Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I love finding things around my house that need a new home. I also love antique and thrift shopping. This morning was my weekly morning out alone. My sister watches the kids and I go to a coffee shop to write and often stop by a shop or two. This morning I saw that the local antique store is going out of business and everything is on sale. I went in and found a southwest wool rug, an industrial pendant lamp, a woven basket, a black walnut bowl, a Windsor chair, and a midcentury wire shelf for very minimal cost. 

I had also been eyeing the African woven market baskets at Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, so when I went to pick up chicken feed in Fall City yesterday I stopped in and snagged one. I love it so much. 

Amidst the monotony of dishes, laundry, and disciplining children and puppy, restyling gives me a little creative lift and makes me happy. I'll take it!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coconut Mojitos

I thought I would share one of my favorite cocktail recipes as the weather warms up here in the Pacific Northwest. I first had a Coconut Mojito of the virgin variety at a restaurant in Edmonds when I was pregnant with John. I tried to recreate it with canned coconut milk and coconut water, but those didn't work, although coconut syrup might do the trick. So I never perfected the virgin version, but the real deal is divine. Here is what you will need for one drink:


  • Malibu Rum
  • 1 Lime
  • 6-10 mint leaves
  • Lemon Lime sparkling water (Talking Rain, Perrier, Pellegrino)


Tear the mint leaves into small pieces to release the oil and toss them in a pint glass. Cut the lime in half, and cut one of the halves into four wedges. Put the wedges in the glass and muddle to release lime juice (if you don't have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spoon works). Fill the glass with ice. Pour the Malibu Rum in until it reaches an inch or inch and a half from the top of the glass. Using a citrus press or your hand, squeeze the other half lime into the glass. Top off with the sparkling water. Stir, and enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ten on Ten :: April 2014

*Amelia took the picture of John and the picture of me.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Busy bees

We've been busy little farmers the last couple of weeks. The kids helped me plant tomatoes and onions inside, then a heather and hellebore outside, along with ranunculus, cyclamen, and a peony start in a galvanized tub, and rhubarb starts in a new bed. The tomatoes and onions sprouted a week later, right on schedule (if not a little early). Seeing my lovingly planted seeds germinating into life is akin to becoming a mother, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale. I'm so proud! 

Last Monday I had a rare day to myself. I got a good night sleep since the kids were with the grandparents. The weather that day was close to 70 degrees and sunny. My theme for the day was Read and Weed. I spent intervals on the porch swing with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle interspersed with forays into the garden beds where I dug up dandelion roots and planted three year-old peonies and three more hellebore.

The salmon berries are blossoming and the apple trees are about to burst into bloom. I can't wait!

Thursday I picked up some cactus mix and this huge glass bowl to transplant my aloe starts. They make a cool centerpiece on our kitchen table. We had an aloe plant in our yard growing up in Phoenix, and we would break off pieces and rub the gooey insides on burns. Unfortunately they don't thrive outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. I also picked up some peat pots and planted basil, sage, thyme, dill, oregano, chives, and green onions. They are germinating on my kitchen island in wine boxes I found in the shop. I can almost taste the pesto and pickles I'm going to make this summer.

Birthdays, birthdays, everywhere

We celebrated two big birthdays recently, Bryan's 40th in February and Amelia's 4th in March. Bryan's party was on a perfect dry Saturday. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, gave rides through the wood trails on the Rokon and four-wheeler, drank bourbon neat (was that just me?), and enjoyed fellowship with friends and family. Our neighbors even came over with their dogs and their huge four-wheeler and took Grandma Velma for a wild ride. It was a great day topped off with a blanket of snow that started just as our last guests headed home. 

Amelia's party, four weeks later, was also fun, but it rained all day so much of the party was spent inside tiptoeing around two-year-olds eating fruit and cake on the floor. We did a camp theme and asked people to wear flannel shirts. They took home a red bandana hobo sack on a stick filled with a compass, a jelly bean 'rock collection', suckers, and glow sticks. We did a nature scavenger hunt in the rain, I had supplies to make lanyards, and we ate hot dogs, trail mix, and pink cake. 

On Amelia's actual birthday, I took her ice skating, just the two of us. It was a blast. It was such a treat to spend time just with her, to watch her trying something new and being brave, to see her face light up when she got the hang of it. I loved watching her. It was a delight. 


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