Archive for February, 2010

Skyline Ridge

February 27th, 2010

About two weeks ago, our friends Sam and Meghan moved to Seattle!  Yay!  They’ll be staying with us for a few weeks until they get jobs and lodging and stuff, and it’s been great to have them.  Last weekend, Meghan decided to be brave and accompany Tom  and I on her first ever snowshoeing adventure.  The weather was AMAZING, and we were able to get up Skyline Ridge with no difficulty.  The sun was shining, which, around here is the best kind of therapy.

We started out parking across from the Steven’s Pass ski resort, and headed up.  This trail climbs relentlessly, so I’m glad it’s short!  Once we broke the treeline, the views were great, and they just kept getting better the higher we went.  Eventually we reached Skyline Lake, which was completely snow-covered and frozen.  Not wanting to touch the pristine snow, (or text the ice), we followed the boot path around the lake, and continued up the (steep) path until we were high on the ridge.  With sweeping views to the south and west into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and more, we decided it was lunch time!

Tom wanted to venture up a little higher, but I was too chicken, so Meghan and I hung back at the lunch spot and took pictures.

Blue sky, snowcapped peaks, and sunshine.  Can’t ask for much more than that.

After lunch, we headed back down, with Meghan leading through the trees, back to the lake, and back down to the car.  It was a wonderful day, and I think Meghan has become a snowshoeing convert.  It was a nice mid-winter reminder about how much I love where we live.

What’s Cookin? Spaghetti and Meatballs!

February 23rd, 2010

The weather has turned from sunny and beautiful back to rain, reminding us, once again, that we live in Seattle.  Oh well. We must embrace winter in all of it’s wet glory, and adapt the best that we can.  My version of adapting often involves food, specifically carbohydrates. That is why this post is not about the lemon curd I was supposed to make.  No, tonight we needed some comfort food, and it came in the form of spaghetti and meatballs.  I found a wonderful recipe over at The Pioneer Woman, and decided to give it a try since I had never made meatballs before.

The tricky part was browning the meatballs in the pan without having them break apart, thereby turning your meatballs into meatbits.  Since you brown them just a few at a time, the first ones were pretty much a fail, but they got progressively more ball-like as the process went on. I think it had something to do with the fact that I was rather liberal with the olive oil.  Now, AFTER I made dinner, I found out that I could have just browned them in the oven, but it was kind of fun to brown them in the pan.    After making the meatballs and setting them aside, the recipe calls for making the sauce right there in the same pot.  I like this.  Fewer dishes.

There are good things happening here.

Huge bag of onions! I do not fear you!

I broke into our MASSIVE bag o’ onions which I will defeat before they go bad, added them, some garlic and tomato products and eventually the meatballs.  Oh the yumminess.  Dinner was a huge hit.  This recipe will be made again, whenever we need some tasty, warm food to help chase the clouds away.

Happy husband!

Valentine’s …plant?

February 17th, 2010

Neither Tom nor I are all that big on Valentine’s Day.  We’d both rather treat each other well every day, than have to pick one day to show our love.  However, even with all of this self awareness, it’s virtually impossible not to be at least somewhat effected by the stupid holiday, and to be perfectly honest, I think I would be slightly disappointed if Tom forgot the holiday all together.  So in the past, we’ve usually “celebrated” by making a nice dinner at home, or occasionally Tom caves to societal pressure and I’ll discover beautiful roses on the kitchen table on my way to work.  This year, I told Tom that I didn’t want flowers, as they just die anyways, and that if he wanted to get me something, I’d like some sort of pretty house plant.  Now, around here “plant” is the magic word.  If you doubt this, head over to my dear husband’s blog.  The man loves plants.  I mean really LOVES them. To the point that I get jealous of them sometimes.  So he was slightly excited to get to pick out yet another plant for us.

::aside:: Last year around this time, we were in Maui.  This is painful to remember, as we are not currently in Hawaii, and that is a sad thing.  However, when we were in Hawaii, we were given a Giant Protea flower early in our jaunt around the island.  It was huge.  It became our mascot, went everywhere with us, and eventually came home with us, (how I was able to bring it through the department of agriculture screening is beyond me, but it was strapped to the outside of my backpack, so I wasn’t smuggling the thing or anything).

Here's me, with the giant flower!

Fast forward to this year’s Valentine’s Day.  Tom came home from running some errands and was SO EXCITED  to show me something. It was this beautifully strange plant, which is apparently some type of protea so that we’ll always be reminded of the wonderful time we had in Hawaii together.  Awww.  The plant has weird tentacle like flowers and its leaves are waxy like a succulent.  It’s strange, and so are we.  It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day plant.

Penguin Photo Phun

February 3rd, 2010

So a few days ago, my Mom, who runs Millwood School, had a request for me.  Apparently one of the first grade classes at her school is studying penguins.  Now, we like penguins around here, me specifically.  I think they’re kind of silly, weird and wonderful.  My mom knows this about me, so when she talked to the first graders about their penguins she mentioned that I had a very special penguin. One that wore clothes.  Apparently the students were fascinated by this, and Mom asked if I would take some pictures of the beloved stuffed animal and email them to the class.  Of course I was happy to oblige.  Here is the email I sent to the class, with the accompanying pictures.

Dear Mrs. Bs Class,
I hear that you are studying penguins!  I love penguins and have a small collection of penguin stuffed animals.  For my birthday, my husband’s mom gave me a new penguin stuffed animal.  He is the kind that has beans in his bottom so that he sits up by himself, and has wires in his flippers so that they can be moved.  His name is The Emperor.  Can you guess why?  He has a collection of sweaters that he wears for all of the major holidays.  He l
oves to be well dressed.  Here are a few pictures of The Emperor in his Valentine’s Sweater.  I hope you have enjoyed all the recent snow!

Sincerely,
Amy