Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 3

We left Ogden at 8:30am in plenty of sunshine and quickly crossed into Wyoming. Smooth sailing at around 80MPH. We took a break at Little America, then stopped for lunch at another tiny town, then another break in Cheyenne to walk around in the park and stretch our legs. All in all not a very exciting day, but beautiful open landscape all around, and we picked up Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, and the Country Music Countdown on the radio, so we were thoroughly entertained. It might have been a good thing that I forgot all of our CDs at home. We crossed into Nebraska just after Cheyenne, and made it as far as Big Springs. Another lovely Motel 6 (this one is actually not too bad). We had dinner next door at the saloon and were entirely amused by the guests in the next booth over. If one were to capture the essence of this place in one conversation, that would be the conversation. Onwards toward Omaha tomorrow.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Great American Road Trip

Hi friends, I'm back. Well, actually, if you want to get into technicalities, I'm not back, I am currently on a cross-country road trip, but I thought I would take you along for the ride. Are you ready?

Day One

We left Seattle later than I would have liked. But considering that it was me who was still packing at 2:00pm and that that it was the first day of a long vacation, I can’t really complain. We headed east on I-90 through Yakima, and made it as far as Pendleton, Oregon. We stopped in for dinner at Great Pacific Wine and Coffee Company. Great microbrews on tap, and a good dinner. Called it a night at the local Motel 6 (we have little choice considering the third member of our team, Miss Jasper). Sorry, no photos from the first day. I was still getting into vacation mode.

Day Two

On the road by 8:30am. I-84 crossed the 45th Parallel and it’s official: we have entered the middle of nowhere. We crossed into the Mountain time zone around 10:00am, and it was then that I realized I had forgotten to account for time zones when planning daylight driving hours. Noted. We arrived into Boise around lunch time and stopped in at the Bitter Creek Ale House. There was a Farmer’s Market on 8th and plenty of people, but no dogs allowed (sorry Jasper). We drove down to Julia Davis Park, and Jasper took a quick dip in the river. There were a couple of canoes going through, but no kayaks. We were lucky and it was only about 75 degrees out--I heard it had been around 100 a couple days before. We got back on the road and made a quick photo op stop in Twin Falls, then headed toward Ogden. We contemplated camping at the KOA outside of Ogden, but the winds were strong and we had some rain on the way, so opted for the Motel 6 again. A word of advice: Don’t choose the Ogden Motel 6 off Washington. However, just down the road from there is a great little hole in the wall taco shop called Beto. Good stuff, even in though its a bit north of Mexico. Good night, Ogden.
See pictures here

Friday, August 13, 2010


The newest tiny member of the Lovedog family:

nephew Nolan Dean!

born August 11, 12:01 am
7lbs, 11oz, 21 inches

Welcome to the Ranch, Nolan. We already adore you.

XOXO Love,

Auntie B

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The best crab

We spent a nice little getaway weekend in Anacortes so I don't have any new projects for you, but I do have a DELICIOUS crab recipe. I am a seafood lover through and through, but this might be the best whole crab recipe I have tried.

Garlic Roasted Dungeness Crab

2 cooked Dungeness crabs, cleaned and cracked
1/3 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
dash salt & pepper to taste
fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste

Heat oven to 500. Combine ingredients (minus the crab) in small bowl. Place the crabs in a large bowl and drizzle with garlic butter mixture. Make sure the crab legs have enough cracks to absorb some of the mixture. Place crabs on a large baking pan (you can cover the pan with tinfoil first to help with clean-up). Roast for 6 minutes, remove and drizzle additional garlic butter mixture, then put back in the oven for 5-6 more minutes.

Sooooo good. Sorry I don't have pictures, but take my word that it both looked and tasted delicious. Eat the crab with a bottle of chilled white wine, and then have some berry pie for dessert. Done, done, and done!

Friday, August 6, 2010

This Just In

It's official: it is blackberry season at Lovedog Ranch.

Let the pies begin!  The rest of the farm is also coming in full force:
The squash, tomatoes, and green beans are almost ready.
The peas and herbs are delicious.
And the flowers are in bloom,
even the succulents!
Oh, happy summertime!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sweet wedded bliss

This weekend we had the joy of attending Dan & Kelly's wedding. From the lovely ceremony, to the delicious cake, to the smiling bride and groom, it was truly a sweet event.

Dan & Kelly's new family tree

delicious chocolate cake!

Dan's blown glass centerpieces

Kelly, the gorgeous bride

the kiss!

the glass-blowing boys

Congratulations, Dan & Kelly!