Friday, July 30, 2010


My new favorite designing, baking, napping, laundry folding music: Melody Gardot. Her Pandora station is rocking my world at the moment. Her website is pretty sweet too.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


There were a few limes laying around. So in between my laying around I decided to make a key lime pie. I have this old pie book that was given to me by one of my aunts. I think its adorable. I guess recipe books have come a long way since 1965 when it was published, considering some of the less-than-appetizing photos throughout the book. But the recipes are classic and include just about every type of pie.

This pie adventure included a lot of cold butter that was rolled out with my pathetic cheapie rolling pin.

It also involved lime. duh.

I may have accidentally squirted the green food coloring rather than dropping it. So now the inside of this pie reminds me of that Nickelodeon slime. Remember that stuff? It was fun.

But at least its beautiful on the outside. Like me. Hehe.

Who's gonna eat this damn thing with me?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I adore mail. I like getting it, giving it, making it. So I was thrilled to stumble across this: Mail Me Art : Medium Without a Message.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Veggie Loaf and Macaroni and Cheese: BEST EVER HANGOVER CURE. duh.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


So about those cinnamon rolls. They're pretty amazing.

I'd really like to share my mother's cinnamon roll recipe with you. But I can't. Sorry. Too bad for you.

But if you're lucky I'll share them with you. You know I will.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I visited my cute little mother yesterday. And saw her cute little giant garden. She also taught me how to make the cinnamon rolls that I have drooled over since I was old enough to drool (forever). More on the cinnamon rolls later.

She's got the greenest of thumbs. And is an amazing chef. And sews really beautiful, extravagent quilts. And is a self-supporting woman. Wow.

I was pretty stoked when she sent me home with an early birthday present: a basket full of fresh veggies and herbs from her garden, homemade tea, a giant jar of local honey, and more cinnamon rolls than any person who is obsessed with food should ever keep in their house.

Having all the ingredients you need on hand to make a fresh breakfast frittata (purple potato and all!)? Priceless. Thanks, mom!

Monday, July 19, 2010


Its summer. Kinda. Hopefully it will at least be here by this weekend for BREWFEST!

Oregon Brewers Festival 2010. It's going to be amazing. I'll be volunteering on Thursday night, so come find me and taste a little of what I'm pouring... mmmm...

Lets get psyched about it. Beer List here. Read it.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


If making peanut butter cookies and dipping them in milk chocolate and then giving them to your coworkers is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

Friday, July 16, 2010


After being away from my kitchen for a couple days, I decided to get out my big gun, digital SLR, and do some serious cooking. The recipe: Rustic Greens Hand Pies. I saw them in the Oregonian's Food Day a few months ago, and being the fat kid that I am, have been dreaming about them ever since.

To be frank, it really wasn't all that great. The outer crust was excellent, but the filling was just a bit too green. Perhaps next time it will need more cheese or sauce or something altogether unhealthy.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Before I begin with the less exciting tasks of menu editing and website designing... my Tuesday in Seattle.

I spent my morning and afternoon riding around the on a beach cruiser. The flower really ties the whole look together.

After visiting the Central Library (which blew my mind, not that it takes much to do that), I rode my bike over to the trendy little neighborhood of Fremont. I just kicked it in an adirondack while drinking coffee with fellow I-don't-have-anywhere-to-be-on-a-Tuesday folks.

I visited the Space Needle. Duh.

And after a really wonderful dinner with some even more wonderful people we got some ice cream. Carrot cake ice cream. I know. I nearly peed myself out of pure joy.

And a bit later in the evening, at a circus freak themed bar, I watched Cory chow down on a Unicorn Dog. Its topped with cream cheese, onions, and sirache. It smelled like hot hot sex on a stick.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I've (finally) made it to Seattle!

Yesterday I checked out a bike, headed down to Pike Place Market and wandered around for a while. I nibbled on some cherries, watched men throw fish around, browsed the shops, ate a bowl of spicy Cioppino, and bought dark chocolate linguine (i can't wait to use it!).

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I'm fascinated with this idea... wish I had the $25 to participate!

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I bought a little something for my website yesterday. A very very cute little something that I'm obsessing over just a little bit right now. It's the Pattern + Palette Sourcebook. And it is soooo unbelievably beautiful.

It's has almost 1000 of these incredible patterns.

I could just sit here all day and drink my tea and stare at them.

Yup, that's where you'll find me.

Friday, July 2, 2010


I found an inspiring article the other day about overcoming procrastination and getting things done. Here is the article about Digging Out and Getting Things Done.

I'm using this article to look specifically at my website building project.
So I guess I need to:

1. Set a Deadline - Hmmm. I haven't set an actual deadline, but maybe having it up and running in one month is reasonable. August 2nd it is! An early birthday present to myself!

2. Use Positive Pressure - Thanks to Travis for helping me build this, which in turn also helps make me accountable. And I think wanting a "real" job is pressure enough.

3. Set a Start Date - That would be today. And I would like to have an outline for what the homepage looks like by Sunday.

4. Set Boundaries - This could be a real problem...

5. Take Frequent Breaks - I already get up to tinkle about every 10 minutes, so I don't think this will be a problem.

6. Know Your Payoff - Having something to show potential clients and employers... why didn't I get serious about this sooner?

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I seem to be pretty driven by the weather. Not just my mood, but really everything in my life, now that I am car-free. So when its the first day of Julyand its still raining, it puts a little bit of a damper on things.

Whats a girl to do? Reminisce about the good ol' days, like a week ago, when the weather was pretty freakin sweet and we were wearing shorts, walking around the streets of Portland, drinking craft beers, and marveling at the street vendors and performers that make this city feel like some magical dream land.