Sunday, July 5, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: July 6-9, 2015

Welcome Monday!

Super excited that we have another 4 day work week (we added an extra vacation day on Monday).  We will be unpacking, cleaning up and getting ready to head back to work Monday night, plus an outdoor concert on Thursday so only two "cooking" meals on the menu this week.

Don't forget to check out Laura's site for more menu planning ideas.


Monday:  Rotisserie Chicken and Caesar Salad
Tuesday:  Chile-Lime Shrimp Quesadillas
Wednesday: Creamy Rigatoni with Bacon and Peas
Thursday: Greenway Concert in the Park!  We will probably make some veggie sandwiches to take over!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Old Photo Friday: I'm getting ready!

WHO: Stacy Dare Brady
WHAT: Looks like I am getting ready for a hike or a camp
WHERE: Springfield, OR
WHEN: Summer 1977 or 1978 (I look to be 8 or 9); I cut my hair short before I started the second grade.

My family was not much into hiking, but apparently in this picture, I am getting ready for some outdoor activity as I am "rocking" that red backpack!

Brian and I are getting ready for two big walks this summer.  I long for the energy and enthusiasm of this 8 year old.  Get Ready!


Recipe of the Week: 4th of July Fun!

Happy 4th of July weekend!  It's hard to believe that July is here already!

Whatever you decide to make for your BBQ, Potluck or gathering...enjoy and have fun.

Here is a fun cocktail idea for the 4th!


Red White and Blue Sangria


2 bottles dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is good)
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks


Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well.

Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Serve well-chilled (or over ice) with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink.


Freeze a few blueberries and raspberries to garnish with as ice cubes.
Only use fresh fruit!
Purchase a star cutter to cut pineapple shapes into stars!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

27/52: First Summer Weekend in West Seattle

We finally found our way back to Lincoln Park on Saturday and Sunday.  Brian had a bit of jet lag from his east coast trip last week (he didn't land until after midnight on Friday night), but it was nice to smell the salt air and get back to walking after three weeks off.

Saturday we had record-breaking heat.  Our heatwave is expected to continue into the holiday weekend.  Sunday was cooler, but humid and thunder rolled through the sky in the morning just after our walk.

The rest of the weekend we just tried to keep our minds off the heat....making pancakes from scratch and hanging solar twinkle lights on the back patio.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Beginning of July 2015

Welcome Monday!

Another short week followed by a long weekend.  The 4th of July is upon us! 

We've got a bit of this and that this week so I want to keep the kitchen low key and the grocery bill even lower going into a long weekend.

Remember to check out Laura's site for more organizing tips and menu ideas.


Monday: I have compulsory CE to complete downtown so I am going to meet Chick for Happy Hour
Tuesday: Ground Beef Crunchy Tacos
Wednesday: Hawaiian Food on the go from 808 Grinds
Thursday: Off to Seattle...Happy 4th of July!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Old Photo Friday: To The Beach

WHO: Ken, Brian, Ann and Kerry Lee
WHAT:  Summer vacation at the Beach
WHERE: I think that was taken down at Dewey Beach, DE
WHEN: Brian looks to be about 4, so I'll say summer 1964-65

Brian flies home from Delaware tonight.  He's had an interesting week...teaching in downtown Wilmington, staying with cousin Randi and her husband in Pennsylvania, but without power the entire week after a Tuesday afternoon thunderstorm.  Then last night's Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball game was called due to rain after the second inning.  He's looking forward to being back home!

This picture was taken down at the beach where Brian and his family spent time every year.