One Red Couch

Category - Family & Friends



Dinner was awesome last night and I wanted to save the recipes I used so I can remember for next time.

For the pork: Fennel Crusted Pork Chops

I used fresh fennel seeds from my fennel planted that had gone to seed. Then we finished the pork in our need wood fired oven. I think next time I might add the carrots to the oven with the pork as they could have used a little more “doneness”.

For the potato-parsnip mash: Mashed Parsnip Potatoes

I’ve made this before. I also added a couple of cloves of garlic to boil with the potatoes and I dramatically cut down on the butter and used half n half instead of cream. I like to serve them with a mix of horseradish and sour cream.

For the carrots: Glazed Carrots

I always make extra of these because they are great warmed up.



A day in the life…

This is just a collation of photos from my phone that are just everyday life in all it’s glory.
This dude likes beans.

Take your kids to work day…


Levi and grandma enjoy some ice cream by the firepit at the hotel in Pheonix

Stopping by the Dinosaurs at Cabazon after Spring Training in Peoria

Jake makes fun of mean because I like to make the PJs for these guys match. I figure I only have so long while they’ll let me keep doing it 🙂
The chicken whisperer

A couple of grainy selfies. Is it sad that most of my photos are now from an iPhone? 




Levi handled the 11 hour delay for a 2 hour flight pretty well. The iPad, white blankie and cheep certainly helped. We almost didn’t bring them to conserve on space and I’m sure glad we did.


We finally got to have dinner at the hotel in Portland at 9pm and these two still had energy to roll around on the big sofa bed. 


Levi explains to Grandma the qualities of a perfected latte at Stumptown Coffee, in Portland. 


Cheepy has many uses.

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These two got to check out Pajaggle Headquarters.

Waiting for a table at Sky High Brewing where I had the most delicious Hazelnut Brown Ale.

Levi and Buff doing some projects around the house.

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Trevor was sweet and gave up his room for us even though he was whiped out after two days of swimming. 

Jameson and I waiting for lunch at the Laughing Planet.IMG_0622

The boys were inspired to wrestle after watching Rambo and Balboa rough house in the living roomIMG_0604

Balboa was so sweet with Jameson.


We’re looking forward to visiting again soon!