Seafair Weekend Anniversary ~ Hibiscus Summer Party Wine Labels and Markers

Summer Party Wine LabelIt’s Seafair Saturday! Our neighborhood is right in the middle of the party, so we don’t need to go anywhere to enjoy the festivities. 🙂

Today also marks 17 years that I’ve lived in this neighborhood with my hubby, and 20 years that I’ve been in Seattle. Wow!

Between Seafair and our anniversaries, we had lots of reasons to celebrate today…and we celebrated all day long! We started with our favorite crab cake breakfast in the morning. Then I went swimming in Lake Washington while the Blue Angels roared overhead. Awesome! They came to Seattle as a part of the Seafair air show. In the evening, we enjoyed some fresh steamed Dungeness crab for dinner, which has become our tradition on this anniversary.

I made these cute little wine bottle labels to dress up the occasion a bit. They are from Catch My Party, which is one of my favorite websites for free printable decorations. They have so many adorable designs. These labels came with matching wine glass markers, too. Cute! I hope you’ll check out the website the next time you need some festive decorations. 🙂Summer Party Wine Label

Seafair Weekend ~ Once in a Blue Moon Wine Labels

Blue Moon Wine LabelIt is Seafair weekend in Seattle! My hubby and I checked out the festivities this afternoon including the hydroplane boat races and a wakeboard jumping competition. We even got out our little floating inner tubes and went out on the water ourselves. It was a rare and special day! Dare I say a day like this only comes around once in a blue moon? 😉 Appropriate, since tonight’s full moon also happens to be a blue moon! It is the second full moon in the month of July.

I made these cute little wine bottle labels to mark the occasion. 🙂 The design can be found on a website called At Home on the Bay. So cute! I hope you’ll visit the site to check it out.

We enjoyed our favorite clam dish under the bright moon and our tiki torches with the bottle of wine I decorated for the evening. It was a lovely way to end our fun day by the lake!

Cheers!Blue Moon Wine Label

It’s Seafair Weekend ~ Beach Party Wine Label

It’s Seafair weekend in Seattle! Our neighborhood is right in the middle of the party, which is very fun. 🙂 I watched the air show featuring the Blue Angels from our little swimming beach on Lake Washington. It was pretty awesome to be in the water, on a sparkling summer day, with Mount Rainier out in all its glory. Every once in a while I would need to cover my ears when the jets passed right overhead. 😉

To celebrate this special weekend, I put together this festive little beach party wine label. The printable is part of a set of free beach party printables from They are super cute, and did I mention, free? 🙂 They would be perfect to make any beach party a little more special.

Happy Seafair!

(There is a Blue Angel jet flying in the bottom left corner of the top photo! I was able to catch one flying by with my camera. :))

Seafood for Seafair Weekend ~ Halibut with Summer Vegetable Ragout

It’s Seafair weekend in Seattle! Our neighborhood transforms into a big party filled with boats on Lake Washington, the Blue Angels flying overhead, hydroplane races and a wakeboard competition. After taking in some of the festivities during the day, we decided to celebrate Seafair Saturday night in our own back yard, our way :).

I made halibut with a summer vegetable ragout to compliment the sea theme of the weekend. The recipe was based on one I had at a private event at Sur La Table. I replaced the butter with Earth Balance and I added more vegetables to the mix than the original recipe called for. It’s really more of an idea than a recipe, so just add the vegetables and herbs that you like and that are in season.

Halibut with Summer Vegetable Ragout

Serves 2

1 cup leeks, thinly sliced

1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced

2 cups summer squash, diced

1/2 cup peas

2 tablespoons Earth Balance buttery spread

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon each of fresh thyme and oregano, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

2 4-oz halibut filets

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Place a large sauté pan on low heat, and add the Earth Balance. Once melted, add the leeks and fennel, and sweat until almost tender. Then add the peas and the summer squash. Cook until the squash is done to your liking. Off the heat, add the lemon zest and fresh herbs. Blend well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In the meantime, place the halibut filets on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the halibut flakes with a fork.

We paired our dinner with Wyland Cabernet Sauvignon from Laguna Canyon Winery. It has a beautiful picture of dolphins on the label, which is why I thought it was the perfect choice for this sea inspired meal.


Happy Seafair ~ Blueberry Blue Angel Muffins

*About the photos

This is Seafair weekend in Seattle, which is an annual summer celebration including hydroplane racing and an air show featuring the Blue Angels. We live very close to the flight path where the Blue Angels fly, so I get a great view of the synchronized air show from my kitchen. Occasionally, the jets come close to breaking the sound barrier and they cause the kitchen to rumble and shake a bit as they fly over!

This year happens to be a cooler and wetter weekend than usual.  I find that when the weather cools down I like to make our home cozy and warm with baked goodies. That along with all of the Seafair festivities inspired me to bake what I’d like to call “Blueberry Blue Angel Muffins!” 🙂

I found a really good blueberry muffin recipe from America’s Test Kitchen and I changed a few things to make it a little healthier. (I used less sugar, I substituted whole-wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose flour and I switched the butter to applesauce.) It takes advantage of the fresh summer blueberries at the market now. The extra non-traditional step of swirling homemade blueberry jam into the muffins makes them very flavorful and special. The lemon zest and sugar topping also gives them a fresh and crunchy finishing touch.

Blueberry Blue Angel Muffins


Cooking spray

1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

cups fresh blueberries

cup sugar, plus 1 teaspoon, plus 2 tablespoons

2 1/2
cups whole-wheat pastry flour

2 1/2
teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt


1/4 cup applesauce

cup canola oil

cup buttermilk

1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the upper middle position. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

Bring 1 cup of blueberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mash the berries with a potato masher and stir frequently until the mixture is a little thickened and reduced to about ¼ cup. Take off the heat, and let cool.

For the topping, stir together 2 tablespoons of sugar and the lemon zest in a small bowl until combined.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup of sugar and the eggs together until they are well incorporated. Slowly whisk in the applesauce and oil. Then whisk in the buttermilk and vanilla until everything is blended well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg mixture and the remaining blueberries into the flour mixture until everything is just moistened.

Divide the batter equally into the 12 muffin cups. Each cup should be completely full. Then put about a teaspoon of the cooked berry jam mixture onto the center of each muffin. Using a chopstick or other skewer, swirl the jam into the batter. Then sprinkle the lemon sugar equally over the muffins.

Bake about 17 minutes, until the muffin tops are firm and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool slightly before serving.

Happy Seafair!

*Watching the Blue Angels air show while enjoying a plate of blueberry muffins on the deck :). As a funny side note, the right photo would have been very very cool since the plane on the right proceded to come straight over our house, but I ran into the kitchen when he got closer! Ha ha! They are *loud.*