The beach at our resort

San José Del Cabo

Bobby and I desperately needed a relaxing beach vacation. We planned to visit Hawaii, but a hurricane started brewing so we changed the destination a day before departure. Cabo was the only beach destination that was easy to get to and wasn’t forecasted to rain. We stayed in a swim-out room at Secrets Puerto Los […] Read more…

Pumpkin Pie

INGREDIENTS 1 sugar pumpkin (about 4 pounds), halved (can also use 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin) Pate Brisee for the pie crust All-purpose flour, for work surface 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons heavy cream 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon pure […] Read more…

Pate Brisee

INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup cold (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice cold vodka DIRECTIONS STEP 1 Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Add butter, and pulse until mixture forms coarse crumbs with some larger pieces […] Read more…

Pot Roast

INGREDIENTS 1.5 lb. lean Roast Beef 1 pack of dry Lipton onion soup mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce 1/2 cup of red wine 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 Onion, sliced 1/2 lb. Mushrooms, sliced 4-8 oz. Beef broth Sprig of Thyme DIRECTIONS STEP 1 Season meat with salt and pepper […] Read more…

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Blueberry Fool

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh blueberries (can also use frozen) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 7 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups heavy whipping cream DIRECTIONS STEP 1 Place large, metal bowl and hand mixer beaters in freezer. Combine blueberries, lemon juice, cinnamon, 4 tablespoons sugar, and salt in medium […] Read more…

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S’mores Whoopie Pies

Makes about 24 two-inch whoopie pies. INGREDIENTS For the graham cracker cakes: 1 1/2 cups graham flour 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon baking […] Read more…

2015 Kentucky Derby Party at Bobby and Kim's Seattle condo.

Kentucky Derby 2015

This year we hosted a Kentucky Derby party. Mostly because I needed an excuse to wear a fabulous hat, drink Mint Juleps and hang out with friends! Oh, and I handmade my fascinator! Read more…

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…

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