After being insanely full from the best meal I have had on the west coast, we got up the next morning to wait in line for Voodoo Donuts, a place that Erin and Dave have been to several other times. Note the glitter glue painted on the bricks outside of the door.* They had too many donuts to choose from, so for the three of us, we decided on maple-bacon, chocolate cake coconut, chocolate cake Butterfinger, glazed vanilla icing with Froot Loops, and their signature Voodoo doll. The cake donuts were good, but the raised donuts were incredible! My favorite was the Voodoo doll, because of the chocolate icing, and the raspberry filling that would squirt out when you poked it with the pretzel stick in its belly. The maple-bacon was equally delicious, obviously there aren't too many ways you can go wrong if you slap bacon on it, but the Voodoo doll donut was way more entertaining! If you haven't pieced it together yet, THIS nutritious breakfast of assorted donuts is what preceded my lunch of leftover biscuits straight from heaven.
The book I found last, Getting Past What You'll Never Get Over, by J. Westfall, has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. I got to the third chapter this morning, and through tears, reached a break-through that I have been praying into for a full year now. I would highly recommend it! It sounds like a very specific book, but it isn't. God has already wrecked my heart with revelations of what he has done in baby steps this past year, and now in full, as I read about the healing He has for me. I am amazed at the seasons He takes us through, and how even though they can seem unending and insurmountable, God is right there all along, doing a new thing in us, refining us, and equipping us for what's to come. Life isn't perfect, it never will be. There is going to be hurt- physically and emotionally, and Jesus gives us the strength, tools, and knowledge to get through it. The reality that life is hard and that not always being ok, is actully ok, is what the Lord has been teaching me so much about. Just because we walk with Jesus and are saved from our sins doesn't mean we are free from life's hurts. This world is broken, and so are we, every single one of us. I just praise Jesus for His overwhelming grace, omnipotence, and love that gives me breath, life, and hope to keep going, even when the going gets tough.
I bet you weren't expecting the way that got all deep were you?! HA Well expect more depth about what the Lord has been doing in this area specifically in a post to follow!
After Powell's, Erin and I headed to the Nordstrom Rack, because I had my eye on a little something for Dj that I had seen through the window. Before we got there, I noticed the little chocolate store Moonstruck, a brand that had caught my attention in various other candy stores before. I had seen on the packaging that they were based in Portland, so I was eager to check out the actual store! It was a super tiny hole-in-the-wall, with very carefully and artistically crafted "artisan chocolates." They had some that were clown fish, mushrooms, dogs, mice, and so on. Let's get real, I was only looking for the salted caramels. I got two salted caramels, and another Bailey's truffle. The Bailey's one was good, it definitely tasted like Bailey's, but the salted caramel truffles were the best I have ever had!!! Each truffle was $2.50, which I would usually say is dumb, but I DON'T CARE. I would pay it again without hesitation. The caramel was so rich and creamy, yet chewy at the same time. There was a freshness to it that came together with the milk chocolate, and sent through the roof with the sea salt. Sea salt caramel is my favorite of any dessert or chocolate! There goes Portland again, nailing all of my favorites!!
Sunday morning we woke up with the plan to get Pine State Biscuits before we hit the road. On a day with a posted high of 90, I was shivering standing in line for over an hour. It hadn't hit 60 by 11am. I was getting to my predictably hangry state, questioning whether it was worth stretching my patience in the cold this much, when finally the food came, and the perfect plates were laid before us. Scroll down to commence drooling.
The blueberry and whip biscuit exceeded expectations as well. The blueberries were almost reduced to a syrup, yet still had tons of whole berries, with what tasted like home-made whipped cream. It was very sweet and more like pancakes or dessert (is there a difference?), and it made me want to try this one at home! It seems simple enough, but there is so much flavor and buttery goodness to their biscuits that I'd be nervous to even attempt such artistry.
If not, someone please send me Pine State Biscuits through the mail.