Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
My mom made me one of these to decorate the place for Easter! (Though the jelly bean level has gotten lower with time.) It's quite cheery... and apparently delicious.
Did I tell you I finally got a pair of these little guys? (Thanks to Cup of Jo's discount code!) I'm in love. It only took 1.5 years to finally cave! But I'm so glad I did. Now back to that Spring weather, it needs to come stat. I want to get some good use out of these!
Doesn't this dress scream Spring?
I love my DIY Picnic Basket, but sometimes it's a bit small - even for two. One day, I'll want one similar to the Jacquelyne or Nantucket picnic baskets. Which do you like best? (The former might not be 100% functional for actual picnics though?)
Hope you're finding some spring in your step this Spring!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
So I'm on the market for a new area rug. Since decoration decisions are now up to two people, we both have our own thoughts and opinions. I like rugs that are simple, and more on the contemporary side. He nixed ostentatious patterns or anything that closely resembles solid white - with good reason.
We like a few West Elm finds. The last two appear lighter than in person, but also have camouflaging colors that would likely hide some of the little flecks of dirt we might track in. All three were on display and seemed to hold up to all of the store foot traffic quite well, so that's a plus. But we're leaning toward the navy one up top.
What do you think - which do you prefer? Or are there other rug ideas you wanna toss my way? I'm open to more suggestions!
P.S. My parents have been so gracious to give us their navy couch! They are going to get a new one and I have always loved the one they have. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
But my favorite part, BY FAR, was the reveal of We Love Koby - a secret blog we created to share birthday wishes, funny stories and heartfelt messages from all the people who love my Mom. I couldn't have imagined a better reaction! Tears, laughs and just a general sense of feeling loved. Can it get much better than that? I think not.
Mom, I hope you had an amazing birthday! I love you more.
P.S. Aren't my parents adorable?
(Excuse the dark, fuzzy pictures - it's the best I could get with the lighting in there!)
Friday, March 23, 2012
It's impossible to put into words how much you mean to me - you're not only my Mom, but my best friend and confidante, my inspiration, role model, and the sun in my sky on gray days. There is not a day that goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars that you are in my life. Your unceasing smiles can brighten anyone's day and your creativity puts us all to shame :) I cherish our hours-long late night chats, unstoppable laughter and fun adventures. Thank you for everything you have taught me over the years; I'm certainly a better person because of you.
Happy Birthday! Cheers to another 60 years! And yes, even if I have to change your diaper one day (hehe) - every day with you is a blessing :)
See you tonight!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
These little cuties are up for adoption right now, Cecil, Sylvie and Wiley. They have certainly stolen my heart. As one post says, their life mission is to be loved by you. (Well, me in this case because I want to take them all home!)
Which little bugger would you want to take home?
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Things to note in this picture:
- Creepy caroler brings out the best (read: crazy) in us
- Sweatpants/Pajama pants - this was our typical attire for about 90% of our college career
- I still have that race shirt that Autumn is wearing - it's one of my faves
- It's not a sorority room without cheesy decorations like a paddle and stuffed owl
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
We also strolled into Page Cellars for a quick tasting. If it hadn't been closing time for most of the tasting rooms, I think we would have tried a few more. I knew there were a lot of wineries in this neck of the woods, but I had no idea there were over 50! And that many of them operate within walking distance of one another. Anyone thinking what I'm thinking? FIELD TRIP! Who's in?
P.S. Wine Not? will still be the name of my future wine shop.
P.P.S. Do you think wine tasting in Woodinville counts as a new region for 30 before Thirty list?
Friday, March 16, 2012
And I love Fridays. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
P.S. Picture stolen from DC coworker who visited the Evergreen state recently. Thanks Melissa!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I'm looking forward to things slowing down for a bit - filled with strolls around Green Lake, getting good amounts of sleep, catching up with friends, celebrating my Mom's 60th (say what?! Yeah, this little cutie is turning the big 6-0!) and more.
Are you a slow pace or fast pace of life kind-of-person?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Sunset over the battlefield.
The ladies at sunset atop the Pennsylvania Monument.
Karen and Daniel.
Abe is the man. Seriously, he had to deal with probably the most challenging situation in America's history - saving the Union after a long, hard civil war. (Random fun fact: Abe refused to acknowledge that states had succeeded from the Union and kept each state star on the flag throughout the entire war!)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
First up: Baked and Wired. Olita and I shared the Tessita (some concoction of chocolate, hazelnut and caramel) and the Strawberry cupcakes. You can tell they definitely focus on making their cake the main attraction. Plus, the sheer size of their cupcakes - we're talking about 1.5 times the size of a normal cupcake! They were definitely good, but to be honest, not my favorite.
Next up: Georgetown Cupcakes, the shop of the hit TLC show DC Cupcakes. Karen, Daniel and I picked up a half dozen to bring out to Virginia for our hosts, Brette and Wiley. They are a little more petite, which allows you to try more flavors. While we didn't get around to eating them until a day and a half later (and after 1am), I still think they were better. I prefer their simplicity and frosting-to-cake ratio best.
But I admit, my heart is still with Trophy Cupcakes, here in Seattle. I will never stop thinking about their s'more cupcake. It's divine.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I'm back home from a FABULOUS trip to DC. Well, actually we covered a lot more ground than that - in total, DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania! My work training was fantastic and hanging out with old and new friends was even better. Details to come, but I will say this - our trip would make both history buffs and wine aficionados jealous.
While I was gone, my entire street bloomed! There are cherry blossoms everywhere and it makes me smile. Why hello Spring!
Did everyone else have a fun, Spring-filled weekend?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
But today, I realized as I was boarding my plane that all of my toiletries were packed up... on my counter at home. Oops. Thankfully, there was a 24-hour drugstore not too far from my hotel, so I went out on a quick evening stroll. (Don't worry, Mom, I was assured by the concierge I'd be safe walking there.)
Georgetown is such a charming neighborhood - the architecture, cafes and restaurants, clothing boutiques and even the plethora of cupcake shops! Please don't judge me if I try each and every one.
So when Stephanie suggested a little habanero pepper infusing of our own, I said, 'ay caramba!' You basically cut up three habanero peppers, drop them into a pitcher with a bottle of tequila and wait for three hours. The recipe suggests that you taste test it every hour to ensure it's not too spicy. Needless to say, this wasn't our favorite part of the process- as evidenced below ;) Sure, mixed with something yummy, it'll taste good, but straight up spicy tequila? Not so good. When all was said and done, we made these delicious spicy grapefruit margaritas. ¡Muy delicioso!
And what's a spicy tequila cocktail without chicken enchiladas? Also very delicious. The perfect way to end the weekend!
Monday, March 5, 2012
Solution: The Mug Cake. Very basic ingredients that should be lingering in your cupboards and just the right size (if not too big!). Maddie and I made the Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake and it was scrumptious. We went for the extra 30 seconds (see directions), but I think that made them a smidgen too dry. The only thing that was missing was a dollop of vanilla ice cream!
P.S. Look at all of these mug cakes! Which one would you want to try?
Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg – beaten
3 tablespoons skim milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 salted caramels (we used regular caramels and added 3!)
Into a small bowl add: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and vegetable oil. Mix to combine.
Pour mixture into a regular sized coffee mug. Drop caramels into center of mixture one at a time.
Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. Watch in wonder as you see the cake rise above the top of the mug. If needed (if cake batter is still gooey), microwave on high for up to an additional 30 seconds.
Friday, March 2, 2012
What's on your weekend agenda? I plan to hang out with friends, do some relaxing, maybe go for a little run and pack for a trip to DC next week!