outback Vegetable Skewer
  3. Cove Bar – Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  4. Mint Julep Bar – Beignets
  5. Tiki Juice Bar – Dole Whip

Other Things To Note

  1. All of the pizza places serve cheese pizza.
  2. Most of the burger joints have Veggie Burgers.
  3. There are also many other places to eat outside the parks.

Things NOT to eat

  1. Flo’s V8 Cafe – Veggie Tater Bake. This is the only one in this category because it made me want to barf in my mouth.

 

I hope this post gave you some tasty ideas to try on your next trip. And remember, friends with dietary needs! Cast Members are your friends!

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Politics Post: No, Mr. Putin.

Okay, so y’all know that I love America. Despite the many flaws we have as a nation, I am incredibly patriotic and proud to be from this place, proud that we continue to move forward, and to become more exceptional as a country. I am an active voter, and I try very hard to stay politcally informed.

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On Wednesday, September 11th, Vladmir Putin, President of Russia, wrote and Opinion Editorial in the Washington Post on the current conflict in Syria. And honestly, it made me real mad.

Firstly, I think this was a pretty bold move for the president of another country to write in our papers telling us what we should think about the decisions our government is making. Secondy, I think Putin should shut his mouth considering that he provided weapons to the Syrian tyrants who are murdering innocent civilians (not just rebels). I have a lot of feelings about Syria. A lot. More than I can succinctly explain at this hour of the evening. In short, I do not want war, but I do want accountability. I am excited about this new possibility at real diplomacy on this issue, and the support of the international community. I also think that once the UN is able to prove that Assad did make those attacks, he should stand trial for crimes against humanity. But that is only a short snippet of a broad range of concepts. So that’s not the focus here.

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

What really bothers me about this Op-Ed is that Putin has the nerve to question the character of the American people : “And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”

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This doesn’t irritate me because I am the kind of nut job who dreams of assuming that Americans are all perfect and that we don’t have things to improve on, but really, he thinks that HE can question us? Mr. Putin, who just passed a law stripping Gay people of basic human rights in his country ? Putin, who has been effectively the dictator of Russia since 1999? Who beat his wife? Mr. Putin, you are every kind of bad person, and I don’t really give a flying monkey what you think about the character of the American people, because frankly you can’t judge anyone. And you’re a hypocrite.

Sorry sir, but in America, we elect our president, and I’ll take his word over yours any day. And no, we are not perfect, and yes, we should wait for the UN to make their determination. But you, sir, need to understand that undermining our president and lying to the American people will not get you anywhere.

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Menu Monday: Plum Brie Tarte

It’s finally fall, which means our plum tree is overwhelmed with fruit falling off on the ground. This means it’s baking season for me, and everything on the planet with be doused with plum. One of my favorite combos is fruit and cheese, and so….I made a thing. I found a few recipes on pinterest (like this one and this one) and kind of mushed them together, to something glorious. I made the crust below, but it was a little too crumbly for me, so I recommend using whatever pie crust you like.

2013-09-08 16.07.37Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp shortening
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 3 small plums, sliced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • almond flavoring
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 6 oz brie (about 3/4 a wheel)

Directions:

  1. Mix together flour, sugar, shortening, butter, and water in a small bowl until it makes a nice little dough. Refrigerate.
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  2. Pre-Heat Oven to 375. In a baking dish slice plums, and top with vanilla, lemon juice, water, almond, and maple syrup. Chunk the remaining two tablespoons of butter and place on top. Cook for about 15 minutes.2013-09-08 16.28.13
  3. While the plums are baking, roll out the dough and place the brie roughly in the middle.2013-09-08 16.54.24
  4. When the plums are finished, place them on top of the brie, with some of the sauce, and fold up the edges. Brush egg on the crust. Do not pour the entire egg on the crust like I accidentally did.2013-09-08 16.56.13
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!2013-09-08 17.31.31-1

 

Menu Monday: Baked Black Bean Burritos

Guys, I really love recipes that I can just toss together and put in the oven.  Less likelihood for me to burn things, you see.  This recipe is definitely not a low-fat recipe, but it was so delicious and filling for four adults including three big guys! Yum.

2013-08-12 18.40.23Ingredients:

  • Two Cans Black Beans, drained
  • One Can Corn, drained
  • Salsa,
  • Enchilada Sauce or Powder (with tomato sauce)
  • Sour Cream
  • Flour Tortilla

Direction:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a bowl, mix together black beans, corn, and 1/2 cup sour cream. If you have a blender, blend half the beans before adding it to the mix. It makes things most delicious.2013-08-12 18.49.07

  3. In a 9″x12″ pan, lay out the tortillas, one at a time, and fill each tortilla with a spoonful of the mixture.2013-08-12 18.52.55

  4. Pour enchilada sauce and desired amount of salsa over the top of the burritos. Sprinkle with cheese. All the cheese.2013-08-12 18.55.40

  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Devour.

Enjoy!