Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Break 2014

Last week was Spring Break in the Lake Washington School District.  Our family decided to get the heck out of dodge and head for the beach.  We weren't looking for sun, just a change of pace.

First we stopped in Lincoln City, Oregon for three days, bringing kites, scooters and lots and lots of books with us.  Our rental house was in front of the beach and we could not have asked for a better view.

Welcome to the Beach House
After our stay at the beach house, we headed to McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, Oregon for one night.

A wonderful place to stay with kids, but don't eat the food!
While taking a walk around the grounds, I discovered a Pizza Schmitza sign.  It was one of my favorite restaurants in Redmond Town Center before it closed, so imagine my surprise at finding a location so close!  Can you believe they honored my full punch cards, even though they were 4 years old?  I was a very happy soul for a long time.

Slices of heaven.
The next morning we stopped at the nearby Maggie's Buns for cinnamon rolls.  I tried to take a photo, but my family ate them before I could track down my camera.
We headed into Portland, Oregon for a stop at Powell's books, Pepino's Mexican Grill in the Pearl district and of course 3 Monkeys, shown here with my 3 monkeys.

The best part about Oregon is the no tax when shopping!
We meet one of my oldest friends for dinner before we drove home.  Relaxed and happy. What did you do on your Spring Break?

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Arabic Authors Book Club

Last night we held our Arabic authors book club, where we gathering to discuss a book we had all previously picked as a group and read since the last time we met, six weeks ago. 

We gathered in the Newcastle foothills of Bellevue and while we had an amazing view, the rain, fog and clouds of the Northwest wouldn't let us see any of it.

Looking north towards Lake Sammamish.

We meet to discuss The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist: by Emile Habibi. The book depicts the life of an Palestinian, employing black humor and satire, living in Israel. It was based on the traditional anti-hero Said in Arab literature and has become a classic in modern literature.

Our gracious hostess made us delicious maqlouba and used the recipe from The Gaza Kitchen by Laila El-Haddad.
Palestinian maqlouba.
Meanwhile, everyone brought other yummy contributions to the table.

Then when we possibly couldn't eat more...the desserts came out.

Our pastry genius is working on her license so everyone can enjoy these!
I took plenty of notes of the discussion about the book.  But to be honest, I think this month was best shared with photos.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy April Fool's Day! (2014)

This beautiful April 1st morning my daughters awoke to find this had happened in our refrigerator.  No one is claiming to have done it, but they have their suspicions. 

Lucky for me, they suspect their baba.
Happy April Fool's from all of us in the fridge!

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