Coast, Hiking, and 6 weeks to go!

Hi there,

In true summer fashion we continue to have busy weekends.  Since the last post we went to the coast and hiked Silver Falls.  Here is a photo dump from those weekends.

Time at the coast was spent with Jake’s family and it was a lot of fun.  Although many of the pictures look beautiful this sunshine only happened for a couple hours.  Saturday it was wet and chilly but, regardless of weather we had a great time!

P1030435 Hiking a giant sand dune.P1030430 P1030424 P1030419 P1030413 P1030410 P1030405 P1030393 P1030387The cousins, including the unborn one! P1030386

Cousin Courtney moved to Oregon at the beginning of the year.  It has been nice having her so close.  We went for an 8 mile hike at Silver Falls, which is one of my favorites.IMG_1307 IMG_1306My stomach is glowing! After the hike we stopped at Seven Brides Brewery in Silverton and enjoyed lunch.  We also stopped at the short cake stand at EZ Orchards and I got a raspberry lavender milk shake.  It was delicious!

Pregnancy Update:

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I am starting to feel big and slightly uncomfortable…and there is still only 6 weeks to go!  I continue to exercise, sleep is getting challenging, and I am having mild swelling at the end of the day but both babe and I are healthy, as far as anyone can tell at this point, and I am grateful for that.  We have a few more adventures up our sleeve before Baby P makes it’s arrival but can’t wait to meet this little squirmer soon!  I would like to say we are ready but I am not sure you ever truly can be!

If you are looking for some good recipes I have a couple seafood ones that we have made recently.  We just got our first month’s share from Port Orford Seafood.  We receive 4 lbs of fresh seafood monthly.  We have been loving it so far.  This months haul included rock cod, ling cod, clams, and halibut.

IMG_1303I made this recipe with the halibut and the recipe posted below with the ling cod and crab that Jake and his dad caught on the Oregon Coast last month. We will make both recipes again!

Fisherman-style Crab stew
2 cooked Dungeness Crab (2lbs each) cleaned
1 lb boned, skinned, firm white fish (Ling or Halibut)
3/4 c. butter
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. garlic minced
1 c. white wine
1/3 c lemon juice
1/2 c. parsley
8 oz. angel hair pasta dry
lemon wedges
1 baguette
salt and pepper

In a 5 to 6 qt pan over high heat, bring 4 qts water to a boil. Rinse crabs and fish and pat dry; cut fish into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces. Crack and remove meat from crabs. Add butter and olive oil to a 12 inch frying pan or 14 inch wok over medium heat; when butter is melted, add garlic and stir just until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add fish and turn pieces occasionally until begining to brown. Pour in white wine and lemon juice; gently add crab meat. Sprinkle with parsley. Cover and simmer until crab is hot and fish is opaque but still moist in the center, 5 to 6 minutes. Salt and pepp to taste. Meanwhile, add angel hair pasta to boiling water; cook, stirring occasionally, until barely tender to bite, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain pasta well and spread in bottom of a wide serving bowl. Pour crab mixture over pasta and garnish with lemon wedges. Serve with baquette slices to sop up sauce!


Family Camp

After our trip to Montana for the 4th of July we headed up to Timothy Lake for the weekend to camp with Jake’s family (35+? people).  We had originally planned to stay two nights but Jake has been busy at work and we ended up just going up for Saturday.  Regardless, we had a great time hanging out with these kiddos!


They also had a baby shower there with all the ladies of the camp.  It was so much fun to get advice from MANY women that have done this before.  They decorated onsies and we have some great ones!  I can’t wait for baby P to wear all the love.

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Jake even went swimming… the one cold weekend we have had happened to be when we were camping and I was not about to get in that water!


In addition to family camp we went to Corvallis…twice.  Once to celebrate Gary’s 70th birthday and once for a float trip with some of Jake’s friends. On Gary’s birthday, the boys went to the coast to fish.

P1030338As you can tell by the weather it was not ideal for fishing.  They went crabbing instead and pulled home 12(!!) crabs.  We had a feast.  I hung out with Ashleigh, the three kids and Jan and enjoyed a trip to the farmers market and the park.

Our float trip was also a lot of fun (you may hear more in a separate post from Jake)!  It has been hot here –

IMG_1278While I normally love the heat and tolerate it well, I haven’t been doing so well with it as of late.  The float trip was perfect for the 100 degree day.  I stayed relatively cool on the water and was surprisingly comfortable on the tube.

P1030380 P1030378 P1030357I wish that beer was mine! P1030349P1030352

When we haven’t been traveling we have definitely been in the nesting mode!  We have cleaned up many areas of the house, including closets, and been getting rid of stuff too.  We just made some necessary purchases for babies arrival (ahhemm VITAMIX!) and when Jake hasn’t been working he has been energized to make some freezer meals.

IMG_1284I think this was the first time he used the cookbook I got him 2 years ago.  For his first time making a roux he did a great job – and I can’t wait to eat that mac n cheese in a few months!

I started canning and made 12 half pints of raspberry lemon jam that was sweetened with honey.  I sure hope the honey I used didn’t have too strong of a flavor.  I also plan to can whole tomatoes, jalapeño jelly (at husbands request), and salsa (trying to decide between tomatillo (we will have a lot of tomatillos from our garden soon!) or regular).

On the pregnancy front, things have been moving along.  I have been struggling off and on with sciatic pain and constantly have this obnoxious left rib pain but otherwise I have been feeling good.  I continue to keep up with exercise  although I just subbed out 1 day of my cycling class with swimming instead.  Swimming just feels so good.


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Can’t believe baby is due in less than 10 weeks.  it seems unreal!

Harvest Day!

Today was harvest day at the Peterson house. Our first sizable crop of blueberries before the birds got to them (thanks to the bird netting). Homebrew and home grown blueberries, can’t do much better in the summer. This is Jake signing off!Blueberry harvest


Happy 4th of July

We spent the 4th of July in Montana.  And it was awesome.


P1030265 P1030260 P1030254 P1030250 P1030247We spent 2.5 days at the lake and it was gorgeous.  We did a fair amount of swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, walking, yard games and relaxing.  It was nice a break from “life” and we also escape this crazy hot weather we have been experiencing.

The highlight of the weekend was a baby shower.  Since it was just family (and BF Kim) I was expecting some food on the deck… nothing fancy.  Of course, my mom and sister exceeded by expectations!

IMG_0508 IMG_0507 IMG_0505 IMG_0504The decor was adorable and the food was delicious!  We played a couple games (I was the slowest to diaper a baby and my sister was the fastest… I hope she comes to visit!!) and enjoyed everyone’s company. Kim is due in just a few weeks with her second baby.  I can’t believe my belly is going to keep growing to that size! Eeepp!

IMG_0511Before we left on our trip, Jake finished brewing two batches of beer (they were a huge hit!) and we also picked lots of blueberries off of our first producing blueberry bush.  Unfortunately, the birds found the trees right after that so any remaining berries were toast.  We are going to have to put some bird netting up to keep the pests out so we can continue to reap the harvest from our other bushes.

IMG_1250 IMG_1251If you can believe it, Jake and celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary yesterday.  Technically, we haven’t celebrated yet, but we plan to in a couple weeks.  Time has flown by but at the same time we have done SO. MUCH. in these last couple years.

Here is to many more years of wedded bliss!

Jessi & Jake-2013- Reception -157 Jessi & Jake -2013-B&G-009If you are looking for a good recipe to try this quiche (my mom made it for the shower and it was really good) or these vegetarian tacos.  Both will be staples  in our house!