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

Lunch in Solvang

May 29th, 2017

Solvang Lunch

Danish farmhouse fare in Solvang. Large homemade frikadeller meatball and medisterpØlse sausage, mashed potatoes with gravy, and red cabbage. Enjoyed with Danish red ale

2017 Bake Off

May 6th, 2017

Bake Off

These are Patio associated entries for the 2017 Bake Off…

In the back row, Justin’s French Coconut Pie
and his Animal Cookie Bark.

#1 is Laura’s Pumpkin Bread w/ Brown Butter Icing
(2nd Place in Breads)

#2 is Helen’s Carrot Cake
(1st Place Blue Ribbon in “Cakes & Pies”)

#3 is Laura’s Mondrian Cake

Bake Off

Mondrian Cake

Bake Off

Mondrian Cake

Finished Pickled Eggs

April 27th, 2017

Pickled Eggs

Spring Cymbidiums

March 24th, 2017


First Cymbidium Blooms of Spring (Thanks Diane)

2017 Iditarod / Iknitarod

March 4th, 2017

Iknitarod 2017

Watching the start of Iditarod XLV and participating in the start of the Iknitarod VIII on Ravelry.com

Pickled Eggs

February 26th, 2017

Pickled Eggs

Instant Pot hard boiled eggs for Joe Josts recipe for pickled eggs (seasoning mix from Joe Josts via Denny). 14min HP, NR. All eggs peeled beautifully and were perfectly done.


Ieedschock und Kielke

December 2nd, 2016


Swedish, Russian Fusion Meal :-)

Swedish Potato Sausage, Russian Mennonite Noodles & Potatoes (Ieedschock und Kielke) with Onion Cream Gravy.

2016 USO Benefit

September 22nd, 2016

Laura’s work group had a Bake Sale as a fund-raiser for the USO. She brought in three items for the sale: Apple Pie Cookies, Birthday Cake Truffles, and Streusel Bundt Coffee Cakes. The two coffee cakes sold as whole cakes (!) first thing in the morning and were taken as treats to morning meetings - the others were bought as singles throughout the day. There were a ton of yummy treats, and the fund-raiser was a great success!


First Pumpkins of the Year…

September 21st, 2016


Pumpkin Season……

September 6th, 2016

… Has officially started in our house.

We used up the last of our frozen pumpkin purée for yummy pumpkin pancakes :)


Peaches & Cream

September 5th, 2016


Thanks Shelley and Lance for the beautiful fruit! We’re enjoying peaches on ice cream tonight for dessert. I saw a Pioneer Woman cooking show episode last week where she did a peach syrup with basil on ice cream - we didn’t have basil, but it was yummy with just the nice ripe peaches. There’s extra syrup (just the liquid) left so we’ll enjoy that in iced tea to add some sweet peachy goodness.


Black Wednesday Fare…

August 30th, 2016


Salami, 2 kinds of cheese (brebis rousse - sheep - triple cream, and affinois - cow, double cream), tomatoes w/mayo, stuffed olives (blue cheese garlic), bell peppers, boiled eggs, and fancy-schmancy olive oil crackers

Chili Cookoff

August 9th, 2016

Laura’s work group held a chili contest and she decided to enter our friend Carol’s recipe for Veggie Chili. We’ve made this chili for years now, and it’s easy and always comes out great. Apparently the judges like it too, because it got 2nd place in the contest. There were 8 chilis entered and all of them were super tasty. Laura is now busy running around collecting all the recipes from her co-workers.

Chili Cookoff

Chili Cookoff

Here’s the recipe for her EdgyVeggieHeartyChiliGoodness:

1 T vegetable oil
4 celery stalks, chopped
2 large onion, chopped
½ C ketchup
2 one-pound cans crushed tomatoes
2 cans red kidney beans
1 can white beans (any variety)
2 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp black pepper
2 T chili powder

Saute the onion and celery in the oil in a large pot. Add all the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 20-25 min. Do not overcook – the celery should retain some crispness.

Serve unadorned or garnished with any of the following: chopped onion (green, red, white), chopped jalapeño, sour cream, cheese, corn chips, etc…

Laura’s notes: Adjust the seasonings to your liking – I usually use less salt, and sometimes add garlic and/or cumin/coriander. If you want more heat (the basic recipe is not spicy), you can add jalapeño or red pepper flake in the simmering. Add any additional chopped vegetables that you like – zucchini and red/green bell peppers are especially nice.

National Root Beer Float Day!

August 6th, 2016

Root Beer Float Day is just one of those holidays that must be celebrated!

Root Beer Float

LA Quilt Show 2016

July 30th, 2016

After years of saying “Someday, Someday…” Laura has finally decided to enter one of her many quilts into the LA Quilt show……

“I was fortunate to attend three Mary Ellen Hopkins quilting seminars, where I made many quilting friends and learned many MEH concepts and techniques. This quilt is a celebration of those good times, and utilizes many MEH techniques including: Connectors (they’re just about everywhere!), PPM (Personal Private Measurement), muddy backgrounds, and various motifs from the seminars. It also includes signature blocks from the seminar participants (including MEH herself) of the seminar in 2000. I learned so much in the seminars and while piecing and quilting this quilt, and it makes me smile as it always brings back fond memories of those times. Pieced and quilted on a small home machine – cotton batting.”

Quilt Front

Quilt Show Flyer

LAQuiltShow (http://www.laquiltshow.com/)

Quilt on Lawn

Wish her luck!

Buck Moon

July 19th, 2016

Tonight’s Buck Moon from our front yard……

Buck Moon

It’s called the buck moon because bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time of year, according to the Old Farmers Almanac.

The Planets

July 16th, 2016


Laura Played Tuba with the El Segundo Concert Band.
Great Concert!

Ava’s 3 Year Anniversary

June 8th, 2016

Ava 3 Year