Sushi Kaiten

I don’t know why but it’s taken me forever to write a review for Sushi Katien.  I mean we were there for the hubby’s birthday in January and haven’t bothered to share how good the place was!  Obviously I’m behind.  (Just like I was for this review.)

Anyway… Sushi Katien.  A co-worker of mine suggested it and she was right this place is so cool.  They have a conveyor belt that runs around the bar with plates of various sushi on it.  When you sit at the bar and see something you like you just take it off the belt and eat.  And, when you’re done eating the wait staff collects your plates and tallies up your total based on number and color of plates.

You can find Miso Soup on just about every appetizer menu at sushi restaurants.  And, I always order it.  It’s light, works well as a starter and is really filling.

Sushi Kaiten miso soup

John grabbed several different rolls off the conveyor belt one of the plates was the Bad Hair Day Sushi Roll, it was really pretty and according to him really tasty.  There were several others that he really liked too.  The fish was fresh, the sauces were flavorful and according to him paired very well with the sake he ordered.

Sushi Kaiten bad hair day roll

I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of sushi, in fact I don’t like raw fish.  But, if you put a plate of Cucumber Rolls in front of me I’ll eat the whole plate.  And, that’s what I did at this restaurant.  The rolls were simply cucumber, seaweed and rice, just like they should be, and once dipped in soy sauce were gone!

Sushi Kaiten cucumber roll

The same co-worker that suggested we try this place said we had to save room for their Chocolate Lava Cake.  And, she was right, it was warm, chocolatey, gooey, warm, chocolatey, gooey… and so on.  It was the perfect end to our dinner.

Sushi Kaiten chocolate lava cake

Bottom line: The service is good whether you sit at the bar and chat with the chefs or at one of their tables served by wait staff, the food is tasty and the conveyor belt is really awesome.  You have to check this place out if you’re in Longmont!

*To see other yummy places to eat, check out my Restaurants page!

I Don’t Have Kids… And That’s OK

There’s something I’ve experienced that I want to speak up about.

Why is it that when you meet people and you’re a married woman that they ask if you have kids?  And, when you tell them that you don’t have kids they give you this look of pity.

Sometimes they even prod a little and ask why not.  And, when you tell them that you don’t want to have kids they give you even more looks of pity.

When they’re really brave they start to say some really horrible things like:

“You’ll regret that decision someday.”

“Who will take care of you when you’re older?”

“It’s the most rewarding thing to bring another soul into the world.”

“Being a mother is hard work but it’s the best job I’ve ever had and wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

“You and your husband would make such cute babies.”

“Don’t you want to give your parents a few grandchildren?”

“Don’t you have any motherly instincts?”

“You shouldn’t wait too long or you won’t be able to have kids.”

“Well, I guess you can always adopt later if you want to.”

Believe me, I can list out a billion more questions but I think you get the point.  In our culture it’s the norm that when you’re out of school you’re supposed to get married, have 2.5 kids, get a house and a dog and grow old.

However, that doesn’t always work out for some people and I’m one of them.  I started out on that path because that’s what I thought I was supposed to do.  Don’t get me wrong I’m absolutely head over heels for my hubby and wouldn’t change the decision to marry him even if I was held at gunpoint.  After being married for about a year people started asking when we were going to have kids.  To be honest I hadn’t really thought about it but said why not.  It didn’t take long and I was soon pregnant.  But, it wasn’t meant to be, I lost the baby.

It was while recovering from that loss that we adopted Dottie, I felt that I needed someone to take care of and more than anything wanted a puppy.  This was also the time I found out that I had PCOS and that while it wasn’t hard for me to get pregnant it wouldn’t be easy to carry a baby to term without putting my health at risk.  So after thinking things over and talking with the hubby we decided we wouldn’t be trying again.  We said that if we wanted to have a child someday that we would adopt.  Of course this news didn’t make anyone in our families very happy since grandkids weren’t in their future.

Obviously I have a medical reason for deciding against kids.  However, when given the chance to really sit and think about it I realized I really didn’t want to have kids.  There are already too many people in our world.  And, this is the big one for me, the way people feel about babies is the way I feel about puppies.  Seriously, I’ll go all goo-goo ga-ga over a puppy but put a baby in front of me and I’ll hand it right back when it needs a diaper change.

I do have motherly instincts but it’s towards those with 4 legs, fur and a tail.  I want to save them all.  They are what I’m most passionate about.  I don’t need to create a mini-me to be happy.  I want dirty paw prints, wet noses and slobbery toys.  I crave the big brown eyes, floppy ears, puppy breath and frito feet.  That’s who I am, that’s who I want to be.

So the next time someone gives me grief over not having kids I can say, “No, I don’t have kids… and that’s OK… I have my dogs.”

via Allison Mae Photography

via Allison Mae Photography

Fall Recipe Roundup

Fall is in the air.  Or at least it is in Colorado.  And, you know what that means right?

Frisky dogs because of the cooler air!  No really, it means all things pumpkin.

ALL.  THINGS.  PUMPKIN!

And, of course some apples and frisky dogs!

So I thought I would compile a list of recipes to make sure that you and I both have a yummy fall!  Some of the recipes are from my blog and some are others I’ve found, tried and really liked.  You can also look at this Pinterest board I’ve been putting together for more fall inspiration.

Enjoy!

From my blog:

Pumpkin Bread

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Mini Pumpkin Pies for Dogs

Fresh Apple Cake

 

From around the internet:

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 Minute Pumpkin Paleo Pumpkin Pie Mug

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Grain Free Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

5 minute Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake

Cinnamon Apple 2 Minute Mug Cake

Caramel Apple Spice – Starbucks Copycat

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes

Apple Cider Pancakes with Caramel Apple Syrup

Apple Cider Pound Cake

Crockpot Apple Butter

Apple Tarte Tatin

Fresh Apple Dump Cake

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel

 

 

The Fur Babies

It’s been a little while since I’ve given you all an update on Boomer and Dottie.  Don’t worry everything is fine, I just thought I’d share how things have been.

First, the Boomer Dog.  He’s such a good boy, I swear that the older he gets the sillier and sweeter yet more stubborn he’s becoming.  I think I’ve been letting him get away with too much.  Even though he’s quite demanding about getting his walks and playing every night by a certain time we’ve noticed that he’s moving a lot slower and his hips sometimes bother him.  However, he’s just as food motivated as before, he’s even snatched food and treats right out of my hand!  Luckily he hasn’t started counter surfing!

Boomer

Then there’s the Dottie Dog.  She’s still just as intense as ever and we’ve started working harder on things with her to get her to chill out a bit.  As you already know she thinks she’s part sled dog and must lead the pack for every walk but we don’t appreciate getting our arms ripped out of their sockets several times a day.  So I’ve started doing some training walks just with her and then we continue those skills on the walks with the hubby and Boomer.  And, it’s working!  I’ll write up a post on it here sometime soon.

Dottie

So that’s the dogs, doing well and feeling frisky with the cooler weather!