Portland Sojourn – Memorial For Brenda Payne McGowan

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03August2014_5c-Portland-Trip_Brenda-Memorial_Flowers-2The primary reason for us going to Portland August 1 – 4 was to attend the memorial service for Brenda. She and Robin graduated from nursing school together. They worked a while until their RN license came through and then left for the West, via Mexico City in a VW Bug. Camping gear strapped on the roof. Robin ended in San Francisco, where she also helped to start Ravenswood Winery with Joel Peterson, and Brenda went to Oregon. It was great that we could attend this Celebration of Life. Here are some photos from the event. Left-Click any of them to see the photo enlarged.

Brenda Payne McGowan

Brenda Payne McGowan

Brenda liked lilies.

Brenda liked lilies.

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Portland Sports Center where Brenda worked out.

Portland Sports Center where Brenda worked out.

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Harp music

Harp music

Robin

Robin

Some of the crowd. If I had to guess, I would say that there were several hundred people there.

Some of the crowd. If I had to guess, I would say that there were several hundred people there.

A full buffet line was available as was a full bar.

A full buffet line was available as was a full bar.

Portland Sojourn – Wine and Food


AirBnB-Portland-HouseboatIt is said that “Man cannot live by bread alone ….” and I guess our sojourns are a testament to that. If there is a winery, we just might stop. Good place to get something light to eat and some refreshing “grape juice”. So this particular post in this series, is going to be devoted to some wineries we visited – actually only three – and some of the food we had. If one is on the coast – East or West coast, it makes no difference – one must have good, fresh seafood. And that we did.

We had to stop along the way to eat something. So before we left Boise, I made a Muffuletta and we stopped and had some. We also had a great ginger ale.

We had to stop along the way to eat something. So before we left Boise, I made a Muffuletta and we stopped and had some. We also had a great ginger ale. Here is the Muffuletta Recipe. Enjoy!

Muffuletta

Muffuletta

Then as we passed through Hood River, Oregon, we just had to stop at the Naked Winery tasting room. This is a horse of a different color!

Then as we passed through Hood River, Oregon, we just had to stop at the Naked Winery tasting room. Now this is a horse of a different color!

Robin is comfortable at in the tasting room. You can see some of their wines here.

Robin is comfortable at in the tasting room. You can see some of their wines here.

Then we had to pick up fresh seafood at the NW Seafood Company in Newberg, OR. Clams, fresh oysters, Dungeness crab and shrimp.

Then we had to pick up fresh seafood at the NW Fresh Seafood Company in Newberg, OR and McMinville, OR.Really fresh and good seafood. We bought clams, fresh oysters, Dungeness crab and shrimp.

Then off to see Dorothy and Kai for dinner. That is what the seafood was for. Just look at that table!

Then off to see Dorothy and Kai for dinner. That is what the seafood was for. Just look at that table! And yes, I did shuck the oysters without cutting myself. Kai had her first fresh oyster!

Here is the crab salad. Yummers!

Here is the crab salad. Yummers!

Breakfast at Ikea. Swedish Meatballs and a cinnamon roll. Long day ahead.

Breakfast at Ikea. Swedish Meatballs and a cinnamon roll. Long day ahead.

We also stopped here at Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro, OR.

We also stopped here at Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro, OR.

Kim Kolb served us well with some interesting wines and conversation. Thank-You Kim!

Kim Kolb served us well with some interesting wines and conversation. Thank-You Kim! Kim is a wine blogger and can be found at Winey Women.

Their Riesling is superb. And yes, we did buy some wine here.

Their Riesling is superb. And yes, we did buy some wine here.

Also a good Pinot Noir.

Also a good Pinot Noir.

The Marchesi Vineyards is a great stop for the Italian influence in wine making.

The Marchesi Vineyards in Hood River, OR. is a great stop for the Italian influence in wine making.

They do have an awesome selection of Italian wines. Well worth a bottle! or two!

They do have an awesome selection of Italian wines. Well worth a bottle! or two!

Enjoying the wine and the cheese/salami plate.

Enjoying the wine and the cheese/salami plate. Great olive oil, too. We bought a bottle.

But we had to stop visiting the wineries as the drive home was still 6 or 7 hours.

But we had to stop visiting the wineries as the drive home was still 6 or 7 hours. Robin took this photo as we were driving along the freeway. Beautiful sunset/moonrise photo.

Portland Sojourn – Ships and Houseboat

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AirBnB-Portland-Houseboat-#2What a great 4 days in Portland on the Willamette River. And yes, on a AirBnB houseboat. A super great experience and Hostess. Thank you for such a great time. The photo here was taken from Google Earth and shows our houseboat. (Left-Click this and any of the following photos to see them enlarged.) The houseboat that we stayed on was #5 and is clearly marked. The following photos are of some boats that we saw and the houseboat and surrounding area. Do enjoy these photos. Happy Trails!

