Tuesday, October 13, 2015

42/52: A weekend visit with Alex Lee

Brian's niece Alex came up from Alameda, CA this past weekend for a visit.  We had an amazing 48 hours!  It was a full and exiting weekend, showing her some of our favorite place in and around Seattle.

Friday night we had burgers and brews at Elliott Bay Brewery.  It's our go-to Friday night place and Alex loved the beer sampler! 

Saturday's adventures started off with breakfast at Circa before heading to Georgetown. 

Bounded on the south by Boeing Field, this industrial warehouse district has mastered bohemian blue-collar chic.  Rail yards, antique shops and refurbished lofts dot the neighborhood, where everyone from artistic beatniks to hipster families have carved out a spot in this creative hub.  We walked around the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, where artesians sell their good inside Air-Stream trailers, spent time ogling old albums at Georgetown Records and stopped off at several shops that had some funky art, strange collectibles and interesting clothes (the pizza dress amused all of us).

Pike Place Market is always good fun and a great place to people watch.  We picked up two gorgeous bouquets of seasonal dahlias and explored all the stalls filled with jewelry, leather goods, pottery and seafood.  While dodging rain showers, we came upon La Buona Tavola (the Truffle Cafe) and Cameron gave us one memorable wine tasting!  We left with a bottle of Malbec and a greater appreciation of Washington wines.

Finally, we filled our bellies again with amazing pasta at Peel and Press and watched bits and pieces of the Oregon Ducks game and the Dodgers/Mets.

Sunday came around all too quickly and Alex flew back to Alameda and I caught the train back to Portland, catching an amazing sunset as I rolled out of town.

It was so much fun to spend some one-on-one time with our niece who is quite an amazing, bright and beautiful young woman.  She is....the bomb.com!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: October 12-15, 2015

Welcome to the beginning of another wonderful week!  Happy Monday!

I am really loving my new monthly meal planner and am finding it super easy to put together my grocery list and review pantry items now that everything is in one place!

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


MONDAY:  Grilled Salmon with Steamed Broccoli and 1/2 Baked Potato
TUESDAY: Taco Pie with a Garden Salad
WEDNESDAY: Happy Hour at Morton's (Brian heading down from Seattle to meet us)
THURSDAY: Weight Watchers Juicy Burgers

Friday, October 9, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Happy Birthday to Don and Marie

WHO: Marie and Don
WHAT: Hanging out in Oakridge, OR
WHEN: Probably around 1940-42

My paternal grandparents shared a birthday, October 6th.  My Grandmother, Marie was born in 1922 and my Grandfather, Don in 1914, both are no longer with us, but it's an interesting bit of family trivia.  Last Tuesday, Marie would have been 93 and Don, 101.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Sesame Noodles with Chicken

In honor of National Noodle Day (October 6th) here is a quick and easy noddle recipe you can make at home.


Sesame Noodles with Chicken


1/2 pound uncooked udon noodles
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1 pound cooked skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into strips
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons chili sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons sesame seeds


Cook noodles according to package directions.  Remove 1/4 cooking water, set aside water then drain and rinse the noodles.

In a large bowl, combine the noodles, onions and chicken; toss gently together.

In a cup, combine the reserved cooking water, vinegar, soy sauce, oil, hoisin sauce, chili sauce and honey.  Stir well.

Pour liquid mixture over noodles; toss gently to coat all noodles.  Sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds; serve.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

41/52: Last M's Game of the Season

We welcomed October this past weekend with a road trip to Seattle.

Chick and I drove up Friday night and had dinner again at Shadowland (Chick's favorite place in West Seattle).

Then, Saturday morning we hooked up with my Mom and Kenny at The Bridge for Brunch.

On Saturday evening Brian, Sandra and I went to our last Mariners game of the 2015 season.  The ballpark celebrated Oktoberfest, the first pitch was at 6:05 and it was a beautiful fall evening in Seattle.

Unfortunately, the M's lost in extra innings but we had a fun evening.

This year, Brian and I went to more M's games then we have in many years.  There was a lot of off-season excitement in this team and hopes were high.  As the old saying goes....wait until next year!