Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Saying Goodbye

We said goodbye to my Aunt Judy on Saturday night, after her long battle with cancer.  I believe that a higher power wanted her family (Ohio and Oregon) to all be together over the holiday weekend for comfort at the enormity of her loss.  She died peacefully in Ohio surrounded by her husband of 55 years and her three daughters and their families.

She was an amazing woman and I wished that we had lived closer over the years. I would have enjoyed getting to know her more and listening to her stories of our family.

Rest in Peace.

I also learned over the weekend that an old friend of mine from Melbourne, Australia took his life.  I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that he was in such a dark place that no one could help him and he chose to leave this world and escape the pain.

He seemed to always have a smile on his face and a laughed from deep inside his heart.

Rest in peace, Greg.  I will miss you and cherish the memories forever.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

48/52: Thanksgiving Eve/Day and Wine Tasting Friday!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend!

Amazing family time with great food and drink.  Thanksgiving Eve was spent pre-cooking, drinking wine and listening to a great mix of music that made us all get up and dance!

Our Thanksgiving meal on Thursday was wonderful and we were all grateful to be together and have such a great day of food and rest (despite 2 inches of rain).

Friday we went to 4 amazing wineries in the Washington County/Yamhill area....and they were all places that we've never been to before.  Each place was unique with wonderful food pairings and wine tastings.

How was your Thanksgiving?


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome December

Welcome to the 12th month of the year!

How was your Thanksgiving?  Is it a turkey free zone around your parts?  I can't resist at least a couple turkey sandwiches, a good Christmas movie and a long nap this time of year.  How about you?

Here is our menu for the week ahead.


SUNDAY:  Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables and Cole Slaw
MONDAY:  Shrimp Salad with Texas Toast/Fried Oysters, Mashed Potatoes and Salad for Uncle Roonie and I
TUESDAY: Turkey Curry Buffet (just like Bridgette Jones's Diary)
WEDNESDAY: Meat Pie with Salad
THURSDAY: Freezer leftover?  Take away?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.

Many blessings!

Stacy and Brian

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

47/52: The weekend before Thanksgiving

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year.  Last year, half the family was back east so our house will be full again.  There will be laughter and music and food and fun times.  We need that around these parts.

It's been a quiet November between Brian working on Saturdays and our hearts mending after the loss of Sammy, I've not had the energy.  As I was posting this blog this morning, I realized that I only took one picture from the entire weekend.  Sorry!

How did you spend your weekend?


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to Thanksgiving Week!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  What's on your menu?  Are you trying a new recipe for the first time?  Leave me a comment and let me know what your cooking this week.

Remember that Laura links up lots of menu planners every Monday.  Please check out her site.

Here is our week ahead!


MONDAY: Garden Burgers and Fries (freezer meal). Picking up turkey at New Season's at 4:30.
TUESDAY: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (something easy). Big Grocery Shopping for Thursday!
WEDNESDAY:  Italian Family Fun Night.  Prep cooking from 1-6; then Baked Lasagna, Bread and Salad
THURSDAY:  Thanksgiving Day!
Thanksgiving Menu
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Marcona Almonds
Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Dip and Crackers
Vegetable Platter with Dip
Champagne Mimosas
Roast Turkey & Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Sweet Potatoes Gratin with Carmelized Onions
Classic Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts with Marjoram and Pine Nuts
Buttery Peas
Relish Tray with Deviled Eggs, and Black Olives
Cranberry Relish
Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie

FRIDAY: Wine Tasting and Leftovers
SATURDAY:  Civil War Football and Nacho Bar

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Is your gathering a small affair this year?  To be honest, sometimes I wonder if I really NEED to cook a whole turkey.  Anymore, the dark meat is almost non-existent and I find that most people prefer breast meat for leftovers anyway.

This recipe is great for Thanksgiving or anytime you want to cook at turkey breast in your slow cooker.


Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast


Cooking Spray
1 (5-7 pound) bone in turkey breast
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 oranges, thinly sliced
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1 large yellow onion
1 1/2 cups Riesling wine


Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.

Rinse and pat dry turkey breast.  Sprinkle turkey with salt and pepper.

Stir together the butter and herbs.  Loosen the skin from the turkey without detaching it and spread the butter mixture under the skin.

Place oranges, lemons and onions into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Place the turkey in the slow cooker and pour 1 1/2 cups wine around the turkey.

Place lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until the turkey reaches 165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer.

Remove turkey from slow cooker and tent with foil for 15 minutes.

To brown the skin, place under broiler for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and then tent with foil.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

46/52: Molbak's

Last Saturday was out annual trip to Molbak's in Woodinville.  We go every year (check out 20102012, and 2014) and we come home with a few treasures despite telling ourselves that we have more than enough Christmas decorations!

Since we did not go last year, we were both really excited to see what new displays and items we might find.  We were not disappointed!

Is everyone getting into the holiday spirit?


Monday, November 14, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: The Week Before Thanksgiving

Welcome Monday!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  It's hard to believe that next week is the big day.  If you have not done so already, start working on your menu and your grocery list. See what you can buy this week, or what is in your pantry so that next week's groceries don't blow the budget.

Brian is in town this week so a few menu items that we all enjoy.

Don't forget to head on over to Laura's site for more menu planning ideas.


