Thursday, June 27, 2013

TLC

I wasn't sure if I'd have time to get one last blog in, but when you can accomplish a few things at 
once in the bathroom it makes it that much easier. It's similar to an office. Well, kind of.

Anyway, my grandpa came up with the TLC...Thailand, Laos, Cambodia. Get it? 
Creative guy he is.

Here are our backpacks. I overpacked. Not sure how you can actually overpack when you're 
only taking a backpack with limited space, but I think it just happened. Most of the pack seems like 
it's filled with sanitary supplies and snacks. I can't leave home without food.


We've got the neighborhood on watch on our place, the little neighbor boy to water the flowers,
and people coming and going at the house to check in on it. Weird to think we'll be gone
for quite some time!

So off we go. Maybe we'll get a chance to post a few picks on the blog and maybe we won't. 
Guess you all will find out. We'll see ya in 6.5 weeks!

Peace out!

♥The Stanwees

Monday, June 24, 2013

Grape Salsa-Salad

Weird way to put it, I know. But initially we ate it as a salsa, which then turned into me eating it by
the spoonful so it ended up being more like a salad. We can thank cousin Kait for sending this
recipe our way! It's super easy to make, full of amazing flavors that you wouldn't expect
possible, and you can double the recipe for leftovers. You know how we love that!


1 C green grapes
1 C red grapes
1 jalapeno, chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 lime, freshly squeezed
fresh ground pepper to taste
plantain chips (Trader Joes)

Mix up all your ingredients in a medium to large bowl, depending on if you doubled the recipe
or not. Eat right then and there or put in the fridge overnight to soak in all the flavors. Serve with plantain chips. Or don't bother serving anything...like I said it started with just hand in plantain
bag, dip in grape salsa. Then it turned into spoon in salsa salad, scoop, and eat a mouthful.
Great for a snack or to bring to a party!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Summer Activities 3

This has to be one of our favorites. I mean it is where we got engaged so there 
must be a little something about it we like ;-)

The Columbia River Gorge is a beauty all year round. Hike all up and down the Oregon or 
Washington side, ski down the middle of the river, and head to Hood River for the Fruit 
Loop. We'd suggest doing all of those things. Seriously, don't skip any of these activities!

SKIING
If you've got a boat, great. If not, call someone who does. If you don't know how to ski, learn.
 Go early in the morning, the water is usually better.

And if you don't have a boat, go take one of those kayaking classes. Try to plan
it on a nicer day...they make you get in the water at some point to rescue
your partner. Fun, but could be cold if you pick the wrong day!

HOOD RIVER FRUIT LOOP
Fruit. Veggies. Flowers. Wine tasting. Lavender Farm. Amazing views. Picnic lunch.

Do it because we say so! And think of us when you're at the lavender farm!






(sorry for some old pictures, we haven't been great at taking as many new ones
when we go to the fruit loop since we have so many from before!)
  




Mt. Hood one direction then flip around and you've got Mt. Adams the other direction!



Diane always has some little treat to share...lavender infused tea or lemonade,
lavender shortbread, or other items to purchase.

HIKING!
There are obviously a thousand hikes you can do, but I chose this one 
because it's a well known difficult hike. 

Mt. Defiance. 
It's the highest peak in the Gorge, nearly 13 miles of trails up and back, 
and nearly 5,000 feet elevation!


There's a part that seems like it may be the top since you finally start seeing
surround areas, but don't let it fool you. There's still another part to climb!



For a moderate hike, there's always Dog Mountain and Hamilton Mountain. Stop at
Pool of Winds while on the path to Hamilton Moutain.

For a couple of easy hikes, hit up Devil's Rest, Punchbowl Falls, or stop at any one of 
the trailheads on the historic highway en route to Multnomah Falls. Most of them
tend to be easy to get to, easy on our hiking shoes, and fairly short in distance!

Enjoy!

