Vinegar and Spice and all things nice…wait what?

I believe the original rhyme goes “sugar and spice and all things nice.  That’s what little girls are made of.”  A popular 19th century nursery rhyme titled What are Little Boys Made Of?  
So what’s with the random rhyme?  Well Little Pear (who happens to be full of vinegar and spice as of late) and I made our way to downtown Astoria this afternoon for a meetup with our friends of the local Columbia River Babywearing Club.  The choice spot for our meeting, a visit to Pat’s Pantry, a locally sourced spice shop that carries unique blends of vinegars, gourmet salts, sugars, oils and condiments.  Right up The Traveling Pear’s alley.  Columbia River Babywearing Club
Our fearless Babywearing leader, Cristina (pictured with red scarf), had made arrangements for us Mommies to partake in a vinegar tasting session, complimented with cheese and bread.  Pat, the owner, demonstrated and discussed the various uses for these unique blends.  Many were served with mineral water and would have been quite nice over ice.  My favorite was the habanero mango…delish! This is one shop the Chef and I had yet to explore.  So glad Little Pear and I made the trip, even though she fussed her little head off, we still made the best of it.
Pat's Pantry Astoria Oregon


Pat's Pantry Astoria Oregon

sugar collage

Little Pear and I brought home a sampling of cooking salts…lavender, fleur de sel, french salt (which has herbs de Provence mixed within) and none other than the Chef’s favorite, truffle salt.  The sugars were calling my name as well.  Guess there’s always a next time!   
That’s all for now from the Pacific Northwest… 
Megler Bridge Astoria Oregon

Megler Bridge Astoria Oregon



Happy Blog Birthday New Year 2016

Just a quick post to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year!  It’s also The Traveling Pear’s 5th blog birthday.  I admit the posts have slowed considerably over the last two years, but not because we’ve tired of blogging.  We’re letting life just BE for the moment…and settling into our new lives as parents to our little pear.

mommy and daddy

So here’s to another year…may you live, love, laugh and enjoy life.  May you be blessed.   I know we sure are.



Want to get your hands on one of the Chef’s fav recipes?  Check out the December 2015 issue of the Taste of Home magazine…he’s there!

Taste o

The Pacific Northwest Move-In

The Traveling Pear trio is settling in on the northwest coast of the great state of Oregon… we’re living our Pacific Northwest dream.  New home, new baby, new friends, new experiences.  We are undoubtedly counting our blessings.

Our first week as a family, after 80+ days apart, were spent unpacking, shopping for our home, unpacking, decorating, meeting neighbors, unpacking, dinner with Maine friends…yes a little of Maine made it’s way here in the form of my hairstylist.  I’m so lucky!  We took a few days to explore a little of our slice of the PNW (Pacific Northwest).  Exploring with a four month old is a hit or miss and can end quite abruptly, especially when the bottle of milk mommy packed failed to have a nipple on the end of it.  Total mom fail!

Our first real outing/event with our baby pear was the local beer festival, the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup.  The variety of really awesome beers and ciders on tap was the most the Chef and I had ever experienced.  Baby pear must have enjoyed it too, as the ole’ girl happily stayed awake for over 4 hours bouncing away strapped to Chef daddy.

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup

Alaskan Malamute... hands down the biggest dog we've EVER seen!

Alaskan Malamute… hands down the biggest dog we’ve EVER seen!  All baby pear needed was a saddle and she could’ve rode him around the festival!   Note the Chef’s Momma…she came to help with the move-in and get a taste of the PNW.    

After the beer festival we headed to the Astoria Column, which rises 600 ft above sea level and features a hand painted frieze of the history of the area.  Currently it’s undergoing renovations, so we couldn’t actually view the frieze. However, the views of the city of Astoria, Young’s Bay, the Columbia river and the Pacific Ocean in the distance are unbelievably stunning.  I seriously can’t describe in words how awesome and grand the view is.  Much like the views seen from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine.

My lens wasn’t wide enough to shoot the entire expanse…hazy blue-gray mountains afar, and sprawling green valleys in the foreground.  The beautiful blue of the river and far off Pacific.  Incredible.  I would never tire of a view like that.  As I stood there, camera in hand, I had to take a moment to soak it all in before framing my shots.  We’ll have to go back for a Traveling Pear Trio selfie 😉 as Baby Pear slumbered away in her carseat and missed the epic views.

Astoria Column views

Columbia River Bridge Astoria

Two experiences down and many more to come…

In less than a year

One year, 365 days.  To some that amount of time is an eternity, and it very well has seemed like that to us in the past.  However, this wasn’t one of those years.  This time last year we had just moved into our Washington, DC, apartment and were settling in for what we thought would be a three year adventure in a city we had never dreamed of living.  Fast forward to today, and our Washington apartment has new tenants and we are long gone…  but with a wee little one in tow.  Little baby Pear made her arrival on May 9th!

baby feet

In less than a year we find ourselves on the move again, to a home we can finally call our very own, in a land we had always dreamed of living.  In less than a year our whole world has changed,  not just our address.  We now have the greatest adventure ahead of us….to raise this little miracle of life we’ve been graciously blessed with, in a land of glorious vistas, winding rivers, snow capped mountains, and beautiful beaches…from which killer whales can be viewed 😉

pacific northwest orca

Quite possibly we’ll love it a little more than Maine???  Did I really just write that?  Only time will tell.  Now on to our new adventure.  Hopefully this one will be a little longer than the last.  We’ll return to blogging once the moving boxes have been unpacked and life settles once again.

Pacific Sunset

New Beginnings of Spring

Far too many months have elapsed since the last post, but it’s not because life has become uneventful, quite the opposite.  In fact, with the passing of winter into spring we’ve not only experienced the transformation of the landscapes around us, but we too have a our own transformation taking shape…in the form of a little bundle of joy, set to arrive when the blooms of peonies begin unfolding their delicate petals.  The Traveling Pear will become the The Traveling Trio sometime on or around the beginning of May…a baby girl, we’ll welcome into the world.  Couldn’t have planned a better arrival date…right in the middle of Spring!  The Chef will sure have his hands full now.  Two princesses under one roof! 😉 I see many Marie Antoinette macaroon baking sessions and tulle and chiffon dress-up parties in our future.



maternity photoshoot DC cherry blossoms

DC Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry Blossom maternity photoshoot

And soon after her arrival,  she’ll have her suitcases packed and ready for a cross country trip to Texas and then…. where the orca whales splash and the Goonies roam.  The western most explored area of the Lewis and Clark expedition… Astoria, Oregon! Yes, we are once again on the move, from the nation’s capital to the rugged lands of the Pacific Northwest.  I told the Chef when we left Washington state in June that I hoped one day we could call the region home, who knew it would be so soon!  Life sure has a way of surprising you.

Join us, as our life is about to get even more adventurous!

pacific northwest orca

Until then, we leave you with the beauty that is DC when in full bloom…

DC Cherry Blossoms Tidal Basin

DC Cherry Blossoms

Jefferson Memorial DC cherry blossoms

Tidal Basin DC cherry blossoms

Washington Monument DC cherry blossoms

DC cherry blossoms

DC cherry blossoms maternity photoshoot

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