Monday, September 29, 2008

Birthday Brunch!

In honor of Sonja's birthday on September 26th, Brian and I hosted a little brunch on Sunday.

The menu:
Blueberry Muffins
Toasted Poppyseed Bagels with Cream Cheese
Fruit salad
Morningstar "piggies"
Potatoes O'Brien
Scrambled Eggs
Champagne Mimosas

It was fun to see them all again and celebrate in our new home.

Little Maile was such a sweet baby and she slept most of the morning!



Sunday, September 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday:

The Rebecca Lane household is going to be a busy place this week. Lots of comings and goings. My Pop arrives on Monday and him and Chick leave for Chicago/Ohio mid-week, Brian arrives Tuesday night to teach a few days in PDX and our friends the Seymour's are driving down from Seattle for the weekend. We may have a changing menu, but here is a good start.

Here is this weeks menu. Check out Laura for more menu ideas.

Monday: Quick and Easy Tamale Pie with a Garden Salad (Thanks to Day Recipe for the link)
Tuesday: Rare Roast Beef, a variation of Kat's savory bread pudding, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Buttery Green Peas (for Brian).
Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognese with Brian's famous garlic bread (I can eat the whole loaf)
Thursday: Taco Thursday (homemade soft shell tacos with all the fixins')
Friday: Friends are visiting from Seattle. Sonja loves this place so perhaps a nice veggie curry.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Old Photo Friday: Sonja and Stacy

Date: 1999-2000
Location: Oba! Restaurant
Who: Sonja and Stacy
What: First Thursday (monthly art walk/pub crawl). I think Sonja flew up from California for an evening out on the town. Two single girls....looking for fun. Those were the good ol' days.



Thursday, September 25, 2008

Recipe of the Week: Portobello Frittata (Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month)

In April of 2007, I lost someone very special to me to Ovarian Cancer. That's why I was so touched to hear about a tremendous event to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Research, the OFoods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest.

In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso, have asked the blogging world to donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and post a recipe on our blogs using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato). Here is my entry!


2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter
8 ounces Portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, stemmed and chopped
5 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated

1. In a large heavy frying pan, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat until bubbly.
2. Add mushrooms, sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
3. Cover pan and cook 3 minutes. Remove cover and cook 5 minutes.
4. In a bowl, whisk eggs with 1 tablespoon cheese and 2 tablespoons water. Pour over mushrooms, reduce heat to low, cover pan and cook until barely set (4-5 minutes).
5. Slide frittata onto a plate, flip back into pan cooked-side-up, sprinkle with remaining cheese, cover pan and cook until set (2-3 minutes). Serve in wedges.

From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose.

There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.

In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.

When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and help spread the word!

Prize winners for the contest will be announced on October 3.

1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Give me an "H"

Kamalie posted a meme/tag on her blog last week so I jumped at the challenge to name 10 things that begin with a certain letter. She gave me the letter "H" so here goes:

1. Homes: I am so lucky to have two places that I love so much, Rebecca Lane and our new home in West Seattle. Most people do not understand our routine, but to be honest, it's something that has always worked right from the start. I'd rather be in my, cleaning or just hanging out than any other place on this planet.

2. Heat: Something the new house didn't have over the weekend (must be the pilot light). It was 57 degrees with a steady drizzle all day on Saturday. Just couldn't get the chill out of the house. Perhaps a precursor to the winter months ahead.

3. Haiku: I wrote one earlier this month and posted it on Rocks In My Dryer website. She was having a back-to-school haiku contest. I didn't win, but it was a fun challenge.

4. Halloween: For the first time in 11 years, Rebecca Lane will be closing it's doors on the 31st. No candy, no lighted pumpkins. Instead, Chick and I will travel up to West Seattle together on Amtrak for her first look at the new house.

5. Hamburger: This recipe sounds wonderful. Perhaps a few more opportunities this year to grill, if our Indian Summer holds. I just didn't get enough burgers on the grill this year.

6. Hawaii: My favorite vacation spot, Maui to be exact. I've been there three times, twice with Brian and now that his brother lives on Oahu, I am hoping to show Brian Pearl Harbor on our next visit.

7. Hemoglobin: My Doctor informed me that my hemoglobin is low. What does this mean? I started taking a daily multi-vitamin so hopefully my hemoglobin count will be in-check.