The houseboats in the marina all lined up. Ours is #5.

The houseboats in the marina all lined up. Ours is #5. Note the walkway to get from the top of the bluff to the walkway and the houseboats.

From the top of the bluff.

From the top of the bluff.

The walkway down to the houseboats. Robin did extremely well in negotiating the steepness.

The walkway down to the houseboats. Robin did extremely well in negotiating the steepness.

At the top of the bluff looking towards our houseboat and looking at the brown "Wave House".Ours was next door to the right.

At the top of the bluff looking towards our houseboat and looking at the brown “Wave House”.Ours was next door to the right.

The walkway to the houseboat.

The walkway to the houseboat. And yes, this is all floating. It moves with the water movement.

Robin resting by the "Wave House".

Robin resting by the “Wave House”.

The front door of the "Wave House".

The front door of the “Wave House”.

The front door of our houseboat.

The front door of our houseboat.

The view of the Willamette River and Portland in the distance from our room.

The view of the Willamette River and Portland in the distance from our room.

Robin and our Hostess Jacqualine in our room.

Robin and our Hostess Jaculin in our room.

Other decks from our room.

Other decks from our room.

Robin relaxing in the sun.

Robin relaxing in the sun.

Watching the sailboats on the deck.

Watching the sailboats on the deck.

Robin and Cinderella.

Robin and Cinderella.

Me and Cinderella.

Me and Cinderella.

Roses on the deck.

Roses on the deck.

Lupine, I think.

Lupine, I think.

Potted trees.

Potted trees.

The Wave House.

The Wave House.

The river is full of sailboats and other craft.

The river is full of sailboats and other craft.

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Love the BSU colors!

Love the BSU colors!

Tug Boat in miniature.

Tug Boat in miniature.

Team effort.

Team effort.

He must like to bicycle.

He must like to bicycle.

Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron.

Artwork

Artwork

The end of a great 4 days. We will probably do this again. Loved it! Happy Trails!

The end of a great 4 days. We will probably do this again. Loved it! Happy Trails!

Great Weekend – Family, Food, Wine and Friends

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24-5July2014_1_Maria-Maria-Victor_Visiting_At-AirBnB_BestThis was really a great weekend! Robin had her cousin Maria Allen and Maria’s sister Maria de Fatima Donato and Fatima’s son Victor here. They had a long 28 hour plane trip from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and were glad to stop and rest for a while. Fatima spoke some English and Victor did an excellent job with the language. Maria did a lot of translation from English to Portuguese and vice versa. Marnie opened her AirBNB to them for a couple of days and we thank her for that. The photo above is of Victor, Fatima and Maria. Here are some more photos of the Snake River AVA and wine country tour that we took, thanks to Winery Seekers, Dan and Kathy Johnson. We did stop for a good meal at The Orchard House in the Snake River AVA at Marsing. A great tour and I know that everyone enjoyed it. Enjoy these photos and remember you can Left-Click any of them to see them larger. Cheers and Happy Trails. It was great to meet Fatima and Victor and to see Maria again.

Victor, Fatima and Maria.

Victor, Fatima and Maria.

Fatima and Maria, sisters and Maria is Robin's cousin by marriage.

Fatima and Maria, sisters and Maria is Robin’s cousin by marriage.

Maria, Robin's cousin.

Maria Allen, Robin’s cousin.

Off on the Snake River AVA winery tour. Here we go!

First stop - Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID

First stop – Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID

A Dragonfly met us on the way to the winery.

A Dragonfly met us on the way to the winery.

Tammy Stowe McClure, wife of the winemaker Mike McClure at Indian Creek, and Victor try arm wrestling. Tammy is a very accomplished rock climber. Need I say more?

Tammy Stowe McClure, wife of the winemaker Mike McClure at Indian Creek, and Victor try arm wrestling. Tammy is a very accomplished rock climber. Need I say more?

Fatima and Maria discuss the winemaking process while Victor listens.

Fatima and Maria discuss the winemaking process while Victor listens.

The tasting room at Indian Creek Winery.

The tasting room at Indian Creek Winery.

A fantastic Reserve Pinot Noir from Indian Creek. Lay this one down for a while.

A fantastic Reserve Pinot Noir from Indian Creek. Lay this one down for a while.

Next stop is Sawtooth Winery. Here are just some of the 500 acres of vines that they have.

Next stop is Sawtooth Winery. Here are just some of the 500 acres of vines that they have.

