Friday, June 26, 2015

Red Raspberry Jam


One of my favorite foods is raspberries.... I often call it a special treat from the Gods! I never picked berries of any kind growing up in the suburbs of Chicago so 
years ago as a special outing I'd take the kids raspberry picking the first week of July.  We ate them up and only made freezer jam once. 
I thought it might be fun to make jam for Riley! 
My friend Eva sure knows her way around the kitchen. She gave me a jar of jam last month which I loved. So I suggested we make raspberry jam last weekend... I could learn to make it. We picked some of her berries and she got a flat of fresh ones. It involves a good right arm for stirring and lots of patience. Our jars are like little treasures. 
Her waterfront home in Warm Beach is on a high bank with a breathtaking view to the west towards Puget Sound, Camano Island and the Olympic mountains. 
She and her husband Tom are such a special couple. I love going to visit. 
I can't wait to get a box of this homemade jam off to my granddaughter Riley in California!  















Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Front Row Seat for Duck Dodge

There is something peaceful and magical about the sight of sailboats racing around Lake Union. Tuesday nights the Duck Dodge race is held on Lake Union and my dock has a perfect view!  I invited Eva, her hubby Tom, Tish and Julie down to enjoy the warm evening and the sight of all the activity in the lake. This is always a special night for me to just relax. I love when I can share it with friends.










Saturday, June 20, 2015

You are my Inspiration!

There is no other band that can generate music like Chicago!  For over 40 years I have sang and danced to their popular hits!  
Steve invited me to their concert at Ste Michelle Winery along with his brother Randy and wife, Sonja. 
It couldn't be a lovelier evening as we sat in the grass with our picnic drinking wine enjoying the music that we have heard through the most of our lives!  We listened, danced and sang along... from Color my World to You are My Inspiration. I am blessed to spend this special night with them!

This colorful peacock evidently lives at the winery!










Friday, June 12, 2015

Hugging my Grandkids

The love for my grandkids is overflowing!
I spent a weekend visiting Colin and Terrah and the kids in California.