Places we Loved to Eat and Drink in Portland

We recently enjoyed time trying out some fabulous food and coffee in Portland on our trip to Oregon. Year after year, Portland is consistently ranked as one of the top food cities in America. Here are some places we loved to eat and drink in Portland.

1. Keeper Coffee Co.

This quaint coffee shop in SE Portland is a little corner cafe where we enjoyed an awesome oat latte, lemon tart, and vanilla latte. We wanted to try this coffee shop because of the wonderful reviews and also the work place of Morgan Eckroth. Who is Morgan Eckroth?

Morgan Eckroth is the 2022 US Barista Champion and has captured the coffee shop experience by doubling her day job as a barista at Portland’s Keeper Coffee with a career in being very much online with her multiple social media channels that include MorganDrinksCoffee on YouTube as well as @morgandrinkscoffee on both Instagram and TikTok, boasting a combined following of some 6.5 million.

Keeper Coffee Co., Portland, Oregon
Keeper Coffee Co.
Keeper Coffee Co.

Places we Loved to Eat and Drink in Portland

2. Frank’s Noodle House

Frank’s Noodle House in NE Portland serves delicious and fresh Asian food. Their homemade hand pulled noodles and pork dumplings were delicious. Frank’s Noodle House was featured in the popular tv show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives back in 2017 with great reviews.

Frank’s Noodle House, Portland, Oregon

3. Kate’s Great Plant – Based Ice Cream

Kate’s Ice Cream is made using organic coconut milk and is 100% plant-based and gluten-free. Inspired by her younger sister who couldn’t have dairy, Kate Williams began making plant-based ice cream in 2014. She’s also crafted a popular, delicious gluten-free, vegan waffle cone.

Places we Loved to Eat and Drink in Portland

4. Jojo Food Truck

Jojo food truck serves gourmet sandwiches, fried chicken, jojos (potatoe wedges), burgers, and more! Jojo food truck is located in a cute little truck pod, with plenty of parking and outdoor seating.

We ordered the fried chicken sandwich, jojos, a cheeseburger and a patty melt which is like a grilled cheese sandwich with a burger inside. All of it was delicious.

The fried chicken sandwich had a flaky, crispy, crunchy batter like Popeyes, layered in pickles, sauce, and cabbage slaw. I was impressed with how many different ingredients were in the Jojo Patty Melt, which consisted of a hamburger patty, American and cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, Alabama white mustard sauce, pickles, and chopped chives.

Places we Loved to Eat and Drink in Portland

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Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

I am always on the hunt for beautiful open gardens and flower farms, so on our Oregon travel when we came across a peony farm south of Portland we knew we had to visit. Adelman Peony Gardens is located in the farm community of Brooks, just north of Salem, Oregon.

If you are a flower lover like myself, then I can’t recommend a visit to the Adelman Peony Gardens enough! Be sure to catch the peonies during their blooming season, May through Mid-June in the Willamette Valley.

Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

Jim and Carol Adelman began growing peonies nearly 25 years ago, and have three generations of Adelmans working to pass on their love for peonies on their farm.

What amazed me the most during our visit, besides the immaculately weeded beds, was the number of varieties in the patch. Their catalogue and peony root order form lists over 200 different peony varieties.

Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

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We arrived at Adelman Peony Gardens mid May- while there were many varieties in full bloom, there also were a lot that weren’t quite open yet (a sign at the entrance stated full bloom in the gardens was expected to be at the end of May).

Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

Cut Peony Flower Care instructions:

It is best to cut flowers early in the morning while the buds are still cool.

Leave at least 3 sets of leaves on the plant to keep the plant vigorous

Most peony varieties can be cut when the bud feels like a large, firm marshmallow or when you observe the first petal move away from the bud.

Prepare your vase by washing it with dish detergent and bleach. Fill the vase about 1/3 with water. Add a packet of flower food or plan to change the water every couple of days.

Run cool water in a bowl or basin. Remove all leaves that would be underwater in the vase, as they will rot, reducing the life of the flower.

Immerse the flower stems in the water and cut off 1/2 inch of the stem underwater. This will allow water to adhere to the pores that uptake the water into the flower. You can then transfer them to the vase.

