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bags packed, sleep needed

I got SO much done in the last 3 days.  My to-do list is almost cleared out.  The only things left are things like recipe + about me updates on the blog. 

What did I do today?  It would take too long to list!  The main point is that I’m pretty much done and SO ready to get to Portland!!  A few of you have asked about meeting up and given my place to check out while I’m in town.  Unfortunately, there is going to be no time for meet-ups or sightseeing.  The only sights I’ll be seeing is looking out of the Peas’ windows!! 

If you missed the details of where I’m going, you can check here + here.

[so excited!!!!!!!!!!]

Before I go I thought I would leave you with a recipe. 

Per your lovely suggestions, I used my vita-mix to grind farro this morning.  It worked amazingly!!  The noise was significantly lower and it took much less time, with a better result.

The texture you are looking for is very powdery with small pieces of farro mixed throughout.

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Ahhhh, finally.  Farro breakfast perfection!

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Studded with raisins + topped with almonds, just like the wonderful breakfast at il Cane Rosso.

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The texture was much better this morning.  I used a mixture of almond milk + water.  It was silkier and not quite as thick.

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creamy farro porridge

  • 1/3c [slightly rounded] ground farro
  • 3/4c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2c water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2T butter/earth balance
  • 2t sucanat/brown sugar
  1. Bring water, milk, and farro to a slow boil.
  2. Let cook over medium heat, whisking every few minutes.
  3. After it starts to thicken ~8-10min, whisk in salt, butter, and sucanat.
  4. Total cook time is about 12-15min, or until desired consistency is met.  If you let it cook a little too long, just add more milk or water.
  5. Add mix-ins, pour in a bowl and add toppings.

I just had to add more toppings. :)  Ahhh, this was delightful.  The only problem is that it didn’t keep me full as long as oatmeal.  I’m not sure why that is.  The only thing I didn’t include in this bowl is my typical 1/2 banana.  However, I added more nuts than usual, thinking the extra fat would help hold me over.  I’ll have to try again when I get back from Oregon.  Sometimes when I’m in go-go-go mode, nothing holds me over for more than 2hrs.

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And now a lesson in being an efficient packer. 

Actually, not a lesson because I am NOT an efficient packer.  I don’t really over-pack, but I hate cramming things into a small suitcase and not having a few extra clothing options.  For this trip, I’m not too concerned with what I’m wearing. 

5 days worth of clothing + toiletries, is stuffed into this small rolling carryon bag.  I’ve seen this clothes-rolling method before, as a way to save space, so I thought I would give it a try.  At first I had everything stacked and then I rolled it to see the difference.  Definitely helped!

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The other bag I’m bringing, is this large Burton camera bag, stuffed with…

  • hat
  • scarf
  • 2 lenses
  • 1 camera
  • tripod
  • chargers
  • kitchen towels
  • a few little bowls + plates
  • mini spoons
  • and somehow I need to fit my computer + charger in here too

This is a great camera bag with a million useful pockets.  We use it for hiking and travel. 

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A present for Mama Pea because I doubt we’ll have time for the real thing.

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Tomorrow, I will be THAT person with too much carry-on luggage. 

This is technically a “personal item” right???

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If anyone yells at me for the 2 large bags, I’m going to tell them to call Mama Pea.


<3 Ashley

BTW - Posting might be a bit sporadic while I’m away, as well as answering emails + comments.  I will try my best! :)

Reader Comments (58)

um, that's totally a personal item. i've seen people with 3 different "personal" go on and be that person and ROCK it :)

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

One time a stewardess main a huge scene about my carry on baggage. Okay dramatic.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuneatrepeat

I'll have to try that rolling method... looks like a great trick!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

Wow! You will really have a great day! I love the almonds and the raisins on toppings!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElpi

1. You will not perfect the farro recipe when you get home from Oregon. You will perfect it IN OREGON. Period.

2. I appreciate the gift. I also have two huge tubs of baby wipes and zero kids in diapers. Come to think of it, I have diapers if we are really short on time.

3. I will throwdown any pissy stewardesses or stewards that call you out. It would be my pleasure.

4. See you in 13 hours!!!!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

What a neat lil' packer you are. Have a blast!

