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Happy Weekend!

Photo of Norway via Cup of Jo

Thought I’d join the rest of the bloggers this week and provide you with some friday eye candy/inspiration. Here’s a few goodies for you from around the web that caught my eye this week….

I like this DIY Chevron print picnic blanket.

These golden giften tags would be perfect on, oh, everything.

Hello, pretties.

How cute would this be hanging above your bed?

Want a totally affordable, unique phone cover? This is your place.

I will be trying these this weekend…

If you haven’t seen Anthro’s new catalog you have got to check it out. GORGEOUS.

Make this refreshing beauty for the both of us this weekend, will you? I don’t really think any cocktail says summer quite like a sangria.

Have the happiest of weekends, my friends.

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Berries, Berries, Berries

A few weekends ago the husb and I went berry picking. On this amazing, pesticide-free farm out in the beautiful oregon countryside (Thank you, Annmarie for introducing me. I’m hooked).

Now I have more berries than I know what to do with. I’m thinking lots of pancakes, muffins, pies, and maybe my first attempt at jam.

Looks like you’ve got lots to look forward to, my friends.

Fresh berry milkshakes. Couldn’t think of a better way to end a day spent in the hot sun berry picking.

Get out there while the berries are still ripe for the pickin’!

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The Bluest Lake I Ever Did See

Here are a few shots of my Dad’s Christmas gift from us this past weekend.

Best chips in the world + really, really high elevation.

My dad’s tent…

Our tent…

As ironic as this was, we were thankful for our cozy little tent when it dropped to 40 degrees during the nights.

Some camping essentials…

Mmmmm, bacon.

Burger with all the fixin’s.

No explanation needed here…

Killer pancakes…

This is what you eat when you take my dad camping with you…Yes, my friends, that is salmon.

Hot dogs will not do for my pops.

An awesome fire. Every morning and night, thanks to my two favorite men.

Wonderful, wonderful nature.

Some cute wildlife. Gnawing on some not-so-wild dinner.

I must note: I did not alter, edit, or enhance any of the pictures of the lake.

Watching the tour boat go by….Wishing we were on it.

A little adventure…

This was the extent of my husband and my sense of adventure. We dunked into the ice cold water for a grand total of 2 seconds with our clothes on and called it good. We jumped off the rock my dad did two years ago, and lets just say we’re the kind of people who do something crazy once and feel no need to ever do it again.

Two awesome guys…

A waterfall hike to end the trip…

I think my dad enjoyed his Christmas gift. I know we did.

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Peach Baby

I’m 13 weeks now! Next week (finally) begins the second trimester! Hooray!

Momma hasn’t grown a ton this week, but our sweet baby sure has! He/she is the size of a whole peach!

Can’t really tell I’m pregnant from the front yet…

But when I turn to the side and pull my shirt taught…there’s a little bump!

People who don’t know me probably think I just ate too much mac and cheese for lunch.

With some help accentuating, it kinda looks like there’s a little peach baby in there!

So I thought I’d make this an outfit post too….

Mostly because I’m obsessed with my new wooden wedges. You probably couldn’t tell they’re new with all those scuff marks. But that’s because they are practically glued to my feet now.

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On a hot day all I want to wear is flowy, sheer, breezy pieces. Which is a good thing these days…I’ve got a little person to make room for!

I wore this top in my very first post!

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Midi pleated skirt- vintage

Well friends, I’m off camping this weekend with the husband and my dad. Which I’m particularly excited about because, 1) I LOVE camping and 2) I haven’t seen my pops since February. Both are sorely needed.

Hope you all have a happy, summer weekend! See you Monday!

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Summer Food Inspiration

Since summer here in the northwest has only just begun I thought I’d send some summer recipes your way that I’ve been enjoying and drooling over…

Watermelon Salad with Feta, Olives, and Basil…

This idea and combination of flavors blows my mind. I will be making it asap.

Quinoa Salad with Dijon Mustard Dressing. I have made this recipe twice already for potlucks and dinner parties. It really is perfect for such occasions. It stretches far, relatively inexpensive, very flavorful, and easily adaptable for you and your guests tastes.

Pollo Asado. I’m a real sucker for mexican food, so this just always needs to happen. No matter what time of year it is.

Blueberry Pie. For all that berry picking you’ve been doing! Berry desserts are a must during the summer months.

Tomato and Jalapeno Ketchup with Roasted Potatoes. Mmmmm, fries and jalapenos. These are a few of my favorite things….

Whipped Mint Ganache Tart with Blackberries. Good lord. I can’t wait to put this in my mouth.

Grilled Veggie Pizza. So colorful and tasty. Pizzas are always a win, but especially fresh ones like these in the summer.

Perfect Iced Coffee. If you are a coffee drinker and caffeine doesn’t make you hate your life (like it does to yours truly) then rumor has it this iced coffee really is perfect and you must make it immediately.

