Tuesday, November 24, 2015

48/52: Back home!

We drove back to Portland on Friday night under starry skies and cooler temps, met by our adorable cat at the front door when we arrived home.

Saturday, we took an amazing early morning walk down to Lincoln Park.  Temps were barely above freezing and the sun glistened off the Olympic mountains freshly glazed in new snow.

We swung by my Mom's church to take a peak at their holiday bazaar.  They had lots of holiday treasures, books and homemade goods.  We bought $5 worth of goodies (to go along with our presents from True Value's annual open house)!

It was a bittersweet departure to Portland on Sunday fueled by an amazing breakfast (potato works) at Circa in West Seattle.  I will not be back to Seattle until the first weekend in December.  I did manage to plant my spring bulbs as our temps will continue to be cool to freezing this week.  In 12 weeks I hope to see three rows of daffodils and tulips!

This week is Thanksgiving mode.  Grocery shopping, prep cooking and preparing for the big day!  Brian arrives back in Portland on Wednesday.

How did you spend your weekend?  Did you travel or stay at home?  Leave me a comment.


Sunday, November 22, 2015


Welcome to Thanksgiving Week!

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and we will be celebrating all long weekend long with some really good meals and lots of traditions.

Our hearts will be full even if our table is set a bit smaller this year.  We are still over flowing with gratitude and love and celebrating all the things that make our family so wonderful.

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving?  Don't forget to check out Laura's blog for more menu and planning ideas.


MONDAY: Garden Burgers (I'll pick up the turkey at lunchtime) 
TUESDAY: Tacos (quick easy meal after grocery shopping for the big day).
WEDNESDAY: Off work at 1PM and home to prep cook.  Lasagna, Salad and Bread (thanks, Brian)
Happy Thanksgiving!
Marcona Almonds
Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Crackers
Vegetable Platter with Dip
Champagne Mimosas
Roast Turkey & Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Classic Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts with Marjoram and Pine Nuts
Buttery Peas
Relish Tray with Deviled Eggs, and Black Olives
Cranberry Relish
Pumpkin Pie
FRIDAY: Nacho Bar (Civil War at 12:30)
SUNDAY: Turkey Enchiladas

Friday, November 20, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Happy Birthday Aunt Judy!

WHO: Uncle Roy, Tina, Aunt Judy and Tangi
WHAT: Family portrait
WHERE: Edgerton, OH
WHEN: 1971-72

Happy birthday to my Aunt Judy who celebrates her birthday tomorrow!  I hope you are having fun with your brothers, Jim and Steve and SIL, Rosemary as they celebrate your birthday and the Thanksgiving holiday.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Thanksgiving Side Dish #3 - Edamame Succotash

One of the only things that I won't eat (and this is coming from a girl who grew up on fresh venison, fried oysters and liver and onions) is lima beans.  A popular southern side dish at Thanksgiving is succotash, but instead of traditional lima beans, this dish is made with edamame (which is a fancy word for soybeans).  A complete recipe changer for me and something that I might consider as a side dish on my holiday table.

This dish is in memory of Brian's late brother, Ken.


Edamame Succotash


1 red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow pepper, seeded and diced
1 1/2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 16 oz package frozen edamame
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste


Saute onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until tender. Add peppers and corn and cook for 5 minutes longer.

Stir in broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low.  Stir in edamame and cook for 3 minutes.  Add butter and stir until melted.

Remove from heat and add basil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

47/52: Quiet November

This past weekend was another quiet weekend in West Seattle. It was also quite wet (over 4 inches in rain gauge from Thursday to Sunday).

Brian's schedule has been hectic and he's in the middle of a long run of 7 weeks of teaching back and forth between Seattle and Portland.  It's the perfect time for us to stay close to home!

Saturday was spent making some wonderful and hearty meals!  Brian cooked Cowboy Hash on Saturday morning while I worked out indoors.  In the afternoon, I made a huge crockpot full of beef stew and Brian made some wonderful homemade Italian Herb bread. The house smelled incredible!

I dodged the ending rain showers and cool temps early Sunday morning, but I finally got the front flower bed cleaned out (pictures next week).  I am hoping to get some spring bulbs planted with Brian's help before Thanksgiving.  The squirrels run amok in the bed and take off with my bulbs if I don't lay down some chicken wire.

Sunday was bittersweet. A quiet morning...then packing the car up again for another drive to Portland.  Brian's fighting a cold and we have a big week ahead. Let's hope we all remain healthy for the holidays ahead.

How was your weekend?  Did you have rain/snow/sunshine?  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you did to make the weekend memorable!