Love Board Games and More??????

It seems like finding a store dedicated to board games, role play games, trading card games, etc can be hard to find.  It’s certainly not something you find on every corner right?  If you have a love for these types of games then you will love this week’s hot spot of the week, Rune & Board in Hillsboro.

Owned by Nick and Sadie who both have a love for board games.  Sadie is a Dungeons & Dragons fan, and has been playing different editions of the game for over 30 years.  Nick has a love for board and card games, which he has been playing for over 30 years as well.  Along the way he found he had a passion for magic so you will find some magic items in their store.  Nick also loves to play euro and role play games as well.

If those types of games are not your jam never fear as they also have Legos, puzzles and educational games.  There’s honestly something for everyone at their store.

When we aren’t under COVID restrictions they do host events at their store.  If you would like to go into the store and play they are taking reservations for parties of no more than four with a minimum $5 purchase per person.  Great way to get to see your friends and have some fun.

To stay up to date on what’s happening be sure to follow their blog. Rune & Board is located at 238 SE Washington Street in Hillsboro.  If you are traveling to their store via Max or bus the nearest stop is Hillsboro Central/SE 3rd TC Max Station.  Their hours of operation are Monday to Saturday 12 – 7 PM and Sunday 12 – 5 PM.

The Days Are Longer Why Not Grab a Brew……

This time of year makes you just want to be outside so you can enjoy the weather, and maybe a cold brew.  This week’s hot spot of the week is a place that you can do just that, Ambacht Brewing

Located in Hillsboro, Oregon Ambacht Brewing is Oregon’s only brewery without an IPA.  Ambacht strives to create American Ales inspired by Belgian brewing.  Their tap room is open from 12-5 PM Thursday through Sunday for you to enjoy a brew.

You are able to bring food in with you and your floof to enjoy their outdoor seating.  You’re also able to grab bottles or have your growler filled.  If you are a cherry fan you’ll want to check out two of their newer brews as they are their cherriest brews to date – Ambacht Pie Cherry Pale and. Ambacht Pie Cherry Dark.

The next time you’re looking for a brew or want to share something local with a friend from out of town hit up Ambacht.  They’re located at 1060 NE 25th, Suite B in Hillsboro.

Prepared to be overwhelmed with soooo many plants…………

I am so happy that the days are longer, and my yard is starting to be full of color.  It really has me excited to head out to one of my favorite nurseries that is close to home…..Blooming Junction

Why do my husband and I love Blooming Junction so much?  I love that it is just 10 minutes away from my home, they have soooo many plants, they have a wonderful blog for you to follow, when COVID isn’t here they have done classes and events, plus if you’re interested in doing a CSA – community supported agriculture.

Another thing that we absolutely love about Blooming Junction is the fact that they have a plants on hand list on their website.  This can come in handy when you are wanting to go look for a specific plant and wondering if they have it.  In our house that one plant is purple fountain grass.  I feel in love with this fun grass 8 years ago.  As it grows it produces these fun soft tufts that are just so pretty.  Typically a grass is something that will come back year after year.  Purple fountain grass is not one of those items.  We have to plant it every year and have struggled to find it at times.  Blooming Junction has always had it when we go to look for it.

When we go to visit Blooming Junction we make sure that we have a few hours because the place is so large, and I get overwhelmed that it takes us awhile to pick out the plants that we want.  I find that I find something, then roam and go back.

Another thing that I love is that they have a little grocery style store there with some amazing products.  Many of which are unique and would make great gifts.

Blooming Junction is located at 35105 Zion Church Road, Cornelius, OR or contact them at


Cheesecake Always Feels So Decedant

I cannot lie, I LOVE cheesecake, and so does my son.  So much so that this child who prefers not to cook unless it can happen in the microwave will actually make cheesecake from scratch!😲For those times when you want cheesecake but do not want to make it from scratch this week’s local business of the week has you covered – Zoe Ann’s Cheesecake

Owner Zoe Ann who everyone calls Zoe bakes all of the cheesecakes herself.  She believes in quality over quantity.  The reason she choose to start baking cheesecakes is that she believed a product that tasted AMAZING would make people happy.

In today’s world where everyone is watching what they eat, Zoe Ann knows that there are times when people want to splurge and when they do what they splurge on should taste amazing and use good ingredients.  For this reason Zoe Ann uses Philadelphia brand cream cheese, butter, fresh heavy cream, nuts, liqueurs, pure extracts and fresh fruit.  While these ingredients cost more she knows that they are what makes her cheesecakes taste so good!

She says, ” For instance, in our Coconut Cream  cheesecake, we crack fresh coconuts, and use macadamia nuts in the  crust. (Well, okay, I don’t personally crack the coconuts, my husband  does that!) Our cheesecakes might seem a bit pricey, but when you  consider the ingredients and labor involved in each and every flavor we  offer, they are actually a good deal. Our cheesecakes are rich, creamy,  and very satisfying. They are baked in small batches to ensure quality. I  truly mean it when I use the phrase, quality over quantity, to describe  my baking and business philosophy.”


All I can say is that, that coconut cream cheesecake sounds like something that needs to get in my belly (so long as it’s gluten free).  So, the next time you’re sweet tooth is screaming at you give Zoe Ann’s Cheesecakes a try, and let me know what you think.

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Burger?

My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copyLiving in Hillsboro you have probably heard of The Helvetia Tavern.  It’s this quaint burger joint right beyond the train tressels, and it’s one of those places that you go to when you’re looking for that relaxed country atmosphere, and honestly my kids love this place.

This family owned business has been around since 1946, and truly is a landmark in the Hillsboro area.  Let’s be honest, there aren’t a whole lot of restaurants that can say they’ve been around for 75 years, and continue to have a raving fan base.

The Helvetia Tavern is known for their burgers and fries – which are hand cut!  I mean how can you go wrong with hand cut fries, as well fresh ground beef burgers.  In addition to the amazing burgers and fries, they’ve got veggie burgers, onion rings, fish and chips – basically it is the local bar that you go to for an amazing burger.  PS:  They’ve got gluten free buns so you know my family is happy about that.

One of the things I love seeing since COVID hit is that you can drive by the the tavern and see families sitting outside with the back of the SUV open with a card table and chairs enjoying their take out.  If you are looking for a great Tuesday Takeout place please support this amazing local biz so they can be around for another 75 years.