What I’m Loving Lately

Hi everyone, I’m still here! I know it doesn’t always seem like it sometimes since I post sporadically now, but I’m around and still care about my blog and all of you. As most of you know, I post when I can and when I have something I deem share worthy.

Meanwhile, I’ve been really enjoying my summer so far — crazy hot temps and all! Luckily, it’s supposed to start coming back to normal summer temps now. Anyway, you really can’t beat summer in Portland though. It’s kind of the best. My mom is coming to visit me in less than two weeks and will stay with me while Jesse goes home to Michigan for a visit. I’ll be going back home at the end of September for my cousin’s wedding and didn’t want to go back twice in a such a short period of time. Jesse did and had the funds to do so though, but I’ll be here working and hanging out with my mom. I’m totally good with that and am happy to stay here!

Anyway, with summer in full swing, I thought I’d share some things I appreciate and am loving lately. Here goes:

  1. Fresh-picked blueberries: Jesse and I did our annual blueberry pick this past weekend. You may recall my blueberry picking post from 2013 and 2012. Anyway, we picked a whopping 21 pounds in the mid-day heat. They are the best blueberries and so plump! We kept a big bowl in the fridge and froze the rest. Sadly, we did not make it to Besaws for breakfast this year before our annual pick. I did miss that part.Jesse picking blueberriesBeautiful blueberries
  2. Walks around my neighborhood: I walk all year round, but it’s wonderful not having to bundle or cover up in the summertime. I get a good dose of vitamin-D and take in both new and familiar surroundings. I love exploring and walking with no destination and finding the unordinary in the ordinary. Sometimes, I challenge myself to find 10-20 things I haven’t noticed before. The other day, I found this and thought it was a gem of a find and totally Portland appropriate.Random find in my neighborhood
  3. Kombucha “cocktails”: squeeze of fresh lemon, kombucha (I like this with GT’s Gingerade or Trilogy), ice and splash of sparkling water for extra fizz. If you wanted to make it an adult beverage, you could add a little vodka, which mixes pretty darn well with kombucha.Kombucha "cocktail"
  4. Ham lettuce wraps: fresh green leaf or romaine lettuce, New Seasons fresh sliced honey ham (good quality and no junk), yellow mustard, cucumber and thin slices of grass-fed cheddar cheese. Sometimes avocado too. This has been my favorite lunch lately. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture to share, but I think you all get the idea, right?
  5. Jasmine Primal Pit Paste: this new Jacked-Up Jasmine scent reminds me of my late grandma. She often wore floral scents and I can’t help but think of her when I use this. It’s an added bonus to a product I already love. The smell is fresh, feminine and lovely. It works pretty well too, at least the strong does.

Jacked-Up Jasmine Primal Pit Paste



9 thoughts on “What I’m Loving Lately

    • paleoinpdx July 17, 2014 / 3:33 pm

      No, you can only buy it online. If you want to try a similar product though, Schmidt’s Deodorant is great (and locally made). I use theirs sometimes too. It’s a slightly different formula, but works just as well. You can find it at New Seasons, Whole Foods, Food Front Co-op and probably some other stores too.

  1. Paula July 17, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    21lbs of freshly picked blueberries–I’m envious!! Funny coincidence about adding vodka to kombucha. I’ve been brewing my own since April and having loads of fun experimenting with different flavors when I bottle it. My husband usually adds lemon or lime sparkling water to his vodka (and I’ve been bottling my kombucha in the empty ones). So, he grabbed a bottle out of the fridge without looking very closely and poured in the kombucha–and now it’s his favorite mixer.

    • paleoinpdx July 18, 2014 / 9:14 am

      What a coincidence! Glad he likes it, even if it was initially an accident! Have you tried it?

      • Paula July 21, 2014 / 6:39 pm

        I’m not a huge fan of hard liquor but I definitely liked the kombucha mixed with it rather than just sparkling water..so I have a couple of sips when he makes it!

      • paleoinpdx July 22, 2014 / 9:01 am

        Haha! I’m not much of a hard liquor drinker either (or much of a drinker at all, for that matter). But, on occasion, it’s good 🙂

  2. Naz (@CinnamonEats) July 18, 2014 / 4:56 am

    Love this list!

    I see #3 in my near future 😉

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