Weekend Day 3 of 5

I am loving this five-day weekend! I wish every weekend was this long.

It’s been a great few days. After the Turkey Trot on Thursday (and the mimosas) I made a butternut squash gratin casserole & some chocolate/pumpkin brownies for dinner.

The architect & I headed over to my cousin’s to help her finish up her cooking & help her drink before the first guests arrived. It’s awesome living that close to her – it’s just a quick jog home for cinnamon sticks & whole cloves!

We had a pretty good time, but ended up leaving earlier than we’d planned.

Friday we slept in a bit, and then went to brunch with my cousin & her boyfriend. Then, I lazed some more & worked on our budget some more. Since we’d left my cousin’s before pie time, we headed back over to her house to pick up our stuff (table, chairs, crockpot, etc.) and get some pie!

Today was another lazy morning, followed by a beautiful 4.5 mile hike in the fog & mist past several waterfalls. We started at Multnomah Falls & ended at Wahkeena Falls.

Tonight, I made & canned 7 more pints of pumpkin butter, made some vanilla-rum extract (or at least started the process) and had some nog. YUM!

It’s been a great day….and still two more days of weekend fun! Tomorrow I’m planning on a run & then a number of household projects (button sewing, hemming, ironing – you know, the exciting stuff!).

Recent Comments

  • michelle
    November 30, 2008 - 4:58 am ·

    You can your own pumpkin butter??????

    WOW!! I am very impressed!! I go the lazy route and buy it already made!! You should sell yours! Or perhaps gift it!!! (hint, hint)….:O)

    Have a great rest of the weekend girlie!!!

    • gazelle
      December 1, 2008 - 9:06 pm ·

      I would totally sell my pumpkin butter – and as for the gifting, there will be some in the give-away gift basket!

  • Carolina John
    November 30, 2008 - 8:17 am ·

    man, that sounds like a fun hike. the waterfalls are great, it’s such a nice part of the country you live in. We’ve got a few choice spots here too, but those pics are really serene.

    Enjoy the last 2 days off weekend, some of us had to start back at work today (sunday) to meet…. deadlines. oh dreaded deadlines. at least grandma took the kids for a few days.

    • gazelle
      December 1, 2008 - 9:04 pm ·

      I’m lazing about here on the last evening of my 5-day weekend, and thoroughly enjoying it! 🙂

      I do love living in Portland – it’s so close to so many beautiful hikes. And I’m kind of a waterfall junkie.

  • Alisa
    December 1, 2008 - 8:10 am ·

    Yummy! Your pumpkin butter is excellent. Vanilla-rum extract that sounds interesting.

    I love that hike. We’ve gone the opposite way from Multnomah Falls…it’s pretty but really just woodsy no falls.

    Have you done the Eagle Creek hike? It is really amazing.

    • gazelle
      December 1, 2008 - 9:04 pm ·

      I have done Eagle Creek – it’s pretty awesome. Maybe in the spring we can all do some hikes together…it was getting pretty muddy/nasty on the trails.

  • Bradley
    December 1, 2008 - 12:41 pm ·

    Those pictures are beauuuutiful.. perhaps I should venture out into the wilderness once. It could happen. I have been camping you know… but that story is for some other day I think.

    • gazelle
      December 1, 2008 - 9:05 pm ·

      It was a pretty good balance – just sad that I had no leftovers – no turkey/mashed potato/cranberry sandwiches the day after is SAD!