After my pumpkin-season rant last week, I’m suuuper excited to share some good news: I found the queen of pumpkin recipes. As in, the end-all-be-all, look no further-type recipe: Pumpkin Butter Mochi. It’s deliciously pumpkin. With a twist.
In case you’ve been stuck under a rock – or, on a rock, in my case, it’s officially pumpkin season. And even though I get caught up in the excitement every year when the season rolls around, I’m always a little cautiously optimistic about the latest and greatest pumpkin products. Is it just me, or are they totally hit or miss? Continue reading
Got any plans for the July 4th weekend? If you’re anything like me, the weekend is going to revolve around food, friends – and miraculously, sunshine. Looks like Oregon finally got the memo about summer. Here are some of the recipes I’ve bookmarked for our weekend parties. What are you cookin’? Continue reading
Get out your finest red, white, and blue gear, people! We’ve got Memorial Day AND 4th of July right around the corner. Which means, summa summa summa time is almost here too. Technically summer doesn’t start in Oregon until after the 4th of July – it’s just the way it is. Up until then we plan picnics and camping trips with a chance of rain. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
It’s important to remember what these holidays symbolize in the first place – and sometimes a few new party favors helps with the celebrations. So, whether you’re planning fireworks, a BBQ or simply a mellow 3-day weekend, I hope you have a very patriotic Memorial Day Weekend! Continue reading
I’ve spent way too much time on Pinterest this week. Besides feeling like I need to redecorate our bedroom, organize the kitchen shelves and buy a new Spring wardrobe – I was also bombarded with pictures of all things mint-chocolate (Thin Mints!). Besides Lucky Charms Treats (which I shared earlier this week), one of my favorite guilty pleasures of St. Patrick’s Day is the Shamrock Shakes that appear. Like, everywhere. So I did what any Pinterest-obsessed person would do. I jumped into my car and drove to the grocery store. Because, why buy 1 shake from your local fast food restaurant when you can buy enough ingredients to make shakes all week long? We’re on the same page here, right?
One of my favorite things about food is that it can instantly transport you to a different place or time. When I drink a tropical cocktail, I can close my eyes and nearly feel the Hawaiian sunshine – even on the most rainy day here in Portland. And then there’s Rice Crispy Treats smothered in Lucky Charms cereal. I don’t know about you, but these two treats were probably my two favorite things about childhood. So mashed together? It’s a magical blast from the past. And just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
Last week Sam’s grandma passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. A few days later, the snow started falling in Portland. And it hasn’t stopped. So while Portland experiences “snowpocolypse” (the first big snow fall in six years!), we’ve flown south to sunny Los Angeles to attend the service. It’s so cliche, but funerals are such a introspective experience. Listening to friends and family speak fondly about a loved one – and a life well spent – makes me wonder what the heck I’m doing with my life.
Since I’m getting sappy on you anyway, let’s talk Valentine’s Day for a minute. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of this holiday or not, one thing’s for sure: it’s a great reminder for us to tell our nearest and dearest just how much we love them. If you do this every day anyway, then bravo. The rest of us need a friendly prompt from time to time.
If you’re stuck in the snow like our friends back in Portland, enjoy some online Valentine’s Day shopping from your warm house – and stay safe out there!
And, just for the record, I love y’all.
I never thought I’d say this, but a cocktail just isn’t going to cut it this weekend. A cold cocktail, anyway. Hot bevys are a whole different story. They warm you up from the inside out, and feel somehow a little more appropriate than drinking an ice-cold margarita in 10 degree weather. I’ve been collecting a list of warm cocktail recipes for my own benefit, and thought it was time to share the wealth. So – put that margarita glass away, grab your favorite mug, and pick your weapon of choice!
Aloha means many things, from “love” to both “hello” and “goodbye.” In many ways, aloha seems like the perfect word to use on the first day of the new year, as we look optimistically ahead to the adventures that await, while saying goodbye to the fond memories of the previous year. Despite the ups and downs that most years seem to hold, I’m proud to look back at 2013 fondly. Here’s a glimpse at my top ten memories from the year: Continue reading