Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Co-Captains - Phyllis and Nan
Relay For Life began in Tacoma, Washington in the mid-1980s by Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon who wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office and to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.
In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.
While circling the track those 24 hours, Dr. Klatt thought about how others could take part in his mission to fight cancer. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
Pirates Sandra and Stacy
What it has taught me is that.....one person can make a difference. It was an awesome opportunity for me to participate for the second year in a row.
Survivor Lap - More and more each year!
Our Survivor friends - Phyllis, Sandy and Colleen
The Relay for Life in Eugene has now become one of the largest in the country and is held the last Friday of every July.
This year's theme......"Make A Million" inspired our team to put together a pirate ship along with pirate costumes for all the walkers. We all had a great time and raised almost $9500 (I personally raised $485).
I feel honored to have participated. Thanks to all who helped.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Sunday: BBQ Pork Ribs, cole slaw and corn on the cob
Monday: Grilled halibut w/herb mayo along side green beans and brown rice*
Tuesday: Grilled Cuban Chicken with Black Bean/Mango Salsa
Wednesday: Orange-Thyme Grilled Shrimp (thanks Rookie-Cookie) with jasmine rice
Thursday: Greenway Concert in the park (perhaps a picnic-style dinner from this place)
Grilled halibut w/herb mayo
1/4 cup mayo (fat free works fine)
1/4 cup plain yogurt (fat free works fine)
1tsp oregano, chopped (fresh if possible)
1tsp tarragon, chopped (fresh if possible)
1 big squeeze of fresh lemon juice (half lemon)
1 1/2 lb fish (you can use tuna, swordfish or halibut), 4 6-oz steaks, if possible
1. Prepare grill
2. Combine mayo, yogurt, herbs and lemon juice in a small bowl, Cover and chill.
3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on fish and place on a hot grill; grill 3 minutes a side (depending on thickness)
4. To serve, top steaks with herb mayo
Friday, July 25, 2008
Location: On the road to Reno, NV (my best guess)
Who: Virginia (my gram) and her best friend Dorothy Ross
What: Two friends on one of their many road trips
I still remember the sound of Dorothy's voice. She was such a fixture in my life in the early 70's. She was my "playmate" and would be at my grandma's house in Eugene all the time. They bowled together, played cards together, drank screwdrivers together, gambled together and travelled to Reno frequently. They were best friends.
Dorothy will be one of the many people I think about today as I walk in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at LCC in Eugene, Oregon.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sometimes when it is too hot to cook, it's nice to have an easy meal to prepare. This is the time of year when you can find some really large, sweet tomatoes - just ready to be stuffed.
6 large tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, chopped
3 cups cooked rice (about 1 cup raw long-grain rice)
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, crumbled (okay to use microwave bacon)
salt and pepper, to taste
soft buttered bread crumbs
3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese
1. Cut off top of tomatoes and scrape pulp out of inside, leaving a firm shell. Add pulp to skillet with the bell pepper, zucchini, onion and jalapeno pepper. Cook covered over low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Add cooked rice and bacon and season to taste.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Debbie's garden is incredible.
Her flowers are always so beautiful. She mentioned the cold weather early in the season has made it hard for some of her flowers to take off. Everything still looked wonderful. Brian was really impressed.
They still have the chicken coop! And I brought home a dozen fresh farm eggs!
The weather was pleasant.
Noel Hygelund - 12 (13 in September)
Life on the farm is good!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sonja and Laura
We celebrated the anticipated arrival of Maile Marie with a baby shower this past Saturday.
Sonja's matron of honor and childhood friend, Amy hosted the event at her home in Bellevue.
View of Lake Samammish from Amy's back deck
There were lots of close friends and family, great food (wonderful cake) and tons of neat gifts Maile (and Mom and Dad) will put to good use.
Cake made by friend, Ann (a pastry chef)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I am so excited to be a part of the Eugene, Oregon Relay for Life held on Friday/Saturday, July 25th and 26th. Check out this site for more information.
It will be another short week......so I've packed a few good meals into the menu. Brian will be in town Sunday-Tuesday so one more mouth to feed at Rebecca Lane!
Sunday: Brian and I arrive via Amtrak at 6PM. Let's grab a burger HERE
Monday: Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauce with a BIG Garden Salad
Tuesday: Dinner at the farm in Candy with these crazy people
Wednesday: Rigatoni with Creamy Sausage Sauce
Friday, July 18, 2008
Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Who: Rosemary and Pop
What: Sandra turned 40 on January 5th and the family took her on a surprise trip to Lake Tahoe for a long weekend.
It's Rosemary's birthday on Monday, so in her honor....enjoy!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
In return he got a couple of great meals and all the wine he could drink!
It was also nice to watch the all-star game with him.
Thanks for the visit Pop!
4 TBS White Wine Vinegar
½ stick of Butter
2 TBS (heaping) Brown Sugar
2 ripe pears, quartered and cored with skins on
½ cup chopped hazelnuts
Blue Cheese Crumbles
1 bag pre-packaged baby greens
1. Put vinegar, butter and brown sugar in a pan over medium heat and cook until butter is melted and mixture begins to mix together and bubble.
