Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Restaurant Review - Native Foods

My visiting teachers told me about this place that serves ALL VEGAN foods.

They have cheese burgers, chicken, meatballs, and everything else you would expect from a restaurant, but none of it is meat.

Okay, so we've got to go try this.

My husband ordered the bacon burger, Kal'el got the chicken nuggets, and I got something that was just like teriyaki chicken and a bowl of soup.
It was all Vegan!

My husband was a little suspicious of the bacon, but he thought it was pretty good once he tried it.
Kal'el had no idea he wasn't eating 'real' chicken nuggets.
And mine tasted just like sweet meat from a nice Asian restaurant. The soup was amazing and just what I needed, especially since we ran through the Oregon rain to get there.

The price wasn't bad either.
If you go, make sure to try their Lavender Lemonade!

Also, check out the soap in their bathroom. They make it themselves!

You can see their menu and locations here:

Pictures from

Leif's rating: FIVE STARS
Deirdra's rating: FIVE STARS
Kal'el's rating: FIVE STARS

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Flower Shopping in the Country

The first time we drove into our small little town with the kids, both Leif and I were enchanted by the farms and small town feel of our new home.

We hadn't been here before and had only seen pictures of where we were going to settle and raise our family.

There are TONS of farms nearby and the farmers market here is a big deal. Some families make 100% of their income off their land.

This last week it was time to flower shop and so we made it a family adventure.

We went to two nearby cities, if you can even call it a city. I think they are more like townships.

The first place we went to was Fir Point Farms.

 All the president of the US painted on pumpkins.

I guess this means Obama is a bigger vegetable than Bush was.

 I can't get over how cute the shopping carts are.

Next stop was in the next town over.

The kids loved the wagons to ride in.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland Temple and Grounds

In the words of an anti-mormon trying to sander the temple: "It looks like something out of Lord of the Rings."  

Ehem, this is one of the reasons why the Portland temple is my favorite.

This is the picture from the church website that everyone see:

Here are a few candid ones I took this weekend.

This is the parking lot. 
The temple is completely cocooned in beautiful forest.

Of course, on a Saturday you always see people in love

More people in love: 

Back in that little grove is the visitor center.

One of the coolest things about this temple is the indoor garden.
Most temples have a waiting area before the recommend desk where guest can wait or study.

Portland has a regular sitting area, but they also have an exotic indoor garden. The ceiling is glass and you can look up and see the Angel Moroni on the spire.

I couldn't take pictures on the inside, but the walls and floor are all the same white marble.
Everything is trimmed in contrasting dark wood

All the colors throughout the temple are warm toned.

The two-story Celestial Room of the Portland Oregon Temple features three chandeliers, long wall tapestries, and a grand staircase.The celestial room is white and gold.

On the top floor of the Portland Oregon Temple are a collection of sealing rooms with white marble altars and a large assembly hall.

In 1994, the Portland Oregon Temple was awarded first place by the Royal Rosarians of Portland, Oregon, in the category of commercial rose plantings. Portland is known as the "City of Roses."*

I got to peek into the bride's room. It reminds me a lot of one of the rooms in Highclere Castle. 

To read more about the Portland Temple see these links:

Why Mormons build temples:

*All info in Gray is from the church website.