Snowflakes and Rain Showers

It was a dark and stormy afternoon - we have those now and then in Washington. :-) I got home on lunch break, pulled up the shades to let a bit of light in and there were snowflakes! Stuck there by my roommmate Robyn. :-) Aren't they cheery?

I've been bed-ridden so much lately that I simply had to post some pictures of my beautiful Washington. Just looking at them makes me FEEL like I've been out and about. :-)

Dairy country. That's Mount Baker off in the distance

Nooksack River

Nooksack Falls

Sigh. I feel better already. :-)

Sometimes in the middle of winter I crave summer. I know you couldn't tell from all the hot, sunny photos I've been posting lately. :-) Well, I've also been craving summery foods, light, bright and packed with flavor. Like this noodle salad.

I picked up some lovely mung bean noodles - something I'd never cooked with before.

I love how they go all glassy and silvery when they're cooked.

I added scallions...


...plump mandarin orange segments...

...and some thinly sliced yellow bell pepper, then made a quick vinaigrette of freshly squeezed lime and orange juices, sesame oil and a bit of kosher salt and pepper.

It suited my craving beautifully. :-)


  1. Glad to hear you're up and around. Your dish looks beautiful.

  2. Continue to nourish and nurture yourself. :)

  3. Thank you, El! :-) Each day gets a bit better and I'm happy. :-)

  4. I sure will, Amuse. :-) I've got another free evening tonight to rest, read, and get well. :-)

  5. That waterfall shot is incredible. I always screw up glass noodles. I don't have the knack.

  6. Isn't it lovely, Sarah?! I just discovered it recently and couldn't believe I'd lived here all these years and never seen it. :-)

    This was my first time with glass noodles, so my success may have been a fluke. :-)

  7. I want glass noodles. I have never even seen them. They are beautiful.

    I love the picture of the falls. I may print that up and frame it. I have to see if it is light enough to put up on paneling. What a photo!

    Feel better. Have a complete recovery.

  8. I'm so glad you like the photo, Chaya! :-) I'm emailing you the original so you can print it out easier. :-)

    I'm feeling quite a bit better tonight - the heating pad is working beautifully. :-)

  9. Bewautioful noodle salad and I love the photos of Washington! There is one picture (with the waterfall) that reminds me of Twin Peaks, one of my favourite shows!

  10. Thank you, Lorraine! I haven't seen Twin Peaks (yeah, I know, I really, really should!) but I've heard it looks like around here. :-)