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Kitchen Pyrotechnics

Aug. 23, 2011 2:04 pm 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2011 9:47 pm
Hi everyone!  I feel like I know many of you just from reading the great blogs and comments over the years.  Yes, I’ve been one of those “lurkers.”  You’ve probably seen me hanging around the dark corners of this site, the middle aged woman in the ratty bathrobe with my hair sticking out in all directions, alternately laughing and crying at my computer screen while furiously adding the recipes you are all talking about to my Recipe Box.  That’s me!
My cast of characters include my “spousal equivalent” Rick, a retired firefighter who now has his own pyrotechnics company.  His business makes for a crazy schedule and we never know what’s around the corner.  When we met, Rick was eating at restaurants 3 meals a day.  We still dine out WAY too much but I am slowly reining that in.  I love to cook but on busy days it’s tempting to let some else deal with the hassle and cleanup.
My eldest son, Jeremy, is 22 and has left the nest to my great sorrow.  After a 3 month stint as a semi-professional beach bum in Hawaii, he is now an assistant manager at Fred Meyer in a nearby city.  We don’t get to see him as often as we would like but I am usually able to bribe him with a home-cooked dinner or a culinary adventure like the Garlic Festival coming up next weekend.  He enjoys cooking for his friends and is well known for his guacamole dip and his Italian meat sauce.
Next is Matthew, my almost 20-year-old son.  Matt is autistic and food has always been a challenge with him.  He is just now deciding, on his own, to try new foods and is starting to find some new favorites.  I am ecstatic that he is moving beyond chicken nuggets and French fries (for a while, that was about it) and I think he is proud of himself, too.  Matt is a gifted artist and has an amazing way with animals of all kinds.
And then there’s Kate.  At age 10 and my only girl, she is also my partner in crime in the kitchen.  Her headstrong nature since day 1 and her insistence that “I know how to do it!” when she really doesn’t has lead to some misadventures as well as some triumphs.  But her growth in the kitchen as been astounding and worth biting into a few eggshell-laced cupcakes.  She can prepare an entire meal herself and has won many ribbons and prizes for her baking at our beloved Trout Lake Fair every summer.
As you can see, as with my other kids, I’m not a bit proud of her!  ;)
Last, but not least, we have Mr. “Bowie” Bojangles, our 8 year old housecat who is as destructive as a puppy yet can turn on the charm and be forgiven in a heartbeat.  His affinity for chewing up my daughters dresses and my sons shoes is testing my kind and gentle nature.  My threats to re-home him are becoming more frequent but I know (and I think he does too) that I could never do that.
So join us as we cook up a storm and light up the sky…but hopefully not at the same time!
Kate & I at Pt Defiance Zoo in Tacoma WA
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Matt on the Monorail in Seattle
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Rick (left) setting up fireworks at Seattle's Safeco Field for Opening Day 2011
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That darn cat
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Matt enjoying some Zeek's Pizza in Seattle
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Kate as "Cupcake Girl" for the Trout Lake Fair Parade 2011
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Aug. 23, 2011 3:40 pm
What a wonderful introduction, Michelle! Welcome to the blogs. Sounds like you've got your hands full both in and out of the kitchen between the fireworks, kids and cat. They're all so cute! Great blog, I'm hoping to read more about your adventures.
Aug. 23, 2011 3:51 pm
Thanks for the welcome, lucylove! It's nice to finally come out from the shadows!!
Aug. 23, 2011 7:19 pm
Hah, thought I recognized that old robe. Nice to meet you and your family.
Aug. 24, 2011 7:07 am
Sounds like a fun group. Looking forward to the fireworks.
Aug. 24, 2011 9:00 am
You could say that your SO blows up at work... Howdy Michele.
Aug. 24, 2011 10:04 am
Hi neighbor...great intro and I can't wait to read more of your posts! Welcome to the blogging world.
Aug. 24, 2011 10:33 am
Welcome! Thank your for introducing us to your wonderful family! Love your blog name - my hubby is a firefighter, also, but he can't even light the grill, never mind set up complex pyrotechnics! Too bad, cuz I love fireworks and would like a break from grill duty once in a while! ;)
Aug. 24, 2011 10:59 am
Magnolia, Doug, and witchywoman, thanks for the welcome to the blogs here!
Aug. 24, 2011 11:00 am
Raedwolf, I love it! haha I'm going to remember that one!
Aug. 24, 2011 11:03 am
Christine, that's so funny about your hubby. We deal with TONS of propane for work (Rick specializes in flame effects) but whenever we invite friends over for a BBQ, we are always out!
Aug. 24, 2011 11:47 am
Aloha Michelle. I have seen you a bit around AR so i eagerly read your first blog. What a wonderful introduction. I love reading blogs from the PNW, which we called home for over 50 years. BTW My husband taught high school for one year (77 or 78??) in White Salmon WA. I was tickled to see that you were from Trout Lake. Small world. Did you know a Teri McCuiston? See you on the blogs kid.
