Friday, August 29, 2014

Bon Voyage!


Brian and I are off this morning for Oahu and then onto Maui.  Welcome to Paradise!

I'll post pictures on Instagram when I can, tweet on Twitter, check in on Foursquare, post on Google+ and update you on all our activities on the Blog, when I can....isn't this a vacation?!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Keke Vai with Banana (Banana Pancakes)

Perhaps it was the Jack Johnson song, but doesn't the idea of making banana pancakes on a rainy Sunday morning sound divine?  How about cooking up some banana pancakes in Maui (which is exactly what I am going to be doing in a few days).

Keke Vai is Tongan for banana pancakes.  This recipe is slightly different from the Bisquick pancakes you are probably used to making, but it still looks divine.



Keke Vai with Banana (Banana Pancakes)


3-4 cups flour
3-4 tsp baking powder (per cup of flour used)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 cups water (or less); add 1/2 cup at a time
2-3 very rip smashed bananas
1/4 cup vegetable oil
coconut pancake syrup


Mix dry ingredients thoroughly, then add water and stir until well combined.  Batter should be on the thick side.

Stir in the smashed bananas.

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a saute pan on medium high heat.  After pan is heated, scoop keke mixture and carefully pour into the pan.

Fry keke in oil and flip (carefully) away from you as to not splatter grease all over you!

Drain on a paper towel.

Best served warm with coconut pancake syrup.

Oh....let's crank up some JACK!!

Recipe Courtesy of  The Polynesian Kitchen
Image found of Google Images 
Jake clip on YouTube

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

35/52: August Wrap Up

It's hard to believe that August is almost over.  Looking back over the past month, there are so many great memories!


Debi and Sandra
Dinner at Deb and Lloyd's which just happened to be on their 25th wedding anniversary! 

Roasting hot dogs at Sonja and Geoff's and celebrating Maile's 6th birthday! 

A great crop of tomatoes, probably my best harvest ever! 

Walking, biking or a combination of both every weekend this summer through Lincoln Park!  Last weekend's Saturday walk was 3.59 miles!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: August 25-27th 2014

Happy Monday!

I have a plan and this week I am seriously sticking to it!!  

I am flying off to Hawaii on Friday morning and I have to pack in between working 4 days, last minute errands and shopping and cooking for the week.

Without a menu plan, I'd be lost!  Remember to check out Laura's site for more menu planning ideas including recipes.


Sunday: Chick is making Yumm Bowls!!
Monday: Rotisserie Chicken, Baked Potatoes and Salad (quick and easy and pre-made)
Tuesday: Thai Chicken and Green Beans with Jasmine Rice (Freezer Meal)
Wednesday: Fish Burgers with Tater Tots
Thursday: Heading north to Seattle; fly out at 8:45 in the morning!!  A_L_O_H_A!!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Suter Family

WHO: Frank, Steve, Marie and Sandra Suter
WHAT: Family photo
WHEN: June 1966
WHERE: Cottage Grove, probably at Grandma Cavey's place

Goodbye to my Uncle Steve who spent this past week visiting with Chick and I in Beaverton.  It's always nice hosting you!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Hawaiian-Style Garlic Shrimp

The countdown to Maui is on......

This year, we are stopping over in Oahu to visit Brian's brother Kerry and his wife Julie.

If we had more time, I'd love to explore the North Shore and check out the food carts.  You know food carts here in Portland are insanely popular, our city has put food carts on the map and you know has Oahu.

I found this recipe, based on a recipe from a food cart on Oahu called Giovanni's.  Nothing tastes like shrimp in Hawaii, but this recipe looks unique an easy to prepare.


Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp


1 pound large shrimp, shell on, de-veined
3/4 cup clarified butter
1 head garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup dry white wine
1-2 teaspoons Hawaiian sea salt
1 lemon, cut into wedges


De-vein shrimp.  Combine flour, paprika and cayenne in a dish.  Toss the shrimp in the flour mix to coat.  

Heat a large skillet with over medium heat and add the clarified butter and garlic.  Cook for 1-3 minutes then add the shrimp in a single layer.  Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, then turn and cook for another 3-4 minutes.  

Add the white wine and salt.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Squeeze a bit of lemon over the shrimp.  Serve with a slice of lemon, side of rice and some steamed veggies.

Image courtesy of Google Images
Tons of copy-cat recipes on the web for this yummy shrimp

Monday, August 18, 2014

34/52: Huey Lewis & The News at the Zoo

2013 marked the 30th anniversary of one of the most celebrated album of the 1980's.  Peaking at #1 and selling over 10 million copies worldwide, "Sports" by Huey Lewis and the News was an anthem of the 80's decade.

