Sunday, April 21, 2013

Where I've been and what I've seen- Part 4 (Ashland)

A couple of weeks ago, we needed to get out of town soooo bad.  So we quickly went to Ashland. This time around, we decided to try a few new places out (don't you now that virtually all of our trips revolve around food?!). So, we did!
We left town early enough to eat breakfast in Ashland and Morning Glory.  I read about it on Trip Advisor and the ratings were pretty high, so why not? We found it pretty easy and only had to wait 15 minutes or so to be seated. According to the reviews,  there is always a line. We got inside and it was cheery and bustling with happy/fed people. And guess what guys? It was deliciously amazing! I ordered the lemon ricotta stuffed french toast with raspberry syrup and Aaron chose the Alaskan red crab omelet with artichokes, parmesan, smoked garlic cream and scallions (what?!)

After breakfast, we were stuffed! So we ( okay, I) decided to visit a few of my favorite shops. Prize, a lovely shop of French descent (my description all. the. way) was the first stop. Most of everything in there is so lovely, but a little out of my price range, so all I can do is window shop and dream. But it's a great place to do so!
Then we walked to Paddington Jewel Box, a great place with unique jewelry and some pretty cool, vintage clothes. The clothing brand is Darling and I decided that one day, I will own at least one article of clothing from Darling! But instead, I bought some earrings (the only purchase made by me that day!)
By that time, we (okay, I) worked up an appetite for something to drink in the way of a memorable Bloody Mary. The reason I said memorable was because years ago, I had that same drink at Standing Stone Brewing and thought it was the best. one. ever. I've been on a bloody mary kick lately, so I wanted to give it a try! We stopped by, and gave it a try. Drum roll please............It was good, but not the best one I've ever had... (sorry Standing Stone!) Aaron gave the "I <3 Oregon" beer a try and liked it! Their water was also delicious, as it was served to us ice cold in adorable milk jug type carafes! Overall, a success!

We had plans of moving on to Caldera Tap house, but it ended up being closed. It also started raining while we stood by the door and tried to decipher the Open/Close hours. Oops. So we just snapped some random, self-portraits.

Because we had no real plans, we decided to move on to Medford. Aaron had been wanting to stop by a newer brewery called Bricktowne. He tried a sour beer (his newest love behind bikes and moi) and I ordered a cider and cajun tots! The brew-master was super awesome and showed Aaron around his establishment and talked about yeast-strains (it went over my head, but I was happy with the tots!)
We stuck around Bricktowne for a while, then realized we had better get ourselves back home so that Aaron could attend a work-related meeting! It was a quick trip, but so very enjoyable and exactly what we needed.
Thanks Ashland!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Peanut Butter Fudge

Who doesn't love fudge? Sadly, it seems like a lot of people don't. But not my people.
I always loved when my Grandma made this fudge (and so did my Grandpa...) In fact, I begged for this recipe from my Grandma. She agreed to give it to me,  but then she told me she got it off the back of a Marshmallow Puff jar.
Oddly enough, I could have cared less, it's that good!
Here is the recipe that my Grandma gave to me, but again, there is a similar one on the back of the Marshmallow Creme jar too!

Peanut Butter Fudge
3 cups sugar
3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) *DO NOT USE SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
1 package chips (chocolate or peanut butter)
1 tsp vanilla
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
* Incidentally, I used condensed milk and cut out half the sugar. It did not turn out as well as it could have.

On the stove top mix sugar, butter and milk in a heavy 2.5 - 3 quart saucepan. Bring to boiling on medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes or until 125 degrees, still stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in chips until melted.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into foil lined pan and allow to set before cutting into small squares. Enjoy!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Songs of the moment..

I'm pretty much obsessed with these songs.  The first is a cover of "Let me love you."  Believe it or not, it has a pretty incredible message!

(sorry for making you listen to this over and over and over again, Aaronius!!)

The second song I heard on satellite radio at work. Okay, really it was during lunch, at I had a few minutes to listen to the lyrics, jot some down on a scrap piece of paper and google the pulp out of it.  This is what I found...I'm so glad I did and I feel that it is soooo cute!!

Woo-hoo! Hope you enjoyed at least one of the songs...'cause I sure do!