Aug. 24, 2011 11:53 am
Hello. You have a very lovely family. Bathrobes and messy hair are a common requirement evidently!
Aug. 24, 2011 12:49 pm
A hearty hello from the big city! My fiance and I were just in Gig Harbor a few weeks ago- passed through during a day drive to Bainbridge. It's a lovely place.
Aug. 24, 2011 2:04 pm
What a fun blog.. made me look and see what was going on!.. look forward to many more.
Aug. 24, 2011 2:54 pm
Mauigirl, nobody EVER knows where Trout Lake is! The name Teri McCuiston is very familiar. I did know Bettina McCuiston, she's a legend around there. I graduated in '86 but my parents still live there so we go back often. Nice to meet you!
Aug. 24, 2011 2:55 pm
Mamaw and Cindy, thanks for the welcome, it's very nice to meet you too!
Aug. 24, 2011 2:59 pm
Hello, saraithegeek! I love visiting Seattle and Gig Harbor is a pretty great place to live. I've only been here about 1 1/2 yrs so it's still new to me. I've always lived in Western WA but this section of it is beautiful!
Aug. 24, 2011 3:02 pm
Oh, mauigirl, I forgot to add that I lived in Olympia for many years and miss it. My oldest son lives and works in Tumwater so I get there often. Love that Farmer's Market and looking forward to Sand in the City this weekend!
Aug. 24, 2011 3:44 pm
GReat first blog Michelle! You have a full life and a good looking family! Your cat chews up shoes! Are you sure he is not a dog in disguise?!! Welcome to the Blogging world. I have never attempted it but admire those who do!!
Aug. 24, 2011 4:46 pm
Glad to meet Great blog!
Aug. 24, 2011 11:33 pm
Thanks for the lovely compliments, grannygigi. I have my doubts about that cat...incomplete reincarnation of a past life as a dog? Not really sure! :)
Aug. 24, 2011 11:34 pm
Thanks for the greeting, CindyLepp. Nice to meet you too!
Aug. 26, 2011 6:23 am
Hi Michelle, nice introduction.. looking forward to seeing u on the buzz also.. :)
Aug. 26, 2011 7:09 am
I say those fireworks this year....well done!! Glad to meet you. Gig Harbor is beautiful - we live across the bridge and north a drop (Puyallup) so welcome neighbor.
Aug. 26, 2011 11:15 am
It is very nice to meet you, I too enjoy lurking on this site. Everyone is so helpful and soooo nice.
Aug. 26, 2011 2:37 pm
Great blog and a hearty Welcome. Lurk alot too, hope AR does not post "most time lurked" to the Explore tab! And yes some cats think they are dogs, Lucky my old cat, totally acted like a dog!
Aug. 26, 2011 5:40 pm
Thanks Cuppycake and Cheoah! People are really nice on here!
Aug. 26, 2011 5:42 pm
Howdy neighbor, JennainWashington! Was just over your way this afternoon for the "Gross-Out Olympics" in Spanaway. Will be doing a blog about that experience for sure!
Aug. 26, 2011 5:50 pm
Thanks for the welcome, Lucky Noodles. "Most time lurked" on AR is a great idea! LOL
Aug. 26, 2011 8:53 pm
It is nice to "meet" you! You seem to have a lovely family, and I really enjoyed your blog! I laughed about your cat- he may be my cat's brother- very dog-like lol! Hope to see you around :)
Aug. 26, 2011 10:59 pm
Puck, nice to "meet" you too! Sounds like there are a lot of people with odd or dog-like cats on here. Guess that's why I feel like I fit right in! Take care.
Aug. 27, 2011 11:20 am
Michelle, My hubby and I lived out at Boston Harbor for some time and then on Maple Park Ave (right by the Capitol building) for our last several years in Oly. Miss all my friends there and being able to walk to the harbor events and Starbucks, but i NEVER miss the rain.
Aug. 27, 2011 11:21 am
Welcom Michelle. You and your family sound delightful. I am a, "regular," here but am out of town for the next few months. Right now, doing some logging in northern Idaho... no electricity! I am in town doing laundry and for the first time in a month, checking AR. See more of you in the fall!
Aug. 27, 2011 1:56 pm
Bathrobes are definitely "in" here! And cats. And kids. And.... :)(:
Aug. 28, 2011 9:02 am
Howdy neighbor! We are just over here in SE Oregon. Sounds like fun at your place!
Aug. 28, 2011 10:10 am
Rohnda, if your still on here, thanks for the welcome. If not, see you in fall and can't wait to here more about your life!
