I’m Back Again!

Hi There,
It seems that Spring is the time when life calms down long enough for me to think about blogging. Then, I wonder what to write about.
So how is your year going?
Doesn’t it seem like the year has been speeding right along?
It seems like we just finished with Christmas and now the warmer weather is here more consistently.
It’s time to buy vegetable and flower starts and get them planted.
It’s time to shop the sales at Hobby Lobby for summer décor.
For me, it means that I also need to shampoo my carpets, and bring the rest of our furniture in from the storage unit, and start thinking about what might look better at a Goodwill than in our house. It also means painting walls, and moving the last of my married daughter’s belongings to her house.
It means that it may be time to look for a part time job since I’m no longer homeschooling.
Settling into some things and changing in other things.
All sorts of possibilities and opportunities ahead of me.
What season of life are you in?

For me, I’m hoping that whatever my season is, that I can be more consistent here

Elizabeth

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The Latest “Goings On”

I’m a little late, but, Happy Spring!
The sun is out more often, the sounds of lawnmowers are in the air, the birds are visiting more often, and daylight is starting to last longer. Several of us in the neighborhood are planting our gardens. In less than two weeks, Easter will be here and at this house, we’re planning a family dinner.

How is your Spring looking so far?

E.C.

A New Season, A New Name

Hello Everyone!

Just a quick note to say that I’m still here. It’s been an interesting year.
Just before my last post, we had just moved to a small town. It’s about a 20 minute drive from where we had lived, and this town is a small fraction of the size of the town we used to live in. Just a few things about our town that might be different from our previous town:
1. I think that there are 4 stoplights in this town and one stop sign.
2. Our town does not have any major grocery stores. If I want to make a large grocery run, I need to go to either the town that we just moved from or the town that I grew up in. There is a small market here for last minute purchases if I run out of something for making a meal. So we’re not totally without.
3. There’s a video rental store here. The owner has probably seen every movie in the store and if the only info you have is an actor and what it might be about, he knows exactly what you’re looking for. There is not a Redbox to be found in this town, and if there were, I don’t think that it would survive. You can’t beat good customer service!
4. I think that there are more neighbors with more chickens. Every morning, I can look outside of my kitchen window and see what the chickens behind us are up to. I discovered recently that a neighbor on our street has some chickens who like to leave home and visit other yards.

I do like living in a smaller town. It’s peaceful. We have neighbors who have warmly welcomed us and even drop off eggs from their chickens and produce from their gardens or fruit trees. It’s a friendlier place, at least the neighborhood we’re in is.

So, I thought that perhaps, I should change the name of this blog to reflect our new, calmer surroundings.

Also, we’re in a new season of life. I’m not homeschooling right now. Heather graduated from GED class and is working AND…. planning her wedding! Kylin is going to GED class so now, the only educating I do is when he needs help with his homework. So, other that all of the driving I do to take the kids to school/work, I need to start thinking of new things to fill my “extra” time. It’s an exciting and yet kind of sad time. I’m sure I’ll get used to it. I hope to. Many other parents have done this long before I was born.

So, a new adventure begins!

Elizabeth

Coffee House #6: Creswell Bakery

These coffee cups can be purchased for $10 at the Bakery

These coffee cups can be purchased for $10 at the Bakery

Since we moved to this community, I’ve been anxious to visit Creswell Bakery in Creswell, OR. This morning, Kevin and I finally made the trip. We arrived at 10AM, and one of the first things that stood out was the number of cars surrounding the building, so we assumed it would be a full house. We walked into a spacious dining hall with plenty of available tables, and plenty of customers. I had an idea of what I wanted to try from the menu on their website, http://www.creswellbakery.com, and ordered the breakfast burrito. It had potatoes, eggs, sausage, salsa and guacamole. Kevin ordered a version without sausage. I also ordered a cup of coffee. This particular bakery only offers brewed coffee, so if you are expecting a latte, you’ll need to go elsewhere. The coffee they offer is Stumptown Coffee (www.stumptowncoffee.com). It’s delicious! It ranks up there with the coffee we buy for special occasions. The ladies waiting on us were friendly and cheery. These burritos were huge! They were very filling. I couldn’t finish mine, but it was delicious. I’m looking forward to going back and try the other dishes they offer, such as French toast or pizza. So, anyway, that is my short review from our latest breakfast/coffee venture. If you want to try something new, Creswell bakery may be your cup of tea……..or coffee!