Place the vase in a cool location out of direct sun.

To open flowers faster, place them in warm water in a warm room. To slow the progress, place them in a dark, cool room-if desperate, add ice to the water.

Enjoy your cut peonies!

Have you visited a peony farm? What are your favorite spots to visit in the spring and summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Do you love gardening or know someone who does?

Plan your gardening work, track your tasks and stay organized all in one place while keeping your garden beautiful with this awesome garden planner journal. 

Makes an awesome gift for you, mom, dad, grandma, sister or even kids who are beginning to create their own patch of garden. Treat yourself today or give it as a gift for a friend or loved one. For more information click on the link below.

MY GARDEN PLANNER downloadable printable.

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Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

Astoria Oregon

We started our Oregon coastline trip in the quaint city of Astoria, with its beautiful historical homes on the steep hills of the city. This small coastal town is at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. Astoria is the oldest city west of the Rocky Mountains. Astoria was founded in the early 1800s and named after John Jacob Astor. We visited the Astoria column, a monument which is the cradle for America’s claim to the Pacific coast.

Astoria Oregon
Astoria Oregon
The Astoria Column

For 300 years, Spain, England, France and Russia had competed for this prime land-now constituting the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming. But three events in or near Astoria, over short years, enabled the U.S to make the decisive argument that it had explored the area by land and water and it had set up commerce in the region.

The Astoria column is an artful summary of the triumphs, conflicts and turning points of the frontier. It has a height of 125 feet, 164 steps, is constructed of concrete, and the length of artwork, unwound is 500+ feet.

You can purchase a light wooden airplane for $2 from the gift shop and fly it off the top of the tower.

Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

The Astoria Column, Astoria Oregon

We also briefly stopped and took some photos of the house(privately owned and not open to the public)of the house used in the movie The Goonies. The owner doesn’t allow cars to drive up to the house(private driveway) but does allow people to walk up for photos(as per signs posted at the mailboxes).

Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

House from the movie ‘The Goonies’ in Astoria, Oregon.

The Goonies movie (if you didn’t already know) is an adventure comedy about a bunch of kids from the ‘Goon Docks’ in Oregon that band together to try to save their homes from being demolished. In the process of saving their town, they come across an old map that leads them on a crazy adventure to find the hidden treasure of a 17th-century pirate.

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Design a Life You Love Weekly Planner

Design your perfect week! This 30 page Design a Life you Love weekly planner will help you get organized and improve your time management. This will free up time for doing things you love and working on goals towards a life you love.

HOW THE WEEKLY PLANNER HELPS YOU

• Improves your organization- important life details gathered together in one place

• Increases productivity without making you feel overwhelmed: know what you need to do in your day to reach your goals

• Frees up valuable space in your mind: no more trying to remember every little thing

• Helps you gain a big picture point of view: understand what is coming up in the future and be prepared

• Helps you be intentional about how you’re spending your time: learn how you’re spending your time and make any necessary changes

• Helps hold yourself accountable: written reminders and trackers help to keep you focused

• Improves your motivation: helping you discover the ‘why’ behind what you’re doing (or not doing) and plan the changes you want to make

• Helps you learn more about yourself: an organizer can provide insight into good and bad habits and show you things that are or aren’t working.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

This Weekly Planner includes 30 planning/organizing pages ( 8.5 inches x 11 inches ):

Cover page (extra)

Meal Planner style #1, Sunday start

Meal Planner style #1, Monday start

Meal Planner style #2, Sunday start

Meal Planner style #2, Monday start

Meal Planner style #3, Sunday start

Meal Planner style #3, Monday start

Easy Dinner Ideas for the Month

Easy Dinner Ideas for the Month(blank)

Grocery List style #1

Grocery List style #2

Favorite Dinner Ideas (categorized) blank

Favorite Dinner Ideas (categorized) blank

Healthy Snack Ideas

Picnic Ideas

Pantry Inventory

Fridge Inventory

Freezer Inventory

Daily Food Record

Weekly Spending Tracker

Notes

Weekly Cleaning

Weekly Cleaning (blank)

Daily Chore Chart

Daily Habit Tracker

Brain Dump

My Week at a Glance style #1

My Week at a Glance style #2

My Week at a Glance style #3

Weekly Review and Reflection

Self – Care Checklist

TIPS ON USING THE ONE DAY AT A TIME PLANNER

This Design a Life You Love Weekly Planner is undated. Therefore, you won’t have to buy a new planner each year. Use this one-time purchase as your go to planner to design your weeks year after year. It really is perfect :).

