Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Prosser Wine Weekend 2016

Last weekend we had our annual wine tasting weekend in Prosser,WA. We were so happy that Lin & Ward were able to join us again this year!

Reunited! #dearfriends

I  LOVE US!!! Three WSU Love Stories! #gocougs

Katie loves to photo bomb!!!

Every year we meet to shoot sage rats & wine taste after.
We asked permission of the vineyard owner. Please don't go into vineyards and start shooting!

GO COUGS!  at Davenlore Winery

With the famous Gordon Taylor
After wine tasting, we headed back to our friends' winery, Pontin del Roza for a private party. Lin's 50th birthday party!!!! Their patio was the perfect place for the event.

Dustin did an amazing job decorating the table for Lin.

So pretty!

Love these ladies!

Omid made Persian BBQ
I stopped snapping pictures at this point, but during our delicious dinner in the stunning setting, I thought to myself: "This is so wonderful! I am here with my best friends and having the time of my life. Thank you,  God!"
I'm already looking forward to our wine tasting weekend 2017!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Make This!!!

Two new recipes I found via The Kitchn. I love this website! I signed up for daily emails and I have not been disappointed. So many delicious recipe ideas!

Here are two of my favorites:

Homemade energy bars (think Larabars).  These are so tasty and very easy to make!  I toasted the almonds before hand and also added 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, a pinch of cinnamon & 2 Tbs of old fashioned (not quick) oatmeal. 

After sitting in the fridge for 24 hours, they were even more delicious and reminded me of a thick & fudgy brownie. I took some samples in to work and they received 2 thumbs up!

Individually wrapped for lunches.
The other favorite recipe I found via The Kitchn is for sweet potato chickpea patties. These are so yummy and filling too. I have been making these for the last two months every Sunday for our weekly lunches.
I double the recipe and just made a few changes. The recipe called for grating the raw sweet potato. That is very labor intensive, so I bake the sweet potatoes first, then add the mash. I also chop the onions instead of grating them. It just saves time and they still taste exactly the same as the first time I made them.
Lunch is ready!

Check out The Kitchn website. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Make This!

Lemony Brussel Sprout Slaw

I am not a fan of Brussel sprouts, or at least I wasn't until recently. The awful boiled mini cabbages of my youth (the thought still makes me gag) are long gone. Hello oven roasted crispy Brussel sprouts or this tasty slaw.
The only changes I made was to add one bunch of chopped green onion and I plan to add chopped fried bacon as well.
Make this! You will love it!!
Lemony Brussel Sprout Slaw from NYT Cooking
2 T mayonnaise
1 t Dijon mustard
2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 T lemon zest
1/4 cup olive oil
1.5 lbs Brussel sprouts, trimmed & shredded
1 medium Granny Smith apple, diced or shredded
1 large shallot, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Step 1
To make the dressing, whisk together the mayo, mustard, lemon juice and zest in a small bowl. Add he oil a little at a time, whisking the entire time.
Step 2
Come the sprouts, apple & shallot and toss with the dressing. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, toss with the mint.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Make This! Tasty's Sugar-Glazed Apple Tart

If you have a Facebook, chances are you have seen one of Buzzfeed's Tasty videos. They are adorable & quick 'how to' food videos set to fun music.  I happened to see Tasty's video for a sugar-glazed apple tart yesterday and just had to make it.

Tasty didn't lie: it was easy, quick & delicious! 

Make one today!!

Apple tart before...

Apple tart after!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Omid's Birthday Weekend!

Last week, Naseem surprised Omid with a visit for his birthday!
We packed as much celebrating in as we could for her short visit.

First stop: Amnesia Brewing for birthday beer!

Matty had the next day off, so we went to our favorite biscuit joint for breakfast: Pine State Biscuits!

The final stop was for Pip's Original Donuts! Tourists visit VooDoo Donuts, locals go to Pips!!!

Pure donut bliss!!!!

