Archive from September, 2010
27 Sep
2010

#20: Visit Turkey, Greece or the Adriatic Sea – 30 before 30 list

photo by MarcelGermain

It’s official! I’m going to Greece and Turkey in less than a month. Flights and hotels are booked, guidebooks and clothing are strewn around the house, and we’re getting down to business planning the perfect itinerary. And for some reason, I’m quite excited that we’ll be seeing the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea in one trip. Here is my unofficial itinerary:

  • Days 1-2: Athens
  • Days 3-5: Santorini
  • Day 6: Heraklion, Crete with a daytrip to Knossos
  • Day 7: Chania, Crete with a daytrip through the Samaria Gorge
  • Day 8: Athens and Delphi
  • Days 9-11: Nafplion with daytrips to Mycenea and Epidauros
  • Days 12-16: Istanbul

Supposedly, fall is the perfect time to visit Greece, as the weather is still great but the crowds are gone. I’m counting down the weeks until I get to cross #20 off my 30 before 30 list.

10 Things Loved in August

It’s time for another recap of things that made my month! Here are 10 things that made me happy in August:

1. Gladiolas: I’m the kind of girl who likes to buy her guy flowers. Yes, it’s kind of a gift for myself, but it makes the house seem cozy. He humors me. I picked up a 10-stem bunch of glads at Fred Meyer for $3.99! They were cheaper than the tie-dye daisies and lasted a couple of weeks.

2. Lemon curd and lemon tarts: Not only did Comma Mister get flowers and the coolest card ever for his birthday, he also got a lemon tart. Deeeelicious.

3. Providence Bridge Pedal: When else can you pedal across the Marquam Bridge? There is nothing quite like pedaling your bicycle across a freeway bridge. Yes, it’s a leisurely bike ride with 18,000 of your closest friends … and it’s awesome!

4. Cole Haan ‘Air Nora’ slide: These feel a bit grannyish but are still cute “summer is not yet over” shoes. And I do love my Cole Haan Nike Airs.
Cole Haan sandals

5. Pine State Biscuits: Everyone raves about the Reggie, the Regina, or plain old biscuits and gravy, but seasonal berries are where it’s at! I just can’t condone collard greens at 8 a.m. (which is when you should arrive if you don’t want to stand in line), but fresh berries and whipped cream are perfect toppings for the perfect biscuit!
Pine State Biscuits

6. Eggplant: Both the color and the vegetable made me smile this month.
eggplants portland farmers market

7. Oregon honey: Another Portland Farmer’s Market find. I’m not sure what made me happier, the honey sticks or the yellow “3 Bees” bucket. I’m craving both.
honey sticks portland farmers market

8. Avery NoteTabs for cookbooks: I saw an ad for these in the Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine and knew they would change my life. Proof that advertising works (only I thought they were a 3M post-it note product, so I suppose you could say I had a hard time with advertisement recall). Love them!
avery notetabs for cookbook

9. Lavender: Is it acceptable to have three items from the Farmer’s Market on my list? I put a bunch of fresh lavender in a wooden apple basket from Pottery Barn ($2.99 clearance item – score) and it smells as good as it looks… or looks at good as it smells.

10. Game storage: Finally, a place to keep extra games, and the (IKEA Dombas) wardrobe was only $99!
Ikea game storage

20 Sep
2010

#11: Go to a comedy show – 30 before 30 list

While this wasn’t my first comedy show, I added “Go to a comedy show” to my 30 before 30 project because I knew it was something I wanted to do AGAIN before hitting the big 3-0.

I had the chance to see Kumail Nanjiani, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll at Bumbershoot in Seattle this year. I hear it’s a great venue to catch up and coming comedians. Last year I saw Aziz Ansari, who is most hilarious.

My favorite out of the three was Kumail Nanjiani. Here’s a crappy YouTube video from his cheese/heroin routine:

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“It’s mostly heroin…just do the heroin, you already have the heroin…” has been been cracking me up ever since.

I feel like I should add the “Go to a comedy show” goal to a list of resolutions each year… there’s something to be said for getting a good laugh – in person!

16 Sep
2010

Top-of-mind: Stripe confetti ruffle shirt from J.Crew

Stripe confetti ruffle shirtWho wouldn’t want a tuxedo shirt boasting stripes AND ruffles? The stripe confetti ruffle shirt from J.Crew feels like a whimsical version of their classic dock-stripe perfect shirt. The perfect shirt has been my favorite go-to shirt for about the past five years and they are surprisingly durable!

I would wear the ruffle shirt with black suit pants to work and, of course,  pair it with navy linen shorts for the final weekend of summer.

12 Sep
2010

Made it: Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants

Trader Joes chocolate croissantsTrader Joes croissants

Does this qualify as baking? Trader Joe’s is my secret source for Sunday morning baked goodness. While I used to slave over complex pastry recipes in my baking handbook, now I save my baking time for tarts and pies! These chocolate croissants and mini croissants are delicious and they make your house smell like a French bakery.

To make them, simply place the frozen croissants evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set the baking sheet in the oven and let them proof overnight. When you wake up the next morning you’ll find that the tiny frozen pieces have turned into regular sized croissants and all you have to do is bake them.

Best time saver ever.