Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm in a food-mood today

Can you tell? This one goes out to Camille, who's little jingle about how to make 'egg in a hole' is forever engraved in my brain. Ask her about it some time, she'll love to sing it for you. Annnnyway, I saw this and it made me want breakfast. It's from a food blog I found today, A Cozy Kitchen. It's basically egg in a hole with prosciutto in a grilled cheese form. Simple, delicious, and possible what I'm having for dinner.

Fun with Figs

Ever since the salad I made a few weeks ago for Will's parents birthdays (figs, pears, gorgonzola, kiwi, and heirloom tomatoes ,essentially) I've had a small obsession with figs. Not that I've done much but droll over what other people are making, but it's a start. When I get back from NYC (leaving in 2 days!!eeeee!) I'm going to jump back on the cooking train, and stop relying on take out for dinner. The girl at our local Pho place recognizes me now and although flattered, I think it's a sign I need to start cooking.

As foodie-fate would have it, in the midst of my fig crush one of my favorite food blogs, Spoon Fork Bacon, posts 3 amazing sounding fig recipes. Now I just have to decide what to make first...

Fig Tart

Open Faced Italian Fig Sandwich 

Stuffed Figs

Typograph and Plants

When two loves combine what is born? Amazingness. See babe, we're meant to be together, and make typographic plant sculptures.

via T Magazine

Friday, September 23, 2011

Guess What I've had no time for this week?

Blogging! Holy hell this has been another long one, and here I am on Friday waiting to hear back on something so I can hightail it out of here for the weekend. I really shouldn't complain though, we all work hard and have stress at our jobs, it comes with the territory of having a career. Not to mention most of time next week will be spent in NYC, so I should probably just shut up and quit bitching.

Here are 3 cool things I came across this week and didn't have time to blog about:

1 // 2 // 3

Monday, September 19, 2011


Will and I shot some good friends engagement photos on Friday and I'm very excited to share them. We had a great time wandering around grass fields, sipping champagne and of course, catching these lovelies on camera.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Will and I are headed to NYC at the end of the month and I couldn't be more excited. It will be Will's first visit, and only my third, so we have a lot of ground to cover. I'm gathering a list from friends and coworkers on the must sees and must eats, and I have a feeling I'm going to be coming home fat and happy, just the way I like it.

image found here

Thursday, September 15, 2011


A great solution to those long layovers when all you want is a bed and a pillow, but don't have enough time to actually leave the airport. I've been in this situation many times and would have happily payed $15 an hour to snooze in peace. Check out the article about these Russian made Sleep Boxes here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Corn Hole is gettin' fancy

I just saw this on oh my dear and it cracked me up, fancy corn hole boards? Hah. It is sort of awesome, don't get me wrong, I just associate corn hole with tall cans and not white weddings, but hell, why not.


I admit it, these are cool and I want one. Better yet, lets be honest, I want to make one because it would be suer easy. What's killing me is Will and I saw a few pairs of antlers at a garage sale and I passed them up. We did end up with a small owl, that currently is watching over the living room, so not a total loss. In the mean time, my eyes are peeled and my paint is ready.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ikea's Cookbook

Ok, this is very old news but I stumbled upon this today and thought "oh ya, that book is awesome, I forgot about that", and decided to share. This cookbook, for those of you who don't read Swedish is called "Homemade is Best" and the design speaks for itself, its pretty awesome, and very smart. Turning ingredients into a info graphic? What's not to love?

Mini Kitchen Gardens

One of the selling points on our new place was the kitchen having windows, and so having the ability to grow herbs in the kitchen. We don't have a ton of counter space, but I have seen plenty of cute hanging solutions, and when I saw this one I was about 30 seconds away from construction when Will reminded me I don't know shit about gardening. Apparently plants need to drain (dur), and sitting in a puddle of mud does not produce anything worth the effort. So this post is actually a bit pointless, it's a "well that would have bee cool" type thing. Looks cool though right? Right?... wamp wamp.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Friday

Will and I are off to Friday Harbor for a little fishing and relaxing with the pops. The goal? Take some awesome pictures, eat some amazing food and catch a fish or two. Doesn't sound half bad. Cheers!

New Work!

