Tuesday, May 22, 2018

20/52: The Royal Wedding, Preakness Stakes Day and a 5K

I am not sure that we could have crammed anymore into this weekend.  It just so happens that quite a few fun events were all taking place in a 48 hour period.

How many of you got up at 3AM to watch the Royal Wedding?  I set my alarm for 3:00 and saw the arrival of family and the bride and the beautiful ceremony and then went back to sleep for a few hours before moving onto our next event!  I just can't put into words how amazing the wedding was and I am so glad that I taped it so that I can watch it again.  I think Amal Clooney looked phenomenal!

Saturday afternoon was the second leg of the triple crown at Emerald Downs and our friend, Jenny joined us and we had a great afternoon, sipping sparkling wine and NOT winning much money on any of the races.  Mark your calendar for 3 weeks to see if Justify will win the triple crown.

Finally on Sunday was the West Seattle 5K!  A big event for Brian and I and quite an accomplishment for both of us to participate in something so rewarding.  To be honest, we often times walk 2 5ks over the course of the weekend, but this one was a special goal that benefited not only ourselves but our community.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Menu Plan Monday: May 21-24, 2018

Happy Monday one and all!

I am cooking for one this week while Chick is in Vancouver, British Columbia.  It's a great time for me to make some of my all time favorites!

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


MONDAY:  Thai Take-Away!  Chick is packing for trip
TUESDAY:  Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Caesar Salad
WEDNESDAY:  Seared Sea Scallops with Risotto and Pea Puree
THURSDAY:  Fried Oysters with Potatoes and Cream Corn

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Jalfarezi

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.  This month's sunrise-to-sunset fasting officially begins on the first night that the new crescent moon is visible.

When the sun sets, the table is filled with breads as well as hearty stews and soups.

This is a popular Pakastani dish that is quick and easy to make.


Chicken Jalfarezi


4 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tomatoes, chooped
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground corriandar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garam marsala
1 small red bell pepper, choped
1 pound chopped cooked chicken
salt and pepper to taste
fresh cilantro for garnish
Basmati rice


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook the onions and garlic until tender.  Mix in the tomato paste, tomatoes, vinegar and water.  Season with spices and continue to cook and stir until blended and heated through, about 10 minutes.

Mix the pepper and chicken into the skillet. Reduce heat and simmer 6-8 minutes, until chicken is heated through and bell pepper is tender.  Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with basmati rice and garnish with cilantro.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

19/52: Mother's Day Weekend

So many good things packed into a longer weekend.

It was my first Friday working remotely from Seattle.  A bit hit and miss.  I missed my second computer screen and slower connections speeds.  I loved an extra long lunch and taking a fresh air break to read my book on the front porch.  

Saturday was filled with walks and shopping...then some time pulling weeds and laying bark the Secret Garden...followed by a yummy curry and some gelato in Wallingford with friends.

Sunday was a beautiful Mother's Day brunch cooked by Brian.  My table setting honored some of the women in our lives, china from a great-great Aunt, Ann Lee's Silver (Brian's mom) and water glasses given to me by Grandma Phyllis (Rosemary's Mother).  Mom and Kenny brought their dog, Bella and we had a great day!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Menu Plan Monday: Middle of May

Happy Monday!

I can't believe that it's the middle of May already.  We are trying to eat good this week and walk walk walk!

Remember to head on over to Laura's site for more planning ideas!


MONDAY: Garden Burgers
TUESDAY: Shredded Chicken Taco Bar
WEDNESDAY: Yellow Beet Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce and Halibut
THURSDAY: Flat Iron Steak with Steamed Artichokes and Salad