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Friday, November 30, 2007

Seattle living

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Saturday, November 24, 2007


I'm sneaking on to Lori's blog to showcase her hidden talents!


Found on our desk from Lori's pen.

Kitty display stands

My goodness asha is plump! She makes a good remote holder. Nikko looks pretty in his bow. I think i have too much fun when they nap.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thank goodness for foodie holidays!

Happy belated Thanksgiving friends! I hope you all had wonderful days filled with family, friends, and food! I spent the holiday with at my Auntie's house in Kirkland. They have just finished rebuilding their house, so we got to help christen their new beautiful kitchen!

The day was filled with dancing (ala Soulja Boy and a "Learn to hip hop by Kelly Peters" dvd). We also later watched "Stomp the Yard" which went along with the whole dancing theme.

Erica was the only one of us to get this Kelly Peters move down:

Of course there was delicious food! One of the most fun to make was the Cranberry Almond Tart from Martha Stewart Living's October issue.

Due to a minor mishap where the pate sucree was placed on top of a lit burner and burned through, I ended up using a different crust recipe than Martha's (because it's quicker)



1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 Pulse together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse just until mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Add egg and vanilla and pulse just until dough clumps and begins to form a ball, about 15 pulses.

2 Butter and dust with flour the inside of your springform pan. Press dough onto bottom and evenly (about 1/4 inch thick) about two inches up side of springform pan with floured fingertips. Chill pastry in pan until firm, about 10 minutes. Use with Martha's Cranberry Almond Tart recipe in place of the Pate Sucree.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Lori humor

I must be really funny

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Three original gangsters Going 2 see american gangster. Btw the ballard movie theater is really nice! Nice stadium seating.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

House on a hill

We are buying a house!

Woohoo! We should be closing early December. I have to admit, I'm really enjoying thinking about revamping the yard and kitchen. I think for the yard, I want to put in a French Drain (because our neighbors house is at a higher elevation, and all the rain in Seattle will make my hill soggy), and I want to terrace our backyard slope to make great areas to grow my veggies and cutting garden. I've already decide I need a cherry tree, apple tree, italian plum tree, lilac tree, some roses, hydrangeas, lots of lavender, and seasonal veggies and herbs. I also want to install a new stone patio (in place of the backyard lawn). I've been going through back issues of Better homes and gardens to look for remodeling and gardening ideas before I recycle them all.

Yay home! And I'll get to take Buddie (the family dog)! He'll love it in Seattle--it's such a dog town.