Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween TOWN

Bob's Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish
     A couple of weekends ago rach and I went to a fall/pumpkin festival at a farm in Snohomish. It was a great day filled pumpkin butter, hay rides, apple cider donuts, and roasted corn on the cob! We were able to go sort through an entire 6 acre patch for our perfect fall gourd. After being way to selective, we finally decided on our winner. Fast forward two weeks and we were able to take some time and have ourselves a little Halloween/fall weekend. Rach mixed up some apple cider beverages with a lil spiced RUMpelstiltskin and I started digging the guts out of the pumpkin. It was nice to spend some time together outside enjoying the beautiful weather we had this weekend. Everyone keeps telling us how horrible the weather is in Seattle, but we have yet to really see that and its been two months that we have been here. I am pretty sure that its a huge conspiracy that this area is sooooo rainy because it's not. I don't know if its because the river fishing is hot, bow season just started, the World Series giving me baseball in October, or the great hoody weather, but the Fall really gets my juices flowing. Next, try to recreate some of @momsekerak's home made pumpkin pie to feel a little closer to home.  Anyway I hope everyone is enjoying their fall as this is my favorite time of the year. Stay warm and soak up those days full of sun as winter is on its way!! Until next time......... dan

                           
NICE FIND RACH!!!

BEFORE
                        

AFTER. The Pumpkin Beard!!!!!
                        

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Discovering the PACIFIC NW

(Rach and I on our first ferry ride)
    Now that we have been living in the #SEATTLE area for almost two months, Rachel and I have become aware of the fact that there are an unbelievable amount of things to do and places to be.  Being bored in this area is not an option unless you are incomprehensibly lazy!!  If you are the type of person who enjoys the wonders of the outdoors, let me tell you this, it could take a lifetime to take in the adventure that Washington state has to offer. With that said, my wife and I are up to the task.  The latest adventure we undertook involved ferry rides, ocean views, and an island paradise. Sounds amazing right? Not to mention the fact that it was on our six month anniversary as a married couple, which coincided with the made up holiday of Sweetest Day. If only I planned this day out because of those two reasons! I didn't, but it was a wonderful coincidence. Anyway, back to the day itself: discovering the San Juan Islands!   For people in the Northwest, driving a car aboard a ferry to go island hopping is one of two things: a commute to work, or in our case a day of adventure.

     The day started by making the 90 mile drive from West Seattle to Anacortes, which is the ferry terminal to the #sanJAUNislands.  There is something ridiculous like 172 islands that make up the "San Juan Islands", four of which are accessible by ferry. Since we were looking for an easy day of exploring we decided to take the trip to Friday Harbor which is on the main island of San Juan. The last couple weeks there has been a heavy fog that starts in the morning, but usually it burns off by the afternoon. Of course since we were adventuring the fog stuck around all day, but it was still a beautiful boat ride. When we got ashore in Friday Harbor we just started shop hopping looking for a diamond in the rough. If you enjoy looking through antique shops this is the place to be that I know. Nautical themes abound the many shops in the small fishing port town. Our little diamond in the rough was found in a tiny home turned book store called serendipity books. I was literally wall to wall of bookshelves from floor to ceiling. SO COOL. Anyway the day was filled with fun shops and some good food and when those comes together you know you had a great time. We will definitely be back to the San Juans, but hopefully next time we can bring our bikes and hit some hiking trails in the parks on the Island. 

Until next time.......

dan

  (picture taken of Friday Harbor where the ferry docks)
                        
                                         

 (wall to wall bookshelves in Serendipity Books)
                        

                                                 







Saturday, October 12, 2013

the OUTDOORSMAN/chef

There are many different 'faces' or 'hats' that I can put on. Rachel would say I have too many, but one of my favorites would be the fisherman in me. You can say that came from the summers I spent on Lake Erie walleye fishing with my Deubel family (aunt Liz[CARMEN], uncle RICK, and cuz ricky), perch fishing with Uncle ED, or walking my tackle box to any small hole I could find to drop some line in. Either way fishing has been part of my life for so long and our #CLEtoSEA move has only upped the ante. Of course as soon as we got here it was perfect time for salmon fishing with the pinks (humpies) running up the rivers. The combination of looking for a job and a passion for a bent rod has me driving all over seattle in search of stocking up the freezer with some salmon dinners for the plethora of friends and family that say they are going to visit. Anyway I have been fishing as much as possible to make that happen. After fishing the Duwamish and hooking up with a couple pinks I was literally and figuratively "hooked". The Pacific Northwest is a fisherman's paradise and its been so much fun finding new fishing holes. It has even led me to making my first friend. I met my newly found buddy Josh on the Duwamish fishing one day and we have gone out together a couple times since then. On our last adventure up to the Snohomish River for the COHO run proved to be a grand old time. See below how this Ohio boy is teaching these cats in the Northwest how to fish. Of the many fish we we landed I caught the only three keepers of the day. It was the kind of day that keeps guys/gals wanting more. Seeing that this was only the beginning of the silver(COHO) run I am fully expecting to have that freezer stocked for all who visit.

After the fishing and following clean up is done, a new hat is put on and it is that of the MANchef. After filleting the fish and throwing the COHO in the freezer so no matter what when JUICE(youngest sister) comes in DEC she will have some salmon waiting for her, I had to start preparing the two pink hens for a new challenge: smoking on the grill. I made a brine for the fillets to dewater in that consisted of brown sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper. They sat in the fridge overnight and they are currently smoking on the grill as I blog about it (see below). As hard as it is being away from family and friends I have been loving this area. So if you are in the west Seattle area come on over and visit and I'll cook you up some salmon. Until next time......

dan
                         
                                      

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Beginnings_SEATTLE, WA

                                       
So it has been awhile since I last posted, but in my defense there has been so much going on in this past year that blogging has not been a priority of mine. It has been so hectic that I don't even know where to begin, but here is a quick little recap. First off, I was lucky enough get engaged, plan a wedding, and marry the woman of my dreams. The wedding was as beautiful and amazing as it gets and took place in a venue that was a perfect description of Rachel and I as a couple. As if that wasn't enough, I was fortunate enough to take part in my second trip to Nicaragua for a ten day missions trip with my church and one of my great friends. Missions have become quite a passion of mine the last two years and I look forward to seeing if that is something I can develop more in the future. Oh yeah, after all of this me and Rach decided that the past year wasn't crazy enough, so we packed our belongings, said goodbye to our friends and family, and took the road trip of a lifetime to move across the country to Seattle, WA. 2500 miles later, here we are living the dream.  Praying about where this move will take us and enjoying the start of our new life together.  I am looking forward to blogging about our adventures on the west coast to keep everyone else up to date with what is going on. So I guess here's to new beginnings.  Until next time.....#CLEtoSEA

dan