A Must See: Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

IMG_2592My favorite flower is a toss-up between a tulip and a hydrangea. Fortunately, they grow during different seasons, so I get to enjoy them both for quite a while!

Even though I was born and raised in Oregon, I feel like there are so many things that I’ve waited too long to go see and do. One of those is the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn! I’d heard about it for so long, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally made it up there.

It is SO BEAUTIFUL. We’ve gone up every spring since we first visited. You drive out into the countryside, and all of a sudden there are 40 ACRES of tulips of all different shapes, sizes, and color. And if you’re lucky (and early enough), there might even be hot air balloons taking off. So pretty and fun!

Of course, the highlight of the festival is the tulips; I’m sharing some of my photos Continue reading

Lemon Trifle

Lemon! One of our family’s favorite flavors and in one of our favorite forms: a trifle. I personally love how easy trifles are to make. Its pretty layered look is easy to assemble, and also easy to serve.

We’ve made this recipe for years, and it’s always a HUGE hit whether for holidays, birthdays, or catered events. It has a shortbread crust layer, a tangy lemon layer, and lastly a cheesecake-like layer. Individually they are all are good , but even better Continue reading

When is the Best Time to Visit Disneyland?

Disneyland is my FAVORITE place EVER! There’s just something about it that makes me HAPPY!

I’ve visited several times over the years – during spring, summer, and winter. I still haven’t made it for the fall season, but I’ll get there one of these days!

When planning a trip to Disneyland, one of your biggest decisions is what time of year to go. Any time at Disneyland and California Adventure is going to be FUN, but there are variables to consider when you’re making your decision.

The Crowds

Most importantly, weekdays are going to be less busy than weekends! On our last trip, we made a mistake by being in the park on a Friday through a Monday. Oops! From now on we plan to visit during weekdays!

Disneyland is always busy, but some times are MUCH busier than others – think Fourth of July,  Christmas break, New Year’s, spring break, etc. Any time there is a holiday or school break, Continue reading