There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

Thursday, April 29, 2010


This weekend Kip and I took to the ferry to Whidbey Island to pick up an antique drinking fountain we found on Craigslist. We're going to use it as a birdbath in our front yard.

While we were in Whidbey Island, we took a walk on a on Double Bluff beach. Fun adventure!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Home-Made Card

I made this little ditty for my friend's birthday. The author of the quote is Edith Wharton.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I left my heart in Kona

Well, not really, but it was pretty great! :)

Group shot! Kip's parents (paid for our trip!! thanks a million!), brother and his wife.
Best Pals forever!
Rainbow Falls
Plumeria bloom (flowers used in leis)
Makalawena Beach (we think...jury is still out)
I can't get me enough of that sun!
Black Sand Beach (lava broken down over time by the surf)
View from the condo where we stayed...sigh!
Mahalo for looking at my pictures!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How fun is this fella?

I love knowing there are people in the world who make cute stuff! Illustrations by Yoshiko Oouchi.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tulips and Azaleas as Seward Park
Cherry Blossoms at Seward Park
Daisy Pals!
Lilac in our front yard
Camelia bloom in a 1920's salve jar

Monday, April 19, 2010

HI to WA

We're back from Kona! I will do my best to get pictures up tomorrow. We had...a lot to go through! So many duplicates, it's bananas.

In the meantime, here's a few photos of what I made for dinner tonight. This Asian Kale Salad is from Flying Apron's baking book. I used collard greens instead of kale. I couldn't find gomasio at the Viet Wah by our house, but I'm sure it's at Uwajimaya. Instead, I put extra salt on the pumpkin seeds and sprinkled black sesame seeds all over the thing right before serving. It was WONDERFUL.

My lovely friend Erica emailed me a recipe she tried recently and blogged about, a celery soup from Bon Appetit. I made a few adjustments: I used yogurt w/dill (thanks Erica, for the suggestion) and soy milk instead of the whipping cream. Fabulous! And it made tons, so Kip will probably be eating it for lunch all week.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hawaii Bound!

I'll be in Hawaii for a week with my husband's family, so this will be my last post until we get back. Aloha!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lovely blog

I've added Oh, Hello Friend to my blog list. The photos on it make me happy.

dreaming of summer dinners...

Hope I can create a nook like this in our backyard some day...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter lunch

We had Easter lunch at our house this year, and I've been having fun planning it here and there for a few weeks.

I started with picking a vivid orange-red fabric to sew into a tablerunner. I've had my eye on one it at Nancy's Sewing Basket for almost 2 years but couldn't pick a project for it until now.

My friend Robin graciously let me borrow 3 of her antique mason jars, which I used as vases. The tulips are from Pike Place Market. I used granny smith apples with paper leaves as table name cards.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I made these delicious muffins adapted from Glenn's Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Candied Ginger recipe. I modified the recipe slightly by using 2 cups of spelt flour instead of all-purpose, and I used 1 Tbs ground flaxseed+3 Tbs water instead of 1 egg. The recipe didn't give a specific measurement for the ginger...I ended up using 3 Tbs.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Kip and I have been married 4 years today! I'm so grateful and humbled that this wonderful, gorgeous man would choose me for his bride. Blessings and stars follow me because of him. I love you, buddy!

Where thou art, that is home.
-Emily Dickinson