Monday, April 27, 2009

The Beach, Haystack Rock, CR & Madison and My Favorites

Cannon Beach, my favorite coastal town. CR and I have been going there for 25 years and never tire of it. Here's some of my favorite places:
Favorite Restaurant: Lazy Susan Cafe
Bakery - try the Cannon Beach Bakery and don't pass on those delicious white chocolate marionberry scones
Need Taffy - then the only place to get it is Bruce's Candy Kitchen
The Fish Market - whose official name escapes me, makes the best smoked salmon I've ever eaten.
Need a beach read - the Cannon Beach book store always has great reads and their staff makes great recommendations.
Need to find a unique card or postcard, check out Duebers.
Or if puppy needs a new toy - check out Puppy Paws at the Beach - Rover is welcome with his two legged friends!!
Want to get out of town - 25 miles north is Astoria and the Silver Salmon Grill, a real treat, esp. if you enjoy salmon and the place has quite a history to boot.
Need a place to stay (if you're not pulling an RV like we do) then check out Webb's - 3 generations have owned and operated it. All beach views and a really wonderful atmosphere located in the heart of Cannon Beach. My Sis is coming out this way in June, so I booked a 3 night stay there for us, just a fun Sister get away. Lots of coffee, chocolate, wine, shopping and laughter will be on the agenda.
We had a great vacation and beautiful weather. Can't wait to go back in June!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Back from the Beach

Ahhhh, we're back from the beach - a week of heaven. It was so beautiful at the beginning of the week, warmer than we expected this time of year. It cooled off toward the end of the week, but except for a few sprinkles, not much rain and mostly sunshine to report. We had a lovely and relaxing time. I got to visit one of my favorite quilting stores located in Cannon Beach - it's called Center Diamond and of course I didn't get out of there without spending some money. We also had delayed our anniversary dinner celebration till our trip and we ended up going to the Silver Salmon Grille in Astoria, a great place that I highly recommend. I found it online and when I looked at their menu I knew we'd like it.
Today is catch up day on laundry, mowing the lawn, getting things back in order. Sadly we came home to some bad news. A friend of ours whom we've known since we started dating, Tim Reidt, owner of Templeman's Meat Market, lost his battle with cancer this past Wednesday. He was a great guy and was always so good to CR and I. He used to tease CR after he retired that he needed to come to work at Templeman's, but CR passed as he didn't really want another job - he was enjoying retirement to much. The past few years Tim would greet my hubby as Uncle CR, always cracked us up. Tim was only 62, far to young to pass. On Easter he gave CR a call and said he had to much to do to leave this earth yet, sadly, someone else will have to do it for him. He and my hubby went through Radiation about the same time, Tim was also doing chemo as well - his second round for both. When they completed Radiation they said to each other "see you next Christmas". The news has hit us hard, although we knew it had gone to his liver and that's never a good sign. I feel somewhat guilty as I really had a hard cry about it this morning and CR caught me crying my ugly cry. Not just that Tim is gone, but the fear I've held all these months that I would lose CR, and luckily the treatment worked great for him and all is well, but at some point a person has to have a release, you just can't be tough all the time, so today I finally had the melt down. Tim's Celebration of Life will be May 2nd and we will attend to remember a really nice man who will be missed.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Time to Leave Town

Well it's here, the 5th wheel is almost packed, the cats and the dog are all a twitter for what is to come and we're pretty excited ourselves. We're off to the Oregon coast, no computers, no phones, unless we turn them on that is. Just us, good walking shoes and a desire to hit the beach and enjoy - rain or sun, doesn't really matter to us. See y'all in 10 days or so!! I'll try to have some pictures for you when we return.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Great Salad

