Friday, December 31, 2010

Snoqualmie Pass Photo Tour

I took a photo tour with my artist friend Mitch to Snoqualmie Pass yesterday.  []   You may be able to see a representation of some of Mitch's pics at his gallery show in April at the Lisa Harris Gallery.

Here are some of my pictures:

A valley near the Alpental Ski Area.

Denny Mountain

Guye Peak

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Movie Favorites

The Other Guys

The Opposite of Sex

The Bounty Hunter

Crazy Heart

Did You Hear About the Morgans


Strickly Sexual

Date Night

The Hurt Locker

Sunshine Cleaning

Last Chance Harvey

Before Sunset

Sherlock Holmes

Smart People

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Reading List

Around the World On Two Wheels - Peter Zheutlin
Absolute Power - David Baldacci
Chasing the Bear - Robt B. Parker
Secret Prey - John Sandford
24 Hours- Greg Iles
Fearless Fourteen - Janet Evanovich
The Appeal - John Grisham
U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton
Now and Then - Robt B Parker
Blue Screen - Robt B Parker
Merl's Door - Ted Kerasote
Nature Girl - Carl Hiaasen
In a Sunburned Country - Bill Bryson
Echo Burning - Lee Child
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
The Associate - John Grisham
Lying in Wait - J.A. Jance
AC-DC - Tom McNichol
Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaason
Beyond Recognition - Ridley Pearson
When you are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell
Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenburg
Day of the Dead - J.A. Jance
Angel's Flight - Michael Connelly
Running Blind - Lee Child

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My street

This is a heavily Photoshoped picture of my street.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joe's Holiday Biscotti

This is revised from a recipe I got off the the internet-- and I'm pretty happy with how it came out...


1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup white sugar
2 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
2tsp anise extract, or 3 drops anise oil, or 1-2 tsp vanilla


1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

2.In a medium bowl, beat together the oil, eggs,
sugar and anise flavoring until well blended.
Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into
the egg mixture to form a heavy dough. Divide
dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a
roll as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll
onto the prepared cookie sheet, and press down
to 1/2 inch thickness.

3.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven,
until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet
to cool on a wire rack. When The cookies are cool
enough to handle, slice each one crosswise into
1/2 inch slices. Place the slices cut side up back
onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to
10 minutes on each side. Slices should be lightly