Mar 21, 2010

Our Favorite Cookie Recipe

I made another batch of our Cranberry Chocolate Chip cookies today. These cookies are the all-time guest favorite, and they are so easy to make!

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

½ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs (or ½ cup egg beaters)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

11/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. salt

3 cups oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

1 cup dried cranberries

2 cups chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.

Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well.

Stir in oats, craisins, and chocolate chips. I use a small muffin scoop to portion onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 14 minutes (about 10 minutes for smaller cookies. Makes 27 large cookies, or about 4 dozen smaller cookies.

Mar 6, 2010

Spend the Day at Seattle Center

We are reminded today that we love Seattle Center (! Originally the site of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center is most famous for the iconic Space Needle, which was built for the fair. The views from the Space Needle observation deck and restaurant are amazing, and the restaurant revolves a full 360 degrees every hour.

We were in the Seattle Center neighborhood today to renew our Food Handler’s cards, so we stopped in for lunch at the Center House Food Court, and took it outside to eat in front of the beautiful International Fountain, looking up at Queen Anne neighborhood and the Space Needle. The sun was shining, and we had fun playing tourists.

Seattle Center is also home to many of Seattle’s theaters. In fact, a couple days ago we were at Seattle Center to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet’s lovely “Sleeping Beauty” at McCaw Hall. Julie is a former ballet dancer and still loves her season tickets! Here are a few of the other theater groups within this small part of town:

Bagley Wright Theatre
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Center House Theatre
Charlotte Martin Theatre
Eve Alvord Theatre
Intiman Theatre
Leo Kreielsheimer Theatre
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Poncho Theatre
Seattle Children's Theatre
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)
Seattle Opera
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Teatro ZinZanni
The Vera Project
Theatre Puget Sound

We will be glad to find out what’s playing when you will be visiting us in Seattle!

Other attractions at Seattle Center include the famous Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum, Pacific Science Center, Children’s Museum, and Key Arena and Memorial Stadium for sporting events. You could easily spend a whole day and evening at Seattle Center.

Seattle is located just a 10 minute drive away from the Greenlake Guest House, and is also easily accessed by bus. Some of our guests take advantage of the less expensive parking at Seattle Center, and then take the monorail into downtown.