Stand Off

29 09 2010

On Tuesday after our doctor’s appointment where we learned that no new progress is being made on the delivery front, Scott decided to distract me and take me to the beach about 2 miles from our house. We sat there to watch the sun set. It was so beautiful and peaceful. This time of year is great. The weather is a little chancy, the kids are back in school, and the beaches are quiet. And sometimes you catch a beautiful, warm evening.

september sunset

It had been pretty cloudy all day, but warm. It’s unseasonably warm right now, but those who think our summer was too cool are loving it! I too am loving it. I’m not quite ready for hats and scarves … or the heater in the house. Some of the fall color is making it’s way out though. It won’t be long before the hillsides are covered in red, orange and gold. I love the change of leaves, it’s beautiful.

the start of fall

The sunset was great, thanks to the clouds we had.

i was trying to block the sun with that big ole belly

A park ranger was cleaning up some barricades when we got there. It turns out a baby seal pup was hanging out on the beach all day. We just missed seeing him, but there were a lot of seals hanging out just off the shore. A guy showed up just after we did with his fishing rod and some waders. He hopped in the water and was fly fishing right there off the beach. We noticed he kept moving around and stopping, trying to figure out where to go next. Then we saw why. That little dot just past him is a silly harbor seal. The two of them had a stand off for dinner, I suppose. The seal wouldn’t budge and was just staring down the fisherman. We were all laughing pretty hard. I think the seal won and got his dinner. The fisherman probably had to stop at the grocery store on the way home.

a funny stand off

I guess it was a stand off sort of like me and little CJ. I want him to show up, he’s late. He’s got no interest. Where are you little guy? You coming to meet us soon?

Any Day Now…

27 09 2010

Word on the street is my due date has come and gone. Little Carter Joseph (yes, that’s his official name!) has decided to be stubborn as a mule. Much like his maternal grandmother (ask Scott about that nickname next time you see him). I’ve been thankful for the extra time between work and delivery to get my house in order. I’ve been baking, cleaning, organizing and most importantly…finishing the nursery! It’s finally done as of today, woohoo! I thought I’d share it with you guys since most of you can’t come see it in person.

The below picture is from the hallway peering into his room. It’s not a huge space, but it works.

peering into little cj's room

This is standing at the big window looking backward at the closet and dresser.

his closet and memory board

I made a little memory board with some of the leftover fabric we used to reupholster the chair. I currently have pictures of his cousins. I need more pictures of friends and family so he knows them all!

requesting more pictures of his friends and family!

I felt the need to paint his closet. I like the color of green and want to use it everywhere! The kid will be well outfitted for the first year of his life.

little man's clothes and shoes

This is standing at the closet door looking back over the crib and just to the right of his initials is the door to the hallway.

the crib and bookshelf

I found these initials at Anthropologie. I think they are perfect for his hats and fleeces. A true northwest boy.


His little bookshelf is always growing with a new library. The hat and boots are from mimi & popop. How cute are they? That kid will know he’s got roots in texas, that’s for sure.

he's reading all those books nightly already

I love his bedding. It’s little mushrooms and squirrels. It makes me giggle and is so different and cute.

mushrooms and squirrels

Just above his crib, we had three photos we took on some of our travels stretched onto canvas. The one on the left is from Sorrento, Italy. The middle is obvious…Eiffel Tower at midnight on Jan 1 this year. And the right is Tower Bridge in London. We want him to feel a sense of adventure and have a desire to travel, so we are brainwashing him right away. I hope it works. 🙂

travel and adventure dreams coming up!

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of his bedroom. It’s just missing one thing – a baby!! Come on little Carter, we’re waiting to meet you!

