365 Things To Do Around the Eastside

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Jack the Italian Greyhound in Redmond


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Lucy at All The Best Pet Care Redmond


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Number 42 of 365 Things to do Around the Eastside – Breakfast with Santa Claus

Number 42 of 365 Things to do Around the Eastside – Breakfast with Santa Claus

The Holidays have arrived in Redmond!

This year Redmond is hosting a Santa Breakfast! It is being held at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center on December 4 from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Enjoy a delicious Pancake Breakfast, Photos with Santa, Arts and Crafts.

Reservations are recommended – Limited seating available
Price: $12 (age 13+), $9 (Children & Seniors)
Ages 2 and under FREE with a paying Adult
Call 425-556-2300 or log on www.redmond.gov to register.

Redmond Lights

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family Activities | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Number 40 of 365 Things to do on The Eastside – Twilight Tour of Homes

Join us for a Twilight Tour of Homes on Education Hill in Redmond this Tuesday November 30 from 4-7 pm. We are featuring 10 wonderful homes all located in the very desirable Education Hill Neighborhood of Redmond.

For a complete list of the Twilight Tour of Homes on Education Hill <click here>

These Ed Hill homes are all in the top rated Lake Washington School District. Redmond Town Center, Microsoft, Google, Nintendo, Restaurants, Theaters are all located just minutes away.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | real estate | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Number 38 of 365 Things To Do Around the Eastside: Clydesdale Horses at Bella Bottega Shopping Center in Redmond

I know this is VERY LAST MINUTE, but the Budweiser Clydesdale Horse Team in going to be at Bella Bottega Shopping Center in Redmond until about 6:00 pm tonight.

If you are close by come on over and meet them in person. They will also be in the Torch Light Parade for Seafair tomorrow night in downtown Seattle

July 29, 2010 Posted by | Dogs, Family Activities, Outdoors | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bacon Explosion = Heart Attack on the Grill (BBQ Time)

Bacon Explosion:

The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes

This recipes is from BBQ Addicts The people who run the BBQ Addicts web site are my heroes. They are BBQ FANATICS. Everything they make, create, smoke, grill or dream up is amazing.

If you don’t want to take the time to assemble a Bacon Explosion you can order 1 that is ready to heat and eat!

Here’s what you’ll need…

2 pounds thick cut bacon
2 pounds Italian sausage
1 jar of your favorite barbeque sauce
1 jar of your favorite barbeque rub

To kick off the construction of this pork medley you’ll need to create a 5×5 bacon weave.  If the strips you’re using aren’t as wide as the ones pictured, then you may need to use a few extra slices to fill out the pattern.  Just make sure your bacon weave is tight and that you end up with a nice square shape to work with.

The next step is to add some barbecue seasoning on top of your bacon weave.  Being the barbeque addict that I am, I whipped up a batch of Burnt Finger BBQ’s competition pork rub for this special occasion.  Seeing as not everyone has the time, or the expertise, to create a tasty rub of their own, I would recommend trying Cowtown Sweet Spot for the best combination. Plowboys Yardbird, Bad Byron’s Butt Rub, and Rendezvous Famous Seasoning are also excellent choices.

Now that you’re pork is well seasoned, it’s time to add more pork.  Take two pounds of Italian sausage and layer it directly on top of your bacon weave.  Be sure to press the sausage to the outer edges of the bacon creating a patty that is the same thickness all the way across.  Most grocery stores carry loose sausage, so just pick out one you like.  I chose to go with a mild sausage, but spicy would work just the same.  If you really want to get crazy, take a stab at making your own homemade sausage.

Next up is bacon layer number two.  Take the remaining bacon slices and fry them up the same way you would for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner, or a midnight snack).  If you like soft bacon, make it soft.  If you like crunchy bacon, make it crunchy.  If you like your bacon burnt to hell so the smoke detectors go off, then burn it to hell so the smoke detectors go off.  These pieces are going to be a major part of the inner flavor of our sausage fatty, so cook them your favorite way.  Personally, I like my bacon right at the point when it starts to get crispy, but hasn’t quite lost all of the softness yet.  Regardless of how well done you like yours, you’ll need to crumble or chop the cooked strips into bite size pieces and place on top of the sausage layer.  (Note-It’s okay, and encouraged, to snack on these pieces while your chopping/crumbling.  But keep in mind that once those bacon morsels touch the raw sausage, you’ll need to resist all temptations to nibble.  This can and will be difficult, but hospital trips are no fun, so stay strong.)

Since this is a barbeque recipe, we need to add another layer of barbeque flavor.  Take your favorite sauce and drizzle it all over the top of the bacon pieces.  Personally, I prefer to use Burnt Finger BBQ’s homemade competition sauce, but if you’re torn on what brand to use I recommend Cowtown, Blues Hog, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack.  Once you’ve sauced the bacon, sprinkle on some more of the barbeque seasoning you used on the bacon weave.

