We awoke to this gorgeous morning on Saturday. I love Fall and the crisp hazy days that it brings. I wanted so badly to get out and go for my morning run (funny that I'm dying to do the thing that put me in this state) and then hit up some farmers markets. But elevating my ankle on the porch would have to suffice for an outdoor activity this Saturday. I'm still homebound aside from my wonderful co-worker Janelle coming to pick me up for work each weekday. After letting me complain about my lack of mobility for a while on Saturday morning The Don convinced me it was time to buck up enjoy my downtime while it was around. Good advice.
To cheer me up Don invited some friends over for dinner and we spent the day watching movies and coming up with dinner ideas. We finally decided on Vegetarian Pot Pie and mashed potatoes since we were both in the mood for comfort food. Don got to it in the kitchen and, after lots of hard work, pulled from the oven a beautiful golden pot pie. The apartment was full of the smell of buttery flaky crust and perfectly cooked vegetables. He set it on the stove top and started cleaning the kitchen in anticipation of our friends arrival in a few minutes. It was at this moment that a loud glass shattering sound came from the kitchen. I jumped up and hobbled to the kitchen to find pie innerds and glass everywhere. Don had accidently turned the stove top burner just past Off to High after cooking the potatoes and the pie dish did not like the heat. I looked up to find the most devistated look on Don's face and at that very moment the buzzer for our buildings front door went off.
We had a good laugh with our friends when they got upstairs, cleaned up, and ordered some pizza. What can you do? Plus, we had a delicious dessert to divert our attention.
Don's Rustic Blueberry Tart was a total success. Simple flavorful ingredients; crust, blueberries, and fresh creme to pour over. It rivaled my beloved Peach Blueberry Kettle Tart from Black Bottle in Belltown.
Sunday morning while I read Don headed out for a walk and returned with dahlias, my favorite! The days of $5 flower bouquets from the Broadway Farmer's Market are numbered. I'm going to miss them this winter. Breakfast was not that of champions but it was delicious. Don experimented with a couple pumpkin cookie recipes with maple frosting and after eating a few we just never got around to breakfast.
Later in the day we were were still dying for the pot pie that was taken away from us so off Don went to the store to gather up the ingredients again. A couple of hours later this masterpiece emerged from the oven.
Mushrooms, peas, carrots, green beans, potatoes and field roast "meat"loaf filling.
Although I am going CRAZY not being able to get out and play during my favorite time of year Don is doing a pretty amazing job of making the homebody life appealing while I am stuck inside these next couple weeks. I can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve for this weekend...
A few weeks ago, while at the Georgetown Saturday farmers market I stopped by the Grateful Bread stand. We chose their original and vegan chocolate chip cookies. They were both delicious! I had never heard of Grateful Bread. The bakery and cafe is located in Wedgewood where they sell their baked goods as well as Cafe Vita coffee, soups, salads and sandwiches. The menu looks so good, I need to get over there.
Austin is in Seattle band The Raggedy Anns. Definitely check this band out! Their songs are feel good, dance in your living room, harmonize along music that I am absolutely loving. I hear a bit of Dr. Dog, early Beatles, Jack White and some old time ragtime jazz and swing. But beyond that it just sounds totally new and totally great...
And if you want to see some really snappy dressers check out the band photos on their myspace page. These guys have really unique style.
Before the fated Friday run I got a great day of thrifting in with my friend Jamie (Remember? The friend with the amazing apartment!) outside of Boise in Caldwell, ID where I went to college. I have a few small towns in the Northwest where I love to go to find those one of a kind pieces that end up making an outfit. Caldwell is my favorite of those towns. Leather boots with wood soles from the 70's, Pendleton heritage styles, intricately detailed vintage dresses, 100% wool skirts and handmade sweaters that look like they have been handed down for generations. These are all things I have seen before and a few of them I found again on this trip. The lighting is terrible in the hotel room I'm staying in but I had to show you guys this stuff. I can't wait to wear it all!
Classic classic pieces. Some for wearing some to decorate my apartment. The hat may be my favorite find of the day.
Military button ups, silk demur collared blouses, Pendleton camel blazer, high waisted wool trousers, and a faux fur collar.
I originally tried this dress on as a joke and ended up loving it. It's one of those bad on the hanger but great on the person items. It has little pockets on the front at the hip!
My favorite combination of items from the day of hunting...
I'll post pictures of the early 1900's player piano music scrolls I found when I get home and hang them in my apartment. They are going to be my new living room wall decoration!
