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Monday, November 28, 2011

Project 365: November 21st through November 27th

November 21st: My livingroom...I wanted to show off my new amaryllis which I could not resist getting due to the awesome vase with pretty black rocks it came with. It will make a beautiful coffee table centerpiece this holiday season.

November 22nd: Autumn in Portland...and there is the Steel Bridge.

November 23rd: The night before Thanksgiving. I made my Dutch Apple pie (shown here) and lemon meringue while Patrick made his twin pumpkin pies.

November 24th: And our epic cook fest began with Heidi and Rob bringing over their pumpkin soup and a lovely bottle of Sangiovese. Here you see our cooking lists and the basket full of root veggies all set to start peeling and cutting.

And the spread...from left to right we made Green Beans with Bacon and Stone Ground Mustard Vinaigrette; Homemade Jellied Cranberry Sauce; Roasted Turkey; Mashed Rutabaga; Mashed Potatoes; Roasted Onions with Balsamic Glaze; Homestyle Dinner Rolls (from Scratch); Pepper, Onion and Cranberry Stuffing (two bowls - one cooked in turkey and one out); Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Yams Roasted with Orange and Pecans; Mashed Hubbard Squash; Roasted Carrots and Parsnips with Cumin; and Deep Fried Turkey (which for the record is quite tasty).

November 25th: The opening of Beaverton Civic Theater's presentation of Happy Hollandaise! What a fun evening - the play-write and Beaverton's Mayor were both in attendance. I also discovered a former co worker was one of the stars! It was lovely to catch up with the Mayor and Aaron!

November 26th: Dinner at Urban Fondue with my beautiful friend Katy. While allowing our dinners to settle we opted for The Wild Elderberry Martinis. They were amazing...

November 27th: Me and my friend Jenna ran over to the Love Craft Bar for their craft bazaar. I saw quite a few friends which was lovely. I also bought some wonderful essential oils for my hair and got a hand massage from my friend M. I did not even realize how tense my hands were until that goddess worked her usual magic.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 10th, 2011 Lemon Ginger Marmalade

A few weeks ago I made some of my lemon ginger marmalade.

Skinning the lemons and being careful to avoid the pith.

Slicing up the zest.

Cutting the pith off the fruit and removing the seeds.

Cutting up the fruit.

Peeling the ginger.

And then cutting up the ginger.

Boiling the lemon and ginger.

Mmmmm marmalade...

Labeling the jars...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Project 365: November 14th through 20th

November 14th: I bought this watercolor in Seattle - it looks perfect on my dining room wall.

November 15th: Helping my friend Eva paint...her kitty loves me.

November 16th: Hanging out at the hotline writing out my grocery list for Thanksgiving.

November 17th: Picking up my fliers from the printer...finally....

November 18th: Me and Patrick at OMSI for the Bodyworlds and the Brain exhibit.

November 19th: Meeting with Hutch at the Bossanova to finalize my event plans.

November 20th: Mmmm my favorite - crumpets and jam...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

October 22nd, 2011 Rapid Fire in the Woods

The boys went out to enjoy a lovely autumn day of rapid gunfire. Unfortunately my broken toe prevented me from joining in. Here is the lineup...

And the targets...

Scott and Aaron with their lovely shotguns.

While Spencer enjoys a bit of new age therapy with the AR.

Perhaps he should keep these pictures to share with his daughter's future suitors...

Robert playing with the Mossberg.

Richard joins in on the action.

Aaron's turn with the AR.

The aftermath: We bought several large zucchinis for $1 each at the Pumpkin Patch...they made great compostable targets.

And the spent shells...

And this is how we reformat hard drives...