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The Mountain The Mountain

We moved to WA State 9 years ago. It was summer. August. And it was raining… We were newlyweds, but, really, rain in August? I almost strangled my newlywed husband – we moved here because of him – on the plane. “RAIN IN THE SUMMER? Where are you taking me?” Nine years later, I know […]

Mount Rainier Mount Rainier

Eight years. 8 years since the last time we visited Mount Rainier National Park in WA State. Ahhh, we were younger, we were prettier, and we were kid-less back then. But the kids have grown; grown enough to endure the 3 hours drive (non-stop) it takes to get to the park + the additional hours […]

Blueberry Hills farm, Manson, WA Blueberry Hills farm, Manson, WA

On our second day at Lake Chelan, we visited Blueberry Hills farm. For us, a family vacation is just incomplete without a visit to a farm. Especially a farm with a U-pick field! And especially when lil’ kids are involved. I was very much farm-deprived as a kid so I’ve got a lot of catching […]

Weekend photos: On our way to Lake Chelan, WA Weekend photos: On our way to Lake Chelan, WA

    Truly magnificent clouds in this area… And my lens has some serious fish bowl effect…

No-roll quiche crust No-roll quiche crust

You know me, I’m a risk taker. A.k.a I get lazy and bake gnocchi to see what will happen, instead of cook them in boiling water as people are supposed to do. To justify this sort of moves, I have developed a theory that all great inventors must have been lazy folks who just wanted […]

The slugs, the beer, and the squirrel: Part 2 The slugs, the beer, and the squirrel: Part 2

No, no beer-braised squirrel in that pasta dish. Don’t worry. I told you about my snail, beer, and a beer stealing squirrel problem. And I have received some advice. Thanks! Crystal commented that what I have are slugs and not snails and suggested “A tried and true method I have used to make a beer […]

The snail, the beer, and the squirrel The snail, the beer, and the squirrel

Something, or someone, is munching on our leafy greens. He/she/it particularly likes the cauliflower leaves and the tender curly lettuce leaves Some, but not so much, kale or the other kale, and it is not too crazy about beets either. PICKY EATER! I looked for snails but couldn’t find any. Puzzled, I mentioned it to […]

Baked gnocchi for the lazy ones Baked gnocchi for the lazy ones

Dinner time approached. I had no plan in mind. And so, I made dishes on the go, not being fully aware about what I was doing. I took a peek inside the fridge. There were some leftovers… Chicken meatballs… Grilled chicken breast… Broccoli – we didn’t eat that for a long time (we’re just not […]

Seattle Art Museum, Taste & Kurt Cobain Seattle Art Museum, Taste & Kurt Cobain

Do you remember what you did during Memorial Day weekend? Sometimes when people ask me on Monday, “How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?” I totally blackout. Zilch. Nothing. My mind goes blank and cannot produce a syllable. Memorial Day weekend sure seems like it had happened a looong time ago but it’s […]

Bite size: How much does junk food really cost? Bite size: How much does junk food really cost?

We spent 2 days in Seattle during Memorial Day weekend and got to eat out 4 times. Back home, I went grocery shopping for ingredients to make dinner. Then, later I went through the receipts from grocery store and the restaurants where we ate. Then I had a little math exercise going in my mind… […]