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Living The Dream (well, I'm trying...)

From The Moutains, To The Ocean, To The Priaie...Part III 
Oct. 10, 2013 8:25 pm 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 2:09 pm

In the third and final installment of the "From The - To The" series, we have left the sunfiled and adventuresome state of California to travel north to the abundant farmland valley and prairies of southwest Washington State. The cities of Grandview, Richland and Pasco to be exact. 

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Each year when we return home to Oregon after our month long escape from the rainy season, we unpack, wash clothes, take care of business and in general regroup. Then we repack our bags and head north to our youngest daughter's home in the dry and arid farmland valley of Grandview, Washington for about 10 days. We go in May because it gets very hot there beginning in June and stays hot all summer until Fall. Way too hot for us! Probably why they are famous for Watermelon. A perfectly HOT growing environment. In May, it's beautiful with mild warm days and cool nights. DD's son, our 3# Grandson was graduating from High School and there was to be a family shindig. 


Papa Orange, Nate & me, a very proud Grandma

(please indulge me.... I'm showing off here!)


Nate with his proud parents! That is DD Lisa,  

4 year Breast Cancer Survivor

Words of wisdom from Papa Orange for the College Bound Nate! 

About a year ago, our oldest son's boy, our #1 Grandson moved to the Prairie lands of Richland, Washington which is about 40 miles from his Aunt Lisa.  He had just gotten engaged so we were very excited to see him while we were in Washington and our Granddaughter-in-law to be.  It was going to be a two-fer. 


Okay! I know, I'm showing off again! 

That's Jordan and Laura at their wedding just last month in  September! 

I'm sorry, I can't help myself! 

In December 2012 I met Deb, aka Bikerfamily, at Baking Nana's Christmas Party. (which by the way is a ton of fun. If you are able,  put this event on your calendar. I believe this year, it's on December 7th) Anyway, Deb and I chatted and visited and of course we hit it off splendidly. We discovered we were both from the PNW; she in WA, me in OR. Deb lives in Moses Lake, WA.  We made promises right then and there at Penny's, that when I came to Washington for our annual visit to DD's, I would let her know and if it was at all possible, she and I would hook-up for a visit. AR Peeps are always plotting and planning their next hook-up! And, that's exactly what we did. We met between Moses Lake and Richland in the little teeny tiny area in the Prairie lands of Pasco at a most wonderful place called the "Country Mercantile." There is nothing else there, just the Mercantile off  Hwy 395. 


The Country Mercantile

Pasco, Washington

Inside the Mercantile...
Surrounded by Farmland,
You could shop for days

There is a Deli in the Mercantile and the food is awesome! 

Deb and Orange & I ate lunch and visited and got to know one another. I'm telling you, she is one of  THE most interesting people ever. I just couldn't get enough of her telling me about herself, her family and her job! Let me share with you just a tad bit about this amazing woman. 

Besides being a wife and mother and former Biker Chick, she is also a Power Plant Operator at a 1,000 MegaWatt Dam on the Columbia River. This woman runs a DAM!!! She starts and stops the generators, opens and closes the spillway gates, maintains power throughout the entire plant itself and maintains the Fish Ladder  Operation. But, most importantly, she write clearances that keep the craftspeople (electricians and mechanics, etc) safe while they perform maintenance and/or repairs to the generators/turbines. This means she has to be and keep familiar with every system in the plant. Wow! I don't think I could ever be that on-the-ball! And, I would never want to be responsible for all she has to be responsible for. Isn't that just the coolest thing ever. 

I just love meeting and getting to know the different and wonderful folks who hang out on the AR Cooking Site. Whoddathunk? She is so so so smart. And, sweet and kind too. Oh yes, and she cooks! Holy Moly! 

After lunch, we made our way through the Mercantile. I love to shop there. It's also a great place to buy Christmas Gifts. 

Check out their online store.<

Deb & Orange meandering through the jams and jellies! 



I see Deb has the coveted jar of Walla Walla Sweet Onion Salad Dressing. 

