Archive for November, 2009


my holiday wish list ;)


the holiday season is now upon us…and i love it! i love eggnog, crafting and baking, the smell of a fresh cut tree filling the room, snuggling by a fire, christmas music…duh, and of course-the LIGHTS! I could drive around for hours every day after work in the coming weeks just observing the pretty twinkle of lights. :) (i guess one of the benefits of having it be so dark when i leave work at 5 everyday…)

…but of course with the holidays come the stress of finding the perfect gift for all those special someone’s in your life. my gal – casey – over at the kid collective has put together some great gift guides that will be running all week for her, him, kiddos, the home, and charity. be sure to check it out daily [& some of yours truly’s picks are there too!]


if you are not fortunate enough to be from


the lovely city of seattle…well then, allow me to let you in on a little secret….

dutch babies.

yum. ;) perfect for the morning after t-day w/ lotso family and friends in the home….or just for girlfriends and brunch (as all my ladies have witnessed, since it’s my go to brunch dish to bring)

* 3 tablespoons sugar
* lemon zest from 1 lemon
* 4 large eggs at room temperature 30 minutes
* 2/3 cup whole milk at room temperature [i sub out almond milk since john can’t do dairy]
* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour [i sometimes sub out rice flour (for my gluten-free friends) but it doesn’t get the fun bumps when you cook it…]
* 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

* Equipment: a 12-inch cast-iron skillet

* Accompaniment: lemon wedges

Put skillet on middle rack of oven and preheat oven to 450°F.

Stir together sugar and zest in a small bowl.

Beat eggs with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and frothy, then beat in milk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and continue to beat until smooth, about 1 minute more (batter will be thin).

Add butter to hot skillet and melt, swirling to coat. Add batter and immediately return skillet to oven. Bake until puffed and golden-brown, 18 to 25 minutes.

Serve immediately, topped with lemon sugar & fresh blueberries…I served mine this morning with ginger syrup as well and honey drizzled & red chili flake bacon. [jealous? come on over!] *& p.s. if you haven’t checked out the ginger people’s products yet, i strongly suggest you do-i am obsessed with them, all so delicious and convenient, i don’t know that i’ll ever buy fresh ginger again now that this has entered my life.


dear cranberries



i have an absolute and utterly irresistible crush on you ….before you cook too long and lose your puuurfect round little shape.


i foresee many craft projects together this winter.


thank you.



turkey – duck, whatever


happy turkey day.

enjoy these duckfaces while you eat your little hearts out. ;)


[via benjon]


for the love of ork


my jaw literally did a lil drop & a slight gasp of excitment left my lips as i saw these ork map invites… ummm perfection. i have fallen head over heels in love with ork posters from the moment i saw them, wishing & hoping that they would extend to other cities… and well this invite, made me flat out smile :)

via 100 layer cake


t-day menu


so this being my first thanksgiving as a wife…i decided to go into it with an open mind. being a subtle mix of a foodie & kitchen natzi, i normally rule the house when it comes to menus, feeding folks, and what goes down in my domain–the kitchen. so in attempt to be a good wife, i held out on the final decisions for the menu to make all the choices with claire (john’s mom). :) here’s what we decided on:

to start and munch on while we cook – goat cheese w/ olives, lemon & thyme

william sonoma’s herbes de provence roast turkey [john’s dad picked this one…it’s how they normally do their turkey. last year we tried making ours on the green egg but after realizing how hungry we were and that it still wasn’t done, we ended up throwing it in the oven anyway, so when roasting it came up-we didn’t argue ;) ha]

country bread stuffing w/ smoked ham, goat cheese, & dried cherries

smashed potatoes (yes that’s the new “mashed”) & vegetarian gravy

cranberry sauce w/ port & cinnamon

best ever green bean casserole

buttermilk biscuits w/ green onions & coarse S+P

turnips & carrots

…and we ordered a caramel apple pie from the sweet life ;)


eye candy


so took way too long but i posted some more photos from the luce workshop weekend


:) here.



thanks again to jenn for putting together and all the mo-dels & artists for their patience with us ;), and the other luce gals for a fun time!