Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Dinner

We usually post our culinary adventures in the sidebar but Susan made such a fantastic Christmas dinner that I wanted to share more of the story with you. Our schedule over the holidays has been a little odd. I am recovering from surgery so I sleep most of the time and Susan has been struggling with a cold. As a result, we did not have Christmas dinner until December 27. Susan made a Shrimp Bisque that could stand up to anything served at a local restaurant. The rest of the meal consisted of Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin, Carrot Celery Root Puree and Spiced Stone Fruit Chutney. This meal was so good that it is hard to describe it with mere words. We are going to make homemade ice cream for dessert over the next week using the ice cream maker that Susan gave me for Christmas.
Santa was very generous this year. We received gift cards to some of our favorite restaurants and spending money. Below is a picture of stepping stones that I gave to Susan to honor the furry members of our family.

These are going to look great at our new place. Speaking of houses, we are still waiting for word that the sale of my house has closed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter Storm Warning

We had our first significant snowfall of the year last night. I stepped out the front door this morning to take these pictures. More snow is expected throughout the day. It is so beautiful!

We have not been posting a lot lately, but it has not been for a lack of things to write about. The sale of my house in Renton is moving forward. I had the distribution box for the septic system replaced in order to pass the inspection required in King County to sell homes with septic systems. Allied Van Lines moved the contents of the house to storage, somewhere on the west side, last Friday. The sale is scheduled to close on December 31, but we are actually hoping it might close a little early.
Things are also moving ahead on our property. We posted pictures of the power trench, which passed the inspection process. The trench is covered now and all the neighbors sprinkler pipes are repaired. When we were in the process of selecting flooring for our new house, we learned that the hardwood and tile we selected did not match up in height so we needed to change to a different brand of hardwood. There are so many things to consider when you are starting from scratch; for example, have you ever given any thought to how you get a mailbox? We finished selecting the outside colors and the color of the roofing material. The next step is to actually place the order for our house. YEA!
If houses, the property and Christmas wasn't enough, we have also been dealing with the after-effects of a robbery - what a bummer. On a lighter note, we went to the Nutcracker last weekend at the Capitol Theatre and had a wonderful time. The dying mouse scene was hilarious. After the ballet we went to the Olive Garden for dinner and then went to see the luminary lights at the Arboretum. What a fun evening. Our latest culinary adventures include a Lemon Chiffon Pie, squash risotto, and Linzer cookies. Susan's hand has healed up nicely from carpal tunnel surgery so she can get the other hand done in the near future.
I hope all of you and your family members have a wonderful holiday season.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Playing with the camera

I was playing with my camera earlier this week. Tillie is sitting in my lap and Toby was directly in front of my chair. They both seemed extremely curious about what I was doing so I snapped their pictures. They are both so cute!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Cactus

Mom - Thanks for leaving your Christmas Cactus with us when you left for Arizona. As you can see, it is doing very well. I took these pictures this morning so you could see the beautiful pink and white flowers. The other plants in the kitchen look sad by comparison.

Tillie is doing just fine after her surgery. She and Toby are back playing and running around the yard.