Aug. 28, 2011 10:12 am
Whew, Cat Hill, glad I fit the demographic here! LOL
Aug. 28, 2011 10:17 am
Thanks, petey. We try! I had to look up Princeton, wow, that is SE Oregon! Closest I've been to you is Bend and that is some beautiful country.
Aug. 28, 2011 1:38 pm
What a very nice introduction, Michelle. I am glad you posted. Your family sounds delightful - even that darned cat!
Aug. 28, 2011 6:08 pm
Hello, Baking Nana, it's nice to "meet" you. I've so enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading more of your posts!
Aug. 29, 2011 9:07 am
I enjoyed your blog. My mother died at age 87. Far sooner than that, she had lost the knack for cooking, although she had cooked for all of my life (1942) and before for 12+ years. Momma cooked Thanksgiving dinner in 1979 for the last time. The dressing had nothing but egg and broth in it(!) no other seasoning. Dear sweet lady, she fed all of her 7 children for years and years. I understand your ambivalence about your mother-in-law. Mine was nutty until near the end. Then, she had some psychiatric help, and I could know her without being hurt so badly. Poor lady, she had significant problems when I met her. But she was my husband's mother, worthy of respect in any case. I am glad I no longer have to deal with her. But I still think about my husband's loss. Thanks for your blog.
Aug. 29, 2011 3:18 pm
Glad to meet you. Your family sounds wonderful. I look forward to hearing more from you.-Patricia.
Aug. 29, 2011 3:38 pm
Thanks, it's nice to meet you, Patricia!
Aug. 29, 2011 3:41 pm
Hello, fox. I am wondering if you meant those comments for Marianne's beautiful post "Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?" But I enjoyed your heartfelt story of your mother and mother-in-law and I hope Marianne get to see it too. Take care!
Aug. 29, 2011 6:14 pm
So very nice to meet you Michelle. So nice to know a little bit about your family too. My husband is a retired FF too! Can you please have you son Jeremy send me the job requirements for Beach Bum. That's what I want to be when I grow up. Oh, and welcome. I look forward to hearing more about your family life.
Aug. 29, 2011 9:41 pm
Hi Candice! To the best of my understanding, the basic requirements for the Beach Bum gig are 1. No debts, obligations, or responsibilities. Being single helps. 2. Having a 27 yr old uncle (my baby brother!) who lives on Maui and will let you crash on his couch for 3 months. 3. A mom who will send you food care packages and a ticket home when your money runs out. I encouraged him to do it, much to his fathers displeasure. Might as well have an adventure like that when you are 19 and trying to figure out what you want to do with your life!
Aug. 30, 2011 3:06 am
That was me at 10. That darn cat can come live with me and my darn cat anytime. welcome to the family.
Aug. 30, 2011 9:46 am
Nice to meet you! Sounds like you have a wonderful family!
Aug. 30, 2011 3:18 pm
Hi chrissy! It's tempting to take you up on letting my cat come live with you when he is up to his hi-jinks. But I would end up missing him and just have to get him back from you!
Aug. 30, 2011 3:19 pm
Thank you, lovecakes! It's very nice to meet you too.
Aug. 30, 2011 10:31 pm
Hi nice to meet you, I am also a lurker. Sounds like you have a great family. Hope to hear more from you, take care.
Sep. 1, 2011 9:33 am
Hi yolieA, it's nice to meet a fellow lurker! There are a lot more of us out there than I thought. :)
Sep. 1, 2011 4:35 pm
Michelle: I'm really late to the party, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and your family. I have a dog that my kids constantly remind me has cat-like characteristics. And most importantly, I was raised in Gig Harbor. Graduate of Peninsula High School.
Sep. 3, 2011 2:39 pm
Hi bikerfamily, better late than never! Nice to meet a fellow (former) Harborite. You know, I've heard tons of people tell me their cat acts like a dog but I don't think I have ever heard about a dog that acts like a cat!
Sep. 5, 2011 7:57 pm
Well, my springer spaniel will rub against your legs. He's even been known, occasionally, to tiptoe across the back of the couch. What a goofy dog!
Sep. 5, 2011 9:47 pm
That's funny! You should get him doing that on video. He does sounds like a nice, goofy dog!
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I am the mother of 3 - 22 & 19 yr old boys and a 10 yr old girl. We have a pyrotechnics company and get to experience fun events all over the state and country. After a lifetime of rarely leaving Washington State, I love experiencing new foods during our travels.
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything except baking. I like to "wing it" when I am cooking which isn't good for baking. And it's also a problem when everyone loves something I made. It can be difficult to come up with the same thing twice. We dine at restaurants the majority of the time but I love being able to make a home-cooked meal for my family.
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 10, my sister and I tried to make a recipe for Shepherds Pie that used instant mashed potatoes but we neglected to prepare the potatoes before adding them on top. It turned out glue-like but the adults did a great job of eating some of it and telling us it was "just fine". But there was a lot of water consummed with that meal!!!
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