Over half of the albums songs (The Heart of Rock and Roll, Heart and Soul, I Want a New Drug, If This Is It) were huge hit singles along with the memorable music videos.

In 2013, Huey Lewis and The News commemorated the milestone with their "Sports" 30th Anniversary World Tour and they decided to keep the party going with tour dates throughout 2014 (the band plays about 80 shows a year).

Last Wednesday night they played the Oregon Zoo in Portland to a sold out crowd (for the second year in a row).

They opened with "Heart of Rock and Roll" and keep the crowd on their feet for most of the show, including old R and B standards including a really cool acapella set.

The zoo is always a great place to see a show.  Chick and I packed a picnic lunch, bought a bottle of wine and people watched!  It was a perfect summer evening in Portland.

Huey and the band played all their hits for nearly 90 minutes.  They sounded just like they did over 30 years ago!  Keep it going Huey!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: Mid August 2014

Welcome Monday and to the middle of August!

We have a house guest this Uncle Steve.  This week's menu is super easy!  That way, I can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family.

Remember to check out Laura's website for more menu planning ideas.


SUNDAY: BLT's with fresh tomatoes off the vine (my vine) and potato chips
MONDAY: Citrus Shrimp Kebabs with Lime, Garlic and Cilantro Jasmine Rice
TUESDAY: Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Avocado and Radish Slaw
THURSDAY: Sirloin Steaks with a Wedge Salad and 1/2 baked Potato

Friday, August 15, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Happy Anniversary, Pop and Rosemary

WHO: Stacy, Sandra, Pop and Rosemary
WHAT: Wedding Day
WHERE: Backyard of E Street, Springfield, OR
WHEN: August 1985

Happy 29th anniversary to my Pop and Rosemary!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Hawaiian Meat Jun

I saw one of my favorite chef's, Sam the Cooking Guy prepare Meat Jun while filming his cooking show in Kauai.  To be honest, I'd never heard of Meat Jun before, but as he was making it, I realized that it is nothing more than what my father fixed me growing up as a kid...only in my house, we called them finger steaks.

Meat jun is a Korean dish consisting of thin slices of beef, dipped in egg batter and fried.  A type of Jeon, it is a popular dish served at Korean restaurants in Hawaii.  Typically it is served with a dipping sauce of soy.  Growing up, I dipped my finger steaks in ketchup.  You be the judge.


Hawaiian Meat Jun

2-3 lbs chuck roast
1 cup shoyu
1/4 cup sesame seed oil
4-5 stalks green onions, chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
4 eggs, beaten
oil for frying


Cut meat into this slices.  Place in a bowl and add the shoyu, oil onions and garlic.  Mix well and let marinate for 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours).  

Pour flour into a flat pan.  Dip marinated meat pieces in flour.  Transfer meat into the beaten eggs.  Drip off excess.  Fry until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Image found on Google Images
If you get a chance, check out Sam the Cooking Guy.  He is really funny!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

33.75/52: Baseball

Week 33 of the year was full of baseball!

Last Thursday, Chick and I went to our first Hillsboro Hops game of 2014.  It's hard to believe that this short season A league is starting to wrap up their season.

The stadium is a fantastic place to watch minor league baseball.  Small, intimate....and there isn't a bad seat in the house!

Who doesn't love a beer and a hot dog on a warm summer evening?


Last Saturday night Brian and I went to our first Seattle Mariner's game of 2014 and my first game since summer 2012.

It was a special night, the induction of Mariner coaching legend, Lou Pinella, plus it was Lou Pinella bobblehead night!!

"Sweet Lou"  managed the Mariner's from 1993-2002.  He was Manager of The Year in 1995 and again in 2001 when he led the Mariners to a record tying 116 wins.

Pinella is the only manager in Mariners history to have a winning record.  Following the 2002 season, he left the Mariners to coach the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

He remains to this day, a legend and much loved part of Seattle sports history.

The induction ceremony featured many of the players who Pinella coached while in Seattle, including Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Dan Wilson.

It was full of old stories, poignant memories, laughs and tears.

Thanks to my second Dad, Kenny for the gift card (birthday) that made it possible for us to get awesome seats in the Terrace Club.

We had a great evening!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: August 11-14, 2014

Welcome Monday!

Summer continues to blaze forth with another short, beginning of the week visit from my sweetheart.  Sunday is a bit of a yard work party....trimming and raking and weeding (ugh).  Monday and Tuesday are strictly Weight Watchers and we are saving up all our points for the summer concert of the year at the zoo on Wednesday

How are you blazing through summer?

Remember to check out Laura's website for more menu and organizing ideas!


