St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th, 2018

Corned Beef

Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with Corned Beef!

Two actually! One cooked in the traditional CrockPot (8.5 hrs high), and one cooked in the Instant Pot (1.5 hrs, high pressure). Both were finished in the oven with a mustard/brown sugar glaze. The verdict? Both were good, the IP one may have been a bit more tender (?) and was certainly quicker! More experimentation is in our future…. Oh, and the veggies – potatoes and carrots – were cooked in the IP after the meat was done and glazed.

Bagels, Coffee, Knitting….

March 14th, 2018


Iditarod XLVI \ Iknitarod IX

March 3rd, 2018

Iknitarod IX

Watching the start of Iditarod XLVI and participating in the start of the Iknitarod IX on

Potato Crusted Quiche

February 24th, 2018


It was cold in the house, so we baked a new recipe from Pinterest - Potato Crusted Quiche. The potato was huge, so there was enough to make one full-sized and a couple of individual sized. Tasty, and it warmed things up!

Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji) 三杯鷄

January 17th, 2018

Three Cup Chicken

Very tasty! Used 6 whole chicken thighs. Ate those and promptly defrosted another 6 to make more.
Plenty of sauce - yum

Recipe Here!

Laura & Ava Crocheting

January 6th, 2018


Lazy Saturday on the Couch.

Justin Adventure….

January 4th, 2018

Cheese Steak

We went Guitar shopping w/ Justin and then went to the “Great Western Steak & Hoagie Company”

Best Cheese Steaks EVER!

2018 New Year Potluck (Patio)

January 1st, 2018

2018 Potluck

Laura’s Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

2018 Potluck

Laura’s Teriyaki Drumsticks (Mom’s recipe)

2018 Potluck

and other goodies from the Patio potluck…..

Christmas 2017

December 23rd, 2017


Laura’s Famous Christmas Spritz Cookies


Christmas Village, Advent Calendar and Nativity Scene.

Supermoon December 2017

December 3rd, 2017

December 2017 Supermoon

Just a quick shot of the latest December “Supermoon” and our neighbors Christmas decorations.

Uke Fingers

September 11th, 2017

Uke Fingers

Ukulele, Not for Wimps! :-)

End of Summer

September 2nd, 2017

Block Party

Arena Street’s End of Summer Block Party & Concert

Eclipse at the Patio

August 21st, 2017


The Crew view


Cereal Box Projector & Eclipse Glasses

Another Ukelele Sunday…

August 20th, 2017


3 Ukes (1 a Fluke)


1 Guitar & 1 Uke

Cucumber Salad

August 15th, 2017


Laura’s favorite cucumber salad. (Not Mine :-) )
(Cukes, tomatoes, and feta - with olive oil and red wine vinegar)
Thanks to Eric O. for the Summer Cukes!

Ukulele Sunday

August 13th, 2017


Sunday @ the Patio became Ukulele Sunday this week.
Justin & Laura, Sun, Ukuleles, Sheet Music & Beer :-)


A Girl named Sydney, a visiting student from TCU, showed up
and asked to play. She was pretty awesome.

2017 Stitch’nPitch

August 11th, 2017


Laura attended the annual Stitch-and-Pitch night hosted
by the Yarnover Truck ( and enjoyed watching the Dodgers game (and stitching of course)
She even got a pack of baseball cards from Topps (
as a giveaway - Aug 12th is National Baseball Card Day

Laura’s New Toy

August 5th, 2017


Kala Tenor Ukulele (KA-TEM Exotic Mahogany) Bundle with Hard Case, Tuner, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth (
Justin’s influence :-)

Ava’s 4th Anniversary

June 8th, 2017


I had a tote bag of Ava made for Laura via ShutterFly
Ava came to live with us in 2013

Scratch Kitchen (Lompoc)

May 31st, 2017

Scratch Kitchen

The most amazing brussel sprouts, caprese with heirloom and burrata, Scratch 50/50 (Grenach/Syrah), Sweetzer 2014 encantada Pinot Noir

Fantastic food, great wine, friendly atmosphere