Friday, April 30, 2010
I'm lookin' at you, me hearty Autumn and RyRy. By the powers, let us find some booty or pieces o' eight! And let's not forget the Jolly Roger... and Davy Jones forbid we forget the rum!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
So last night as I was waiting for Maddie and Autumn to show up for our 7 miler, I found myself browsing my new cookbook and came across a recipe for an egg-white omelette with goat cheese and salsa. And as you would have it, I had ALL of the ingredients at home. It was out of this world good. Success.
Now, go home and make one for yourself. You won't regret it.
1/2 cup egg whites (from about 4 eggs)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon crumbled goat cheese
2 to 3 tablespoons salsa (Erika note: I used spicy pico de gallo and I think it was a magic ingredient)
In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites with 1 tablespoon water; season with coarse salt and ground pepper.
Heat olive oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add egg whites to skillet; cook until nearly set, using a flexible heatproof spatula to repeatedly pull in sides of omelet to allow uncooked egg to run underneath, 1 to 2 minutes.
Sprinkle crumbled goat cheese and prepared salsa over the top. Gently slide omelet onto serving plate, folding it over by tipping skillet slightly.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Email Subject: Cookies in the kitchen!
For who? YOU!
Why? Because I like you.
I got the usual (and appreciated!) 'thank you' and 'awesome' responses, but my favorite, BY FAR, was this little gem. I think I liked it so much because it came from an unusual suspect.
My inner Cookie Monster thanks you!
What starts with the letter C?
Cookie starts with C ....
(then it linked to this video)
Sidenote: Erika's cookie count for today is 2.5 Considering the amount of batter I ate last night, I don't know how I'm eating cookies today. I suppose I have a bit of a cookie monster inside of me?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
These girls now make me want them again.
Aren't they adorable?
(Apparently "The Girls with Glasses" is a smart girl talk show. Too bad I don't have cable.)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The hardest part? Choosing which restaurant you want to try. There are so many places on the list that I've wanted to try, so how do I choose just 1?!
Well, Steph and I chose How to Cook a Wolf because we've heard good things and we wanted to go somewhere that neither has been. So, we put our name in and it looks like we will have to wait for 45 minutes. We stroll the streets of Upper Queen Anne, return in 30 minutes and they tell us it's going to be ANOTHER 30-45 minutes.
We decide to move to Plan B: Find a nearby restaurant - in the promotion or not - because we were starving. Just a hop, skip and a jump down the street, we come across Paragon, which just so happened to be participating in SRW. Perfect.
It. was. DELICIOUS. You must go. Like now. (what are you waiting for?)
Unfortunately, we were too hungry and gobbled down the appetizers before snapping pictures, but here are a couple of the entree and dessert. Oh, the dessert... yummmm.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
She's adorable. She has an amazing voice. (Favorite song is not embeddable, but check it out.) For the first time in awhile, I'm considering buying an entire album. I'm usually more of a piece meal kind of music listener, but I think I just might do it.
What do you think?
Monday, April 19, 2010
The shower had the most amazing decorations. I was especially impressed with these fun, colorful lanterns. They are pretty simple to make - just get a couple different sizes of paper lanterns and glue or tape on a ton of colorful yo-yos (my mom made an entire quilt of yo-yos, so I've definitely seen my fair share of these), then you have a pretty little decoration to hang above the table. Simple, yet adorable!
Friday, April 16, 2010
- My cousin Lynnette's baby shower
- Carol's bridal shower
- My shower after running 13 miles (If it feels as good as last week's 12, then it'll be awesome!)
- Cocktail Par-tay on Saturday night where I plan to shower the host with champagne
- Planting my garden on Sunday which will be showered next week with rain
- An evening with my mom where I will shower her with my love (I know, I'm cheesy)
Speaking of showers, isn't this a beautiful shower from Boutwell Studio?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
2 Tasty sandwiches
Generous helping of a beautiful sunset
A sprinkle of sailboats on the horizon
A light breeze
2 warm jackets
Plenty of Golden Gardens
1 cute fella
Combine all ingredients for a delightful treat and enjoy.
(Martha ain't got nothing on this recipe)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is where I ran today. The wobbly feel of the picture appropriately shows the world through my tired eyes this morning.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
At least I have Chelanigans to look forward to in July! And bring on the Green Lake floating!
When and where is your next vacation? (Please don't respond if it's somewhere tropical and for a long period of time. I'll get too jealous.)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Awhile ago, I bought a great hiking book for trails in the Central Cascades and on Saturday, Joe and I decided to give one a shot. Due to a little bit of a late start, we opted for a quicker, closer hike on Cougar Mountain. After a couple miles uphill hiking, seeking the peak of Cougar Mountain, we finally made it to the end of our hike.
The end was in the middle of the woods. With a bench. And a journal. That's it. No viewpoint. No waterfall. No cliffside. A bench.
BUT, I'll admit, it was still a great hike - a little cardio mixed in with the great outdoors. I think the best part was actually reading the locked up journal where people write about their hiking experiences. As you can see, we were a little snarky because we expected a little more, but I'm sure we just wrote what everyone else was thinking.
We're working up to Mailbox Peak (I don't think Joe knows this yet). It looks beautiful and it's so cute they have an actual mailbox on the top. Don't you think?!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Aren't these just gorgeous? Which suit do you think would work best for me? I think I have my vote, but would love to hear yours!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The recipe I used isn't your traditional recipe, but super easy. I'd highly recommend giving it a shot.
3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
1 bar (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 packages (3 ounces each) soft ladyfingers
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
In a medium bowl, mix espresso powder with 3 tablespoons boiling water until dissolved. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water; set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with heavy cream and sugar until light and fluffy.
Spread a few tablespoons of cream-cheese mixture in the bottom of a 2-quart serving dish. Separate ladyfingers. One by one, dip a third of ladyfingers in espresso, then arrange in bottom of dish. Spread with a third of cream-cheese mixture. Repeat twice with remaining ladyfingers, espresso, and cream-cheese mixture (can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 day).
Dust with cocoa just before serving.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The outcome? Well, it was met with requests for seconds and thirds! (Yay! Mission accomplished.) And while the risotto was the highlight, salmon and roasted asparagus completed the meal.
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1 to 2 large zucchini (1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
Heat broth and 2 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan over low heat; keep warm. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add zucchini; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until zucchini is golden, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer zucchini to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onion; cook until soft, 5 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Raise heat to medium. Add rice; cook, stirring, until translucent around edges, about 3 minutes. Add wine; cook until absorbed, about 2 minutes.
Cook, adding 1 cup hot broth at a time (stir until almost all liquid is absorbed before adding more), until rice is tender, 25 to 30 minutes total.
Add zucchini and peas; cook until peas are bright green, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining tablespoon butter and Parmesan. Serve, topped with more cheese.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Shaggy made it on to the first 4 or so volumes of SB4P, but there are only so many Shaggy songs to go around. I used to queue my stereo to Shaggy before I left my car in the morning on Fridays, so when I came out and turned it on, the Friday vibes would fill my car (shooby dooby dooby doo boy, shooby doo). I've gotten out of the habit... until Tronics sent me this friendly reminder this morning. Enjoy!
Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Easter!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The best one? So this morning I was listening to Brooke and Monti on 92.5 and heard this little story:
"Another icon in Seattle becomes off limits. The Seattle Space Needle has been bringing visitors to the top of it’s observation deck for the past forty eight years. Soon, it will all be over. Today, the Space Needle corporation has announced plans to close Sky city restaurant and build eight to ten luxury condominiums that will take it’s place."