Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Photo post!

Here are some recent photos just out and about -- places we've been to lately.

First, it's the park behind Starbucks in Uptown Village!  A great place to stop and nurse the baby. :)

 This was on a fabulous sunny day, and getting out for a walk was the BEST THING EVER.  I had been pretty down, and the sun gave me a huge lift.  (I've previously self-diagnosed myself with S.A.D. [since I've moved here, tsk], and I think it's hitting me extra hard this year or something.  I just set up my poor-woman's S.A.D. light, which is 5 daylight-spectrum lightbulbs in a floor lamp on a timer, which turns on at 6:30am as I wake up.  Anyway, back to the photos!)

Next, it's Mount Hood keeping watch over East Vancouver!  I think we were going out to Whole Foods for our special laundry detergent (ooh, more on what we found out there in another post!)

Here's a picture from a walk downtown.  We were making some crazy faces and cracking ourselves up!

These next ones are from our jaunt along the Gorge earlier this week.  Just had to get out!
It was super foggy at first!

We saw a bunch of waterfalls and hiked around with baby in the frame pack.  I forget which fall this was . . . Horsetail?

On our way back from this already major adventure, we walked along the waterfront downtown!  I love that walk.  A few times we have even walked it from our house.
Anyway, just a few photos, for fun!  I may have other photos later, and definitely other posts.  I have a lot on my mind!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: A really good sandwich

I have made this sandwich twice now -- the first time, because I was trying to use up avocado, and the second time (today) because it was so tasty the first time around!  Try it!

Avocado Yum Sandwich

You will need four ingredients: Bread, an avocado, cherry jam, and sharp (or medium) cheddar cheese.  Tools required: a sharp knife, butter knife, toaster oven, and plate. (No glue guns or sewing needles, thank you very much!!)

First, toast your bread lightly. I like to do this on all my toasty sandwiches for that extra crisp factor, and for stability when applying other ingredients.

Then spread it with jam.  I think apricot jam would also be tasty, or perhaps that fig spread they have for cheeses, or even honey.  I had cherry -- a less-sugar-added, double-fruit kind -- the only kind I buy -- usually in Canada.  Anyway.

Cut your avocado in half, slice up half and add it to the sandwich.  The other half is for next time!  Slice off some cheese and put it on.  Be generous for best effect.
Toast it!  This photo is actually from the first sandwich, not today's, because it's the only one I took of the first sandwich, and I forgot to take a "melty shot" today.

Put your halves together, cut it DIAGONALLY (very important for best flavor always), and enjoy!

I think this sandwich would also be excellent with the addition of bacon and/or butter, but it is fantastic as-is.  I even told A. that somehow, with burning the bread a bit, the sharpness of the cheese, plus the sweet jam, it almost tasted like bacon, but he thought I was crazy.  Well, he doesn't like avocado so he didn't try it.  But you should!

(By the way, between sharp and mild cheddar, I think sharp wins.  And make sure your avocado is nice and soft, too.)  If anyone makes this, let me know!