Family Photos and an offer for YOU from Kodak

I love taking pictures.

I am certainly not a pro, but for every 500 photos I take, one does turn out nicely.  😀

There are so many bloggers now than what used to be about.  And their blogs are gorgeous.  Really.  The photography, the design of their “theme” (what the blog looks like), etc.  I keep getting email from people asking me if I am “in the market” for a logo or a specialized theme…. for serious cash, too, people.  Yikes.  Maybe I’m in over-my-head?  My little blog and I are just here to share what we make at home and hopefully help someone along the way.

As far as fancy pictures?  Bah.  I do my best with what I’ve got. 😀  Thank goodness, I have some cute subjects to photograph!


Ready and waiting for the rest of us to go, go, GO!

As far as fancy logo/theme?  Maybe I’ll consider doing that after I figure out how to pay for college for the kids.

I’m much more interested in documenting our life.  These last two years have ushered in MAJOR changes in our lives.  We’ve been working on keeping up with life and taking photos along the way.

the Beach!!

“First Beach” in LaPush, WA (We are so not dressed for the beach!)

Enter a perk from blogging.  Sometimes I am offered free samples to give away on my blog.  Sometimes good deals (like the “GFB:  Gluten Free Bar” that I told you all about a while back) are offered for me to share as well.  And today?  I have an offer to share with you from Kodak for 40% off a photobook through the end of August. (8.31.2011)  

A photobook?  I know you are wondering the connection between that and blogging.  Really  – I guess a lot of bloggers use photobooks to capture their recipes and photos (cool, but I didn’t do that).  I, on the other hand, have use photobooks in the past to capture our lives.  I have made two photo books total in our life.  Now three.  And the third one is thanks to Foodbuzz (that side ad you see to the right) and Kodak Galleries. (For the sake of full disclosure, I was given a free 20 page photobook to write this review/post.)

La Push with Uncle John

First adventures on the beach with Uncle John (LaPush, WA)

So I took the chance to document our lives for the kids.  I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the hundreds of digital family pictures we have.  (Mostly of us hanging out together….or eating.  Huh.  Imagine that.. .a food blogger taking photos of her kids eating.  lol)

I am fearful that as technology changes, I won’t be able to access my old photos easily.  Or worse…what if I lose them all?  Oh sure, I could burn a dozen or more DVDs with our photos on them.  Or store them on an external hard drive (I already do), but then they are viewable.  And I’m realizing that my kids are really enjoying looking at pictures.

Monorail - Seattle

With Momma waiting for the monorail, Seattle

Recently, my mother-in-law, father-in-law and our three nieces (ages 9 and two 2 year old twins) came to visit.  My in-laws were shocked at how easily the Chicklet remembered them since she hadn’t seen them for a year.  I told them that I was certain it is because I’ve printed pictures of her with them and posted them at her eye-level in the kitchen on the dishwasher, etc.  (Love those magnetic photo sleeves you can get.)

With more family from Chicago visiting, and photos from when my parents/family were here this Spring, I want to figure out how to keep these pictures and have them accessible for the kids.  Thus the photobook.

Seattle Center

Hanging out with Daddy in the Seattle Center

The kids will remember the playgrounds and the actvities, but I don’t want them to forget the people.  Just in the last month, we’ve had some fabulous little adventures the Chicklets and I.

I made my photobook with the “autopilot” light on – the kids were underfoot and busy seeking my attention, the noodles were just about ready to boil over and the phone rang.  You know the moment:  when your brain say “DONE” and you just go for it.

And the Kodak program was easy.  I made a medium photo book (they gave me a free 20 pages medium book for this experience/post – full disclosure) with 40 pages.  I let Kodak do the layout by selecting the option to have the photos upload chronologically.  And then I ordered two copies.  I’m thinking photobooks might be the way I go.  If we can afford to do it, I will order two for each “yearbook” for family adventures.  One for each of the girls when they grow up.

What do you do?  How do you share your photos?

If you are interested in the Kodak offer to get 40% off a photobook, check out this link.  The offer is valid through 8.31.2011.

Longing to be with them…

Longing to be with them…, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Well, my in-laws have left and my family is far away. The house that held 8 people and my pup is now just filled with the pup and us again.

Poor guy. He’s so bored with just me around the house!

When we were on the beach the other day, I took the pup for a walk. He spent the entire walk looking over his shoulder toward his dad and our 6-year-old niece. To heck with me! Geesh. I couldn’t even take his picture (as seen above) because he was too busy watching them play and fly a kite. LOL

After a lovely visit from family, I’m now just picking up the pieces. And reading a million awesome recipes from my GF blogger buddies. OH MY – the BBQ recipes are too die for! I can’t wait to try them all! (I will get a BBQ Round Up post done soon.)

For now, forgive me while I catch up. 🙂 I’m reclaiming my dog. LOL

And what am I eating?
Well, we’ve found a great HUGE Korean market not too far from here where we’ve stopped in to pick up some new (types of) melons and ingredients. The house has been filled with experimental cooking and comfort foods. I’m munching on turkey sandwiches, Rainier cherries and white peaches (which are best eaten crunchy, like an apple, IMHO).

Tomorrow? I shall play around with pineapple and shrimp. I’m thinking of using the center of the pineapple as skewers for shrimp kabobs… think it will work?

What new foods are you trying this summer?
Do tell! I’m up for an adventure with you too!

My love and the pup

My love and the pup, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late…. I’m enjoying vacation with my in-laws (and hoping my family is having a wonderful vacation and 4th as well).

While we’ve been eating (TOO much), I haven’t had a moment to take a picture – let alone type up a menu. It’s been FUN to cook for EIGHT(!!) but we are also in the midst of having the house painted (yes, there are 8 of us in a house with plastic covered windows IN JULY withOUT air conditioning!). I hope our newly painted (now yellow, not dark blue) house will welcome friends and family with more cheer and joy than the dark blue abode did. (Nothing against dark blue… it was just so dark it almost looked black. That coupled with the gray Pacific Northwest skies was a tad depressing for us.)

I thought I would share a few of our meal ideas. They have all been meals for 8 that are 100% gluten free. (In fact, they didn’t even realize that the food was GF until they saw me eating it!)

Breakfasts (always served with fruit)

  • Cottage Cheese Pancakes
  • Cheese Arepas stuffed with avocado, bacon and egg.
  • Healthy Benedict with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
  • Scrambled Eggs with Toast



  • Smoked/BBQ Pork Ribs
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Halibut with Strawberries and Pineapple
  • Paella
  • Chinese Home-style Chicken and Rice (Bo-Jai-Fahn)
  • Smoked Turkey
  • Planked Salmon with Ginger-Soy Glaze
  • Ginger-Apricot Pork Chops with Bleu Cheese/Bacon New Potatoes

What are your inspirations for family meals?
What do you make when your home quadruples in size?
Any ideas to share?

I do have to thank you Monday Menu Planners. You inspired me to write our menu plans out too. While it drives my love wild, it *really* helps organize my brain and made cooking meals for 8 MUCH easier! I might just have to continue this trend in to the future.

I’ll be back next week with food. If you see an item from the list above that you would like to get the recipe for – let me know!

Until then –
Happy 4th of July All!
I’m off to the Farmer’s Market with the family for fresh beets for a Roast Beet Salad for our picnic dinner and then the fireworks.

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