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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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Split Pea Soup

The snow is dumping down in Seattle today and it makes me want a big bowl of soup. I love soup, but I have never had split pea soup. Something about mushy green peas as a soup never appealed to me, but trying to budget my way into 2012, I couldn’t ignore the bin of dried split peas at PCC. Last week I had to stop by the wine store on the top of Queen Anne to pick up some wine for work, and decided to meet Dan at the meat shop adjacent to it to see if we could figure out dinner plans. We asked if they had any ham bones and they chopped us some hamcock (I believe she called it hamcock…).

Hamcock split open, for the juices to soak into the soup

Dried split peas

Split Pea Soup *recipe from here

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 Cups dried split peas
  • 2 Quarts cold water
  • 1 1/2 Pounds ham bone
  • 2 Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Pinch dried marjoram
  • 3 Stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Potato, diced

Mire poir for the soup

Directions:

Put the split peas in the 2 quarts of water, simmer for 2 minutes, then cover and let it sit for an hour (or you can soak them over night in the water). Add ham bone, onions, marjoram, salt and pepper to the split peas. Cover and bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Add celery, carrots and potatoes to the soup, uncover and let it cook for about 40 more minutes, or until vegetables are tender. I left the bone in the soup, took the skin off and tore the meat off of it with forks to distribute into the soup.

Split Pea Soup

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Weekend Review

Seattle finally got some snow! Very minimal though, and it didn’t stick near the condo. Apparently Seattle’s in for the big storm tomorrow. We were also supposed to get a couple inches of snow last night, so I won’t really believe it until I see it.

Snow on Capitol Hill

Leftover Split Pea Soup

Mocha to keep me warm in the snow

On Friday I attempted to conquer my fear of heights and went to Emerald City Trapeze with some friends.

The trapeze bar

Soft landing when you fall

It was terrifying at first. I couldn’t jump off the landing when they told me to, but as soon as I did it felt amazing. There’s nothing like the feeling of flying through the air and knowing if you screw up someone will make sure you don’t come crashing down! We learned how to knee hang and then catch! It was so much fun, my friend and I signed up for two more classes! I definitely recommend trying it out. Click the link below if you want to see a video of my little mini-circus act!

Knee-hang Catch

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Holidays in Review

Hello! It’s been awhile, I apologize. It’s the holiday season and I’ve been running around to multiple engagements as I’m sure you all have as well!

Lots has happened in the past few weeks, I celebrated my 27th birthday, got a Christmas tree and decorated, went to multiple Christmas parties and Dan got put on a special diet by his doctor. It’s back to gluten-free and vegan in our household. Well, only when eating with Dan, I’ve been sneaking meat and cheese during the work day. I’m a horrible girlfriend, I know. It also doesn’t help that I’ve been baking up a storm in the kitchen. Recipes will come tomorrow!

Christmas doggies

Homemade Caramel

 

Seattle sunset

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