Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Small Business Spotlight: The Local

Tri Cities is having a resurgence of small businesses and I am loving it!

The Local has been open for some time now but I finally found this gem and feel the need to shout it from the mountains. Tucked in off of Gage Rd in Richland, the Local is awesome! With simplistic decor and clean lines galore, this coffee shop is cozy without feeling rushed. A few tables, some couches and outdoor seating make this place feel like home. 

With a simple menu and delicious paninis this is the perfect place to dish about your week with a girlfriend,  work on the computer with the free wifi, or spend some quite time with yourself and a cup of Joe. 

Only downside, it is in a strip mall. I guess that means good parking but what is with the Tri Cities and strip malls? I will never get it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Vineyard time lapse

A glimpse into Washington State Vineyards as flowers become berries and berries become wine. 

This Chardonnay cluster is almost in full bloom. Washington hit bloom in record time this year. With record heat units and ideal weather, fruit set happened without a hitch. 

Fast forward a few weeks and those flowers have set into berries. 

And now, we begin the mad dash toward harvest with verasion appearing on theWahluke  Slope in both red and white varieties.  Check out those purple berries!  

Now taking bets on the likely hood of harvest beginning before Labor Day here in Washington 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

First Anniversary, A Look Back

Sara Welch Photography 
Easter Sunday marked our one year anniversary.  We dove into the top of our wedding cake that has been living in our freezer for a whole year. It was just a little freezer burned but we got to enjoy it in the sunshine.  And the center of the chocolate cheesecake was pretty darn tasty, even if it has been a year.

Top of our wedding cake... One Year Later
Sara Welch Photography

One whole turn around the sun as a Lybeck and as Chads wife.  And oh what a year it has been.

You can read more about our wedding Here

We spent the year Wine tasting with friend, Cheering on our Cougs, and even made the trek to ABQ for a great southwestern style football weekend, Pep rally included... even if our beloved Cougs lost...

We got to see the SUPER BOWL CHAMPS play at the Clink

We Gardened, and dreamed of our plans for 2014

It is safe to say we are both looking forward to what year number 2 has in store!  And the 60 more after that!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Raised Lettuce Bed

When the sun is shining and the weekend is upon us, there is one thing to do.  Garden!

Full raised bed tutorial after a tour of the fun stuff! The greens inside the bed!
Some serious mixed lettuce
Kale screaming "juice me!!"
Spinach! To be paired with the strawberries for salads all summer long!

With a trip to Home Depot and the purchase of:
            • Two 12' x18"x2" boards
            • 12 Bolts
            • Three 12'x1" PVC pipes
            • Three 2'x1.5" PVC pipes
            • 6 U fittings
Plus the use of One 8'x4"x4" Board that we had on hand
Not having kids (yet), we removed the kiddo play kingdom from the backyard, leaving enough wood for raised beds, our compost area and we are hoping to create shelving within our shed! 
 Up-cycling at its finest!

We were able to make the bed for around $36.
We cut the boards to create 8'x4' beds and made sure to leave enough room for a stool, bucket or even better, a wheelbarrow between beds (and fences)!
Each hoop is 12', to anchor the hoop, cut the large diameter 2' pipe in half and attach with the U fitting.

It was a little bit of work but seeing these greens thrive is pretty awesome! And I must give thanks to my hubby for manning the saw and drill!

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Beauty of Spring

Spring is upon us in Washington Wine Country

The birds are chirping,  the temperature is in the 70s and the valley is dusted with beautiful blooming fruit trees.

These lovely apricots are breathtaking against the bright blue sky. Follow me on Instagram @laceylybeck

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In The Garden: Lettuce Bed

April means it is time to start rolling in the garden.
Cleared away are the wind blown tumble weeds and leaves galore.

With our starts going crazy, our to-do lists are shouting "spring!"
Mmmmm, onions!

A few weekends ago, the hubs and I set some goals and were able to transform one area of our garden:
the lettuce bed.

I always wanted my lettuce bed to be in a sitting garden area, a spot to catch some shade in the hot summer months. A spot to munch on the spoils of the garden as we Barbueque. And darn it, I had to have a spot with stepping stones and walkable mosses and plants! What an awesome way to use the brick we have lying around!  And of course what is a lettuce bed without a bed. You know, for the lettuce. And the hubs built quite the bed! 8'x4' this bad boy is sturdy, with PVC pipe hoops to boot! With some plastic sheets added on top, we were able to build a nice little raise bed for under $50 including the soil! 
Our future salads and green smoothies are looking GOOD!

These bad boys got transplanted into it last weekend! With a lot of love and a little bit of Miracle Grow hopefully they will be dinner soon! 

Photos to follow soon, are you doing any garden transformations? Have any advice on growing spinach, kale, or lettuce? I would love to hear from you,

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Road not Taken

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
  I took the one less traveled by,
 And that has made all the difference."
                           -Robert Frost

It amazes me how I drive this road often, for work, traveling between vineyards and yet on this day, it was like I was viewing this with new eyes.  I had to stop. 

I turned around a corner and there it was.  An image which took me directly to Robert Frost's lovely Poem, The Road Not Taken.

I was moved to stop and soak in the meaning of that poem which I memorized and fell in love with in 4th grade poetry class.  Life takes many turns and I believe we all have the power to choose our path, not by a road map but by an accumulation of many small decisions over time.  It is easy to compare oneself to others, wanting for more, wishing to be a little different.
 Comparison really is the theft of joy. 

I am reminded to be me.  Take risk and adventure.  Go against the grain.  Be different. Be YOU.
In this materialistic world, be you and be the best you.  That is all you need.  
Be unique.
Be You.
It makes all the difference.