Last night I made one of our favorite salads. It's called the Canlis Salad. Not long after we were married, we went to Seattle for a few days. One of the restaurants we decided to go to was Canlis on Queen Anne Hill. This was back in the mid-80's, I don't even know if the restaurant is still there. But it was the fanciest restaurant this small town girl had ever been to. For starters, you had to dress - where we live to this day dressy means good jeans or dockers, so when I say dress, I mean dress. You arrive and of course there is valet parking. I looked at CR and said - do you know what to do - like an idiot. Of course he knew how to handle it. It was gorgeous inside with a view of Lake Union. All the waitresses were dressed in Kimono's and you ordered everything separately, okay this is how small town I was, I'd never heard of that. Anyhow we ordered their house salad - the Canlis Salad. A beautifully clad woman in a Kimono came to our table and made the salad in front of us. I remembered thinking how exquisite this was, how big city, how come I feel sick. Thinking it was just nerves I ate as best I could and I really did enjoy it, but I sure was feeling off. The rest of the week was the same, then the sore throat started and I was just dragging. By the time we got home, CR was adamant I go to the doctor. After several tests, they figured out I had Mono. I was in my mid-twenties and just getting mono - I loved how the doctor said to me that I was a little old to be getting it. Well doc, old or not, here I am and I'm miserable. I was down for 4 weeks wondering if I'd ever be able to stay awake for any period of time. Luckily it passed and luckily they gave us the recipe for the salad along with the very large bill (well large in my small town opinion). I still make this salad to this day and it's a favorite for CR and I and a funny memory now that I'm looking back on it all. Thought you might enjoy the recipe, so here it is.
The Canlis Salad
1 Large head Romaine (I used 2 of the hearts of Romaine)
2 Tomatoes, chopped, or cut into wedges
1/4 cup chopped green onion (I use the bunch)
1 cup freshly grated Romano Cheese
1 cup chopped Bacon
1 Tbs. chopped Fresh Mint
1/4 tsp dried Oregano
The Dressing:
1/2 cup Olive Oil
The juice of 1 lemon (or 2 Tbs of lemon juice)
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 coddled egg
Mix the dressing well and toss with the salad, then toss in some croutons.
I also mentioned that I was making a Red Velvet cake for EasterDinner, well here it is in all it's very red glory. I love this cake, it's been a favorite since the first time I had some in Knoxville, TN on a business trip. I was lucky enough to get a superb recipe for it and have made it often for my family and friends. Since it's more of a southern thing, it's quite the novelty to serve here in Washington state.
Now I think I'll spend some quality time in my sewing room.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spring Cleaning Bug

I've been reading about all the cleaning and organizing my friend Sara is doing over at FabricNFiberFanatic and I must say the guilt has been creeping up on me. My Bedroom, always looks like a bomb went off and while I'd love to blame CR, it's all my issue - my bomb. So this morning, after breakfast I decided it was time to get a handle on the bomb and while I was at it, pack those hot sweaters away for the spring and summer. I also went to Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday looking for a Matelasse coverlet for our California King bed. I had a coverlet, but it shrank and 2 people, 2 cats and a dog fighting over covers that barely cover just doesn't work. So I was so excited when I found a beautiful Matelasse bedspread which would amply cover the whole bed, give the cats something to hide under and spring out onto each other and keep us all covered (do you know how small a huge king bed becomes with 3 furry children on it - they are absolute bed hogs). The cats were thrilled with the new cover and much to our dismay there was a lot of frolicking last night from all the excitement.
And Sara, thanks for the push, I even cleaned out my underwear drawer and tossed underwear that had seen better days a year or so ago (my bad!!). Now it's time to bake a red velvet cake and make a potato salad. We're having our good friend Ken over for Easter. We will be putting a prime rib on the Traeger and CR will grill it to perfection for us, hopefully my salad and cake will be just right to go with it. Hope all of you have a wonderful Easter celebration with your families. Or if you don't celebrate Easter, then I hope you just have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Getting Ready to Hit the Road

I'm so excited, we're a week away from heading down the road to the Oregon Coast. I hope we get good weather, but if not, no biggie. We're both just looking forward to a week away, some different scenery, some great seafood and time to relax. CR has been busy washing the 5th wheel today since it was to cold to wash off the road grime in November when we got home after our Thanksgiving trip. Doesn't he do great work!!
The 5th wheel wasn't the only thing to get a bath today. Madison went to see Meredith, her groomer this morning and now she's beautiful little fluff ball. She likes to get on the arm of the couch so she can look out the window and in this case, watch me take pictures of CR washing the 5th wheel. She learned this from watching the cats.