♥The Stanleys

Friday, June 21, 2013

Paleo Hawaiian Coleslaw + Papa Cos' is Crossfitting

You know what's pretty dang awesome? My dad started Crossfit. You have to realize how big of 
a deal it is...this guy has always stayed fit by being super active around the house or at the ball 
field. He has never really been the exercising type. That was never his thing. Now, he's a 
badass. He bikes to and from the gym, he Crossfits, and then he goes home and coaches 
my mom in their own home. I think that makes my mom pretty awesome too.
You all have no excuses for any sort of fitness...Dad even jumped on the
CF bandwagon and that's huge! We're so proud of him and Mom too!!

I love that it's increased our phone calls each week so I can hear all the lifts he's learning and that 
he's improved his number of consecutive double unders (we got him a speed rope for Father's 
Day). I love when he tells me how CF beats the crap out of him...it's funny, partly because I so 
get when he says I went from one round doing 12 push ups in 20 seconds to 3 push ups in 
20 seconds. Trust me, we have all been there on Tabata when you literally CAN'T push 
your body off the ground on the last few rounds. It's silly. And it makes me laugh
as I'm working out.

If only we had a nice picture of Dad to give you all proof of "COS" getting after those
Crossfit workouts. You'll just have to take our word for it for now. We will say that we're
looking forward to see how they look in 6-7 weeks when we get back!
Keep it up Mom & Dad!

Until then, here's your side dish I promised for that paleo BBQ this weekend. 
Either way, you can still make the 007 turkey burgers posted a couple days ago along 
with this coleslaw. It's a nice combo, but even more so when you have this coleslaw 
with some yummy pulled pork as we did the other night with Nick & Pennie.
Their secret for the pulled pork is the rub from Winco...trust me, the pulled
pork was to die for!

What you'll need:

1 bag premixed coleslaw bag
1/3 red cabbage, chopped
2 mangos sliced, pineapple bites, or 2 apples chopped
1 C chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 C raisins
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
2/3 C coconut milk (light or regular is fine)
1/4 C olive oil
1 tbsp celery seed
salt & pepper to taste

Mix the premixed coleslaw, red cabbage, your choice of chopped fruit, mac nuts, and raisins in
a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients
to your large bowl and toss well until covered. Let it sit overnight as the flavor gets so
much better with a night's rest!


Happy BBQ weekend...bring on that sun!

♥The Stanleys

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Paleo Jammin'

Does it not surprise you that I went berry picking and now have a recipe for all those
berries? Didn't think so. And from experience, put the rest of the jars in the
freezer...or else you'll go through them like nobody's business.

I went nuts actually. And kind of obsessive with the jam. It started out with regular
strawberry jam, then turned into well how many different kinds can I make?
I ended up with these flavors due to the lack of ingredients, but trust me
I would've ended up with 5 others if I had the stuff around!

-Plain strawberry
-Strawberry lemon
-Strawberry lavender
-Strawberry vanilla bean



I'll be honest, I never measured anything. I just used a medium sized sauce pan, threw
enough strawberries in it to nearly reach the top (I assumed around 5 cups, but
who really knows), brought them to a simmer, dumped about 1/2-1 cup of
raw honey, and either some lemon zest and lemon juice, lavender,
or a vanilla bean into each different batch to taste. Next time
I'd strain the lavender (and don't ask why I didn't the
first time anyway...it was because I was lazy. I
do that all too often, the whole too lazy
thing. So dumb.) One recipe had
arrowroot starch, the other did
not. Either way, you'll
survive.



I feel like I should be having high tea with friends with this toast and jam recipe.
I probably won't do that though, so instead I'll eat it by myself.

Now go make this jammin' paleo spread yourself!

♡The berry harvesting Stanleys

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gah!

Holy balls, we leave in 8 days! Why is time flying to fast? I realize I've had like 4 months to
prep for this and get the packing done, but why do that when you can save it for the
week before (or even the day before...don't put it by me). Between the two of us
we may be alright if we had to leave at this moment. Ty has a few things ready 
to go for clothing and I have the toiletries packed. Good enough, right?



