AND this afternoon we finally saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1! It was everything we hoped for and more. Yes, we totally would have sat for another two and a half hours to see the second half. My favorite part was seeing how Harry, Hermione, and Ron had grown up. Fleur's wedding dress was pretty awesome too.
This is the image I left work with, as I walked in the snow to the bus. I'm so happy to have a four day weekend! It got even better when I came home to my new Born "Yolanda" boots! They just arrived in the mail from Nordstrom!
Mr. F worked from home and made an amazing Beer Braised Brisket! It was so delicious I forgot to take a picture!
Here's the recipe he used by Emeril:
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 (2-pound) beef brisket
Emeril's Original Essence
2 large onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (not dark)
1 cup beef broth
2 carrots, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-thick pieces
1 boiling potato, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces
Cooked buttered noodles, as accompaniment
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a Dutch oven, cook bacon in 1 tablespoon water over moderate heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Pat brisket dry and season with salt, pepper and Essence. Brown in bacon fat. Transfer brisket to platter. Add the onions to the Dutch oven and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste. Cook 1 minute more. Add beer, broth, and bacon bits. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Braise the brisket, covered, in the oven for 2 to 3 hours. Add carrots, potatoes, and turnips for the last 45 minutes.
Transfer the brisket and vegetables with a slotted spoon to a plate and keep warm, covered. Bring the braising liquid to a boil. Let sauce reduce over high heat until thickened. Season sauce, to taste, with salt and pepper. Slice the brisket and arrange it and the vegetables with the noodles on a platter. Spoon some of the sauce over the brisket and the vegetables, sprinkle the dish of parsley, and serve the remaining sauce separately.
This morning I was inspired to snow shoe to work. When I got outside, there was only an inch of snow on the ground, so I strapped my snow shoes to my pack instead. It was a good thing I brought my trekking poles though, it was an icy morning, even though I waited until the sun was up!I couldn't stop taking pictures of Christmas colored leaves. I love their striking contrast to the snow!
The sun was rising over Capitol Hill and just peeking around Queen Anne. I love these trees and their light, on the Ship Canal Trail near Seattle Pacific University.
The houseboats start at the North end of Queen Anne and they looked particularly charming covered in snow. The Aurora Bridge is majestic at all times of the day too. I walked by one of the houseboats used in the movie, Sleepless in Seattle and enjoyed South Lake Union's new park.
The best part of the walk was seeing this crane by the Center of Wooden Boats! I could not believe I was this close to it.
It's snowing in Seattle!! It's practically a blizzard outside at 10:30pm, which nearly NEVER happens in this city.
This morning, I took the Metro (Seattle's transit system) and I was shocked when the 40-seater bus had 80 people on it! Fortunately, I live less than 4 miles away from work so I walked home today. These are the lovely winter wonderland scenes I saw after 5pm.
I'm planning on breaking out my snowshoes for tomorrow's trek to work!