8. Hotcakes: I am going to get the griddle out this Saturday and cook up some hotcakes (pancakes) for Brian.

9. Housewarming Party: Trying to decide if we will have one or not?

10. Hummingbird: I don't think I saw one hummingbird in our backyard at Rebecca Lane this year.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Pink Chair

Brian and I went to St. Vincent DePaul's last Saturday in search of a cheap chest of drawers for one of the spare rooms.

As we were leaving, out of the corner of my eye I saw this pink chair. Brian said he hated the color, but I knew in a heartbeat that it would blend in nicely in the new TV room.
For $35 I bought my pink chair and I love it. It's my new favorite thing.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Our New Neighborhood!

Brian and I spent our first full weekend in and around West Seattle. We are really enjoying getting to know our new neighborhood.

Community Garden just 3 blocks from our front door

This is a view looking east from the west end of 44th ave (our house is behind the cedar tree to the left)

We spent Saturday continuing to organize the house. We still have rooms to organize and pictures to hang, but all-in-all....the place is really coming together.

We even had time to stop into our favorite pub, the Beveridge Place
on Saturday for a libation.

Sunday after the rains had cleared, we explored the neighborhood and walked around Lincoln Park.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday: Family Favorites Edition

Is it Monday again!? That's really hard to believe.....and the fact that the first day of fall is today! Where has this year gone? Let's celebrate with some really good, quick and easy recipes.

Don't forget to check out the other Menu Plan ideas at the Organizing Junkie website!
This week, Laura is hosting a special MPM - the Family Favorites edition (so another great reason to check out her site).

Tuesday: Pepperoni Pizza Pouches with leftover salad
Thursday: Asia Sea Bass with Green Beans
This is Rebecca Lane's "new" family favorite. We eat a lot of shrimp and this recipe is quick to get on the table.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Old Photo Friday: Brian in Black and White

Date: 1998
Location: Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island
Who: Brian
What: Asking for directions?

Brian being funny......he always makes me laugh and this is a really cute picture.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Recipe of the Week: Filet Mignon with Peppercorn Cream

I love my Cooks Country magazine. There are always quite a few recipes that look easy to prepare, especially during the week when things get hectic. This sauce sounds really yummy.



Filet Mignon with Peppercorn Cream

Serves 4

4 center-cut tenderloin steaks, about 1 inch thick
4 teaspoons coarsley group pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 shallot, minced
3/4 cup white wine
1/2 low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped

1. Pat steaks dry with paper towels and season with salt. Rub top and bottom of steaks eavenly with 3 teaspoons pepper.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook steaks until well browned.

Serve with haricot verts and baby red potatoes

Google image

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Snow Capped Peaks

Three Sisters

On our flight home from Thousand Oaks earlier in the month, Brian and I had three seats to ourselves.

I scooted over to the window and surveyed the landscape the whole way home.

An awesome shot of Mount Jefferson....
Mount Jefferson is a stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and is the second-highest mountain in Oregon. Situated in the far northeastern corner of Linn County about 60 miles east of Corvallis, Jefferson is in a rugged wilderness and is thus one of the hardest volcanos to reach in the Cascades.
Good thing we can see it from the air!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Moving on up!

Brian finally got his house! Oh and it is so cute.

It's a place where he can play in the garden and plant some flowers.

Backyard (view of back door)

We found this cute place in West Seattle last month and this weekend was "move in" day!

Thanks to all who helped out....physically and spiritually. Rob and Kelly, you both ROCK! Had it not been for you, we would not have had such a productive day. Thank you again!

A big thanks to my Mom for preparing a wonderful lunch on Sunday and assisting us with unpacking boxes, decorating ideas and gardening tips. Thank you!

Brian and I are so excited to finally have a home....a place a peace and tranquility (oh and tons of room for visitors).


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Our leaves are really starting to turn and a fall nip is indeed in the air. Perhaps it's time to begin introducing some "comfort food favorites" into the weekly plan. Mac and cheese is one of my favorites!

Check out Laura's website for some more recipes and great menu planning ideas.

