After 3 days, 1,660 miles, and 1 game of matching up what candy bar we and our closest friends and family are(I’m a Salted Nut Roll by the way), we finally made it to Seattle! My mom and I left Sunday morning and spent a total of 26 hours of driving on I-90W to the Pacific Northwest. We arrived in Seattle Tuesday afternoon, at which point we were informed that my apartment was still being cleaned out by the previous tenant. So then, after 4 hours of waiting to get into my apartment, 2 trips to Target, 2 trips to Bed Bath and Beyond, multiple trips to used furniture shops, and 1 trip to IKEA, I am finally settled in. Whew!
It’s been a long 3 days of unpacking and getting things settled in, but it’s been full of adventure too. Oh, and we’ve also been eating. A lot. This afternoon after a jog around Green Lake, we were ready for a healthy lunch that didn’t require eating out again. I’ve had this dish in the back of my mind ever since I saw Natalie post it on her blog The Sweet’s Life. Every day Natalie makes something drool-worthy but this one in particular caught my eye. I really loved the tanginess from the balsamic vinegar along with the different textures from the chewy pasta, creamy mozzarella, and the crunchy walnuts. It ended up being a delicious, quick, and healthy lunch to fuel my mom and I for an afternoon of walking around Seattle.
Before I post the recipes, here are a few pictures from the beginning of my Seattle adventures just for fun.