Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!! Do you have big plans for the weekend? Mylo is dressing up as superman and we are going to attempt "trick or treating" with some friends tonight (please hold off rain!).

Hope everyone has a great weekend-- here are some links to get us started:

It's not too late! 13 fun ideas for Halloween (candy corn jello shots!).

Cute last minute Halloween costumes.

And a gorgeous DIY mermaid costume for next year.

OK Go's CRAZZZY new music video.

Asparagus pee: finally getting to bottom of why some people can smell it and not others. :)

Seattle is getting a cat cafe!

Interesting: health benefits of eating peels, stems and rinds.

Smart phone addiction is real.

This looks delicious and pretend-healthy, right up my alley.

Anybody out there participating in Dinovember -- seems like a fun idea.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Binge-Worthy: Peaky Blinders

So Patrick and my current TV obsession is a new Netflix show (originally produced by BBC) called Peaky Blinders. It's set in post-WWI Birmingham, England and stars Cillian Murphy. It has gangster drama, romance, suspense and interesting cinematography. Definitely recommend it! And season 2 comes out soon with new cast member staring Tom Hardy!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's Your Ideal Honeymoon?

Since I'm in Bali this week, I thought this would be a great topic for us.

Jason and I spent five days in San Diego for our honeymoon. We had to get back quick to photograph a wedding the following weekend!

I have to say, there's something to be said about a short relaxing trip. We knew we'd be exhausted after the wedding so our goal for our honeymoon was to go somewhere we could relax, with a short flight, where we knew we'd go back again so we would be content to sleep in and lay by the pool the whole time, without feeling like we were missing out on anything. We had a great time, but didn't love the hotel we stayed at. We ended up back in San Diego just a few months later for work. We stayed an extra night and booked a room at The Hotel Del Coronado, which I'd highly recommend. If a beautiful old hotel isn't romantic enough for you, listen to a couple of their ghost stories and you'll be cuddling all night long.

What's your ideal honeymoon spot? 

Maybe it's where you went, or where you're planning on going, or maybe you have a dream spot for some time in the future. A second honeymoon? I'd love to hear in the comments!

I know lots of couples planning their weddings now, and I'm sure they'd all love some ideas!

Photo of Jason and I in Perth, on a fun, yet not super romantic trip.This is what happened in the next moment. 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easy Autumn Chicken Recipe

I was looking for a new recipe to roast a whole chicken and stumbled across this Kitchn recipe for the "Best Chicken Recipe of All Time." AND it comes from Jaime Oliver who is one of my favorites (I was addicted to his cooking shows when we lived in Ireland). So I tried it out on Sunday and I must say it does not disappoint!

It's a pretty unique recipe being that it includes a lot of milk, a cinnamon stick, lemon, garlic and sage, which to me don't necessarily belong together. But it turned out very creamy and filled the house with a lovely fall cinnamon vibe. Patrick loved it and it took me less than 15 minutes to prepare so I will definitely be making it again!

Here is the basic recipe as outlined by The Kitchn:

  1. Brown a whole chicken in copious amounts of olive oil or butter.
  2. Pour in some milk, two lemons' worth of zest, a cinnamon stick, and fresh sage leaves. Scatter in a handful of garlic cloves in their jackets.
  3. Bake for 90 minutes.
  4. Pull apart and eat.

It's really that easy. I baked mine in a cast iron pan uncovered and the top got really crispy which was awesome. I saw the Kitchn recommends baking it covered for a while. I also used whole milk which made it extra creamy but I'm sure 2% would work perfectly.

Happy fall cooking! This is my favorite time of the year to be in the kitchen. 

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What should I do with my globe?

A few months back Jason came back from the garage sale of neighbors who are clearly way cooler than we are with PF Flyers, a great leather jacket and an a vintage globe which has been living on top of our record player ever since.

I decided to do a little sleuthing and with the help of this globe guide, I discovered it was made sometime in the late 70's (Between French Somaliland becoming Djibouti in 1977 and Ellice Islands became Tuvalu in 1978). Don't laugh at me, we all know I'm a huge dork. No one should be surprised that I just spent 20 minutes searching a dusty globe for small counties and island nations that gained their independence in the 1970s. 

I do like how it looks as it is, but I've always wanted a way to mark the places we've been. Here are a few options I've seen, what do you think?

I love this light  idea. I could illuminate the places we've been and brighten up our room at the same time.

I could fingerprint the places we've been....

And I really like this partial chalk-board painted idea- you can still see the countries...

If completely wreck it, I could just turn it into the Death Star and invest in one of these.  :)

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Roundup

Happy Weekend! I've been looking forward to this one for awhile. I'm spending my Friday finishing up some work and packing a suitcase and taking off on a sister adventure. I'm meeting my sister, Stephanie, in South Korea and we're jumping on a flight to Bali. I'm really excited. I haven't seen my sister in months. I'm also looking forward to unplugging for a bit. Apart from sending the essential "we're still alive" emails, I plan on pretending I live in a pre-internet/cell phone world for a week. I've scheduled a few posts while I'm out. Fun stories and photos to come!

I'm looking forward to long flights and beach reading. Oddly enough, I'm leaving Seattle taking a book set in Seattle and a book by a Seattle author.

Check out this Parks & Rec themed wedding shoot...someone please do this for real. I want to shoot it!

James Blunt's apology

Love this ring

Incredibly impressed by this guy, a Rwandan orphan now a freshman at Harvard.

Once again, Jennifer Garner is awesome.

Wondering what to be for Halloween? Take this quiz to find out! (Teresa got Hipster, I got Cat)

This Downton parody looks hilarious.


This would make a wonderfully welcome Halloween prank.

Marcel the Shell is baaaaaaaaack! 

Also, the photo above is a coffee shop in Korea! 

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