Seattle Sporadic Sunshine

The last few days have been lovely in Seattle! I enjoyed a patio happy hour at Laredo’s in Lower Queen Anne with Kelly C. Our fav is the Sangria Wave! A sangria floater in a blended margarita! Bliss!

I also subbed for a friends ‘Drinks on the Links’ team. Even though I am not on a weekly putt putt golf team, I still bought the awesome cup! If I ever want to get a cheap beer refill I’ll just head on down! I was also probably the only person who DIDN’T get a hole in one.

After a day at Lake Washington and a walk around Greenlake I headed to the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market! I got a yummy treat at the ice cream truck.

Love the design on the cone! I had delicious meyer lemon and mint with flakes of dark chocolate!

So Scary! There are bees in there! The honey stand had a bee hive display…TERRIFYING!

There was a chef demo and samples!

I bought some heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella!

I also bought a bunch of basil. So fresh that they said keep it in water so it will last longer!

Luckily they were giving out free tote bags, because with my groceries and farmers market purchases I needed a bag for the walk home!

And for dinner I made an amazing local, organic, and fresh caprese salad! YUM!

Here’s to hoping for more sun,

{Travel}: Portlandia

By now I think everyone is familiar with the show Portlandia and it’s famous “put a bird on it.” If you are not please educate yourself here. It is so funny!

I headed to Portland, OR for a good friend Audrey’s Bachelorette Party! I had to drive a rental car because SOME ONE pulled a Hit and Run on my PARKED car! Needless to say, I am not happy for a $$$$$ mistake I didn’t even cause. Thanks for not leaving your info. Okay I’m done.

We had perfect weather and although I only was there a night I love Portland! It’s Seattle’s cousin Vinny. We stayed in downtown-which by the way was crazy! I felt like I was in Vegas or something…and I don’t remember the Portland night life being like that in the past. Could have been the 200 bachelorette parties there though!

We went to Saucebox for dinner. They had great cocktails like this giant pineapple drink! And I of course ordered the PuPu Platter…

It was delish! After many drinks and some one cutting their hand on a broken glass we headed out to a few bars for the night! The next morning Audrey made sure us out of towners made it to the legendary Voo Doo Doughuts!

They have some crazy doughnuts. Bacon Maple Bar was delish! But the rest of the random doughnuts were overwhelmingly sweet for me! Still super fun to stop and look at all the different kinds. And they have a line out the door 24/7!

I wish I had had more time to shop at some of my favorite shops-sales tax free! Another time though…

What are your favorite things about Portland?

Put a Bird on it,

{Crafts}: First Class Retirement Party Invitations

I am so excited to start sharing with you some of the great DIY stuff I created for my Dad’s airplane/travel themed retirement party! It all began with my first etsy order (unbelievable I know!) of some air mail Japanese tape. And so began all of the planning. I needed air mail envelopes, blue balloons with clouds, to design an invitation, a banner, etc. So to kick it all off here is the first project!

Project #1: Boarding Pass Invitations and Air Mail Envelopes

Tools

  • Boarding pass template-I found mine at aylee bits with a great tutorial too!
  • Program similar to Microsoft Publisher
  • Font similar to OC RA (I downloaded mine from dafonts.com)
  • Color printer and off white card stock or through printing service like Kinko’s
  • Paper cutter/scissors
  • Perforate cutter
  • Air Mail envelopes (I found mine on Amazon.com)
  • Japanese air mail masking tape (I found mine on etsy.com)
  • Travel acrylic stamps (I found mine at a local craft store)

Instructions/Tips

  • Download the aylee bits boarding pass template. I used the template on a blank Microsoft Publisher document and added clip art and text as I wanted in the first template.
  • For the font I downloaded the OCRA text that looks like an old boarding pass font.
  • Here is an example pdf of what words/images you might use
  • Here is the sloppy edited version of the pdf. Sorry about that! Go to the pdf link it is much better looking!
  • Once you have designed your first invitation on the template, copy and paste it in the remaining two spots.
  • Print as many as you need in color on card stock-I used Kinko’s to print mine.
  • Cut each template out and using the perforate tool and ruler on a mat score where you would like to create a tear off look on the boarding pass. I perforated the edge where the directions to the party were so it was like a seat stub on a boarding pass and where the edge with the seat belt and seat number were. Such a cool tool!
  • I ordered some air mail envelopes (a ton so I can use them for other stuff!)
  • To seal the envelopes I used that awesome Japanese air mail masking tape!

These are a great fun way to get people excited about the party! Super inexpensive too!

Fly Away,

{Travel}: Olympic Peninsula

A week or so ago (Sorry I am catching up!) I went out to Ocean Shores, WA with Brad and his mom for a mini vacation to enjoy the WA coast!