Fatima, Victor and Maria all list to what Brit is telling them about the wines.

Fatima, Victor and Maria all listen to what Brit is telling them about the wines.

In the barrel room at the winery. Kathy Johnson, tour guide, leads a discussion.

In the barrel room at the winery. Kathy Johnson, tour guide, leads a discussion.

On the way to Koenig Distillery and Winery, we passed this Horseshoed Horse. Interesting.

On the way to Koenig Distillery and Winery, we passed this Horseshoed Horse. Interesting.

Koenig Distillery and Winery. They have an excellent Potato Vodka and they have justed started a line of Idaho Bourbon.

Koenig Distillery and Winery. They have an excellent Potato Vodka and they have justed started a line of Idaho Bourbon.

Victor and Fatima enjoy the tasting room.

Victor and Fatima enjoy the tasting room.

Maria and Fatima compare notes.

Maria and Fatima compare notes.

Vodka and Bourbon at Koenig.

Vodka and Bourbon at Koenig.

Bitner Vineyards is next. We did stop for lunch and some very good food at The Orchard House. Thank-You Kris and Staff for a great experience, again!

Bitner Vineyards is next. We did stop for lunch and some very good food at The Orchard House. Thank-You Kris and Staff for a great experience, again!

The Snake River Valley from the Bitner Winery veranda.

The Snake River Valley from the Bitner Winery veranda.

Fatima and Mria enjoy the wine.

Fatima and Maria enjoy the wine.

Kathy Johnson, Fatima, Maria, Robin and Victor on the veranda.

Kathy Johnson, Fatima, Maria, Robin and Victor on the veranda.

And our last stop was at Williamson Orchards and Winery.

And our last stop was at Williamson Orchards and Vineyard.

Headed to the orchard shed and the tasting room.

Headed to the orchard shed and the tasting room.

Patrick Williamson, orchardist, has us try some of their wines.

Patrick Williamson, vineyardist, has us try some of their wines.

Peaches from the orchard.

Peaches from the orchard.

Apricots

Apricots

Potatoes and Onions

Potatoes and Onions

Just a super good day! Thank-You everyone for making this a success. We all enjoyed it immensely. Cheers! Kathy Johnson submitted the following photos for your enjoyment. Thank-You Kathy for the photos.

Bob and Robin

Bob and Robin

Dan and Bob

Dan and Bob

Checking wine for clarity at Sawtooth Winery.

Checking wine for clarity at Sawtooth Winery.

Bob, Maria, Dan and Fatima in the barrel room doing a barrel tasting. It's gonna be a good Chardonnay.

Bob, Maria, Dan and Fatima in the barrel room doing a barrel tasting. It’s gonna be a good Chardonnay.

Ron Bitner pours some wine at Bitner Vineyards.

Ron Bitner pours some wine at Bitner Vineyards.

Thank-You Fatima, Victor and Maria for be3ing here on the beautiful Boise weekend. Happy Trails!

Thank-You Fatima, Victor and Maria for being here on the beautiful Boise weekend. Happy Trails!

Fun In The Sun

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19July2014_1_Helping-Levco_Start-Removal-GarageIt was really exciting a couple of days ago when Joe Levitch of Levco Builders, the ones who remodelled our kitchen and more recently our bathroom, put out the word that he needed help in the demolition of a garage. (Not our garage!) Here we are starting the project. Everything that could be, would be salvaged. Wood, windows etc. Joe bought a new tool that I used today that would remove the nails from wood. A great little tool that uses compressed air. Here are some more photos. Enjoy. Left-Click any of the to see enlarged. Cheers!

Artwork on the back wall of the garage.

Artwork on the back wall of the garage.

Garage door removed.

Garage door removed.

Most walls removed. Needed something left for stability.

Most walls removed. Needed something left for stability.

Windows being removed.

Windows being removed.

Starting to remove the roof.

Starting to remove the roof.

Roof and ridge cap.

Shingles starting to be removed.

The roof took a lot of work and hands.

The roof took a lot of work and hands.

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Sofit is going.

Soffit is going.

That’s when I had to leave. About 4 hours up to here. Glad I could be there and help in my limited way. Thanks, Joe. Enjoy the Rye Bread. Then on 23 July, Joe sent me these photos of the completed project. Thanks, Joe.

The frame is all that's pretty much left.

The frame is all that’s pretty much left.

The transformed garage. A pile of rubble.

The transformed garage. A pile of rubble.

And the there is void. All cleaned up. Need to start at 7am while it is cooler.

And now there is void. All cleaned up. Need to start at 7am while it is cooler.

