Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Fourteen of us met at the bottom of Wahkeena Falls in the Columbia River Gorge and headed up hill. We knew it would be crowded, but it wasn't too bad. We cut across toward Multnomah Falls and stopped for a short lunch break in the trees. Waterfalls dotted the landscape as we made our way down to the tallest falls in Oregon. As we neared Multnomah Falls, one of the top tourist attractions in the entire state, we started to realize our mistake. Ever been shopping at Fred Meyer on the day after Thanksgiving?? It was that crowded.
We'd left the hiking area and reached the tourist zone. Oops. We stood in line for the lookout above the falls:
We followed the herd down to the base of the falls and took turns snapping pictures.
I still had a wonderful time. I'd rather fight the crowds on the trail than sit at home on the couch on a beautiful day off work.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We flew into Dallas, and the first order of business was finding some good Mexican food. Our GPS first took us to an empty lot that used to be a Mexican restaurant. Very disappointing :( We finally found this:
Friday morning, we drove north to Denton, home of TWU, a beautiful campus on a "hill".
In Texas, everyone puts their hand on their heart as they sing the national anthem!
You can barely make out Eryn in the middle, next to the yellow robe with her arm in the air.
Check out the cowboys!
Next, we cranked the AC and drove back to Arlington for a Rangers game.
I was, literally, the only person in the park cheering for the Angels. I really don't care but thought someone should be on their side. I/we were losing miserably... until the top of the 9th inning. With two outs, the Angels rallied... big time... scoring 5 runs! I think the go-ahead run was on base when the Rangers finally retried the side - and the game.
A cool fireworks show, set to Broadway tunes, followed the game.
Our day's adventure was not over! We walked back to the hotel, loaded up the car and searched the GPS for the nearest Waffle House.
For $20, the whole family filled up. (Notice the grits!)
Saturday, it was time for me to pack up and head home to the hilly Northwest. But I'd seen Whataburger signs at every exit, so lunch was a Whatacatch fish sandwich and a peach pie. Yum.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
The dough was incredible.
Jenna enjoyed using (and playing with) the scoop.
You can't see it in the picture, but she's wearing my Mickey Mouse apron. SO CUTE!
These are really good! The rest of the class is going to be very happy after lunch.
Ingredients (as we made it - improvised and doubled):
1 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
3 c (total) chopped walnuts, coconut, chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. First sift together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt and then add to the butter and egg mixture. Mix just until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts.
Using a small ice cream scoop, or two spoons, place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter on the baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Bake for approximately 8 minutes or until the the cookies are still soft in the center but are firm around the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We watched as cells moved in, completely shrouding us in clouds and then parting, offering a brief view of the river and surrounding hills. Luckily, the rain held off until we were at the top. Then it was time to batten down the hatches and consume some much-needed calories.
Lindsey's always chowing my Pringles!
Vicki enjoyed a PBJ prepared by her mommy.
The thunder and lightning didn't begin until we were near the bottom. We went quickly for the shelter of our car.