{The List}: Hip Hip Hizzah!

I saw this bucket list idea when I read it on Jessica’s blog and had looked up to find out if there were any Renaissance Fairs in Washington as well as made it #113 on the list!

Luckily Groupon had a special deal on the Washington Renaissance Faire in Bonney Lake this summer and my partner in crime Alex and her mom were totally up for it!

Alex and I with our Dragons Breath Sarsaparilla bottles aka root beer with NO ALKEHAL! Ha ha! We entered the fair through a castle entrance in a field in the middle of nowhere in blazing hot sun-Our hottest day of the summer at a whopping 80 some degrees.

As we arrived back in time (everyone but us was basically dressed up in olden time cloaks or really random animals or fairies, I guess any excuse to dress up even if it’s the wrong costume for the event, but it made you feel like you were on the movie set of A Knights tale) we headed straight to the entertainment. Some sort of juggling acrobatic horseback riding fire throwing event was happening. I could totally do that.

It didn’t take long for Alex to want a giant pickle. Typical.

And took me about 2 seconds to then want…

A giant turkey leg. Yum! Messy but what I planned this whole event for. A turkey leg.

Then a barbarian of a viking began yelling to announce the Queen was coming!

The Queen was knighting people…trust me I would have done this but the line was long and it ‘was for the kids.’

Alex, like the true Renaissance woman she is, bargained to get to throw one axe. And she totally did awesome.

Now this guy. He spent the whole day walking creepily around without talking. I think he’s supposed to be the fawn in Narnia?? Hey whatever makes you happy bud. But you didn’t even take a break for a TURKEY LEG!

At the end of the day there was a jousting tournament-we were with Spain and this was the horse! It was quite the elaborate show. Here’s a video from the website  with a little bit of everything and of the jousting!

Then there was the drunken singing in the pub…

Then Alex got cooled off in the ‘Drench Wench.’

As silly as the fair sounds we had a great time in the sun and truly felt like we were in a whole other world. Every hour had some sort of entertainment and the fair was small enough to see everything. Although I came home and had to shower the heavy layer of dust I had accumulated!

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire?



Brad’s new band Dulcelina had another outdoor show last week! This time at Tiger Lounge in Georgetown.

Alex and I got a picture with Brad the awesome drummer of Dulcelina (So I’m biased…but everyone else agrees with me!)

Holly and Alex posed for cheesy portraits…

Than Holly and I posed for awkward photos too!

Have you seen any great bands lately? No? Come see Dulcelina on September 2nd at Mars Bar in Seattle!

Animals Sn-animals

My buddy Alex purchased a deal for the Woodland Park Zoo and asked me to go with her. Normally I am so not into zoo’s and aquariums and all that but since she used to work at the zoo I figured it be like a private tour!

It was sunny out so we stopped at a place called Picnic to get some essentials for a picnic in the zoo!

Like this yummy ham and cheese on a PRETZEL bread roll. LOVE IT!

Or this tasty sandwich Alex is displaying with a really good Dry Rhubarb Soda!

Then is was animal time. And most of them were out and about so I got a bunch of great pictures!

I actually enjoyed the zoo even though it makes me sad to see the animals on display and locked up. I didn’t even feel the need to rush through and leave.

Does anyone else get bored with museums and such? I’m headed to DC in September and want to go to some museums but am I doomed to be bored??

{Crafts}: First Class Ticket to Retirement Photo Wall

WHOA! I think this might be the final DIY project of the First Class Ticket to Retirement Party! I’ve had so much fun sharing projects #1, #2, #3, #4 and now #5 with you! This one is super simple and was a great conversation starter as well!

Project #5: Mini Clothes Pin Photo Travel Wall


  • Fabric wall hanging-I found a colorful map at Joann’s, but you could also use a paper map or other background of your choice
  • Thumbtacks or tape
  • Mini clothes pins
  • Thin ribbon-I used two colors
  • Photos of the retiree- I found some great ones!

  • I used thumb tacks to hang the fabric map on the wall and some clear tape to make it lay flat. Then I used ribbon tacked on to each side of the map to make two rows.
  • I used the mini clothes pins to hang each photo along the ribbon, mixing old and new photos-and as many as I could find related to my theme!
  • I then topped it off by adding some more of the cloud balloons along each side!

This was the simplest but also most meaningful project. I really enjoyed finding the photos and having everyone enjoy getting to see all the memories!

Do you have any clever photo wall ideas?

12th Street Festival

Also last weekend I went to the Capital Hill 12th Street Festival. The weather was awesome and there was a lot of great food!

I had a messy but tasty pork belly sandwich from Lark.

Holly got a coffee from High Five Pie (This is a photo of her documenting the coffee for her blog! ha ha!) this was the totally awesome espresso machine they had…

Then Brad’s new band Dulcelina played an outdoor set!

Have you been to any street festivals this summer?

Seafood Fest

Last weekend I had somewhat of a mini high school reunion with some great friends while feasting on seafood! I always enjoy a great summer evening outdoors sipping wine, sharing laughs and eating great food!

Andrea’s family was hosting and here she is making her famous crab cakes!

The boys had a crazy game of croquet…

While the ladies played an intense game of badminton! As the sun started to go down we sat down to eat.

Here is Ryan, Julie and Sarah enjoying the first course-a spinach salad with strawberries, onions, nuts and a vinaigrette!

Next up was smoked salmon fettuccine! Anna and Lydia pausing for a photo before digging in!

Brad refilled our empty wine glasses before the next course!

I needed lots of napkins to cover my white shirt for the final course of Cioppino!

Nate enjoyed it so much he drank the rest-although Lydia is thinking “Who’s this guy think he is?!”

Last but not least dessert! Delish chocolate cake with berries and Grand Marnier!

The evening ended with laughs around the fire! Thanks Andrea and Fam for a great night!

{Recipes}: Baked Zucchini Fries and Pizza Sauce

My dad and I’s garden had a giant zucchini and I was trying to find a recipe other than my go to zucchini bread for it. I stumbled across not only a delish BAKED zucchini fries (I love the fried kind too), but this pizza sauce to dip it in is also the best pizza sauce for homemade pizzas I’ve had in a long time! I used the extra sauce for a different meal of pizza with zucchini thrown on it too! This is a great snack and much healthier than fried zucchini!

Baked Zucchini Fries from Our Best Bites


  • 1 lb of zucchini, cut in strips
  • 1/2 cup Italian panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine bread crumbs and cheese. In a separate shallow dish whisk eggs. Blot the zucchini strips dry, dip in the egg mixture and then roll in the crumbs. Place on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, flip, and then bake another 10-12 minutes. Serve with the pizza sauce recipe below or ranch!

I had most of these things on hand for the pizza sauce which made it even easier!

Pizza Sauce loosely adapted from Our Best Bites


  • 1-6 oz can tomato paste
  • 6 oz of water (use tomato can)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dash of salt
  • A dash to 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, oregano, basil, marjoram, and parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


Empty the tomato paste into a bowl mixing in water a little at a time until smooth. Add all other ingredients and stir to combine. Add to pizza dough or serve as a dip to the zucchini fries! You can also freeze the sauce!

Mamma Mia!