Sunday, September 14, 2014

Yuan Spa

Yuan Spa is located in Bellevue, in the 425, and offers hydrotherapy pools.  There aren't many places with soaking pools and saunas in the area and this one is co-ed making it a nice date night.  They have a cool soaking tub and a warm one.  Yuan also has a steam room and a sauna.  They're a full service spa but my husband and I wanted to go relax in the hydrotherapy pools and the sauna.  And relax we did.  We enjoyed soaking in the warm pool, which is kept at 104 degrees and has jets which felt great on our backs and shoulders, to the cold pool.  Then when we felt chilled, we sat in the sauna.  We checked out the steam room but it was way too hot for us.  It was a pretty sweet room though with twilight lights and sleek looking benches.  They have a salt rub which is two hundred years old you can put on your skin and the steam softens it.  There's even a relaxation room with tea, coffee and snacks.  The spa was really nice and the service very professional.  We hung out for an hour and then went out for drinks and appetizers.  It was the perfect date night. 

I didn't want to bring my camera to the spa so here are some photos I was able to snap on my phone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Washington State Fair

I can't think of a sweeter way to end the summer then by attending the fair.  The Washington State Fair, which used to be called the Puyallup Fair, is our local fair here in the Seattle area.  It runs from September 5th to the 21st and is the state's largest fair.  My family and I went this year to check it out.  We ate Elephant Ears and Mexican food. We saw cows, pigs, dogs and even camels.  We walked around a lot and I took pictures. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Robin

Hello Robin is an adorable cookie shop in Capital Hill which is partnered with Molly Moon's Ice Cream.  They have twelve different kinds of cookies to choose from with flavors like orange chocolate chip habanero, Mexican flourless chocolate and even one named Mackles'more after the popular and local singer.  I got those flavors plus a chocolate chip cookie which I loved.  The habanero cookie was too spicy but I liked the hit of orange I tasted right away.  I liked the huge butcher block in the center of the shop where you can sit, eat your cookies, drink some milk or an iced coffee and watch the cookies being made.  They can also make ice cream sandwiches with any of the Molly Moon flavors.  So much fun!

Hello Robin + Molly Moon's on Urbanspoon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Tacoma, Washington is home to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.  The last time I visited I was twelve and have always remembered it fondly.  I checked it out again yesterday because I couldn't wait to see the polar bears.  But sadly they were nowhere to be seen.  Also, most of the animals were so far away I could hardly see them.  There was one elephant hanging out and one tiger.  I think I saw a monkey swinging from a tree.  Point is, I was pretty disappointed.  I liked the sharks though, the sharks where cool.  Aren't they though, from the other side of the glass and not with them in the water? The aquarium part was pretty small but I managed to get some nice shots of the shrimp, starfish, and seahorses.  If I would have checked out the zoo's website, I would have known that the polar bears are hanging out at 11:30 and could have planned accordingly.  So, sorry no polar bear photos.  Those will have to wait. 

For more info on Point Defiance Zoo, you can click here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Macrina Bakery

A delicious afternoon treat can be found at Sodo's Macrina Bakery.  I tried a nectarine upside down cake that was unique.  The dessert hit the spot for me and the punch of flavor from the nectarine was refreshing.  The cake part was moist and light.  My husband ate an apple turnover that was better than any turnover we've had before.  Macrina had quite a selection of gorgeous pastries to choose from.  The space was also nice with high ceilings, lots of natural light from the windows and a friendly staff.  The bakery was busy for a Monday afternoon.  The secret must be out on where to get pastries in Seattle. 

Macrina Bakery on Urbanspoon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

French Toast with Fresh Huckleberries

Remember how I mentioned I brought back a huge container of huckleberries from my trip to Montana?  Well we're still making our way through it and enjoying every last berry.  So in addition to the huckleberry muffins I baked, I made buttermilk pancakes and French toast using the delicious huckleberries.  And that was just this week.  Plus I baked some homemade brownies the other night.  My excuse for all the baking?  All the nursing I'm doing with my twins and I'm burning like, a zillion calories.  Still, after I wean them I may need to go on a cleanse or try Veganism.  Right, I love Oreos and Pepperoni Pizza too much.  So back to the French toast.  I used to dislike it because of the eggs.  As a kid I wasn't an egg fan.  Now I don't mind them so much and they are a great source of protein.  See?  I could never go vegan.  This French toast tasted awesome because of the hucks and the warm maple syrup.  I finally figured out that I'm supposed to warm the syrup up.  I mean, who wants cold syrup on anything?  So the berries tasted so good on the warm French toast with the syrupy goodness.  I hope your breakfasts have been as tasty as mine this week!

     French Toast                        

2 eggs                                                                     

3/4 cup milk                                                    

1 t. vanilla extract                                                                               

2 slices of bread
fresh berries and syrup                                                                          

Friday, August 8, 2014

Huckleberry Nut Muffins

Huckleberries are a hot commodity in Montana.  If you want to buy some they can cost up to $65 per gallon.  Luckily for me my dad loves to pick them and he sent us back to Seattle with a whole container of em'.  We've been putting the berries on our cereal and vanilla yogurt but I wanted to bake something.  There's nothing better than huckleberry pies, cakes and muffins especially enjoyed warm out of the oven.  So I whipped together some muffins today and who are we kidding?  Homemade muffins are so worth the extra effort.  These muffins have always been a family favorite and they have a delicious walnut and brown sugar topping, too.  The huckleberries really shine in this recipe.  I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow. 

Huckleberry Nut Muffins

From Taste of Home


1-1/2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
 1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. fresh huckleberries
1/2c. chopped walnuts

For the topping:
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 t. ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.  Combine oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in huckleberries and walnuts.  Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.  Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over muffins.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until muffins test done.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Yield: about 10 muffins.