Festivals to Get the Summer Started

Nothing tells you summer is at the doorstep quicker than the list of festivals that start to crowd the calendar so here are some of the festivals in my area that I want to make sure I get to. What festivals are you wanting to hit up on your list this year?

  1. I am definitely heading downtown this year to celebrate the Portland Rose Festival. 
  2. Yes, I am going to get my sister’s dog to do this with me (I just need him to be on his best behavior). LOL! 
  3. The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Festival is one  not to be missed. 
  4. Every year I have tried to make it to the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Hopefully this year nothing will get in my way! 
  5. I think this would be a hoot to watch: The Portland Milk Carton Boat Race. 

A Day at the Beach

Last Saturday was so wonderful! I was at the beach by 6:30am to enjoy the quietness before the crowds came and to watch the full process of building sand castles. It was amazing to watch! Except for two downpours at the beginning and the end of the day; it was great weather. In fact, I even took a nap on the beach in, what for it . . . warm sand. It was almost a warm beach. In fact my excursion sent me home Saturday night with a pretty bad sunburn. Thank heaven I had some lavender oil on me.

Since this is the places I’ve been post–I decided to just share pictures of the 2016 Cannon Beach Sand Castle Festival. What fun things have you done when at the beach?

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Bonus: Enjoy the pictures of all the dogs at the beach enjoying the festival as well!

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What I Have Been Up To

Hey Everyone!

We survived the super hot weather . . . whew! it was a close one 🙂 But that did leave me with cooking without the oven this week and excited about going to the beach this weekend. So here is a recap of things I tried new this week and this weekend.

  1. Turkey Zucchini Burger with Tahini Sauce by Clean Eating Magazine. They were wonderful and refreshing. It was summer in a pita! turkeyzucchini-small-420x470-300x336
  2. Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Skinny Taste. Not going to lie; the house smelled wonderful as it cooked in the crock-pot all day. I did make one small change; instead of any salad dressing I just used a little bit of sour cream. It was nice not having a dressing covering up the taste of the chicken. crock-pot-buffalo-chicken-550x395
  3. Chicken Power Bowls with Crispy Baked Garbanzo Beans by Iowa Girl Eats. I have been making and remaking these bowls for a long time now. I just love them! chicken-power-bowls-with-crispy-baked-garbanzo-beans-iowagirleats-com-01_mini
  4. Summer Breakfast Quinoa Bowl by Skinny Taste. I actually ate mine cold and it was great. I didn’t add sugar but stuck with just the honey and fresh fruit. It is very filling and a great way to start the morning. summer-breakfast-quinoa-with-grilled-peaches-and-berries-550x809
  5. Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest 2016. I can’t wait for this weekend because this is where you will find me. I love spending time at the ocean but I also love seeing the art behind sandcastles. Look for pictures next week!

To finish this post off right; here are some pictures from my many activities over the last couple of weeks. Remember to get outside and enjoy summer!!