I love that stuff and purchase at least 6 every time I'm there. 

Orange looks like he's found something too! 

And, as if that is not enough, she had another very important job before this one.  

See if you can tell what Deb did before her career running Dams! 

Below is hint! Can you quess? 

We had an amazing time and I can't wait until we meet up again. If you ever get the chance, treat yourself spending time with our Bikerfamily Deb. Thank you Deb for taking the time to drive all the way to Pasco from Moses Lake to spend the afternoon with DH and myself. It is time I will treasure for a long time to come. Until we meet again........ 

I would also like to once again thank the people I've meet and become friends with through this Awesome Cooking Site we all love so much. You've enhanced my life, expanded my horizons and taught me more than you'll ever know. I feel blessed and humbled by you all. 

Lastly, a big Thank You to Allrecipes for providing this venue for all of us home cooks across 

the globe to unite for the common love of cooking! Well Done! 

Oct. 10, 2013 8:39 pm
I am sorry about the messed up font. I've tried to fix it without success. I hope your eyes don't cross reading my blog.
Oct. 10, 2013 9:16 pm
Thank you. Mrs. J. I have such a good time meeting and getting to know people from AR. Deb is a gem!
Oct. 10, 2013 9:18 pm
Oh, gosh! I just love seeing all these photos. I just want to squeeze Orange, and don't you just love those family photos? I still haven't met Lisa! And Deb! Geez! I love your blog and think it's the greatest!
Oct. 10, 2013 9:18 pm
I write my blog on Blogspot and then copy and paste. Sometimes I have no issues. And, other times, I can't get it to post right on AR for the life of me.
Oct. 10, 2013 9:18 pm
And PLEASE, Candice! How on earth do you do all that you do????
Oct. 10, 2013 9:26 pm
Oh Marianne! I just love to squeeze him too! He's my big ole Teddy Bear! I'll give him a squeeze for you. I'll use any excuse to hug my fella. Today is our 32nd Anniversary too!
Oct. 10, 2013 9:30 pm
Well, let me tell you.... I am SO ready for this vacation! I don't think I've slept 8 hours a night since forever. I am perpetually tired right now. I plan to sleep all the way to DC. hehe
Oct. 10, 2013 9:42 pm
Step away from the Arial. Never use it again. OK, now that we have that out of the way, great blog and photos. I sure hope Bikerfamily makes it down here again.
Oct. 10, 2013 9:44 pm
Oops, and I hope you make it down here again too. Say hi to Orange Zest for me.
Oct. 11, 2013 4:46 am
Great blog! Loved the pics.... brag away!
Oct. 11, 2013 7:50 am
Good Morning Brian, Let me tell you, I feel relatively intelligent until I write a blog. If it's the Ariel font, then awesome. I solemly swear to never use it again. Thanks for the tip.
Oct. 11, 2013 7:51 am
Oh! And, please tell your sweetie Debbie Hi from me too! Love that woman! And, you too my friend...
Oct. 11, 2013 7:52 am
Hi Terry, thanks for giving me permission to brag!
Oct. 11, 2013 8:06 am
Hi Candice! I just read through all three of your posts on the 'from the' series. Can't believe I missed them before. They are very heartwarming - like reading a cozy short story. Thanks for sharing your snippets of friendship and family :)
Oct. 11, 2013 8:43 am
Candice, what wonderful memories. I especially love the cupcake display at Jordan's and Laura's Wedding. Nice reading your blog.
Oct. 11, 2013 10:41 am
CC, thank you so much for stopping in to read my blog. I think family and friends make our lives HEARTWARMING! You have seen what makes me happy!
Oct. 11, 2013 10:42 am
Hi Lela, thank you for reading my blog. The wedding was simple and so very beautiful. They are a lovely couple! My heart just bursts with love for my family and friends. Hugs to you!
Oct. 11, 2013 11:28 am
great reasons to catch up with family and friends! a graduation and a wedding...just excellent stuff! and bikermom is a dam, remember the movie, "the postman/" tom petty was the dam operator in that one...we may have another rock and roller in bikermom! great photos!
Oct. 11, 2013 2:36 pm
