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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. I spent mine with my family enjoying tulips. We went to Skagit Valley Tulip Festival which is located in Skagit county, Washington State. This three acre tulip field is filled with a variety of different colored tulips. The festival is held in the entire month of April. We went there around 9 AM and by that time there were already a lot of people.  So it is recommended to go there early if you can. The entrance cost was $5 per person, which is reasonable. Since it rained in the morning, the field was a bit muddy. Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun and took tons of pictures. Here are few of the pictures from the trip.

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Moscow Farmer’s Market & Camelina Salad Dressing

Moscow, ID has a wonderful farmers market every Saturday during the summer. I am a supporter of local and small business and should go to this farmer’s market more often, but I often get lazy on Saturday morning and oversleep. When I do get up early, I don’t miss an opportunity to go to the market!

Luckily, I got up before noon last Saturday, so we made it to the market (Yay!).  Last year the Moscow Farmer’s market was expanded and there are a lot more vendors than there used to be. It is still early in the growing season so there aren’t very many local fruits and vegetables, however there are plenty of things to enjoy in the market. We tried a tasty Filipino dish, Chicken Adobo, which was similar to the Pork Adobo we had in in Kona, HI. The meat is marinated or cooked in a way that makes it very soft, and not dry at all.  I would love to go to the Philippines someday just to eat Pork Adobo!

Sonam with a plate of chicken Abodo.DSC_5415-001

Reasonable prices. DSC_5420-001

The vendor at the Filipino food stall was very kind. She let me take a picture of her for my blog and even gave me a nice smile!

This summer, we started our garden and a green house so we bought a jalapeno plant for our garden.


It’s so nice to get some warm weather in Moscow, finally I can wear the cute dress that my younger sister gave me. Thank you D!DSC_5437-001

We also stopped by the Camelina Gold Cooking Oil stall. They have a family farm in Eastern Washington where they grow and press the oil. The people at the stall were very nice and told us all about Camelina. Apparently Camelina oil is super good for you because of its high Omega 3 content (second only to flax oil) and low omega 6 fatty acids. It also has a high smoking point, which makes it an excellent cooking oil. Because it isn’t well known in the US, production is still small scale and the price is fairly high. Hopefully it will gain in popularity, become less expensive, and replace the corn and other vegetable oils which are common and cause a lot of health problems.DSC_5426-001

After learning about the great properties of Camelina oil, we wanted to see how it tasted, so we came home with lettuce, fruits, and vegetables we bought at the farmers market and made a salad with camelina salad dressing. With the exception of oranges and walnuts, everything else was purchased at the market!

Salad recipe:
1 handfull of walnut halves
2-3 orange wedges cut into thirds
1-2 apricots sliced
1 hard-boiled egg
garnish with brie cheese and pepper to taste

Salad dressing recipe:
1 cup camelina oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
3 cloves of crushed garlic
Ground black pepper to taste
Salt (optional)


Enjoy the Farmer’s Market!! Go Local! DSC_5470-001


Olympic Peninsula Trip, Part III

From Seku village, we drove to Forks. Neither of us is a big Twilight fan, but since we were in the area, we figured we might as well check it out.

“Team Jacob”!412566_3777339985233_173567483_o412499_3777334385093_1233674589_o


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After Forks, we went to Hoh Rain Forest.  621928_3777294624099_1991817506_o


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Along the way, there were a whole bunch of beaches. I don’t remember the name of this beach, but it was very nice.621775_3778935745126_1120472252_oLots of Barnacle. (Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda, Subphylum: Crustacea, Class: Maxillopoda). Thanks to my undergraduate class, Diversity of Life, I can still name a few of these 🙂621744_3778947905430_1120926437_o616145_3778949025458_380867647_o621740_3778996586647_293406161_o473558_3778989386467_1735924471_o334166_3779002346791_83520548_oSam wanted to be a marine biologist when he was young, so it is always fun to explore beaches and biodiversity there.331556_3778942025283_608122780_o 256304_3778988186437_1133826407_o256473_3778936785152_174130043_oCastle from Lord of the Rings 😉 277975_3779069388467_1485004608_o


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