2. Place pears and hazelnuts in mixture and cook 5 minutes, turning pears once, coating with mixture.
3. Place mixed greens on 4 plates, top with 2 slices of pear and ¼ of hazelnuts along with about a teaspoon of pan liquids. Top with blue cheese crumbles and serve.
Makes 4 servings
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Pok Pok isn't anything more than a take out shack with picnic tables and an indoor seating area that owner/chef, Andy Ricker added almost a year after he first introduced Portland to his take on SE Asian fare. It's still not very sophisticated, yet the food more than makes up for the ambiance. The Whiskey Soda Lounge (indoor seating) is small—with seating for around 30—"think" cozy without feeling claustrophobic. Decorated with stained-wood paneling, black booths and subdued-but-adequate lighting give the room a friendly, jazz-bar atmosphere. We sat outside in the setting sun - a perfect July night in Portland.
The menu takes you on an Asian food odyssey. Vietnamese fish-sauce wings; yam sumun prhai (herbal and nut salad); cha ca "La Vong" noodle bowl; duck leg with pickled mustard greens and sour yellow chili sauce; wild prawns in clay pot with pork belly and bean-thread noodles. Nothing like I have ever experienced in my food travels.
Since Bryan and Maddie had been before, we let them lead with their favorites. Here was our entire menu:
Papaya Pok Pok - Green Papaya Salad with tomatoes, long beans in a Thai chili lime juice.
telephone: 503 232 1387
Monday, July 14, 2008
My sweets surprised me and took Max downtown and picked up a copy for us to use as a guide for our Saturday adventure.
We chose the 3.4 mile, 126 acre Memorial Park/Murase Plaza as our first trek.
It was a hot day so we found a path down to a dock on the Willamette and spent a bit of time watching all the boaters. We caught a bit of a little league game in the park and I spent some time on the swings.
We finished up our Saturday adventure at the Lake House, one of my favorite spots in Portland (Lake Oswego) for a chardonnay before spending a quiet, cool evening at Rebecca Lane.
Brian at the Oswego Lake House
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Monday: Chicken Breasts with Honey-Balsamic Glaze, Jasmine Rice and Grilled Asparagus
Tuesday: ALL STAR GAME @ 5:00 PST - Johnsonville Beer n' Bratwurst with corn on the cob and baked beans
Wednesday: Baja Tacos
Thursday: Beer Soaked Flank Steak with a BIG Garden Salad (thanks Made with Love)
Saturday, July 12, 2008
When: Thursday, July 10th 2008
Where: Broadway Rose Theater - Tigard, OR
Who: Brian, Stacy and Sandra
Les Misérables (translated from French as The Miserable Ones) is a novel by French author Victor Hugo. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period in the early 19th century that includes the Napoleonic wars and subsequent decades. Principally focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean, who seeks to redeem himself, the novel also examines the impact of Valjean's actions for the sake of social commentary. Hugo was inspired by the real-life criminal/policeman Francois Eugene Vidoq, and split his personalities into the two main characters in his novel as well as a couple of events in his own life.
Here is a local review from The Oregonian. This was the second time I've seen "Les Miz" (the first time was in London in 1994). Brian's read the book and Sandra is a season ticket holder of the Broadway Rose Theater - so we were all really excited about the show.
We loved it! Sang the songs in the car on the way home. It was a long performance (over 3 hours), but it was well worth the short sleep.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Location: Backyard patio at "E" Street in Springfield, OR
Who: Stacy, Anna (our beloved poodle), my Mom and Tinker Bell, Siamese (I believe Cinderella or "cinner" died the previous fall/winter when I was three).
What: I know it's hard to believe but I remember this picture being taken. I also remember as a child spending the summer evenings in the back yard, eating dinner at my little kids table (Mom and Dad right there beside me with Gram Virginia too). My pets were my constant companions.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Italian Tomato Pie
· 1 9-inch pie crust
· 1 cup fresh mozzarella, grated or thinly sliced
· 3 large ripe tomatoes, sliced
· 2 cloves garlic, minced
· 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
· 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
· 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs (or any)
· 2 cups ricotta (low-fat works fine)
· 2 eggs, lightly beaten
· 1/2 cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
· 1/2 cup fresh basil, shredded
· 3 tablespoons flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Arrange crust in a pie pan and flute edges. Line bottom of crust with mozzarella, cover with half the tomato slices, sprinkle with half the garlic, 1/3 of the salt and pepper and 1 cup bread crumbs.
3. In a bowl, combine ricotta, remaining garlic, eggs, 1/4 cup Romano, basil, flour and half the remaining salt and pepper.
4. Spoon over crumbs and top with remaining crumbs, layer on remaining tomatoes and sprinkle with remaining cheese, salt, and pepper.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until puffed and golden (40-50 minutes).
Serve hot or chilled overnight.
Image courtesy of Google
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This tradition started back in 2004, the first summer Brian and I dated and continued last Sunday when we all met in the late afternoon for a final holiday weekend cocktail.
Over the years, we have bathed in the sun, witnessed a wedding, danced to the music playing from the adjacent pier and walked the entire length of the waterfront in search of cheaper parking. Our summer just wouldn't be complete without this event!