Paulina Lake And Monday’s Menu

Paulina Lake Family Picture

We got to spend a few days over the weekend with my dad, stepmama, and both our kids – it was fantastic spending time together doing fun, summer things: taking a road trip, kayaking, and hiking in the beautiful Paulina Lake area in central Oregon.


Having extended time with both our kids is a big deal since they’ve been working at our church’s summer camp for most of the summer (our son the entire summer). Yeah, aren’t they sweet…and very grown-up looking? {sniff}

family pic-obsidian

There’s a trail at the Newberry Crater area that winds through an obsidian flow and ends over looking Paulina lake. We took a family picture there (Christmas card potential?) after marveling on the way up over the obsidian. The Native Americans chipped off pieces of the glass-like rock to make their arrow heads.

It’s illegal to take any of the rocks, and it was hard not to take even a little piece. But we didn’t.

B-and-J at Paulina

It was a wonderful way to spend one of the last weekends before school starts again for us here in Oregon.

On a side note- we were so happy with how our dog did on the trails. He’s been having hip problems for a couple years and then injured his knee a few months ago. He’s doing much better now – and you know what’s working well for him? Tumeric. Isn’t that amazing? I’m going to have to write a separate post on it, ’cause it’s a great story and I’d love to spread the news about tumeric.


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Monday- Dinner out (fancy gift card to use – yeah!)

Tuesday- Slow-cooker ribs, Potato-corn casserole (like this recipe, but with regular milk), green salad

Wednesday- Grilled sausages, grilled Easy Sourdough Artisan Bread, Grilled Green Beans

Thursday- Potato-Carmelized Onion Frittata, Tuscan White Bean Salad, Chopped Salad

Friday- Grilled chicken skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Grilled Vegetables, rice

Saturday- Easy Homemade Pizza (we may try to grill – it’s tasty, but stressful!)

Sunday- Leftovers



  1. brenda from ar says

    What a beautiful family! And the area is so pretty too. Yay for vacations.

    Good morning from a fellow turmeric fan (it helps with headaches). Don’t need no stinkin’ ibuprofen.

    brenda from ar

      • brenda from ar says

        Ibuprofen is an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Many health issues are way more tied to inflammation than say, oh, cholesterol for instance. So, ramping up on anti-inflammatory foods (turmeric, ginger, fresh pineapple, salmon, etc.) and cutting back on inflammatory foods is just a good direction.

        For a headache, I buy turmeric capsules (720 mg.) and take 2-4 with water. If my headache is inflammation based, I get relief in maybe a half hour or so. It works on most of my headaches, but not all. It’s an inexpensive experiment and safer than drugs.

    • Jami says

      Oh, do you have any tips for us, Shelly? The one time we tried it, the flavor was good, but the timing (and arguing about how hot to cook them!) made for a stressful experience. :) Brian didn’t know if he wanted to cook them that way again!

      • says

        We make our pizza on a wood fired grill. If you have a gas grill or charcoal grill try to cook the pizza on an area with indirect heat.

        Here is the process I have found to be the best for us.
        I roll out my dough thin and place it on the grill (no topping yet). Then I grill it for 5-6 minutes over indirect heat. If you are using direct heat it may only take 2-3 minutes just keep the top open during this time if you are doing direct grilling. You will want to watch for a few bubbles to start forming in the dough and then check to see if it is just slightly browned. Once slightly browned I remove the pizza from the grill and add all our topping to the side of the dough that is slightly browned (uncooked side down/cooked side up). Then once I have all the toppings on the pizza I place it back on the grill for about 5-6 minutes more until the crust is crisp and the cheese is melted. If using direct heat this may only take 3-4 minutes.

        I have used this method on a charcoal grill and our wood fired grill. I just had to keep an eye on the ones I cooked on the charcoal grill to keep them from getting done too fast and burning, because the heat is more direct over charcoal.

        This two step process seems to work the best for us and the crust turns out so nice. When I first started grilling pizza I was nervous too. It does get easier the more you grill pizzas. I hope you give it a try again and please let me know how it turns out for you.

        • Jami says

          Oh, man, Shelly – thanks for the details! We have a gas grill and the problem is even indirect heat is sorta direct and the crust cooked so fast. We did the two-step process like you outlined and when we cooked the topping side, the crust was done way before the toppings cooked/softened. So our crusts were a little, um…brown. :) We may try it again, ’cause they sure were good, even with the blackened areas we had to cut off!

          • says

            You might try a thicker crust so the crust wouldn’t cook so fast and maybe that would help. Our old gas grill had two burners and I would just shut one side off and cook on the other side and that worked out well. You might try a pizza stone on the grill to deflect the heat a little. I know at first I used the pizza stone but found with the wood grill it was not needed. That way you would still get the flavor without the burning of the crust.

          • Jami says

            Oh, someone else mentioned putting the stone in the grill…hum, I might try that, though I did like those grill marks on the crust. :)

  2. JanF says

    My first thought- what a lovely looking family just as Brenda pointed out. Sounded like a perfect vacation.
    I look forward to the turmeric info.

  3. Linda says

    Our first experience at Paulina Lake was because it was recommended as “rustic cabins” in Sunset Magazine, many years ago. Oh my! One tiny hanging light bulb. A big barrel that had water in it heated by the fireplace. Our two sons got a shower, then my hubby, and just as I had my hair shampoo filled, the water went to ice water in a split second. I squealed. They laughed!! Still a wonderful memory. Played board games. “The ‘Olden Days'” 😉

    • Jami says

      What a memory, Linda! I didn’t know about the cabins there – we’ve only ever hiked the area. I wonder if they’re still as “rustic?” :)

  4. says

    The frittata sounds like a delicious change of pace for my family. I’ll definitely have to make it on his day off. Thanks for the recipe links.
    Happy MPM!

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