I let it go. BIG time.

I went on a trip, and I let it go.

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We filled up our family car, and hit the road to be outside, together, and visit family.  We wanted to exercise, play, laugh, rest and be together.  We did all of that including reconnecting with family over a lot of great conversations.

My husband and I talked about our careers and retirement while the kids napped in the car.  While they were awake we told jokes, sang, and squabbled.  We are, after all, a regular family.

What I didn’t expect to do was let it go.  I went for 3 very long walks alone, and had a lot of quiet time on this trip.  I needed to be away from the noise of my regular life, and I am not just talking about being a mom to young twins, I mean the noise.  Media, Office, Radio, Recreation, Homemaking, EVERYTHING.  I needed to turn it off.  When I did, I found the space to let it go.

I cannot list the things I am letting go, because it could be hurtful but I can admit that it includes people, places, memories, expectations and feelings.  The stuff that makes me doubt myself is of no help to my family, nor does it make me a better person.

So, I let it go, right there on the side of the freeway.  Somewhere between Kennewick and Umatilla.

 

 

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Simple Kitchen 8-14-16

The Bite Of Oregon is happening, and Missy has been hosting the Iron Mixologist competition. Jason and John of Rue have a lot to talk about over drinks with Missy and James.

Alan and Shan are two delightful people who are opening up an amazing pizzeria in Vancouver called Rally Pizza. Listen to what it’s about, and why you should visit when they open. Missy’s got a few things you should know that are happening in Portland, and things get weird when the conversation turns to Hazelfern.

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Tillamook Ice Cream Tour! GET YA SOME! (freebies involved, so click here!)

Hey guys – ICE CREAM!  Right as the weather tips into the 90s, Tillamook has your BACK!

If you haven’t heard, the Tillamook Summer Ice Cream Tour has been on the road this summer celebrating its new line of handheld Super Premium Ice Creams, Gelatos and Frozen Custards! Last stop, Portland!

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It is time for the tour’s featured tour stop at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, August 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Two local favorites, Tillamook and Pip’s Original, will pop up to serve up free cups and cones of Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream, Oregon Marionberry Cheesecake Frozen Custard and California Pistachio Farmstyle Gelato! Plus – Pip’s Original will serve up free sugar and cinnamon doughnuts!

The first 100 fans in line will also receive a complimentary ice-cream koozie to enjoy the treats at home!

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Simple Kitchen 8-7-16

Erica and Phil of Nectar Creek Mead are talking mead, teenage brewing, and the value of bees.

Domonic Biggie of Beaverton Foods really knows his mustard. Beaverton foods just won some pretty important awards that you should know about, and Domonic talks about building a family business.

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Simple Kitchen 7-31-16

Missy is back from Vegas and James is falling apart right in front of her. The Fruit Monkey, Josh Alsberg of Rubinette is back and he’s talking tomatoes.

The Fruit Monkey isn’t just tomatoes. He’s got peppers, berries, cucumbers, peaches, and cantaloupe.

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Simple Kitchen 7-24-16

Someone’s having a birthday! One of the most amazing culinary personalities enters the Simple Kitchen to talk to Missy and James about his journey. Dave Machado of Nel Centro also dishes on hotel restaurants and how excited he is for the future.

Kim Haines of Portland Cheesecake and Dessert Company brings loads of tasty treats for Missy and James. Portland has another reason to be proud. Ecliptic Brewing has brought home the gold again!

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