Cast Iron Cooking 101

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In our minds, cast iron can do just about anything — it produces some serious heat, it’s naturally nonstick, it can go straight from the stove top to the oven, and it’s the true master of one-pot meals. Occasionally you’ll hear that cast iron can be a little  finicky, or tricky to clean. But we have to disagree! If you show your pan a little love, give it a good cleaning and seasoning, you’ll have a pan to last you a lifetime. This weekend we’ll call out some of our best cast iron tips and summer recipes! Here’s a sneak peek…

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Mom-osa Bar!

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How to Host Mother’s Day Brunch

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There’s nothing we love more than a day that celebrates the special women in our lives – and guess what? It’s coming up! This Mother’s Day we  hope you spoil all of the lovely ladies in your life (or you’re the one getting spoiled!), because they (you!) most certainly deserve it. Stumped on what to do? We highly recommend making one of these fabulous recipes and giving her the most relaxing day possible. Hosting a get together? You won’t want to miss our features this week! Starting with Tips for Hosting…

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park city… house hunting

We came correct… Mason and I flew in for soccer tryouts, she made the premier division 1 team! 

We saw 15 houses, made an offer on our first choice and now we are under contract! 

We ate at 510, had breakfast at Harvest, checked out Deer Valley, soaked in the sun in 80 degree heat, drank rosé, shopped on Main Street and had a blast with friends. 

So begins our next chapter, with amazing summers and some of the best skiing in North America. I’m spending the next few weeks packing up our home in Seattle, spending every day with my closest friends and making some killer memories with the kids! 

Here’s to taking risks, adventures and living life to the fullest! Cheers!

Yummy Brownies

Sometimes you just need a brownie! A little sweet tooth never hurt anybody. So , here’s our little mocha brownie recipe and it’s gluten-free, if that matters. What is your favorite dessert recipe?

Brownie Ingredients
15 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked and drained
¼ cup water
9 T raw cocoa
¼ cup agave syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, soft, not liquid
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
4 eggs
½ tsp baking powder
2 T espresso, ground fine

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Blend dates (in a blender) and ¼ cup water on high until it becomes a paste
3. Add eggs, cocoa, agave, coconut oil, baking powder and espresso; blend until smooth
4. Add garbanzo beans; mix on high until entire mixture is well incorporated, thick and smooth
5. Evenly distribute mixture into mini muffin tins (fills 30-32)
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes (until it passes the toothpick test); remove and cool on a wire rack

try and try again Mini CoursesI think I have mentioned this before, but I am not a crafty person (see example A). However, I’m also not one to give up so easily and thankfully I have found a website that will allow me to fail gloriously at crafts in the privacy of my own home! Not that I mind the ridicule of going to a class, I have a rather stellar self-deprecating sense of humor, but let’s face it I just don’t have the time these days to go dedicate to a “real” class. Lucky for me I’m going to test out Craftsy and a couple of their free mini-courses (the operative word being free). I can’t guarantee I’ll improve in any meaningful way, but the little kid inside of me just won’t give up! There must be one craft I can be successful at, because cooking and interioir design don’t count in the eyes of my children. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears?

DIY: Secret Bedroom (Part 2)

Finally, after going on holiday and several delays, I finally finished the bedroom makeover. There are still a few decor items that I need to get, but the room is finished and I couldn’t be happier. I could go on and on about what I did, built, changed, etc… but I think I will let the photos do all the talking. I apologize in advance for the lack-luster quality of the photos, but my camera wasn’t working and this was what you get with cell phone camera. The after photos don’t even begin to do this room and color scheme justice. I’m going to get some better photographs and share them with you guys next week! Keep in mind, I tried to makeover this bedroom for as little money as possible, so the best place to go for furniture that you can easily upgrade is IKEA. Let me know what you guys think?Slide1Slide3Slide2Slide4

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  1. Walls: Shermin Williams/Color Passive (i’m secretly trying to make my daughter calmer by using this color)
  2. Bed: Duken Bed – What I love about this bed is the super cute grey with white polka dots fabric headboard cover. If she ever gets tired of the fabric, I can simply make a new cover with some modern fabric!
  3. Nightstand & Dresser: IKEA Hack of the Tarva Dresser and Nightstand – I love hacking IKEA furniture! It’s inexpensive and lots of fun. Mason loves this light blue color and I found these beautiful glass knobs which gives it a vintage look.
  4. Pendant Light: Land of Nod
  5. Table Lamp: Jonathan Adler
  6. Glass Bookcase: IKEA VITTSJÖ – this bookcase just looks amazing! It was black metal with glass shelving, but I spray painted the metal in Sunshine Yellow and it just pops and looks amazing against the grey walls!
  7. Art Prints: Give Peace a Chance & Owl Stock II
  8. Desk: Linnmon/Adalis
  9. Desk Chair: Herman Miller (personal collection)
  10. Custom Canvas Photo over the bed: CanvasPop

p.s. read how it all began here and see some making of the room photos here and here. Hope you have a great weekend!

Here we go again…

Happy New Year 2013Life has taken us on some difficult journeys these last couple of months and now that things have settled down there is some semblance of normalcy setting in. So, here I find myself back at it on the last day of the year. So much has happened this year, both good and bad, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I could spend my time rehashing all the negative things that have happened these last couple months, but I would rather think of all the good that has been bestowed on my beautiful little family.

this year’s favorites (in no particular order):

  • picnics in the park with my little man
  • watching my oldest play guitar
  • Matisse dancing to the beat of her own drum
  • crisp mornings with a cup of joe sitting on the stoop
  • my husband and his ever disappearing/reappearing beard
  • afternoon yoga
  • bows and arrows
  • red wine and Toujours Provence
  • naps with my little man
  • building skyscrapers with my oldest
  • twirling and laughing in the afternoon sun
  • morning dips in the pool
  • playing fetch and belly rubs with my lab
  • summer vacations in the Adirondacks
  • birthday parties and cupcakes
  • writing letters to old friends
  • being thankful that I get to live another day… everyday

Wishing all of you so much joy, laughter and love in 2013!