My mom taught me that rolling method, and I think it totally works! Safe travels!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCailin @ Stir Crazy

You are a really organized traveler. I don't think my suit case has every looked that neat...or ever will!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn (A Spoonful of Life)

You will have such an amazing time! Safe travels hun!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Woohoo! I'm so excited for you - not only do you get to spend 5 whole days with the Peas, but you get to do some amazing work! Have fun!

have a great time and good luck with the photo shoot!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

That is the most organized suitcase I have ever seen. Well done! Your breakfast looked delicious and healthy, YUM!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoney B

wow, you even make your packing look apealing! nice breakfast! sounds delish! have fun in Oregon!!! :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteenagehealthfreak

Have a GREAT time!!! You two have a lot to do, but I'm sure it will all go really well. :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina @ Faith Fitness Fun

Those Vita-Mixes sound like miracle machines. No wonder everyone raves. My blender stalls and dies in the middle of attempting to crush frozen berries. Lame.

Have a safe flight!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracey @ I'm Not Superhuman

So excited for you two- I can't wait to hear all about it!!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGabriela @ Une Vie Saine

Have fun!!!

[And that farro porridge looks to die for]


You look like you're ready for COMBAT. Maybe, photo shoot, ehehe.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I will need to try rolling my clothes the next time I pack. It looks like it takes up less space. I'm excited for you! You'll have so much fun. I can't wait to see the pictures.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie (Healthy Maddie)

i think we are all sending good thoughts your way hoping for photographic magic!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralana (at) the food

I can't WAIT to try the farro! Thanks for figuring it out! :)

Have SO much fun!!! I'm impressed with your packing. And I love your carry-on. hehe.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

hope you have a great time :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Oh my goodness, I am so excited for you!
Make sure you bundle up, Oregon has been all sorts of chilly for the past few days!
Have a safe flight and a great time!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Have fun!!! And what a great packing job- I should take notes ;-)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

When I was in high school, I made two trips to Europe, each lasting over three weeks. We were limited to only one large suitcase and one carry-on! I did the rolling-clothes method. I also took Woolite and washed some of my clothes in the hotels we stayed in.
I hope you have a great time in Portland!

Apparently if you have sports equipment, you're able to get away with having heavier bags, so just make something up about being a professional photographer (not so made up!) and need for lots of equipment.

Have FUNNN!! I wish I was going too. I also wish I could be behind the scenes and learn your photography tricks too. Post idea?

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ Blogging Over Thyme

Where are you going?

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare

Have fun Ashley!!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Healthy Heddleston

Congrats on your gig with Mama Pea! You are a beautiful photographer and I am STOKED your photos are going to be recognizes in this way!!

Have fun!!


November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdarryn (brio.gusto)

Eee have fun!! Congratulations :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess@atasteofconfidence

I'm glad the Vita Mix worked wonders with the farro! :) I mean, if that machine can blend chicken bones to smithereens, it can do anything. It was my life saver during jaw surgery recovery time.

Your personal item should fit under the seat in front of you, but who's checking? :P

hi Ashley! good luck & have fun! I don't know what it is about oats, but it's the one food that keeps me full more noticably than any other. I don't even love them like you do, but I find if I go for too long without them in my diet, it just feels like I'm not eating right. I'm excited to see that you're exploring different grains for breakfast! I'm always inspired by your recipes :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarta

love doing the roll trick! safe travels :)

Oh man! Have a great time. It'll be fun seeing mama pea blog about ya too. Have a safe trip!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererin@ the office appetite

Have a blast! I've rolled my clothes like that before when packing!

Thanks Marta! I've also been putting about 2T of flax meal in my oats lately, and I know that really helps too. I'll have to try adding flax to the farro and see if that makes a difference.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They ended up checking 2nd bags for free right at the gate so it totally worked out! :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much Darryn!! That really means a lot to me :) xo

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes!! I remember that from lugging around our snowboard gear. I was taking them both as carry-ons but ended up gate checking my 2nd bag for free...worked out perfectly!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

In college I went to Italy for 10 days and we were only allowed 1 carry-on and a back pack!!! That was rough!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I am SO not that organized normally..haha

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you thank you!! It's been quite chilly in Colorado lately too...I don't think we'll be outside too much though ;)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You're welcome!! Soooo good..I'm going to try adding flax meal soon too, to see if that helps keep me full longer. You're impressed with MY packing? I was thinking of you the whole time..with your little packing organizers...hhahaha

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Alana!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They seriously are!!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

So far so good ;)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahahah thanks ;)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Funny because I am not that organized of a person!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

And lots of eating :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Lauren!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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