Sorry for the lack in posting these last couple days. The Don has been working in Idaho for the last few weeks so I decided to hop on over for a long weekend to visit him and to catch up with my friends and family that live in the area. My first evening and day here were perfection... great food, great company and my favorite thing to do in Idaho; thrift store shopping (post coming soon on this adventure). On Friday I met up with some friends for a morning run. On the last mile my foot found a hole in the trail. Next thing I knew I was getting xrays and being told that I had both a severe sprain and a break in my ankle (wasn't aware those two things could happen at once). I cancelled my flight back to Seattle and have made myself a little temporary home out of The Don's hotel room where I have been elevating, icing, knitting (just learned how!) and watching old movies while I wait for my ankle to be ready to get me back to Seattle. My big plan is to hobble my way through the airports on Wednesday afternoon with my super stylin' walking boot and crutches. I hear the airports are pretty great about wheeling around gimps such as myself.
I have a few street style shots left from before I flew out of Seattle. You might be getting a few more food shots then usual until I'm up and and wandering the streets looking for Seattle's stylish again. I am really going to miss walking these next couple weeks. My feet are my car in the city. All I know is that I am going to have to work extra hard at yoga when this ankle gets better because Don has been bringing me a lot of tasty food from my favorite Boise restaurants since this happened last Friday and it turns out elevating your foot doesn't really burn any calories.
Oh, and the picture! I went in search of a fun photo of crutches and came across this old postcard from the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupre in Quebec. Historically it has been credited with many miracles of curing the sick and disabled. While the church was being built one of the people working on it needed crutches to walk but once the church was complete he was able to walk on his own. Since this day people have left their canes and crutches at the church as a testimony of their healing which over time has created the Pyramid of Crutches. I thought this was a neat story and I loved the photo.
I passed Skylar Shaw on 12th between Pike & Madison. I am so glad we crossed paths. Not only because her outfit was fantastic but because I got to find out about a seriously talented local photographer. Skylar gave me her website before we went on our way and when I checked it out I was completely blown away. Her photos are so emotional and captivating, I found myself falling in love with each one for a different reason. I've since been in touch with Skylar and she graciously sent me some of my favorite images to share with you guys.
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And! Skylar also sent me this flyer with details on the sale that she is running until December 15th. As I told her in a recent email, I am certain that she could make even the most camera shy individual look absolutely stunning...
I am in love with both of these cozy looking sweaters. These are some seriously stylin' moms. I have a feeling their little ones are going to know a thing or two about putting together a fun outfit when they grow up.
Ian & Beth- Olive Way & Belmont across from B&O Espresso on Capitol Hill
Ian works at 20twenty in Ballard (you may remember my fondness for this wonderful shop...) as well as at Cairo. He is also in the band Stephanie. Beth is in the band Witch Gardens. These are both must listens... the songs they have available on their myspace pages are beautiful and entrancing with unexpected beats and a sound that feels like an evening next to record player with friends and a few good drinks.
My dear friend Veronica from La V En Rose sent me a gift for my birthday that is certainly going to keep on giving. She knows that Don has been a bakin' fool lately and she is also very aware that I love doughnuts so she was very sweet in giving me a book on making them at home knowing that it would immediately become Don's newest adventure in baking when he saw it. The book is Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home and the photographs and recipes are all by Veronica's friend, Seattle writer and food photographer Laura Ferroni. Check out her blog www.cookandeat.com! It is a truly stunning look at the art of food. Yum!
Within minutes Don was researching flours, sugars for frosting and how to best use the nifty doughnut baking pan that was also a part Veronica's gift to me. The pan allows for doughnuts without the frying! It took me a really long time to narrow down which doughnut I wanted Don to bake first. Vegan, non-vegan, fried, baked, frosted, stuffed, fruit, chocolate. These were all options spinning around in my head after looking through the book but I finally decided on non-vegan French Crullers. Both a batch with sugar icing and one with chocolate frosting.
We opted for the baked version in the new pan.
There is something pretty magical about eating a doughnut right after it is finished cooking. They were still so warm that we couldn't even keep the frosting on.
The book lived up to it's name. I highly recommend checking it out. From a spectators perspective the doughnuts seemed simple and they were most definitely melt in your mouth delicious. I asked Don and he said didn't find his first doughnut making experience difficult.
Next up: The Creme Brulee Doughnut. Quite possibly much more difficult that the crullers. I'll let you know how it goes. It's hard being the official baking experimentation taster...