The Snow Fell in Portland

It almost never snows in Portland. We get plenty of snow on the nearby mountains, but in the city itself, it’s rare. And when it does snow, it lasts all of a few hours if we are lucky. I woke up this morning, opened the blinds, and saw this:

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It doesn’t look like much – because it wasn’t. A few hours later the sun was shining and the only indication that it had snowed was the frigid temperature. Now? It’s raining.

Fun and yummy recipe post coming up tomorrow!!! Get excited!

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Soup Overflow

The sun was shining brightly in Portland today but it just might snow tomorrow! It rarely snows here and I get incredibly excited when the fluffy white flakes do fall. I grew up near Lake Erie in Pennsylvania where snow in the winter meant building snow caves in the backyard, sledding down steep hills, cross country skiing around the house, and suiting up in multiple layers of cozy (hand-me-down) winter apparel. Regardless of whether or not it snows, Tim and I have plans to go snowshoeing near Mt. Hood. In the meantime, we are fueling up on soup (more soup!) and sandwiches from Sweetpea Baking Company. We received a gift certificate for the holidays and have been enjoying bike rides over to Sweetpea for lunch.

Over the weekend we feasted on Greek Lentil Soup (my choice) and the Schwegmann, a double-decker grilled cheese sandwich (Tim’s choice, although I had several monster-sized nibbles).

I seem to have mastered the skill of taking crooked photographs! I blame my crooked shoulders.

Today we had Creamy Sweet Potato Soup and the Wilson Brothers Sandwich (thinly sliced seitan and grilled onions served with au jus). Both were excellent!

Oh, and Tim had a Chocolate Pudding Tart for dessert.

Keep your fingers crossed for snow tomorrow!

Snow Play

Portland rarely gets snow. A few weeks ago the snow started falling and falling and falling and falling… The city comes to a halt when it snows here, and this amuses me greatly. Sidewalks don’t get shoveled, roads don’t get plowed, public transportation flops, schools close for days, people complain and hibernate indoors, and the only news in the papers and on television relates to the weather. Eventually people realize life must trudge forward and they start digging their cars out from mountains of snow and ice, they ski/snowshoe/walk to work, kids go back to school, and attempts (not necessarily successful however) are made to clear roads and sidewalks. The funniest part? The names the local media give to winter storms. I remember the “Winter Blast of 2004″ as a particularly snowy stint. This year? It was the “Deep Freeze 2008″. Ha! I almost look forward to snow just to hear what privileged title the storm will receive. Sigh… The temperatures recently warmed to above freezing and rain melted most of the snow. Life goes back to normal I suppose. Luckily for people like Tim and I, we have Mt. Hood as a snowy retreat. So, we bundled up and packed our snowshoes and some snacks and headed for the mountain the day after Christmas. You would think it would be crowded with folks escaping the city, but we only saw one other group of people on the trail we picked, and we had complete solitude pretty much the entire time!

Here are some images from our snowshoe hike:

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Tim sipping tea! He gave me an awesome insulated thermos for Christmas and we filled it with tasty spiced chai before we headed out the door. It stayed perfectly hot and delicious the whole trek! It was even warm enough to enjoy some afterward when we got back to our car. It was so relaxing to take a rest in the snowy cold and warm up with this tea.

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Trekking poles and snow. Look how heavily weighted those trees are! We usually see gray jays fluttering about in this area, but there were none to be found this time around.

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A tasty snack mix. See the banana chips? We made those ourselves!! We received a food dehydrator for Christmas and the first (and only so far) creation was banana chips. They aren’t as crispy as store-bought ones, but they are more pliable and sweet, and just plain addictive! I can’t wait for berry picking season!!!!

We hope to head up to the mountain again next weekend…

My next post will cover a recent PPK swap I participated in! Hooray for swaps.