One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is visit the tulip farms in Skagit Washington. As soon a April rolls around you know it’s the start of blooming festival season in Washington, starting with daffodils to the beautiful blooms of the colorful tulip farms. Every year during the whole month of April people can go and enjoy the millions of tulips planted on huge fields.
Tulips fields have been around in the Skagit Valley since the 1900’s, and are planted throughout hundreds of acres in the valley each year. The fields are bordered by the Skagit River in the north west part of Washington. The bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom around the end of March to the beginning of May, when the weather starts to get warmer in the spring.
I love walking around the fields and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Looking at the sea of colors, of pink, purple, orange, red, and yellow attached to their vibrant green stems, it always reminds me of a rainbow. All of the color surrounded by mountains, still with a dust of snow on top of them, it’s just too beautiful to describe!
There are several different fields that you can wander through to enjoy the tulips. I like to go to a different one each year to get different views of the tulips. The two gardens I love visiting are Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde. They are both owned and operated separately and both charge around $7.00 entry, and have services where you can buy food, shop, and buy flowers. They put out amazing arrangements of flowers and you get several different spots for different photos.
I have a few tips if you get the chance to visit the Skagit Valley. The best way to get around is by driving to the farms. Tulip season is from April 1-30 but sometimes they extend the dates based of the blooms for the year, and if you wish to avoid the crowds the best time to go is a weekday. The best way to be informed about the festival is to check their website: Tulip Festival. Wear boots or any closed toe shoe because your shoes are bound to get dirty. You’re not allowed to bring pets into the farms. Bring money to pay for you entry ticket.
It’s so hard to put your camera down as your walking through the fields. Every angle is so picturesque, it’s hard to choose which photos are my favorite! Tulip Festival is over this year but if your ever in the PNW in the spring it should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Stay tuned for all the other festivals I hope to visit this year!! Next up on my list is Lantern Fest!!!
p.s. The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.
I am always on the hunt for something quick to make on those busy days where you have to work late or your just way to tired to actually make something fancy. Bagel bites are something that I have eaten since I was a kid. I would always see the bagel bites commercial on tv when I got home from school so my brother and I were so excited to eat them as a snack when my mom finally caved and bought a box from the frozen section at the grocery store. Since then I have upgraded and now make my own quick homemade version of the frozen treat. It’s not as fast as opening the freezer and placing the frozen treat on a baking tray in the oven, but it’s still quick and equally as delicious. All you need are english muffins, my favorite are from Trader Joe’s, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and all of your favorite toppings.
- English muffins
- Mozzarella cheese
- Tomato sauce (any brand will do)
- Black olives
- Garlic salt
- Red chili flakes
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut each english muffin in half (one muffin makes two bagel bites).
- Before I put the sauce on each half of muffin, I like to sprinkle so either garlic powder or garlic salt onto each muffin for some add flavor.
- Spread about a spoonful of sauce onto each muffin half.
- Sprinkle cheese on top.
- Now the fun part, toppings!! You can add whatever toppings you like. I prefer olives, a little bit on onions, and sometimes I will add pieces of pepperoni or pancetta.
- Once you add your desired toppings place in the oven for 10 mins or until all the cheese as melted.
I hope that you enjoy my quick treat for those days that you just need something simple!
I know! I Know..it has been a million years, but I am back. I hope you all had an amazing 2017 and start to the new year so far. One of my major resolutions for 2018 is to start blogging again. Life got the best of me last year, and between moving and facing new challenges in my life I just lacked the inspiration and time to blog. One of the things I like to do at the end of each year is to reflect on what I can do better or be better at in the next year. For me one of the things that I really missed doing was blogging, because it was a way for me to create and share as well as show my creative side, and a fun way to write and interact with the world.
So hears to all of us doing our best to fulfill all of our resolutions for the years as best as we can. I know that life happens and sometimes it can be hard but if we push through we can achieve all of our goals! Cheers to the new year and I hope you all have a great 2018!
I am originally from California so I have a deep love of Mexican food, but here in Seattle it’s hard to find a decent place that serves good mexican. But we always have fresh seafood and I am always looking for ways to make my meals a little lighter. So I thought why not combine my love of mexican, spicy, and make a cute fun version of a shrimp cocktail. This is a fun meal to eat just for dinner or to serve as a light appetizer if you have a few guests over. Its super simple and quick to make!
Ingredients: Serves about 4
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp of taco seasoning
- 1/2 pound peeled and devained large shrimp
- 1/2 diced avocado
- 1/2 lime
- 1 cup cooked corn (I used a frozen bag of colorful corn and cooked it according to the bag)
- In a bowl mix together the chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Toss the shrimp into the spice mixture and make sure everything is coated.
