Saturday, April 22, 2017

Off to Maui!

It's that time again!  We are off to Maui for a birthday break.

No blogging for a few weeks, but I'll post a full wrap up when I get back.

Follow me on Instagram (sdarebrady) for some photos until I return.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Stacy!

WHO: Stacy Dare
WHEN April 24, 1974
WHERE: Kindergarten

Happy Birthday 5 year old Stacy!  Let me tell you that the next 43 years ahead have been pretty good.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp Skewers

Sharing Aloha certainly means enjoying a good meal with friends.  These shrimp skewers combine everything I love about Hawaiian cuisine....a bit of sweet, a bit of spicy and of course, shrimp.

Make these as appetizers or as a main meal with a side of rice and a tossed salad served with last week's papaya dressing.


Shrimp Skewers


5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can Dole pineapple chunks; reserve juice
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika


In a large bowl combine soy sauce, garlic, half the juice from the can of pineapple, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, ginger and smoked paprika.  Remove 2-3 tablespoons of marinade and set aside.

Add the cleaned shrimp to the mix.  Let marinade for as long as possible (preferably over-night).

To assemble: place two shrimp on the skewer vertically then add a piece of pineapple. Keep alternating until the skewer is full. Now they are ready for the grill.

Place them on a hot grill and cook for 10 minutes, flipping occasionally.  Baste skewers while cooking with the reserve marinade.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

16/52: Early Birthday and Easter Weekend

We had an almost springlike weekend with a bit of sunshine most of the weekend!

Brian and I drove once again from Portland to Seattle on Friday.  No trains running again and Brian had a special tutoring session downtown Portland on Friday so it worked out best to drive.

Saturday was my birthday celebration with my Mom and Kenny since I will not be in Seattle for my birthday.  We had a lovely lunch, presents and cake.  Thanks for continuing to spoil me rotten, Mom!

Easter Sunday it was back in the car early for the drive back to Portland and a low-key quiet afternoon at home and a fabulous roast pork dinner along side some awesome potatoes au gratin and roasted asparagus.

The Easter bunny hopped into the house with some awesome baskets.  What more can you ask for?


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Easter Sunday Week 2017

Happy Monday!

Did you have a nice Easter Weekend?

I am busily packing and prepping for vacation so I am going to try and make quick and easy meals this week.

Here is our menu for the week ahead.  Don't forget to head on over to Laura's site for more menu plans.


SUNDAY:  Pork Roast, Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin and Roasted Asparagus
MONDAY: Shredded Chicken Tacos
TUESDAY: Pork Fried Rice
WEDNESDAY: Grilled Hamburgers
THURSDAY: Take-Away Thai Food