Friday, April 18, 2014

Old Photo Friday: First Day of 8th Grade

WHO: Stacy Dare Brady
WHAT: First day of 8th grade
WHERE: Back yard at E Street in Springfield, OR
WHEN: September 1982

Oh dear me!  I've always wanted to be a fashionista, but this clearly is evidence that I was not.  Too bad that you can't see my shoes, which were very close to the ones Dorothy wore in the Wizard of Oz, except mine were not sparkly....just red and with a bow!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Deschutes Brewery IPA Steamed Manila Clams

Last week the family hosted my cousin Taryn and her new husband, Jesse in Portland.  They planned a trip out west (they live in Kentucky) to see Portland, explore the craft brewery scene and travel down the Oregon coast to California.

We all met for lunch at Deschutes Brewery in Portland and I ordered the steamed manila clams.  What's better than sweet Oregon clams steamed in a rich full bodied IPA?  Not much!  So grateful to Deschutes for putting this recipe on their website.


Chainbreaker White IPA Steamed Manila Clams


1 lb manila clams
6 oz Chainbreaker White IPA
1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
1 tablespoons butter
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper


Over high heat, saute garlic and onions in butter for one minute (use medium sized stock pot).  Add beer, salt, pepper and clams.  Continue to saute until the clams have opened completely (about 5 minutes).

To serve:  Remove clams from pot and serve in a large bowl with about a cup of the broth.  Top with cheese.  Add toasted sliced bread, melted butter and lemon (plus a pint of Chainbreaker White IPA).

Recipe serves 3-4 (yea,'ve never seen this girl eat clams before).

Monday, April 14, 2014


Family Reunions and Portland Adventures for the 14th week of the year!

Pop, Sandra, Rosemary, Brian, Taryn and Jesse at Deschutes Brewery and Pub

My cousin Taryn and her new husband, Jesse came out from Kentucky to visit Oregon (Portland) and to drive down the Oregon/California Coast to San Francisco.  I've not seen Taryn in 14 years.

Friday, we toured Portland including taking Jesse to two of Portland's best breweries.....Deschutes and Bridgetown.

Saturday, we headed out the Columbia River Gorge for Multnomah Falls.  It was a beautiful Saturday and Taryn and Jesse enjoyed the scenery.

Pop at Vista House

Brian and Stacy at Multnomah Falls

We ended up in Hood River, OR and had lunch at Full Sail Brewing.  Everyone enjoyed the libations and burgers, pork loin sandwiches and salmon fish and chips.

Honeymoon in Oregon

It was a great weekend!  What a treat to re-connect with family and share our "backyard" with them.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: April 14-17, 2014

It's my birthday month and this Thursday, Chick is taking me out to Andina for dinner.  

We've also got a lot going on including some Spring carpet cleaning, which is why it is super important to have a plan.  Planning out your meals and grocery list enables you to spend less time with food prep and less time in the kitchen and more time focused on other Birthday Months!

Don't forget to check out Laura's site for more ideas and planning.


Sunday: Pork Roast (I ended up cooking ribs as it was 73 in Portland on Sunday) with Scalloped Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus Creamy Cole Slaw

Monday: Panko Crusted Tilapia Fish Burgers
Tuesday: Southwestern Layered Taco Salad
Wednesday: Cape Cod Shrimp and Corn Chowder with Salad
Thursday: Birthday Dinner at Andina

Friday, April 11, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Flower Girl, Stacy

WHO: Stacy Dare Brady, Candy Dahl and bridesmaids
WHAT: Wedding Day
WHERE: Eugene, OR
WHEN: Summer 1972

I believe this was the summer of 1972, I would have been 3 years old.  I was the flower girl for long time family friends (Uncle Bud and Aunt Pat Dahl's, daughter Candy).  Rumor has it, that I had to be bribed to walk down the isle (I believe with cake and ice cream), but I really stole the show.


Please forgive operating system on laptop so no home scanning for awhile until I can figure out how everything works again.  Scanner at work is hard to operate hence the odd shape pictures for a while.