Tacoma,Washington waterfront views.Β 



Foil wrapped cheeks…

Ever had Cheeks? Halibut cheeks. Get your minds out of the gutter. Geez. 

Anyway, I found them at fish market. And, they aren’t always available. Oh boy but, when they are. Yes, yes and yes. 

Seattle weather has been hot. Like 90s hot. And, the last thing I wanted to do was turn onthe oven. This worked for this fish but, why not others? We have all Summer people. 


Start with the foil, throw in some fresh veggies. These, are snap peas and onions then I added some chopped garlic, olive oil, capers, a little lemon squeeze, topped it with a bit of yummy, yummy Dungeness crab and sealed up that sucker for 15 on the BBQ! Hello delicious! 

It was truly outstanding and didn’t add one ounce of heat to the already hot little box called home, that was happening that day. I assume we will have a few more of those to come…

Try it you love it and let me know what you think, how it was and what you used! 

Grapefruit Sunrise…🌿

Well, it’s my birthday tomorrow and although I’m one year older the fun shouldn’t stop should it? I empathically say,no! 

So, I’ve decided to start this year out with a bang. Pink loveliness and 3 of my favorites, Vodka, Sparkeling Rose’ and Grapefruit juice…

Pretty, tasty and memorable…

INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings)

12 ounces of Sparkeling  Rose Brut

12 ounces of grapefruit juice

6 ounces of vodka (I love Titos or Kettle One)

1/2 ounce of mint simple syrup(sugar water with mint leaves infused)


Combine the vodka, grapefruit juice, rose, and simple syrup and shake over ice until chilled, then strain and fill glasses. Garnish with grapefruit rounds and mint. 

Then, let the fun commence! Happy June! 

Bookshelf spring clean…🌿

I love books. No, I mean sometimes, I have a real problem. I recognize that the bookstore is my weakness even in this day and age of ebooks. But, come on. You can’t hold a kindle the same way and still  get that same old feeling. 

When I was little, I spent a lot of time at the library. I was always a fast reader. I even won a contest once in grade school for reading the most books. Those were the days. Hours spent at the local library, and thumbing through countless selections. Clearly, a happy place. I could say the same still about every book place I head into now,still. Who’s with me? 

  
So, even I, in my blinded book love forget to reorganize my bookshelf. It’s always great to look smarter then you probably are, I say. And, it’s a great way to display your fabulous finds. 

I found myself in the redo mode for spring. I loaded up all the books I could make myself part with. I will be taking them down to 1/2 price books so, I can get more money, for more books, of course. Our neighborhood also has a bunch of those “little libraries”. Love those things. I want one I my front yard. 

I focused on some interesting details. I grouped the colors, I ditched the dust covers to show some of the details on the bindings, I popped in some personal items and some flowers on the shelves with photos. I put old books with the new, I put some on there sides and some on end. I stuck in a bookend. And, the bottom shelf has some room to expand. It was fun to experiment and to play around with it. And, try and make it personal. Am I the only one who needed this little facelift to give me a much need boost for Spring? 🌿

Friday’s at Seattle Growers Market🌿

  

Who’s heard of this? Located in one of my favorite throwback little neighborhoods, Georgetown, is the Seattle Growers Market. Housed for flower pros to gather and find local flora and fauna from the Northwest. Monday through Thursday closed to the public. But, listen to this! Open to the public with a $5 day pass on Fridays to the public between 10 A.M and 2 P.M every week, you can get all the fresh cuts (flowers not beats) from peonies to lilacs. I don’t know about you but, I’m ready to get my flower game on!

Happy Spring beautiful people! 🌿

Website: Seattle Growers Market
  

Seattle Wholesale Growers Market5840 Airport Way S, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 
#SeattleGrowersMarket #Flowers #Seattle

  

25 Things to do on a Spring Day…🌿

 By Sonya Law  
Springtime is right around the corner. And, it’s one of my favorite times of year. There’s so many possibilities for fun and relaxation. But, if your also like me you forget to write all those things down and check them off your list. So, here’s a few ideas for you and I, to search out and live life to the fullest this coming Springtime…

  
1.) Visit your local farmers market. Or, make a trip to a local one you have always wanted to visit. My trick is to bring a cooler bag or an ice chest in the car to keep things like veggies and salsas. My favorites are the Ballard market (http://www.sfmamarkets.com/), Pikes place is open everyday of course, but, Spring is excellent and a day drive to Roslyn is gorgeous on a Sunday from 10-2 (Roslyn Market).

2.) Take a stack of magazines to your favorite coffee shop and have an iced green tea…or whatever’s your favorite. 

