Friday Favorites

P1020636Wow. So, I totally went on vacation for a couple weeks without actually going on vacation. I was at my mom’s. Which is like vacation, you get the eat cookies and sleep in and change less diapers. I even took myself on a date to the movies! It was awesome. But now I’m home. This is the last official weekend of summer. DB has been off having adventures in Korea, but is en route back to us now. I’m looking forward to starting the fall season as a family. And you know, blogging more, mostly about pumpkins.

I think abandoned places are awesome, and this place is like a holy grail.

I have oft complained to DB that office chairs have no style. This is will help remedy that.

A friend posted this gem on Pinterest the other day and it brightened my spirits. What a great insult.

I’m planning on making a ton of freezer meals for when the new baby comes. The Kitchn has posted some great ideas here and here.

Totally in love with the color scheme of this kitchen.

Arielle Alasko’s studio is just awesome.

And finally, how great is this blouse. Look closely, friends, she has the TARDIS.

May your weekend be full of family, fun, burgers, dogs, fireworks, and no emergency room visits.

xo, S.

Friday Favorites

9459785186_93f88a16d5_zThis was a hectic week to say the least. My dad visited for a couple days. I broke the screen on my phone. DB went off on an adventure, and the Bear and I are having one of our own with my mom right now. It’s nice to be able to take a little breather and catch up with some friends, if only for a few days.

I turned my mom into a huge Dr. Who fan when she came for a visit early this year. This is awesome for both of us.

Loving this simple tutorial on this awesome new to me blog.

I want to build this table for our dining room.

I’m pretty sure my dream house looks something like this.

Totally feeling the comfortable simplicity of this outfit.

We’ll be having this for dinner soon. And then I will eat all the pie for dessert.

Hope you have a great weekend.

xo, s.

Back to School

While the Bear isn’t quite old enough for school (ok he’s not even 2, he has a few years to go), I still get a little giddy when school supplies start showing up in the stores. Fresh notebooks and boxes of crayons is as exciting to me as hoodie weather and the return of pumpkin everything. Going back to school after a long summer at camp was always exciting. Everything was new again, new clothes, new notebooks, seeing how everyone changed over the last few months. And naturally, the anxiety of what to wear that first day and if your crush would be in your class and if your teacher would be cool. Oh simpler times.

I stopped by Target the other day to pick up some milk, and while I managed to get out of there without spending $100, I did come across these adorable journals from Rifle Paper Co. I’ve been a huge fan of Rifle Paper Co. for a few years now. Anna makes the loveliest paper goods and has been expanding her brand beyond cards and stationary to include gift wrap, calendars, and even iPhone cases, so it was really exciting to see her signature flowers on a Target shelf. I think it’s great to see a small creative business able to reach a wider audience. The trade off? The journals are distributed by Chronicle Books and produced as China, while the majority of products offered directly from the Rifle Paper Co. website are US made. Still, with all the adorable back to school goods calling to me, I was happy to add these to my basket so I can take my super important (you know, grocery lists) adult notes in them.

PS. Chronicle offers a range of Rifle products that are available on Amazon, and a few at your local Target.

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Kitchen Roundup

After being on the road for a few weeks, one of the best things about getting to our new house has been settling into our new kitchen. It has a lot more functional counterspace than our last place, the oven works properly, and there’s more storage (through I’m still figuring out the best way to lay everything out). Since becoming a more diverse canner is one of my goals this I’ve been busy visiting local farmers markets and trying all manner of new pickles, jams, and salsas. I also bought a new sourdough starter from King Arthur flour and have so far tried my hand at pretzels, waffles, and english muffins. Not everything has been a success (just now I burned some of the english muffins…oops), but after a month of not really cooking at all these past few weeks have been a welcome change of pace.

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Santa Rosa plums, red plums, and pluots getting ready to be jammed

Plums were on sale at the commissary so I also made plum muffins from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Plums were on sale at the commissary so I also made plum muffins from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

DB started on some Creme de Menthe

DB started on some Creme de Menthe

Almond meal (leftover from making almond milk)

Almond meal (leftover from making almond milk)

Friday Favorites

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This week has gone by so fast, probably because I made a to do list at the beginning of it and haven’t come close to being halfway through it. Naturally, I have to work this weekend and then my dad is stopping by to visit for a few days. Oh well, there’s always next week.

If you haven’t seen this already, it should make your day.

Since our basil is doing well these days I’m interested to try these.

These would look great on our new bookcases.

Like we really need to be eating cake. No, we totally do need to be eating cake.

These are like cake, but better.

But seriously, who needs cake when you can have pie?!

This was a really interesting and informative perspective on objectification in photographs.

Have a great (and productive) weekend.

Other Travels

After Colorado we said goodbye to seeing mountains everyday and hello to the flat flatness of the Midwest. At this point, we’d been in the car about a week and were starting to get antsy about getting to the east coast. Now, of course, we weren’t (and still aren’t) thrilled about the fact that we’d not only be living on the east coast, but would be going from a pretty rural setting to a hugely congested metropolitan one. Still, being somewhere would be better than being nowhere so we dashed through the second leg of our journey as quickly as we could stopping mostly just to eat, stretch, or sleep before continuing on the next day. Still, even from the dashboard, we saw some pretty great things.

PS. If you’d like to see the full set from our travels click here.

Bison burgers in Moiese, MT near the National Bison Refuge

Bison burgers in Moiese, MT near the National Bison Refuge

A windfarm in Iowa

A windfarm in Iowa

Nebraska

Nebraska

DB cruising along

DB cruising along

Montana

Montana

Sleepytime in Chicago

Sleepytime in Chicago

Family time in Chicago

Family time in Chicago

Our last view of Mt Baker

Our last view of Mt Baker

Learning the true meaning of 4th of July

Learning the true meaning of 4th of July

Our new house

Our new house

Rocky Mountain National Park

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By the time we hit up Rocky Mountain, most of the holiday traffic had receded and we were able to enjoy a beautiful day exploring the different ecosystems the park has to offer without all the added stress of tourist throngs. We spent about half a day which was enough time to explore about half the park. We entered by way of Estes Park and worked our way up along the Trail Ridge Road. The road itself was once a hunting trail used by ancient inhabitants of the area. Now it’s the best way to “car hike” the park through its sub-alpine, alpine, and tundra systems. The Tundra was pretty awesome. Barren with just a few scrubby plants clinging to the landscape…and cold. Having never been in such an environment before I have to say it was my favorite part of the park. We stopped at the Alpine Visitors’ Center for lunch and spotted an elk herd hanging out on a patch of snow.

In the evening we visited Boulder where my friend Kelly lives and had a great time eating too many nachos and catching up. Bear had a great time at Pearl Street, exploring the parks and ultimately taking the plunge into the water fountain. We were so glad he was recovered from his illness and could really enjoy himself.

No Rainbows at the Rainbow Overlook, but really...who needs one?

No Rainbows at the Rainbow Overlook, but really…who needs one?

Rock stream in the Tundra

Rock stream in the Tundra

A quiet moment

A quiet moment

My sweet Bear (Photo by: Kelly True)

My sweet Bear (Photo by: Kelly True)

Wild nights on Pearl St

Wild nights on Pearl St