We Love Sun Basket

Friday, July 8, 2016

It's true! We've been using Sun Basket's home delivery service for about 6 months now and we absolutely love it! Each week we receive 3 meals that we chose about a week and a half prior. You choose 3 out of 9 meal options - always with the choice of chicken, meat and fish and what I love the most... paleo, gluten–free, and vegetarian options! The meals arrive in a big cardboard box and are already portioned out. Each recipe comes with an instruction card, which is ridiculously easy to follow. Seriously! Luke and I make about 98% of the meals together and its totally boosted our confidence in cooking, like a lot. We're often blown away that we're capable of making such amazing food. Plus it makes for a super fun date night in - turn up the music, pour a glass of wine and spend about a half hour together in the kitchen making a delicious dinner. It has become our favorite way to spend an evening together. 

I wanted to share this meal we had last night, Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breasts with a Tomato Panzanella - it was fantastic! More to come as we find more meals that we love!

Attempted Camping + Crater Lake

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Luke + I had grand plans for the 4th of July holiday weekend. We set out to embark on a two-day camping trip with our Ford Escape packed full with our tent, sleeping bags, air mattress, camping chairs, a cooler stocked with delicious food, TWO dogs (I'm dog-sitting for my boss), a few changes of clothes, extra towels, etc... you get the point - we were ready to have a fun few days off the grid! On Friday after work we loaded up and drove to my parents house in Madras, Oregon for the evening with plans to drive south on Saturday morning. Well, before we could even get our trip started I fell down the stairs in my parents' garage and hurt my ankle bad, real bad - so bad that I couldn't walk. I spent the evening on the couch with an ice pack on my foot bumming out on the fact that all these magnificent hikes we had planned are now not going to happen. By the next morning I could hobble around and I was thanking my lucky stars that my foot was only sprained and not broken. Still determined, we set off on our camping trip!

After a quick stop in Bend, Oregon for some lunch (and a few brewskis) we continued down south. We set up camp and ventured out to explore our surroundings. We drove around the lake and then ventured out to the "beach" area where people were swimming, drinking beers, listening to music and BBQ'ing. It was so nice and so sunny. After some relaxation at the "beach" we eventually made our way back to our campsite to cook dinner and hang out. Dinner took almost 3x longer to cook because the campfire was being difficult (it could have been user error, but Holly won't admit that...). Then we quickly realized we had left the dog food at my parents' house. Sigh. I drove down to a tiny store to pick up the smallest and most expensive bag of dog food - that only one dog ended up eating. We then realized that we didn't purchase any bug spray and the mosquitos were flying around like WOAH! Back to the store... they're all sold out of bug spray. Another sigh. To top off the evening, Luke's allergies never got better, I exerted too much pressure on my foot, and our air mattress kept going flat. I'm sure you can tell that neither of us were having a stellar evening. We went to bed early and decided that with all these little annoyances, it was only going to be a one-night camping trip. Oh well, we tried!

Scroll down past the camping photos because this post gets better!

The next morning we woke up early (deflated air mattress, remember?) made a quick breakfast, showered at the campsite and then drove to Crater Lake - an approximate 20 minute drive from our campground. We spent a few hours driving around the Rim Loop (the road that circles the lake) and stopping off at various viewpoints to take in the view from all angles. And what a view it was! It's places like this that make me proud to be an Oregonian. Even though I was born and raised in Oregon and still live here, the beauty in this state continuously blows me away. We spent a few hours admiring the lake, taking photos, visiting the lodge and taking more photos before we started the drive home.

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Monday, June 27, 2016

Earlier this month Luke and I traveled down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Luke's parents met us there and the four of us spent a few days relaxing at the pool, indulging in fresh Mexican food and exploring as much as we could. We had been to other parts of Mexico before, so we were excited to explore an area that was new to us. We stayed in Marina Vallarta and after a few days of riding the local bus into town every day, we decided to spend the extra pesos on an air conditioned taxi (worth the money!). See below for where we stayed, what we ate and what we saw!

Where we stayed: Westin Puerto Vallarta Our hotel was amazing! We spent a lot of time at the pool and took advantage of the free breakfast every morning.
Where we ate: Sonora Prime, Vista Grill, Ocean Grill, El Faro Bar
Favorite Areas: Los Muertos Beach, the Romantic Zone, Marina Vallarta

^ At the top of this lighthouse is El Faro Bar - very tasty margs ^
^ Our very colorful hotel ^
^ We found the local beers! ^ 
^ We took a bus from Marina Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlan.
From here we hopped on a boat to Ocean Grill ^
^ Lunch is better with a dog ^
^ A beautiful sunset from our dinner table at Vista Grill ^
^ The Romantic Zone ^

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

Summer Bucket List

Monday, June 20, 2016

It doesn't quite feel like summer yet, but I swear the warmer temps are just around the corner! In Portland summer rolls around in about July... So I'm getting excited over here with my Summer Bucket List! Each year I compile a lit of all the things I want to accomplish over the summer months. Take a look below:

1 - Embark on a few camping trips
2 - Go kayaking on the river
3 - Host a backyard summer party for our friends + family
4 - Make a summer road trip playlist
5 - Visit a few new wineries (+ bring along a picnic lunch)
6 - Spend a day relaxing at the lake
7 - Take dad's boat out (+ drink blueberry beers on the water)
8 - Spend a weekend at the Oregon Coast
9 - Start a summer photography project
10 - Make watermelon margaritas

Check out my lists from previous years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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Our Amsterdam Video

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Well, the final video is complete. It's hard to believe that this trip ended in January and we're almost halfway through May. Take me back, please! I hope you enjoy our last video. We're already planning our next European vacation!

(Music Credit: I purchased Rudimental "Lay It All on Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)" + Robin Schulz "Sun Goes Down" on iTunes)

Our Paris Video

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Paris was the second stop on our European vacation - and the video is ready to share! It might be my favorite one of the series - because it's Paris - my absolute favorite city there is. Watching this video (over and over again) just brings back so many great memories from our trip. There is just something so magical and special about Paris. The city stole my heart. I hope you enjoy!

(Music Credit: I purchased Francois Parisi "Ballad du Paris" + Pink Martini "Sympathique" on iTunes)

Our London Video

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Well, we were in London in December and I'm just getting around to finishing our Europe videos as we approach May, yikes! Better late than never! It's my first video, so I'm still learning the ropes of iMovie - I hope you enjoy it. Check back next week for our Paris video!

(Music Credit: I purchased The Beatles "Here Comes the Sun" + "Blackbird" on iTunes)