SUNDAY: Grilled Beer Brats, Corn on the Cob, Potato Chips
MONDAY: Pepperoni Pizza Burgers
TUESDAY: Thai Chicken with String Beans and Jasmine Rice
WEDNESDAY: HUEY LEWIS and the NEWS at the Oregon Zoo; picnic dinner....bottle of wine!!
THURSDAY: Fish (bought these at Costco) Burgers with Tater Tots

Friday, August 8, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Happy Anniversary, Deby and Lloyd

WHO: Deby and Lloyd
WHERE: Walterville, OR (first dance in Deby's parent's back yard)
WHEN: August 1989

It's hard to believe that my friends, Deby and Lloyd are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this month!

Congratulations and enjoy!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Hawaiian Macaroni Salad


It's that time of year again.....MAUI TIME!  Just three weeks away.  It's time to start thinking of some Hawaiian favorites.

One of my favorite meals in Hawaii is the traditional plate lunch.  A Hawaiian plate lunch typically consists of meat (BBQ chicken, kalua pork or loco moco), two scoops of sticky rice and a big scoop of macaroni salad.  Trust me, if made the right in no way resembles traditional mainland macaroni salad.  It's an acquired taste, especially those who love the American staple, but it's fantastic.

There are many places that claim to have the best recipe and scores of different varieties on blogs...I've even tried several places in the Portland area.  This recipe is fairly spot on to the traditional Hawaiian delicacy that I've had in Maui.


Hawaiian Macaroni Salad


1 pound elbow macaroni
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups whole or 2% milk, divided
2 cups Best Foods mayonnaise, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 large carrot grated
1 celery stalk, minced
salt and pepper


Bring 4 quarts water to boil.  Add 1 tablespoon salt and the macaroni.  Cook until very very soft, about 15 minutes.  Drain and return to the pot; add vinegar and toss until absorbed.  Let it cool for about 10 minutes.

Whisk together 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 cup mayonnaise, brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons pepper.

Once the pasta has cooled, whisk in the dressing.  Let cool completely.

Add the remaining 1/2 cup milk and 1 cup mayonnaise, along with the green onions, carrot and celery.  Stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper.  Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Image courtesy of Google Images

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

33.5/52: Lake Morton and Mom's Birthday Brunch

We spent last Friday night at Lake Morton, WA with our good friends, Jenny and Brent and family.  Their lake house is a special place and we always love the invitations for dinner, brunch and family gatherings.  After dinner, we spent time relaxing on the deck down on the lake and watched the sun set.

Brian and Brent

On Saturday, we hosted brunch for my Mom in celebration of her birthday this next week.

Brian made his special quiches and a fruit salad and we bought these ginormous cinnamon rolls.  There were mimosas and presents and everyone had a nice morning!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Saturday night after a day of on and off thunder storms and a bit or rain, we were treated to the most amazing sunset of the summer.  Simply peaceful.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome August!

Welcome to Monday!

August and the dog days are here (although I think they start earlier in July)!  Summer to me is still in full swing with a big month ahead.  We've got dinner with friends this week on their farm out in rural SE Portland and our first baseball game of the season.

How are you spending your dog days?

Remember to check out Laura's website for more menu and organizing.


Sunday:  BBQ Ribs, Cole Slaw and Corn on the Cob
Monday: Soft Tacos with Refried Beans (Meatless Monday)
Tuesday: Off to Canby, OR to see my good friends Lloyd and Deby
Wednesday: Weight Watchers Asian Salmon Burgers with Broccoli Slaw
Thursday: Hillsboro Hops Baseball Game

Saturday, August 2, 2014

33/52: Greenway Concert

Chick and I went to the annual Greenway Concert in the Park last Thursday night.  It was a warm evening and a beautiful setting for some local bluegrass music.

The Greenway "greenbelt" is one of the many little hidden jewels in our town of Beaverton.  Chick and I have walked the greenbelt for years.  They put in a disc golf course a few years ago and the Tualatin Valley Park and Recreation Center hosts a concert/community event summer.

This year's concert was by The Blackberry Bushes, a Seattle based Alternative-Folk-String band.  They have an innovative acoustic sound which draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that threads with artists like Gillian Welch, Sean Hayes and Crooked Still. 

They really entertained the crowd and it was an enjoyable evening in the park.


I was not able to upload the bit of video I took last night, but this session recorded in the beautiful forest around Humbolt, CA is gorgeous!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Rosemary!

WHO: Stacy and Rosemary
WHERE: Pike Place Market
WHEN: April 1988-89

Happy Birthday to my second Mom, Rosemary who celebrated her birthday on 7/21/14.

I believe this picture was taken on or around my birthday when I was living on Capitol Hill in Seattle, working at Red Robin and going to school at Seattle Central Community College.  Pop and Rosemary came up for a visit around my birthday and we did touristy things around the city and then went out to a fancy dinner for my 19th or 20th birthday.