Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Another Consignment Sale

May 2nd 9am-7pm Spring Sale
Cascade Shopping Center 16950 116th Ave SE Renton, WA 
(Near the corner of Petrovitsky and 116th)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fish Stew

I had some Tilapia in my freezer that I needed to use up so I browsed through some of my favorite food blogs for ideas. Here is what I found and it was absolutely delicious! You know its a delicious meal when your house is filled with the smell of fresh, sauteed spices and vegetables.

*Special side note: recipe claims to serve four, and maybe Jaron and I are just big eaters, but the recipe barely served our little family of three and that's including little Liv who doesn't eat much. So, you might want to double or even triple the recipe.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Summer Dresses

I have been wanting to do some sewing for the girls for a while now. So I went and grabbed my mom's sewing machine and got to work! Here are the two dresses I've done so far. I love them both but the purple one needs some work!

So i'm starting on another one now... I'll post more pics when I'm done!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

London Broil



So, I stole the following advice off of my cousins blog
Three things that a marinade needs:
1. oil Oil enhances the flavor and bastes the meat.
2. an acid, (vinegar, citrus, wine, buttermilk, yogurt) acids act as the tenderizer
3. seasoning (salt, pepper, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, spices, garlic, onion).

So with that here is the marinade I use for pretty much about everything and its wonderful on chicken, steak, and shrimp.

-equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar (I don't really measure but I would say about 1/4 cup of each)
-2-3 crushed garlic cloves
-2-3 T Worcestershire sauce
-2-3 T Honey
-juice of one lime
-1 cup soy sauce
-1 tsp cumin

Now this is how I did the London Broil that some of you ate the other day. If I had really been on top of things I would have thawed the London Broil the day before so it could marinate for at least six hours before broiling it, but I'm lazy and only marinated it for one hour but it was still great! Though I would recommend marinating it for at least 6 hours so that the meat has time to get real tender.

Before marinating you can tenderize the meet with a mallet or rolling pin and cut little shallow slits all over both sides of the meat so that the marinade can work its magic.

After an hour to 6 hours of refrigerated marination goodness put London Broil on a broiling pan or grill and broil apx 3 inches away from top rack for 5-8 minutes on each side. I did five on each side, because I like it a little red, but cook to your liking.

Yum, this is making my mouth water.

Oh and a tip on buying London Broil: Sometimes Albertsons has great meat sales, so check it out, and try to find London Broil when its on sale. I bought mine when it was a buy one get one free day!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Planting

All the gorgeous sunshine these past few days has me getting so excited to work in my flower gardens. Plants however, can be expensive. Last year I was able to save a LOT of money on flowers and bushes at plant sales.

The one thing that I did wrong was I bought a whole bunch of plants at one sale and took forever to plant them. (It's hard to garden with a toddler.) This year I've decided I'm going to try to go to at least 2, if not more sales and spread out the purchases. My plan is to plant all the ones I buy the same day or weekend! I'll let you know how it goes.

You don't need a huge yard to buy plants, some pots from WinCo can grow you some nice flowers and herbs on your patio. Yesterday I had fresh chives from my garden on our baked potatoes and loved it!

Anyhow - here are some of the plant sales coming up:

Thursday April 16th - Saturday April 18th
This is part of the Spring Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Saturday April 18th  9am-5pm
Many of these plants were propagated on the Hospital grounds and their groundskeepers will be there to offer expert advice!
6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Saturday April 18th 10am-4pm
Kent Memorial Park 850 N Central, Kent

Saturday April 25th 9am-5pm (Apparently the largest sale in the Puget Sound Region)
Warren G. Magnuson Park (Building 30) 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Saturday May 2nd 9am-1pm
9817 51st Ave S, Seattle 98118 (Check out their beautiful gardens too!)

Saturday May 16th (I think it was 8am-3pm Last year)
Kent-Meridian High School

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Brandon's Famous Salsa

This is Brandon once again. This time I won't post my wonderful experience with cakes in a box, but I do make a mean salsa that people really seem to enjoy, so I finally published the recipe. Check out our family blog for directions. You won't be disappointed!

Brandon's Salsa

Friday, April 3, 2009

Consignment Sales

Looking for a cheap way to clothe your child? Need some new toys, cribs, beds, and/or other child related items? Don't want to spend full price? You might want to check out these consignment sales. You can sell there too so you might want to look over your stash of goods! So far I have been able to clothe my son using hand-me-downs, sale items and consignment shopping. I think in the last year I've purchased one item full priced.

These two sales are only once or twice a year so mark your calendars and  get ready for some great deals! 

April 24-26th Spring Sale
Puyallup Fair & Events Center Expo Hall

You need to join their mailing list for FREE admission to the sale for you and your friends.  First time parents and military family get in EARLY.

By the way - maternity clothes can be bought and sold at this sale. Might be something to look into. Well I'll be looking!

May 8-9 Spring Sale
Kent Commons

Instructions to sell are available on their site. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

Unfortunately we won't be making it to the Easter Bunny Express as we had originally planned, but for anyone interested this sounds like a great activity. Especially if you have a train enthusiast in your home like I do. We'll be trying to catch a ride on pulled by one of these steam engines another time this year!

Hop on over here to find out more information. Happy Easter!