On a random note, only because I mentioned balls initially. And no, it has nothing to do with the 
real thing. But the story goes as this...we were driving to Mike and Allison's house the other
night and Ty randomly says 'if I ever own a painting company (as if he has been putting 
some serious thought into it), I'm going to call it To The Window, To The Wall.
Exactly like that song. It led into singing the lyrics and wondering how that
song even made it big. And then I learned what 'skeet, skeet' is.
I have yet to get over it and am disturbed that one, I never 
knew what it meant and two, gross. Why do people
make songs like that?? They need to stop that.

Someone come pack for us, please!

♥The Stanleys

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The 007 Turkey Burg

Don't ask where the name of this paleo monster came from, but Ty loved that he came
up with this masterpiece that's full of flavor!

Let's just say we decided to take the turkey burgers up a notch. They are an easy go to, but after 
having a turkey burger with mustard and avocado all the time...it gets old, quick. Now that 
we've got our handy-dandy noodle doodad aka a hard core julianner, we made crispy
sweet potato curls that add so much to the turkey burgs!

I will say that it did happened by accident. I left them in the oven for a bit too long...
I went outside to say hi to the neighbors, ended up going in their house to visit,
was getting the tour of the stuff being redone in the house, and then Ty
said 'didn't you put something in the oven?' Well I sure did and
good thing they turned out to be amazing! You all need
to try it out sometime.


Ingredients:
turkey burgers, grilled
sliced avocado
sweet potato curls, baked in coconut oil until crispy
condiments of your choice
half of a 5th St brand pepper sausage (Costco) to top it all off

Voila! 007 turkey burg. Eat up!

♥The Stanleys

Monday, June 17, 2013

Enjoy This For Us...

As promised, I wanted to give you all a few ideas of things to do while we're gone.
Since we'll be gone and won't be enjoying these few things we love to do, we
encourage you all to do it for us for the next 6 weeks! You've got U-picking
in the back of your mind for an activity, but here are a few more!

*Bike ride. Solo or tandem, either will do.

*Head to the closest farmers market. For those who go to the Vancouver FM,
please give a little business to C'est la Vie crepes, Gumbo Goddess, your
favorite flower booth, and get whatever's fresh to make a good paleo
brunch!

*Learn about one of the booths...the people, where they come from, how they
make their food, etc. Each booth has it's own uniqueness to it that we love!

*Spend a sunny day with family at the park. Get a tan for me (Cori) because
we all know that's what I'd be trying to do.
















More summer activities to follow...in case you couldn't think of any yourself ;-)

♡The Stanleys

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Middle School Lunch

Ty promised his top winners any lunch they wanted. None of them preferred anything like 
Subway of course. Instead, the classroom was filled with big macs, quarter pounders, 
french fries, sprites, and hot n ready Little Ceasars pizzas. Gross. I was in charge of stopping 
at McDonalds to pick up the kids' orders. When the guy kept saying, is that it? I kept 
having to say uhhm, no. Worst part about it is they had to ask for my ID because apparently 
they think people are stealing debit cards to purchase a mass quantity of McD's food. 
I was slightly embarrassed.

As soon as we went through the drive thru there, we hit Burgerville's drive thru. When was the 
last time you were fast food hoppin? And if you say recently, I'm sorry and I hope 
you were only running errands like I was.

I got over the fact that fast food is really gross, that kids these days should not be eating that 
on a regular basis...and just like one of the middle schoolers told me: "If I drink one of those shakes, 
I have to order it and go home because if I start to drink it I have to be close to something if 
you know what I mean." And boy, do I know what he means. I didn't tell him that I 
really, truly get what he means on a daily basis. I figured he wouldn't want to hear my own issues.

Aside from all that, I must say it was one of my favorite days with the kids. We got to see my 
husband working, have a nice little lunch with the kids, and I learned how to get two kids 
down for naps. Hoping from one room to the other, lots of ssshhh's, plenty of rocking, and
some extra buff arms that rocked those babes to sleep. It wiped me out that I ended 
up asleep in the rocking chair. Thank goodness I managed to get the kids down 
before I was out for the count myself!

