December 31

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It has been a spectacular week of rest and celebration. And we’ve spent so much time at home, our little clan of three, finding immense joy in just being together. We’ve had more than a few days of lighting a fire and then never leaving this spot for the entire day…

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On Christmas Eve dear friends joined us for dinner. The kitchen was sparkling clean and the sun was shining…

We took the kids to the park for some fresh air and then came home, opened a bottle of Champagne and our friends put together a spectacular clam chowder with smoked marrow from Ox in Portland. Even without the smoked marrow, I’d make this my default recipe for chowder or even an elevated potato soup. It has a hefty amount of cream so it is rich, but without any flour or roux it isn’t thick but instead broth-y and pretty darn special…

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For dessert I made a flourless chocolate cake and my new favorite holiday cookie, grapefruit-fennel shortbread. (Side note: shortbread are incredibly easy to make gluten-free as they depend on butter rather than gluten as the binder. I subbed brown rice and oat flour for the AP flour.)

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There were also small, but delightful discoveries this week like giant pyramids of Maldon in the salt dish…

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And I have a few favorites among the gifts I gave and received this year, starting with these Starry Knight booties I found for my niece. My son had a similar pair that I loved. They are the perfect shoe for little feet that are just learning to feel the ground beneath them…

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I bought matching Grace Lee diamond disc bracelets for myself and my bestie - a pretty good upgraded friendship bracelet if I may say so. And I love that whenever I catch sight of it, I am reminded that she’s out there in the world…

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I also upgraded my rather tattered robe with this beautiful waffle weave one from Coyuchi

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I mentioned Askinosie Chocolate in my holiday gift guide. I bought a few bars to give as gifts, but to be honest they never made it out of my house. This Askinosie vegan milk chocolate is hands down the best chocolate I’ve ever had. Just incredible…

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I also fell hard for these Zwilling Madura nonstick pan. (I now have the 8” and 11”.) Bon Appetit proclaims it “the best nonstick pan we’ve ever used.”

We got rid of all of our chemical laden non-stick pans years ago and had a single 8” Greenpan for the sole purpose of making Spanish tortilla. However when we redid our kitchen, that little pan was the only one that wasn’t compatible with our new induction cooktop.

I am happy to say I can once again cook tortilla española but these pans have also been wonderful for making hashbrowns and fried rice and since we don’t have a microwave, reheating leftovers like pasta…

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I bought two of these extra-large LL Bean hunter totes that were perfect for toting gifts to and fro…

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Plus they have a coated lining so they wipeout and clean up like a dream. I think the large size would make perfect grocery totes…

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And the one thing I really hoped to receive this year was a pair of these short Hunter Chelsea boots (thank you in-laws!).

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Happy 2019. Wishing you peace and joy into the New Year.





 

My Wishlist...Holiday Edition

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I would love to open my closet and see this gorgeous Paris Jacket from Emerson Fry hanging in there…

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I have long wanted a Japanese style pinafore apron and this one from Rough Linen is perfect. It even comes in a petite option. I’d love it in the charcoal…

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The lovely back…

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I would also like a proper waiter’s apron

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I think this Cotopaxi Kusa Hybrid Jacket is super cool…

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A duffle bag is one of the few styles I don’t have and this rad Brown Buffalo Duffalo fits the bill…

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I am in love with this Clare V belt bag in disco stripe…

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But the truth is I already have a Clare V fannypack that I love so what I think I really “need” is the Clare V Midi Sac

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I’ve been looking at this Everlane cocoon coat for a long time…

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My side table is already stacked with books but I think if I had Educated I’d move it to the top of the pile…

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How to be a Good Creature would have been on my list if I could have waited and didn’t already purchase it for myself…

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And I have long wanted to learn how to sew and here in Seattle, Drygoods Design is the place to do it. A gift card here might ensure that I finally carve out some time in the new year to take a “This is a Sewing Machine” class

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Holiday Gift Guide

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It is December! We don’t have a tree yet and I haven’t started playing holiday music but I think today might be the day it all begins. And with that, here are some ideas for giving this year…

Billecart Salmon Champagne is my most favorite thing to imbibe ever. It is special and only makes an appearance once or twice a year around our house but I can’t imagine a more elegant gift…

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Except if you brought it with a vintage Champagne bucket

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These beautiful Heather Taylor Home napkins would be a fantastic hostess gift. See all of the options on her website

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Chocolate from Askinosie would make another lovely hostess gift. I have my eye on many of the CollaBARation bars and this coconut milk chocolate. If you don’t know about Askinosie Chocolate read their story here

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I love these Maison Louis Marie candles and picked up a few at Canoe last time I was in Portland. I love No.09 and No.04

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I also love these Cotopaxi Libre socks in a variety of colors…

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This delicious and assertive G. Day body wash is great and reminds me of a more unisex and a cleaner (read: no SLS, parabens etc) version of the Molton Brown Black Peppercorn wash my husband has long favored…

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This gorgeous and super soft alpaca sweater from Everlane

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My brother worked on this Brooks shoe and I wore it for the first time at the studio last week and nearly every client wanted a pair for themselves. They are that cool.

