Archive for September, 2009


weekend update.

Friday morning: We went to the jeweler and picked out/designed my ring setting – YAY! The wax mold should be ready for our review sometime next week. It’s really hard to choose something that you are going to wear everyday for the rest of your life.

Friday afternoon: Dress shopping! I went wedding dress shopping with my mom. It was really fun, but now I’m more confused than ever. I thought I had a really good idea of what I wanted, but I basically ended up liking all the dresses. I’m going again next weekend…I’m hoping it will provide a little clarity.

Saturday afternoon: I had a hair appointment. Yes, I still drive a million miles away to get my hair done. And yes, it’s still worth it! All over color, partial highlight, cut and eyebrow wax. Guess how much. GUESS. I double-dog dare you. $97. Before tip.

Saturday evening: Derek’s brother and gf bought a new house. We stopped by to check it out. It’s SO nice; they scored big time. I couldn’t be happier for them.

Saturday night: Sushi in Wallingford

Sunday morning: Went for a hike up Rattlesnake ledge (just past north bend).

Sunday afternoon: Nap, cleaning, grocery store and Seahawks game.

Sunday evening: Made dinner (Lentil soup and a salad), blogging, reading and the season premiere of Brothers & Sisters.   Nighty Night.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!


it was SO worth it.

The other day I was in the dentist office waiting to get my teeth cleaned. Waiting, waiting, waiting. I picked up a magazine (called Real Food) and started browsing the recipes.  It had at least 6 soup recipes I wanted to make – but one in particular: the smoky chicken, tomato, brown rice and corn soup. The photo was amazing; it was the perfect fall soup. Hearty, warm, cozy. I wanted the magazine. I NEEDED the magazine. And more importantly I needed the soup. I quickly assessed my options. I could either take the whole magazine or rip the page out, but I had to decide quickly. The rip approach would draw too much attention, so I opted for the entire mag. I very stealthily turned my shoulder and slipped the magazine into my purse. And then I looked up. The receptionist was staring right at me. CAUGHT! She saw the entire thing. And then she turned away and we both pretended like it didn’t happen. Talk about awkward.

During the fall season, Derek and I try to make a soup every week. I made this for our fall soup kick-off and I’m happy to announce that it was worth it. The soup was really good. I thought I’d share the recipe w/ my notes. It’s easy, it’s warm, it’s fall in a bowl.

Smoky chicken, tomato, brown rice and corn soup

Use cooked chicken leftover from a rotisserie chicken for this quick, easy and substantial soup.

Serves 4-6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 can (28oz) peeled plum tomatoes with juices

3-4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

1 cup leftover brown rice, bulgur, quinoa or other grain

2 cup fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels

1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems, divided

¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon minced jalapeño, or to taste

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

½ cup plain low-fat yogurt

·         Heat the oil in a large, broad soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the onions and cook, stirring, until golden about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute. Turn off the heat and stir in the paprika and cumin.

·         Puree the tomatoes in a food processor. Add the chicken and pulse once or twice or until chopped into small pieces. Add to the pot with the sautéed onion and spices. Add 3 cups of the broth and heat to simmering. Stir in the rice, corn, half of the cilantro leaves, olives, and jalapeño. Heat stirring over low heat. Add the remaining cup of broth to the soup if desired.

·         When the soup is hot remove from heat and add lime juice. Ladle the soup into bowls and place a spoonful of yogurt in the center of each bowl. Sprinkle the remaining cilantro over the top, dividing evenly.

Kindra’s Notes: I used barley instead of brown rice – it was great! I added a teaspoon cayenne pepper. I didn’t have canned plum tomatoes, so I just used canned diced tomatoes – it was great and I didn’t puree anything. Next time, I won’t use kalamata olives and I’ll double the recipe so we have more leftovers.


mt. adams

Last weekend, we wrapped-up the 2009 camping season with a bang! We went to Takhlakh Lake. The views of Mt. Adam are so beautiful. I highly recommend checking it out!



good or bad?

Admittedly I am vocal and opinionated. I think it’s one of my best qualities and one of my worst qualities. I would guess that 85% of time it’s an asset; and the rest of the time it’s a disadvantage. On the one hand, I think I’m paid to have an opinion. They don’t pay me to sit around and not say anything. On the other hand, there is something to be said for subtlety. Making people guess. Not showing all your cards. Today, I got a little carried away. Sigh…someday I’ll be perfect. 🙂



Don’t get me wrong, I like football as much as the next gal. In fact, I’m very excited for the upcoming season. However, I do have one complaint; the overuse of the word “adversity”. I would like the football community to learn a new word.  Yesterday I was watching football and in a 3 hour period I heard the word at least 15 times. “This team has faced a lot of adversity in the past.” “Player X has overcome adversity in this game.”  It’s borderline embarrassing because it seems to be the only “grown-up” word this community knows and they’ve ALL latched onto it. Players, commentators, coaches and analysts alike. Pay attention and it will start to drive you crazy.

Hardship. Difficulty. Misfortune. Pick one.


mark your calendar.

It’s official; we set a date for the big day! Derek and I will be tying the knot exactly 334 days from today. In 11 months, I will be a wife (kinda freaky weird).  Yes, for those of you who are marking your calendar, I realize it’s Friday the 13th. Good thing we’re not superstitious!

I couldn’t be happier; yippee!



No wonder I’m so stressed out! It turns out, it’s because I live in Seattle. In a recent Forbes study, Seattle ranked #11 on the most stressed out cities.

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