Not much else to report, haven't been sewing much this week. Mostly I've kept busy doing odds and ends and nothing spectacular. The best thing about this week was the 70+ degree weather earlier in the week, a real taste of spring and absolutely wonderful.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring, Glorious Spring

We are having a gorgeous weekend. The sun is shining and the temps are in the 60's and it just feels so good to be outdoors and enjoy it all. Our lawn is coming back to life, the forsythia is beautiful, the daffodils and hyacinths are blooming, the lilacs are showing buds, even the hydrangea is showing new growth. I love this time of year despite the allergies. New growth - new life, waking up after a long winter of hibernation.

We've had a fun weekend. After our usually Saturday morning breakfast with friends, we went out to the shooting range to watch a couple we are friends with participate in a Cowboy Shoot. I was so darn mad at myself for not taking my camera. It's fun to watch, everyone dresses up in cowboy garb and some folks really go all out with fancy studded gun belts and holsters, chaps, etc (I think they have more money wrapped up in clothes than the guns themselves) and they shoot black powder rifles and revolvers. It's all timed as they are shooting these various targets, as they switch between rifle and revolver and some of them never miss a target. If you ask me it's a lot of talent and good hand to eye coordination. Anyhow we watched our friends shoot and M, even though he wasn't feeling well, did an outstanding job, as did his wife R. They're such a neat couple.

CR worked at getting rid of the piles of wood chips we had from having to have 2 trees cut down last fall. We hated losing the trees, but they were dying and with the winds we sometimes get, the last thing we needed was one falling on the house. Thankfully we still have several trees around the house that provide much needed shade in the hot summer.
I decided to make a Raspberry Yogurt Cake with a almond glaze. Yum, especially since CR grilled ribs on the Traeger last night.
This last picture is of the little pansy's that refused to die. In spring of 2008, CR took them out of the flower buckets on the deck so I could plant my summer flowers. He put them out by our rhubarb bush, they thrived and survived a very hot summer in the full sun, then a cold winter, and look at them now, blooming up a storm still. They're so pretty out there by themselves, just defying mother nature and all she throws at them.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Addicted to Pausing Live TV

I have a confession to make. I'm addicted to my DVR and it's awesome abilities. I love to tape all the shows I like, so that I can view them and skip commercials, I love to pause live TV so I can answer the phone, listen to nature calling, get the dog to stop eating the cats food, and I love to be able to rewind live TV too. So on Tuesday evening, while I was mindlessly watching something I'd recorded, my cable DVR box, died!! Ssuddenly there was the smell of electrical parts burning out. Oy Vey, what to do. I had shows taped, now lost, and no ability to pause and rewind live TV. It was like I didn't know how to watch TV the old fashioned way, the next night wasn't much better. And today - sweet relief, a new DVR box, life is good again and I can resume watching TV my way. That is really sad is it not, but the conveniences of modern living have spoiled us and I'm okay with that. Even CR was lost and he's not so much of a TV person.

Other than that, I've been cleaning the house and sewing another purse, nothing to exciting. I sure wish mother nature would get the memo that it is officially spring and she can bring back sunshine and warm weather anytime now. It's been so chilly lately that I found myself wondering where the heck all the global warming was, I could really use some about now. At least the daffodils are blooming and our forsythia is looking quite pretty, so spring must be close.

Here is a picture of my latest creation - my black and white purse, every wardrobe needs one I think, and I really like mine.