Posts Tagged 'holidays'

Delicious Vday!

Micah and I had a very low key Valentine’s Day.  It was a beautiful day, so we played some basketball outside and cleaned the house inside.  Very romantic.  Tera came up later on in the day and the three of us made a delicious dinner: roasted shrimp cocktail, pasta puttanesca, and lemon garlic bread.  They were all very delicious. 

I highly recommend making the pasta puttanesca.  It’s very easy to make and so yummy.  To encourage you to try it out, here’s the recipe I used.  Fool proof!


·  1 pound dried spaghetti, spaghettini, or linguine fini

·  5 garlic cloves, forced through a garlic press

·  2 teaspoons anchovy paste (comes in a tube)

·  1/2 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes

·  1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

·  1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice (preferably Italian)

·  1 cup pitted Kalamata olives

·  2 tablespoons drained capers

·  Pinch of sugar (optional)

·  3/4 cup coarsely chopped basil

Cook spaghetti in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (2 1/2 Tbsp salt for 6 qt water) until barely al dente.

While pasta boils, cook garlic, anchovy paste, red-pepper flakes, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper in oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and pale golden, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, purée tomatoes with juice in a blender.

Add tomato purée to garlic oil along with olives and capers and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is ready. Stir in sugar if desired.

Drain pasta and add to sauce. Simmer, turning pasta with tongs, until pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with basil.

We had ourselves a merry little Christmas

*Warning: Really long post – can’t help it – lots happened during the holidays! 🙂

Christmas this year was different than those in the past.  1) We weren’t going to be spending it with family – either Micah’s or mine.  2) The economy really was a downer – and many of us decided to not exchange gifts.  Just not the thing to be spending money on.  3) The weather was nuts.  With the down pour of snow – we weren’t sure if we’d even have anyone over for Christmas Eve dinner (which Micah and I were hosting at our house).  But, regardless of all of these factors – we had an excellent Christmas Eve and day.   Here’s the run down…

Christmas Eve:  Snowed pretty much the entire day

We had a total of 8 of us at the house, and that’s alot because our place isn’t that big.  We created a major seafood feast for dinner.  It was awesome!  We had Dungeness crab, Alaskan King crab legs, fried oysters, shrimp cocktail, and steamed clams with bread for dipping.  It seriously was so delicious, and everyone was satisfied and stuffed.  And that doesn’t include the yummy banana creme delight dessert. 

Xmas dinner Xmas Eve - friends

From left top box (clockwise): Ty and Ian, Christine and Micah, Mike and Jonah, Lisa and Tera

After dinner, we pretty much just played games all night long.  And those that know me, know that I LOVE GAMES!!!  We played Scattegories, a new game called “This or That” and hours and hours of a card game called Mafia.  It’s too hard to explain, but it was so much fun.  We all stayed up into the wee hours playing games.  Very fun – I love spending nights playing games with friends. 

Xmas Eve- games

Christmas Day:  Snowed pretty much the entire day

So, Tera (hoping for it to be a surprise)  had ordered three live Maine lobsters and they were (supposed to be) delivered to the house.  But with the massive snowfall, those deliveries were all delayed.  The idea was to eat them on Christmas Eve, but instead – FedEx called on Christmas Day and said if we wanted, we could come pick up the package ourselves at the local distribution center (about 5 miles from our house).  Tera (with her huge truck) and I went to go pick up the precious cargo.  Fortunately, the lobsters were still alive – because apparently, if they are dead and you cook and eat them – well, that’s not good.  This is the part where some people might find it cruel and unusual punishment to put alive lobsters into boiling hot water – which essentially kills and cooks them.  Ian and Jonah did all the dirty work – but all of us were quite interested in these live lobsters.

Xmas lobsters

During Christmas Day, we were once again stuck at the house.  So what do we do?  We play more games!!!  And we feast!!!  Ian and Jonah decided to be adventurous and made lobster bisque.  Yeah, just looked up a recipe and made it – starting with homemade lobster stock (from the shells).  And Christine made homemade chili and katsu chicken and pork (Japanese dishes).  So yummy!!

