Friday, November 14, 2008


Newest find and addiction. PRUNES. Yep, you got it. I heart prunes. Just like grandma.

I am telling you that these little gems are yummy. I had a coupon to try out these Sunsweet "ONES" and can't get enough of them. They are individually that. They are sold for around $2-$3 per 7oz. container. I noticed inside my container there is a coupon for .75 off.

In case you all have forgotten what prunes are. They are pitted plums. The package says they are "bite for bite better than fresh fruit" and that dried plums deliver more nutrition than any bite of fresh fruit. I am just going to believe that because they are so good. You can eat 5 prunes for 100 calories. Mmmmmmm Super sweet like candy. Nice texture. Just yummy.

My son loves them. I just toss one into his lunch box and he thinks he got a treat. Let's just hope no one realizes that he's eating prunes.

I have to point out the super cute packaging. I could just stick a bow on top and give it as a gift. Wouldn't that be funny. So, watch out friends...your all gettin' prunes for Christmas!!

xo M

High School Musical on Ice

We took the kids and my mom to see High School Musical on Ice. It was an okay show.

I am always impressed with ice skating. These people go out there and ice skate, dance, sing, act, and memorize it all. They do up to three shows a day. I guess that's why Disney signs up young people to do the shows.

The music was good, the set was okay, our seats were great, and the souvenirs were expensive. I guess that's all I can say about it. The show was mediocre. There were some "WOW" moments. Overall it was just so-so. The ice show I loved and was blown away by was the Monsters Inc. THAT was amazing.

They had the show playing several days and times at the Comcast Arena in Everett and they have more shows playing at the Key Arena in Seattle. I don't know why they do that. We went the Saturday show and the seats were only a quarter full. Thats right! About 25% full!! They can't be making money. The only way they can make up for it is by selling those junky souvenirs. It was terrible. Not only do they come up and down the isles, sell in the corridors, they have the vendors lined up like a wall when you leave. They are standing outside waiting for your $$$. You can hardly walk out without bumping into the sales people. I think we grabbed the kids, held our breath, and made a run for it.

I have attached a link for You Tube with a 2 minute video clip I found. Take note of the photos I took. You can see the empty seats.

xo M

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sceens from Halloween

Thought I would share some photos from Halloween.

The boys were a clown and a magician. People thought my oldest was a girl. You could hardly recognize him in the clown get up.

I made peppermint patties into spiders. It sounded like such a cute idea to give out to the classes. What a project. Take my advice and don't make 60 of these. Cute but way to much work. The kids didn't care anyway. They just wanted the candy.

The cub scouts had a trunk n' treat. It was really fun. Thank goodness it didn't rain. The photo is our trunk, otherwise known as the jail of the dead. We went for the scary look instead of the harvest, kid friendly, cute look. My husband and the boys were super proud of the gore they created.

A friend of mine dressed up as Sarah Palin. Whether or not you voted that ticket or not you have to admit she looks great. (On a side note: I am glad the race is over and looking forward to supporting a new president. Sorry Sarah...have fun in Alaska.)

Then there was the horse we saw trick or treating. Yep, a real one. Can't beat that.

Now I gotta gear up for Thanksgiving. Can't wait for turkey and gravy...and pupkin pie!

xo M

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rikki Rikki

I went out to a nice dinner with my good friend Linda. I always ask her to choose the restaurant because she has celiacs disease (can't eat wheat gluten). I don't mind at all because I love visiting with her, I love getting out of the house, and I just love to eat about anything.

She wanted to try out a Japanese restaurant in Kirkland. It is called Rikki Rikki. The website is

We went thinking it was just a sushi place. It was more than that. It had a good menu. The food was moderate and the prices were "Kirkland" prices. A bit high I think. The menu they show online has been changed slightly with increased prices.

The atmosphere was like a moderate sushi bar. Not a high end place. Comfortable for sure. Good service. Tight seating.

The California roll was 3/4 real crab and 1/4 artificial crab. Linda had to request all real crab due to the celiacs. I didn't think it was the best sushi around.

I LOVE black cod. When I saw it on the menu I had to get some. It was very small and wasn't that great.

The best part of the whole dinner was dessert, of course! I had the tempura ice cream. It was big enough for one hungry person or two people to share. Very yummy.

I don't think I would go out of my way to visit Rikki Rikki again. I would go to I Love Sushi in Bellevue.

xo M