Saturday, July 28, 2007

Happy Hollow, Happy Day

We spent the day at Happy Hollow today. Gillian & the mommy & daddy all really liked it. Now that we are home, Gillian keeps growling & making animal noises.
She enjoyed petting goats, riding the carousel, watching a puppet show, riding the dragon train, watching guinea pigs play... But, she was extremely frightened by the zebu. Scary!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Almost Ours

We just signed all the loan docs today for our new house. Escrow will close on the 31st. That is next Tuesday!!! A lot of our house is packed into boxes by now. It feels strange...
We are really excited to be able to move into our new home next week!

Apples & Ginseng

I have been loving this Back to Basics Apple Ginseng Conditioner. It is luscious. And, I was just seeing in a magazine, that apparently Amanda Peet uses it, too. Cool. I guess you could call us Conditioner twins. I also really like that I bought it at Big Lots for $1.50. Way cool.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


Tonight we barbecued this tasty ribs. Bourbon-Glazed Baby Backs. This is the only rib recipe we use. Cuz, we've tried others, & nothing seems to be able to compare. So, if you want some ribs this summer, please try these!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007


In our farm box this week, we got a bag of Cubanelle Italian peppers. So, I made stuffed peppers tonight, similar to this recipe. But, we put sausage in it. (I don't want vegetarian fare tonight. Give me some meat, please!)
And, once the peppers were stuffed, Scott threw them on the grill, instead of in the oven. They were tasty. Gillian LOVED the filling. She ate tons of it, even though it was spicy.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


So, this news story is pretty incredible. Where do flight attendants come off with so much power? Shocking. We are really hoping this mean, old lady gets fired. Does this lady also kick off the sales person who won't stop trying to sell their product to their row neighbors? What about the obnoxious guy who keeps flirting with the prettier flight attendant? What about the young girl who is humming along with the music on her ipod?
What do you all think? Discriminatory?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Here's what we are eating for dinner tonight - Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon.
It sounds kinda strange, but believe me, it's good. My favorite thing about it, is that it works as a great no-planning-required-meal. We keep the Salmon from Costco in the freezer. And, the few ingredients that you use for this are really easy to keep on hand. We always have them. Soy Sauce, Maple Syrup & Chipotles are all things that virtually never go bad. Oh, & rice. That doesn't really go bad either. And, we often have edamame in the freezer. So, the whole meal is pretty much a thoughtless production.
Then, after dinner, my love is taking me to the movies. We will see Transformers. Should be very romantic.

blue jeans

Here's a picture of our babe from this weekend. She just looked so cute in her blue jeans. At least, I thought so...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

dessert update

Um. So, the dessert didn't turn out so well yesterday. Mainly because I forgot it here at home & it didn't even get to be eaten...
But, here also is a photo for you to see how mine turned out. Nice quite picture perfect.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Martha's Looks Perfect

Today I am making this gorgeous shortcake. Hopefully mine is somewhere close to this attractive.
We are going to celebrate the 4th at a friend's house in Scotts Valley. Hopefully Gillian will last long enough, that we can walk with everyone to see the Sky Park fireworks.

Working with Daddy

Scott has some tests that he needed to get done today. So he brought tons of flats of Raspberries home, & set up shop in the kitchen. Gillian was helping out, doing some of the tasting. She loves raspberries.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Another Business Joins

Peet's Coffee is donating to my Great American Bake sale!
It's this Saturday afternoon. I'm getting excited...

Monday, July 2, 2007

Raise the Banner

My sister Leah & I worked on making these adorable 4th of July banners this last week. We are both pretty pleased with our results, I think. Feeling very crafty...
Hers is a lot like mine, but bigger. We started hers at about 10" squares - & soon realized that such a size would not fit in my little house. So, mine is made with 6" squares.

No Photos

I've been using my old-fashioned film camera this week. So, I have no photos right now, to show you our good weekend...
On Saturday, my close friend since childhood, Holly Reiter, got married! We went up to her lovely wedding in Rohnert Park. The setting was really nice. The reception was a lunch. The bride was beautiful. Seeing good, old friends was great. And, the couple - Ryan & Holly Dowdy - looked so happy. That was a good day.
Sunday was my brother David's 21st birthday. Wowsa! The whole family went to the champagne brunch at the Chaminade after church. That was lovely. David can eat a lot. So, it was appropriate that the brunch is all-you-can-eat. We all gave him a video Ipod for his birthday. He was pretty excited about it. I have hardly even touched an Ipod before. I don't know how they work. I am way behind the times.