Hi Gary, hope you and the Mrs have had a great week. Thank you for stopping by too! Yes, Deb is just too cool! Yes, I do remember that movie. I hadn't thought about it until now. Thanks again for reading my blog!
Oct. 11, 2013 7:48 pm
LOL! Good evening SE! Thanks so very much for reading my blog. My husband's given name is Orange. He is Irish and he is descended from the Clan of Orange. Google the Orangemen of Ireland. Kinda interesting the history of his ancestors. His Fathers name was Orange and his dad and his dad before him. Nobody ever forgets my husband's name.
Oct. 12, 2013 6:28 am
That mercantile in Pasco is my kind of place! What a wonderful way to hook up with AR peeps. Was that wedding cake all giant cupcakes? Cute idea. You definitely have bragging rights, Grandma. Great memories to treasure. Thanks so much for sharing!
Oct. 12, 2013 11:35 am
Happy Saturday SE, no... just google Orangemen of Ireland. Very interesting for sure.
Oct. 12, 2013 11:36 am
Hi Cookin'Cyn, thank so much for dropping in to read my blog. OMGoodness, I love that place! It's always a much visit when we go to Washington. I love the homemade Candy they make there too! Yummers! BTW, they bring Bus loads of folks in to shop there. It's just amazing!
Oct. 12, 2013 12:11 pm
Yes, I had trouble reading the blog. The small stuff gets me every time! But that doesn't mean I don't think of you every day :) It was a lovely blog!
Oct. 12, 2013 3:32 pm
Hello my sweet sweet Cathill! Thank you for reading through my blog... Even though it was a challenge for you. Jeez, I wish I could conquer this blogging thing. Drives me nuts. I'm sorry about the goofed up fonts. I think of you too. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Hugs to you! And, please tell your hens the "chicken whisperer" says "hi!"
Oct. 12, 2013 5:16 pm
Good evening Candice! It is great to see Lisa so healthy and Orange up and around! Tell them to stay with whatever got them that far! And thank you for the trip into the PNW! Also, your introduction of BikerFamily is very welcome!
Oct. 13, 2013 11:23 am
Candice: I was so excited we were able to coordinate our schedules to meet this Spring! It was great to meet Orange. He's quite a keeper. I hope we can make a trip to the Country Mercantile an annual tradition. I can't wait to go back to pick up some more handmade candy from their enormous selection. Now, seriously, you are far too modest. You didn't exactly point out that the beautiful peach cupcakes at Jordan and Laura's wedding were lovingly made by you. Brian, I absolutely plan to return to the Southern CA Christmas Roundup. I will be shopping for a ticket very soon. Gary, movies and music are not really my forte. Hence, my dismal failure at the old Saturday Night Games. But based on your comment, I definitely need to check out The Postman. Like most movie roles, it will probably be highly fictionalized. Candice, thanks for sharing your beautiful family and those things that keep you so busy!
Oct. 13, 2013 11:28 am
Oh My Goodness Sakes! Hello Mike! I so miss you around AR. I really, really do! Thank you for stopping in! Yes, Lisa is doing so well. She's healthy and happy, but feeling like an empty nester because one of her birds has flown out of the nest. Nate is doing great in college and like a good son, calls or texts his mother every week. Orange is getting around so much better these days. You would just love Deb. She is awesome! Hopefully one day you'll get to meet her. Please tell your sweetie hello for me. Have a great Sunday!
Oct. 13, 2013 11:43 am
Hi Deb, thank you so much for your kind comments. It was a labor of love making the cupcakes for their wedding. It was just so much fun getting together with you at the CM. I am in total agreement that we make it our annual get-together. However, I will not have to wait until Spring to see you again. hehehe! Yes, my sweetie is indeed a keeper! We just celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary on the 10th. The candy section of the Mercantile is something else, isn't it? I do truly love that place. Thank you again for driving down from Moses Lake that day for such a lovely time. Hugs Deb!
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