First Day of Fall!

Today is the Fall or Autumn equinox here is in the northern hemisphere! Some people may be groaning and wishing for a little more summer, some people are counting down to Christmas. I beg you to stop and celebrate the beginning of Fall and all it represents. Today is more than the end of summer and beginning of cold weather. On this day there is perfect balance! In the spring and summer we have more daylight hours than darkness hours. While in the Fall and Winter we have shorter days and longer nights. On this day we have exactly the same amount of sunlight as darkness, 12 hours of light & 12 hours of dark, perfect balance. Think about that, it’s amazing isn’t it?

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Historically this day was celebrated much in the same way we celebrate Thanksgiving (originally the harvest and giving thanks were celebrated in relation to the Autumn equinox but in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued his “Thanksgiving Proclamation”, which changed the date to the last Thursday in November and in 1939, Franklin Roosevelt adjusted it yet again, making it the second-to-last Thursday, in the hopes of boosting post-Depression holiday sales). We could all use one more excuse to appreciate and celebrate life! The Equinox is a holiday close to my heart because it’s not about shopping or presents, it’s a pure and natural celebration of everyday life! On this day every year nature is perfectly balanced and I believe urging us to evaluate the balance in our own lives. Here are 10 ways you can commemorate this special occasion!

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Washington State Road Trip!

It’s Friday Funday Again!
This week, we explore central Washington on a road trip from Portland Oregon to Cle Elum Washington!
Adjusted6Road Trip!!! I don’t know about you but I love road trips! There is just something magical about packing up supplies and jumping in your car with someone special! It may be the ever changing sights out the window, the sing alongs with the radio, the laughter and conversation along the way or simply the freedom to stop (or not stop) whenever the mood strikes!

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Summer Favorites!

The weather is turning colder, kids are heading back to school and advertisements for pumpkin spice everything are starting to pop up around us. Summer is coming to an end… I won’t pretend to be all broken up about it, I prefer Fall and Winter myself. Even though I am eagerly looking forward to the upcoming seasons I must look back at the happiness of Summer and appreciate the season for all it gives!

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Drive-In Date Night!

Friday Funday!! This week, a date to the drive-in! Going to the movies is a classic date plan but sometimes this date night staple needs some spicing up. Going to a drive-in is more than just a movie, it’s an experience all it’s own! Let me introduce you to what makes a drive-in so special!
We choose to check out the 99W Drive-In located in Newberg, OR.

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Above artwork by Denver Fortner

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“Bunny Droppings” Carrot Cake!

Oh My! I am running so far behind with my Blog posts lately… But this cake is so good you will be making up excuses to make it! Easter isn’t the only time of year for carrot cake 😉

Let me give you a glimpse into my Easter Sunday! We started the day with cinnamon bites (crescents I turned into little cinnamon rolls)  with homemade icing and some coffee. My husband and I had a leisure full morning watching the History channel while we enjoyed our breakfast and coffee. Then (after showers and clothes) we were off to my grandparents place for Easter dinner! I love my family get-togethers! We share stories and joke around, giving each other a hard time. Potluck is tradition in my family, everyone is assigned a part of the meal to bring (i.e. Meat, vegetable, dessert… ect). This Easter I was assigned the dessert 🙂 I love baking so I was more than happy to oblige. I had never made a carrot cake from scratch before so I decided to give it a try and I must say, it turned out great! You can find the full recipe at the end of this post or continue reading for step by step instructions.

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