Last night, Joel and I got back from a nice little trip made during his Spring break. It was my first time being away a night from Elena, our two and a half year old, but she had a splendid time with her Grandparents, so she did just fine.
It was a wonderful and refreshing time.
Joel and I have both been pretty busy this last year, him being in school and working, me working on this blog, teaching piano and working on other projects. So it was nice to just be together and relax! We both left our computers behind (which is why I took so long in replying to your questions about the biscuit recipe!), and we brought along some books to read together.
On our way to the lodge where we were staying, we stopped to take a short hike and see one of the local natural beauties in our area, Multnomah Falls (pictured above). This little trip was a bit of a stretch on our current budget, so we made sure to bring a long a lunch so we wouldn’t have to buy it out.
I made the Garlicky White Beans with Greens (leaving out the greens because we didn’t have any) and some homemade whole wheat bread. We ate this in the brisk fresh air, balancing our disposable bowls on our knees. I think food tastes better outside somehow, especially a hot soup on a chilly day. Anyway, it was a very nice lunch, peasant style.
After we finished, we took a short, brisk walk (about half of a mile uphill, so it got our heart rate up!) and then continued our journey.
We laughed and talked, read and ate. We had a lovely dinner, with some refreshing salads, a delicious savory Gorgonzola Cheesecake (I am so much better now that very occasionally I will indulge in dairy with no problems), and some wonderful sides. We ended up not ordering a main dish, but just enjoying some starters, salads and sides. It fit better in our budget and we got nice and full feasting on delicious food.
I am glad to be home now, ready to roll up my sleeves and start getting some more recipes ready to share with you all. And of course, I am happy to be back with Elena.
It’s good to get back to our routine, after a relaxing, though short, rest.