Thursday, February 28, 2008

Things your mother always warned you

but you didnt believe her.
Here's your proof....
This is why you should never ever swallow bubble gum.

Monday, February 25, 2008

a message from Oprah

to me.
In my People Magazine.

This weeks People Magazine came today, the one with Tori Spelling on the cover.
Flipping through it we came across this message on page 37 ... from Oprah, to me.

Im going to check next time in the grocery check out line to see if every copy has a message to me. She obviously is trying to get in touch with me.
I wonder why she didn't just call. I could have easily missed this.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

scrapping again

for the first time in many many months.
Its so hard to get started again when you've been away from it for awhile. I've made a few cards for a swap, but thats about it.
Im excited and a little overwhelmed to sit down play with paper and glue after so long, so today I just tried to stay simple and warm up to it.

This one of Paul and Ethan playing football in the park
and this one of Ethans funny faces for Ramona's button challenge on

In other news this weekend, Macie had her second gooming appointment this weekend.
We had them go a lot shorter this time. It was obvious they didnt want to cut her hair short...but it works best for us to keep it that way. I dont have time to brush it daily to keep it from getting knots in I like it short. She came home with some crazy bows in her hair...I took a few shots before I pulled them out.
I made her this little pink and brown fleece coat last weekend. It makes me cringe how much they charge for dog coats, so I made this one out of $4. worth of fleece, some little trim scraps I had, and a few buttons. Its a little big still so Im going to need to adjust the buttons and velcro closures.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Meeska, Mooska

Mickey Mouse!
this weekend we took Ethan to his first concert.
Have you ever been to a concert where the average audience age is 4, and they worn you before the lights go dark to not to be afraid?
How about a chant of Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse to bring out the star of the show? Its quite exciting, really.

thankfully the weather cooperated. It was beautiful and warm, almost spring like...I wouldnt exactly be playing in the foutain in seattle center, but apparently some people apparently could not resist. The trees are still leafless in Seattle.
These are a 3 year olds rock stars ... Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald...the little Einsteins, Handy Manny and his talking toolbox, and best of all, Pooh and Tigger. I think Ethan did quite well for his first concert.
Got the tee shirt- check!
and a pooh bear - check!

Seats were good...nice and close! yeah
I think sitting back a little bit further where the stadium seating is might have been better than right up front. Its a little hard to see when all those 5 year olds get up to dance ;)
I was a little worried he might be frightened, but not even for a second.
He sang, he clapped, he danced in his seat.

Pooh is definately the favorite right now. He was the star of the show for Ethan. Who doesnt love pooh! After all, he's got that great grin on his face all the time. He's a tubby little chubby all stuffed with fluffy... oh yeah. He's a rock star alright.

hard to take pictures inside when the lights went out. They tell you no flash once the show starts, but apparently Im the only one they told that too, or the only one that listened, I guess. Lots of flash going off. My pics are on the blurry side, but Ethan won't care. I printed up a bunch of them up and put them in a little photo album for him. He's going to love looking through them, blurry or not.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

its true

it is easy. Very easy.
and fool proof too.
You can't mess this bread up.
I mixed the water, flour, salt and yeast together on Friday night about 7 pm.
My intention was to pop it in the oven between 8-10 am Saturday morning.
Best layed plans and all that, it didnt happen.
I was running late getting ready to go see Disney Playhouse live with Jaryn, Ethan and Paul.
Needless to say, I did not have time to bake the bread before leaving the house. I figured I'd put it to the ultimate test and bake it when I got home.
That ended up being around 8pm Saturday evening.
Even still, it came out great.
Tastes wonderful, great crust.
The air holes may be on the large size because of the amount of time I left the dough rising on the counter, but not too bad. And besides, those are better for holding all the butter.
The crust is really fairly soft, not hard and crunch like it looks. The secret is really in the cast iron pan. You heat your cast iron dutch oven in the oven for atleast 30 minutes before plopping your dough into the pan. Its good and hot so watch your fingers. This was so easy I'll probably mix together the dough on Friday or Sat nights and bake on the weekend.
My Mom says it makes great toast too.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bread so easy...

even a 6 year old could make it.

We'll see.

Here's the recipe and a video. Sure looks easy enough and there's proof on The Steamy Kitchen site that in fact yes, a 6 year old can do it.

So I got my cast iron pot at Ikea and I made the dough last night. Its happily rising in a bowl still this morning.
Watch this space to find out if in fact, its so easy even a 6 year old can do it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

needing some spring

winters in Seattle tend to be a little grey. Just a little.
Im not complaining, because it could be worse.