31 Years of Bliss – A Great Anniversary

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Robin-1983_Better_1988But in order to have that many years of bliss, one must find the right and the perfect partner. I did! Robin has given me those perfect years. Someone asked to pick the one thing in those 31 years that stands out as being perfect. My answer? “Those 31 years stand out!”
We had a great Anniversary Weekend and some great meals. Thanks to Marnie and Mac and Sophia, we had a good Sunday breakfast at the Original Pancake House. Then we had to work in our kitchen, The Captain’s Shack. Some yummy food came out of the kitchen this past weekend. Here, take a look and enjoy. And remember to Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Thank-You Robin for giving me 31 Years of Bliss!

Big smiles! 31 Years together!

Big smiles! 31 Years together!

Sunday July 13. Slow Cooked Pork and Vegetables Bacon Wrapped Onions Green Salad

Sunday dinner, July 13 –

Slow Cooked Pork and Vegetables
Bacon Wrapped Onions
Green Salad

Monday July 14, Our Anniversary - Oysters on the Half-Shell with Migonette

Monday July 14, Our Anniversary –

Oysters on the Half-Shell with Mignonette

Wonderful fresh Pacific oysters from Reel Foods Fish Market here in Boise. They get Blue Crabs from the Eastern Shore on occasion and Chincoteague oysters sometimes. We are on a “Call List” when they get some in.

Can't have a great dinner without some great wines. Here is what we had from our cellar (L-R) - 2005 Clos de Allees Vieilles Vignes 2009 Baron de Rothschild Bordeaux 2001 Chateau Grand Puy Coste

Can’t have a great dinner without some great wines. These were awesome! Here is what we had from our cellar (L-R) –

2005 Clos de Allees Vieilles Vignes
(Great with the oysters!)

2009 Baron de Rothschild Bordeaux

2001 Chateau Grand Puy Coste

Main Entree - 5 Hour Roasted Duck

Main Entree –

5 Hour Roasted Duck

5 Hour Roasted Duck Fresh Smashed Turnips Purple Sage Salad Greens

5 Hour Roasted Duck
Fresh Smashed Turnips
Purple Sage Farms Salad Greens

For our reception 31 years ago, we had carrot cake. I thought it proper and fitting to have it again. Carrot Cake

For our reception 31 years ago, we had carrot cake. I thought it proper and fitting to have it again. This one was really good, too!

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake 2010 Chateau  Gravas Sauternes Grand Vin de Bordeaux

Carrot Cake
2010 Chateau Gravas Sauternes Grand Vin de Bordeaux

Tuesday morning breakfast by request - Cowboy Eggs Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings Fresh Orange Slices

Tuesday morning breakfast by request –

Cowboy Eggs in Acme Bake Shop Sourdough
Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Fresh Orange Slices

July 4th – Family, Friends and Food

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05July2014_1a_July-Forth-Weekend_Lucky-Peak_Lunch-Break_Better-SandraWow! Such a great week-end and July 4th celebration. And wherever you have a gathering of friends and family, you should always have food. And that we did! And we also had a great afternoon at Lucky Peak outside of Boise boating on the reservoir. On Saturday, it was 101 degrees F in the sun, 64 degrees F in the water on the surface. In the photo here when we stopped for lunch, is Michael McClanahan, Me, Robin, Nora Tollman and Steve Strickland. Sandra Abundantia took the photo. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Enjoy!

Robin and I made this Limoncello. It is delicious!

Robin and I made this Limoncello. It is delicious! We had it Friday.

Sandria made this thirst quenching Sangria. Great on this hot summer day.

Sandra made this thirst quenching Sangria. Great on this hot summer day.

Some of the ancient lava flows that make up the sides of the reservoir. The reservoir is several 100 feet deep.

Some of the ancient lava flows that make up the sides of the reservoir. The reservoir is several 100 feet deep.

Strange formation.

Strange formation.

Lichen on some of he lava flows.

Lichen on some of the lava flows.

Sandra takes a swim!

Sandra takes a swim!

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Michael jumps in!

Michael jumps in!

Steve makes it up on the skies and shows his skill.

Steve makes it up on the skies and shows his skill.

So does Michael.

So does Michael.

Robin and I enjoy the ride and the sun.

Robin and I enjoy the ride and the sun.

Big smiles!

Big smiles!

Michael and Sandra enjoy the sun and warm up after swimming.

Michael and Sandra enjoy the sun and warm up after swimming.

Sailboat on the reservoir at Lucky Peak.

Sailboat on the reservoir at Lucky Peak.

Sailboat on the reservoir at Lucky Peak.

Sailboat on the reservoir at Lucky Peak.

And then there was food. This was delicious!

