Monday, October 27, 2008

Yesterday Joe, Louie, and I enjoyed the beautiful fall day and went on a hike up Tiger Mountain, off Highway 18. 35 minutes up, 25 minutes back down. We woke up an hour later this morning, and slept like logs.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Whatever you're political preference, this is pretty cute..

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Elena is reading The City of Ember and The People of Sparks. Some have asked what the books are about and I want to show her how to link to this info. Just type and highlight the word or words you want to become linked to a website (like Elena). (On another open Internet Explorer go to the site and highlight the web address, copy and go back to your blog highlighted word and press the Link icon (to the left of the left paragraph icon) and paste the url address).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another beautiful fall day....

My 86 year old dear friend and neighbor, Henri, and I went out to lunch at Ivar's at Gene Coulon Park.
The fall colors are still spectacular.

We watched this boat get launched.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

something new every day....

I try to do something new everyday; anything to avoid housework, laundry, etc.

I can sit at the computer and lose track of time learning new things. My Halloween posts are a little crazy, huh?

Be sure and turn off my playlist songs prior to playing the "eggs".

Just for fun?!?!?!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Verrine Saumon Tomate AvocatTonight I tried a new appetizer recipe. My french friend Christine said anything starting with the word Verrine is all the rage in France. Verrine is the shape of the glass, and I think it also means layered things as in layered appetizer, layered parfaits, etc. I searched for Verrine and translated the following recipe:

Here's the recipe for 6:
2 very ripe avocados
Olive oil
vinagrette dressing (dijon mustard, vinegar, oil, garlic, salt & pepper)
creme fraiche (or sour cream)
250 g of ricotta
4 tomatoes
4 thin slices of lox (smoked salmon); or you can buy little piece remnants at QFC
salt & pepper

Bottom layer:
Mix ripe avocados with a bit of olive oil, salt, & pepper. Mash with a fork.

Middle layer:
Mix 250 g of ricotta with 2 TBS of creme fraiche (or sour cream), salt & pepper.

Top layer:
Blanch 4 tomatoes for 30 seconds in boiling water for easier peeling. Peel, cut in quarters, and remove seeds. Cut into little cubes. Mince 1 large garlic clove or 2 shallots. Make a small quantity of vinagrette dressing and mix all. (When placing this layer I used a fork so that the juice wouldn't run down into the other layers)

The 3 layers can be refrigerated separately; layer just prior to serving. Add lox on top and a slice of lemon on each glass.

We liked it. My avocado layer was a bit large, as I used one avocado for 2 servings.

In searching Salmon Verrine on regular google I found this.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Brother Mike's 50th Birthday Bash

Friday, October 10, 2008

10 on 10: October 10, 2008

10 on 10 October

Happy BIrthday Jenny 10/10/2008

Happy 28th Birthday Darling Daughter

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Octoberfest at Rick & Eileen's A great time was had by all... terrific hosts (as always) Eileen & Rick

SURPRISE!!! Our retired boss & wife, Larry & Barb. Larry retired in 1986.

Stormy Oct 4th
Gorgeous sunset

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