July 20, 2017

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Squares

We are obsessed with raspberries right now. Sebastian has decided that they are his new favorite food, and he is very enthusiastic about the things that he likes and dislikes these days, so unless I want him to eat raspberries for every meal, I have to keep them hidden. He convinced me to buy a large flat of them at the market this week, so here I was balancing raspberries and a baby stroller trying to get on the bus downtown. When I got home I realized that we couldn't possibly eat that many berries before going bad, so I decided to make some into a compote that I would ladle over some creamy lemon cheesecake squares. 

July 11, 2017

Ginger Miso Noodles with Avocado and Cucumber

I thought I'd pop in to say Hi before we head out to Canon Beach in Oregon for some camping at Nehalem Bay State Park this weekend. This will be the second camping trip of the year for us. Two weeks ago, we spent 4 days camping on San Juan Island, just a few hours drive and an hour ferry from Seattle. We camped at Lakedale Resort, which is a favorite of ours. We've been camping at Lakedale for the past 7 years, every summer making at least a trip or two. Before Sebastian, we used to leave our car in Anacortes and take our bikes on the ferry. We would spend the weekend biking around the Island, doing ridiculous things that I'm glad we got out of our system before having kids. This year was a bit different, toddler in tow.

June 28, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Fudge Pops with Brownie Bites

Since meeting Brent, just over 12 years ago, our tasted have merged ever so slightly. I now eat more bread and carbs, cheese and fats, and he eats more fish and fiber. We used to order completely different meals off of the menu, but we now seem to gravitate towards the same thing. Together, we have developed new taste preferences. I'm still more fond of Thai food than he is, and he likes savory, smoky, BBQ flavors more than I, but generally speaking, we both love savory, cheesy, tangy, spicy, and sweet. 

June 23, 2017

Pancakes with a Balsamic Strawberry Compote

We're back in Seattle, slowly settling in and getting back into the groove. My gardens have exploded into a giant mess of a jungle. I've been slowly chipping away at the weeds, dividing and replanting. I scrubbed the deck, washed away most of the spiders, and finally brought down the patio cushions. This weekend is going to be amazingly warm, so I envision lots of patio drinks and grilling.

June 14, 2017

Grilled Cod with Chimichurri Sauce and Steamed Rice

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Hello from Southern Ontario!
Even though it's not technically summer here, the past couple of weeks have been sunny and warm, and we've spent our days sipping beer on the patio, eating ice cream, and playing on the beach, it practically feels like summer. We left Seattle 3 1/2 weeks ago, just when the weather turned warm and the rain finally stopped and we flew to Toronto where it was rainy and cold, and a small piece of me was crying on the inside because I was longing for some sun. Anyone who's spent this past winter in Seattle can probably agree that it was the wettest and dreariest in a long time. When we arrived at my parent's house (which is situated near a marsh), the mosquitos were so bad that we had to run from the house to the car and vice versa in a complete panic, flailing our arms and screaming. But after a week or two, the weather has warmed, the mosquitos have mostly disappeared, and we have now completely forgotten about the rain.

May 16, 2017

Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Last weekend was the most relaxing weekend I've had in ages. After the hustle and bustle of the week before - trying to paint the kitchen island with a toddler running around - I was glad to have some time to relax and focus on me. Saturday evening we went out for champagne and french fries, which was 100% my choice. There are only a handful of things in this world that I love more than champagne and french fries, one of them being Sebastian and the other, Brent. All three of us were there, enjoying each others company, Sebastian trying to entertain us with his toddler mannerisms and grunts, Brent and I gushing over how sweet our baby boy is. Sometimes I can't believe that we made him. Every once and a while I need to pinch myself just to make sure that things are real.


May 10, 2017

Tofu Yakisoba with Broccoli and Snow Peas

I am officially counting down the days until I go back home to visit my family. I've been trying to clean up some loose ends before we leave - finish painting the kitchen island, get bangs trimmed, get Sebastian's haircut, fix my computer etc etc. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here, which has made running errands much more enjoyable. I tackled the weeds in the backyard and planted a boat load of grass seed, and I'm crossing my fingers that the birds don't eat it all, because i am dreaming of late night hangs on a perfectly manicured lawn, sipping rose and watching the stars.

May 3, 2017

Roasted Cauliflower, Corn, and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado

If I were to ever write a cookbook, it would probably be a cookbook about tacos. I consider myself a taco enthusiast whose diet is probably 70% taco-based. There are others out there who might be more equipped to talk about the whole spectrum of tacos - because I don't eat pork or any other weird meats, but I do consider myself a well-versed seafood and vegetarian taco maker.

April 25, 2017

Avocado and Asparagus Tartines with Basil Pesto

I went to the grocery store yesterday, for no reason other than to take a little peruse around the produce aisle. Just past the apples and behind the carrots, there, I found peas, and asparagus, and all kinds of springy things and my eyes wept a little from pure excitement. I am ready for Spring. I need it to be Spring. I need the rain to stop falling, I need to put all of my winter clothes away, I need to get a spray tan, and I need to shave my legs.

Easter Weekend

We decided to head out of town for Easter weekend. It was also a good excuse to take our new car on a little road trip! We drove to Leavenworth, one of our favorite little towns in Washington State. We were really excited about the annual Easter egg hunt at Cascade's Farmlands. I wasn't quite sure if Sebastian would be old enough to fully enjoy looking for eggs and all the hoopla, but we were soon quick to discover that 18 months is the perfect age to go on an egg hunt.