January 1, 2014

The Year That Was - 2013

Even though the blog is mostly forgotten and abandoned, the least I can do is my annual recap and "Year in Cities" post.

Let's see. When last we talked, I mentioned that I was making wedding cake(s). So that happened.

Photo by Marcie Meredith

I also made a birthday cake for a handsome one-year-old nephew.

I went honeymooning in the Canadian Rockies. Simply amazing. Here are 2 of my favorite photos of Moraine Lake.

I spent the last months of the year after the wedding carbo-loading on homemade bread and German food (so many potatoes!). We almost perfected our rye bread recipe. And I say we did perfect our sauerbraten and beef rouladen recipes.

Once again, Mr. R and I spent our New Year's Eve at Sitka & Spruce. This year they served a special New Year's Eve dinner. My tolerance level for eccentric tasting menus must be decreasing. I think someone just made up words on the menu--geoduck, smelt, acorn cookies, sea beans, spruce salt, fried birch leaves. That's not real! 

We planned to watch the Space Needle fireworks show, but an unfortunate fog rolled in at 11:30 and it wouldn't budge. From Capitol Hill, we could see distant flares that may or may not have been fireworks.

In travel, I visited 3 new states - Oregon, Indiana, and Alberta, CA - and flew to Seattle 8 times, making it easy to rack up the frequent flyer miles. Here's my year in cities:

New Orleans, Louisiana
Seattle, Washington (Twice in March, June, July, September, October, December)
Portland, Oregon
Oops! update: Austin, Texas 
Indianapolis, Indiana
Chicago, Illinois
Whidbey Island and Deception Pass, Washington
Honeymoon in Alberta, Canada--Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise

Previous years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

What's on your 2013 list?