Saturday, July 31, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Here they are as babies, shortly after we started them.
This is the Irish Red plant - not quite ready yet (the plants almost die just before harvesting).
They look delicious ! I hope they taste as good. I'm going to grill some for dinner tonight.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Dan's brother has wanted to go to Mt Rainier ever since we moved to Seattle, but other activities seemed to dominate every time he was visiting here. So while they were here last week, he and Dan went to the Sunrise side of the mountain. Even though Dan came home with a MASSIVE sunburn (sunblock works better when it's actually with you and not sitting on the dining room table) they had a spectacular day. All blue skies and perfect temps.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Since our garden seems to grow so well in pots on the cement of our unused basketball court, I've always thought that planter boxes would also do well. I'd like to have 8 - 12 of them to fully take advantage of all the space. Do I buy them - do I make them - what will they look like - how big should they be ??? I got fed up with asking those questions of myself all the time - so I made a prototype of what I want with some of our leftover bamboo flooring. Not the cleanest of designs - and definitely not the material I would use, but it's close to what I'm looking for. Just need to add a lip to the top to finish it off, I think. Wooden trellises secured to the sides would be great for beans or other climbers.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
We've been wanting to try the Monday night fried chicken dinner at Spring Hill for a long time now. We've been there on a Monday in the past and had to stare at the chicken as it passed by to other tables because we forgot to make a reservation the Friday prior. They start to brine the chicken over the weekend, which is why it tastes SO good. But our friends called weeks ago and made a reservation for last night as a birthday gift to Dan. The dinner really exceeded our expectations. Everything is served family style. Beyond the chicken that was out of this world, the sides and salads were amazing. I could have eaten a whole plateful of the Beecher dumplings. And the jalapeno cornbread muffins with honey butter were fantastic. Melt-in-your-mouth good. I wanted to take more photos, but the table became restless as I snapped my first shot and then proceeded with a "wait wait". Who could blame them ! There was no photo taking of dessert - spoons hit the bowls way too fast. The brandied apricot sorbet was delicious.
I highly recommend - but make your reservation soon, they're booking into August now. Special thanks to Shane, Dominique and Nels !
edit 7/25: Spring Hill's Monday Night Fried Chicken Dinner was listed as one of America's Best Fried Chicken by Travel & Leisure ! Hooray !!!
Monday, July 5, 2010
So I'll post some pics from the Seattle PI of the fireworks from Lake Union, north of downtown.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Other noteworthy events on this historic day ...
1608 The city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
1775 Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
1878 Broadway song-and-dance man George M. Cohan was born in Providence, R.I. (Cohan claimed to have been - as he wrote in one of his patriotic songs - "born on the Fourth of July.")
1890 Idaho became the 43rd state.
1898 The U.S. Navy defeated a Spanish fleet in the harbor at Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War.
1930 Congress created the Veterans Administration.
1971 Rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.
1985 The time-travel comedy "Back to the Future," starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was released in movie theaters.
1986 President Ronald Reagan presided over a ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
1988 The USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
1997 In his first formal response to charges by Paula Jones of sexual harassment, President Bill Clinton denied all allegations in her lawsuit and asked a judge to dismiss the case.
2005 A NASA space probe, Deep Impact, hit its comet target as planned in a mission to learn how the solar system formed.
2009 Sarah Palin announced she would resign as Alaska governor with 16 months left in her term.