The loss of a loyal friend

Max riding in the car, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Our sweet and loving first ‘baby” has passed away. At the young age of seven, Max became suddenly ill and there was nothing we could do to save him.

Our loyal, intelligent and comfort-loving pup will be sorely missed.

Thus the absence of posts as of late.

Life just isn’t the same without the happy greetings with toys at the doors, snacking underfoot while cooking and lounging in the sunshine.

It’s going to be a bit of an adjustment for us. We moved in to our first house (this one) and two weeks later, Max came to live with us too. We’d only been married a short while and it was our first chance to have a friend like Max. We enjoyed FlyBall, agility classes, bringing him to work/school, and having an all-around companion for life. He loved Zoe, and would run with us when he would hear her cries through the baby monitor.

Oh! He is missed!!!

Snow Day!

Snow Day!, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

What are you doing today?
I’m watching the light powdery snowflakes fall with my pup.

He’s got the better view.

Actually, come to think of it…

I am really just watching my pup who is watching the snow fall.

And I’m pretty sure THIS is what he WISHES he were doing.

A Wordless Wednesday (almost wordless)

Taking a tip from Thomas at the GFCF Experience
….. sharing a little “Wordless Wednesday” image from my life…

What are you doing back there?

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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