Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June Resolutions

Book of the Month


Recipe of the Month

Sausage & Rice Stuffed PeppersIMG_3750

6 large peppers
1 pound Italian sausage no casings (sweet or hot style)
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced 
1/2 pounds mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
3 cups cooked rice
1/2 to 3/4 cup of tomato sauce
3/4 cup of parmesan or Romano cheeseIMG_3752

Wash the peppers, and then slice the tops off. Remove the seeds, and cut away the white veins inside the peppers.IMG_3753

If you are using cased sausages, remove the casings. Chop the sausage and brown in a skillet. Break up the bits of sausage as best as possible with a spatula, so you have small pieces.

Once the sausage is cooked, remove it from the skillet. Add the garlic and onions into the skillet and saute 3-4 minutes. Add in the 3 cups of cooked rice, and saute with the onion/garlic for a couple of minutes. Add the sausage back into the skillet and mix. Add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of the cheese.

Spoon the sausage mixture into the peppers, filling them completely. Put the peppers into a baking dish that has been lightly greased. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the peppers. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.IMG_3757

Bake in a 425F oven, for about 45 minutes.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Granite Mountain

Doug, Naomi, Bob, Nick and I drove to mile post 47 (past Snoqualmie Pass) heading west on I-90 to the trail head for the Granite Mountain hike.   This hike has breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and a couple lakes at the top.  It has a pretty strenuous rock scramble to get to the fire look out and it is totally worth it.  There was a small bit of snow which made it fun for sliding down.

Doug making a pit stop before the hike
We went on the Granite Mountain Lookout hike 4 miles up, 4 miles down
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Tons of these wild flowers on the way up
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Some glacier run off at a mini waterfall 

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The beginning of the rock scramble, it was really tough

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The fire lookout

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Bob at the top, we could see Tuscohatchie Lake

Crystal Lake was still frozen, the edges are a light blue
The peak of Granite Mountain
A hiker resting
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Me taking in the view

Mount Adams and Mount Rainier in the background

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Nick standing near the fire lookout

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My knees are killing me on the way down

Doug and Naomi hanging out waiting for us

The group

We saw a snake on the path on the way down…..I hate snakes

Hogs and Dogs

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Inside the rat rod

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The band IV performing at Hogs and Dogs

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Enjoying the music
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I had a nice glass of wine by Chandler Reach Vineyards

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Nicki, Gus and Darla

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I got to drive the 1962 Chevrolet Impala to work, it is gorgeous

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Inside the Impala

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Playing with mirrors

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