Wednesday, May 31, 2017

21/52: Memorial Day Weekend 2017

We had a pretty quiet Memorial Day weekend.  Brian spent a lot of time in the kitchen completely spoiling me with some amazing food, including Chicken Marsala right when I got off the train Friday night.

We grilled Saturday after spending time in the yard cleaning up beds and planting flowers.

Sunday was an afternoon BBQ at Lake Morton with friends.

Monday was an extra special treat, as my train was cancelled and I got to spend the entire day and night in Seattle.  Brian and I walked 4 miles up to the Alki Lighthouse for their Memorial Day open house tours.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome June

Welcome Monday!

It really feels like summer is just around the corner now that June is in our sights.

Here is our menu for the week ahead.

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


MONDAY:  Memorial Day!
TUESDAY: Yumm or Burrito Bowls
WEDNESDAY: Out for the last Birthday Celebration
THURSDAY: Herb Salmon Salad

Friday, May 26, 2017

Old Photo Friday: That time I drank 6 coronas in Maui

WHO: Simon, Rosemary, Pop and Stacy
WHAT: Beers and burgers after a long afternoon on the golf course
WHERE: Kaanapali Maui
WHEN: April 2004

It's practically an urban legend by now, but having just come back from Maui I am reminded of the first trip we took and meeting up with my friend, Simon from Melbourne, Australia.  

After 18 holes of pretty poor golf (on my part), we stopped off at Johnny's Burger Joint located right at the 18th hole on the Kaanapali Golf Course. It was a hot day and I managed to drink 6 coronas and drop about $20 in the jukebox.

Johnny's is permanately closed now and something else is there, but every time I pass by I remember that super fun day.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Recipe of the Week: Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Welcome to Summer!

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, don't you want a super easy and tasty BBQ recipe that you don't even have to fire up your BBQ for?  You betcha!

Here you go and enjoy your long weekend plans!


Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken Sandwich


Cooking Spray
4 lbs chicken breast, boneless and skinless
1 can (12 oz) coca-cola 
1 bottle BBQ Sauce
4 cups pre-made cole slaw
12 hoagie or cibata rolls
12 slices Swiss cheese (optional)


Coat slow cooker with cooking spray and preheat to high.

Add chicken breasts and pour soda and BBQ sauce over chicken; stir to mix.

Cook on high for 3 hours, low for 6-7.

Before serving, pull or shred chicken with two forks into small pieces.

Serve on buns topped with cole slaw, cheese (if desired) and/or additional BBQ sauce, if needed.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

20/52: Back to Normal

Welcome back to me!

I've taken a bit of a break from regular blogging to give time to myself and to honor the wonderful 12 days that I was in longest vacation in 20 years and my longest time in Maui ever.

It will also probably be our last trip to Maui for awhile and while that brings me great sadness...I know that there are other place in the U.S. and in the world that we would like to our time in Maui has come to a sort of end....for now.

Where has the rest of May gone?  Next week it will be all talk of Summer and Memorial Day BBQs and fun in the sun (let's hope), but what has been keeping us busy since we got back from Maui?

First off.......

Kentucky Derby Day at Emerald Downs!  We had an amazing day and I won $336.20 on a $2 ($24) exacta box.

We also had a family reunion and Mother's Day festivities, plus going to see "An American in Paris" at the Keller Auditorium in Portland.

This past weekend was the Preakness, and although not as financially successful as the Derby, we still cashed some tickets and I wore a hat.  Perfect!


I feel all caught up, now!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Last Full Week in May

Welcome back Monday!

Yes, I am back after a long hiatus from blogging my weekly menu.

April and May have been busy and I am slowly getting back into the swing of things.

Here is our Menu for nearing the end of May (if you can believe it)!  Remember to head on over to Laura's website for more planning and organizing tips.


MONDAY:  Garden Burgers and Chips
TUESDAY: Shrimp Tacos
WEDNESDAY: Grilled Fish with Rice and Asparagus
THURSDAY:  Grilled Chicken with Salad Bar Salad

Friday, May 19, 2017

Old Photo Friday: Remembering Armed Forces Day

WHO: My Great Uncle, Johnny Volgamore
WHY:  He enlisted in the Navy and served in WWII

Armed Forces Day is tomorrow.  The day is set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces like my Uncle.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Maui Vacation 2017: Departure

  • Enjoying a new place on the way to the airport (next time, I'll take some pie home).
  • Landing in Seattle about the same time the sun sets in Maui (and you family sends you this picture).
  • Finding aloha, gratitude and lots of mahalos for a wonderful time away.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Maui Vacation 2017: Day 11

  • Banana Pancakes at Charley's (cue Jack Johnson)
  • Jacaranda Trees
  • A visit to Maui Wine (plus three amazing tastings)
  • Walking around the Lavender Farm and taking in the amazing views and flowers
  • Sunset dinner at Honu Seafood and Pizza (I love the Ahi Bruschetta)
Aloha and Mahalo,


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Maui Vacation 2017: Day 10

  • A perfect (last) walk to the airport
  • The best breakfast in the best place on the planet
  • Lunch along the Ka'anapali Beach Boardwalk at Lelani's
  • A round at Lahaina Coolers
  • A fun catamaran sail
  • Another gorgeous sunset
Aloha and Mahalo,


Monday, May 15, 2017

Maui Vacation 2017: Day 9

  • Trade winds are back
  • Sunny morning at the pool with a good book
  • Warren and Annabelle's
  • Good Pupus and an amazing Blueberry Lemon Drop
  • Magical family time
Aloha and Mahalo