Dear Sad, Sad A’s Fans,

I know you’re really upset that Yoenis Cespedes got traded to the Red Sox.  But let me tell you why I think it’s going to be just fine.

You see, I’m a Mariners fan.  And it’s tough to be a Mariner’s fan.

In 1998 we lost Randy Johnson.  Our 6’10″ pitcher who would go on to gain fame as a pigeon annihilation machine.

After the 1999 season we lost Griffey.  Griffey.  It’s not even fair how sad we were. And in 2000 we lost A-rod.  We were sad at the time, but in hindsight, it was probably for the best.

Then in 2001, we had the most glorious season.  116 mother effing wins.  116 (let’s ignore that it was Ichiro’s rookie season).

116 wins Did we win a world series.  Of course not, we’re Seattle.  But it was magical.  At the beginning of the season, I could barely name a single player (possibly because I wasn’t paying as much attention….but I digress).  By the end, I loved them all.  Next to 1995, it was probably one of the greatest Mariners seasons I had ever witnessed (which is totally sad that the 2 best seasons happened over a decade ago).

So what am I getting at?  We lost a few really good players.  Griffey, Randy and A-rod.  By all accounts, 2001 should have sucked.  But it didn’t.

So yeah, be upset you lost Cespedes.  But I think it means good things for your A’s.  And if the Mariner’s aren’t going to the World Series, you bet I’m rooting for the A’s.

Happy Friday!

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Real quick

Because I’m still catching up from an awesome/fun/busy weekend!

Spent half of last week in Albuquerque.

Came home early because my madre was in town to visit and see Derek and Julianne Hough perform :)

We had some friends over for a fancy dinner (prime rib!), and cake.

Shot an awesome wedding in town.

Made bread so we could make french dip sandwiches with our leftover roast.

And took a lovely walk with nick, moch, and my mom.

This week should be far less exciting by comparison.  At least, I sure hope it is!

Happy Monday!

Postcards from Highway 1

We decided to take the long way back from San Luis Obispo a few weeks ago.  Normally not my style, but we were driving back on a Friday, which meant I still had the whole weekend to relax.  Here are a few of the highlights.

Elephant seals.  It’s like a zoo, only better.

The Mcway Waterfall at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.  This was actually someone’s view.  From their home.  The owner, Helen Hooper Brown, was a shovel heiress.  Who knew?

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2014-Hwy1-0031 And a very un-bryn-like impromptu stop at a random beach in Carmel.  I can be spontaneous when I want to be.

Cauliflower Breakfast Pizza

I made this “breakfast” pizza over the weekend – it’s really just a pizza with an egg on it :)   A few friends asked for the recipe so I thought I’d post it.

A word about cauliflower pizza – it’s kind of a little biatch.  Sometimes it works great and sometimes it’s a little soft.  But I’ve tried to optimize the recipe for best results, so here it goes!

Pizza crust Ingredients (makes 2 large pizzas or 4 mini pizzas)

1 large head of cauliflower
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup shredded, low moisture, mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
2 eggs
2 large garlic cloves

1.  Put the cauliflower through a food processor (if you don’t have a food processor, use a cheese grater).  This should yield roughly 4 cups of  cauliflower bits.

2.  Divide the cauliflower into 2 microwaveable safe bowls.  Microwave the cauliflower bits for 8-10 minutes.  The longer the better.  Your goal is to remove the moisture.  I’ve also had really good luck baking the cauliflower on a jelly roll pan (I convect at 350, but others have baked at 350 and had good results).  Probably 15-20 minutes – just dry it out.  If you don’t do this, there is no chance your pizza will turn out….just saying.

3.  Drain and rinse the can of garbanzo beans and put it through the food processor.  Your goal is to get a mashed up ball of garbanzo beans – like a ball of garbanzo dough.

