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Sunday, December 25, 2011
May your holiday be scary

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Friday, July 22, 2011
Polish Cauliflower and Sausage Soup

The garden has been going like mad this year, and one vegetable that has really benefited from the cool weather and rain has been the cauliflower.  I've harvested several massive heads - really perfect looking.

Now that we have all that cauliflower, we need to do something with it! Fortunately Michael has several great recipes tucked away in his genius mind - here's one of our favorites.

Gorgeous giant cauliflower!


One head cauliflower
Two carrots
2 1/2 cups chicken stock (homemade is best)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound kielbasa, roughly chopped
3 Tbs butter
1/3 cup flour
Salt & pepper to taste
Cheese - as much as you see fit (Tillamook medium cheddar is our choice)

The recipe, as dictated by Michael:

Head of cauliflower, cut into florets
Two carrots, thinly sliced

In a saucepan, with 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock (preferably homemade); cover and simmer until tender.

Lightly blend and set aside.

So pretty in the blender

Bzzzt - blended

In same saucepan, brown one chopped onion, 3 cloves of minced garlic, and about a pound of kielbasa (roughly chopped)

Kielbasa, onions, and garlic

When browned, add 3 Tbs butter, 1/3 cup flour, salt & pepper to taste - mix well and cook for about a minute, remove from heat and slowly stir in 2 1/2 cups of milk

Heat until it thickens and is bubbly, on medium high - stirring continuously - simmer for two minutes

Add as much cheese as you see fit (we use Tillamook medium cheddar)

Over medium heat, add cauliflower carrot mixture and heat for ~5 minutes

Serve with buttered and salted baguette slices for mopping up the soup!


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Monday, June 06, 2011
Your house are belongs to us!

We bought it!!!!


That's not our garage in the distance, btw... it just happens to be in the shot.

In other news, apparently you should be drinking margaritas for breakfast.

Margaritas for breakfast?

Sounds good to me.

The sun has finally arrived!  Yay!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Animal beatbox...

Here's a lovely, very creative song highlighting many of the creatures living here on earth...

Aren't we so fortunate to share the earth with all of these animals?!  And aren't we fortunate that humans have developed to the level of being capable of creating such clever and amusing tributes to the creatures we share our one and only earth with?!

Yes, we are very fortunate indeed.

Happy A Week...

A Week 2011

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Drunk baby rules the world...


The youtubes has energized the creative spark of the peoples!

But I'm not sure the world can take the creative output...

Is that a...? Why yes, the fish is wearing a bikini top!

Speechless.  Tongue-tied.  Flabbergasted.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011
And then, we dance...

Lotus Flower...

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Only in Japan...

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Someday it will be warm again... I think

I saw signs of spring today.  I hope it's not a cruel joke.

Holy Crap! There's hope that spring may arrive some day!

I hope the flowers really do bloom!

We have a lovely weekend ahead of soggy forests and leisure, as we visit the Lost Resort at Lake Ozette for two nights.  It's going to be wonderful!!!  I can't wait to get out to the middle of nowhere amongst the green trees and moss, and just a hop skip and jump to the pacific ocean...

Oh yeah...

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Using my geology noodle tonight...

Dating of layers came up in conversation tonight, so I pulled up an image of a cross-section to show Michael how it works.  That led to a nifty online quiz designed for some geology class in New York.  Unfortunately I couldn't get it to calculate my score (probably not compatible with my browser).  But I think I did all right!  Had to guess on a few questions though, because I sure don't know the geology of New York state!

Either way, it was fun little mind exercise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I also think I should take that cross-section picture above and embroider it somewhere.  That would be very cool.

Glacial outwash

Virgin River Gorge

I love rocks.  They have such a solid permanence about them, even though they are ever-changing.  The change is just so miniscule and most often not obvious to our crude sense of sight and time.  I like knowing that they can be relied on to be there, yet could possibly blow at any time!!!

Old Faithful - from a different angle



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Sunday, February 06, 2011
Oh hello...
I've been away - but not far!  Just lots going on here at home and at work.  

Those mountains are in Canada!!!!!

Last weekend I took a class and learned how to make coasters/trivets from felted sweaters.  The view above was from the house where the class was.  Those mountains are in Canada!!!!  It's amazing what you can see on a clear day.  Here's the trivet I made ~

Felted trivet

It was fun, and the other people there only talked about church twice!  Wheeee... fortunately it didn't get into a discussion of religion.  I was kind of expecting it, anyhow.  But now I know what to do with some of the felted sweaters I've been storing for a while!  And the class was in a house that will be one of the first victims of rising sea level...

We've had some nice weather, and I've been able to walk to work more.  I always feel good when I can walk.  And there's no darn reason not to when the weather is good and I don't have to go to a meeting or shop for a program...

Walk to work - no fog!!!

And speaking of work, I'm starting a very exciting project that will last for the next two years!  Ten librarians have been selected to participate, and I was one of them!  I'm still somewhat floored, and honored!  We received a grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, for a project called "Librarians as Information Guides."  We each get to choose a topic, then design a class to highlight library resources that people can use to get valuable information.  We'll have some intense training, and then when we are ready we'll get to go out and teach our class 12 times!!!!  Have I ever mentioned that 12 is my favorite number?

The zuchinni has a face!

That has nothing to do with the number 12, or my project at work.  But it seems... irrelevant.  Just like all of the other faces people see in inanimate objects!

Big Bang in Toast!

I'll be happy when spring gets here.  This winter has been so gray and gloomy and dark and stinky.  Really.

Waiting for summer fun

Spring?  Anybody... spring?

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