"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

Fun with Friends

Free Compliments!

I just found a neat poster on the Econobusters website that they found on the Kind Over Matter blog. What a fun idea! I printed it out this morning and put it on our fridge so when friends come over they can take a complement home and give it to someone else. I’ve also been thinking about where in our community I can hang one of these up at. Maybe at the grocery store or our mailbox?  What do you think? And who you are you going to complement today? 🙂

Negative, Ghost Rider, the Pattern is Full

In celebration of Top Gun’s 25th anniversary (can you believe it’s been 25 years?!), Liberty Station held a free outdoor viewing of the movie. It was so fun! We went with a big group of friends. They had a giant blow up movie screen (I should have taken a picture), which they placed in front of the flag pole that stood beautifully lit and high above it. Top Gun was filmed in San Diego and there were even bits of the film that took place at Liberty Station. Every time it would show a recognizable spot the whole crowd would start cheering. And when the songs played, we all started singing. Liberty Station is sort of between the airport and Seaworld. It seemed like every time there was a dog fight in the movie that a plane would fly right over us. And the frosting on the cake? Right when Maverick shot down the planes at the end of the movie, the fireworks at Seaworld started going off. Perfect timing. It was great!

If you’ve ever read my about me section, you know that I named our hummingbirds Goose and Maverick. We have a third one that comes around once in a while. I think I shall name him Ice.

Old Traditions, New Traditions

Every year, for as long as I can remember, my whole family from my mom’s side has met in Seattle for a Mariners’ game. It’s one of my favorite family traditions. Besides being a mini-family reunion, there is just something special about the Mariners and going to the ballpark as a kid. I had the privilege of watching Jr., Randy, Edgar, Joey, Buhner, A-Rod, Lou and the rest of Seattle’s baseball greats way back even when they were in the Kingdome. Oh, and Dave Niehaus was there too. In my opinion, the only sound sweeter than the crack of the bat, was Dave yelling “My Oh My!”

If you’ve never been to a game in Seattle, you really should go! Maybe I’m a bit biased since I grew up there . . . I mean,  haven’t been to too many other stadiums, but I can say that the experience doesn’t compare to the ones I have been to. The fans do the wave at every game. And it doesn’t just fizzle out after one time around. It goes around at least 3 times strong, and even longer if they are winning. The crowd is loud and Seattle fans are loyal. You don’t see a lot of people sporting jersey’s from the opposing team. They go to the games even if they have a losing season. And who doesn’t love a big, happy, Moose?  In case your still not convinced . . . they have a retractable roof and the Mariners were born the same year that I was. Coincidence? I think not. Oh, and they have Ichiro. Enough said.

I’m not really a fan of rap, but this is nice tribute to Dave and the Mariners. I love the line that says “My city, my city, childhood, my life, watching Griffey right under those lights.”

Now that we live in San Diego, I’m not able to go to the family baseball games anymore, and I was a lot more sad about it than I expected. Plus, the only Seattle games televised here are the ones against the Padres (3 games here and 3 games in Seattle) and a few preseason ones since they train in Peoria with the Pads. Since I can’t go home for the game, we’ve started our own tradition of watching the Mariners when they come here. And since we can’t be with our family, we usually go with someone from our small group, our church family.  That’s how we are turning old traditions into new ones!

This year, we were blessed to go to two games! I felt like a little kid, I was so excited! At the friday night game, we went with friends and sat on the Mariner side in left field. Several other people we knew were there that night too. I guess everyone loves the Mariners! 😉 Mariners win 4-1.

Us with the Becks

This was taken with a cell phone, so it doesn’t do it justice, but this was one of the best fireworks displays I have ever seen!

A friend of mine gets Padre tickets through his work and was so sweet to give us his tickets to Saturday night’s game since he knew I liked the Mariners. The seats were AMAZING. 2nd row, off first base. I could have leaned over the wall and grabbed infield dirt and thrown it at the ump if I wanted to, we were that close. The guys next to us heckled James for marrying a Mariners fan, but that’s ok. I got the last laugh. Mariners won 4-0.

Our view

My love

I’m thankful that the Mariners come here each year and that we are able to go see them play. It makes being away from home a little bit easier!

Our Super Bowl Menu

James and I love football. I mean, we really love it. And the Super Bowl is sort of like a 2nd Thanksgiving to us, except without the pressure to cook a big ham. We still end up over-doing it on the food though. This year’s spread was so good that we ended up snacking on it again for dinner last night so I thought I’d share it with you.

