Have you ever had that moment you have to choose up or down? I literally had to choose up or down today. I took my rambunctious son to the local county fair, in my old home town. Just he and I, and I didn’t know I would be doing such choosing but, there I was on the narrow stairs stuck with a flood of little people coming at me. It was go up or fight the flood down. I choose up…
So, the climb started because my kiddo lost his blanket a quarter of the way down for the tall slide. There was no one at the top to help him and I started to think he was going to be stuck. He was panicking a bit. So, before think how stuck I would be I started up. With no blanket.
In me middle of the climb, he rushed by me and was coming down the slide. Ha. Luckily, his little friend was coming back up and somehow I convinced her to take me down with her double. Cotton candy, lemonade and purse in tow. I forgot how fun…
When you receive an abundance of razor clams, there are so many choices for meals and to use them in a timely manner…
I decided to make delicious Manhattan Clam Chowder. Now, I understand that people have strong feelings about New England Clam Chowder but, I have a dairy problem unfortunately. Oh well, fresh clams don’t wait. I must forge on!
I began with 3/4 of a quart of classic mirepoix from Trader Joes, 1 1/2 tablespoons of grated garlic, and chopped bacon, three slices. I added in three chopped medium potatoes and organic vegetable stock (1 container). I poured in one quart jar of my homemade canned stewed tomatoes. Then chopped up 5 or 6 fresh razor clams and tossed those in. I seasoned with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. And let simmer for about 20 minutes. And, it turned out fast and delicious. Really! Awesome. These are a Washington treat like no other.
And, as you can see some will be hitting the freezer for later enjoyment and consumption. Yeah!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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