Holidays – Sugiura Style

Kicked off the holiday week with a Sugiura family holiday party, which is always Asian-themed. Always. Pot stickers, sushi, salmon balls, fresh spring rolls, teriyaki chicken……the list goes on and on. Once again, Cindy out did herself! It’s always nice to get away from the traditional holiday treats for a minute and change it up (no worries, we’ll get back on the holiday treat train for Christmas!)


Turkey tag-a-long!

Bought my first turkey this week at Top Foods. They had a sale on turkeys for .49/lb. if you spent $25 at the store. Not sure what a good deal is on these gobblers, but it seemed like one to me! Picked up a nice, managable 14 pounder to cook up on Sunday while the BF watches football ALL DAY LONG. I’ve cooked many things in my lifetime, but never a turkey. Figured 29 going on 30 would be a good time to start. Plus, I’ve got holiday on the brain – my faux white christmas tree was delivered today – can’t wait to decorate that baby!

(And yes, I put my turkey on the floor for this shot. It was too hard to hold the turkey, hold the camera AND direct Stella with some doggie cookies! Whatever.)


Happy Birthday Mom & Dad!

Photo: My parents and I (and Stella) getting ready to clam dig on the Washington Coast. And yes, camo is most necessary unless you want the clams to see you šŸ™‚

With my parent’s birthdays being just days apart, the last week in January is always a flurry of celebration with family dinners and Wii bowling parties.

My mom’s recent diagnosis has made us re-evaluate the whole cake thing, so my sister and I hit up Whole Foods and bought some gluten-free cupcakes and cookies in the hope that they will make up for the lack of birthday cake. I must admit, they look pretty darn good. I was also extremely impressed with Whole Foods gluten-free section – it was huge! If this CD thing comes my way, at least I know I won’t have to deprive myself of carb goodness!


Bird Nerds

My family’s love of birds, especially hummingbirds, is kinda insane. Everyone has at least two or three bird feeders up at their respective homes and phone calls for first-time hummingbird sightings are quite common. In fact, one of the first things I did upon moving in to my condo, was to set up my hummingbird feeder. It took about three weeks to get my first bird, but now I’ve got them fighting over it! Time for another feeder.

I was also gifted a regular bird feeder over the holidays (oh the excitement!). I wanted it near my window so I could watch all of the action, but that lead to too many window run ins and sadly, one dead bird – RIP my dear feathered friend. I decided to move it to a new location, far away from my newly installed windows and I’m happy to report we’ve had no window run ins and no more dead birdies.

I can’t wait to start working on my garden so I can plant it with plenty of hummingbird friendly flowers!

Photo courtesy of my talented Aunt Susan taken at her house in Bellevue, Wash. I love how you can even see his little feet!

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