Elizabeth

CoffeHouse #4- Tailored Coffee Roasters in Eugene, OR

It was my turn to pick out the coffee house for #4, and I chose Tailored Coffee Roasters. TCR is located at 291 E. 5th Ave, right across the street from the 5th Street Market, tucked in along a row of various businesses that share the same building. I had heard of this place from a Facebook friend who had photographed the process leading to it’s opening.

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

When we arrived, it was still early on a Saturday morning. There was only one other customer and the barista. It was very quiet.

There are coffee cups available for purchase.

There are coffee cups available for purchase. They also sell coffee beans

Also, several vinyl record covers decorated the wall. I even saw one from The Roots (those who watch "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" will know who they are.   There was a lot of peppy music playing over the stereo too.

Also, several vinyl record covers decorated the wall. I even saw one from The Roots (those who watch “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” will know who they are.) There was a lot of peppy music playing over the stereo too.

Ok, I was surprised that my coffee was served in a drinking glass, however, that did not influence my opinion of the coffee.  It was delicious and I always love it when the barista can make a design with the foam!

Ok, I was surprised that my coffee was served in a drinking glass, however, that did not influence my opinion of the coffee. It was delicious and I always love it when the barista can make a design with the foam!

The menu was rather short, which took us by surprise.  I ordered toast with peanut butter & honey.  What was really neat though is that it was artisan bread with the fresh ground peanut butter, and the toast was served on wooden cutting boards.

The menu was rather short, which took us by surprise. I ordered toast with peanut butter & honey. What was really neat though is that it was artisan bread with the fresh ground peanut butter, and the toast was served on wooden cutting boards.

On a personal note, TCR’s location is right next to the railroad tracks and they have a window through which you can watch the train go by. A big plus if you have a train enthusiast in your family…………..like we do.

If you are interested in checking this place out and all they have to offer, their website is at http://www.tailoredcoffee.com/

Elizabeth

Happy New Year (a little late)

Hello Everyone,

I hope that your holidays  were fun and that you’re enjoying your new year.

Our new year started with the need for a floor replacement in one of our bathrooms.  Usually when we’re ringing in the new year, we’re wondering what the year will bring. I don’t think that water damage and mold in the sub-flooring was what we thought we’d start with.  When all is said and done, I hope to have “before” and “after pictures.   In the meantime, we’re getting ready for a bit of  a remodel.  Something we’ve never experienced before.  We’re also sharing our bathroom with the kids. Extra toothbrushes and shaving supplies and not a lot of counter space.   We’re adjusting.   Learning to adjust is a good thing.

School is back in session for Kylin.  He probably wishes that Christmas vacation lasted longer, but he hasn’t complained. However, there are days when he’ll hide out in his room to play and hopes that I’ll forget about school.

This year is also the “year of firsts”.  That first year of holidays and events after a loved one passes.  We lost two family members in the past two months.  My grandma passed away one week before Thanksgiving.  My sister’s mother passed away on the Monday before Christmas.  So the holidays were a bit mellow, and full of thoughts of our loved ones.

I guess that this is the year of adjustment, and not just adjusting to one less bathroom.  Also adjusting to the new normal, and whatever else may change the plans or hopes we have for this new year.

Here’s to a  new year and opportunities to adjust, or be flexible.

Cheers!

Elizabeth

 

 

 

Coffeehouse #3- Allan Bros Coffee Roasters/The Beanery in Eugene, OR

So, this week’s choice was Allan Bros Coffee Roasters/The Beanery, located at 152 West 5th St. Allann Bros has several locations in the state as well. But we didn’t feel like making that road trip to compare all of the locations. This one also happens to be right next to our favorite home and garden store, Down to Earth (which is were we went for garden starts after our coffee).

When we first walked in, there were people everywhere. It wasn’t crowded, but you could see that this was the place where a lot of people liked to come, sit and enjoy their coffee and food while reading the local paper or visiting with friends. So, we did like the atmosphere right away.

There are plenty of bags of coffee beans for purchase, in case you want to brew some for later at home....

There are plenty of bags of coffee beans for purchase, in case you want to brew some for later at home….

Shelves of beans are everywhere!

Shelves of beans are everywhere!

From this case, I chose a piece of crumbly coffee cake.........

From this case, I chose a piece of crumbly coffee cake………

My non-fat Vanilla Latte.......It was delicious!

My non-fat Vanilla Latte…….It was delicious!

