• Chillaxin in Seattle

    December 31, 2011

    Our final day in Seattle involved a mixture of chillin’ and relaxin.’ Just check out Brody chillaxin in the backyard!

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    (Apparently, I’m a big dork and find the word ‘chillaxin’ much cooler than it actually is.)

    Breakfast

    Once again, my morning started with coffee from (super awsome) Caffe Ladro. This time, I went with a misto made with soy milk, and, as expected, the coffee was bold, delicious, and wonderful. Man, I’m really going to miss their coffee. We need a Caffe Ladro on the East coast!

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    To eat, Coleman made his mother’s special (and secret) German Pancake recipe.

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    Look at this thing! It was massive!

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    And incredibly delicious! I actually ended up eating three servings of it (along with fruit salad and turkey bacon). I had no idea that I liked German Pancakes so much. This breakfast = holy yum.

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    After breakfast, we puttered around the house, listened to music, Googled random things, took showers, got dressed, drank more coffee. Meanwhile, Brody played with his stuffed dinosaur and then passed out in the middle of the kitchen floor with it in his mouth.

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    How adorable is that?!

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    Lunch

    A few hours later, we some errands around town, which included buying groceries for dinner and grabbing lunch at a Whole Foods/Dean & Deluca-type market with an amazing prepared foods selection and salad bar.

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    Obviously, I went with the salad bar. I love huge ones with all of the fixings. I just can’t help myself. Honestly, I didn’t even look at the other lunch options and went straight for the salad bar.

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    To drink, I bought a bottle of white green tea. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of it. It tasted grassy to me. Blech.

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    I finished off lunch with a Lindt chocolate truffle. Mmm!

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    After lunch, the four of us took Brody for a walk at a nearby park close to the waterfront. It was a beautiful area with ocean views, green space, and walking/running/biking paths. Mal and I both fell in love with it.

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    Dinner

    As a thank you to our hosts, Mal and I cooked dinner at home last night. On the menu: Feta-Walnut Stuffed Cucumbers.

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    Soy-Glazed Cod and roasted Brussels sprouts.

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    Delish! Sib and Coleman both said they really liked dinner. Hooray!

    After dinner, we met up with a few of Sib and Coleman’s friends at a DOG BAR (we brought Brody) for a couple of drinks before they took Mal and Me to the airport for our red eye flight home. Now, we’re sitting in the Charlotte airport waiting to board our flight to Boston. We’re almost home! I can’t wait to see Murphy!!!

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    { 43 comments… read them below or add one }

    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Gorgeous scenery! That dog is adorable as well. Glad you are having a fun, relaxing time. Happy New Year!

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    diana@mymarblerye December 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

    i freaking LOVE seattle. You got the mountains AND the ocean…and everyone is so outdoorsy!

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    Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 31, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I love German pancakes, they are so versatile. We add apples to ours. Also, since they are so fluffy, you can eat so much more! :)

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    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) December 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Seattle looks gorgeous! I’ve never been but your posts this wk have made me want to go ASAP!

    Happy New Years Eve!

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    Hilary December 31, 2011 at 10:00 am

    For the record, chillaxin is totally a cool word….looks like a perfect day! We make something similar to the German pancake, but they’re smaller and called Dutch babies…hope you have a safe flight home!

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    Ashley @ coffee cake and cardio December 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’ve never heard of a German pancake, it looks awesome! What makes up a German pancake? Eggs?

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    chelcie @ chelcie's food files December 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I have never had a german pancake but always wanted to try one..looks delicious!

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    Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Wow that German pancake looks incredible!!! How do you make one of those?!

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    Sarah (I Dream of Beets) December 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

    The beach is beautiful! And that pancake looks quite delicious.

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    Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee December 31, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Your dog is hilarious. :) Are you implying that the word chillaxin isn’t cool? Please say no, cause I say chillaxin all the time.

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    Lynn @ the actor's diet December 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I am pretty certain I could eat that entire German pancake myself

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    Stephanie @ Ultra Ambitious December 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Love those waterfront pictures! Reminds me of some pics I took in the Hamptons this summer :)

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    Liz December 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Happy New Year!!

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    Olivia December 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Yummy looking German pancake! I made an apple variety of that once and it was amazing – gotta do it again soon!!

