Archive for May, 2009


i want this


Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

seriously? how rad is this bike? i can just picture gnarly in the back or groceries, or ha craft supplies…and then…in the future…..kiddo’s :)

i’ll take one in cream please?…kkthanks! xo.


photo via madsen cycles


off to costa


crazy video to watch while i’m away…….via nick.

:) mucho besos and love while i’m gone. i’ll post pics when i return!


good wife – good impression – good muffins!


so all the burton principal reps (territory managers, the guys who do the same thing john does but in different states) are in town…having a big meeting at john’s showroom today. most of them landed yesterday so john went out to meet them downtown….and while i was home with the gnar–i decided to be a good wife, by making a good impression and cooking some good muffins for the reps for breakfast this morning :)


They were vanilla pear and tasted fantastic!

preheat your oven to 350…

[dry]In a large bowl, mix:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

2 tsp  baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

[wet]In a medium bowl mix:

2 eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup canola oil

1 tbsp vanilla extract

[guts]In a third bowl mix:

2 cups cut up ripe/but firm pears

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

[topping]and finally in a fourth bowl mix:

2 tbs sugar

2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tbs finely chopped walnuts

-when you have all your bowls separated, and prepared…..mix the wet bowl (eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, oil) w/ your dry bowl (flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder/soda, salt) – stir with spoon until you no longer see any dry ingredients: but be careful NOT to overmix! fold in the guts-pears & walnuts from the bottom up and scoop with a spoon into pre-greased cupcake tin.  top with 4th small bowl (sugar, cinnamon, walnuts) to create a suggary crispy top layer to the muffins.

cook through at 350 until you can poke with a toothpick and it comes out clean: 20-30 mins depending on your stove.

*makes 12 medium sized muffins or 6 large muffins.

[lame, i forgot to take a picture-but i made two batches, which meant there were a 3 left over so john + i split one last night as a taster and he had another one this am for bfast]


TAG’s signs


as i mentioned in a previous post–the fabulous Melissa Manley got me connected with TAG in order to work on some RESERVED signs for their patio tables….being on Larimer Square they are obviously going to get TONS of foot traffic, and they wanted to be able to control who sat at their patio tables…so I made up a couple mocks & we decided on the resin twig stands.

Here’s how they turned out. I’m super excited! Stop by TAG (now open!) to check em out!! 1441 Larimer Street ;)

wood RESERVED block-metal dowel-resin block w/ floating PLEASE SEE HOSTESS sign and twigs

wood RESERVED block-metal dowel-resin block w/ floating PLEASE SEE HOSTESS sign and twigs

little sign family ready to head off to TAG

little sign family ready to head off to TAG

packaged up w/ peekay market bags

packaged up w/ peekay market bags

Krista and I are going to start working on ideas for some check presenters for them next–keep your fingers crossed for us and send us some good juju vibes that we’ll land a second job!


photos by: me


wedding teaser…


Here’s two teasers from Jenn…as we continue to work out the kinks with Pictage and loading up the real galleries.

This is from her site:

Here’s our Bridal Shoot Preview:

(these were taken once we got back from Greece, *the amazing ones I was soooo excited about!*, at a lake about 10 mins from our house…Love Them!)


monday – 5 things i <3


so this weekend gnarly has been on the food hunt EVEN MORESO than normal–if that’s possible. she’s such a little scrounger! ;) ha. and i can’t tell you how many times it’s been references – how she and i are a good fit because we both love food so much.

So…in honor of my pup-here’s 5 meals i la la love!

1. TAG’s French Onion Dumplings – we were lucky enough to be invited to TAG’s soft opening this past weekend and it was delicious! Each thing we tried was amazing but these little bursts of flavor were unreal! Somehow, Troy Guard (owner & chef) was able to put a scoop of French Onion Soup inside a dumpling, so when you bite into it, it literally is like a blast of soup flavor in your mouth—insane. and i’m in love! [i’ve always loved french onion soup, two other favorites are; Bistro One’s and the microwaveable kind from Safeway! ha]

2. Strings Beef Carpaccio. I’ve always also loved carpaccio. Buffalo, beef, even beet–I love it all….and when I stumbled upon Strings a few years back, well…let’s just say I’ve started to crave it! Unlike any other carpaccio that I’ve had–they drizzle dijon mustard over the perfectly thin slices of meat, top with red onions + capers, then finally top with fresh grated parmesan…a.m.a.z.i.n.g! It’s then all rolled up and served on sliced toast. I LOVE IT!

3. J’s Noodles – Wonton Soup…mmmmmmm another absolute favorite that I crave regularly and cannot live without. The wonton soup at J’s is so far beyond any other wonton soup I’ve ever had. The flavors in the broth, thin wrapping on the wontons, and fresh cilantro make it one-of-a-kind. It’s the meal I crave prior to or upon returning from trips! :)

4. Duo’s – Grits w/ parmeasan and scallions. :) Big Ups to Rachel who got me craving this today…since she brought in grits for breakfast-this take on the normally soaked in butter and finished off w/ salt+pepper classic (ok ok, maybe I just go the step further to actually SOAK mine in butter, rather than just top w/ butter, but still…….) These grits are awesome! And best part-they’re on their side menu so you can still order whatever your little heart desires for brunch, and they’ll be there!

5. Jonesy’s Buffalo Fries – with blue cheese and Frank’s hot sauce, these are a doosey! So incredibly good that you easily forego any attempts at restrain…and just eat as many as you can before your friends can get to them first (hmmm…I guess I do have a little of the Gnarly eating tendencies in me, don’t I?!) :) These suckers taste good at any time of the day-lunch, happy hour after work, dinner, and late night snack. Fab!


DIY: moss can flower vase


I love flowers. I love getting them. I love giving them. I love smelling them. I love looking at them. I love picking them. I love each and everything about them, sans the bugs that come with em ;)

Which is why I was super excited when I found this DIY project. It’s cheap, it’s cute, it’s easy and takes no skill. PERFECT!

1. Save your aluminum cans – washed out and with no sharp edges around the top

2. Buy sheet moss–hot glue gun sheet moss around the outside of the clean, dry can–all the way around.


3. Wrap a piece of string, twine, raffia, ribbon, whatever and tie a bow!

4. fill with cold water, fill with fresh cut flowers, voila!


Such a great way to spice up bringing a friend flowers…I just LOVE it! ;) And hope my friend does this evening too <3

idea from Once Wed… I plan on trying their version next with some potted flowers to grow inside (or out!) all summer long :)


photos by: me