My Friday Loves!
Waiting for Uncle Ty outside the school to let us in!





♡The Stanleys and Sparrow kids too!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Rainy Day Paleo Soup

You guys would die if you walked into our house. I almost wanted to take a picture of how 
messy-gross it is, but I didn't. So no, I'm not inviting any of you over.

Just to give you a piece of what you may see...

1) There are 2 road bikes and a tandem bike scattered in the living room...
one is half in the kitchen, half in the living room. Weird.
2) Nothing and I mean nothing, has been put away in the kitchen. In fact, we're stacking up dishes 
in the sink all while we're pulling the clean ones out of the dishwasher. Sick.
3) We have about 4 projects going on. Part of them are dispersed on the kitchen table, part in 
the living room (on the ground so there's limited walking space), and the rest of the shit is 
lined throughout the basement.
4) Our rooms are cluttered with "ideas" of what we want to pack, which means clothes on the floor 
and other items nearby. We're going to go through a trial run of packing tonight. If that goes 
well at least some of the clutter will hide in our backpacks for the time being.
5) And if you absolutely had to stop by to use our bathroom, I'd actually make you go
outside. Our bathroom needs to be cleaned, bad. Ok fine, I'd at least let you use it
but quickly and with your eyes closed!

Now you may want to come over after you hear about this recipe...but I'll probably eat
it all before you get here, so don't bother getting in your car.


Rainy Day Sweet Potato Soup & Pulled Pork
1-2lb pork loin
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 C beef broth (or 3 C if you have a 2lb pork)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste

3 large sweet potatoes or yams, diced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1.5 cans coconut milk
1 C veggie broth
1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
2.5 tbsp dried basil
salt and pepper, to taste

Place all the pork ingredients into our crock pot and leave on low for 8-10 hours or
6-8 on high. Check readiness, then serve with the soup!

Place the yams and onions in a microwavable safe bowl and heat until cooked through.
Place all the ingredients together in your vitamix or blendtec. Let it roll! Dash it
with salt and basil, then serve with a little pulled pork on top!

Today Casey, Evy, and myself are going to visit Uncle Ty/my husband at school for a lunch date.
Hope you all have a extra special rainy day!

♥The Stanwee Unit

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Scavenger Hunt & Strawberry Pickin'

Yesterday was quite the day! Scavenger hunts, strawberry pickin', sun, and then downpour!
Aubry and I headed into downtown PDX for the scavenger hunt at Zeus Cafe (McMenamins).
You're suppose to take pictures of yourself with all the pictures or artwork, spend 10 bucks
in the restaurant, and then win a free night stay! Easy enough, right?! Let's just say we
will be staying at the hotel sometime in the future...who says you can't have a
staycation??






Then we headed to the U-pick strawberry farm and although we thought we initially 
caught the day at the right time, we ended up drenched before we knew it!

Best thing about it: we got the tastiest strawberries ever.
Worst thing: wet jeans from waist down...enough said!

While Ty and I are overseas, please take friends or family to a U-pick.
It saves some money and it's a nice way to spend time together. Sauvie's island,
places in Vancouver, and Hood River all have various u-picks you can
find more information online if you're interested. Then go make 
yourself some jam, all sorts of desserts, or dehydrate them for a little snack!



There's something about the smell of a strawberry field that is overwhelming in
a good way. Number one, it just smells terrific. Two, the memories it brings
back is the best! All those time our Grandma use to take us to the U-pick
in Portland and then she'd make her family-known jam...it only has
like 8 cups of sugar in it. No big deal. That's probably 
why we all loved it so much.



You can't beat a dollar something a pound for these beauties!

Believe it or not, this is what strawberry picking fun in the pouring down rain looks like.
Thanks for the day Aubry!

Have fun picking and eating pound after pound of amazing strawberries!