- You can use a grill but I don’t have one so I heated up a grill pan on med-high heat and spray it with some cooking spray
- Place the shirmp on the grill pan and sear until are cooked through, about 2min per side. remove from the pan and let them cool down a little.
- In a bowl combine the corn, avocado, shrimp, taco seasoning, lime juice and toss together
- Divide the shrimp into cocktail glasses and garnish with a lime wedge!! I used these cute hybrid wine/martini glasses that I picked up at Home Goods
Tumeric, the golden spice of life, is a natural ingredient that is used for more than just cooking. It can be used as an all-natural skincare ingredient that can be applied topically to brighten your face for glowing skin. Tumeric has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-aging properties, and it can also reduce the visibility of acne scars. This makes it a great ingredient to use as a face mask.
My mom and grandma have been using tumeric for as long as I can remember, not just for cooking, but as a face mask. Many people have their own versions of this diy mask, but this is the way that I have always learned to use it.
Fresh Lemon Juice
- mix all the ingredients together until you get a paste. The mixture should have a texture similar to pancake batter.
- with a brush apply all over face and let sit till it hardens. I usally leave it for about thirty minutes.
- rinse off with a warm, wet wash cloth
- moisturize face
– Make sure you are wearing an old shirt that you don’t really care about because tumeric can stain your clothing.
ps: The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.
I love pie.. I think that it is a dessert that can be eaten any time no matter the occasion. Last year I visited Mt. Rainier in Washington with my family and on our way home we stopped at this little mom & pop restaurant cafe and I had the most amazing pie I have ever had. Ever since then I have been craving blackberry pie. For the past few month I have been trying and tweeking pie recipes, and I finally came up with my own version of blackberry pie with a twist.
I have never been a fan off making my own pie crust I find it so tedious and not very fun lol. So I bought a pie crust, but I am sure this pie would taste even better, if I didn’t decide to be lazy, if I made the crust from scratch.
The twist to this recipe is that instead of only using blackberries I added a few raspberries to the mixture to just add some depth of berry flavor to the pie. I found when I only used blackberries I didn’t like pie as much..Just my own personal preference, but you can leave out the raspberries and just use blackberries alone.
Cut out and a piece and serve with some vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!!
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 5 cups of blackberries
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 2 tsp of butter cut into pieces
- In large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and stir in blackberries and raspberries until everything is coated.
- Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate.
- Place your cut butter pieces on top of the blackberry mixture.
- Cover with top pastry that has slits cut in it; and seal the edges with a fork. (you can make the crust cover into any design you like I did a criss cross weave top for some extra cuteness!)
- Cover the crust edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning on the edges.
- Bake 45-55 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking.
- Cool on cooling rack at least 1 hour to allow filling to thicken.
- Cut into slices, serve and enjoy with some yummy ice cream!!
Sweet juicy watermelon paired with salty feta, fresh arugula, a balsamic glaze, topped with fresh cracked pepper.
You aren’t going to believe this, but I am probably one of the very few people who isn’t the biggest fan of watermelon. So it was a huge surprise to everyone when I decided to buy a watermelon to try a new salad. So this is the first watermelon I have ever bought and it just happens to be for this salad. I know, I’m crazy!
I decided to start small and buy the baby size instead of a full size one, just in case I didn’t end up liking the salad and I did want to waste an entire watermelon, and it’s easier to cut and takes up a lot less space.
So, this salad is a bit of a twist I decided to grill the slices of watermelon on a grill pan, but just be careful not to grill it too long. If you do it gets kind of mushy and slimy which is not a very pleasant taste or texture. A good alternative is to actually use a grill, I just don’t own a grill so I used a stovetop pan. Watermelon paired with feta is a sweet and salty combination that I surprisingly absolutely love! Then when you throw in the freshness and peppery taste of arugula really send this salad over the top. I finished the salad with a sweet balsamic reduction drizzled on top will some fresh cracked pepper, which not only made the grilled watermelon salad look beautiful, but completes the sweet and salty flavors of this delicious summer salad on your taste buds! To my surprise I found this salad delicious, if your looking for a new twist on a salad I highly recommend this one.
- one watermelon (whole or baby)
- feta cheese crumbled
- fresh cracked pepper to taste(optional)
- Balsamic reduction (recipe found here)
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- Cut the watermelon into desired shapes either in cubes for skewers or in t block squares like I did.
- Place the slabs of watermelon onto a heated grill pan and grill for about 2-3 minutes per side or until marked and warm. Remove from pan
- Place the grilled watermelon onto a little bed of arugula, add more arugula on top sprinkle some feta cheese, and drizzle the balsamic reduction on top before serving.
- Top with some kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.