Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ribbons, flowers and tulle, oh my!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This wedding is everything. Vintage, quirky, sweet, and includes lovebirds that met in grade school. Can you think of a better love story? This bride and I must be soul sisters. Because, this wedding is what my soul is made of, old, true romance, vintage charm, ribbons in the trees and flowers in the hair. 











Friday, June 12, 2015

beadboard butler's pantry

Friday, June 12, 2015
We are in the finishing phase of our pantry - it is looking so pretty, I can't stand it. Billy framed the walls awhile ago, and it took some time to get the drywall up and wiring in. There are so many steps to drywalling - it takes forever. Plus, we haven't done a lot of wiring, but figured this would be a good project to introduce ourselves to it. And now, the finishing details. 

I've drooled over photos of pantries with subway tile, but it seemed like a lot of work and I didn't think I could sway Billy on it. Instead, we've decided on beadboard paneling. The detail will add texture and charm, while fitting with the era of the house. 











Thursday, May 28, 2015

strawberry smoothies

Thursday, May 28, 2015
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s spring. The days are getting warmer and brighter, which means my morning breakfast wants to get fruitier and lighter. Smoothies are plain awesome, but I don’t need to tell you that. Smoothies are something I will make a ton of for a month or two, burn out and then re-discover a couple months later. Here’s a quick, fresh, and filling strawberry smoothie I blended up the other day that had me thinking “where have you been all my winter?!” (I’d also like to take this moment to apologize to Billy for all the racket in the morning. But also, not. Because those smoothies in the fridge don’t come from nowhere.)




Recipe:

  • 1lb fresh strawberries
  • 1 banana 
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt 
  • 1 tray of ice cubes 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

nordstrom half yearly sale - pretty picks

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Here in Seattle, Nordstrom's two huge yearly sales are pretty much holidays. Shoppers create game plans, reading the catalog from cover to cover, figuring out their wish list and purchase priorities. The beautiful thing - since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns (LOVE this), you can avoid the crowds and shop with ease. Check out my top picks - the sale goes 'til May 31, 2015, so shop while you can!!!


Monday, May 4, 2015

ginger martinis and our Indian dinner party

Monday, May 4, 2015
Since we've been having monthly mini dinner parties, I've been getting more adept at planning complete dinner menus, which of course, includes a drink component! Last Friday, we had some dear friends over for a dinner of Indian food. This cuisine is great because it is naturally vegetarian and meat eaters don't even notice the absence of meat. It can be made vegan without a flick of the eye either!

As many of you might know there is no traditional alcoholic drink to pair with Indian food, which had me scratching my head for a few days. But thinking of the flavors we use in cooking, I thought a ginger martini would be a natural addition!




Ginger Martini


  • 1.5 oz ginger liqueur
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • juice of half a lime
  • garnish with crystallized ginger
  • rim the glass with the excess sugar from the crystallized ginger. 


For those of you wanting to host your own Indian dinner, here's what our menu consisted of...


As you can see, I like to mix a few homemade items (our masala and martini) with ready to go products. Trader Joe's is great for this! (and no they did not sponsor this post).

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