3.) Do some Spring cleaning and organizing in your closet.

4.) After you complete #3 go out and shop for something cute. Time for that new pencil skirt, bangle bracelet, sunnies or some sexy sandals. 

  5.) Take a class. A painting class, cooking class or flower arranging, for those stunning stems you just found at the market. 

6.) Pack a picnic and head out to a concert, or a park, or a lake. Try Experience Washington for some fun events.  Nothing wrong with a day in the grass. Don’t forget the frisbe, soccer ball and a blanket. 

7.) Get your nails done. It’s time for pretty pastels, think fresh. I love Essie’s “Pret-a-Surfer” or “Bikini with a Martini” right now. Think Pantones colors of the year…winning. 

8.) Deep condition your hair. It’s after winter, it needs it. Buy some Bumble surf spray and get ready for more fresh and sexy. All that spa stuff is good right now. I like some tanning towelettes, some fun pink or nude lipstick/gloss, and some BB cream and a good bronzer too. Let’s make it easy on ourselves, beauties. 

9.) Organize that book shelf and get ready for your Spring/Summer “reads”

10.) Research ways to Volunteer. There’s nothing better then planning on giving back. It’s easy with Volunteer Match. Plug in your interests and your zip and they find things for you. 

11.) Hit up some favorite new restaurant spots, yum. I have so many friends with new restaurants it’s crazy. And, so many more I want to check out. No Bones Beach Club and Gracia to name a couple. 

   
12.) Now challenge yourself to recreate a dish at home. You heard it. Shop all the ingredients and whip up something you have always wanted to try and make at home. 
  13.)Head out on a hike. Every Trail lists area, rating and time with pictures and a description. 

14.) Have a movie night. Redbox will be an influx of all the “noms”, nods and winners of the oscars. Grab some organic popcorn from Trader Joes and a blanket. Or, make a few different kinds and invite some friends. 

  16.) Grab your camera and snap some pics! There’s lots of gorgeous activity here in the #PNW. No better time then Spring to capture the beauty. 

  17.) Create something. Yes you can! Paint, write, sculpt. Creation is good for the soul and spirit. Make a small goal and have fun. No one is judging and don’t care if they were anyway.

  18.) Hit up that local brewery or winery you have been hearing about. 

  19.) Grow something like flowers or food. Nothing is more satisfying then having or eating something you tended with your own two hands. Not good at it you say? Try succulents. They are gorgeous with low maintenance and you can go as little or as big with it as you like. 

20.) Take a road trip. There are a dozen day trips that are beyond amazing in the Spring and Summer. Try Vashon, Coupeville, Port Townsend, Chelan, Levenworth, Walla Walla, Hood Canal, Gig Harbor…just to name a few of my favorite spots. You might want to stay.

21.) Have a friend Brunch. It’s wonderful to hit up a deck outdoors with friends and be sipping Champagne or Bloody Mary’s, come warmer weather time. Cheers! 

  22.) Tend to your pets. I have two dogs ready for some Spring cleaning themselves. Time for hair, nails and powder for them too. I love my lil’ “moostached” Lulabelle. Isn’t she cute? 

23.) Check out your local museums or go antiquing. Why not a great walk through the city? There are a ton of great antique shops in Washington and the Seattle Art Museum has discounts on every first Thursday. It’s enriching and it makes you look hella classy. That also have classes and speakers that are constantly changing to check it out here: SAM 

24.) Plan a checkup, a cleaning and do a cleanse. I know, I know. Let the grumbling begin. But, listen to this, you’ll be all “Spring cleaned up” too! What better way to start the season and head into Summer feeling tuned up and doing your best? Your teeth with shine, your face will glow (never mind beating that Winter bloat) and you will have peace of mind that your health is first. 

25.) Practice your “Rights of Spring”. No, I am not getting all earthy-crunchy on you. But, this is a great way to usher in the new, and let go of the past. A simple tradition practiced by me and some of my close friends, typically around a bonfire but, other means will work. It’s simple. Write down all of the things you hope for in the coming year (good health, a new job, a trip, good wishes for friends and family) and all the negative things you want to leave behind or want to change. Now, write them on a piece of paper and then throw it into the fire, or bury it in the ground (not condoning littering, make sure it’s biodegradable please). Get it? Starting fresh, renewed, just like Spring. Now your mind has practiced some Spring cleaning too. 

  
Let me know what you think! And, what your up to with Spring right around the corner. I would love to know and hear about what your up to and what you have checked off your list for this season.  And, no matter what, have fun out there beauties! 🌿

All Photos and Artwork: Sonya Law 

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE! WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?

