Tuesday, August 30, 2016

34 & 35/52: Summer Vacation 2016

There is just something about not taking a vacation away that is refreshing.  Three times a year, I try and spend at least 10 days in a row in Seattle with my boys.  Summer vacation is always a highlight of the year.

Here are some of the fun activities that we enjoyed last week!  Stacy

Mariners vs. Yankess at Safeco Field

Ferry to Whidbey Island

West Seattle Water Taxi to Seattle Waterfront

A day on Lake Washington

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: End of August 2016

Welcome Monday!

I am back from vacation and cooking up a storm this week.  Steal those end of summer moments outside and not inside worrying about your menu and food planning!  Take time TODAY to plan out your menu to save time and money!

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


SUNDAY:  WELCOME back to Portland BBQ Ribs with Cole Slaw and Corn on the Cob
MONDAY: Grilled Salmon with Grilled Asparagus and Grilled baby potatoes
TUESDAY: Taco Salad
WEDNESDAY: Chicken and Artichoke Bake
THURSDAY: Grilled Hamburgers with Chips or BLTS (depending on abundance of tomatoes)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's Time for Summer Vacation!

Bon Voyage!

Time for a little "time off" from the blog and a nice stay-cation in Seattle with my boys!

I'll see you when I get back and fill you in on how we spent our Summer vacation!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Old Photo Friday: Big Bucks Diamond Jim

WHO: Pop
WHAT: Winnings off a big Keno ticket
WHEN: Mid 1970's

I sure would love to be a fly on the wall when my Pop and Brian leave for Reno in 10 days. I am sure they will have a blast.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Summer Shandy

Do you know what a Shandy is?  These days, major beer distributors make them in mass bulk, but years and years ago, you just mixed them up at home.

A Shandy is a beer mixed with some form of a carbonated soft drink, such as lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or fruit juice.  They are very popular in Western Europe, especially Germany. 

With Summer vacation starting soon, here are a couple of summer beer recipes to enjoy!


Southern Shandy


3 12 oz. bottles of cold beer (choose something light); Corona or Budweiser
4 cups of chilled lemonade (Newman's)
1/2 cup peach brandy


Combine all ingredients and stir.

Pour into glasses filled with ice.

(Makes 4 drinks)

Beer Old Fashioned Cocktail


1 oz. bourbon
6 oz. wheat-style ale
2-3 dashes of bitters
1 tsp. brown sugar
orange twist


In an old fashioned glass, add brown sugar, then a few dashes of bitters.  Add the bourbon, then middle until the sugar dissolves.  Put an ice cube in the glass, then add the beer. Squeeze the orange twist over the mixture and wipe the rim of the glass with the twist.

(Makes 1 drink)