Sunday, May 1, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome May 2016!

Welcome Monday and welcome May!

In honor of the week ahead and because we are having a house guest this week (two in fact, Uncle Steve and Brian), it's a GRILLING WEEK!  The only exception is Thursday because it's Cinco de Mayo and I am making tacos and margaritas!

Check out Laura's site for more menu planning ideas!


Sunday: BBQ Pork Ribs and Corn on the Cob and Cole Slaw
Monday: Grilled Skirt Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with an AMAZING Salad Bar
Wednesday: Grilled Bacon Cheddar Burgers with Chips
Thursday: Cinco De Mayo!  Taco Bar with Mango Margaritas!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Old Photo Friday: Dodger Stadium

WHO: Brian and Stacy
WHAT: Birthday Trip to Los Angeles
WHERE: Dodger Stadium
WHEN: April 2005

Brian suprised me with a trip to Dodger Stadium for my 36th birthday.  We explored Santa Monica, walked Venice Beach and had an amazing night at Chavez Ravine.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Lamb Meatballs in Curry Sauce

A few weeks ago, Brian and I had date night dinner at our favorite West Seattle Pub.  Instead of ordering my favorite hamburger, I branched out and ordered the lamb meatball curry and boy was is good.  

I've thought a lot about lamb meatballs (lamb in general) for the last few weeks and I really wish Chick and Brian liked it more.  I found several recipes on line and found the one that most resembles what I ordered.  I think these meatballs are irresistible and the curry sauce just makes this dish come together nicely.


Lamb Meatballs in Curry Sauce


1 pound ground lamb
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Curry Simmer Sauce (this is one of my favorites and just as good as homemade)
Jasmine Rice
4 tablespoons Sour Cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Sliced green onions, garnish


Mix the lamb, bread crumbs, egg, cumin, garam masala and salt together in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).

Using your hands, shape the meat mixture into 12 large meatballs.  Transfer to a plate. Carefully add the meatballs to the simmer sauce and cover with a lid ajar.  Simmer until the sauce thickened and the meatballs are cooked through with no sign of pink, about 20 minutes.  Season with salt.

Serve meatballs and sauce over hot jasmine rice and top with 1 tablespoon sour cream and cilantro and green onions to garnish.

Picture courtesy of Moi
Recipe found on

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

17/52: Birthday Weekend

Birthdays are meant to be celebrated and I had an amazing long weekend in Seattle!

I arrived early on Friday night and found a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me from my mother.  In all honesty, shouldn't we really celebrate our mothers on our birthdays?

Saturday was a lazy day followed by "date night" and Birthday Eve with Brian enjoying dinner at the 74th Street Alehouse and then a wonderful concert sponsored by the Seattle Folklore Society featuring John Gorka.  If you don't know his music, please check him out. He is a fabulous singer/songwriter and a very funny and entertaining performer.

My birthday was Sunday and it poured buckets of rain, but it didn't dampen my enthusiasm and we had a celebration at Mom and Kenny's followed by dinner at the Tin Room Bar in Burien, which I really enjoyed.  It was a funky little pub with amazing food.

I took Monday off, relaxed with an amazing massage at the Seattle Wellness Center and weeded and re-planted by garden box for summer.  It's hard to believe that the spring bulbs are bloomed and gone and we are planting flowers for the summer ahead and it's not even the end of April.  It was so nice to spend a day off with Brian and get one more day of the birthday weekend for my spirit!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: Last week of April 2016

Welcome Monday!

It's hard to see the month of April go.  Spring is my favorite time of year, but I know that Summer is coming soon.

I've got a LONG week in Portland followed by a quick weekend trip to Eugene for a reunion with some friends I have not seen in years.  For me, this week is all about taking good care of myself, exercising and getting good rest.

Here is our menu for the week and remember to head on over to Laura's site for more organzing tips.


MONDAY:  Traveling back to Portland
TUESDAY: Beef and Bean Taco Casserole
WEDNESDAY: Shrimp Kebabs with Rice
THURSDAY: Birthday Dinner with Chick!  This is one of my favorite places!
FRIDAY: BLT-As with Chips
SATURDAY:  Eugene or Bust!
SUNDAY:  Pot Roast with Vegetables and Cole Slaw