Monday, August 15, 2011

What Fun We Had


We had a beautiful weekend on Orcas Island, camping with some friends. We stayed 2 nights, visiting Mt. Constitution; driving around; playing cards; snuggling babies; and enjoying creation. We stopped for fish 'n chips on our way back through Anacortes where Halcyone enjoyed our lemon slices. Lemon slices. Lemon slices? Hmm, yes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ten on Ten: New Home Style

Here's this month's Ten on Ten! Today's pictures come from work on our new home.
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Back from the Hospital (clinic)


Good news!

Halcyone went in for her blood work consult, and the doctors gave her an all-clear for serious blood problems.  She was a trooper for the latest blood draw, and even giggled for the nurse doing her blood pressure test.  After enjoying a cookie with mommy, she fell asleep from the busy afternoon.



The hospital gave her the Beanie Baby owl (with a 2002 graduation hat?!?!) and pink tape for her arm.

More on the visit can be found on this post at FightingChaos

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Recipes of the Week

This week I've had a little time try some fun new recipes. My mom subscribes to a couple cooking magazines that I've been browsing, and I also began using a stumbleupon.com account in conjunction with my Pinterest boards that pointed me towards some yummy looking food. Here are 4 from this week.

1. Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

I found this one using stumbleupon. It just looked good, so I decided to make it one evening after dinner. I ended up mixing it (okay, so Tom did most of the mixing) together by hand. Next time I'll go for the dough hook on a Kitchenaid. I used fresh farm eggs rather than storebought. This meant that I needed 3 of them, because the chickens are not laying full size eggs yet, rather than 2 large eggs. I ended up adding a little more flour to the dough both before and after rising. I'll make it again for sure. Next time I just want to make it a little more goooooooo-ey.

Recipe, courtesy of Joy the Baker, can be found on her blog here.

2. Summertime Tea

Oh this one is good! It's also quick and easy. I'm be making it all summer to share with friends. I made it with 6 Stash decaf English Breakfast tea bags and no tequila. I enjoy mine with lemon slices; Tom likes his with lemon and fresh mint. Apparently we're going to have a mint farm at our new house.

Recipe from Taste of Home can be found here.

3. Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread

Again, this one came from sumbleupon. It was easy to make and tasty. Tom liked his just the way it came out of the pan and I enjoyed mine with warm marinara dipping sauce.

Recipe from The Pastry Affair can be found here.

4. Peach Green Bean Summer Salad

This is a smash-up recipe. It's something like a salad I once got at the grocery store, and something like a recipe I was reading in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Here's what I did.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cut and cleaned fresh green beans
  • 1/2 sweet onion, cut (Walla Wallas are in season!)
  • 1 peach sliced thinly
  • 1 lemon cucumber sliced thinly
  • A handfull of pitted Bing cherries
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • Olive oil
Heat a bit of olive oil in a large skillet-type pan with a lid. Add onions, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until they just start to look caramelized. Add garlic and green beans, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Mix the beans and onions with the cucumbers and fruits. Top off with lemon juice and sugar. Enjoy!