Spring + Summer Recipes to Fill Your Instagram Feed

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It’s officially May and that means summer is just around the corner!!  While a lot of things have changed this year, my love of summer remains!  Bring on the warm weather…am I right?  Along with sundresses and sunglasses comes a whole bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables I can’t wait to get my hands on.  The delicious recipes below from some of my favorite bloggers will all be in heavy rotation for the next month.  If you need a refreshing cocktail to go along with these delicious bites, bookmark these summer cocktails for your next read.

SUMMER PEACH BALSAMIC CAPRESE SALAD

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | One-Pot Tomato, Chickpea, and Orzo Pasta
via Whole and Heavenly Oven

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STRIPED JUICE POPSICLES

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Slow Cooker Butter Bean Minestrone
via The View From Great Island

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TOMATO, PEACH, & BURRATA SALAD

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Cucumber Quinoa Salad
via Two Peas & Their Pod

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STRAWBERRY GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Winter Kale Salad
via Foodess

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BAKED RATATOUILLE TIAN

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Pizza Pasta Salad
via KELLIES FOOD TO GLOW

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SUMMER FRUIT BREAKFAST BAKE

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Rustic Polenta Casserole
via Eazy Peazy Mealz

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BLUEBERRY BREAD PUDDING

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
via Spicy Southern Kitchen

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The Best Places to Take Pictures in Portland

Among the great breweries, movie theaters and local hiking options, you’ll find plenty of places to take pictures in Portland. If you know where and when to look, you’re sure to come away with some stunning images no matter your level of photography expertise.

So, lace up those boots, zip your raincoat and make a day of this scavenger hunt of the best places to take pictures in Portland.

Cathedral Park

  • Where: North Edison Street and Pittsburg Avenue, Portland, OR 97203
  • When: Daytime, any day of the week

 

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Located in north Portland’s historic St. John’s neighborhood, Cathedral Park offers the perfect angle from which to shoot St. John’s Bridge. Portland is also known as “Bridge City,” and there’s no shortage of them.

But this steel suspension bridge’s bright green color, unique Gothic architecture and massive scale make it the crown jewel across the Willamette River. The bridge looks just as picturesque in any lighting, but you’ll want to visit in the daytime to enjoy the peaceful riverside park.

Attitude of Gratitude

  • Where: 904 SE Division Street, Portland, OR
  • When: In the morning, after enjoying a delicious breakfast from local favorite Pine State Biscuits

Portland is full of amazing street art, which is always a great subject for photography. Typically, it comes down to personal preference, but there are no murals more grand or captivating than Irish artist Fin DAC’s piece Attitude of Gratitude on the southwest side of the Sol Terra building just west of Portland’s Ladd’s Addition neighborhood.

At 70 feet tall, the sheer scale of the piece is captivating. But if you look a bit closer, the hair of the woman in the mural is actually made of over 1,000 living plants affixed to the side of the building, giving it a distinctive three-dimensional element that’s sure to stand out in your photos.

The White Stag sign

  • Where: 70 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209
  • When: After dark, around the holidays

Known simply as “The Stag,” this glowing roadside sign has become an infamous landmark that sits atop of a building in downtown Portland’s Old Town district. Originally an advertisement for White Stag Sportswear, it was purchased by the City of Portland in 2010 and redesigned as part of a tourism initiative and became one of the most recognizable parts of the city skyline.

At night, the neon lights and incandescent bulbs flash, blink and shine in an alluring pattern, while in the winter, the stag dons a festive red Rudolph-inspired nose. The best clear shot at the sign is from the sidewalk of the adjacent Broadway Bridge.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

  • Where: 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
  • When: During one of the many events held here

 

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Known affectionately as Portland’s Living Room, this 40,000-square-foot city block is a dedicated public space constructed of lots of red brick, lined with trees and surrounded by historic buildings in the heart of Downtown district. There are delicious food carts on site and plenty of room to relax among the bustling city all around it, making this an ideal location for people watching.

However, the square’s biggest draw is the more than 300 events held annually, from live music and art installations, to beer festivals and tree lightings, making Pioneer Courthouse Square a perfect backdrop to photograph the action.

Powell’s City of Books

  • Where: 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
  • When: Evening, before or after a visit inside

 

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Speaking of city blocks, Powell’s City of Books takes up one in its entirety in Portland’s Pearl District and holds more than a million books, making it the largest used and new bookstore in the world. The building’s huge, iconic marquee on the corner of West Burnside Street and NW 10th Avenue has a welcoming glow that’s an image of Portland at its essence. Take a trip inside and browse the multiple floors, grab a warm drink from the café and be sure to snap a pic on your way out.

Chinatown Gateway

  • Where: 22 NW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
  • When: Any time, as long as it’s preceded by a trip to Voodoo Doughnut

 

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Standing at the intersection of West Burnside Street and NW Fourth Avenue is a nearly 40-foot-tall, traditional Chinese paifang that serves as the entrance to downtown Portland’s Oldtown Chinatown district. The gateway was a gift to the city of Portland from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, which installed it in 1986. It’s only a couple of blocks from a certain infamous Portland doughnut shop, so go get yourself something sweet after you snap your shot.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

  • Where: 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
  • When: At night, after an event

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, a.k.a. “The Schnitz,” is a historic performing arts center and theater in the heart of downtown Portland. The enormous, 65-foot-tall sign affixed to the front is a sight to be seen any time of day, but at night it shines gloriously and nothing says Portland like a giant glowing sign that literally says “Portland.”

