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Weekend Review

It still counts as a weekend review even if we’re closer to the following weekend, right? This is what happens with 3 day weekends.

This past weekend we went to California to visit Dan’s parents, take in some sunshine and get much needed R&R. We spent Saturday on the beautiful Catalina Island. The weather said it was going to be 60s, so we dressed for 60s. It ended up being sunny and 70s, so I was dying in my jeans and button down. I won’t complain about the sunshine though! I was overdressed the whole weekend and had to buy flip flops in Huntington Beach so my feet could breathe. We went down to Newport Beach on Saturday and Sunday and ate our way down the beach. Which then required a run on the sand to counter-act the calories. I haven’t ran in months and thought I could go on a nice, easy beach run with Dan and his brother. It ended up being a grueling 5 miles and made the burger I ate after it worth it. It was such a great trip to California, especially since I had never been to Catalina or Newport Beach!

Catalina Island

Coming up on Catalina Island

Catalina Island

Reminds me of the French Riveria.

Catalina Island

Beautiful blue water.

Catalina Island

Seriously, so beautiful.

Catalina Island

Also, I love my new camera!

Catalina Island

Lucky seagull gets to live here.

Huntington Beach

Macadamia nut creme brulee for Dan’s birthday at Huntington Beach!

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Weekend Review

Can you believe it’s already Monday morning? Last I checked it was Friday at 4:59 PM and I couldn’t wait for the weekend to start. The weekend went by so fast, I had to take a moment and remember what I had done. I got a much needed haircut Friday night (good bye split ends and overgrown bangs!)  and Dan and I had an impromptu date night with Fred that included watching the Mariner’s blow their game against the Cleveland Indians at Norms, moving to Fremont Brewing for a beer and spending time with other dog owners, dogs, and telling people to not get drunk and go to the local shelter (yes, I did this before I got Fred, but not, this was not when I got Fred. I will say, Fred appeared in our household a week after this trip though…). We ended the night at our favorite bar, the Nickerson Street Saloon where we chatted with our favorite bartender, then home for the evening.

We helped friends move on Saturday, and I ate the biggest lunch ever at Azteca. We celebrated a friend’s birthday on Saturday night (thanks again, Kristin for having everyone watch the Sounders game at Norms so Fred could come out!) Dan took Fred home after the Sounders beat Dallas 4-2 and we partied for the first time in months! (I love Fred, but he’s killing my social life!) I even got the birthday girl to make last call at the Ballroom and get in one dance before they shut the bar down. Sunday was spent recovering and trying to maneuver Fred through the University District Street Fair. Everyone loved him, and all he wanted to do was eat food off the ground.

Dan and I snuck in another date to Flying Fish where our favorite bartender was finishing up the last of his 3 shifts there and we indulged in delicious seafood. The tuna tartare and steamed mussels were amazing. And here we are again at Monday morning. We leave for LA on Friday so I’m counting the hours, but I’m sure they’ll pass by slowly!

 

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Meatless Monday

We had friends come over last weekend and I made vegetarian lasagna. It was so delicious, I made it again this past weekend for just the two of us! It was relatively easy to make and oh, so delicious. The first time I used no boil noodles, and the second time I used regular lasagna noodles. I have to say the no boil noodles were better for the lasagna as it was less watery. Also, I forgot to put in the egg second time – also made it watery. I also don’t think there is a problem substituting frozen spinach for fresh. Whatever you have on hand works!

As per usual, I forgot something – the much needed egg – so my friend brought one over and we had dinner an hour after we had planned. While waiting for the lasagna to cook we played some Apples to Apples and drank wine. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday evening.

Vegetarian Lasagna *Inspired from here

Ingredients:

  • 1 package no boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can (28 oz) Trader Joe’s marinara sauce
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil spinach in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes. Take out, chop and dry on paper towels.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and cook mushrooms,  onion and garlic until onions are tender.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Mushroom, onion, garlic mix

Vegetarian Lasagna

Mmmmm… Sauteed veggies

In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Romano cheese, spinach, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, and egg in a bowl. Add cooled mushroom mixture. Mix together with a spatula.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Cheese mix

Vegetarian Lasagna

Mmmm sauteed veggies and cheese

Lay lasagna noodles in bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spread one third of the cheese/spinach mixture over noodles. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese on top. Spread 1 cup pasta sauce over cheese. Repeat layering 2 times.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Layering

Vegetarian Lasagna

Tomato sauce layer

Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

Vegetarian lasagna

Mmmmm lasagna

Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut open french loaf. Drizzle on olive oil. Cut garlic cloves in halves and rub on the bread. Chop the garlic cloves and spread on the bread. Put each half of the loaf in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and enjoy!

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

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Weekend Review

This weekend was filled with lots of sporting events, girl time and food. We went to a Seattle Thunderbirds hockey game in Kent Friday night with some friends. It was fun to go to a game since we haven’t been to a sporting event since the Seahawks game for my birthday. Saturday I spent the day wedding dress shopping with one of my friends and we found beautiful ones at Dress Theory in Green Lake. We had time before our next appointment so we stopped in at Revel in Fremont. I’ve never been before, but I’ve heard great things. They describe themselves as “Urban-style Korean food”, but I found it to be a great mix of Northwest and Asian food. We shared an amazing pork belly monkey bread and I ordered the short rib rice bowl. One of my friends ordered a rice porridge bowl and it was delicious. I don’t think I could choose between the two next time! Saturday night I went out in Capitol Hill to celebrate my friend’s birthday, and I woke up Sunday morning realizing I was no longer 22. Sunday consisted of laying around, watching the Super Bowl and commercials, and eating homemade meatballs. It was a great weekend to start off February!

