Tuesday, October 17, 2017

41/52: San Diego

I don't get to travel much for business but I do a fair amount of traveling for pleasure so I can't complain too much.  I've wanted to attend our national convention the last few years, but the timing wasn't right. This year's conference, San Diego. Who doesn't want to go to San Diego in October?  Not to mention, an easy flight from Portland and an easy flight back to Seattle on Friday night.

The problem with work trips is...well...THEY ARE FOR WORK!!!!  Meetings all day and sponsor dinners at night, don't leave much free time, unless you make and plan and carve out some "free time" for yourself. 

Wednesday afternoon/evening (after being up since 3:30 AM), I escaped to the beach for a glass of wine, a fish tacos and a sunset!

Ocean Beach was a short Uber ride away and a beautiful little neighborhood. I found a perfect place to relax and enjoy some "me" time and it was totally worth it!

The rest of the work week flew by and before I knew it, I was back in Seattle!

San Diego is definitely a place that I'd like to visit again and I just found out next year the conference is in Austin, TX...a bucket list destination for sure!!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Middle of October 2017

Welcome to the halfway point of October!  I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Riding back to Portland on the train this afternoon, my mind was calmed just knowing that my grocery list was all made out and that I didn't have to worry about what I was going to cook for the week ahead.  Remember, I was out of town on business last week.  Setting up my menu and planning my list literally takes me 10 minutes a week, if that and since I had my meal plan for the month, I already knew what I needed on my grocery list.  Do you have 10 minutes a week to save you hours?  I think you do!

Remember to see what else Laura can help you organize!


MONDAY: Greek Burgers
TUESDAY: Slow Roasted Short Ribs over Polenta with Roasted Carrots
WEDNESDAY: Chicken Burrito Bowls
THURSDAY: Slow Cooker Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Old Photo Friday: Remembering Sammy

WHO: Sammy Brady Lee (but you can call me Mr. Samakins)
WHAT: Learning to walk on his leash (didn't enjoy)
WHERE: Backyard West Seattle
WHEN: May 2009

Sunday marks one year since we lost our sweet baby.

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, my loving angel.

I hope you are at peace on the Rainbow Bridge.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Recipe of the Week: Roasted Pickled Beets

My good friend, Sonja brought out a batch of picked beets that she made a few weeks ago when we all had dinner together.  Ever since then, I've been wanting to make a batch for our fridge.  


Roasted Pickled Beets


3-4 beets
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Preheat oven to 350F.  Wash the beets well and trim off greens.  With a veggie peeler, remove the skin.

Place beets on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, fold it over the top of the beets and seal the edges.  Place baking sheet in the oven and roast beets for 25-30 minutes then turn foil packet over. Bake for another 25-30 minutes before testing with a sharp knife to see if the largest beet is tender in the middle.

Once they are cooked, remove from the oven and allow them to cool.  Slice the beets about 1/4 inch thick and place them in a pint or quart canning jar.

Combine the vinegar, water, garlic, sugar and salt.  Pour it over the beets in the jar until covered.

Refrigerate!  Beets will taste best after pickling for a few days.  They can be kept refrigerated for about 2 weeks.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

40/52: Family Visits

I drove down to Springfield last Thursday night to visit with my Pop and Rosemary before they left for a few weeks in Florida.  We ate at a new place in Eugene, Blu Mist and it was amazing.  I said goodbye to Springfield and the full moon before heading up to Seattle on Friday afternoon.

It was exciting to be back on the train on Friday...back to my old routine and schedule.  I spent way too much time, of late...driving.  Like the old Eddie Rabbit song rambling in my head, "I'm driving my life away".  I was grateful that my regular Amtrak crew was glad to see me back and it was a beautiful fall day...the best way to see the world go by on the train.

The rest of the weekend flew by.  From a squirrels soccer game, to a visit from Brian's brother...we surrounded ourselves with home, family and friends which is the best weekend I can think of.