Thursday, July 24, 2014

Recipe: Black Bean Casserole

We're finally in San Jose, California - checked into our hotel and settled in for the next four days.  By the time you read this, we'll be exploring San Jose a little but anxious to go to the opening event for BlogHer 2014.  So, in the spirit of fun... I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes.

One of my all-time favorite dishes is Black Bean Casserole.  It's one of those comfort food dishes that is perfect for warming you from the inside out.  And, it's vegetarian!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Road Trip to Eastern Washington

By the time you read this blog posting, the family and I will be on the road - heading to San Jose, California for the big BlogHer 2014 conference.  Since I didn't want to leave you hanging, I thought I would post a few pictures from the road trip the family took to eastern Washington.

We went to eastern Washington because I had a workshop to present, so it was work related.  The kind of nice part was the workshop was being presented in an area the family is quite familiar with since Dawn and I were born and raised there.  So, along the way, I snapped a few photos to share with you.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lunch with the Fam...

The family decided it would be a good idea to have lunch, so we drove out to a little town called La Conner.  The town is more like a village, filled with all sorts of art galleries and little shops and sits along a channel that leads out to the Pacific.  Our restaurant of choice was the Calico Cupboard which has turned into Mum's go-to place for lunch.

We decided to sit outside - on the back deck - where we had fabulous views of the channel, bald eagles gliding about, and plenty of boats cruising the waters.

This was just one of the views from our place on the deck.  Love those gorgeous blue skies.

 And here is one of those boats I was telling you about earlier.  When the boats weren't fishing boats - they were pleasure cruisers - enjoying the sunshine and mild weather.

Across the channel sits the Swinomish Indian Reservation.  A great little place that built these fabulous cedar hat gazebos.  Aren't they amazing?

We sipped on our lemonade, while we watched the views, had great conversation, and waited for our food.

 When our food arrived at our table - it was pure fabulousness.  Mum ordered the fish tacos (cod this time, but she did have the salmon fish tacos a few weeks earlier), while Dawn and I ordered quesadillas.  Dawn ordered the mushroom and spinach, while I ordered the black bean.  To give everyone the opportunity to try each other's dishes, we divided them in three parts - each getting a part of the two others.

While all three were good, I have to say mine was the best.  Fresh sour cream and quacamole, chunky salsa, and black olives added to the taste extravaganza.

And of course, a blog posting wouldn't be the same without the big smiles.  Here are Mum and Dawn posing for the camera.

While Dawn and I had to do the same.

So, if you get the chance to drive through the picturesque little village of La Conner, Washington - stop by the Calico Cupboard.  While the fish taco and mushroom/spinach quesadilla are good - definitely go for the black bean quesadilla.  You won't regret it.

Happy Monday!