About a month ago I did a poster that didn't end up going to print. This was a bummer because it was a really fun project and I was getting a little giddy about it. Forever I've wanted to design event posters, and I was really excited to see this out in the world. Alas, here it is in it's digital form where it unfortunately stayed, not out in the world, but cool none the less.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Street Stripes

A few months ago a woman stopped Shannon and I on the street to take our pictures for a street style blog, and today I noticed it was posted! I'm still a bit confused as to why I was stopped, I'm pretty sure it's because I was with my stylish coworker who gets stopped a lot, and I happened to be with her, but I'll take it. The picture of us? Not the greatest, but hey what the hell.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm NOT ready for winter

But I am ready to be able to mask bad hair days with a beanie.. the messy bun is getting a little old.

found here

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stove 1, Maddy 0

I'm slightly embarrassed to admit tonight was the first time I've made dinner in the place, and therefor the first time I've used the oven. When we moved in there was a laundry list of things that was wrong with the oven (including a numberless dial on the stove), which I promptly emailed my landlord about with false admirations of a new sparkly over appearing in my life. Shockingly, that didn't happen, instead I got a "new" dial, which today I learned is far from accurate. I'm pretty sure our "handyman" waltzed down to a junk yard and plucked one off some old busted appliance and called it a day. Why I believed for a second the temperatures would be accurate I blame on naiveness and wine.

Needless to say, I discovered this evening you can break a glass pyrex dish in a gas oven, simply by turning the dial all the way up, who'd a thought? Word to the wise, who happen to own a 40 year old gas oven, get an internal thermometer. Minor snafus aside, the meal actually tuned out pretty damn good, mostly due to the fact that it was slathered in butter, but also because it's from a great cookbook which I highly recommend. My mom bought me Alice Waters; In the Green Kitchen, which is a great book to teach you some basic cooking techniques. Honestly the first thing I made out this book (a salsa) I wasn't a huge fan of, but the book more than redeemed itself with this simple recipe:

Baked Rockfish with Lemon and Parsley Butter

Make the lemon butter by combining 1 shallot (minced) with the juice of 1 lemon, and let sit for 10 minutes to macerate. Add chopped parsley, half a stick of butter, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Set aside and bake the rockfish in a shallow pan at 425, being careful that you're not actually baking it at 900 or what ever the hell I did. Bake for 8 minutes, cover in sauce and serve with a simple salad and bread, which you can also slather in your yummy butter. Simple, quick, and delicious.

Oh, and one more thing that makes my new kitchen a billion times better than the old one... THE VIEW!

The Return of the Lazy Weekend

Will and I had a good 'ol fashioned lazy weekend this labor day and although my blood was pumping with 'we must do something epice' anxiety, it was actually kinda nice. What did we do? We sat in the sun, swam, wandered around the city pretenting to be tourists and ended up at Bumpershoot thanks to Aaron's extra tickets. The one thing I did do which I haven't in a while is bring my camera with me, even if it was just for the wander around the city day, it's nice to get back into photography, it's really been too long sense I've wandered around with a camera in my hand.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Place: New Art

I spent a few hours putting things together in the new place yesterday and it dawned on me that we could use some new art. I'm just getting a little bored with the same 'ol and feel like we could use a little refresh. One style I've had my eyes on for quite some time is the bus scroll. Of course, my first thought was "I can totally make that" and I can, and probably will, but in the mean time here is one on etsy I found.

The Gold Watch Obsession

I've been wanting a gold watch for a while now, but I'm too chicken to take the plunge. I see them online a lot, but have a hard time ordering something without trying it on first, watched included. I have this vision of wantering into a little thrift store and seeing the perfect funky gold vintage watch, but it just hasn't happened yet, and it's been months. Keep your eyes peeled people, and let me know if you see one!

Image via The Day Book, an awesome blog you should check out.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Holy hell moving sucks. Luckily for us, this was the easiest move we're ever going to experience, as it was after all, up a flight of stairs. Did it suck? Well yes, moving always sucks. Did I have amazing friends who heaved heavy boxes up stairs all day? Why yes I do. Was it worth it? Hell ya.

I will put up pictures once it's been decorated, but as of now here are a few random images of simple white rooms that are inspiring me...