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Are you ready for delicious, warm libations for this holiday season? It’s always fun to have something special in mind, for friends to try or just something as a new tradition. Here are some fun classic cocktails but, maybe new to you, that are guaranteed to warm the body and spirit. And, make for easy and memorable entertaining. Cheers!

CIDER OLD FASHIONED

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 orange slice
1/2 teaspoon grenadine syrup
5 dashes Angostura bitters
1 1/2 ounces brandy
1 1/2 ounces apple cider
Ginger ale
Apple slices, brandied cherries, and crystallized ginger, for garnish

1.) Combine brown sugar, orange slice, grenadine, and bitters in an Old Fashioned (or similarly sized) glass. Muddle until brown sugar is mostly dissolved.

2.) Add a handful of ice cubes, then add the brandy and apple cider. Top off with ginger ale. Garnish with an apple slice and/or a skewer of brandied cherries and crystallized ginger if desired.

 

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MAPLE WHISKEY CIDER

5 cups apple cider

2 shots maple flavored whiskey

2 shots apple liqueur

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 an apple (sliced)

1/2 cup orange juice

Serves 2.

BLACK VELVET

Guinness and Champagne

1 bottle Brut Champange

1 can of Guinness

Fill the bottom of the champagne glass with Guinness slowly with no foam, about half way.

Use a large spoon facing down and slowly fill the rest with a slightly yeasty, sweeter Champagne.

Serves 2-4

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IRISH COFFEE

Heat a stemmed whiskey goblet

Pour in one jigger of Irish Whiskey

3 cubes of sugar

Fill goblet to within 1 inch of brim with instant coffee.

Stir to dissolve sugar

Top with slightly aerated whipped cream, so that the cream floats on top.

IRISH CREAM COFFEE
1 12-oz. wine glass

Preheated Instant Coffee

1-1/2 shot Bailey’s Original Irish Cream

1/4 c. heavy cream  (whipped until stiff peaks form)

Ground cinnamon (optional)
Pour hot coffee into the heated glass

Add the Bailey’s and stir well to blend

Top with a mound of whipped cream

Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

One more time, and let’s stop seeing each other for awhile…Rose’.

Rose cocktail

The weather is changing. It’s getting colder by the day. Which narrows the margin on me feeling like a delicious and refreshing, pretty, little Rose’. Now, my Sommelier friends and a few others, will all argue with me that any time is a good time for a tasty Rose’. What’s not to love about a bouquet of berries and aroma of flowers. But, I have an opinion too. It taste far better in some gorgeous, sunny weather on a deck or by the pool then any other time of year. So, no, you won’t catch me personally, cracking a bottle as the rain starts in and hair-do’s are pointless. Not on purpose anyway. There are a few lovely days still in contention here in the PNW. That leaves time for a couple more trysts and time with that amazing little pink drink. Unless, I take that winter dream trip to France. Universe, are you listening? No wasting time, make these as soon as possible as a final farewell to sunny weather. Here are some fun little recipes before you have to button up…getting cracking!

Rose cocktail


ROSE’ GIN COCKTAIL

12 ounces Rose’

12 ounces Ruby Red Grapefruit juice

6 ounces Gin

6 edible flowers (givingplants.com- Edible Flower Kit- Pansy. Purple and Pink are the prettiest in this)

  1. Combine 6 ounces of Rose’, 6 ounces of Grapefruit juice, 3 ounces of Gin, and ice in a shaker. Shake well, until chilled. Strain and divide cocktail among 3 stemmed cocktail coupe cocktail glasses or Champagne flutes. Repeat.
  2. Garnish with those gorgeous flowers or berries and serve immediately.

Rose cocktail 2

Rose’ Gin Cherry Bomb

3/4 cup Sugar

3/4 cup Water

1 cup Fresh, thawed frozen sour cherries or canned brandied Italian or Bing Cherries

16 ounces Dry Gin

1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice ( about 4 medium lemons)

1 bottle (750 ml) cold Dry Rose’

Ice

Lemon Slices and cherries for garnish

  1. Make a simple syrup by bringing sugar and water to a boil and simmer in a small pot, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. You can refrigerate this for up to two weeks and make ahead for a party.
  2. Combine syrup, cherries, and gin in a pitcher and refrigerate until chilled at least 2 hours and up to 6 ahead of time. Stir in lemon juice and Rose’, then lemon and Ice just before serving. Garnish with lemon slices and Cherries (pitted).

Serves roughly 8-10 people. Serve in a stem less wine glasses or cocktail glasses.

Then enjoy, it’s only a couple of more months until we all see each other again!