Estate Sale...3/12/17

Estate Sale...I don't go to estate sales as often as I do.  When I see something I like on the website.... I wait until 1/2 off Sunday to make the purchase.  Sometimes, they are gone... sometimes they are there.  The china set that I wanted was this Noritake set.  When I got there, I realized that it was not a complete set... meaning that there were some pieces missing.... so I negotiated the price down even more.  I ended up getting place setting for 8 without some cup and saucers.  The golden chargers were a dollar each and the china set was $30!   Place setting for six is okay... but I do like the place setting for eight.  

Estate Sale...

The mansion was  impressive architecturally because it was very Asian/modern in Lake Oswego.  What I loved the most was the zen backyard with this unique shaped pool.  

Estate Sale...

This purse was also picked up for $4.  I love the vintage linen look...  

Estate Sale...

Oh what's my pick?

I love Bobbie Brown stick for great coverage and easy application... But it's so expensive!  I just discovered Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Balance stick that I purchased from Target for $6.99 when my makeup bag was in ENK's car.   I found the Fit me to be just as easy to use and the color batch of Natural Beige 220 was a good match for me.  The Bobbie Brown was a better coverage overall.  The little $6.99 tube was .32 oz  and the more expensive Bobbie Brown is .31 so slightly less.   I think I'll keep using both... BB for more coverage days and my Maybelline for everyday use... or the combination of the two!  

Mar 7, 2017

ENK's office

His landlord wanted to save some money by asking his maintenance man to prune trees... This is what happens when you don't know what you're doing! He pruned five trees in the front.  This was the first... as he got to the last tree, it looked 100% better!

ENK's office

What's for Special today Sue?

We post our daily special with daily soups by 9 a.m. on Facebook.  Customers come in knowing that they want... then change their mind after seeing someone else's food.  There are some customers who just like to call me in the morning and ask.   

Today's Special is Greek Gyro with Greek cucumber salad... with my own dressing that I experimented with.  Customers like to ask for recipes...  I tell them it's little bit of this and little bit of that....  

Greek gyro anyone?


Lindsey and Allison's weekend home...

A quick photo op for my three plus baby Miles at church potluck line! They all sure love babies! It was so nice to have them home for the weekend! Lindsey is leaving for a mission trip in three weeks, she didn't get to come home for Christmas break so she really wanted to be home to get her summer supplies for Fiji.  Allison was here last week but she sure was happy to return again!  It was short and sweet... the siblings love being with each other.  

Lindsey and Allison's weekend home...

Summer Trip with my girls...

Dates set, tickets bought! We are so excited for this trip in August' It will be epic.  It will just be Lindsey, Allison and mom.  Thankful for our family businesses that gives us ultimate reward travel points as well as SPG hotel points for us to seek adventure each year!  Time is precious.  #makingmemories

Summer Trip with my girls...

Super Bowl party for two

Never in our 25 years of marriage when it was just the two of us... No big party at our house today. With the pending snow.. We opted out. However, we pulled off the best Korean KOCHUJANG fried chicken for the two of us! Missing Allison who use to say... "Ma, Super Bowl is my favorite holiday!" Randy was invited to a friend's house, Allison is at WWU and Lindsey live streaming while studying... ENK and I are alone on many days.  A friend of ours made a comment the other day... "Sue, you guys really do like spending time together!"  Yes, I agreed.  We do like spending time together.  That's what makes a great marriage.  I don't mind spending time with my hubby.  This is our 25th year... how time flies when you're having fun or when you're just quietly home alone.  

Super Bowl party for two

Carrot Cake Story....

ENK's patient Sandi made him a special loaf of carrot cake.  He left it on the kitchen table and didn't bother to eat it the first night.  The next morning, I didn't have time to slice it so I just took the whole loaf to eat it at work.  I took a bite and it was the most moist carrot cake I have ever eaten.  It was DELICIOUS! I shared a little piece to Uncle James and wrapped the rest and threw it in my purse.  During the drive home in the afternoon, I was craving for that bite of the cake, I reached over and ate some... little did I realize that the piece I saved for ENK was now a little piece.  Long story short; ENK asked for it and I didn't have a right answer.  "I ate it" Then he got really mad for not sharing.  Then I felt bad and little guilty that I started to cry.  I was also mad that he didn't say... "it's okay Sue, as long as you loved it, that's all that matters!"  Randy came running out hearing me cry and got mad at dad for making a big deal over a cake!  "It's just a cake dad! "  He later heard us hilariously laughing through my tears and chuckling that he was assured that Ma was okay.  
So, I'm determined to bake ENK a cake.  Not Sandi's cake but my own... 
I found this recipe from Joanne and Adam of inspired taste blog.  
Makes 1 double layer cake or 24 cupcakes

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/4 cups (295 ml) canola or other vegetable oil

1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar

1 cup (200 grams) lightly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 large eggs

3 cups (300 grams) grated peeled carrots (5 to 6 medium carrots)

1 cup (100 grams) coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

1/2 cup (65 grams) raisins


Heat the oven to 350ยบ F. Grease two 9-inch by 2-inch cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper then grease the top of the paper. Or, grease and flour the bottom and sides of both pans.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and the cinnamon until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, sugars and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until blended.

Switch to a large rubber spatula. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, stirring gently until they disappear and the batter is smooth. Stir in the carrots, nuts and raisins.


Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake until the tops of the cake layers are springy when touched and when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean; 35 to 45 minutes.

Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes then turn out onto cooling racks, peel off parchment paper and cool completely.