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My husband has a pair too that are equally as cool…

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This gorgeous book from The Aviary in Chicago would be a killer gift for your food-forward friends…

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A pair of these Heath Tartine stack mugs

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This gorgeous walnut rolling pin for the baker in your life…

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Pair it with the fantastic Genius Desserts from Food52

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I cannot recommend Pamela Salzman’s cookbook highly enough. I’ve mentioned her on my blog many times. She has an incredibly resourceful blog and teaches countless cooking classes in the LA area (and now online classes too). She is a natural teacher and her recipes are always accessible, reliable, healthy and delicious. She is my go-to.

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New this fall, Ottolenghi’s Simple is fantastic. I’m gifting it to several friends this year.

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I LOVE these balm sticks from Olio E Osso out of Portland, Oregon. I have them in several colors and they give a beautiful flush of color and feel wonderful on the skin. I buy mine from Ayla Beauty in San Francisco. It’s a wonderful little shop that I like to support and they carry so many of the lines I love like Marie Veronique, BioRecept, Kosås and others.

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For a young girl or boy in your life a subscription to Bravery Magazine

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I love these beautiful tattoos which are pulled from Oliver Jeffers’s gorgeous books…

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I gave his book Here We Are to all the children in our family last year, though I’d recommend it for adults too…

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Also, consider giving to an organization you believe in. I will be giving to On Being

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FATHER'S DAY

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My son and I are getting ready to celebrate the #1 Dad in our life tomorrow. Breakfast will include a frittata with yukon golds and lots of herbs from the garden and per my son's request, "A LOT of bacon" (presumably so he doesn't have to battle his dad for it). If you need a good frittata recipe Pamela Salzman has some great ones

Father's Day or not, here are some good gifts to celebrate the great husband, brother or father in your life...

This beautiful low-profile wallet from Grovemade in Portland...

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A pair of Allbirds...

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Jim Olson's gorgeous new book...

I LOVE the Marie Veronique skincare collaboration with Kristina Holey. Marie just released a new line for men, though I would happily use it myself. I have my eye on the shave prep + daily wash as well as the shaving oil as something we would both enjoy...

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This razor would be a nice upgrade to go with it...

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If you're in need of more inspiration, check out Huckberry which always has a stellar collection of great stuff. I dare you not to find something there whatever your price range.

 

Hostess Gifts, Stocking Stuffers + More

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Whether you need a hostess gift, a stocking stuffer, something special for your wife, or something for yourself, here is a round-up of some knock-out gifts for giving this season.

If you live in Seattle, these are a few of the local shops you should hit up...

Stock & Pantry on Capitol Hill

Flora and Henri in Pioneer Square

Marine Area 7 in Madison Valley

Little Lago in Portage Bay is a fantastic place to not only pick up something for lunch but is also an expertly curated shop and has you covered for the perfect hostess gift. This little Italian grocer has a lovely selection of wines, olive oils, Rancho Gordo beans and these gorgeous jams from Ayako & Family, which are my personal go-to gift for any occasion...

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I also personally would love to have this tote I just saw on their site...

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I'm gifting many jars of this wonderful body scrub from Seattle company Herbivore...

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I love Donald Robertson and would love to spread some holiday cheer with his new book...

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For the cook in your life, you can't go wrong with a beautiful apron from Hedley & Bennett (you can even order them in petite for short people like me)...

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A fun game to play after the kids have been put to bed...

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A sweet universal cheese knife...

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I love this set of ornaments from MOMA...

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A nice pair of gloves for the man in your life...

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Or an equally cool but more rugged pair...

I think this scratch off world map poster would be cool for friends of ours whose kiddos are already serious world travelers...

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These teakwood and tobacco candles are my go to at home...

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I have loved using this beautiful ceramic diffuser this past year. It sits on my nightstand and I use it every night, almost always with eucalyptus oil...

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The best ice cream scoop out there and a pint or two of Frankie + Joe's would be well-received...

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If you don't have something in mind for your wife yet, these tiny sapphire beauties can be found at Flora and Henri. I tried them on way back in August and am still dreaming about them...

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Finally, these two cookbooks are my most favorite from this year and would be a great addition to anyone's cookbook library. Buy them at another local favorite, Book Larder.

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat...

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And Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden...

photo from Book Larder

photo from Book Larder

 

 

 

 

From My Wishlist - Holiday Edition

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I hope you all had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving with friends and family. And with that, the holidays are upon us.

