Saturday, June 28, 2008

Sunny Saturday

With a high in the mid-80s, I knew when the sun woke me up it was going to be a great day!

I did some early afternoon shopping at University Village and then had lunch with my wonderful friend Emi. We met when we were both presidents of our sorority and I love catching up with her - especially hearing about the amazing wedding she is planning for this summer! We went to our usual lunch restaurant, Specialties and had a great time catching up.

It was such a beautiful day, I had to stay outside more, so Nick and I went to Golden Gardens, over by Ballard. You can't beat the view of the Olympic Mountains and we sat in the sun, talked and read for a couple of hours (obviously staying well hydrated and covered with sunscreen)!

We then headed over to the store to make some dinner and after that decided to head back outside! Nick lives right by a beautiful park in Seattle called Kerry Park that has stunning views of the city, Elliot Bay and Mt. Rainier. We stat out there for a while, drank some wine, listened to some musicians and stayed until the sun set on what was a truly delightful day!

Friday BBQ

On Friday after work Meghan, her little sister Molly and I went over to our friend Katie's adorable condo in Ballard for a birthday BBQ. Her condo had a great courtyard with a pool and it was a great place to have dinner and then later we moved up to the rooftop deck which had amazing 360 views of Seattle and the mountains. It was a great was to end the week and get excited for the rest of the summer!

image: Martha Stewart

Friday, June 27, 2008

Easy ways to be an optimist

I consider myself to be the most optimistic person in the world - seriously, the ultimate "Pollyanna!" I get it from my mom who always taught me to look on the bright side and remembering that things aren't always as bad as they seem.

Lately it seems people have really been down and out about gas prices, food prices and so on, but I think we always need to remember all the wonderful things in life we are blessed with and not let little things ruin what could be a great day!

I came across these five steps from Oprah on how to to become an optimist:

1) be kind to other people - chances are, they will treat you the same way
2) if you just let you a smile, it will send a message to your brain saying things really aren't that bad
3) keep "failure" out of your life, and mind
4) no matter how bad you think things are, they could always be worse
5) don't sweat the small stuff

So next time you are feeling down and out, just think of this cute cat, and let out a smile.

image: Vox

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Red Mill Burgers

After hearing so much about Red Mill from my wonderful friend Brooke, I decided to go check it out with her after work. Oprah and GQ said it was a hamburger you must try before you die, and yes, it is that good!

We were lucky enough to snag a table outside since it was a beautiful night and stayed for a while. I would definitely recommending heading to the cute neightborhood of Phinny to check this place out! You wont be disappointed, and I heard their veggie burgers are great too!

image: Red Mill

Drinks On The Links - week 1

Last night was the beginning of my mini-golf league, Drinks on the Links. Our team, Grip It and Rip It, is a hysterical mix of friends from my high school their friends from Gonzaga. If you are looking for something fun to do with a group of friends I highly recommend this! You have to be 21 to participate, but they have little bars set up around the course, music playing and it's a great way to make add some excitement after work!

If putt putt isn't your thing, the Underdog Sports League also offers others sports such as kickball, volleyball and flag football! I have high hopes for a team victory in the weeks to come!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Rocky Road Crunch Bars

After work on Tuesday I went on a walk with my new neighbor and always entertaining friend, Ivy. After our walk around Queen Anne, I came back with an urge to bake/cook - which I did for hours! I think my inspiration came from our new set of amazing Wusthof knives! I seriously felt like Giada and wanted to chop tomatoes and make caprese salads all night!

The best thing I made all night though (and looking forward to this evening) was this amazing recipe from Nigella Lawson. Meghan and I have been loving everything in her cookbook, Nigella Express and this recipe will delight anyone! Although not exactly the healthiest of recipes - its quick, easy and delicious!

Rocky Road Crunch Bars
  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon soft unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup or 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 8 ounces plain hard and crunchy cookies
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup in a heavy based saucepan. Scoop out about 1/2 cup of this melted mixture and put aside.

Put the biscuits/cookies into a freezer bag and then bash them with a rolling pin. You are looking for both crumbs and pieces of cookies.

Fold the cookie pieces and crumbs into the melted chocolate mixture, and then add the marshmallows.

Pour into a 9-inch square foil tray; flatten as best you can with a spatula. Pour over the reserved 1/2 half cup of melted chocolate mixture and smooth the top.

Refrigerate for about 2 hours or overnight.

Cut into 24 fingers and dust with powdered sugar by pushing it gently through a tea strainer or small sieve.

image: amazon
recipe courtesy of Nigella Express

Monday, June 23, 2008

Laura's bridal shower

On Sunday I went to the bridal shower of my good sorority friend, Laura. It was hosted by her dad's girlfriend at Ponti's, a wonderful restaurant on the water overlooking Fremont and the bridge. I was impressed by the wonderful attention to detail and loved the pink roses centerpiece and wonderful picture frames that doubled as place cards!

It was such a beautiful day and we were able to eat appetizers out on the deck and catch up with some friends I haven't seen in a while!

Lunch was a wonderful salmon salad and then we watched the soon-to-be-bride open her many gifts!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Summer Solstice

Hippies, trendy Seattleites and families all gathered in Fremont yesterday to celebrate summer solstice. Nick and I ventured down the hill to the crowd and it really was an eclectic mix of people. The bars were packed, hemp clothing booths lined the streets and if you needed a vegan cookbook for yourself (or your animal!) this was the place to be.

The fair/parade made me love Seattle even more! Even though some of the things there weren't really my scene (i.e. the nudest family beach booth), I loved that everyone could gather in one place and be free to be who they were!

image: Fremont Fair

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A sunny Friday

Friday was a perfect day in Seattle - sunny and a high of 83! After work, my brother Mike picked me up from work and we went to Duke's Chowderhouse by my work for dinner. It was such a nice evening, we decided to venture out for ice-cream and ended up at Molly Moon's. It was a cute ice-cream shop and we were hoping by the line outside the door, that it would be as good as it seemed. The line was worth the wait and I had my traditional chocolate, while Mike got the surprisingly delicious basalmic strawberry! If you are in the the Wallingford area, I recommend this cute place!

image: Molly Moon's

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Vespa is the new Hummer

It seems everywhere I look in Seattle I see a little Vespa scooting around! I already know of two people that have switched to commuting on two-wheelers to get to work. I love the idea of Vespas, but I don't know if I would trust myself on one of them!

With prices ranging from $1,000-$8,000 and getting about 72 mpg, maybe we will see more of these on the city streets soon!

Whenever I think of Vespas, I can't help to be taken back to my time in Italy and reminds me of one of my favorite movies: Roman Holiday! I can't think of a scene more delightful than two of my favorite actors, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck scooting around one of my favorite cities in the world!

image: Vespa
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