It wasn’t a tropical beach but that didn’t stop Brad from going into the frigid ocean!

Ocean Shores has a new souvenir shop called Sharky’s with a giant Great White at the entrance. We were super excited for all of the cool shark stuff, to then be underwhelmed with what the store actually had. But that’s because we are used to the HUGE souvenir city in Gulf Shores, AL with TONS of stuff. I did find Brad a cool book about the making of Jaws though!After a relaxing beach weekend we drove up to Lake Quinault on the way home and saw the World’s Largest Spruce Tree!

We then stopped at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge.

And the beautiful and peaceful Lake Quinault.

We also stopped on the way home in Dupont, WA at a pizza place called Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza. And the Americana pizza was DELISH! Highly recommend stopping here.

Now I need a vacation from all of my vacations. Do you ever feel like that?

Here’s to relaxin’,

Raspberries: The Superior Berry

I love berries. But by far my favorite berry is a raspberry. I have been dying to go berry picking and my friend emailed me to say they were going out of town and someone should come over to pick their raspberries! YES! Free raspberries! So even though it was raining and a thunderstorm, my friend Alex ventured to Redmond with me to pick some berries!

We picked a good size amount, but a lot of them weren’t ripe, difficult to get to or molding from all the cold damp weather we have been having.

Alex and I with our bounty of fruit and soaked in the pouring rain…you can’t tell but…

We got soaked! I already have some homemade raspberry freezer jam, so the plan is to just enjoy these berries plain. Perfect.

After drying off we head to get some pho. Yeah, it’s summer I know. This weather is crazy! But honestly I prefer it over the heat wave everyone else is having.

What’s your favorite berry??

Rasp-out,

{Recipes}: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bottomed Vanilla Cupcakes

After making a batch of the sinfully delish chocolate chip cookie, double stuff oreo, and brownie bars I was on the search for another crazy dessert concoction. I discovered these chocolate chip cookie cupcakes and knew I had to try it out! I was worried the cookie part would be really hard but these came up nice and chewy. One cupcake probably will send you into a sugar coma but it is well worth it! I really was blown away by the butter cream recipe though and will be using it next time I make champagne cupcakes. These would be great for a birthday or for a lunch with friends like mine was!

Chocolate Chip Bottomed Vanilla Cupcakes and Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting from How Sweet It Is

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, soda, salt and set aside. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add dry ingredients and mix. Fold in chocolate chips. Line muffin pans with tin foil cupcake liners and lightly spray with cooking oil. Fill each liner with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and press in.

Extra dough can be used to make mini cookies as decorations. Make teaspoon size balls on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees from about 6 minutes. Watch closely as they can burn easily.

Cupcake Batter

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk

Cream butter and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside. Add half of the dry ingredients and mix. Add milk and mix and then add remaining dry until combined. Drop batter on top of dough in liners. Bake 15 to 18 minutes. Turn them half way through baking time. Remove and let cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Butter Cream-This frosting would go really well on top of the champagne cupcakes!

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Cream butter until smooth. Add sifted powdered sugar slowly, increasing the speed as you go. Add vanilla and beat 2 to 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Frost and add sprinkles and half mini cookies on top!

Let the sugar rush begin!

A First Class Ticket to Retirement

My dad officially retired this year! Congrats! My brother and Jan had a great idea to throw him a retirement party and the party planner in me was unleashed! It didn’t take me long to come up with a perfect theme. My dad was in the Air Force and worked for the airlines for a bit and has always enjoyed anything to do with flight and planes. So we created a First Class retirement party for the Captain!

We had a great backyard BBQ with friends and family and had enough BBQ chicken to feed the block! All the airplane/travel themed party ideas will be shared in various craft project posts and you can look forward to DIY boarding pass invitation in air mail envelopes, fringe streamers, luggage tag silverware and MORE! I also created an inspiration idea board here at pinterest!

I didn’t make the cloud balloons but the fit the party perfect and I found them online and had Safeway fill them up with helium for me when I made a pit stop to pick up airplane snacks.

MMM…pretzels and peanuts! Adam and Jan the master chef’s they are made amazing roasted corn on the cob and TWO types of BBQ chicken!

We also had old fashioned bottled cokes, a garden salad from our veggie garden, beers, a jello and potato salad my aunt made and two delicious pies our family friend Ann made.

The show stealer of the party was Baby Connor who’s new best friend is Brad.

Brad helped him water the plants…

How to cheers drinks…

And how to chug your drink!

All I taught him was to do a senior portrait pose…

SO CUTE!!! My friends make cute kids.

I also found this perfect blue mailbox from Joann’s to go with the air mail idea and made a perfect place for people to leave cards for my dad! I can’t wait to share all the projects with you!

Fly Away,