Easter – 2012

April 15th, 2012 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (1 Comments)

We’ve been in Seattle for about a year now, and last Sunday marked our 2nd Easter away from home. We would’ve loved to spend time with the rest of our family, but the flights to So Cal were so darn expensive. We still had a great Easter on our own and Gavin had a blast.

We started things off on Saturday by decorating hard boiled eggs. Gavin started with a nice multicolored egg, but with his second egg moved into the dunking phase. He kept dunking his egg, and hand, into each color for a good 30 minutes until they we’re both a nice dark green/purple color.

On Sunday morning Gavin woke up and found a surprise from the Easter bunny!

After he loaded up on candy he was ready to go on an egg hunt! The Easter bunny hid eggs all around and Gavin ran around searching and gathering them up. This year was his first real Easter egg hunt, and he loved it!

Chanin worked her usual magic in the kitchen and whipped up deviled eggs, potato cheese casserole, green beans with bacon, honey glazed ham, green salad with homemade dressing and rolls. Later, we finished it off with strawberry shortcake. Mmmmm…

We had a nice Easter and our little guy had a lot of fun!

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For Father’s Day 2011 Chanin and Gavin took me to Rainin’ Ribs (menu) for some finger lickin’ good BBQ.

I ordered the 1/2 rack of baby backs with fried pickles, hush puppies, and a Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale to wash it all down.  Chanin ordered the “Who’s Your Mama” with a side of Brunswick Stew.  The “Who’s your mama” is a humongous pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw piled on top.  Both the ribs and pulled pork were smoked perfectly and very tasty (all smoking is done on site with fruit woods).   All of the sides were very good as well, with the hush puppies being the unexpected favorite.  They were fried up just right and had a hint of jalapeno in the batter.  Little Gavin munched on home-made french fries and sweet corn bread.  YUM!

Eatin’ ribs with my two favorite people while overlooking Lake Washington on a Sunday afternoon.  You can’t ask for a better Father’s Day than that!


Arizona State Fair 2010

November 20th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Family - (0 Comments)

We made it out to the very last day of the Arizona State Fair this year on a nice, warm, clear, November evening.  We enjoyed many of the attractions including going on some of the kiddy rides with Gavin, visiting with the baby animals in the petting zoo,  doing a little shopping, listening to the local music, and pigging out on a lot of fatty fair food.  Below you can take a look at some of the pictures documenting the fun time we had.  Gavin really loved going on the rides and eating curly french fries and funnel cake.  We are already looking forward to our trip to the fair again next year!

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Gavin Eating Mexican Food

May 25th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Family - (3 Comments)

Gavin LOVES to eat Mexican food (and wear it).  In this photo he has beans all over himself!

Dad and Jennifer were recently in town for their Spring break vacation and we all decided to go to Joe’s Farm Grill for a yummy meal.

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Joe’s is located in Gilbert, AZ and is a part of Agritopia.  The Agritopia Project is “an effort to design and build a neighborly community around an urban farm.”  It’s a really cool idea and you can read more about it here.

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The restaurant is right next to the actual farm where much of the food the restaurant serves is grown.  Here’s a picture of Gavin patiently waiting for some dinner. [singlepic id=615 w=320 h=240 float=]


After arriving at Joe’s we waited in line for about 20 minutes and then ordered at the window. I ordered the Fontina burger with onion rings.  The burger was sooo good and topped with fontina cheese, pesto (herbs from the garden), roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and arugla.  Oh yeah, and the homemade pickles are the bomb! [singlepic id=613 w=360 h=280 float=]  Gavin is still waiting for dinner.  [singlepic id=616 w=320 h=240 float=]

Chanin ordered the BBQ Bacon Blue burger with chili fries.  Her burger was topped with bleu cheese, bacon, onion rings, and BBQ sauce.  Gavin loved the chili fries!  Dad (Grandpa) ordered the Ribs and BBQ Pork platter and Jennifer got the Ahi sandwich.  The ribs were tasty and the Ahi looked nice and fresh. [singlepic id=619 w=320 h=240 float=]


This was our first visit to Joe’s Farm Grill and we’ll definitely be back!  The weather is just about perfect right now and we love Spring time here in AZ.  At Joe’s there are huge grass areas and lots of trees which makes it a perfect place for the kiddos to run around.  When the weather is this nice, and the food is that good, you just can’t beat it!

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Food, Food, Food…

June 11th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in food - (2 Comments)

A bunch of pictures of food that we never got around to posting!


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In no particular order those are pictures of:

  • Food from Arriba’s Mexican Grill
  • Homemade Birthday Cake – Chocolate with Caramel Frosting (made by Chanin)
  • Homemade Humongous Snickerdoodle (made by James for Chanin’s Birthday)
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Grilled Ribs
  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Strawberry Shortbread
  • Tostada
  • Wedge Salad
  • Homemade White Bread

Grilled Pizza

June 7th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in food - (1 Comments)

I’ve been wanting to grill pizza for a while now and finally got around to it last weekend.  I decided it would be a nice treat for Chanin’s birthday since she loves pizza.  So, I had her pick her favorite toppings and this is what we ended up with.


  • Feta Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Spicy Sausage
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Kalmata Olives
  • Fresh Mozarella
  • Fresh Basil


I made the basic pizza dough from Chow.com which can be found here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/24529.

And made the basic pizza sauce from Chow.com which can be found here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/24531.


Then I grilled them all up and we enjoyed them!


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The pizzas turned out soooooooo good!  We’ll definitly be making these again.

Homemade 100% Whole Wheat Bread

April 20th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in food - (0 Comments)

We’ve started buying those frozen loafs of bread from the store because they’re pretty tasty and they’re cheap!  But yesterday I got the itch to make some completely homemade bread.  I already like to bake sweets and figured bread would be fun.  We bought some King Arthur Whole Wheat flour and used the recipe on the back.  You can find that recipes on the King Arther site (click me).  Here are some pictures of the final product.

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The bread turned out great and made a yummy turkey sandwich.  It was pretty dense but not dry.  And packed with flavor.

I think I caught the bread making bug.  Next I’d like to make a rustic bread like the one seen on The Teacher Learns How to Cook blog.