Wild-winged Ginger Cherubs came to me in a vision the other night and whispered in my ear: Ginger Cherubs: You must create a snacking cake that clears the nasal passages and is low in fat. Me: Could such a thing exist? Ginger Cherubs: It could and it must. The whole world depends on spicy, sweet,… Continue reading Low-Fat, Ginger Slapping Cake
Throwing the Sip and Paint Party of the Year is an intimidating feat at best, so my strategy is to think small, make plenty of mistakes, and then invite people over for real “next time.” I am certainly thankful that my forward thinking has saved me from potential disaster, but I am pretty proud of… Continue reading Sip and Paint Party for One: Yay, Me!
Scandalous, murderous, and mysterious tales abound in Vancouver, Canada, but why pay hundreds of dollars for an authentic ghost tour, when you could make up your own, inauthentic stories for free? Of course, making up ghost stories “for free” doesn’t have to involve any fancy planning, but Nate, Alex, and I decided to drive 2… Continue reading “Haunted” DIY Ghost Stories of Vancouver, Canada
I happen to have a black cat named SeaTac, but he’d be pretty upset if I set him loose in the middle of the ocean. For this reason, I’m accepting this award nomination on his behalf. I’d like to thank Elizabeth Drake of There be Dragons for my first ever blog award nomination! Yay! Apparently,… Continue reading I’m a Black Cat, Blue Sea Award Nominee!
Halloween thrills needn’t break the bank. I’m in the mood for an old-fashioned scare of the kind that arises “naturally” from places that are actually haunted. Nate, my husband, is not entirely sold on the idea, but Alex, our fifteen-year-old was invited to a haunted house experience run by one of the local businesses in… Continue reading Halloween Thrills on a Budget: The Oxford Saloon
Pumpkins are capable of bone-chilling noises—especially when they ride along in the car while Nate my husband drives. The constant banging and thumping—every time Nate makes a turn—is particularly unnerving. Playing Monster Mash loudly, in an attempt to be festive and drown out the commotion, is not helping. Example: “He did the mash . .… Continue reading Decorating with Pumpkins and Slime
Sometimes I can’t follow the rules–even though they are pretty clear: “Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.” Was I supposed to post seven photos on seven days or just choose seven days and then post all at once? I really… Continue reading Black and White Photo Challenge
Some serious spawning takes place behind the Country Inn and Suites near North Creek Business Park in Washington. A terrifying crew of freaky salmon swims upstream near hotels, busy streets, and corporate buildings, which if you ask me, is not a very romantic way to meet up and start a family, but “romance” is not… Continue reading Scary Salmon Sightings–and a Mask–for Halloween!
Pools made of maple butter must exist in the Canadian countryside because the first time I bit into a mass-produced, “made-in-Canada” maple leaf cookie, I imagined myself swimming in one. “Canada is amazing!” I shouted. “How do they do this?” Any other store-bought cookie is dry and crumbly, leaving me with a generic, processed, flour-coated… Continue reading O, Canada! Blue-Ribbon Maple Leaf Cookies: A Re-Blog of Sorts
“Salmon are spawning all over the state and we’re missing it! Let’s go!” I frantically tell Nate and Alex, while pushing them toward the door. “The salmon will spawn from September through October,” my patient husband calmly explains. “We’re not missing anything. They’ll spawn all day and all night. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10… Continue reading Desperately Seeking Salmon at the Ballard Locks