no one was ever blinded by looking at the brighter side of things...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Let's go fly a kite...

We headed to Long Beach, WA this last weekend with my parents, my second cousin's, and my great aunt and uncle. We had such a nice time. It was relaxing, full of good weather, family time, good food, fun games, and great conversations.

The family is from my Dad's side - they are my Dad's cousin's and aunt and uncle. I've certainly seen them many times but it has been at wedding and big family functions. It was SO nice to get to know them in a smaller setting. We all stayed at a house together that was about a 2 minute walk from the beach!!!

There aren't any pictures of the family...which is weird but I guess we were just so immersed in each other. There are plently of pictures of me & my kite and the beach though!!!

I pretty much love my rainbow kite. It got it in Long Beach, WA a few years back. I'm sad to report it is starting to tatter on the tail but I'm hoping some stiching will fix that!!

It is also a very nice treat to go to the beach in February and have it NOT rain!!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

chop, chop, chop...

This post is about a month delayed - I kind of forgot about it. I was flipping back through pictures and realized I'd never blogged about it.

For Christmas my parents got us a basic knife skills class at Sur la Table. We definitely were excited, though I have to admit, in the end, a bit disappointed.

Jason and I thought that we were going to learn how to chop different types of veggies and use lots of different types of knives. One of our real reasons for taking the class was to use lots of knives

There was about 16 - 18 people in our class and our Chef was pretty interested in showing us his skills and not as much about our skills, at least that is how I felt. He only talked to me once in 2 hours.

We did learn how to chop some fruits a veggies but for 3 of the 6 items we chopped we did the exact same technique...

While I did learn how to {awesomely} cut an onion a few different ways - I don't feel like I left with much else. And we only go to try one knife...major bummer.

We did end up getting a nice 10% of coupon and I found some awesome things in the clearance section and got a REALLY awesome new pan for about 65% off when all discounts were said and done.

While I would like to take more cooking classes - we won't be taking then at Sur la Table.