October 26, 2015

Weekend In Review

This weekend was way too short! We made a to-do list and knocked a lot of fun stuff off of our list and that was great, but we sort of lacked in the chores department. No cleaning on the weekend, makes for some less fun week nights. As I am writing, I am sitting in a small place between the mounds of clean clothes on the couch that need folded. Hmmm, maybe I should be folding clothes instead of blogging...decisions, decisions...


Friday night we went to the movies and saw the Scorch Trials (it is the second movie in the Maze Runner series). It has been awhile since we went to see a movie, it was nice to go out. The movie was very different from what I had pictured in my head while reading the books, the cranks were a little too creepy for my liking. Andy thought the movie was great! It reminded him of one of his favorite video games, Left For Dead.


We woke up early Saturday morning and headed to my co-worker's house to pick grapes. He said they weren't going to be making grape juice this year and he didn't want them to go to waste. We can home with about 75 lbs of grapes that was maybe a 1/4 of the grapes that were there.

Next, we grabbed a bite to eat and then headed to one of my favorite thrift stores to look for some stuff for our Halloween costumes. I totally scored on something non Halloween.

One of the first places I always peruse in the thrift store is the kitchen section. I always have my eye out for high end kitchen stuff and vintage dishes. As I was walking down one of the aisles, I looked up (it's always important to look up) and spied something I have been looking for for quite sometime, a pressure cooker. I see pressure cookers all the time when am thrift shopping but they are usually really old, worn out, and missing pieces. This pressure cooker was not like that at all, it was brand new.

My new toy.
I pulled the pressure cooker down and Andy goes, "You're getting it." I saw the price tag of $24.99 and frowned. I thought that was lot of money for a pressure cooker at a thrift store. I decided to call my sister and have her look the pressure cooker up and see how much it costs in stores. Drum roll... It retails for between $200 and $300 dollars. Needless to say, I came home with the pressure cooker. I think that was a stellar find. I'm so excited to use it!

Then we headed over to the day old bakery (aka bakery outlet). I found some awesome deals on Dave's Killer Bread and whole wheat pastry flour. I have wanted to try both of these items but couldn't justify spending full price on them.

We ended the day climbing Spencer Butte. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed our hike. Andy is definitely in better hiking shape than me right now.


The sunshine was shining right in our eyes.

Me & Andy.


We went to church and made grape juice. Juicing grapes is a lot more work than I thought it would be, but Andy and I make a great team so it didn't take too long for us to get through all 75 lbs. The juice tastes so good! The best part is is that there aren't any preservatives or added sugar. 

They look like blueberries.

De-stemming grapes.

The mess.

Andy pasteurizing the grape juice.

Getting ready to seal the jars.

The final product.