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I’m Tammy Strobel. Welcome to my digital home!

I’m an author, photographer, and cat lover.

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Birthday Adventures


Thank you for the birthday wishes. I received so many sweet messages via email, Facebook, Instagram, and on the blog. Each note made me smile. Thank you for making my special day so bright!

Since my birthday fell on a Wednesday, I took a few days off from work to play. I love Ashland, Oregon, so Logan and I decided to spend some time in the area. We booked our lodging through Airbnb and it was a fantastic experience! It was my first time using the service and we stayed in a sweet little condo, one mile from downtown Ashland.

The condo was roughly 600 sq-ft and it was cozy. Our hosts recently remodeled the condo and they decorated the space with 70s decor; the details were lovely. For example, they had an awesome Panasonic stereo and record player, a fire place, stationary & stamps, and a huge Norman Rockwell book on the coffee table.

We spent hours walking around Ashland. It was fun to explore residential areas, downtown, and Lithia Park. I adore Lithia Park, especially during fall. The colors were stunning.


In addition to long walks, we dined at fantastic restaurants. If you are ever in Ashland, I recommend checking out these spots:

  • Mix Sweet Shop makes a mean pour-over and their coconut cream tart and chocolate hazelnut macaroons are amazing.
  • Standing Stone Brewery has fantastic beer and starter dishes. My favorite was the goat cheese fondue with multi-seed crackers, apples and olives.
  • We ate Martino’s for my birthday dinner and they didn’t disappoint. The Willamette Valley Vineyard Pinot Gris was lovely and their Oregon Smoked Salmon Ravioli was incredibly rich. I savored every bite.
  • The Breadboard was recommended by our host and the breakfast menu was remarkable. I had a veggie eggs Benedict; instead of meat they added a portobello mushrooms and spinach to the dish.
  • The pad thai at Sesame Asian Kitchen is delicious! Plus, Sesame is a sweet little spot for people watching because it’s right across the street from Lithia Park.

Logan and I don’t eat out often, so eating good food in Ashland was a special birthday treat. I don’t like shopping in boutiques for stuff, but I love spending money on yummy food and coffee.

How do celebrate special occasions?

Be well,


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