Have you been wondering “Hey, where’s that Farmgirl chick?” Well we took off for 12 days and did a whirlwind California tour. It was a lot of driving, but we got to spend quality time with family that we don’t have the opportunity to see all that often.
Getting back to our house…well, the first place I wanted to be was in the kitchen, but alas, the sea of “vacation laundry” won out over playing in my favorite room of the house.
Here’s a little bit of our time in California….
We saw GIANT trees.
Really GIANT trees. These are the giant Redwoods of Northern California. I lived in Northern Cal among the giants for most of my childhood and took them for granted. Now as an adult I marvel in their presence and wish I could stare up at one on a daily basis. They are truly amazing and a definite “bucket list” item to not miss in this lifetime.
We saw Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. These two have been hidden in the redwoods for over 50 years. Check out Trees Of Mystery for more info on this fun pit-stop.
We hung out with my 92 (1/2) year old grandmother. She doesn’t look 92 1/2 does she? She’s amazing and my inspiration!
We put our toes in the Pacific Ocean. Oh how I miss it.
We hung out with cousins….and ate far too many donuts.
It was a great time for the kids to reconnect with their cousins.
After 10 days of visiting 2 sets of family, we hit the road and headed home to Washington. It was great to spend time with family, but it’s really nice to be home.
A nice big bowl of comfort food was in order for tonight and Loco-Moco is definitely that. If you’ve never had it before, you should give it a shot. It’s quick and satisfying. The kids will gobble it right up too. It was created for the hungry surfers on the island of Hawaii and is now sold in roadside stands and restaurants all over the islands. It’s typically eaten for breakfast, but tonight, it was dinner.
A quick and satisfying bowl of rice, hamburger patty, fried egg and topped with homemade teriyaki sauce and brown gravy. It may not be beautiful, but it’s Heaven in a bowl.
4 cups water
2 cups white rice
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, minced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon milk
salt & pepper to taste
4 eggs, fried to taste
brown gravy (homemade or canned)
crushed red pepper flakes, for serving
Sriracha sauce, for serving
sliced green onions, for serving
- In a medium saucepan, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil, add the rice and stir. Cover with a lid and turn down the heat to low. Cook rice according to the package instructions for time. Conversely you can use a rice cooker.
- Mix the first 8 ingredients (beef through salt and pepper) in a medium bowl until well combined. Form into 4 patties and grill or broil to preferred doneness.
- To Serve: scoop 1 cup of rice per plate, top with 1 burger and drizzle with the teriyaki sauce and brown gravy. Top with a fried egg and sprinkle a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes & sliced green onions. Serve immediately with a bottle of Sriracha and a cold Hawaiian beer.