Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I have lots to celebrate today. 

1. It's my Mother-in-Law's birthday. October 31st might be the best day ever to have a birthday. Happy Birthday Eleonora!
2. My little blog is a year old. My first post ever is here. Funny how it has been a year, but it's still true.
3. It's Halloween, and I just so happen to LOVE trick or treaters!

These pictures are from last Monday night. Anders and I had ourselves a little pumpkin party. We made pumpkin shepherd's pie (delicious) and carved ourselves some friends.

Monday, October 29, 2012

tie dye party

Tie dyeing attempt two (first attempt here). This time we went all out and hosted a little party with our friends, and  we came with a whole bag of white clothed goodness to unleash the dye on. Sure, it may have taken us until 2am to complete the dying and until 4pm the following day to get everything rinsed and washed , but what we ended up with was well worth it. We rocked it. Anders and I are developing some mad tie dye skillzzzz.

Dye master 

Getting their spin on 

Spun and ready to dye! 

Dye time


2am and tired 

Rinsing completed


 Pile of awesomeness

Showing it off

Saturday, October 27, 2012

fall challenge

JoAnna from one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, has started giving her readers weekly fall challenges. She posts a new one every week. The first challenge was to go a week without TV, but since it's football season, I promptly declined. The second challenge was to memorize a poem, but, well, I just sort of forgot about that one. However, this week's challenge was to try a new food, and since I love to eat, I figured this was a challenge I could get behind. I finally tried Bibimbap last night, a Korean dish which literally translates to mixed rice. It comes with vegetables, a fried egg and super delicious sliced beef. It was so fun to try something new and step outside my comfort zone, and, also, it was bonus! What do you think? Wanna play along?

Also, random, but this article was super interesting to me. People living forever in Ikaria. 

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

oh hello there

Sorry for the bit of a blogging break, but things have been a little ho-hum around here. However, there are three important things you should know:

1. Anders and I have both been super sick and, therefore, have been watching a lot of Breaking Bad (so good. How come no one told me?)

2. Anders went to New York to handle some business about their cookbook. The Pike Place Fish cookbook is being released this coming March, and it's currently for pre-sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I know I mentioned it before, but this time there's an actual cover picture!

3. I am almost done with my Christmas shopping. Truth.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

not the world's largest, but close

In case you were wondering...this carrot is actually not the largest in the history of the world. That record is held by a 18.985 pound carrot from 1998. However it is the largest I have ever seen. And that's pretty cool too.

Monday, October 15, 2012

scenes from a tailgate

Here are a few instagrams from our Seahawks tailgate. This would be before our rookie QB, Russel Wilson, threw two delicious touchdowns in the fourth quarter to bring the Seahawks back from being down 23-10 to win over Tom Brady and the Patriots by one point...but who's counting, really.

Friday, October 12, 2012

and more pasta

This seems to be a very pasta heavy week for Anders and I (I blame Italy!), but, really, making homemade pasta sauce really was the only solution to the big bag of heirloom tomatoes that were donated to us and our "we tried to grow our own, but they decided to stay green forever" fund. We used this super easy recipe (but we added basil), and it was so good I licked every bowl, blender and spoon during the clean up. I am not ashamed. 


 After roasting

Finished product

Finished, finished product

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

il corvo

Ever since we got back from Europe, I haven't seen much of my husband. I went home to IL for a while and he was in Tampa for work, and it just seemed as though we kept passing each other in the night. So yesterday, Anders picked me up at work and we went on a little mid-day date to Il Corvo, a place that has been on a radar for awhile now, but we had yet to try.

Il Corvo is a tiny pasta shop hidden in the market. It's open only Tuesday - Friday for lunch only, and it only serves up three pastas a day. The owner, Mike, learned to make pasta in Italy and brought his knowledge back to the states. Every day he chooses seasonal ingredients from the market to make his three dishes, and around 10am he posts the dishes to his website so you know what's available for the day. Since there were only three pastas to choose from, Anders and I decided to try them all! I'm so glad we did. Each one was perfection with simple ingredients that complimented his homemade pasta perfectly. If you live in the area (or if you ever come visit) this place is a MUST.

 Spaghettini with Garlic, Olive Oil and Mama Lil's Pickled Goat Horn Peppers (and because Mike is the nicest guy ever he threw some anchovies on it for favorite!)

Cavatelli with Sunburst Tomatoes, Butter and Fresh Oregano 

 Pappardelle with Salsa Salumi

Clearly we hated it.

Monday, October 8, 2012

around here...

I'm in possession of this super tomato (for a better reference, it's as big as my entire hand including fingers) grown by J. Hall.

I watched football with friends and fed them this delicious Chili Sin Carne.

There were Sunday sun rays. Maggie's ears remind me of this picture that I love (via a Cup of Jo).

New reading material...Maggie's new book and my two favorite magazines.

Have a happy Monday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

chase gets married

It's strange to me that my little brother is married. I mean, not only does that make me feel old, but it's just kind of weird. You're telling me that the little kid I used to pick on for listening to Garth Brooks and who used to wear cowboy hats before it was cool to do so likes a girl? What!

I kid. I kid. I was really happy I was able to get back from Europe in time to be there for his day. He married the nicest and sweetest girl and had one of the best weddings I've ever attended. It was held on our family farm in a barn on our property and the whole thing was decorated by my Mom, who really should start her own event business.

Here are a few pictures from the day:

Is a barn wedding even allowed without a yellow lab in the mix? 

 My nieces and the cutest flower girls of all time

Sorry little bro, apparently your wedding was boring. 

My talented Mama!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

report from greece

It's so hard to compare Italy and Greece. They are totally different and unique from each other. I will say that Greece felt a little more relaxing. Maybe because we stayed on the island of Santorini for a whole week or maybe because we had the best.hotel.ever, but whatever the reason, Santorini stole my heart.

We stayed at the Anastasia Princess, which might be my favorite hotel I've ever stayed at. The best thing about it is that it's run by two brothers, Stavros and Lefteris, who treat you like family and bend over backwards to make your stay the best possible. We had such a good time getting to know them. They were great and, at this moment, are probably drinking Frappes, which is a very famous coffee drink in Greece. They loved those things!

 Santorini is big and the easiest (and most fun) way to get around is to rent a quad. We had this baby for two days and cruised all around the island. Anders was like a kid on Christmas. 

Although we stayed on the quiet side of the island in Perissa, we rode quads to the busy capitol of Fira and went shopping, and we had to stop for a drink simply for the view!

In Fira, we found a fish spa. I had tried this once before when I was in Thailand, so I had to make Anders and our friends try it too! You put your feet in these tanks and lots of little fish eat the dead skin off your feet. It tickles like crazy.

There was a lot of amazing food in Santorini, but I became obsessed with the Santa Irini bakery in Perissa. They had this bread baked with tomato paste and spicy pepperoni that I loved. I ate it three times and even made Anders go with me before we left for the airport!

Swimming in Amoudi Bay and watching the sunset in Oia was another highlight. However, be careful of the restaurant  prices in this town. We actually saw a lobster on a menu for 95 euros ($122).

With all the places there are to visit in the world, it's hard to go back to the same places. However, I can definitely see myself returning to this island. Santorini was such a perfect compliment to Italy. I loved it!