Sunday, May 31, 2009

May Resolutions

May Book of the Month

A Desirable Residence

Madeleine Wickham is also known as Sophie Kinsella.

May Recipe of the Month:

Mango and Avocado Salsa

2 ripe mangos diced
3 ripe avocados diced
1/2 cup diced red onion
3 red tomatoes (preferably on the vine type)
1 diced jalapeno
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 bag of tortilla chips

Mix all of the ingredients except the tortilla chips in a big bowl and let rest for 30 minutes to an hour.  Enjoy!

Barbeque Chicken

1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Mix all the ingredients together and let the chicken marinade overnight or at least 2-4 hours.  Grill on the barbeque 8 to 10 minutes each side.

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We put some of the mango avocado salsa on the bbq chicken and served it with grilled asparagus and a side of rice.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rattlesnakes Oh My!

We’ve been hiking Badger Mountain quite a bit lately. Last night when Doug, Naomi and I hiked Badger we ran acrossed a couple rattlesnakes. One snake was hiding out in a sagebrush bush very close to the path near the trailhead. It freaked us out, but we continued on. On the way down, I made the suggestion to maybe walk acrossed the park area lawn near the playground to avoid the path where the first snake was. As we were crossing the lawn, Doug was talking and then I saw a snake about five feet from him and screamed so loud people on the mountain could hear me. It freaked Doug and Naomi out, she screamed too. The snake started to rattle so we moved aside. Doug used my iphone to take a couple photos. Eeek!

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Snake #1 hiding in the bush

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Snake #2 on the lawn near the playground

I volunteered to be part of the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build project. This morning was a course on framing at Lowe’s in Kennewick. They showed us about five different hammers and the techniques used to build a frame for one of the houses we will build. It was blazing hot at 8:30 in the morning which should be interesting when we start building the house. We’ll have to start really early as the summer progresses. I met a lot of very cool women who will be working on this project. I was pretty proud of myself. I didn’t nail into my leg or hands and I was able to drive nails in pretty straight and fast.

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Using a framing hammer to get the door frame put together

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hamilton Mountain Hike

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We saw a bunch of buffalos on the way to the trailhead near the town of Bingen

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At the trailhead
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Pool of Winds and Hardy Falls
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We took the more difficult route

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Mount Hood 

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Mount Adams

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Bonneville Dam 

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Summit of Hamilton Mountain 2480 feet
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The gang at the summit of Hamilton Mountain
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Doug and I heading  down

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Watching the wind surfers and kite surfers in Hood River

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Family Time in California

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Everytime the boys get together there is always a competition, this time it was who could do the most pushups.  Liem did 55, Nick did 35, Chu No did 30 and Derek did 20. Alan was able to do pushups with a 180 pound man on his back.
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Saw the Kodak Theatre where they do the Oscars, Walk of Fame, and Mann’s Chinese Theatre
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Alan accidentally threw Diana’s cell phone on the roof of the house.  How many people does it take to get it down?
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Looking for gray hairs on my head and Liem checking out his toes

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Chanting the day before the funeral and the men playing cards