Where did summer go?!?!

Hello to HolyKhao readers. Hope all’s well and you’ve all had a wonderful summer. I’ve been gone a long time, and haven’t posted anything the last few months. Summer break was super busy but interesting – some traveling, family visits, hungry kids, play dates, sleep overs, pool time, and most importantly – a new addition to the family!

We were able to get away for a short visit to see my good friends in Seattle and I think I am in love with the city. Catching up with a good friend over cups of tea, eating out, hanging out with the kids, visiting sights – thanks to our wonderful hosts A&S. The spectacular views of Mt. Rainier from the city, the farmer’s markets, Pike Place, the scenic walking trails, wild berries on the side of every road just waiting to be picked and eaten, Hurricane Ridge, and ferry rides to Victoria to see the beautiful Butchart Gardens were some of the highlights of the trip.

Mt. Rainier


We visited Mt. Rainier from the Paradise area, and enjoyed walking on snow in gorgeous mid-70s weather :). The picture above is of Paradise Glacier. For size perspective, we were told that the snow is hundreds of feet deep in some of the spots in this photo.

Narada Falls


Narada Falls at Mt. Rainier


(Pic: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Pike-place-market.jpg)

Pike Place is Seattle’s original Farmer’s Market, established in 1907 – nine acres of local, artisanal & speciality food and crafts. Absolute must visit if you are in Seattle.

The pictures below are of the many varieties of flowers for sale – bouquets were as cheap as $5 for a big bunch!!

Pike Place Flower Market


(Photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pike-place-market.jpg)


We found many interesting things at Tenzing Momo – “the West Coast’s oldest & largest apothecary and perfumery….”


Fresh, local vegetables at Pike Place Farmer’s Market.

On our way to Victoria, BC, we stopped at Fat Smitty’s for milkshakes & fish n’ chips. Customers tack dollar bills to the walls and ceilings as donation, and it is taken down when full with the help of local Boy Scouts, and donated to charitable causes.

Fat Smitty's

Fat Smitty's

 If you get bored while you wait, you can read what’s written on the prominently placed refrigerator!!!

Fat Smitty's

Below is a small glimpse of beautiful Butchart Gardens – it’s story is simply amazing. Today, hundreds of varieties of plants bloom in dozens of different gardens on the grounds that were once mined for limestone to supply cement. 

Butchart Gardens


Hanging Baskets

The pictures above are of flowers in huge hanging baskets above our head.

 Of course, we did visit the Seattle Space Needle, the original Starbucks, Snowqualmie Falls, Pine Lake Park, and many other sites.

We arrived back home from a wonderful trip, and two days later brought home 7-week-old Snuffles.

Snuffles 7 weeks

IMG_3813Snuffles at 11weeks.

He turned 14 weeks on the 5th of September, 2014. This little puppy has been gaining 10 lbs every 3 weeks!!

The last 8 weeks have been so much fun, but has revolved around Snuffles’ eating, sleeping, walking, pooping schedule. It’s like having a baby all over again! With the kids finally back in school, I have had some sort of routine and am back to blogging. I will be posting some healthy and fun recipes soon. Enjoy the last few warm days before winter sets in. Is it true that the whole country is going to get slammed with a wet and snowy winter again?