Canadian Bacon-Pineapple Pinwheels

James made these and they turned out delicious!  You can find the recipe here. He of course left out the garlic. For the dipping sauce we used tomato paste with a little bit of non-garlic Italian seasoning.  I am the luckiest girl alive, having a husband who loves to cook!

Chips and Two Types of Salsa

We had two types of salsa this year. A very tasty pineapple Mango Salsa we got from Ralph’s. This is the only garlic-free salsa we have ever been able to find. It’s pretty pricey but once you taste it you almost forget how much you paid. We also decided to venture out and make our own for the first time. James made an amazing Roasted Corn Salsa. He grilled the corn on the BBQ and then added the ingredients listed here. I don’t believe he followed the recipe exactly though- he just started adding things until it tasted how he wanted it. This was much less expensive than the Pineapple Mango and tasted so good that we will definitely be making it again. Maybe next time we’ll throw in a little pineapple!

Little Weenies with Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce 

1 pot on low-medium heat + 1 package of little weenies + 1 jar Sweet & Tangy BBQ sauce. Easy-peasy.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I used this recipe to get the ingredients, but in all honesty I didn’t follow it. I took a regular old spoon and scooped out a chunk of shortening and put it in the pan and then started mixing in chocolate chips until it looked like there was enough chocolate to cover all the strawberries. I found it helpful to alternate putting the heat on “2” and “low.” If I kept it on low for too long it started to get too thick and made it hard to cover the strawberries. But, if I kept it on 2 for too long it started to burn the chocolate.  Also, I didn’t have any styrofoam so I just layed them out on wax paper. The side they were laying on dried flat but it was ok. 

They don’t look all that pretty, but I have to say, they were really yummy. You should go make some right now!

Valentine M&M’s

James snuck these in without me seeing and now I can’t stop eating them. Help!

Fruit Tray

Complements of the Becks! 🙂 Mmmmm pineapple.

It was a super fun night, but I am a little sad that football season is over. Oh well. That just means that baseball is right around the corner! 🙂 Go Mariners!

Strawberries, Rhubarb, and Friends

Ok, so the title of this blog post might be a little bit misleading since there aren’t actually any strawberries in the recipe.  BUT you could add them and it would make it even better!  When I was home last month, my friend Sara introduced me to Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake.  It was so good that we ate the entire pan in about 3 days, just the two of us.  It was so easy to make that I made it for our life group.  They liked it so much that I had to share it with you too!  Very sorry to say though, you may have to wait until next year to make this as rhubarb is now out of season.  😦  I actually made it a few weeks ago and even then had to go to two different stores to find it.

The recipe I used was Aunt Kaye’s Rhubarb Dump Cake  from allrecipes.com but used a little less sugar . . . maybe 3/4 of a cup or so and just a teeny bit less than the recommended amount of butter.  Our oven bakes faster than a sprinter on race day so I only put it in there for about half the time.   You can eat it hot or cold- I actually preferred it cold . . . and for breakfast.  Yum! 🙂

Here is a picture of the end result.  It’s not pretty, but it tastes amazing and no one will ever know that it only took you about 10 min to make!

See all that white stuff on there?  That’s cake mix that didn’t get wet.  I think next time I’ll mist it lightly with a spray bottle before putting it in the oven.  It doesn’t taste bad and it’s still fine to eat if it comes out like this.

A note for fellow allergy sufferers: If you are allergic to soy, you know that it’s really difficult to find cake mixes without soy in it.  My allergy isn’t life threatening but it does make me really sick.  Betty Crocker’s cake mixes say “and/or soy” in the ingredient list and I’ve found that most products that say “and/or soy” have very little soy and I feel only slight discomfort after eating it.

I’ll include some pictures of our life group too.   This group has been such a blessing in our lives.  We’ve done several studies together, pray regularly for each other, and just have a lot of fun!

Girl's Night Aug '10

Iron Mountain March '10

Camping/Hiking March '10

Mariners Game! June '10

Engagement Party

Last weekend James and I went up to LA for a college friend’s engagement party.  I was really excited because it had been several years since I had seen most of these girls.  

We had such a great time catching up and reminiscing about old times and even did a traditional candle passing for Tricia.  I was a little afraid that James might be bored since he didn’t know anyone there but he got a kick out of hearing all of our old college stories.   On our way home he told me that he was really glad that he came.

So excited to see more old friends at Jenn and Nelson’s wedding next weekend!