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12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 3

27 Dec

Christmas Thankful Ryan Hylland

My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday.

In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness.

Day 1: Cathy Taylor
Day 2: Sue LaGow
Day 3: Ryan Hylland
Day 4: Jackie Phillips

Day 5: Szaba and Von
Day 6: Shanon Lyon
Day 7: Kerry Colburn
Day 8: Debbie Reber
Day 9: Peter Orullian

Day 10: Christa Charter
Day 11: Steam Crow
Day 12: 1986 State Fair Judging Panel

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Dragonbreath Chili

7 Apr

Screenshot from WoW, © Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

So, how many of you gamers out there got the reference?

Despite these glorious glimpses of sun, we’re not through Seattle’s rainy season yet, and as long as grey clouds loom, you’ll find this dish in our fridge or freezer.

It’s a staple: easy, filling, and damn good, too, if I do say so myself. Give it a try.

* No humans, tauren, undead, or elves were harmed in the making of this chili.

Dragonbreath Chili
Another Ryan Hylland Creation

 

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Beef Stew With Gnocchi

17 Feb

Beef Stew Gnocchi

Sure, you’ve had beef stew, but not like this. Sweet and savory. Rich and tomato-free. Unexpectedly herbal.

Around these parts (i.e. our house), we call it “Brother-in-Law Stew.” Ryan first concocted it at my sister’s house for her, my parents, and my brother-in-law. Thus the name. But you can call it…

Beef Stew With Gnocchi

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Pavlov the Dog

18 Mar

DogQuoteFive years ago, I booked a round-trip, red-eye ticket to Oklahoma City to pick up someone I met online.

Her.

PuppyPavlov

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

24 Dec

My Favorite ThingsIt’s my birthday, and I’ll do what I want to. Therefore, I’d like to personally recognize a few special moments I hold in my heart, all of which are far greater than any gift I could receive today or tomorrow.

These are a few of my favorite things—36 for my 36 years. What would yours be?

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Giving Thanks

21 Nov

ThanksgivingOur lives, in both good and bad times, are very much a product of the influential people who surround us.

Today I’m acknowledging 10 such people in my life. (You might even be surprised by the last one.) I encourage you to do so, too, whether it’s by phone, handwritten letter, e-mail, or even a simple text. You’d be amazed how good it feels.

Life is too short not to appreciate the engineers who affect our ordinary existence, making it something rather extraordinary.

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9 Years and Counting

24 Aug

Two crazy kids falling in love. January 1, 1999.

Happy anniversary to my husband, without whom I would know, be, have, appreciate, and understand so much less.

Who would’ve thought when we were dancing the night away at Chi Delt, partying in Jay’s presidential suite, or tailgating on top of U-Hal trucks that we’d end up here? Evidently, the Chicago El train did, or it wouldn’t have kept throwing you back on my path (despite my best evasion tactics … sorry about that).

Ryan, in honor of our 9 years of marriage—and 13.5 years together? whoa, that’s crazy—I made you this:

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