Saturday, October 25, 2014

picnic at the park

I'm so behind on blogging so here's my catch-up! Last weekend, we went over to one of the many parks by Lake Sammamish by our house. It was one of the last few sunny days and the weather had the perfect fall "bite" in the air. The boys loved playing by the water and looking for "treasures" (you know, sticks, clam shells, leafs, rocks... typical boy stuff). Then we had hot dogs and potato salad and watched the sun start to go down, which made those beautiful fall leaves create the most stunning golden glow. I really felt like life is really, really good in that moment. I love my family!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

house tour: the boy's room

In every house we've lived in, I've liked to take pictures and do a house tour. Maybe it's interesting to you and maybe it's not (don't we all secretly love to sneak a peak of other people's homes?) I love decorating my home and I think it's so fun to look back and remember our lives there. It's also entertaining to look at what I thought was cute at the time and how I did things on the budget I had. My house certainly isn't fancy, but it's home!
We won't be living in this house very long. It's a great little set up in a nice neighborhood, but we rented it mostly because it is a short lease and we are trying to find a house to buy. The timing was perfect for us. Since we left San Diego, the boys haven't been very settled. All their things were packed away and we were feeling pretty unsettled. I wanted to get their room set up as soon as we moved to Seattle, so I made that a priority. We had some old headboards that my mom was going to throw away so we sprayed them gray. The boys have been pretty good about making their beds every day (I've been really impressed with William's ability!). So far, so good!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

seattle eats

The rainy days have begun here in Seattle and I admit that I am loving it. Ask me how I'm feeling about it in February, but there's such a lovely coziness that comes with the rain and I love rain boots, jackets and scarves. The green everywhere doesn't hurt either! We also love to eat, so here is a post about that. :)
We have been wanting to try out a few of Seattle's best restaurants and had heard about Paseo, so on Saturday we headed to Fremont to get their Paseo press. It was epic. Probably the best sandwich I've ever had. We took it to Woodland Park and let the kids run around the zoo entrance while I fed Loulou. On the way home we stopped at Molly Moon's for some of their unique flavored homemade ice cream. I really liked the salted caramel and melted chocolate but it wasn't David's thing. The place is so cute too! So far, we're having a great time in this beautiful place! P.S. I'm going to try to be better at blogging (life is kicking me in the pants lately) because I don't want to forget these great memories we are creating in our new home, so here's to that!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

sesame chicken

If you're looking for a SUPER easy and "everyone likes it" delicious meal, then look no further. My most popular recipe, by far, is my Korean Beef recipe (and it is really good) but I think this one is just as delicious and just as simple to make. It seriously should take a total of 10 minutes active prep time and the chicken cooks really fast too, which makes it awesome for those nights when you are hurrying to get dinner on the table (which, let's be honest, isn't that every night?)! Try it out and let me know what you think!
4 chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons oil (I used avocado but you can use olive oil or vegetable oil)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 green onions, sliced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)

In a medium bowl, whisk together everything but chicken. Stir chicken pieces into the marinade and let sit for 30 minutes. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Preheat oven to high broil. Broil chicken for 10 minutes (check that the biggest piece is cooked through) - you can also turn it halfway through. Serve over rice. I also served mine with some steamed sugar snap peas.

Monday, October 13, 2014

hello fall: kelsey creek farm

A couple of years ago, my sister-in-law, Leone, took me to Kelsey Creek Farm when we came to Seattle to visit. I thought it was so charming and cute and was jealous that she had something like this so close to her. I smile as I go back and read that post when I was dreaming of living here and - voila! Here we are! :) Anyway, I saw some signs on the way home from the store the other day for a Fall Festival at Kelsey Creek Farm on Saturday and knew we had to go! It was free and Saturday was a (mostly) sunny day with that delicious fall crispiness in the air. We put on our rain boots and headed over to the farm.
We petted cows, goats, bunnies and chickens. There was a scarecrow maze, pumpkin patch, big slides, a concert with live music, cotton candy machines and a wagon ride pulled by these awesome vintage tractors that David loved. Just as we were finishing up, we noticed some enormous black rain clouds heading our way so we decided to head back to the car. On the way, we got caught in our first Seattle rain storm! David and Fritz ran to get the car while William stayed with me and Louisa in the stroller as we took shelter under a huge tree. Then we went home, got into our jammies and relaxed for the rest of the day. I am loving living here!