Playing catch up

Whoa kids, it’s been a few weeks! The end of the school year happened, I started going back to barre3, and I ate a quesarito. Yeah, that quesarito wasn’t such a great idea, but I wanted to try gluten since my doctor put me on a new probiotic. To my dismay it did not go over well and I ended up with an unhappy tummy all day yesterday. So I’m sticking with this gluten free thing. My goal for next week is to buy all the fancy flours and put together my own GF flour blend. I’m hoping this will get me baking again. I miss making cupcakes and sharing them with people. I need that part of my life back!

For the past few weeks I’ve really been trying to figure out what my next steps are. I’m approaching my 29th birthday in 3 months and while I’m happy to be living in Portland with Nate I feel like there are certain aspects of my life that I’m not so happy with. So I’m starting with small things like maintaining a work out routine. This week I started going to barre3 again. My plan is to go at least 4 times a week and especially going on days I feel down. There’s nothing like working on yourself for 60 minutes to really make you feel like you’ve accomplished something.

I’m also trying to figure out what the next step in my career should be. I’ve worked in education for over 8 years now, and while I do enjoy it, I feel like something is missing. It might be the lack of baking in my life, it might be just wanting to be more creative. So I’m keeping my eyes open for new and exciting opportunities. I’m also hoping to put in some more work on my etsy shop this summer. I’d like to sign up for a street fair or two in Portland since they have about 20 different ones throughout the summer.

So I apologize for my absence these past few weeks. Sometimes you just have to step back and get your head on straight. But I’m ready to conquer this summer and make the most of the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately. I’m ready for a few rain free months, tubing down the Sandy River, day drinking on patios, and riding my bike all over Portland.

Next week we will return to this blogs regularly scheduled program of recipes, books, and Portland. Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

xx

Candice

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Neighborhood Watch – Interurban

When we got married, Nate referred to me as the Duchess of Brunch in his vows. I love this nickname so much that I plan to have it tattooed on me someday. I really am the biggest fan of brunch, whether it’s homemade, a big buffet, or at a hip restaurant. My only requirements for a good brunch are thick cut bacon & yummy cocktails (usually a big mimosa).

Portland is a mecca of brunch spots, and people will tell you in order to find a good brunch you have to be prepared to stand in line for 1+ hours. I really hate lines, so this has forced me to search for some places that are off the grid.

That brings us to one of my favorite brunch locations in one of my favorite neighborhoods:

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Interurban is a hip bar located in the heart of N. Mississippi Street. The walls are decorated in mounted deer heads, the bar is made of dark wood, and the whole place has a sexy vibe. We like to grab a seat at the bar for brunch since there’s usually no wait, but I’ve seen people only have to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table (which isn’t bad considering Gravy down the street has people waiting for 2 hours sometimes).

The menu is light and creative. Portion sizes are filling and the prices are just right with most plates costing $6-12. My favorites are their weekly quiche special and the Breakfast Biscuit with bacon. These guys do not skimp on the thick cut bacon!

As for cocktails, they really know what they’re doing. I’m a sucker for a mimosa, but since they don’t have bottomless I like to venture out and try some other options.

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Their Pimm’s Cup is pretty fantastic and refreshing. If you’re not careful you could find yourself downing several of them no problem. Nate always likes to get the Walk of Shame which is a bottle of Rainier and a shot of Flying Cock Bourbon. And another great choice is the Corpse Reviver #2. Don’t let the name scare you off, this beautiful cocktail is made with gin & absinthe and definitely would help you after a long night of being fabulous.

They also have a killer beer selection and you can even bring your growler in to get filled with one of the many yummy beers they have on draft.

Lastly, one of the best things about Interurban’s brunch is that it’s not only reserved for Sundays. Every weekend you can enjoy their offerings from 10am-2:30pm. Now that’s a reason to wake up early on a Saturday morning!

What are you brunch must haves?

xx

Candice

Friday, I’m in love!

Here’s a small recap of my week.

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We started the week off at Saraveza getting our tickets for the Pliny the Younger release.

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And the next day we tasted that hoppy goodness.

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Everyday on my way to work I walk by this awesome Poetry Post in someone’s yard. They change the poem every few days. This is such a Portland thing and I love it!

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Despite how cold and rainy it’s been these past few days, it’s definitely spring. All the trees and plants are blooming. It just get more and more beautiful every day.

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Today is the start of my 9 day staycation. One of the many reasons I love working for a school is that I get to enjoy all the school holidays & vacations. My staycation is going to consist of reading, watching True Blood, painting my nails, and making some pretty things to hang on our walls. I want to relax, hang out with friends, and overall recharge from these past few months.

What’s your favorite way to relax and unwind?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Make changes. Be brave. Do something you love.

I feel really lucky to love my job so much, but how could you not when your job is running the office of a preschool. Even though some days have a few tears (usually the kids, not me), mostly I hear laughter, songs, and kids saying some pretty funny stuff.

I have a few kids that like to come and visit me every day, and I can honestly say that it makes me happy and confused at the same time. I don’t see how I could be so fascinating to anyone, especially a 4-year-old, but apparently some people think I’m super cool. (My co-workers like to tease me that I’m some kids first crush… I think he just likes shredding scraps of paper and telling me about submarines.)

Even though I’ve worked in education for 7+ years this is my first time working with little kids. (Back in California I worked at an Adult Ed School & High School.) I don’t always know what to say, but they’re pretty good at holding up a conversation. And I feel pretty special when they draw me pictures or just want to come say ‘hi’ to me before class.

My job isn’t all hanging out with kids and talking about submarines. I run the office, help out the teachers, organize our annual auction, and really deal with all the day-to-day aspects that keep our school moving. I love the responsibility and working with the families.

I haven’t always had the best luck with jobs, so I feel really blessed to have found one that makes me so happy. And it just validates even more that we made the right move to Portland! It was scary to leave 2 stable jobs, our family, and our friends all back in California, but Nate & I are so happy here that I don’t know where we’d be if we hadn’t taken the plunge.

So this post isn’t supposed to be all about me bragging about how much I love my job. My hope is that if you’re working a job that you don’t love, or live somewhere that doesn’t make you happy, that you’ll be brave enough to make a change. Changes are scary, but they can totally pay off in the end! Trust me!

Do you have plans to make any big changes this year?