Archive for ‘Food’

July 21, 2010


There is a sea of lillies in my front yard. At last count there were around 60 and they just keep coming. And then there is the special one. The only one with smell, but you can smell it from the street. I love lillies.

I don’t think that I shared with you last week the present that I got from my mother. Well… this is it….

Its a spice grinder.

Ok… its not just a spice grinder. Its lovely. Ceramic grinder and easy to clean.

I love this thing. Thanks Mom.

I realized that we had a ton of meat in the fridge and with it being such a nice night yesterday, we needed to grill. I ended up making a wonderful seafood patty. I took store bought crab cakes and mixed them with 4oz of raw salmon chopped, bread crumbs, 1 egg, and miscellaneous herbs from the kitchen. Oh they were so good. We also cooked up a large steak, some chicken, and a cracked rosemary infused pork loin for Bill. It was a good dinner.

Well, I am off to enjoy the beautiful sunny day that is Sandpoint.

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July 12, 2010

Catching up from the weekend

I finally feel like I am catching up after this weekend. It was a full one too. We had the veteran’s standdown on saturday and we tried to make sunday just as full.


We started by cleaning the house while the kids played. They tried to help, but sometimes they are still too young to just get stuff done, so we sent them outside. After the house was clean, we packed some snacks and headed out to one of the local beaches for some fun in the 90 degree sun.

We were really lucky to find a shady spot. But it still was too much and it got to the kiddos.

We ended up stuck in traffic forever trying to get home. As it turns out, there was a very bad accident and our thoughts go out to the families. But that took so long that there was nothing to do but stick a frozen pizza in the oven when we got home.


Woke up at 5am and got Bill off to work and the kids home before I came home to get ready for work at 7. I was rushing so much that I barely had time to make breakfast. But I was able to grab this:

Got to work and it was a monday. Mondays tend to be slow at mountain resorts. I guess its nice, but I like it when its busy.

This is me enjoying the quiet:

When I got off work, I headed over to Safeway. I just love their filones and I wanted to have one with dinner tonight. Well, I ended up with two of them and a 1lb tri-tip that the butcher added a wild turkey marinade to.

So I cooked up the meat added some tomato and avocado… and this is what I got… Oh My WOW!!!

I had a dilemma in the kitchen though. What do you do when you have bananas that look like this—–

But you don’t want to toss them. You find the best recipe for banana bread in the world and you make it.

Yummy! I will post the recipe soon.

Well, Bill is waiting for me. I think we are going to watch the Soloist. Have a great night all.

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July 9, 2010

Yes, the sun can make you sick.

Poor Arianna. She got too much sun today. We ended up going to city beach and playing in the water for a few hours. It pretty much killed us all…

The kids died when we got home. But Arianna ended up with a bit of sun poisoning. Poor thing. She is better now, but the house is out of anything vitamin C.

All the playing made us a bit hungry so it was time for food fun. I fixed up some cold shrimp with a lemon garlic tartar that the whole family seems to think is awesome. I will be sharing that recipe the next time I make it. We made hamburgers and Bill BBQed them and a pork loin that I picked up for him, along with some turkey dogs. Oh… it was so good.  I am full again just thinking of the spread.

And just when we thought that it couldn’t get any better, I made dessert. I know, I know… I am going back on what I said. But this was lowish fat and so good.

Sponge cake with white chocolate mousse and fresh blueberries. Oh wow! That was some of the best dessert that I have made in a long time. Thank you Yokes for having beautiful looking blueberries on sale.

I decided to go for a quick run now that I have my inhaler. YES!!! It works. So I do have exercise-induced asthma after all. I ran about half of the 1.13 miles and it didn’t hurt. I love this!

When I got home from running our kids and the neighbors kids, as well as a boy from the neighborhood that Arianna likes were waiting for me. It was time to light off all the fireworks that we bought last week. Fun Fun. The kids loved it and it was fun for all the pyro adults too.

Well, its 10:30 and the kids are in bed.We are going to a verterans stand-down in the morning, so I better head off to bed so that I will have energy to wrangle kids and new stuff tomorrow. I just know I will be dreaming about that dessert.

Mmmm. Now thats a sweet dream.

July 8, 2010

No more dessert

I love dessert. Its obvious in the fact that I cook it nearly every night. There is just nothing like dipping your silverware into something creamy or gooey. Well, I caught a glimpse of myself in a picture yesterday and I am not happy with what I see. So I am changing it.

I made my last dessert last night. I am not saying that I will never make dessert again. In fact I have promised a blueberry frangipane galette for a baby shower next week. But I am not making dessert for me. So it is with sad taste buds that I present:   The last dessert

Ricotta mousse with crushed almonds and fresh cherries. Mmmmm. *sniffle, tear*

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July 7, 2010

Lunch with Bill

So… I was in one of those spaces this morning where I wanted to cook (and avoid doing laundry). I am there now too – hence the blogging in the middle of the day. But I just had to share what I made, ’cause well, yummy!

