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10 Things Loved in June

A momentous month – I turned 30! There are at least 10 things that made my milestone month amazing.

  1. Peonies in bloom
  2. Rosemary fries at the Observatory
  3. Birthday camping at Nehalem Bay
  4. My Smith & Hawken umbrella in beautiful aqua
  5. PB&J cupcake from Cupcake Jones
  6. Vintage finds at the Eastmoreland annual garage sale
  7. Macarons from Pix
  8. Going to a baby shower – first one from the “phase 2” baby makers
  9. Taking a birthday bike ride with my five favorite friends
  10. Turning 30!!!

10 Things Loved in May

May was a beautiful, busy month. Here are 10 things that made it great.

  1. Snowshoeing and sledding at Mt. Hood
  2. Bryan’s Bowl at Por Que No
  3. Making art again – I’ll have to share more about it later
  4. Staying at Cavallo Point Lodge
  5. My first trip to San Francisco
  6. Visiting Heath Ceramics
  7. Celebrating nine years of marriage with Comma Mister (the ceramic anniversary)
  8. Biking trip to San Juan Island
  9. Taking my bike on the ferry – cool experience
  10. My new road bike – I’m a bit obsessed
10 May
2011

#13: Host a dinner party – 30 before 30 list

I hosted a dinner party for six with this vegetarian Cinco de Mayo menu. Shamefully, I was too busy cooking to take photos of my food!

We started with a simple wild greens salad with a citrus vinaigrette dressing. Then I served two soups: creamy corn soup and vegetarian tortilla soup, with garnishes of tortilla strips, scallions, lime, avocado, green pepper, cilantro, pepper jack cheese and jalapeno. The corn soup is from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food cookbook and it was super runny! I’m not sure I’d make it again, but thankfully there was plenty of food to go around and great garnishes so no one seemed to notice. I don’t have a “go to” recipe for vegetarian tortilla soup since I usually use up what I happen to have, but sometimes I combine this one and this one.

I also made a “chicken” taco casserole, a special recipe from Mr. Comma Happy’s mom. It’s bad for you, but a crowd-pleaser. We had several drink choices, but I think Mexican Coke and Jarritos are the only ones worth mentioning. The perfect dessert for this menu is churros with chocolate dipping sauce (including a kick of paprika and red pepper).

Overall, a great dinner party and something I need to plan more often. Who can resist a themed dinner?

17 Jan
2011

Calling Don Draper (ahem, to my Mad Men office)

I’ve been craving a Mad Men style office for a couple of years now, but since Mr. Comma Happy is the one with the wood paneled office, I’ve been secretly planning a design coup to overhaul his space.

After a Mad Men watching marathon this weekend I finally put together my stash of photos and inspiration into a mood board. Here’s my inspiration:

mad men office

And here’s a modern take on a Mad Men inspired home office:

Sources and progress to follow in an upcoming post, but most things are from IKEA, Crate and Barrel, Overstock and Amazon.

10 Things Loved in December

This very well may transition into a “10 Things Loved” blog, although I do have a 2011 goal of more regular posting (don’t we all). Until then, here are 10 things that closed out my year with a smile.

10 Things Loved in December

1. DIY Christmas decorations – I wanted to do something new for the mantle this year, so I wrapped three frames in brown kraft paper, stuck a cranberry pick in each one, and then hung them with a black ribbon. Then I made a long garland of DIY tinsel with strips of black tissue paper and pages from an old economics book. I am really happy with how it turned out. 🙂

2. Bow making – Let the craftiness continue! I was googling and youtubing up a storm trying to find a bow making tutorial that I could actually follow. After I had my fill of Southern belles telling me how easy it is to “simply loop and twist and loop and twist” and “there, a perfect holiday boooooow” I found one that actually worked. I would share, but I can’t find it now.

3. Christmas at the coast – Spending Christmas at the beach is a gift unto itself.

4. “Long live vintage” handbags – I love Fossil’s line of vintage-style bags. I picked up a purse and lunch bag at 50 percent off.

5. Eureka Springs, Arkansas – Who knew this little Arkansas town would be so beautiful and inspiring. I’m in love, and I’ll be back next year!

6. Broder – Aebleskivers, please. Broder is a great Swedish restaurant in Portland that serves up a delicious breakfast, and they have many covetable items on their walls.

7. Seattle – Perhaps this is appearing on my list too frequently, but I enjoyed flying into Seattle at night and seeing the Space Needle and twinkling city lights.

8. Deep fried cheese curds – Heaven help me. I’ve been traveling a bit more for work and I stumbled upon deep fried cheese curds in Wisconsin. OMG, they are to die for, and I’m so glad we don’t have these on menus in Oregon. (And if we do, I don’t want to know about it!) P.S. –  Please don’t tell Tillamook Cheese that I’ve been cheating on them.

9. Just Dance game – I got this Nintendo Wii game for Christmas and it is a riot! Now I suppose I could eat deep fried cheese curds on a daily basis.

10. Eames rocker – Look who finally got an Eames molded plastic rocker? Me! I’m proud to say it’s a knockoff from Overstock, which I scored for $99. I know I’ll never spend $500 on a real Eames rocker, so I may as well enjoy the look.