The first thing on my wishlist this year is one of these grounds crew jackets from local Seattle company Ebbets Field Flannels. I just can't decide between this Seattle Metroplitans one...

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Or this Portland Fuji one. (See the whole collection here.)

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I think the Fuji jacket would look pretty fantastic with these silver Loeffler Randall boots that are also on my list...

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I love this large barrel jug from Farmhouse Pottery...

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My friend Rita has enviable style and is a champion hat-wearer. She makes me want to be a hat-wearer as well. I can't decide but I think this one from Janessa Leone would be a good place to start...

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Or this one (also available at one of my favorite local shops Flora and Henri)...

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I would also love this half apron from Gjusta Goods...

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And if I could ask for anything, I would love to find a place for this classic now available in MOHAIR...

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More gift ideas on the way!

 

December 7

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I am up early today. My current view...

As I wait for the boys to wake up I'm looking at cookie recipes on The New York Times and just saw Melissa Clark's video on these pistachio morning buns. Yep, I am definitely going to be making these in the coming days...

A few more gift ideas. My husband has this down sweater which is super affordable and has a cool vintage vibe...

I'd love to get this scarf for my husband (also so I can borrow it myself)...

It seems a bit wrong to be looking at these today as the temps are in the low 30s here, but holy smokes do I love these...

I bought a Nespresso Aeroccino a few months ago to make heating up milk (or almond milk) quicker and easier for making turmeric lattes, chai and hot chocolate for my son.

It is super slick. In less than a minute it heats the milk to a perfect temp that my kiddo can drink right away. This would be a cool gift with a special hot chocolate mix.

 

Give + Receive

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Today I made a double batch of this lentil soup (since I devoured it the first time around just two days ago), poured myself a beer, put on some Bach and tackled some online holiday shopping. Here's what I'm eyeing this year for myself and others...

First off, I think this dress would be a knockout for the holiday party circuit...

This griddle from Baking Steel would make an epic gift for the cook in your life. I may have already bought this for myself...

My friend Omar has these salt and pepper grinders which I have long wanted for myself, only I don't use a salt grinder. I finally got wise and figured out I could use the other one as a spice mill and finally get rid of my old cuisinart coffee grinder that is too loud and does just a so-so job of grinding spices. So I'd love to have these...

I really love this bomber jacket from Everlane...

After hosting a crew for Thanksgiving I realized that I could really use a couple of really big 8 and 10qt stainless steel restaurant bowls like these...

A book for my pie baking best friend...

And a good book for all of us...

I already have one of these great totes which I use for everything from groceries to carting things to the studio. I could easily use another one myself and will order another for my sister-in-law...

This super soft and generously sized scarf doubles as a blanket, perfect for my travel-loving girlfriend...

I'd love to get these for my brother...

And this Lumio lamp in walnut for my design-savvy husband...

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A month or so ago while having lunch with a friend, I was served a Sapporo in a glass like this which never tasted so good). I've been on the search ever since...

I will forever have at least one thing from Clare V on my wishlist. Right now I'd love to have this simple wallet clutch...

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A pair of these rad socks for the many Star Wars lovers in my family...

A special body scrub for my mom (and for me!)...

One of these beautiful salad bowls would make a lovely hostess gift...

And even though my wardrobe is predominately black and gray, I can't stop thinking about this scarf...

 

The weekend update

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We are two weeks into our kitchen remodel. Demo is done and new plumbing and electrical are in place! A few before photos...

Underneath the yellow 1970s lineoleum was a layer of plywood, and underneath that was the original green linoleum from when the house was built in 1940...

And underneath that is the fir subfloor...

Which will be sanded and painted white like this...

Mid demo exposing the lath and old knob and tube wiring...

New electrical...

And new plumbing. The window openings have also been cut down 4" to counter level...

New windows will go in next week and drywall will begin! In the meantime, our "new" kitchen in the dining room is serving us well.

As is our outdoor dishwashing station...

I also celebrated my 35th birthday last week and was kindly gifted some special things from my favorite Heath Ceramics, as well as a new chef's knife and this beauty from Staub...

My brother who works for Brooks also gave me a new pair of shoes that I LOVE (made even more special because they are the first shoe that he fully developed)...

 

My husband and I also had a date night this week and had an early dinner at Joule, one of our most favorite restaurants in the city. The best part of the date was deciding to walk across the street to Miir

I had a sweet latte which was !!!!!!!!!! and Aaron had a beer. We sat and talked and it felt reminiscent of those many hours spent lingering in coffee shops throughout my 20s. I also left wanting one of their growlers (or the half "howler") which would make a perfect last minute father's day gift...

I also want one of their camp cups.