Take 1/2 walla walla onion and 6 crimini mushrooms and chop into rough pieces. Saute in 1 tbsp butter with a pinch of sea salt and 7 rosemary leaves torn into small pieces on med heat.

While you are letting this cook, slice 1 sweet potato into “chips” and add to a pot of water with a pinch of sea salt. Bring this to a boil. You cannot over cook this since you are going to whip it anyway.

You will need 1 pie crust for this recipe. Pie crust is one of the simplest things that you can attempt to make, but I like to keep a few ready made pie crusts in the fridge since I like to create food “on the fly”. Roll the crust out into the size that you desire and top the center with ricotta cheese about 1/4 inch thick.

Top this with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and regular pepper and cover with mushroom mixture.  We like to have a few already cooked chicken breasts in the fridge to use in recipes or for snacks, so take one of these and chop roughly. Place on top and cover with shredded parm.

Bring edges of dough up, pleating as you go and brush with an egg wash. Place in a preheated oven at 350 for 35 minutes.

Drain potatoes and put back into pot. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup milk, 1 cup shredded mixed parm/romano/asiago cheeses. Whip with hand blender until desired consistency. Top with more cheese and a few basil leaves chopped.

Galette should be coming out of the oven soon. Let it rest and it will look like this when you are ready to serve it.

Dress in your cute new top and go surprise your hunny with a picnic lunch at work.

Ahhh, I love summer. Ok… now I am going to do laundry. By-eee.

July 7, 2010

Greenie Beanie

Oh my! I tried my first green monster last night. I am not sure that I am the biggest fan. It was good. That much I will say. But I think I shouldn’t have added the yogurt. And the strawberries were strangely tart against the other flavors.

Not very green. I had been told that the blueberries would  make it a bit brown, but this was milky weirdness.

I think I will try something else next time. Maybe water instead of milk.

Well, I have many tasks to do today, but I will be back later with updates.

July 6, 2010

Holiday weekends = Bad Blogger

So, I was a bad blogger this weekend. But we had so much stuff going on and I was soooo tired that I just couldn’t.  But here I am with all the fun.


It was our one year anniversary, so we spent the morning alone and it was really nice.  We did the farmers market and the parade and then home to wait for the kids.  I cooked up some yummy tartlettes for our picnic:

And we packed up and headed out to city beach.

All day we fought the clouds. It tried to rain on us a few times, but it was worth it. We fought that to get this:

We had a great day just spending time as a family:

A good time was had by all. And after what seemed like an eternity (actually 4.5 hours) we got what we came for:

It was a great night:


I woke up on sunday way too early and had to go to work. But I saw my little friend on the way up the mountain.

He was on the passenger side of the car just chillin, eatin some bfast.

Then he realized that I was there and wanted to come say hi. I am not ready for that part of our relationship…. so I sped off taking this last picture as I did:

Work was work. No pics from that… but I can show you one that I took last summer:

This is the view into the village at Schweitzer from the front door of the lodge.

When I got home Bill and Erik were watching UFC, so I sat down to relax and I never got back up. The fireworks didn’t happen for us since the sky decided to open up. Dinner was a fun experiment:  Saute walla walla onion, mushrooms, garlic scapes, turkey bacon, fresh basil. Add 3 ice cubes of tomato sauce, 2 tbsp heavy cream and 3 fresh terragon leaves and serve over pasta with parm. So good!

Don’t you love the pattern on my apron?

When the rain stopped for a moment, we went outside an lit off some of the fireworks we bought for the kids. Hey… we’re kids too. 🙂 It was fun, but we decided to save the really big ones for this weekend when the real kids can oooh and aaaah.

We sat on the couch the rest of the night and snuggled and ate ice cream that I never should have bought.


This was the last day of Bill’s 5 day weekend. I love having him home with me, but I have a routine of how I do things each day, so its nice to have him at work too.

We went for our run and I am still having so much trouble breathing. I think this may be exercise induced asthma. I am going to talk to my doctor about this and see if I can get an inhaler to help with it.

We had breakfast and watched last week’s So you think you can dance. Mmmm breakfast!

I spent the rest of the day doing nothing until I had to go to work. Again… work was work. I did have  a lady and her two daughters come down to the lobby at about 10pm and tell me that there was a bear in the pool. Truthfully he was in the pool area… he wanted the garbage. Sooo, that was a bit of excitement. Ooooo!

Anyway, that was my weekend. Nothing else going on around here. The house is a mess after all that doing nothing, so I am going to clean today.

Have a great one.