Now comes the fun part.  Very carefully separate the front edge of the sausage layer from the bacon weave and begin rolling backwards.  You want to include all layers EXCEPT the bacon weave in your roll.  Try and keep the sausage as tight as possible and be sure to release any air pockets that may have formed.  Once the sausage is fully rolled up, pinch together the seams and ends to seal all of the bacon goodness inside.

At this point we can start to see the final shape of our Bacon Explosion, but we’re missing one key item.  To complete the construction process, roll the sausage forward completely wrapping it in the bacon weave.  Make sure it sits with the seam facing downward to help keep it all sealed up.

Sprinkle some barbeque seasoning on the outside of the bacon weave, and now this bad boy is ready for the smoker.  Cook your Bacon Explosion at 225 degrees in a constant cloud of hickory smoke until your Thermapen gives an internal temperature reading of 165 degrees.  Normally this will take about 1 hour for each inch of thickness, but that could vary depending on how well you maintain your fire and also how many times you open the smoker to take a peek.  Mine took about 2.5 hours, which was right on target with its 2.5 inch diameter.

Now that our Bacon Explosion is fully cooked, we need to add some finishing flavors.  Remember that barbecue sauce we used for inner flavor?  We’ll be using that same sauce to glaze the cooked bacon weave.  Using a basting brush, coat the entire surface with a thin layer of sauce.  Sweet sauces are loaded with sugars, so they’ll give your fatty a nice glossy finish.  Spicy and vinegar based sauces don’t contain as much, so they won’t set up as well.  If you’re dead set on using those sauces, just cut them with a bit of honey and you’ll get the same effect.

Slice the Bacon Explosion into quarter to half inch rounds to serve.  If your roll was good and tight, you should now see a nice bacon pinwheel pattern throughout the sausage.  Obviously pork is best served by itself, but if you feel the need to make this meat monster into a sandwich, try placing a couple Bacon Explosion slices on a warm Pillsbury’s Grands Biscuit.  You’ll reach pork Nirvana in no time flat!

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Bacon, BBQ, Outdoors | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Number 36 of 365 Things To Do Around the Eastside: Free Outdoor Movies in Redmond

Tonight begins the 4th Annual Summer Movie Series sponsored by The Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee. This summer there will be 7 outdoor movies and the best part is THEY ARE ALL FREE!!!

Movies start at dusk, about 9:30. Bring a picnic basket and blankets and make a night of it.

Tonight’s Movie is Iron Man and will be showing at the Great Lawn at City Hall, which is located at 15670

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July 9, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family Activities, Outdoors | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

60 Minutes Story on “Strategic Defaults” in Real Estate – Walking Away is it Right?

Last night on 60 Minutes they had an interesting report on people who owe more money on their home mortgage than they could sell their house for. This is known as being “Underwater” on your home.

More and more people who are Underwater on their homes are choosing to walk away from their loans and homes in a Strategic Default.

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What do you think about this trend?

If you or someone you know needs to BUY or SELL Real Estate? Call me and I will help!

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | real estate | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bonus Item 365 Things To Do Around the Eastside: Farmers Market Schedule

Here is a Bonus for the entire Summer Season

List of Farmers Markets on the Eastside for 2010!

Bellevue Farmers Market

Bellevue Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3pm-7pm

May 13 – October 14, 2010

First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue

Bellevue Farmers Market

Bellevue Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10am-3pm

Jun 5 – November 20, 2010

Washington Square
10610 NE 8th St, Bellevue

Crossroads Farmers Market

Crossroads Farmers Market
Tuesdays, Noon-6:30pm
May 25 – October 5, 2010

NE 8th & 156th Ave NE, Bellevue

Issaqauh Farmers Market

Issaquah Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
Apr 10 – October 9, 2010

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah

Juanita Farmers Market

Juanita Beach Farmers Market
Fridays, 3pm-7pm
May 14 – October 9, 2010

9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland

Kirkland Farmers Market

Kirkland Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 2pm-7pm
May 5 – October 13, 2010

Marina Park, Kirkland

Mercer Island Farmers Market

Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sundays, 11am-3pm
June 20 – October 17, 2010

SE 32nd St at Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island

Redmond Farmers Market

Redmond Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9am-3pm
May 1 – October 30, 2010

7730 Leary Way NE, Redmond

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Eating Out, Family Activities, Gardening | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 30 of 365 Things To Do Around the Eastside: Buy a House Today before Midnight

Randy Randolph Uber AgentApril 30, 2010 on 365 Things To Do Around the Eastside you need to RUN OUT and BUY A HOUSE before midnight!

Today the 1st Time Home Buyers Tax Credit expires and if you want your $8000 from the government to buy your 1st home – go RIGHT NOW and buy the 1st place you see that you can afford.

The reason today’s post is so late is that I have been helping a 1st Time Buyer that called on one of my signs. They called me yesterday and said they wanted to take advantage of the Tax Credit, so we RAN OUT and they are working on buying their 1st HOME!!!

April 30, 2010 Posted by | real estate | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment