Sunday, July 31, 2011

Roasted Potato Salad

I am the lucky lady who shares a home with a chef. He is the best. And his Roasted Potato Salad is without a doubt the best I've ever tasted. The first time I ever tried it was for our 1st Annual 4th of July party in 2010. It was gone in about 10 minutes.

Our friends have been bugging us about it, so it made another appearance at this years bash, again, devoured in a hot minute.
A few nights ago, when we got snowballed into our deck project, I decided I wanted to make the salad as a side for our twist on Chicken Saltimbooca.
Here's the lowdown:
Gather your ingredients. Since we made the salad for two, we didn't need too much. I hate wasting food.
  • 1lbish of small red potatoes (you can also use fingerlings)
  • 2 or 2 stalks of celery depending on how much you like celery
  • 1 or 2 red bell peppers, again, to taste
  • 1 medium yellow onion

Friday, July 29, 2011

A snowball in July

Not really hehehe, but I got your attention didn't I??!!!

Hub (he has stated I can call him by his real name, so hub is hereafter referred to as James) , James is a handy feller who doesn't always show it. When he does, I so appreciate it. Thanks booboo ; )

Our deck has had several weak boards since we purchased our home in March of 2010. The problem has been amplified due to heavy traffic from us, and the doggers.
Top of step, left side next to the railing was the danger zone. And a cute booty ; )

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Can I even call this a gallery wall?

Here's how it looked before:

Right? Is that even a gallery wall? Not so much. Ugh and we need to find a solution for that thermostat box.
I found this cute lil inspirational art at TJ Maxx for 9.99. Done. It suits Hub and I perfectly. It also caused a refresh on the gallery wall, which was much needed and is a VAST improvement, at least in my non-professional opinion.

If you can't read it, its says, "A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have and still allows you to grow."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

Well well, anyone living in Central Oregon, or anywhere in this great state, will agree with me that this summer has been a bit of a bust!! I am probably jinxing us by saying this...

This is my 4th summer here, and we have only had one day in the 90's!!! (shut up Lo... I shouldn't be complaining)

Pardon my lack of not posting these next few days, we are dog-sitting for a friend.
That is Sammy, Suki - an Akita, and Bud - a chow/golden mix. They are the best lil trio of pups... hahaha unless you are an unsuspecting person they run up on. But they have been occupying almost all of my time, the rest is spent training some new people at work and/or working my bootay off.

But only six weeks until we go to Whistler again!! So its all worth it.

How's the weather in your part of the world?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Plants in the ground...

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground... that song was stuck in my head alllll morning as I got to work in the garden. Cuz these poor plants have been living on the ground, not IN the ground where they belong, for the last week or so.
A girlfriend so kindly dropped them off for me last week after she decided she didn't need them.
The first to make their way into a new home was a half flat of Lobelia. We have a cool built-in planter on our front stoop, and I decided this would be a perfect place for the spreading habits of this plant. The box had some hens and chicks and ice plant already residing there, along with an ornamental grass we planted earlier this year.
Here is what it looked like before...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dreaming in Color

This post actually has nothing to do with nighttime dreams. Although I do dream in color while I sleep. Do some people actually dream in black and white? Hmm...

The color I've been dreaming about is that of our soon to be painted exterior.
This is what our exterior currently looks like...
Not too bad right? Except the green reminds me of the inside of a retirement home. The color Doctors offices are painted to calm people down before they are told they're dying. And to make matters worse, the entire inside of the house was painted the EXACT same color when we purchased it. Obviously we remedied that ASAP.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hang Time

Has anyone ever gotten an Air Plant?
I just ordered on from this cute Etsy Shop, Tortise Loves Donkey.
It was just over 5 bucks including shipping. I am so stinking excited.

A few weeks ago, the Hub and I were in Portland and I begged to visit the West Elm store in the Pearl District. We bought one of those Shane Power hanging vases, and its super cute! but it has also been sitting empty since it came home with us.

Now, a cute Air Plant is enroute... so excited.
BTW we went with the smallest round vase, it was 9 bucks, and is a decent size for sure. I'll post some pics as soon as its all put together!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

GABF Dreaming...

A couple weeks ago, I got some GREAT news!!!
My oh so gracious employers are bringing me to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in late September in Denver, Colorado!!! Three cheers for me!!

GABF is the largest beer festival in the world, with 2200 beers being judged in 79 catagories.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fugly to Fab!!

Laminate. Ugh. And for 24 years of my life I was SURE it was destined to stay that way, because nothing, in my mind, could adhere to that sleek surface of fakeness. So when the Hub and I combined households a couple years ago, I became part owner of the fugliest lamiate oak cabinet in the world.

Before we bought our house, it lived in our kitchen and stored... NOTHING!!! Except for spiderwebs inside it, fingerprints and doggie nose prints on the doors, and water damage on the top. Joy. When we moved into our current home, it landed in the guest room and recieved a small step up in life, it was used as a bookshelf. One day as I perused blogland, I stumbled across Kate's tutorial on 'How to paint laminate'.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Antlers antlers everywhere!!

I dunno. Growing up here in Oregon, the wild, wild west, antlers and carcasses of country folks trophy kills as decor are kind of the norm.
So although I am semi into the newish trends of antlers/animal head wall decor, I can't help but be a little freaked out.
Especially when I spied this image from House Beautiful...
The rustic thing they have going on is lovely.
But seriously, I would be soooo soo sooooo freaked out to have all those antlers over my bed!! Gah!

On a more positive, less morbid note, I also spotted recently some 'branch-lers', which were twigs mounted to a plaque which was then mounted on a wall.

That I can handle. How clever some designers are, especially Luke Bartels, who created this pair, which was featured in House Beautiful. Now I'm off to stalk the neighborhood for my own twigs. I think I will spray mine white, and paint the plaque a crazy color, like purple. Yes...

What's your stance on the Animal head/Antlers trend? Loving it? Not so much?? Share!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stuff to make while you drink

Oh the Dollar Tree. Such a source of inspiration. Not. Like the day this spring I was browsing around looking for nothing at all, and came home with this cute little vase and some twine.

After pouring myself a Mimosa with some leftover champange from goodness knows... I started wrapping the twine around the neck of the vase, then crossing diagnally to the bottom, where I tied off another knot.

{Travels} Whistler, B.C. Summer 2010

Four days wasn’t long enough last fall, and a week wasn’t long enough this trip. Whistler is one of those cities that keeps getting better.  The adventures, unforgettable. The food, delectable. The riding, EPIC.
 Driving up the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver at sunset

We spent most of our time in the bike park, which is accessible right now from the Fitzsimmons chair in Whistler Village. This system of trails is ridiculously fun, supplemented by lift-access, which means little to no climbing, which means more runs!! My favorite trail is probably Ninja Cougar, a tight, rooty section rounded out with nice berms and some technical rock sections.  You can link up to Karate Monkey which runs along a creek and is super snug in a few places. There were definitaly some near misses with trees up there. I also really enjoyed the Ho Chi Minh trail, again, tight and rooty, but if you keep your speed up, it is a breeze. This also runs you out near where some of the bears (my favorite wildlife) were hanging out.

Don't go in the pump track!

B-Line, Crank It Up, and A-Line were also really fun, but I like a slower paced trail, my poor hands get tired from holding on for dear life! I did improve my jumping and dropping skills on this trip, but Whistler has a tendency to make you step it up in all aspects of riding.

Hey everyone,come see how awesome I am!!

We also rode the Lost Lakes trails, which are quite near the Upper Village where we stayed. This system is awesome, incredible views, lots of technical ups and downs, pretty much classic Whistler, or even BC XC aka, you will be pushing your bike even when its flat. Some of the roots are so tight, slick, off-camber, loaded with rocks etc. it is almost impossible to stay on your bike!

Hub killing it as usual

Me, trying to kill it

At one point I joked, “I hope Minxy (my bike) is enjoying her walk today.” It seemed I was spending more time pushing then pedaling. But it always gets better, and we found lots of fun slickrock areas to practice on, encountered some absolutely breathtaking views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and didn’t run into any bears.
My Kona Minxy, enjoying the view

My favorite portion of Lost Lake was the Zappa Trails, more specifically Pinnoccio’s (sp?) Furniture. We made the mistake of trying to climb this trail the first time, it is full of awesome wood work, and has amazing flow!! When we reached the top, James turned to me with that face I can never say no to and said, “Well that was fun, I guess we better go back down now, we can take the fire road back up.” Me, being the one who wanted to climb fire road in the first place, couldn’t say no. It was soooo fun, I could have lapped that trail all day.

On the fire road climb back up, we encountered an incredible viewpoint with a nice bench for resting, and also a monument to a man who had passed away out on that trail in 2005. It said he took his last breath and pedal stroke at this exact point, and I couldn’t help but think, wouldn’t that be the way to go? Doing what you love, in this place of unbelievable beauty, most likely surrounded by people you enjoy. Definitely makes you appreciate this wonderful sport we do,  the places it takes us, and this life we are given.

We also took a fun day hike to give our sore legs a rest at Brandywine Falls, which is between Squamish and Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway. On a wheelchair accessible 'trail', you can reach this waterfall in about 5 seconds.
Lovely!! But we needed a little more fulfilling hike, so we decided to check out the bridges, which signs claimed were 4.2 km away. Well 10km later, we saw the bridge, as well as some other pretty sights.
Before the adventure began, at the Brandywine Falls viewpoint
Doesn't everyone bring beer on their hikes? No? Oh well.
Catching some air on the trail

It was an awesome afternoon for sure.

Being restaurant kids, of course we went out to eat almost every night. On our last visit, we discovered Elements Urban Tapas Bar and The Brewhouse, which is part of a chain of breweries based in Vancouver. Those are now staples of our drinking and dining experiences here, and we will continue to visit them. They appeal to us most because they feel comfortable. Whistler is a town full of places that cater to people who are just visiting, therefore feel fake and unwelcoming. We get locals price beers at the Brewhouse, I’ll just leave it at that. Elements also does breakfast, which is by far the best and most affordable in Whistler. It even beats the Vic in Bend in my opinion. They serve a “shot” of smoothie with your meal, which is a nice treat when you’ve finished eating.
We also discovered an awesome new place that we loved, 21 Steps Kitchen. It is located in the Sundial Boutique Hotel, and is you guessed it, 21 Steps above the Village. I read mixed reviews on this place, but I have to say it far surpassed our expectations. Since we visited during a slower part of the summer season, many restaurants offered 3 for $30 appetizers or other discounts to drum up business. We did that and got the 21 salad, mussels, and some bacon wrapped filet mignon bites. All were AMAZING, served quickly, and with appropriate utensils. I was full after that round, but James was feeling motivated so we ordered Morrocan Chicken and Pasta with Meatballs. I never eat pasta, but I could have downed the whole portion if I was hungrier. A simple, but well done pasta is a beautiful thing. We drank Okanagan Pinot Noir, which was pretty big for a Pinot, but very satisfying, and the awesome staff hooked us up with dessert, which we didn’t need but ate anyway. Amazing. We will definitely be going back there.
We also tried the Tandoori Grill, which is above 7-11. It was DEAD in there, so our food arrived quickly, smoking hot, and was awesome. The flavors were rich and satisfying, and the server was quick to offer suggestions and absolutely spot-on in his descriptions of menu items. I was really tired at this meal and can’t recall the name of what I ate, but it was delicious, and the leftovers were still awesome two days later. Definitely recommended, and a nice change from standard resort town dinners.
We also hit Sachi Sushi on my 25th birthday. Our Sake was from Oregon, and really good. We love their mango roll, actually we love everything we eat there. Its fun to sit at the sushi bar, and watch the chefs create edible masterpieces. They are hilarious too, always joking around and playing tricks on each other. Our server was very professional and attentive as well. The Strawberry Sake Margarita is really popular at all the sushi places in Whistler, but I passed on it this time. Too sweet to pair with fish.
Our friends Kinna and Marc also came up for a few days, and we cooked a feast in our condo. Having a chef for a boyfriend doesn't suck...
Me and Kinna posing with food. Typical.

Cute couples.

Obligatory 'cheers' photo

DUN done! So tasty.

As always, the end came too quickly but we will be heading back in a few months for some more riding, this time on the upper mountain. Riding the gondola to the top with your bike, reveling in the breathtaking views, then bombing down trails with your best friend… I love this place.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Welcome to the Jungle!!!

Hello people of the World!!
This is a brave new step for me. My first blog post on the big ol' World Wide Web.
Ideally, this blog will be about my adventures and mishaps and all my lil' nuggets of knowledge about bikes, beers, our attempts at designing and renovating our home, and all the other baggage and fun that comes along.
Literally right now as I attempt to set this baby up, the Hub handed me a sweet lil stubby bottle Full Sail Session Black, and said "Aren't you coming outside?"
Its 90 degrees out, I have to work in 2 hours...

I'll be back!

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