Of course you can print the planner out on your home printer, but another great option is to have it printed at your local office supply store. I know with Staples you can send the file over to them via their online site and then pick it up later that day. I used their Same Day Pickup/ Simple Print option. If you didn’t want to use a binder you could choose a heavier paper to give those pages a little bit of extra sturdiness.

You could also have the office supply store bind the planner for you in a booklet form.

I use an inexpensive ½” 3-ring binder so sheets can be added and removed at will.

You can set your printer settings to adjust the size of the planner as well.

NOTE:

This is a Digital PDF that you can print out either at home or your local office supply store. No physical product will be sent.

I don’t accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations. But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

DOWNLOAD THE WEEKLY PLANNER HERE.

Spring Blooms in the Okanagan

If you’re thinking of taking a spring holiday in Canada consider the South Okanagan. A trip here in April is a great time to see spring blooms in the Okanagan. The South Okanagan is a fruit growing area in the southern British Columbia interior that is very scenic with mountains, lakes, orchards and vineyards. The south Okanagan is about a 4 hour drive east of Vancouver. The fruit trees start blooming in April with the apricot trees being the first to blossom with their white blooms.

Apricot trees in the Oliver area.

Apricot trees in the Oliver and Penticton areas of the south Okanagan.

Next to start blossoming are the cherry and nectarine trees and the wild Okanagan sunflower. You’ll see the beautiful bright yellow Okanagan sunflower (also known as Arrowleaf Balsalmroot) all over the sides of the mountains throughout the Okanagan in April.

Nectarine trees starting to blossom in Summerland.

Spring Blooms in the Okanagan

Wild Okanagan sunflowers near Penticton.
Photo by Jess Vince Photography
Photo by Jess Vince Photography

Kalamalka Lake which is between Vernon and Kelowna is a beautiful lake with turquoise clear waters that makes for a gorgeous rest spot and a picnic lunch.

Kalamalka Lake by the town of Oyama.

A local park area in the town of Oyama on Lake Kalamalka in April.

Spring Blooms in the Okanagan

You’ll also see beautiful blooms within the cities of the Okanagan. Below are some photos of Magnolia tree blooms, Forsythia blooms and crocuses around the city of Penticton in April.

A beautiful fragrant Magnolia tree in bloom.
A forsythia in full bloom.

Crocuses around and near Penticton.

The Penticton Farmers’ Market starts up in April and some vendors are starting to sell fresh local cut flowers then.

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Spring Picnic Ideas

Spring has come and what better way to enjoy the season than to be outside with the sights and sounds and smells and tastes of spring. There is something so nice about enjoying good food in a lovely setting that helps nurture your soul.

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Here are some spring picnic ideas to help you enjoy the flavours of the spring season. Spring foods that make great picnic ideas are asparagus, radishes, and fresh spring greens and onions and these dishes will leave you satisfied. Choose one or two or have a feast with more!

Spring Onion and Parmesan Cheese Scones

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These savoury scones are completely addictive, especially warm straight from the oven. With this recipe I found the dough quite crumbly and found it easiest to roll out the dough and then cut into pieces before baking as in the photo below.

In the above recipe, to convert the measurements to American: 8 oz. self raising flour=2 cups all purpose flour with 4 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt. 2 oz cheese=4 Tbsp, 2 oz. butter=4 Tbsp. 200/220 C=400 F.

Easy Asparagus Tart

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With its simple ingredients list, this asparagus tart is easy to whip up for any occasion (including the start of asparagus season!).

Asparagus and Carmelized Onion Tartlets

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These bite-sized asparagus tartlets are SO so good, made with a combination of caramelized onion, cheese and asparagus, they are ridiculously easy to make thanks to the mini phyllo pastry shells.