My Cutting Garden

23 09 2010

It sounds like I have a luxurious English style garden. I don’t. I have one really sunny spot. On the side of my house. 

orange, yellow, and yellow/white dinner plates - about 8" in diameter

No one can see it but the raccoons and cats who wander through there on their way to destroy another part of my yard.

another view of the dinner plates

So…I use it as a cutting garden. I cut every bloom and bring it in. Love it!

monday's harvest

I’m growing about 6 different varieties of dahlias this year. I actually forgot to buy my tubers in late February and didn’t get them planted until after Mother’s Day. I thought I was doomed to no homegrown flowers this year. But this crop has been amazing! My yellow & white dinner plate plants have about 10 new buds ready to pop. I am usually lucky to get one big bloom per plant.

a little perspective never hurts

I like how different each type of flower is and how unique it looks. Hope you enjoyed my little cutting garden. 🙂

I Grew More Than a Baby This Summer

20 09 2010

I scaled back my garden significantly this year, knowing that at the heat of the summer, when the most work is required, I’d be heavily pregnant and not too keen being on my hands and knees in my tiny garden space (remember, it’s only about 18 inches by 50 feet.

This year, I planted three tomato plants, a bunch of hot peppers, tomatillos, cabbages, carrots, basil, cilantro, and a lot of dahlias. I also have some potatoes. They’re sitting on the window sill. Oops. Totally forgot to plant them. They have nice sprouts now though. I have about 4-5 dozen huge, beautiful tomatoes, but unfortunately (well, VERY fortunately for me) it was a cool summer and most of those maters are probably not going to ripen. We’ll have to have a lot of fried green tomatoes here. One of my varieties is actually meant to be green, called the Green Zebra. It’s a tart, crisp tomato that is one of my favorites out there.

jalapenos, celebrity tomato, green zebra tomato, orange dinner plate dahlia

I love my dahlia cutting garden. I’ll share more pictures of it this week as new blooms are popping each day right now. Beautiful!

pink softball dahlias

Brown Butter Cookies with Sea Salt

19 09 2010

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a fan of more savory foods than overly sweet. I love my frites, I love anything salty and will have an occassional slice of cake or a cupcake and savor the sugar. So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it. Scott rolled his eyes at me and prepared himself for another savory dessert when all he wants is chocolate cake or oatmeal raisin cookies.

Brown Butter Cookies with Sea Salt
makes 2 dozen cookies
1 cup salted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Sea salt

In a small sauce pan, melt butter on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned (about 15-20 minutes max). Stir in sugars and vanilla and remove from heat. Let the sugar mixture cool to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Stir in sugar/butter mixture until combined. Let the mixture rest for an hour to let the flour absorb the butter (oops. totally forgot this part and mine turned out great). The mixture may be stiff and crumbly afterwards. If so, you can microwave handfuls of it for 10 seconds to make it easier to roll.

Roll 1″ balls of dough and sprinkle with crushed sea salt. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes.

Try to eat just one. I dare ya.

savory and sweet cookie tower

Fall Has Arrived

18 09 2010

It’s actually still pretty warm in Seattle, but the rain is returning and it’s getting dark before 7pm and the sunny days have some crispness in their warmth. And the new crops of apples coming from east of the mountains are showing up in abundance in our markets.

My mom sent me a recipe last weekend for a cake that her friend Carolyn made recently and claimed to be one of the best things she’s eaten. Since she’s directly related to my favorite burger spot (Chris Madrid’s) in San Antonio, I figured this cake must be good because the tostada burger is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

A new crop of honeycrisp hit our market last week and they had them on sale, so I grabbed a few to make this cake. Yum! I sent a bunch of it with Scott to work and he said it was gone before noon. Delicious!

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
4 cups apples cut into pieces (about 6-7 medium apples)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add dry ingredients, stir in apples and vanilla. Bake in greased 9×13 pan for 40 minutes at 350°.

Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

Melt butter in pan and add remaining ingredients. Stir until mixture thickens (I had to stir this for about 10-15 minutes to get it thick enough to call caramel sauce). Server over warm cake.

Thanks Carolyn for the recipe, it’s a keeper in our house!

Things That Crack Me Up

12 09 2010

Random stuff found on the Internet. No clue where I got this, no clue when I got this, but it’s saved on my hard drive and cracks me up every time I come across it.

thanks for the laughs, internet