Pip's to go!
Thanks Naseemjoon for the birthday visit for Dad! The best present ever!!! ♥

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Learning to Crochet

I found this super cute hat via Facebook and asked a friend at work if she could teach me how to crochet. She said I would need a lot practice & patience before I would be able to make the hat. I agreed, but in my mind, I was hoping to have the hat done in a week. I did have a back up plan: I emailed my sister Brenda the pattern and she made the hat in a day & a half. I should receive it Saturday! ☺

Anyways, here are the results from last week's lessons (we meet M/W/F). Monday was a challenge. I got the chain down, but was talking so much, I forgot to count. Wednesday same deal. I told myself that if I wasn't better by Friday, I was quitting.
Friday came and I learned my lesson:count my stitches & listen to the others talk (talking = skipping stitches).
Progress for sure! By tomorrow, this will be a new scarf for Remy. Next week I learn a new stitch. If I get that down, I should be ready to start my hat!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year, New Word

For the past two years, I have chosen a word to focus on instead of a New Year's resolution. I had the same word for 2014 & 2015: gratitude. 

This year I chose the word simplicity.  I am trying to pare down lots of things in my life.  I plan to focus on less wine = more water, less Facebook = more time to learn how to crochet, less sugary treats = more healthy snack options, less passive-aggressive = more blunt/direct.

I found this graphic on Pinterest. It's from 2014, but you get the idea.
via BlogLovin'

Have you chosen your word yet?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Make This!!!

 This lentil salad is absolutely fantastic! Make it today!
Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon & Herbs via The Kitchn
Makes 4 3/4-cup servings

1 cup green or French lentils *I used Pardina lentils from Palouse Brand
2 cups low-sodium or homemade chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces bacon (about 4 thick-cut slices), cut into small pieces *I cooked mine until it was super crunchy
2 large shallots, cut in half and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 large sprigs rosemary, leaves stripped and minced *I left this out as we didn't have any
3 large leaves sage, minced *I left this out as we only had dried
2 tablespoons capers, roughly chopped
1/2 cup Italian parsley leaves, roughly chopped
For the dressing:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard *I used Grey Poupon
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Wash and rinse the lentils. Put in a small saucepan and cover with the chicken broth. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer and cook until just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Add extra water while cooking if the liquid gets low. Drain the lentils and return them to the pot. Stir in the salt.

Meanwhile, while the lentils are cooking, cook the bacon in a heavy pan over medium heat until crispy. Drain most of the fat out of the pan, then add the shallots, garlic, rosemary, and sage, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant and the shallots are tender but not soft. Remove from the heat.

Whisk the olive oil, mustard, and balsamic vinegar together until thick. Toss with the warm, drained lentils, then stir in the bacon and shallot mixture. Stir in the chopped capers and parsley. Taste and season with additional salt, if needed, and a generous quantity of black pepper.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Welcome 2016!!

We had a most delicious New Year's Eve!

Lobster & king crab legs....

Shrimp & smoked salmon....

& flank steak!

Happy New Year cinnamon roll hug with loved ones!♥

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015!

We had a wonderful Christmas!!
Christmas Eve 11:59 p.m. shot.
3 hours past my bedtime!!
Fun Fact: Matty & Alyssa bought the tree behind me
for my birthday on the 11th.

This is our 27th Christmas together!
Santa purchased this soft bed from Costco.
Remy LOVES it!
So happy that Naseem got to spend two days with us!♥♥♥
Look at Jack & Remy in this shot!
They were waiting for Lin to give them a cookie.☺

Pre-dinner shot.
The kids table!

So much love between us all!♥
We were definitely missing Ward, Lia & Alyssa.♥

Seahawk Sunday!

Omid was lucky enough to get tickets to last Sunday's Seahawk game against the Browns. He only had two tickets, and since I went to the last game with him (5 years to the day!), he took Nas this time.  I did get to hang out with them at the pregame event which was lots of fun!

Did I mention they were in a field box?! Lucky ducks!

Seahawks WIN!!!

This is where I hung out during the game: Elysian Fields Brewing.
Try their Space Dust IPA. It's gooooood!