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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Picture this: a clear, bright blue sky with yellow sunshine beaming down on your face. Fresh, earthy air, still crisp with the remnants of winter but tinged with the warmth and promise of summer. The cascade mountains overlook the surrounding fields in the distance, majestic and withstanding. Surrounding you are fields upon fields of vibrant […]

South Whidbey Island Outdoors

 South Whidbey Island Hiking Spots  Double Bluff Beach, Trillium Community Forest, South Whibey State Park, Hidden Beach, Driftwood Park, and Ebey’s Landing Back in early April, I spent a rainy day driving and exploring various beaches and forests on south Whidbey Island. One of the greatest parts about living out here in the pacific northwest […]

An Ideal Oak Harbor and Anacortes Day

An Ideal Oak Harbor and Anacortes Day On a foggy spring morning in May, we decided to have an adventure day on the islands. We kicked off the morning with a walk along the boardwalk at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. This park runs along the waterfront of Oak Harbor and up to the sea plane base. […]

A Day in Langley, Washington

A Day in Langley, Washington The town of Langley sits towards the south end of Whidbey Island, about a 45-minute drive south of Oak Harbor and an hour drive + ferry ride from Seattle. Langley boasts an adorable, walkable downtown filled with boutique shops, restaurants, and markets. We grabbed coffee and lemon poppyseed bread from The Commons […]

Home Café: Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso with Oat Milk

Up next from the home cafe, a drink that Starbucks released in early March (late February?) of this year that quickly gained attention: the brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso. Besides being a mouthful to say, this drink is tasty and can easily be made at home for a fraction of the cost. Ingredients: two […]

The Best French Press Coffee

The Best French Press Coffee The French Press: an inexpensive, quiet, low-maintenance way to brew up a delicious cup of coffee. This infusion brewer allows beans and water to steep together, allowing for a more uniform extraction of flavor. However, there is often a fine silt of coffee left at the bottom of the mug. […]

Home Café: Salted Honey Cold Foam Cold Brew

The salted honey cold foam cold brew/nitro cold brew made it’s surge in popularity last July, and for a good reason. This unconventional combination of complex, sweet honey with a strike of salt sitting atop a lightly flavored cold brew is delicious on a hot summer’s day. With summer rapidly approaching again, I thought I’d […]

Home Café: Simple Syrups

Simple syrups are just that: simple. It is astonishingly easy to whip up a batch of plain syrup to flavor your coffee with, and it is very cheap. There are several different add-ons to simple syrup to take this sweetener to the next level, and what’s great about them is that you can tweak the […]

Home Café: Cold Foam Coffee

2020 brought us many new trends, but I think my favorite is the growing popularity of the home cafe. When the world shut down, people were bored and didn’t want to leave their homes (or couldn’t leave their homes), and thus the home cafe grew in popularity. By home cafe, I mean making fancier coffee […]

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