Breakfast of Beef Patty, Sauteed Mushrooms and Asparagus Ribbons and a Fried Egg.

Breakfast of Beef Patty, Sauteed Mushrooms and Asparagus Ribbons and a Fried Egg.

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Hamburger and Shredded Carrot Salad

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Hamburger on Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough and Shredded Carrot Salad

Sauteed Bay Scallop on Herbed Rice and Green Salad with acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough

Sauteed Bay Scallop on Herbed Rice and Green Salad with Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough

R obin made this delicious Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries.

Robin made this delicious Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries.

Red, White and Blue Jello

Red, White and Blue Jello

Sandra made these delicious Stuffed Vegetable treats.

Sandra made these delicious Stuffed Vegetable Treats.

More of the Stuffed Vegetables.

More of the Stuffed Vegetables.

Thank-You everyone for making this such an enjoyable weekend! Cheers!

Speciality Teas At LusTea

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Cristine-Lusty-LusTea_CardDo you like tea? Speciality teas? Here is a great site to purchase some of those “out-of-the ordinary” teas. Look at LusTea for thse teas. Owned and operated by Christine Lusty, married to Robin’s cousin, LusTea Cafe is located in Livermore, CA. Here is a brief description from the website. There is also a permanent link to LusTea in the sidebar. Look for their business card. Cheers! Christine’s updated EMail is Christine@LusTeaCo.com. The one here on the graphic is not correct.

LusTea prides itself on it’s simply elegant flavors, perfect for the refined palette that enjoys a distinct essence in their cup. Even those who profess they are not tea drinks have found a blend to invigorate their senses.

Excellent hot or iced down to sooth you on those sweltering afternoons, and with new teas being added regularly, LusTea is sure to have a something to seduce your senses.

We look forward to serving you soon!

Fathers Day Breakfast and Winery Visit

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15June2014_1g_Fathers-Day_IC-Winery_Snap-DragonsThank-You Robin, Marnie and Mac for a great Fathers Day. And to you too, Mac, Happy Fathers Day. I had fun making the breakfast of Eggs Benedict, which did not turn out exactly as I wanted and the a good time at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID., for a great party. Here are some photos from the day. Please, enjoy them! Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. The Snapdragons pictured here are in the gardens at the winery. Beautiful flowers! But let’s start the photos of breakfast that I made.

Fresh Fruit Plate from Boise Farmers Market

Fresh Fruit Plate
from the Boise Farmers Market

Eggs Bennedict

Eggs Benedict

Off to the Indian Creek Winery. Good crowd, great wines and food and great company!

Off to the Indian Creek Winery. Good crowd, great wines and food and great company!

The Catalpa trees were so very beautiful. In full bloom.

The Catalpa trees were so very beautiful. In full bloom.

Some of the crowd.

Some of the crowd.

There were several music groups. This was but one of them.

There were several music groups. This was but one of them.

Rich Ostrogorski, Tom Stowe and son and Bill Stowe, founder of the Indian Creek Winery.

Rich Ostrogorski, Tom Stowe and son and Bill Stowe, who is the founder of the Indian Creek Winery.

The welcome sign is out!

The welcome sign is out!

Marnie, Mac, Rich, Robin and Sandy.

Marnie, Mac, Rich, Robin and Sandy.

Robin with the wine tasting booth in the background. Had an absolutely wonderful Chocolate Milkshake floating on some wonderful Indian Creek Port. Sorry no photo. It is all gone!

Robin with the wine tasting booth in the background. Had an absolutely wonderful Chocolate Milkshake floating on some wonderful Indian Creek Port. Sorry no photo. It is all gone!

New Boise AirBNB Opens

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Are we proud? Yes you bet! Our daughter Marnie and her husband Mac have turned their downtown home into a BNB. Well kind-of. Yes, you can expect everything that you get in a BNB, but not a prepared meal. You make your own meals in this BNB. The AIRBNB, and many more nationwide, have a new trend – You rent the entire home for a short period of time and you have all the conveniences of being at home. You can make your own meals. Do laundry. Have a quiet evening “at home”.
Enjoy beautiful Boise. Generally cheaper than a hotel, where you must purchase every meal. Check the link for more detailed information Marnie and Mac’s AirBNB. And after looking at the photos, make a reservation. The house has been completely remodeled inside and out. Completely fenced in yard. There is also a permanent link to the AirBNB in the sidebar. Enjoy!

Recently remodelled interior. (They jut got it done on June 14, 2014.

Recently remodelled interior. (They just got it done on June 14, 2014.

Close to downtown Boise; The Greenbelt where you can ride your bikes or just walk; Awesome restaurants.

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