Seattle Thunderbirds

My hockey night treat. Fake cheese makes my knees weak.

Seattle Thunderbirds

Go T-birds!

Revel

Pork Belly Monkey Bread

Revel

Short Rib Rice Bowl

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year surrounded by loved ones. We decided last minute to drive down to San Francisco to visit Dan’s family the Sunday before Christmas. We had a great week visiting and eating our way through the city. Dan’s brother-in-law’s family has a great tradition of oysters and crab on Christmas Eve and we happily obliged. On Christmas Day I attempted my first apple pie and pumpkin pie from the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. On the day after Christmas Dan’s brother and sisters took us into the city to check out the Ferry Building, eat at Hog Island Oysters, and take pictures/drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Can you believe I’ve actually never been there? Thursday we ate at Dan’s brother-in-laws amazing restaurant, Postino in Lafayette. Saturday we visited Dan’s uncle at Anchor Brewing and had a great lunch at Nopalito right next to Lincoln Park. On Sunday we did the long drive back from San Francisco to my parent’s house. We’re finally home and while it’s been great to be with family, it’s so nice to finally be home and be reunited with the cat. I’ve already been quite productive making butternut squash orzo, organizing the food cabinet and I’m on my way to make banana bread after I post.

As the new year rolls around I’ve decided to make some resolutions for myself. I’m hoping this blog will help me keep them!

  • Meatless Mondays – I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but I found myself always forgetting about it. This year I’m going to try and consciously remember to abstain from eating meat on Mondays, both for my health and for the environment.
  • Put more effort into blogging- I’m sure by now you guys have noticed how up and down I am with blogging. I would like to keep blogging most consistently, at minimum twice a week. I don’t think I’ll always have a recipe, but maybe I’ll find something fun you guys will enjoy! Suggestions are welcome!
  • Try to save money and budget – Let’s be honest, I try this every year… But this year will be the  year! … Right???

Thank you guys for spending so much time with me on this blog! I truly appreciate each one of you and hope to stay in better contact this year! Here are a few pictures to let you guys know what I’ve been up to in the past few months. Happy 2013!!!

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Bloody Mary

Ugly sweaters for my birthday party

World’s best burrito

View from the condo in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Puerto Penasco

Clams that were caught that morning

Our Christmas tree

Dahlia Lounge Pumpkin Pie

Dahlia Lounge Apple Pie

Ferry Building

Oyster Wreath

Golden Gate Bridge

Burrata Plate at Postino

Anchor Brewing

Totopos con Chile at Nopalito

Cabinet organizing, I was too embarrassed to take a before picture

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Summer Review

Hello! Do you guys remember me? I apologize, I essentially took the summer off. Life was getting crazy with constant wedding plannings and wedding weekends (not mine, so no surprises there!). Here’s a quick peak at what I’ve been up to for the past 2 months. There was a big move, trip to Walnut Creek, Ca for a wedding, multiple bridal shower and bacherolette parties, another wedding, weekend trips, boating, and food, lots of food. It took awhile for the sun to show up, but when it did, it brought the heat as well! Hope your summer is going well! Recipes are soon to come!

Wedding flowers from the Lafayette, CA Farmer’s Market

Wedding Dessert – Rice Krispy Treat Pops

Wedding Dessert – Mini cupcakes

Wedding Desserts – Plate Number 1

Downtown treat!

Bridal Shower Flowers

Flowers from Pike Place Market

Blue Angels during Seafair

Crab from Long Beach, WA

Live Uni (Not mine!)

Mt. St. Helens Lava Canyon

Mt. St. Helens

Wild Huckleberries

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Weekend Review (Tough Mudder Style!)

This past weekend I went to Whistler with a few girl friends to compete in Tough Mudder. We signed up months ago, and I always told myself I was going to train hardcore, but by the time Tough Mudder rolled around, all I had done was a few push ups and attempts at the monkey bars. Needless to say, I’m very sore today.

We started the morning at my favorite breakfast place then headed up to Whistler Olympic Park on the shuttle bus. The sky was blue with clouds and the weather was probably in the low 60s, a nice surprise from the torrential down pour we had driven through the night before.

For 11.5 miles, we ran up ski slopes; ran down a muddy forest; jumped into colored ice water and submerged ourselves fully then pulled ourselves out; scaled 9 foot walls then tried to “gracefully” get over them; carried a log up and down a hill; jumped into a snowy lake and swam across a portion of it; ran in mud (that sometimes got chest high); got shocked; army crawled through rubber tubes, a snow/ice crawl space, under barbed wire and through more electric shocks; and tackled a few other obstacles. Way to go ladies!

Tough Mudders all nice and clean!

Tough Mudders dirty and done!

Kiss of Mud

Why yes, that is barbed wire a foot and a half above the mud

A gorgeous day in Whistler

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