Rory and Jessica (and Riley) joined us for dinner that night, and joined in on more Mafia playing.  It was great.  Another super delicious dinner with friends, and more game playing.  Doesn’t get too much better than that!

Xmas Day

Day after Christmas:  Snowed part of the day, but were finally able to safely leave the house

We were finally able to drive Mike, Ty, et. al back to their apartment in Kirkland on Friday afternoon.  I’m sure they appreciated being able to shower and wear a change of clothes!  Tera, Micah, and I – we were going to go see a movie that day – but the snow started up again, and we opted to postpone for Saturday.  Instead, we watched The Dark Knight on DVD (Tera hadn’t seen yet) and then got ready for a potluck that night at our friend, Adrian’s condo. 

At his place, we ate, played games (cards and Rock Band), and just hung out.  I drank, for the first time, a hot buttered rum – yummy! 

Xmas at ADs


Saturday we were able to finally go watch a movie.  We went and watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  We all agreed – good movie, but extremely long!!!  It felt a little Forrest Gumpish in the way the story was told.  But we also acknowledged that the movie was 3 hours long, b/c it had to be that long….otherwise, we would have missed alot of depth in the storyline.

Following the movie, we were all tired and just went back to our house and played lots of Dr. Mario on the Nintendo Wii – I’m talking LOTS of playing – until 3 in the morning actually.  We love that game!



Holiday fun, sort of

I have been inundated with numerous cookie recipes – all of which I would love to bake.  However, that takes energy. I don’t have energy.  Also, people typically don’t want to eat your cookies if they know you’ve been sick like a dog for days.  But how sad…I love baking, and I love sharing my baked goods.  Instead, I resort to eating other people’s baked goods.  Can’t complain…but not quite the holiday festivities I am used to.

With Christmas upon us, comes the plethora of holiday parties.  Last Friday (thinking I was feeling better), I joined Micah for his work holiday party and gift exchange at Rock Bottom Brewery.  It was really nice to meet all of his co-workers, who were all really fun and great.  We dranks some beers, watched everyone open up their “Secret Snowmen” presents (they call it Snowmen, not Santa) and played some pool. 

On Saturday, we went to my friend Kellie and Guy’s house for their holiday get together.  Yummy -she made the most delicious appetizers.  However, I wasn’t feeling so great.  Earlier in the day, Micah’s friend, Ari, came up from San Fran for a short (6 hour) visit to Seattle.  We had to go see him, which meant freezing our butts off in Seattle weather.  But it was really fun to see him.  Back to the holiday party – this was a Yankee Swap style gift exchange.  I brought a set of Bare Minerals Diamond Lip Glosses and Micah brought a set of Origins Ginger Body Lotions.  However, our packages were small and measly compared to everyone elses.  Ours weren’t getting picked at all. After my present got stolen for the second time, I said…fine – and I picked my own.  All the ladies loved it, but it was too late – they couldn’t steal.  And one person was able to trade her present for the Origins lotion gift set and loved it.  They all wished they hadn’t  neglected the small packages.  (I’m sure there’s something to be learned here). 🙂

Sunday – I was supposed to have my friends Jessie and Katie over to decorate gingerbread (aka graham cracker) houses.  Unfortunately, it had snowed all night and the roads were icy and treacherous.  So that’s getting postponed.  Good thing – I was so sick anyway!

Upcoming – this Friday, Micah and I are joining Karen and her friend for their KPMG work holiday party.  Apparently it’s quite swanky.  I have yet to find a clutch to go with my black cocktail dress. 

Xmas – Since we aren’t going home this year for Xmas (Micah has no time off), we are instead of having crab dinner at our house, inviting our friends over.  It won’t be the same as if we were at our Uncle’s house, but it will be fun nonetheless.

So busy busy busy – no wonder I’m sick.  And haven’t even started thinking about New years eve festivities.  Yikes!

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