Strawberry Moonshine Julep. Also make this immediately if you’re not pregnant and don’t have an aversion to alcohol. Drink one for me while you’re at it. And please make sure to put it in adorable mason jars like this. I’m certain it won’t taste the same without them. I don’t know why I insist on torturing myself looking at all these awesome summer beverage recipes that I can’t have.

I do it for you, my friends. I really do.

I’m going to go enjoy my virgin sangria now….

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Lemony Basil Pasta Goodness

This recipe knocked my socks off. Seriously. It’s an amazing concoction of fresh lemon, cream, and basil that is a perfect summer dish. It is refreshing, loaded with flavor, and ridiculously easy. Three necessities for summertime cooking in my book.

Mmmm, the perfect, flavorful pairing.

Lots of parmesan….

Of course, lots of butter….

And, my husbands favorite…CREAM.

I also marinated the chicken for about 12 hours (you can marinate it as long as 24 though, the longer the better!) in this wonderful combination:

  • Olive oil
  • Juice of four lemons
  • Dijon
  • A bit of honey
  • A dash of salt

Then I cooked it up on my cast iron. But, if you have a grill I think that would be a perfect way to cook the chicken for this summery dish.

Cook up your pasta. Reserve some of the pasta water. Then, using the same pot you cooked the pasta in, melt butter over medium heat. Squeeze in the juice of 3 to 4 lemons. Whisk together. Pour in cream (and half-and-half, if you have it. I didn’t, and mine still had a consistency I was happy with). Whisk until hot. Dump in cheese and whisk until melted. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle some basil and stir to combine. Check consistency, adding some of the hot pasta water to loosen the sauce, if needed.

Pour pasta and sauce into a large serving bowl. Sprinkle remaining basil all over the top, then add sliced chicken breasts. Serve immediately!

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

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‘Tis the Season

Have raspberries coming out your ears from all those u-pick farms? Don’t know what to do with them all?

Well, look no further.

I made the yummiest muffins using fresh raspberries I picked with my friend last Saturday. I also made some awesome raspberry buttermilk pancakes. The options for these sweet, pink berries are endless. So be on the lookout for more raspberry posts….and all the other amazing summer berries for that matter. ‘Tis the season for berries and I’m going crazy with the u-pick farms this year.

Back to the muffins….

They’re not too sweet and leave enough room for all those fresh raspberries and their wonderful flavor to shine, slightly crusty on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. Seriously, these muffins are perfection.

I got this recipe from the one and only Real Simple.

You gotta try it, my friends. I promise, these babies won’t disappoint.

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So apparently this is an Anthropologie fashion post.

I did, in fact, put on nearly all Anthropologie pieces without realizing it this morning. I am, unashamedly, obsessed. In my defense, I do have to mention that though this skirt is originally from Anthro, I got it at Buffalo Exchange for a price so low I’m not even going to say. Jealousy would ensue and nothing good would come from it. But rest assured, I do not find cute Anthro skirts at second hand stores EVER. This was a very rare, and wonderful occurrence.

That being said, it still goes to show that your local thrift stores are always worth a looksie.

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Happy Wednesday!

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Roses and Picnics

Over the weekend the Mr. and I had a picnic in the rose gardens at Washington Park. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend. The gardens are in full bloom and gorgeous right now. And then topping it off with a picnic in the warm sun? Even you can’t pass that up.

Here are a few shots of the outfit I wore for the occasion…

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I love how big and boho this dress is. Perfect for warm summer evenings.

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A Summer Cocktail

Sangria anyone? Sangrias are one of my all time favorite drinks to enjoy during summertime. Wine, tons of sweet fruit, crisp— what more could you ask for in a summer beverage?

Here’s a very simple, basic sangria recipe that is deelish as is, but leaves room for some creativity and your own unique additions if you’d like.


  • 3 1/4 cups (26 fl. oz) dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 large orange, sliced thin crosswise
  • 1 large lemon, sliced thin crosswise
  • 2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz) club soda

How to:

Combine all the ingredients except for the club soda in a large punch bowl or serving pitcher, mixing well. Refrigerate overnight. Immediately before serving, mix in the club soda for added fizz. Ladle into cups with ice cubes.

For those of you who need ideas for a kid’s birthday party or a baby shower coming up, are expecting yourself, or just simply don’t drink, this recipe, by A Sweet Pea Chef, is for you. Virgin has never tasted so good.


3 cups grape juice
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 lemon, thinly sliced, with peel
1/2 lime, thinly sliced, with peel
1 medium orange, thinly sliced, with peel
1 small apple, cored, sliced into 8ths, with peel
1 small black plum, thinly sliced, with peel
2-3 cups sparkling mineral water or club soda, to taste

How to:

Combine the fruits and juices in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, overnight preferably, to allow for flavors to combine. Prior to serving, add mineral water and stir together.


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