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14 Things to do before Summer is over

August 15, 2008 in Books, Food and Drink, Friendship, Recipes, Resolutions, Travel, Well-Being
  1. Loose the swimsuit weight - ha!
  2. Sit in the canoe by the waterfall at Horseshoe Lake and sip Lemon Drops
  3. Drink Get one of those European Pedicures that Carolyn keeps raving about
  4. Have an old fashioned picnic with fried chicken, potato  salad and strawberry jello (wow, that one brings me back to my childhood) 
  5. I need at least four more “floats” in the pool. Crystal, come on over!
  6. Be the willing recipient of all the homegrown tomatoes and zucchini that I’m offered by my zealous gardening friends.
  7. Finish up my fun summer reading before they're due back to the library. Currently enjoying Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters Mysteries including, "Cross your Heart and Hope to Die," "Have  your Cake and Kill Him Too,"  "A Crazy Little Thing called Death."
  8. Take a ROADTRIP to Seattle to see the Mariner's play. (and win, hopefully - however, I hear you can get tickets cheap)

  9. Have an old-fashioned double scoop chocolate ice cream cone. If I'm going for all those calories, it's gotta be chocolate.
  10. Drive up to Greenbluff to pick ripe Peaches. Just slice the peaches, sprinkle with powdered sugar and arrange in pre-baked pie crust - Yum!
  11. SunbathingTalk Murphy into a day at Silverwood Theme Park to get soaked on the Thunder Canyon water ride. (forecast is 100 degrees on Sunday)
  12. Go up to Priest Lake, lay on the beach and watch the Meteor Shower on August 18 
  13. Throw the final pool party of the season - but make it easy - Pizza and beer!
  14. Meet girlfriends at Anthony's to watch the Falls from the patio - if I leave right now, I can make it for the earlybird dinner special.

What's on your List? Write up 14 ideas and do AT LEAST 3 of them. 

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July 28, 2008 in Recipes, Travel, Well-Being

I just finished a glorious week at the lake. Most of the week was about reading novels, easy hikes, tooling around the lake and laying in the sun.

Berries However, I did have a birthday party for my good friend Lynn while I was there and she requested a Birthday Pie instead of cake. The last thing I did before driving up to the lake was pick raspberries from my backyard patch and pick up a box of fresh peaches. I brought up Betty Crocker’s peach pie recipe for inspiration. (you can always count on good old Betty Crocker for a reliable recipe for basic baked goods)  I added raspberries to the recipe.

Murphyanna I asked Murphy and Anna to pool their baking talents with me to put together the pies on party day.  Peeling and slicing peaches takes a little time, but who cares when you’re at the lake –  it becomes a fun activity. We had a blast making them and even though I left evidence of juicy run-over on the bottom of the condo oven, they turned out luscious looking. In fact Dan, (official lake photographer) couldn’t resist snapping a shot of them right out of the oven.

Pies After all the oohs and aahs, TEAM PIE starting feeling pretty good themselves and thought we should be photographed with our masterpiece pies.  Here we are, swelling with pride:

A few hours later, we finally all gathered together to sing “Happy Birthday” and cut into the pies.  The crowd started flooding us with compliments and we recieved so many “Hmmmm’s” and “yum’s” that we almost started to believe that we had actually invented pie. 

Group Not-So Humble Pie
Peach and Raspberry Filling for Two Pies

Pastry for Two, Two-Crust Pies
1 1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8- 9 large sliced peaches
3 cups raspberries (drained)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg white

  1. Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. (I used the (almost homemade) kind you purchase premade, but needs to be baked)
  2. Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon in large bowl. Stir in peaches, lemon juice and add raspberries last. Turn into pastry-lined pie plates. Lay out top crusts and baste with egg white.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cut into strips to make lattice for top of pie.  Place lattice strips on top of pie, trim off excess and flute edges.  Dot butter in openings between lattice strips.  Cover fluted edge with 2-3 inch strips of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.
  3. Bake about 45 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through. (Line bottom of oven with foil to prevent mess) Cool in pie plate on wire rack. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a big (not-so humble) grin!

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Sunny California!

February 15, 2008 in Travel

I just returned from a visit to sunny Anaheim,California where the afternoon temperatures were in the upper 70's!! It was heaven, shear heaven! And I couldn't have been more thrilled to get a break from our piles and piles of snow. I went down for CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Convention.

Img_0640_5 I was invited by the convention to do an interview and demo at the show. Renee Sparks (an industry regular) was my interviewer. She was a real sweetie and there was enough ease between us that it almost felt like two friends having a conversation. One thing that made it feel just a little different from that was when I was surprised by much of the JoAnn's upper management (including the company's CEO!) sat in for my interview. So, I felt the pressure! I demoed a few projects that we made from our New and upcoming (oh, and very cute!) scrapbooking products. (Setting in store - mid April) These will show up on our website soon as a preview (hopefully next month).Img_0005

It worked out well that many people and companies that we work with were also at the show - so we did lunches, breakfasts, dinners and coffee with several business associates. In between all that, we walked the show. More than half the exhibits were Scrapbooking and Papercrafts. There were lots of demo's and "make it & taDsc_5408ke it's" where ever you looked.  We did a few of them along the way and saw lots of wonderful product and inspiration.
The last night we got Room Service and in our "jammies" we watched the movie, "Dan in Real Life" while we packed our suitcase. Easy flight home - but unfortunately, all the snow in Spokane hadn't melted while we were gone - but at least the thaw is well underway. Aside from that, I'm always happy to return home from any trip.

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Playing Hookey in Santa Fe

February 20, 2007 in Travel

Img_0320_crop_2I just snuck away for a few days to visit my good friends Bob and Gail who live in Santa Fe.  As far as places to sneak away to, Santa Fe is not bad.... and I had FUN!!

We met several years ago when Bob photographed me for a magazine and for several years he did the photography for my quilt books.  Gail ran the photo studio and we all became good friends.  Sadly, (for me) they moved from Spokane to Mexico for a few years, but then eventually landed in Santa Fe.  We get together whenever we can and have remained good friends even though miles separate us.

Img_0317_crop We're the kind of friends that when we get together we have lots of great talks.  We cover all the big topics like love, family, spirituality, relationships, know - the good, the bad, the ugly. 

As I mentioned, we were having fun - so I made an unprecedented move and extended my trip by an extra day. I turned my three-day weekend into a four-day weekend. I felt so powerful to have made such a bold move. Can you blame me? -  We just didn't have enough time to do it all.  Visiting, snacking, eating, drinking, gallery (and clothes too!) shopping, going to the spa, exercising and the most important of all - sleeping in!

There is something to be said for getting together for a few concentrated days at time because you have a whole years worth of topics to catch up on.  Naturally, the easiest situation is friends who live in town and they are part of your daily life. But there is really something to be said for long-distance friendship too.  It's such a focused visit with lots of sharing and no time to waste.

Cactusfence Next time, they're due back in Spokane. They call it "Mumm Resort." They love hanging out on my patio and around the pool. 

Either way now....(I have a day to make up) so, it's right back to work for me. 


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