If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring local fleas, vintage shops, and craft fairs.
You should see the mania that ensues when I travel. I try to find all the best maker markets in the area. In fact, I’ll be in Brooklyn this weekend and I already laid out an itinerary of the local fleas and indie markets I’ll be attending.
But perusing for local gems isn’t just for when I travel. I’m obsessed with doing it right here in Seattle, too. That’s why, every season I make a Google Calendar (nerd alert!) of all the holiday craft fairs and indie market pop-ups happening in the Seattle metro area. This year, I thought I’d share it with all of you because I’m a huge believer in shopping local and finding that perfect gift with a story behind it.
What’s more, I thought the holiday season was the perfect time to announce some big news:
WE’RE LAUNCHING A SEATTLE EVENTS CALENDAR IN 2016.
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I received a pumpkin in my CSA box and panicked. What the heck was I going to do with a gigantic pumpkin in a household of one?
It sat on my counter for two weeks until I finally decided to just puree the damn thing so it didn’t go bad. I posted a photo of the puree on Instagram and Facebook and asked readers to vote on the following recipe ideas I had bouncing around my head: pumpkin butter, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin curry.
Pumpkin curry was the winner by a landslide. And I can tell you, I’m so happy with the result because I’ve never made a better curry in my life. Read on to recreate this homemade pumpkin curry recipe for your next meal!
Homemade applesauce holds a special place in my heart because it reminds me of growing up. My mom would begin making applesauce as soon as the first leaf fell. Apple aromas would fill our house. Sometimes I’d help her peel the apples, other times I’d just enjoy the spoils. Her applesauce always came out perfect, and to this day I think it’s one of the top three things she knows how to make.
She created a family cookbook last year for Christmas and I noticed she didn’t include her homemade applesauce recipe. Rather, she put a vague description in the intro saying that she can’t recreate it because it depends on the apples. I didn’t like that answer.
Mom, I’ve tried making applesauce in a slow cooker and it’s just not the same. I need your recipe.”
After a lot of badgering, she finally explained what she meant by the differences in apples and outlined the ingredients she sometimes adds. Determined to recreate her recipe, I started playing around. And what happened? I learned exactly what she meant by her vague directions. It does depend on dem apples.
However, I also figured out how to recreate her applesauce and adjust the recipe depending on the apples and how someone may or may not prefer applesauce. I’m letting you in on the secret. Keep reading and get ready to learn the best, easiest homemade applesauce recipe ever.
Do you ever catch yourself wearing the same thing all the time?
That’s me pretty much daily. I’ve paired down my wardrobe so that I can easily grab and mix up a few key pieces. One of my go-to casual weekend styles includes fitted sweats, a slouchy t-shirt, my pleather bomber, red Converse-like sneakers, and sometimes a beanie and/or scarf if the whether permits. However, that’s not always appropriate for every occasion you might find yourself in over the weekend.
So I had to come up with another weekend uniform option. This look is one that I rely on again and again for a still casual, but can-go-to-pretty-much-any-type-of-activity outfit for the weekend. Brunch? You got it. Shopping? Definitely. Straight to happy hour drinks? Oh yeah.
Read on to find out what I’m wearing and to learn which items you can use in your own closet to create your own casual weekend style.
I’m not sure I ever felt as glamorous as I did this past Friday at the Bellevue Fashion Week Posh Party Trend Show. There were black lights. Front-row viewing access. Amazing beats. Chocolate paired with wine and cheese (which was revelatory). The nicest hotel room I’ve ever stayed at. And brunch, mmmmm.
This past weekend was Seattle and Bellevue’s Fashion Week festivities. Travis and I were invited to the Posh Party Trend Show at The Bellevue Collection on Friday, September 28, 2015. The event was hosted by no-other than Rachel Zoe and all proceeds benefit Bellevue LifeSpring, a program that helps feed, clothe, and educate those in need and living in Bellevue, WA.
We also got to attend a chocolate tasting at jcoco chocolate’s popup store in Bellevue Square Mall alongside Brittany Streissguth of Pumps & Plaid, Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby, and Mollie Ruiz-Hopper of Mollie in Seattle. And when our heads grew heavy, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue and ate a scrumptious brunch at its restaurant, Esques, the following morning. Follow along as we take you through a very exciting 24 hours.