Two Foss pilot ships wait for a container ship to enter Elliott Bay as the sun sets above the Olympic mountains.

Sunset and Twilight on the Waterfront

Living so close to the waterfront allows me to run down when the weather is great and see what I can capture. The Bell Harbor International Conference Center has a great upper deck with amazing views of Elliott Bay. Then its a short walk to Pier 62/63 for a great night view of the city and […] Read more…

Derek opens his eyes just for me to snap a picture.

We are an Aunt & Uncle again

We got a very special extra surprise for our trip back to San Antonio, Texas. My younger sister ended up being induced early and had the baby as we flew in. We got to meet our new nephew, Derek Anthony Collazo.   Read more…

Cheese-steak sliders.

Cheese Steak Sliders

INGREDIENTS Pulled Pork: 1 lb. top round steak, very thin cut and then sliced into thin very strips 1 red bell pepper, sliced into very thin strips 1 green bell pepper, sliced into very thin strips 1 yellow onion, sliced into very thin strips 6 slices Provolone cheese 1/4-1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese Worcestershire sauce Steak […] Read more…

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Chicken Marsala

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Coarse salt and ground pepper 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (6 to 8 ounces each) or chicken tenders 1 tablespoon olive oil 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced 1 shallot, minced 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine 1/4 […] Read more…

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Pulled Pork Sliders

INGREDIENTS Pulled Pork: 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 cup chicken stock 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. boneless pork shoulder Salt Lick barbecue sauce Brioche slider buns Pickles for garnish Coleslaw: […] Read more…

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

We woke up to a sunny Seattle Saturday and were like, “What can we do in the sun?” We have been wanting to check out the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. We headed out and watched the clouds roll in as we headed down to Tacoma. Oh well, at least it wasn’t raining. The zoo […] Read more…

Valentine's Day Cake Balls

Valentine’s Day Cake Balls

Makes about 3 dozen cake balls INGREDIENTS Strawberry cake mix 3 eggs ⅓ cup vegetable oil or canola oil 1¼ cups water Cream cheese frosting 2 bags of white Wilton Candy Melts Red fondant Hot pink sugar sprinkles Parchment or wax paper DIRECTIONS STEP 1  Bake the cake Follow instructions on cake mix box. Bake cake and […] Read more…

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Starbucks Cake Balls

Makes about 3 dozen cake balls INGREDIENTS Red velvet cake mix 3 eggs ⅓ cup vegetable oil or canola oil 1¼ cups Pike Place® Roast brewed coffee (or your favorite Starbucks brew) 2 tablespoons of cinnamon (optional) Cream cheese frosting 2 bags of white Wilton Candy Melts Green fondant Edible gold stars Parchment or wax paper DIRECTIONS […] Read more…

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Stock

To make this stock, you can use poultry or beef bones leftover after a meal. In this photo, I used the leftovers from a roasted Christmas goose! INGREDIENTS Chicken, Duck, or Goose carcass or Beef bones Onions Carrots Leeks Rosemary Celery Parsnip Garlic Salt & pepper DIRECTIONS STEP 1 Chop bones to expose marrow. Add […] Read more…

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Easy Chocolate Lava Cake

Makes 4 1/2-cup size individual cakes INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) Theo 70% dark chocolate or Scharffen Berger 70% bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1/3 cup butter (plus more for greasing) 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons flour 2 eggs cocoa powder for dusting DIRECTIONS STEP 1 Heat oven to 400 degrees (if you are cooking right away). […] Read more…

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