Sunday, March 29, 2015

In Search of Easter Recipes

We're having a few friends over for an informal Easter brunch spread.  I currently have a plan to make my usual egg casserole we devour on Easter, but I'm always eager to try out new recipes, especially when entertaining.  

Have a favorite Easter recipe you're dying to share?


Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Link Love

Spring has sprung in Seattle, the flowers are bright and colorful, the air is perfumed with the scent of fresh blooms, even was even a balmy 71 degrees on Thursday afternoon!  Here are a few favorite links from around the web this weekend.

+ lovely carrot bouquets for your Easter brunch spread

+ giant bubbles on the beach, Riley would be mesmerized

+ DIY bunny ears for kids' ice cream cones

+ darling cards for the birthday girl

+ Tom Hanks reenacts all of his movies in 6 minutes - hilarious!

+ must add this to my flavor repertoire in the kitchen

+ spaceship canopy, anyone?

+ giving up social media (fb/instagram) for lent has me wanting to try this app

+ homemade macaroon ice cream

+ pretty dress for a spring soiree


Dinner Last Night: Spanakopita

Spanakopita has become one of our staple weeknight dinners, mostly because the recipe has become familiar enough that I don't need to pull out a cookbook or reference a pinterest page to recall the ingredients.  

This particular version of spanakopita (pictured above) happened as a fluke.  Typically I buy phyllo dough sheets and make a spinach pie of sorts with a phyllo crust below the filling and a crust above. However, my husband picked up phyllo dough shells, they individual little puff pastry nests that hold filling. Behold 6 little individual spanakopita pies.  

Tasty little devils, we might never go back to the traditional format after devouring these!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dinner Last Night: Corned Beef Brisket Pitas with Parmesan Potatoes & Creamy Radish Dressing

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day and my husband's birthday on Sunday evening - all wrapped up into one Irish themed meal, since corned beef is one of his favorite foods.  I found this recipe for corned beef brisket pitas with parmesan mashed potatoes and creamy radish dressing and just couldn't say no!  While it's not your traditional preparation of corned beef, honestly the words "slow cooker" made this recipe more appealing than the others I considered.

My mom ended up doing the cooking (bless her) and I provided the mashed potatoes.  We used garlic naan instead of pita but I think the end result ultimately was the same - delicious!  The saltiness of the meat is balanced by the cheesy potatoes, crisp cabbage, and refreshingly tart radish sauce.  Perhaps a new St. Patrick's Day favorite!

Friday, March 13, 2015


Reading this slowly, a few pages at a time...

Listening to this new podcast thanks to Jenny & Teresa...

Craving burgers looking forward to sampling these for the first time when we visit in May....

Making my way through this cult series (7 episodes in)...

Thinking of starting this series...

Loving this print for my moon-loving daughter...

Enjoying scouring the archives of this lifestyle/design blog...

Appreciating these pretty spring stamps...

Moved by this emotional read about a dying man's last days...

Wanting to try this recipe for homemade granola bars...

Eyeing this swimwear for spring...

Contemplating cooking this for St. Patrick's Day dinner...

Surprised this sequel is happening...


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Celebrating Pi Day

For all you nerdy types out there - Saturday, 3/14/15 is "Pi-Day."  My husband looks forward to announcing this holiday every year.  Perfect for him, this year his engineering firm is celebrating their own Pi Day by having a pie potluck for lunch.  While I was prepared to bake this pie which has proved itself a unanimous crowd-pleaser, I'm off the hook as enough people already volunteered.  (Insert sigh of relief here) Besides...I'd rather catch up on House of Cards anyway...

However, if I was baking a pie, I might make this little diddy I saw over at Smitten Kitchen today, just for creativity's sake - black bottom oatmeal pie. I have never heard of this type of pie before, and I'm intrigued.

Happy Pi Day!


Monday, February 23, 2015


Do you observe Lent?  Guess what I'm giving up this year...
Social media (with the exception of blogging)...  Yep.  No Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc. for 40 days.  It's kind of liberating actually.  I deleted both apps from my phone and slowly my browser history is replacing those sites from my favorites composite.  I did remind a dear friend of mine who is 39 weeks pregnant to please text or call me when she has her baby since I may miss any other media related announcements!

Funnily enough, I've been getting these emails from facebook that read "You've missed out all all of these notifications that read something to the effect of "Here's what you've missed!  Random person commented on your random acquaintance's post!"  Haha.  

Do you observe Lent? If so, what are you giving up or doing for these 40 days?


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My Favorite Things: Modern Friction Exfoliator

In an effort to get back in the swing of blogging, I'm reviving an oldie but goodie series - my favorite things.  Think of this as the budget-friendly, working mom version of Oprah's favorite things episode.  Today's favorite thing - a dynamite exfoliator!  My fave is Modern Friction by Origins - another natural ingredient, that boasts all paraben-free products. 
As someone who used the drug stores favorite St. Ives Apricot Scrub for most of my teenage and collegiate life, I wasn't terribly worldly in the world of skin care.  But after reading an article that essentially said my beloved apricot scrub was abrasive and actually harming my skin.  Modern friction on the other hand is gentle but effective at sloughing off dead skin, and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or prone to break-outs - always a plus!  

Click for a few other Origins favorites...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Movie Review: American Sniper

Truth: I don't love war movies.  I'm more of a romantic comedy kind of girl - but every now and then, I can be persuaded.  As was the situation with American Sniper.  My husband had heard it rave reviews from colleagues and suggested we go see it.  My mom was already babysitting and feeling the weight of our long days, we opted for a casual dinner at a local Mexican restaurant followed by a movie night.

I couldn't stop thinking about this movie for 24 hours after we saw it.  First, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are phenomenal, as is the supportive cast, and I'm not historically a Bradley Cooper fan.  American Sniper flows well, the story is told across sniper Chris Kyle's four tours in Iraq, from meeting his wife to the aftermath of surviving post-war with PTSD. It is emotional, intense, poetic, and terribly tragic all at the same time.  Of course the film did include plenty of gunfire, grit, and raw imagery that typically dissuades me from such films, but nothing was gratuitous, everything was intentional and profound.  I found myself googling about the real Chris and Taya Kyle afterwards, reading about their story, and even placed Chris Kyle's autobiography (which the movie was based upon) on my queue at the library.  And this for a movie I didn't even really want to see in the first place.



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