SUNDAY: Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.  Let's have nachos.
MONDAY:  Beef Stroganoff with Salad
TUESDAY: Chicken Fajitas
WEDNESDAY: Out!?  I think we all might want to go to Michael's to look at Christmas stuff then grab a bite out!
THURSDAY: BBQ Pork Loin with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Friday, November 11, 2016

Old Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Aunt Judy!

WHO: Aunt Judy and her youngest daughter, Taryn
WHERE: Edgerton, OH
WHEN: 1977-78

Happy Birthday to my Pop's sister, my Aunt Judy who celebrates a birthday on November 21st.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Corn Pudding

Thanksgiving sides can always be a little tricky.  Do you go all out traditional or do you throw in one new dish for your family and friends to try?

If your Thanksgiving is a potluck this year, or if you run out of a side dish during the quest for the epic leftover meal, this is a quick and easy dish to throw together that goes with turkey and all the trimmings, plus you make it in your slow-cooker


Corn Pudding


Cooking Spray
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup sour cream
1 package Betty Crocker cornbread mix
1 can (15 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (15 oz) creamed style corn
1 cup shredded Colby-Monterrey Jack Cheese Blend


Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together then pour into slow cooker.

Cover; cook on high heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until mixture is set and knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

45/52: November Skies

It's hard to adjust to the changing seasons....and then when Sammy died, time suddenly became the enemy.  It goes by so fast now...and you want to slow it down most days. Now, I find myself wanting to back it up.....or make it go so fast that I forget the past entirely.  This too, shall pass.

Brian's been working a lot and working on Saturdays.  I never minded when Sammy was alive, in fact.....I actually enjoyed the thought of my little boy and I in the house, puttering, cooking, napping and listening to music while Brian worked.

This past weekend I was alone again on Saturday.  I made the best of it.  I did some things that brought me joy, like watching Christmas movies, coloring in my adult coloring book and making a wonderful dinner for Brian and I after he finished a long day tutoring.  Life is moving on and I am adjusting.

Our skies have been mesmerizing.  I just love November skies when the light begins to fade.  Do you lose track of time in the winter?  I know, I do.  The light fades early in the NW skies and it can catch you off track.  The days get so short this time of year.  Darkness fills a bigger void.

I took time again to enjoy some little things in new light.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: November 7-10, 2016

Welcome Monday!

Is something happening this week?  I keep thinking that something big is happening, but I can't quite remember.  Good thing I don't forget what I am buying at the store or cooking for dinner, because with menu planning you never forget!!

Here are some more amazing blogs and menu plans courtesy of Laura.


MONDAY: Monday Night Football Hamburgers and Fries
TUESDAY: Election Night Yumm Bowls
WEDNESDAY: Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup with Texas Toast
THURSDAY: Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Salad (Freezer Meal)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Old Photo Friday: School Photo

WHO: Stacy Dare Brady
WHAT: School Photo Day
WHERE: Yolanda Elementary - Springfield, OR
WHEN: Fall 1977 (3rd Grade)

Last week I was driving past of local elementary school and there was a sign posted reminding parents that it was school photo day.

Man, did I have some teeth or what!?


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler

Thanksgiving is three weeks away and this year I am posting Thanksgiving (or Christmas too) recipes that you can make in your slow cooker.  We all want Thanksgiving to go off without a hitch, right? Why not make something that is time saving and easy.

This sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving eve dessert or something a bit different for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.  It's a foolproof way to keep people out of the pumpkin pie!


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler


3 eggs
20 oz. can pumpkin puree
12 oz evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Butter Pecan Cake Mix
4 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
chopped walnuts, optional (garnish)
vanilla ice cream, optional


Beat the eggs slightly.  Add the puree, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt and vanilla.

Pour the mixture into a greased slow cooker.  Top with the powdered cake mix and spinkle with brown sugar.

Drizzle melted butter evvenly over the top.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Serve garnished with nuts and/or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

44/52: End of October and other stuff

Who schedules Halloween on a Monday night?

I quickly got home by 4:30PM, started lighting candles, threw candy in our orange bowl, picked out a Halloween outfit (black sweatpants and a Halloween shirt) and started my 8 hour haunted music mix.

There was plenty of wine and a homemade pizza. The first knock on our door was at 6:40 and we turned the pumpkin off and just as I was about to lock the door, the last trick or treeter knocked on the door at 9:03.  We had 54 begars. We've got a bit of candy left!


Since Sammy passed, I've found little to post about and quite a few pictures on my camera that I wanted to share but didn't.  This is the other stuff portion of the post.

A new Rebecca Lane refrigerator.  The old one stopped working and this lovely one is quite beautiful (as fridges go).  We lost the entire contents of the fridge so it gave us the perfect opportunity to toss and restock.

For National Chocolate Cupcake Day, I treated Chick and I to some amazing cupcakes from Market of Choice.  I've been practicing the food photography app on my phone to see if I like it.

A wild storm passed over us in West Seattle (the day Sammy passed away) and left behind a huge branch from our neighbor's cedar tree in the middle of our front lawn.  Luckily it missed the house and we had no other damage.

Finally, I rode the new Seahawk train a few Fridays ago.  The paint job on the locomotive is awesome!  Go Hawks!