Brunch Outfits, Green Beans, and Wild Creatures

Oh yes, summer has set in for real around here. It’s hot. Quite honestly I’m a little over it – mostly because I think I’m ready for fall clothing. I feel a little too naked in summer duds and am getting tired of people marveling at my tan. I swear I don’t work on it, it just happens.

Serious face, picture in my closet, what am I doing?  Are heels appropriate for brunch? I’m 6 feet tall in them. Does that make a difference? Nice lint roller.

Cat doesn’t care. I wore the heels.

Last Saturday’s brunch was good. Kind of amazing even. Gin and cava sets everything straight. The texture of my omelette was unprecedented in my life.

Let’s see, what else?

I’ve been cooking a little, but not a lot. Green beans remain a fave – so good raw and dipped in hummus.

You can slap about anything in a frittata and call it dinner, lunch, or breakfast. Corn is my go to.

When I’m bored or sad or anxious I write letters. This probably means the recipients of my letters think I have the depress. I don’t. I just get fidgety sometimes. I do some jumping jacks, write some letters, and generally feel better.

Look at this creature! It’s ridiculous.

The other night we sat on the porch at work and had blueberries and beer for dinner. It was really nice.

Happy weekend…………………….!

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Corn and Tomato Frittata

Summer corn! Summer tomatoes! Summer deliciousness all over the place. I just ate a pint of blueberries for dinner, but who could blame me.

For lunch on Sunday I made a frittata, the easiest thing in the world to cook, and a good meal to use up vegetables purchased in a fit of summer love.

First, I roasted some bitty heirloom tomatoes, just to make them squishy. Then I cooked half an onion I had lingering in the bottom of my fridge.

While these cooled, I went to chopping.

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Corn kinda went everywhere. Turns out cats like corn.

I cracked 8 eggs into a bowl and whiskity-whisked away. Then I dumped in my veggies, stirred up, added a few crumbles of goat cheese and a little black pepper, and poured into a greased square pan.

Now, I’m not sure how long I baked this- I started with 17 minutes on my timer, but then kept resetting for 5 more. I cleaned the tub while the frittata baked. Soooo productive. Anyway, once the middle didn’t jiggle anymore, I took it out and ate it for lunch.

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I ate it for lunch outside, on the deck, with some olive bread and store bought salad. Very good. The corn and cooked onions made the whole dish very sweet.

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Good stuff, and good leftovers!

Summer Stroll

A sunny Saturday! I started the day with a 3.5 mile run, followed by a gigantic pile of eggs, ham, beans and salsa at a breakfast place down the street.

After breakfast, we decided to stroll through the neighborhood. It was really fun to check out all the homes and beautiful yards along the way.

Cherry tree!

Thistle-like plants as tall as me!

Piles of beautiful hydrangeas were everywhere.

After the afternoon stroll, I had a mint julep outside.

Delicious.

And then a dinner of bread, fruit, and cheese.

Jennifer + Chris – 7.14.2012

What a wonderful weekend!

A week ago I flew to St. Louis to see my dear friends get married. Jennifer and Chris met when we were all in graduate school at Michigan, and I am so so happy for them, and happy to be a part of their wedding. They’re pretty awesome people individually, and an awesome couple to boot.

The wedding weekend started very early last Thursday, when JB and her mom picked me up at the airport at 5 am. They’re too nice.

When in Rome?

After a hearty breakfast, we went flower shopping! It was really neat – we got to go to florist wholesale warehouses and walk around the big chilly rooms selecting the flowers for the big day.

I got to share my bedroom with the flowers. We left the AC on.  Thursday also involved a run in the hot hot Midwest heat, getting our nails did, a fancy dinner, and meeting Chris’s family and friends.

Friday we helped with some cupcake and pie preparation and ran some errands. That’s one thing about weddings – there are endless amounts of errands to be run!

And then it was rehearsal time!

Their wedding was at the absolutely beautiful Missouri Botanical Gardens. It was such a perfect place, so many beautiful places throughout the whole garden, and the lovely Lantern Festival.

The rehearsal went well. I have to confess, I was nervous about my bridesmaid duties! I’m not used to standing up in front of people, even if all I have to do is stand there.

They were ready for the big day!

So were they!

After a nice and hot rehearsal we headed to rehearsal dinner. It was really fun – got to catch up with Adam and Katie and eat lots of pasta.

Then it was time for bed!

Saturday morning, bright and early, we had to get our hairs done did.

The beautiful bride, getting beautified.

After hair, the amazing Cheryl did our makeup. She’s a total pro!

And then it was time to wedge myself into my bridesmaid dress, make sure JB had everything she needed, and hop in a big white truck for the trek to the venue!

After we got the bride all dressed and ready to go and averted a few crises, it was picture time!

The ladies (JB, her sister Kelly, and me) looked lovely, and the fellas (Chris, his brother Stefan, and Jason) looked handsome (and hot! suits are tough in 90 degree weather).

Big red shoes.

And then, all of a sudden, it was wedding time!

The ceremony was darling, and lovely, and beautiful. I cried a little, and laughed a little. I’m just so happy for them!

After the wonderful ceremony, it was party time. We danced (a lot). We ate (a lot).

The bride played it cool.

No, she really did.

So much fun, such a happy time. ❤

Morning Routine

Up early, in time to make coffee. That’s how I like to start my day, with sun shining right in my face and a wild little cat curled up by my feet.

Measure out my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and boil water.

Speaking of boiling water, you can’t go wrong with oatmeal and fruit.

But this morning is a little out of my routine. I spent most of it packing up for my trip to St. Louis!

I do ❤ my stuff.

I’m so excited for this weekend – can’t wait to see JB and CH get married! Updates from the midwest soon!

Summer Food

July 4th means the real start to summer in Seattle. All of a sudden we have warm days and lots of sunshine.

Time to eat.

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Nothing easier than pasta and pesto. I mixed the hot pasta with several big handfuls of raw baby spinach to bulk up on the veggies. Raw zucchini and diced heirloom tomato on top, with a sprinkling of Parmesan. I love raw zucchini! In salads and as an added crunchy garnish on just about any vegetable dish.

Easy doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious. And gives enough time to enjoy the evening on the deck.

I Know How to Celebrate

It’s true! Happy 5th of July.

I rang in the 4th with a midnight 5k on Tuesday. More pictures and updates to come. It was ridiculous.

The 4th was a nice day – quite lazy. While I’d prefer a long weekend to a holiday in the middle of the week, yesterday was the best Wednesday I’ve had in a while.

What’s the best way to wake up on a lazy holiday morning after a late night of running and drinking?

Bacon! And coffee! Together!

Using a recipe from the Joy the Baker cookbook, we made a sugary coffee marinade and let our bacon sit for a few hours while watching a movie. Then we baked/broiled it. It was super tasty, but I think I would broil it longer next time. I like my bacon extra crispy.

Grapefruit mimosas also totally help turn a sunny holiday into a productive day.

That is not true. But! Grapefruit mimosas are dangerously delicious.

Now that it’s after the 4th of July, summer is really here in Seattle. Thank heavens. I was getting tired of endless chilly spring.

Time to sit in the sun with a cool one. Well, not right now. But I’m happy the option is there.