Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lentil Festival

The National Lentil Festival was this past weekend. Dan and I headed downtown on Friday night to get a bowl of genuine lentil chili. It's actually pretty good and they make it in a really big pot that's carried on a flat-bed trailer. I made Dan stand in front of it for a picture.

The next morning was the Taste T. Lentil 5k fun run. Well, I can tell you it was definitely 5k, I'm just not sure how fun it was. But I did it. I entered and ran and finished with no injuries or mishaps to report.

Dan took pictures. See, there's me happy and relaxed and excited for the race.

Then there's this one. This was near the start and it was really crowded. Pullman is a town of hills and the race organizers had us run up the longest one of all. I was a tough course, but I'm glad I did it and will hopefully go again next year.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Summertime food is the best

When Dan lived in Lynden, he grew a big garden with peppers, tomatoes, beans, squash, zucchini, corn, peppers and other fruits and veggies. Before we got married, he loaded me up on all the butternut squash I could eat. But, this year, we live in a small apartment and growing a big garden just isn't possible. We did plant peppers and tomatoes and herbs and I am so very excited that finally we are picking and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

These are some of the first peppers and tomatoes. We have 5 different varieties of tomatoes and 3 varieties of peppers.

My parents grew quite an onion crop this year and shared a large bag of Walla Walla Sweet onions with us, which is great because 75% of my dinner recipes start by sauteing an onion and garlic.

Dwayne and Angela have been quite generous by letting us visit their fruitful raspberry bushes. We've been over twice so far and have been enjoying raspberry shakes and smoothies. I think we might even go back tomorrow to pick more.

So, as you can probably tell, there's not a lot of exciting things happening in Newlywed Lenssen Land, but we are eating well and certainly loving all the fresh food of summer.
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