If you have a chance to attend an event, the inside of the theater is even more magnificently designed with lavish architecture that will make you feel fancy on a night out.

Multnomah Falls

  • Where: 53000 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Bridal Veil, OR 97010
  • When: A weekday afternoon

 

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The mighty Multnomah Falls are well worth the 30-minute drive east of the city through the scenic Columbia River Gorge. At more than 600 feet tall, this natural wonder is truly awe inspiring. You can get a great view from the lower deck, or get up close on the pedestrian bridge to capture the perfect angle.

This attraction does draw a crowd, especially on the weekends, so a less popular time is advisable. Visit the lodge for more information on the area, the quaint gift shop or a meal at the restaurant.

Council Crest Park

  • Where: 1120 SW Council Crest Drive, Portland, OR 97239
  • When: Sunrise or sunset on a clear day

 

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At more than 1,000 feet above sea level in the Southwest Hills area, Council Crest Park is the highest point in Portland, providing it with some unparalleled viewpoints. From this park perched high in the hills, you can see five different mountains of the Cascade Range, a great view looking east over the city and several surrounding suburbs.

Fun fact: There used to be an amusement park here that was in operation from 1907 to 1929. The park has an interesting history you can read about on its plaques when you visit — bring a picnic to make the most of it!

Eastbank Esplanade

  • Where: SE Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97214
  • When: A clear night

 

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For an up-close and personal view of the city skyline, head down to the water. While the west side’s Waterfront Park may be more scenic, the Eastbank Esplanade looks west over the water at the city itself, giving it a much better view. The Esplanade is a 1.5-mile bike and pedestrian path that runs along the Willamette River. Not only is it a great spot to get some exercise, but the views are worth the visit.

It’s also a great (but popular) spot to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July, and the annual Winter Light Festival features illuminated installations along the river that make for some great photos.

Picturesque Portland

Portland is a beautiful city that loves the camera on cloudy days, sunny afternoons and starry nights alike. For those with an interest in photography, there are an abundance of great places to take pictures in Portland.

If you follow this guide, you’re sure to come away with some awesome additions to your social media pages and some tasty treats along the way!

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Things To Do While You’re Stuck In Your Apartment

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Things To Do While Stuck In Your Apartment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By now, almost everyone in the country is under some kind of shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders from government agencies due to the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities stress that this is the main way to try to flatten the curve of new infections.

OK, so what can you do while cooped up in your apartment. The options aren’t quite unlimited, but they are numerous. Take advantage of the space you have and undertake any activity that will be good for your mental or physical well-being. Here’s a look at some of the most popular:

1. Do a jigsaw puzzle

This has become quite popular around the country, with people finishing a jigsaw puzzle and then posting a picture of it on social media. The more pieces, the better, say, 1,000 or more. How long you’ll be able to do this to remain occupied depends on how many puzzles you have on hand, or how many times you’re willing to do the same puzzle over again.

If you don’t have jigsaw puzzles, maybe you have a Rubik’s Cube or a book of crossword puzzles. You can also find crossword puzzles online and in your daily newspaper, if you still subscribe.

2. Exercise!

If you have a set of weights in your apartment, use them. Or maybe you’re a packrat and still have exercise routines on VHS tapes or DVDs. If not, there are plenty of routines you can find for free online. 

If you can leave your apartment, go for a walk or a jog, as long as you observe the social distancing rules that are now the new normal. If you don’t want to go outside, walk up and down a stairwell or walk up and down your hallway. Again, give others their personal space.

Short of that, you can go old-school and do crunches, sit-ups and push-ups on your floor. You can also do isometric exercises using a rolled-up bath towel. For a refresher on the techniques, check out these workouts you can do in your apartment and then get to work. 

Whatever you chose, mix it up and keep it fresh as you stay in shape. 

3. Binge-watch

OK, the first two suggestions will put your mind and body to work. At some point you’ll feel like being a couch potato, so why not catch up on a series you’ve been meaning to watch on Netflix, Disney Plus or one of the many streaming services available? You’ve never had a better excuse than now. 

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” has become all the rage on Netflix. It was released in mid-March and has given people something to do in the age of coronavirus. It is a true-crime documentary television series about the life of former zoo operator Joseph Maldonado-Passage.

If that’s not your thing, there are favorites such as “Narcos: Mexico” and “Stranger Things” on Netflix. If you’ve already seen them, what’s the harm in starting over? On Disney Plus you can watch “The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “The Simpsons.”

4. Spring cleaning

It’s spring, and you have a lot of unexpected time on your hands. Now’s a great time to get in some spring cleaning of your apartment. Cut through the clutter and organize your closet and dresser. Most importantly, regularly clean and disinfect important areas such as kitchen surfaces and appliances that are used often. You should also keep your bathroom clean. 

5. Other stuff

There are plenty of other things you can be doing, such as catching up on your reading, playing a musical instrument, writing emails to friends and family and getting plenty of rest.

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