Foods of August

I have been eating like a Rock Star this month! One of my goals for 2010 was to be a food photographer once a month.... I hope you don't mind that my camera of choice has been my iPhone....

Some farmers' market finds

Brunch with the sisters

My half of a burger @ 25% in downtown HB

Famous Aunt Jan Green Beans

Mollys' dutch oven pizza

I ate half of one of these.
No wonder I am not losing weight...

And then I had this for lunch one day...

Some OC Fair food

Sweet Potato Fries @ Eat Chow

My standby: the French Dip

Middle Sister standby: Veggie Tostadas

And I'm full!


Summer Recap

Just as things start to heat up in Southern California I am back to work and summer is over for me.

Here is a recap with a few bonuses!

This summer I took FIVE road trips.
Road Trip #1: I went up to Bishop with T and did some hiking, reading, exploring, eating and camping.

Road Trip #2: Took us up to Lake Almanor for Fourth of July weekend. T went fishing a lot and we took a side trip to California Pines to look at the land my dad gave me.

Road Trip #3: I spent a few days in San Luis Obispo visiting some friends.

Road Trip #4: T and the sisters and I went to the Garlic Festival in Gilroy. We stayed at my Uncles' house in Santa Cruz and went to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. I have UPDATED this post!

Road Trip #5: Had me driving to WA state and back in five days. With my mom.... for most of it. I have UPDATED this post!

Other adventures this summer include:
Adding two more boxes to my Square Foot Garden in front of my house.

Moving my sister from Santa Rosa to Huntington Beach.

Continuing to Garden at my Moms'.

Running. A lot.

Setting up my composting bin.

Selling our sofa on Craigslist.

Going to the Dallas Cowboys training camp.

Summer 2010 was packed and I loved every minute of it. I completed another semester of school and have two more to go. This winter T and I might go to Hong Kong and the sisters and I are thinking of a trip to Italy or the South of France this summer!


Road Trip #5: WA and back in 5 Days

I am crazy. I am driving to WA and back in 5 days. This is in Winthrop, WA. Details to follow!

Here is the story. My Uncle G was turning 60 and my Aunt decided to try to throw together a kind of surprise for him. T couldn't make it and neither could the Middle Sister. Originally the Little Sister and I were going to drive up together but then she realized she had her dates mixed up and she had a wedding to attend the same weekend. Then it was just me. This seemed to worry some people. So much so that two days before I was set to leave my mom called and said we should drive together and that she was canceling her flight. Now I can't say 100% that the reason she decided to drive with me was because she was worried.... but she ended up being in Bishop on the day I was driving through so it made sense to drive together.

We stopped in Chester, CA on our way up. You might remember T and I spend Fourth of July in Chester. And then drove 15 hours to WA the next day. It was a long drive. It was nice to trade off with my Mom. We were both VERY VERY tired when we made it to Winthrop, WA.

It was dark when we drove to "The Ranch" and I had no idea what it looked like until the next morning. Stunning might not be a strong enough word.

See that little Tee Pee on the right? That is the outhouse.

Here is the "Hut". Complete with outside kitchen and sleeping porch.

This is what "camp" looked like. I slept in the Element and Mom slept in the tent on the left. One cousin slept on the porch and another cousin slept in a tent. My Uncle Brad brought a fancy tent (not shown) and Uncle G and his bride slept in the Hut.

T always jokes that he sent me to cooking school when I lived with my Aunt and Uncle and cousins in WA for a few months in 2000. These people can cook! In honor of Uncle Gs b-day my cousins made pizza in the cast-aluminum. (Cast-aluminum is like cast iron but lighter and favored by rafting guides like my Aunt!).

The table on the porch.

One of the pizzas.

Mo and Uncle G

I can say that driving to WA and back in five days is crazy. But in this case I am glad I made the trip. Happy Birthday Uncle G!