They could be white.
A few weekends ago we spent some time at our local nursery and inside the hothouse you would have swarn it was a June afternoon.
Just what I needed on a January Saturday afternoon.
I'll need to make more than a few stops at this nursery before its actually warm enough to plant any of these in the yard, but just stopping by to look at them was enough for me today.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

personal best, a peeping tom and a creative challenge

So I just finished with my photography class last week and the final assignment was called personal best and the theme was Red. The subject could be anything you wanted as long as it was red. So even in the rain we headed out to find Red things to take pictures of

This is the photo I submitted.

Over all I was really happy with it...I love the reflection in the water.
It was raining at the time so I got some other pictures with cool raindrops falling in the pool, but I picked this one as my final submission and since I got perfect marks on it, I'm happy with it:)

This morning Paul was looking out the kitchen window and spotted this........

He grabbed the camera, and this is what was up there in the tree.

Looks like its sitting on some kind of a nest made of pine branches. I'll be keeping my eye on him ( or her)
and finally,

taking Ali's weekend creative challenge this weekend, I made this picture for the family room

So thats my weekend.
How was yours?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Jacks back


I'm kicking myself this morning after I read that Jack announced a concert with Dave Matthews at the Kokua Festival in Honolulu Hawaii on Earth Day weekend - April 19th and 20th, 2008 -

We were suppose to be in Hawaii that week and definately could have gone! shoot shoot shoot!!!! We canceled that trip, deciding instead to go to the Grand Canyon this year.

I guess I'll have to get by with just getting his new CD.
(I always want to say "album"... )
Enjoyed this interview/video on Amazon too...always fun to see the behind the scenes making of an album I mean, CD

Sunday, February 03, 2008


for 32 years I've been celebrating Feb 3rd.

Hard to believe its been so long.
But, its been 32 years since that day in Okinawa Japan when this little guy came into my life.
We were far away from family and friends. I was only 20 years old.

He and I grew up together and he taught me as much as I've ever taught him. He continues to teach me, even now.

Yesterday I was digging through my jewelery box looking for my Moms cameo ring.
I came across this note tucked in an envelope. He must have been 6 years old at the time, maybe 7. Wish I'd written the date on it.

I love the hearts with arms giving hugs :)
and the To: and From: as if I wouldnt know...
Nick wrote this for me and left it on my pillow one night when I went out with some friends for dinner and he stayed home with Grandma.
He was the sweetest, most considerate, most sensitive little boy.
He was always a deep thinker.

Not much of a sayer.
I think he still is.

But when he expressed how he felt, he meant it.
Happy Birthday Nick

Friday, February 01, 2008

Superbowl food

Does this look like good superbowl food to you?

Im thinking yes....
Clearly not healthy
but it is the superbowl.
Who cares who wins
Its all about the food and the commercials anyway
So, I think Potato Skins are do-able

They're really easy-
small to medium sized russet baking potatoes (total 3 pounds)
Olive oil
Canola oil or grapeseed oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
6 strips of bacon
4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
2 green onions, thinly sliced, including the greens of the onions

Scrub the potatoes
bake the potatoes using your favorite method, either oven or microwave.
If using an oven, rub with olive oil and bake in a 400°F oven for about an hour until the potatoes are cooked through and give a little when pressed. If using a microwave, rub all over with olive oil and cook on the high setting for about 5 minutes per potato.

baking the potatoes in a conventional oven yields potatoes that are easier to work with (cut and scoop out), the potato seems to adhere to the skins a little better, but there is hardly a discernible difference in the final product.

While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon strips in a frying pan on medium low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Let cool. Crumble. (Or, do as I do and buy pre-cooked bacon :) On that case, take it out of the freezer, let it defrost or put it in the microwave for 10 seconds, then crumble.)
Remove the potatoes from the oven and let cool enough to handle.
Cut in half horizontally.
Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the insides, reserving the scooped potatoes for another use, leaving about 1/4 of an inch of potato on the skin.

Increase the heat of the oven to 450°F. Brush or rub grapeseed oil or canola oil (or another high smoke point oil) all over the potato skins, outside and in. Sprinkle with salt. Place on a baking rack in a roasting pan (don't use a cookie sheet, it will warp, use a roasting pan or broiler pan that can take the heat). Cook for 10 minutes on one side, then flip the skins over and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle.

Arrange the potato skins skin-side down on the roasting pan or rack. Sprinkle the insides with freshly ground black pepper, cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon. Return to the oven. Broil for an additional 2 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven. Use tongs to place skins on a serving plate. Add a dollop of sour cream to each skin, sprinkle with green onions.
Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

Note: If you have a potato whose skin or flesh has turned green, cut out those parts, do not use them. The green indicates the presence of a toxin that develops when potatoes are exposed to sunlight