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Labor Day Weekend

Holy crap. Look who’s actually blogging. It’s been so long I nearly forgot my WordPress password. Anywho, I have pictures of food I made, and cute dogs, so I thought I’d share a bit.

Brent and I started our gloriously long holiday weekend with day passes to Bumbershoot. I have been excited about it since I first saw The Presidents on the lineup! My inner 12 year old was really, very excited about seeing them live.

Brent and I had a ridiculous amount of fun at this show. And then I realized I was old and tired so we went home and took a quick nap before heading back out to see Ray LaMontagne and the Paraiah Dogs later that night.

Even though we stayed out late until 11am, way past our bedtime, we still woke up nice and early Sunday morning to meet up with our friends Beth and Ernie to head out on the Sound to do some fishing. Let’s keep things real here though. Brent and I were there to drink beer and soak up some sunshine. I wouldn’t really call us fishermen, although I totally netted a fish. (And then proceeded to brag about said fish all day long).

He makes a nice grimace, huh?

Mid-day drinking in the sun really takes a lot out of you, so we spent Sunday evening laying low. Having three consecutive days off work felt downright luxurious, so we took advantage by making a nice brunch Monday morning. Brent made some breakfast sausage and I made some buttermilk biscuits. Brent combined our efforts into a biscuit sandwich for me.

Totally awesome. Brent went in another direction for his breakfast though, and made himself some sausage gravy to smother his biscuits. We’d already had a busy weekend, so I was rather inclined to veg on the couch, but the beautiful weather combined with Larry’s overabundance of energy had me feeling guilty for staying inside.

So around noon we ended up at Magnuson Park to take the dogs to the beach! Magnuson is Seattle’s only off-leash area with water access, so we’ve been meaning to go for months. I’m glad we finally made it. Lucy is in heaven in the water.

Yeah, the dogs were crazy messy and totally stunk up the car, but it was worth it. They had so much fun, and they were totally exhausted afterward.

For dinner, we did something that seemed Labor Day appropriate and grilled out. Well, Brent grilled and I chopped some tomatoes in the kitchen. We had grilled Ribeye steaks and corn grilled in the husks. For color and nutrient purposes, I made a quick marinated tomato salad. I sliced a pint of super sweet strawberry tomatoes, a couple of scallions, and a few tablespoons of parsley. Then I added a tablespoon of Garlic Gold olive oil, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Instant salad. I let that hang out for almost an hour while Brent prepped everything else.

A pretty fantastic dinner I think.

And I can’t believe it’s already September! Life is just getting busier and busier. My cousin Liz is coming in for a few days starting Thursday. Brent and I are going to Denver at the end of the month, and then it’s already October. And  I love fall! Boots! Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Chili! Yeah, I’m letting my fall freak flag fly. I’m OK with that.

Maybe I’ll be back in less than a month this time. I can’t be sure about that though.

Queen Anne Farmers Market

Today and tomorrow are my weekend for this week. While it’s obviously a bummer that Brent still has work, I’m enjoying the time off nonetheless. Today Larry was my date for the afternoon.

We wandered up the hill (and several flights of stairs) to the top of Queen Anne hill on our way to the Queen Anne Farmers Market. It just opened two weeks ago and I finally had the day off to check it out. There were a ton of food vendors, including my favorite Veraci Pizza and a creole food truck I’ve been meaning to try, Where Ya at, Matt.

I was tempted by all the options, but Brent and I have a dinner date scheduled for tonight, so I didn’t want to spoil my appetite at 4:30. Plus, it’s more fun trying new things with him anyway. Larry and I turned out attention to the other vendors. There were less produce-type vendors here than the Ballard Farmers Market (which is my favorite thus far in Seattle), but it was stil a good selection.

Larry and I browsed and taste-tested for a while before making our selections and making the mile or so walk home. Our mini-haul:

Beets (I think I want to pickle them), bright ruby red strawberries, and homemade ginger beer! I am really excited about the ginger beer. Its one of my favorite beverages, and it also makes really great cocktails. I tasted this one at the market and it was super gingery! I want to take Brent to the QA market next week for an easy food truck dinner.

But right now I have to get ready to meet him in Capitol Hill for dinner and a movie. We’re trying a new to us place and I hope it’s good!

In the meantime, allow me to share a cute photo of Lucy with you. This was taken a couple of weeks ago when we took here down to the water for a little fun. Larry is terrified of water, but Lucy loves it!