Monday: Dijon Pork Cutlets with Acorn Squash (another fall favorite)
Tuesday: BBQ'd Asian glazed salmon with a big garden salad
Wednesday: Four cheese Macaroni and Cheese with leftover salad
Thursday: General Tsao's Chicken with Jasmine Rice

Friday, September 12, 2008

Old Photo Friday: Autzen Stadium Memories

Date: September 2001
Location: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Who: Simon Parry (visiting from Australia), Stacy, Jimmy Willis and Sandra at the Isler & Company annual tail-gator.
What: Big game! Ducks vs. highly ranked USC (and we kicked their butts). Our nation was in mourning after the attacks of 9/11 and the football game gave us something to cheer about again.

The ducks are playing some good football, but I know it is early in the season.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Recipe of the Week: Yellow Squash Fritters

Squash Fritters

I am sure many of you have quite a few of these from your summer garden. I saw this recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs a few weeks back and thought that they sounded like a great ROTW.


(makes 6 large fritters)

4 yellow squashes, grated
1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 egg
1/2 cup whole wheat pancake mix (or use ww flour)
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheese (half Parmesan and half sharp cheddar)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Grate squash in a food processor or using a box grater.
2. Salt squash and let it sit in a strainer over a bowl for about 1/2 hour.
3. In the meantime, saute the onions and peppers in a large skillet. When onions are transparent and soft, add spices.
4. After 1/2 hour, squeeze the squash hard until most of the water comes out. Combine squash, onions peppers, egg, pancake mix, bread crumbs and cheese in a large bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
5. Form into patties and dredge in a little more pancake mix. Pan fry in olive oil until golden.

Serve as a burger in buns, or in a pita with tomato and avocado slices.

Image courtesy of Google

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Saying goodbye to Tacoma

Brian and I spent our last weekend together in University Place, packing up our Tacoma life and looking forward to starting fresh in West Seattle. Brian begins the move on Wednesday with the official "big move" on Saturday.

Brian's not the least bit nostalgic about saying goodbye to Tacoma, but I am. There are quite a few places that I am really going to miss.

Here are a few memories.....

Foss Waterway, Chihuly Museum of Glass and the autumn afternoon I spent exploring downtown Tacoma while Brian worked.The Ale trivia and great hamburgers.

Gig Harbor only 10 minutes away! Off-the-cuff trips to see the wine lady and grab lunch at the Tides, walk along the harbor and window shop.Chambers Bay.......

I know we will be closer to Alki and Greelake, but Chambers Bay is one great walk I will really miss.

Titlow Beach and the Beach Tavern......within walking distance to Westridge. A great place to grab an afternoon ale and hang out with some colorful locals.

Westridge the winter time from the back deck we could see the Puget Sound.

Goodbye to Tacoma and all its memories!



Monday, September 8, 2008

Brian's B-Day

We had a quiet birthday evening last Monday night (Sept. 1st). Brian and I were tired from our weekend in Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles traffic, early morning plane rides and our first visit with Maile.

Brian always makes out like a "fat rat". Lottery scratch-offs from my parents, two CD's and two polo shirts from moi and a really funny e-card from Kerry and Julie.

I think he had a really great day!


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday!

No post last week as I was supposed to be in Florida, but the hurricane changed our plans. I am really excited to be back planning the menu for Rebecca Lane this week.

Check out Laura and all her foodie friends for more great menu ideas!

Monday: Meatloaf w/Chive Mashed Potatoes and green beans
Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie (with leftovers from the roast)
Wednesday: Curried Scallops with Brown Rice



Lee/Meager Reception

I think we were all really blown away by the reception site. It was the home of a doctor and friend of the Meager family (a member of their church) who warmly opened up his home to host the reception.

The decorations were beautiful....orchids on every table in a tall glass vase. Tables with white table clothes and candles. The most amazing views from high above the hills surrounding the town of Camarillo, California.

The garden setting framed by orange, avocado and pomegranate trees......wildflowers and cactus.

A gazebo just perfect for a beautiful wedding cake.

The Father of the Bride makes his beautiful toast!

The happy couple, moments before leaving on their Virgin Islands honeymoon.

A day worth cherishing for a very long time.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Introducing Maile Marie

Aunt Stacy and Maile Marie

Brian and I finally got to meet 2 week old Maile Marie on September 1st.

She's so adorable. Very tiny and such a little angel.

I think I am going to enjoy being an "Auntie".

Kui and his new "pup"