Tuesday, July 26, 2016

30/52: Fun Times on a Tugboat

Last weekend, Brian's friend from college, Russ and his wife, Sue invited us up to Anacortes, Washington for an overnight excursion on the tug boat, Inga owned and captained by her father, Chris.

This isn't the tug boat you are imagining!  We spent the night on a 37 foot Nordic Tug. Believe me, there is a difference.  This boat is for cruising, not working.

If you recall back in 2013, we went sailing with them in the San Juan Islands and we had a blast. This time, the sailboat has been replaced with a tugboat and the adventure was just as fun.

On Saturday afternoon, we took off from Cape Sante Marina in Anacortes and spent about 2 hours out in Fidalgo Bay, out around Guemes Island and into the Rosario Strait.  It was a beautiful evening and the water was clear as glass.  Brian was in heaven, and got to take command of the vessel.  Do I see a boat in our future?

We had a lovely dinner on board when we got back to the marina.  Brian and I brought up cheese and crackers with salmon dip, kebabs, salads, pound-cake and fresh raspberries.  We spent time in the galley catching up, drinking beer, wine and cocktails and enjoying the beautiful evening.

Brian and I slept in the state room at the head of the ship and it was so cozy that I could definitely imagine myself spending weeks on board in the summertime.  I can totally see why Chris has been spending his summers for the past 20 years cruising around the San Juan islands.

Our 18 hours on board just wasn't long enough.  We took a couple of small trips out on Sunday morning before saying goodbye and watching our friends head off for Deer Harbor and a week enjoying life on a tug.

Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.  Ahoy, Mateys!


P.S. I took a ton of photos with my camera including a few group shots.  Be on the lookout for those on the July Vlog on my YouTube channel!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: Last Full Week of July 2016

Welcome Monday and the last full week of July.

Laura is not linking up Menu Plan Monday today, but please don't forget that her site is a great resource for planning and organizing.

Here is our menu plan for the week ahead!


MONDAY: California Chicken Burgers
TUESDAY: Dogs Dig Burrito Bowls
WEDNESDAY: Shrimp Fettucine and a Big Garden Salad
THURSDAY: Coconut Pork Stir fry with Brown Rice

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Corn and Tomato Salad with Basil

This summer time recipe has been making the rounds on the web for sometime now, but I first discovered it from Oprah Winfrey's one-time personal trainer, Bob Greene.

It's got to be the most perfect summer salad and perfect for grilled fish, chicken and especially a nice juice steak.


Summer Corn and Tomato Salad


4 ears corn-on-the-cob, cooked and kernels removed
1 medium tomato, chopped (you may also use cherry tomatoes, sliced in half)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup red onion, diced
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Salt and Pepper


In a medium bowl combine all ingredients.  Season, if desired with salt and pepper.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

29/52: The Middle of July....the middle of summer

The dog days are upon us, or so the calendar says.  I've noticed the sun set times for Portland and Seattle are now before 9PM.  I hate to say it, but it feels like the middle of summer to me.  Our glorious sun filled days have also been absent.  I hate to complain....last year was stifling at times, but I do miss the warmth of the summer sun.  

I flew up to Seattle on Friday night.  An fun new "habit", and luckily the fares have been reasonable if booked well in advance...plus I don't have to pay the extra for parking like I do at the Amtrak station. How can you beat the speed of air travel!

Saturday was spent walking through Lincoln Park and preparing for a BBQ with friends.

And just like that....the weekend was over and it's back to reality.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: July 17-21, 2016

Happy Monday to all!  Welcome to our menu post for the week ahead.  What are your cooking up as the dog days of summer begin?

Laura is not linking for the next few weeks, but her website is always very useful for planning and organizing ideas.


Sunday:  Grilled Cheeseburgers and Chips
Monday: Sirloin Thai Salad
Tuesday: Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Green Beans
Wednesday: Out?
Thursday: Cedar Plank Salmon with Grilled Veggies and Jasmine Rice