Spring Picnic Ideas

Spring Garden Bites

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Quick, simple and bright, this fresh snack is the perfect way to welcome spring!

Creamy Cucumber Radish Salad Recipe

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The ingredients are so simple but it really doesn’t need anything else.

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado & Lemon Basil Dressing

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This salad fits the bill for the healthy eating part. It is loaded with healthy ingredients! Quinoa, asparagus, peas, avocado, and a light lemon basil dressing. It’s gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan, if you use agave nectar instead of honey in the dressing.

Spring Picnic Ideas

Easy Spring Dessert

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These chocolate flowerpot trifle desserts, that are prepared in small pots, create the illusion of new growth with spring flowers. Each trifle is layered with chunks of chocolate cake or brownies, chocolate pudding or mousse, whipped cream and Skor bar, and then topped with a decorative flower and leaf.

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Need a dessert in a hurry? Try this easy strawberry rhubarb crisp.

The Beauty of a Weekly Meal Planner

Are you new to Meal Planning? Or looking for a good plan to try? You may be asking yourself, “Why should I meal plan?” Well, the beauty of a weekly meal planner for me are its benefits that make my life a whole lot easier.

Download the Weekly Meal Planner here.

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Mother’s Day Gift DIY Home Spa Ideas

Mother’s Day gift diy home spa ideas are all about self care and pampering for the Moms in our lives. Diy gifts are thoughtful and meaningful for the time and effort that goes into them and shows Mom she’s worth it.

These Mother’s Day gift diy home spa ideas are practical, beautiful and hand made with love. Staying well and healthy is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. And I believe self care is a big part of that for busy moms.

Bath Bombs

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Bath bombs always make bath time more enjoyable! They are EXTREMELY easy to make, very inexpensive and you get to pick the scent and color. What’s Mom’s favorite scent?

Shower Bombs

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Shower bombs with essential oils are a quick self care treat and an easy way to include aromatherapy in your day. This shower bombs recipe tutorial shows how to make shower melts with essential oils, plus tips for use and storage.

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Lavender Milk Bath

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Cleopatra was the one that put a milk bath on the map as she claimed the milk bath preserved her beauty and kept her skin glowing and youthful. Sounds good to me!

Tub Tea

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What is tub tea? Tub tea is soaking your tired body in a beautiful blend of herbs, dried flowers, salts and oats.

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Whipped Vanilla Coconut Body Scrub

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This scrub will leave you feeling all silky and smooth.

Strawberry Vanilla Lip Balm

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This homemade natural Strawberry Vanilla Lip Balm is made with freeze dried fruit which gives it the stunning color and tasty flavor without any artificial ingredients.

Mother’s Day Gift Tags

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Beautiful free Mother’s Day gift tags that add a special touch and detailing to any gift.

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Garden Lover

Do you have a Mom who loves to garden? Gardening is without a doubt one of the most popular hobbies in the world. And if your Mom loves gardening then she’ll love these Mother’s Day gifts for the garden lover. These garden gifts are practical, beautiful and unique.

Any gift you give Mom will be meaningful, and here you’ll find both diy Mother’s Day gifts and thoughtful purchased gifts that all show you’re thinking of what she loves for the Mom you love.

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If your Mom is a gardener and foodie, this “Grow a Tomato Sauce Garden” gift basket is perfect. You can put this gardening kit together in almost no time at all.

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Easy, thoughtful, meaningful gifts for the Moms in our lives. This diy project gives plain potted herbs a pretty {and easy!} makeover for gift giving!

Mother’s Day gifts for the Garden Lover

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These beautiful decoupaged pots add a touch of country French decor that make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift .

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Cute DIY garden markers that Mom would love.

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This Italian herb garden salad dressing gift basket is a great handmade gift. But it’s also unique and a nice way to give a little garden love to Mom. This basket includes recipes and a mix – but it also includes the three fresh herbs that are called for in the recipes!

Mother’s Day gifts for the Garden Lover

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Plan your gardening work, track your tasks and stay organized all in one place while keeping your garden beautiful with this awesome garden planner journal.

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Beautiful hand painted rocks for garden markers Mom Will love.

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Beautiful free Mother’s Day gift tags that add a special touch and detailing to any gift.

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