Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Raspberry picking at Remlinger Farms

The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.  Deepika Padukone

Raspberry picking at Remlinger Farms

Last weekend we visited Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA.  We went to pick some raspberries, I cannot believe that we haven't done it before.  

It is awesome that we just need to drive one hour and we are able to be at the farm. My admiration and respect for the people who work on farms grew immensely, it is a hard work that sometimes it is not fully appreciated. 

I got a big feeling of accomplishment when we left with pounds of fruit. The next day we cooked together breakfast: raspberry pancakes and raspberry mimosas.  I already froze more than half of the fruit and we will enjoy the rest in the near future on smoothies. 

We are already planning apple picking for the fall.  

Raspberry picking at Remlinger Farms

Raspberry picking at Remlinger Farms

Raspberry picking at Remlinger Farms

Raspberry picking at Remlinger Farms

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Long Beach, Washington

"Ocian in view! O! the joy" William Clark

Long Beach, Washington

Some weeks ago, we escaped from the city in the search of the Pacific Ocean, our destination: Long Beach.  Long beach is located in the southwestern coast of Washington, about a 3 hours drive from Seattle. 

When we arrived to the beach we knew it was just what we wanted, a place to relax.  It is a small town with colorful shops, interesting monuments, great seafood and 28 miles of continuous beach. 

We stayed at Adrift Hotel and I highly recommend it.  The hotel is in front of the ocean, a few steps away from the board walk and the Discovery Trail and a short walk to downtown.  They have the best customer service, the design and furniture is truly unique.   The food at the Pickled fish restaurant is really good.  We ate the best crab cakes and fresh crab. 

The commercial area of the town makes you feel like you are on a fair.  The town is the home of Jack, the alligator man, the "World's largest frying pan" (it is not the largest pan anymore, but is quite unique) and a giant wooden sculpture of a razor clam.

We spent most of the time walking the Discovery Trail and enjoying the beach.  We did a bonfire at the sunset and flew a kite that we bought on town.    

Long Beach, WA

Discovery trail. Sculpture "Captain Clark & sturgeon"

Long Beach, WA. The Candy Man, A Sweet Shoppe

Long Beach, WA. David playing arcade games.

Long Beach, WA.  Jake the Alligator Man

World's Largest Frying Pan, Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, WA

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. June

"Love. It was the beginning and end of everything, the foundation and the ceiling and the air in between" Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

52 books in 52 weeks. Book reviews of: The DUFF, Luckiest girl alive,  The book of unknown americans and The nightingale

A book from set in hight school  (3)
The DUFF: Desingnated ugly fat friend by Kody Keplinger
I saw the trailer of the movie and it was described as the next "Mean girls" and thought that it will be a funny book to read.  I was ready for a chick-flick and I ended completely disappointed. In my opinion it gives all the wrong messages about relationships, commitments and emotional abuse. Maybe I am too old for it. 

A mystery or thriller ★ (2)
Luckiest girl alive by Jessica Knoll
This book has mainly good reviews and is a best seller.  I had great expectations but it failed on everyone, probably the worst book I had read this year.   The main character a successful twenty-something living in New York Ani Fanelli, looks back at her high school days at prep school, all she did to fit in and events that changed her life forever. 

A book base entirely on its cover ★ (4)
The book of unknown americans by Cristina Henriquez
I love this book it describes the difficulties the Rivera family encounter when they move to the US seeking better education for their daughter Maribel.  It portraits the sacrifices we made when we leave our country, friends and family and how easy it is to fall in love with this country we call home. I wish everyone could read this book

A book a friend recommended  (5)
The nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I am a big fan of historical fiction and when a friend recommended it I knew this book was for me.  The story take place in France during the World War 2 and how 2 sister Isabelle and Vianne survived.  It is the untold story of women in war the sacrifices, courage and fear they lived.  I loved the characters and truly loved the book.

Other books I have read this year:
52 books in 52 weeks.  What she left behind, The husband's secret, Yes please and Everything I never told you. 52 books in 52 weeks. Last one home, The girl on the train, The life intended and The house on Mango Street

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