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Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken
Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken

The ingredients must have come to me in my sleep. The more I use my slow cooker, the more I love it.

Cedar Planked Salmon with Cayenne Lime Butter

Cedar Planked Salmon with Cayenne Lime Butter

This salmon is so delicious on it's own. I decided to cedar plank the salmon on the grill, and drizzle it with some cayenne lime butter.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

After having a bite of the Chipotle Chicken Tacos my coworker brought for lunch a couple of weeks ago, this was my dinner two days later.

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich
Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich

If you know me you know I am a sucker for avocado and chipotle. I used a rotisserie chicken so it's super easy to make.

Egg, Prosciutto & Tomato Muffins
Sriracha Meatballs

I'm a big fan of savory muffins. These are pretty much mini omelettes in a cup. They are perfect for weekend brunch, and even better to make ahead for the week and then pop them in the microwave.

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Peach & Tomato Salad with Crumbled Goat Cheese

Peach & Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese

I know I said that my Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Salmon was Summer, but so is this one! Ripe peaches, tomatoes and corn off the cob...pretty much Summer if you ask me. I think I'll designate the Strawberry & Salmon salad as my main dish summer salad and this one as my side dish summer salad. Deal? Although technically you could throw some Salmon on this and it would make a darn good main dish salad too.

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Antipasto Skewers & Summer BBQ Recipes

Last weekend we had our housewarming party, we had perfect weather, a good crowd and I'd say our food and booze spread went over pretty well. Unfortunately on the blogging side, I took about 3 pictures with my cell phone and called it a day.


In lieu of bombarding you with food pictures I didn't take, I wanted to share my 'recipes' for success to hosting a BBQ for 30+ people.

Let's start with the booze.

We got two quarter kegs from Maritime Brewery, a local brewery here in Ballard, and officially tapped our first kegs since college. And a fun fact for all, I recently received a postcard that showed me Ballard has 10 microbreweries...I love my neighborhood!

This Watermelon Sangria was a HUGE hit! I did alter the recipe slightly. And by alter, I mean added an entire extra bottle of wine and extra vodka. Mr. KMW got a little nervous when I oh so casually mentioned that 'sometimes I ask myself, "why not just finish off the bottle of vodka when making cocktails?" The adjustments I made were, blending 1/2 of a large watermelon (i didn't measure out the cups but it looked like more than 4) and I did not strain the watermelon/juice blender combo. I have a good blender and in my opinion (my impatient personality may have been involved), it did not need strained. I used 2 cups of Vodka,  used triple sec instead of cointreau and 2 bottles of Rose instead of 1. I would say it is essential to use dry Rose so it is not too sweet. It filled up my Mason Jar Drink Dispenser perfectly.

I also attempted to make a large batch of Blueberry Mojitos, but I reduced the ratio of simple syrup the recipe called for as I was worried it would be too sweet, which resulted in a pretty thick texture. They were good, but I decided these would be made best in small batches.

Next up, appetizers.

I'm loving these Antipasto Skewers lately (recipe is at the bottom).


Antipasto Skewers #latergram #appetizer

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Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Salmon

Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Salmon

This salad is summer. Crisp romaine lettuce, strawberries bursting with flavor, ripe avocado, blue cheese and broiled salmon make for one refreshing salad. It was absolutely perfect for a warm summer evening. Plus I felt super healthy eating this for dinner.

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Peanut Butter Pancakes

Is Summer flying by for everyone else?

We've been busy settling into our new house, hosting visitors and enjoying the beautiful Seattle Summer. Last week we made a trip back to the East Coast for my friend, Samantha's, wedding and had a fantastic weekend. Congratulations to the happy bride and groom!

First Dance #schacknado

Samantha was a college friend, so I had a great time catching up with friends.


Sams Wedding


Sams Wedding 2

This week we're hosting my brother, Aaron's familly, they're up visiting from California. An advantage of West Coast living is that we get to see them more often, we're loving having a full house and getting some quality time in with our nephews.

Perfecting the marshmallow roast #smores #nephews #firepit

Oh, and these pancakes? They have nothing to do with our trip to the East Coast or my nephews. Well maybe I'll make them for my nephews, but these may be beyond their comfort zone, they're pretty picky. Then again, who couldn't go for some fluffy, peanut buttery pancakes to start the day?

Peanut Butter Pancakes

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Pike Place Market Food Tour

Pike Place Market

Since we moved to Seattle, we have had a ton of visitors, which we love. When we are pulling together the itinerary for our visitors, snacking our way through Pike Place Market is always on the top of the list. You can't visit Seattle with out visiting the market, and you can't visit the market on a full stomach.

This is the time of year when people are flocking to Seattle, it's absolutely gorgeous here right now, so I thought I'd share this tour so you can take advantage on your next trip to Seattle! Don't worry, this tour is delicious rain or shine.

We usually deprive our visitors of breakfast in preparation for this tour, yet it's still difficult to finish. So go hungry and stay strong! Let's get started.

Once you check out the men throwing fish at the entrance, hang a sharp left and hit up the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company and pick up a half dozen assorted doughnuts, 


Daily Dozen Donuts

and then let them melt in your mouth.

Next up, as you walk your way back towards the entrance stop at Mt. Townsend Creamery and try the sampler of cheese.

Mt. Townsend Creamery

It's early, but I'm going to give you an eating break to go check out the World Spice Merchants in the corner.

World Spice Merchants

This would be a great place to pick up a souvenir for a foodie friend or just to treat yourself. 

Next, up, go back to the guys throwing fish. Buy yourself the Pike Place Fish Guys Cookbook, yes get yourself another souvenir, but you'll love the Seattle inspiration when cooking at home. I hear they sign the copy when you buy it there.

Back to eating. Once

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