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    Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves December 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Dog Bar?!?! How cool! I would love to take my mutt to hang out with me and have a few beers.

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Oh fun!! My mom makes German pancakes all the time on Sunday mornings–the kids love it when they come (grandkids). They get huge and puffy–so delish with freezer jam. Let me know if you want the recipe ;)

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve never even heard of German pancakes before, but dang it looks good! :D

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    Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Ahhh those are the best kind of days when “googling random things” and “drinking more coffee” are on the to-do list :)

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    Ellie@Fit for the Soul December 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    ahhhh I wanna walk through those trails! And I’m always in search of fun and delicious cafes! This one sounds delish. And btw, “chillaxin’” IS a cool word! (I prob. think that cuz I say it all the time) Have a beautiful and chillaxin’ day guys.

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    Lisa December 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I had read a couple of weeks ago on here that you were trying to find a quick but good way to eat oatmeal. I saw this on shape.com and wanted to share.
    Easy Slow-Cooker Oatmeal
    Slow cookers aren’t just for dinner. “Steel cut oats are one of the best hot cereals but often get overlooked for a quicker breakfast,” says Beth Bader, co-author of The Clean Plate Club. “Making these in a slow cooker the night before makes this healthy, hot breakfast ready when you are.”

    Ingredients:
    1-cup steel-cut oats
    1/3 cup chopped dates
    2/3-cup raisins
    1/3 cup chopped dried figs
    1/2-teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/3 cup chopped almonds or walnuts
    4 cups water
    1/2-cup half-and-half (or non-fat, plain yogurt)

    Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a slow cooker before you head to bed. Set to LOW and cook for 8 to 9 hours. Stir to combine and serve.

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    Angela December 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Dutch Babies are a favorite in our house. They are very similar to German Pancakes. Super easy to make and so cool to see it puff up in the oven.

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    Maureen December 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    What a FUN trip!! We’ve been to Washington State once and hope to go back this summer…we loved it there!!
    BTW, chillaxin is one of the coolest words ever!

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    Alyssa December 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    What a sweet pup!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups December 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    The German pancake looks justness like something my mom used to make when I was younger but it was called a Dutch baby. I wonder if they’re the same!

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    khushboo December 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I need to try these stuffed cucumbers!!…asap!

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    Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter December 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    What a great day! Poor little Brody…:) Hope you have a safe flight home!

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    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve never heard of a German pancake! I’ll have to look that up

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    erica December 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    i LOVE german pancakes! that looks huge and delicious!

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    Brynn December 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    What park is that? I live in Seattle but don’t recognize it and want to go!

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    Tina December 31, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I’m not sure of the name, but it’s in West Seattle!

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    Natalie Rae December 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    @Tina: Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle :) Love it!

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    Natalie Rae December 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    @Natalie Rae: Or Lincoln Park is West Seattle?

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    Brittney January 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    @Natalie Rae: That is definitely Lincoln Park :)

    Deva @ Deva by Definition December 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I love making German pancake. So easy and yummy!

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    Alli December 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I am so excited you skied at Mt. Baker and had a blast. I have been reading your blog for a few months now and live in Bellingham with my husband, who is on the Mt. Baker Pro Patrol. We were skiing the whole week you and Mal were up here and I was so excited to see your reviews of some of my favorite spots around Bham. Glad you had a great time on the Mt. and hope you come back for a visit soon!

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    kristen December 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    ive never heard about german pancakes! it looked strange, and delicious haha

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    Deb @ wiseupslimdown December 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I live in Seattle too and was going to ask Tina the name of the park as well. I’ll see if I can come up with the name via Google. I definitely want to bring my doxie there. It looks gorgeous.

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    Deb @ wiseupslimdown December 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm
    Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops January 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Oh goodness Brody is THE cutest thing!

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    Sara @my less serious life January 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

    i do the same thing if salad bars are involved. skip the menu and head straight in to fill my plate up. yours looks delicious!

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    Allison January 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, what are German pancakes and how do you make them?! Anddd, how does it puff up so much and not spill over the edges?! That thing looks like a massive masterpiece of deliciousness!

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    Brittney January 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    What’s the name of the place you went for lunch?

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    Tina January 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I’m not sure of the name, but it was a fancy grocery store– sort of like Dean & Deluca. I believe it was in West Seattle. Near the CrossFit!

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