Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I am totally digging this chic tote. It's the perfect size for a quick grocery run, small enough to throw over your shoulder and bike home. I'm especially loving the side compartment perfect for the must-have magazine, or a bouquet of Spring flowers or a the quintessential dinner baguette. After spying this beauty, I don't think my reusable bags will ever look quite the same...
Since I'm eager to take on this new hobby/skill, I've been perusing websites in the Seattle area looking for good sewing classes for beginners. Any tips for how to kick off my domestic journey?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
My latest breakfast routine includes Trader Joes granola mixed with sliced strawberries and vanilla Greek yogurt. I'm sure I'll tire of this soon enough, but I'm looking for some alternatives. What is your breakfast routine?
Monday, April 26, 2010
It's been a fun transition, having him here everyday. I've enjoyed all the little things we now do together everyday; making dinner, watching our favorite shows, and setting up house. I'll keep you posted as we continue to settle into this new chapter.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
1.Mad Men Season 3
2. Oscar nominated "An Education"
3. Coco Before Chanel
4. A League of Their Own
5. Men Who Stare at Goats.
A good mix of new releases and classics (I never tire of "A League of Their Own"), but I'm feeling kind of ho hum about my queue...I need some good recommendations.
So I ask, what's in your queue? Or what have you recently watched/rented?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I'm always wooed by the tempting desserts, salted caramel this and blueberry heaven that. I came across this lovely post via Tartelette - a lovely little food blog, and immediately the word rhubarb caught my eye. Rhubarb! My fave - it's tart, tangy zing of a flavor blended with sugar is perfection, the ideal blend of tart + sweet.
As I reread the recipe title again...I spotted lavender panna cotta? Interesting, sounds very floral and therefore aromatic...even tasty. But more than anything I was wondering, what exactly is panna cotta? I mean, I've seen it on dessert menus before, but I usually order something absurdly rich and chocolaty without a moments hesitation.
So my solution? Wikipedia. Seriously, what did people do before the internet? Dun Dun Dun Dun! Success:
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by simmering together cream, milk, and sugar, mixing this in with gelating, and letting it cool until set. Originating from the Piedmont region in Italy, it is eaten all over Italy where it is often served with wild berries, caramel, chocolate sauce or fruit coulis. The expression literally means "cooked cream."
Sounds good enough right? The only logical next step is to make it myself and conclude my panna cotta knowledge with experience. Lavendar Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb, watch out, you're on the to-do list! Anyone ever made this before??
Having read The Devil Wears Prada and owning the movie, I was curious to see if the movie was true to form. While she's got a flat affect, she doesn't seem to fill the shoes as the cold-hearted "Ice Woman" Meryl Streep played in the movie.
Ultimately, I found it interesting and fun documentary (especially since I'm not usually one for documentaries). Check it out!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Next, I would travel through SE Asia; see Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, see Halong Bay in Vietnam, and travel throughout Thailand and Laos, eating all the way!
Finally, I would spend the final third of my year traveling through Peru, Argentina, and explore Patagonia.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I guess most weekends are pretty busy, but this one seems jam-packed. Tonight, I'm attending a friend and co-worker's wedding reception tonight (the lovely pair wed in Hawaii in mid-February) and we're toasting to their newlywed bliss this evening.
Saturday is moving day. Yes, it's official, the boyfriend is moving in! It kind of feels like he already lives with me, but moving the furniture makes it extra-official! We'll be loading and unloading for most of the morning/afternoon, followed by a low-key evening.
On Sunday, I have yet another bridal shower, for my friend and sorority sister Carol of Everyday Delights. This is the 'Round the Clock shower I've been asking y'all for advice on, so I'll be sure to update you with my 1:00am gift!
Any big weekend plans?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Now, here's the big question: If you went on a journey for a year...where would you go? I need some time to ponder my own query, but I'll post my answer tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Perhaps my fave tea is Market Spice - it's a local Seattle tea, spicy-orangy-cinnamon goodness in every sip! But lately I've been dabbling with Celestial Seasons Bengal Spice and Mandarin Orange Spice. Anyone else see a pattern here? Can you tell I like spicy tea? Of course I try and balance these out with Bigelow's Green Tea with Pomegranate and Yogi's Honey Lemon for those scratchy throat kind of days.
But now...after all that purchasing, alas I'm kind of bored with my tea shelf. Don't get me wrong, I won't deny my Seattle roots because I'm first and foremost a coffee-in-the-morning kind of girl, but I usually retire in the evenings with tea and a good book (wow that comment just aged me 20 years...).
Are any of you out there tea drinkers as well? What's your fave?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Let me explain...the theme is a 'Round the Clock shower, meaning each guest is assigned an hour of the day and your gift is suggested to reflect that hour. For example, 4pm would be margarita glasses for happy hour. Well my hour is 1am...not the first thing that immediately came to mind was lingerie, but I want my gift to be tasteful and chic. I mean, 1am on a weeknight I'm usually sleeping, and on a weekend I'm usually winding down or (gasp) already in bed.
Any ideas of a clever gift to reflect this hour?
Monday, April 12, 2010
The main ingredients are: pasta, lemon juice, lemon zest, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It calls for basil, but let's face it, how often do you have fresh basil on hand? I mean, I rarely do. I literally make this at least a few times a month, because it really is so light, simple, and always ends up tasting great!
So now my question is...what is your go-to recipe? This could be a meal you make frequently, or an dinner you resort to because it's continually easy and delicious...I'm very curious as I could use a little variety in my go-to recipe routine.
Giada's Lemon Spaghetti
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the oil, Parmesan, and lemon juice in a large bowl to blend.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce, and the reserved cooking liquid, adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil.recipe/foodnetwork
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Any locals ever been?
Mmm, my mouth is watering right now! Next stop: New York City!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
This little 5-year journal is fabulous! It has room for no more than a few lines a day (about 2-3 sentences), and tracks the dates over 5 years, so you can compare your April 5th, 2010 to your April 5, 2015...and see how your life has grown and changed. I've had mine for about 4 weeks now, and already I'm enjoying flipping back and seeing and remembering the little things.
Now, below is a very different version of "trash the dress." I discovered this "trash the dress" photo shoot, entitled "You and Me and a Bag of Wendy's" via my friend Heather's blog. While it looks like the bride and groom are having a raucous good time, and granted it was probably fun to shoot, I almost cringed at these photos. I don't know if I could muster the strength to ever take condiments to my wedding dress!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Hope your Easter is a lovely one!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Also, next week is my school's Spring break which means I have the entire week off! This is cause for a celebration in itself! I didn't have any plans initially, but just found out my grandpa's memorial is scheduled for next Saturday in LA, so I'll be flying down there for the weekend to attend with family.