May 16, 2013
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May 14, 2013
We hosted my Mom, Grandma, two Aunts, one Uncle and one cousin for a late lunch of tacos and pomegranate margaritas. It was great to get everyone together to enjoy the sun breaks and the yard I've been busting my rear on.
The Huffington Post featured my Mom's Day table from two years ago (above) and that motivated me to put something fun together for this party too. We bought my Mom a gift certificate to Skye Nursery and I couldn't resist their amazing selection of succulents and tiny little teracotta pots.
I added a cake stand for height and some of my recent treasures (vintage apples, spotted eggs, and chess pieces) to add some unexpected fun to the table.
May 2, 2013
However, everything changed last week when I was hooked into stopping for a refreshing beverage on my way to the grocery store, thanks to an enticing sandwich board advertising a horcata iced latte. HOLY MOLY, do yourself a favor and spend your well-earned $3.00 on one. It'll revolutionize your coffee experience. I haven't dabbled in any of the cuisine at TNT yet, but if any of the food is half was delicious as their coffee I would imagine that it'll be just as sacred of an experience. Highly recommended!
photo care of seattleeater.com
Apr 25, 2013
Since we checked in last (aka 6 million years ago) A LOT has happened. Some of it cool (I went to NY, Molly to San Francisco) and some of it not-so-cool (I had random surgery tail bone surgery and couldn't walk for 5 days) but the most exciting of all: It's starting to feel like SPRING! I even had to stop and get sunscreen yesterday because I was out running errands and could feel my face GETTING BURNT, which (needless to say) is a rarity. What better way to welcome the northern light then cyber window shopping for weather appropriate knicknacks?
Is it embarrassing that I really want one of these? I'm somehow justifying the waste of water via lusting after a kiddie pool versus an adult sized one.
I've written about straws before because they are one of the most fun and functional items out there. They would look so cute with a fancy lil cocktail and a book the porch, no?
Speaking of cocktails, how irresistible are these recipes for ICED COFFEE COCKTAILS, care of Sprudge.com?
What is more pleasant and perfect than a good old fashioned pair of shorteralls? I can't get enough.
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 3, 2013
Gray Cat Pin by WingedPony
Cat tote by 2SmartCats
French bulldog pillow by intheseam
French bulldog sweater by MissPiggyUSA
Koala Tote by okapiillustration
Panda Post Cards by Sahara Jane Shop
Make sure to check out our pandas, dogs, kitties, and koalas in our Etsy Shop. There are rings, necklaces, and hair clips too! They've got fuzzy felt ears and can't wait to find find a new home.
Mar 25, 2013
We snapped a few extra photos during our photo shoot for the sale and Duncan made this stop motion video to help spread the word. I love it! I hope you do too.
Mar 21, 2013
ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Photo and recipe from rachelcooks.com
I don't understand why Brussels Sprouts get such a bad wrap, but somehow it took me 5+ years to sincerely say I enjoyed them. Now, however, I can proudly state that they are one of my preferred veggie choices and a staple in foods I keep around the house. VIVA LA BRUSSELS SPROUT!
The easiest and most delicious way to prepare them takes less than 30 minutes, and requires minimal effort (A+)
Drizzle base of olive oil on cookie sheet. Chop sprouts and kale finely and season to your liking with salt and pepper. Mix honey, oil and vinegar in with veggies, making sure that it is evenly distributed. Toss in oven at 250 degrees and stir every once in a while, until veggies are slightly browned and soft. SO GOOD!
LENTILS VEGGIE MAC & CHEESE
Photo and recipe from weelicious.com
Dried lentils and mac and cheese are two other staples that often occupy my kitchen cupboard. After over a year of veganism, I am a littttle burnt out on them as a primary protein at this point, but when added to an existing meal I am all about it! This one is insanely easy, as well.
Box of mac and cheese
Whatever veggie you have laying around (broccoli is really good in this but anything will taste great)
Extra cheese if you're into that sort of thing Get a mini stir fry going whilst making mac and cheese, and mixed together once macaroni is drained and the cheese is being added. BAM! You just created a vaguely healthier, most definitely hardier version of the great american meal.
FRIED PEANUT BUTTER TEMPEH
Photo and recipe from seriouseats.com
Tempeh is a soy product that is less significantly less boring than tofu. (Opinion statement!). I would liken fried tempeh to that of a fried animal protein because of its how well flavor sticks to it, which is great because it is 100% flavorless otherwise.
Mix in equal parts peanut butter, mustard and hot sauce in small bowl. Le tempeh marinate in said concoction for a few hours, and when it's looking totally saturated, fry it up and add to whatever other stuff you've got around- I really like it with fresh veggies like spinach or lettuce and some quinoa. Congrats! You've made a delicious meal.
Mar 19, 2013
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Mar 7, 2013
Perrodin Supply Company is an indie mom and pop shop located in Northwest Arkansas. Their whimsical and delicate collection of fine paper goods, wooden cut outs and detailed stamps are made by hand by Jonathan and Amber Perrodin. A sad and scary accident occurred in late February whilst Jonathan (the sole carpenter of the shop,) was working on some pieces, and left him with an amputated index finger.
They've managed to make the sweetest lemonade with the lemons they've been handed, however, and have created a fundraiser consisting of a hefty handful of amazing products (art, accessories, jewelry, housewares, etc) from supportive and innovative artists around the country (including Vivi Dot,) whose proceeds in entirety will go directly towards the medical bills of the Perrodin Family. The good news for you? The best way to help is to SHOP!
Feb 26, 2013
1) I learned that this effect is called Pixilation. Wikipedia defines it like this- Pixilation (from pixilated) is a stop motion technique where live actors are used as a frame-by-frame subject in an animated film, by repeatedly posing while one or more frame is taken and changing pose slightly before the next frame or frames.
2) The white circles that are hanging in front of the brick are from the whole punched pieces of Vivi Dot packaging. I use a round scalloped punch for the packaging of my watch necklaces and I could never bring myself to throw the punched peice away. I'm so glad I didn't because I was able to sew them all together to add a little bit of three dimensional detail to the brick wall.
Hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our party!
Feb 14, 2013
I've got a bottle of rum hanging out that I thinnnnnk is ready to be used. What says classic prom vibes better than some spiked punch? I found this awesome recipe care of sheknows.com:
3 strawberries plus 1 to garnish 3 slices of canned pineapple ice 2 ounces white rum 1/2 ounce pineapple juice from the can 1/4 ounces simple syrup Directions Place the strawberries and pineapples into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle until combined. Add a handful of ice to the shaker and then pour in the rum, pineapple juice and simple syrup. Shake the mixture vigorously to combine and then pour into a tall cocktail glass. Served garnished with a strawberry.
What better way to top off at punch bowl than with the help of a heart shaped ice cube tray? Swooon.
I am freaking out over how easy these mini cherry pies are! I can't say I'm the most ambitious baker, especially when dwelling into realms of the unknown baking world, but I think I want to try to make these puppies. Pie dough, sugar, cherries and ricotta cheese? DONE. Check out the brilliantly simple recipe here, care of cakestudent.com.
I've already got a prom dress, but if that weren't a case you'd better believe that this would be the one I'd be workin', care of twotart.
Do you have any go-to fave v day recipes, tricks or treats you love? Let me know!