Month: January 2016

Seattle.

I finally made my way to Seattle; it had been on my list of places to visit for a while. It was so green! I’ve never been so happy to see trees in my life. Of course we hit the touristy, iconic Seattle spots…let’s reminisce! I love me some farmers markets and Pike Place Public Market delivered. Their produce looked so good they almost looked fake, they had a handmade section with local artists selling their work, and my fiancé was excited to see the seafood guys throw fish around. I was impressed with the floral selection — it was dahlia season! You could buy a bouquet of flowers for as low as $5. And I did. I so did. We had a cute floral display in our hotel for our stay. Across the street, you can check out the first Starbucks, and all around you can find pig statues. Apparently, taking pictures next to ‘Sue‘ is a thing, so I joined in the festivities. Sue, statue? We found the gum wall. I’m glad we got to see it in …

our backyard.

I’m throwing back to the time my feyoncé and I explored Memorial Grove (Fall 2015). The view is lovely, especially on a clear day like this one. Ok, this isn’t really our backyard but it’s so close, it’s basically our backyard. We can see our apartment complex from up here! There are patches of trees and scattered benches. Beware of poison oak and narrow pathways that look like trails – they aren’t trails! We got a good workout climbing back up a path we thought maybe led somewhere. Wherever you walk, you’re close to neighborhoods and roads. There were many people hiking around solo in this park. It’s the perfect local getaway when you need a simple nature break. We spotted a rock spiral, too, and decided it would be a good idea to walk through. It wasn’t. We both got dizzy real fast. Whoops! On the way back home we found a smiley happy bush. Now that’s crafty! Where do you explore in your neighborhood? Share below!

cooking with daddy, episode 002.

My Dad and I were long overdue for a photo documented kitchen collaboration. This Christmas he taught me his method of making peanut brittle: using the microwave! I was surprised, too. This was just like the time I found out you could use the microwave to make cake (mugs cakes for the win!). Materials & tools: Baking sheet Brush Metal spatula + butter knife / another spatula Measuring cups and spoons Microwave safe mixing bowl Small bowl Ingredient list: 4 tspn vanilla 4 tbsn butter, melted, plus extra to grease the pan 2 tspn baking soda 2 c sugar 1/4 tpsn salt 1 c corn syrup 2 c peanuts, raw How to: Grease the pan with melted butter. Heat your pan in the oven at 200F. This will prevent the brittle from solidifying too quickly when you pour the mixture onto the pan. Mix together the vanilla, butter, and baking soda in one bowl. Set aside. In a large, microwave safe bowl, combine the sugar, salt and corn syrup. Mix ingredients together so that the sugar gets …

2016.

Hellooooo 2016 and Happy New Year to all! I’m kicking off this year’s posts with a colorful DIY and long-overdue recap series of the fiancé and my Seattle travel adventures. First up: our visit to Impress Stamps at University Village. Yes, of course I signed up for a crafty workshop on my vacation! I had been following Impress on Instagram and via their newsletter, and loved being inspired by their features. When I found out I could take a class during my planned Seattle vacation I was sooo in. And so was my fiancé. Well, he was ‘highly encouraged’ to join me. 😉 We took a 2016 calendar making class. Our instructor provided all the supplies to create a 12-month desktop calendar. Each month had a kit complete with stamps, inks, embellishments, and inspiration. I really liked seeing all the variations my workshop mates created. Here’s what I came up with: Before and after workshop, I perused their walls of stamps and fun supplies! Just look! I left with a basket full of goodies. Oh Impress, you’re a …