Topic-Changing Thursdays: A Visit from the Goats

In my neighborhood, there are tons of hills. Seattle is a pretty hilly place in general (First Hill, Capitol Hill, and so on), so it should not surprise anyone that the nearby areas are also full of slopes. Our neighborhood itself is fairly high up, although not on a mountain. It is on a plateau, which is not a geographic term I knew before moving here. Basically, you can think of it as a flat-ish place where they can build houses. Some plateaus are higher than others. As a result of all of these hills, yards can be tricky. Essentially, homes in my neighborhood either have a view (of Seattle, mountains, etc.), or they have a slightly larger yard. If you have a view, you’re usually on the edge of a cliff or some steep slope. This gives you a narrow patch of land, often located under a deck. Many of those homes also have basements because they are on a hill. My home is on a flatter part of land, so we have a decent-sized yard, but no fancy view.

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The picture above is our view from the front of our house (upstairs). On a clear day, we can see the mountains a bit, and a bit of another local city to the left.

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Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Today’s recipe is super simple, but super appropriate for a hot time of the year. You don’t have to spend much time putting it together, and it is refreshing. This salad pairs with the Chicken Souvlaki from last week. If you don’t want to make the chicken, you could easily make less of the marinade (dressing) from that recipe, then just use it in this.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Good People

One of the things you don’t think about until times are a little rough is how many kind people there are around you. Having a baby is one of those rough times, especially when the baby arrives unexpectedly early!

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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

Let’s be honest here. I never feel comfortable pronouncing “tzatziki”. Or comfortable spelling it. I feel like I’m missing something with the word, but I do like it as a food. This dish ┬ápaired well with a salad I will share next week. In fact, the recipe for today includes a step where you save part of the marinade for dressing. I feel a bit bad making you wait for the salad, but I am trying to make sure that you have something to read from me each week. Particularly food recipes!

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Enter the Fudgelet

After much ado, and many build-up posts, the Fudgelet has arrived. That’s right. My husband is K, my dad is … Dad, my stepmother is M, and my son is going to be nicknamed Fudgelet on here, courtesy of Joanna. He actually arrived over two weeks ago, but it’s been a bit busy in the Fudging Ahead household. His due date was July 28, but he didn’t arrive then. Nope, he arrived just like his mom… early! I know some people like to hear the birth stories, and some don’t. Feel free to tune out and I’ll see you in a future post. :)

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Aka, the best pound cake I’ve ever made. My first attempt was fine, but the texture wasn’t quite perfect. I’ve learned a lot about baking cakes since then, though, so I applied that knowledge for this one (mostly, make sure the cake is thoroughly cooked through, otherwise the texture will become gummy instead of tender). This turned out so well that K gave it his highest praise for a pound cake: it tastes like the Sara Lee kind!

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Time Before Baby

Again, I am writing this before the arrival of my baby, so there is a chance that I am holding him right now. But, I could also be pacing the house and yelling about how he hasn’t come yet. You never know. In the meantime, let me entertain you with some pictures of things we did before the baby arrived.

For instance, we had tall trees in front of our house that needed to be cut back. I shouldn’t call them trees. They are technically bushes, but had grown so high that they were essentially trees. We decided to go full-on crazy and remove half of each bush. It took a while, and my arms were exhausted from the hack saw, but you could finally see our house number!

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