Doesn't this look like a neat place to visit with friends or read the paper on a Saturday morning?

Doesn’t this look like a neat place to visit with friends or read the paper on a Saturday morning?

Doesn't this look delicious?

Doesn’t this look delicious?

I am looking forward to another visit to this cafe (followed by a visit to Down to Earth to check out their kitchen gadgets and dishes). If you’d like to visit before I get another chance to, here is their web address for you to check out http://www.allannbroscoffee.com/

Elizabeth

CoffeeHouse 2: The Washburne Cafe in Springfield, OR

Hello Everyone! Ok, the second coffeehouse we reviewed is the Washburne Cafe.IMG_2642 The first thing that I noticed when I walked into the building was the smell of roasted potatoes. I absolutely LOVE potatoes, so I was ready to give it a “thumbs up” without even tasting the coffee! I checked out the decor while Kevin ordered our breakfast (and I made sure to choose a dish featuring those potatoes). This place felt cozy and inviting.

This would be a great corner to just sit down, enjoy your coffee and visit with a friend (or read a good book)

This would be a great corner to just sit down, enjoy your coffee and visit with a friend (or read a good book)

Or how about this corner?  I thought that the photographs of produce on canvas was very clever.  It'd be a neat way to decorate a breakfast nook!

Or how about this corner? I thought that the photographs of produce on canvas was very clever. It’d be a neat way to decorate a breakfast nook!

The cafe also sells locally made decor that would go well in any home (especially if you have a quirky sense of humor)

The cafe also sells locally made decor that would go well in any home (especially if you have a quirky sense of humor)

I really liked these!  I found at least one or two that I wanted to take home!

I really liked these! I found at least one or two that I wanted to take home!

The coffee was delicious!

The coffee was delicious!

And here is my breakfast!  A bown of roasted potatoes, topped with an omelette, packed with bacon and veggies!  It was delicious!

And here is my breakfast! A bowl of roasted potatoes, topped with an omelette, packed with bacon and veggies! It was delicious!

The service was friendly and fast, the food was delicious and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I’m looking forward to the next time I go to The Washburne Cafe! For more information, here is their web address http://www.thewashburnecafe.com/ Elizabeth

Coffee House Visit #5: Coffee Plant Roaster in Eugene, OR

Hi Everyone!
Our next coffee house to check out was Coffee Plant Roaster on West 11th in Eugene. This is a local coffee company that we’re familiar with as we’ve been buying their coffee beans for over a year for special occasions.
Usually, we review coffee in the morning, but due to a very busy day, we had our coffee just before dinner. I’m the type of person who really doesn’t drink coffee after noon. However, a latte in the afternoon, I was willing to break routine.

When we first walked into the building, the first thing to catch our eye was the decor. Then we were greeted by the friendly barista, who patiently waited while we decided whether or not we wanted a treat with our coffee. IMG_2767

Plenty of merchandise to buy

Plenty of merchandise to buy


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These look rather tasty!

These look rather tasty!

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I thought that selling coffee beans in canning jars was clever!

I thought that selling coffee beans in canning jars was clever!


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I love my lattes, but I hate to mess up the cool designs made in my coffee.

I love my lattes, but I hate to mess up the cool designs made in my coffee.

The coffee was delicious! We expected it to be though, because we buy Good Plant Roaster’s coffee beans from Market of Choice for special occasions in our house. The atmosphere was quiet. Possibly due to our visit happening in the early evening. There were a few other patrons who were enjoying some coffee while studying. I would like to go back, in the morning, have another latte, and perhaps try some of their treats for breakfast.

Until next time,
Kevin & Elizabeth

Have A Great 4th!!

Hi There,
Just a quick note wishing you all a Happy July 4th!
I’m spending this afternoon getting ready for tomorrow. From getting sodas and water chilled for celebrating in the hot sun, to buying food for our “All American” lunch tomorrow.
Also just a reminder to please be careful with your fireworks, yourselves and your pets tomorrow. We had a historic landmark baseball stadium in our town burn down this week, thus prompting a ban on fireworks in that area. As far as I know, the fire wasn’t started by fireworks, but served as a reminder that hot weather, dry grass and wood, and fire do not mix and puts you on the news (and not in a good way!)

I don’t know about you, but I like to decorate for holidays, and the 4th is one of my favorites. So I thought I’d share what I’ve set out this year. Enjoy! IMG_6839
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Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
Elizabeth