4.  Combine the garbanzo beans and cauliflower with the eggs, cheese and garlic.

Breakfast Pizza Ingredients (for 2)

Enough dough for 2 personal size pizzas, roughly 3/4-1 cup per pizza
Pizza sauce (I used TJs)
Italian Sausage (or breakfast sausage)
1/2 c shredded mozzarella (I go light on the cheese, totally up to you)
Italian seasoning (I have one that has some red pepper flakes)
Tomato
Basil
Avocado
2 eggs

1.  I use a baking steel, but I imagine a pizza stone will also work.  Put it on the top rack and preheat to 490-500F.

2.  Make 2 small crusts on a piece of parchment.  5-6″ in diameter.  I make them pretty thin – as thin as possible.

3.  Bake for 4-5 min – you want it to start turning golden.  Remove it from the oven and put it on a towel or a cooling rack

4.  Add the sauce, sausage and cheese

5.  Bake for an additional 4 min

6.  Add 1 egg to each pizza and bake for an additional 4 min.  It’ll run a little off the edge, you just want to be sure the yolk stays on the pizza.

7.  Remove from the oven and add the tomato, basil and avocado.

Enjoy!

This week and last

Look at me, blogging for the 2nd week in a row!

I had a quick trip to Albuquerque last week and ate at my new favorite restaurant, Farm and Table.  It seems very Portland in a not-so-very Portland city.  They grow a large amount of the produce in a farm behind the restaurant.  But it was unclear where the chickens grew up.

The weekend was filled with tasty treats and wonderful house guests.  We tried putting mini reeses in toasted marshmallows.  The boys preferred this to nutella.  I still prefer nutella.

And of course we had to try the new ice cream sandwich shop that opened downtown.  Free ice cream sandwiches to celebrate their grand opening.

It was a bit overwhelming to decide between the 10+ cookie flavors and 10+ ice cream flavors.  But we managed ok :)

And now it’s off to another week in Albuquerque.  Although it will give me a chance to investigate the Essie Nail Polish machine at Oakland Airport.

Happy Monday!

Campfire goodness

I’ve raved about my nutella smores before.  Replace the chocolate bar with nutella and BAM, instant awesome.  Well, a few weeks ago, while helping break in some friends’ new fire pit, I discovered my new campfire favorite.

Marshmallow + nutella.  Just leave out the graham!  The marshmallow actually caves in a tiny bit after you remove it from the stick.  Add a little nutella and you have the best campfire dessert ever.  You’re welcome.

The littlest entrepreneuer

On Sunday, as we were walking home from Starbucks, this little girl perked up as we rounded the corner.  She was selling bracelets for $2 or $1 (slightly confusing, but I went with it).  She was spending the weekend at her Grandma’s and had made a TON of rainbow bracelets.  I guess I’ve grown a soft spot for entrepreneurs, having both married one and become one.  So I found a few I liked and asked Nick what he thought.  He looks at me and says, “well, will you wear it?”  The man had a point.  On one hand, I knew this handmade rainbow bracelet would not be making its way into my jewelry rotation.  On the other hand, this little girl had really poor market placement (VERY minimal foot traffic) and I didn’t want her to get discouraged.  And it was $1.  Obviously, I ended up with a bracelet.  And Nick had to pay, because I’d left my wallet at home :)   But serious kudos to this girl for being awesome on a Sunday morning.  I hope she sold out!

Is this thing on?

Since I last posted, I’ve been quite a busy lady!  Some highlights include:

A very quick trip to the UK for work.  Luckily, we were able to do a bit of sightseeing while in town.  Naturally, we headed to Oxford for our Harry Potter fix (I’m actually pretty sure I was the only fan in our group, but they didn’t have any other suggestions!)

Macaroons and a whirlwind tour of London on our last night.

Returned to the states to catch date night with Nick.  He bought us tickets to see Once.  And it was the happiest sad musical I’ve ever seen :)   Before the show, he treated me to Fino.  I’m still not sure if this is a tourist trap, but I love it.  They use handmade pasta and have this dessert that’s basically chocolate creme brule over pureed raspberries.  It’s called a chocolate Fino.  Whenever my sis is in town, we try and get one.  It’s too rich to eat by yourself, so we split it.  To ensure equal portions, we break the sugar crust directly down the center and each take half.

By the time my head hit the pillow, I had been up for a lot of hours.  And I didn’t even fall asleep during the show.

I spent the next day walking the track at Relay for Life and received lots of donations from awesome family and friends!  I’m always blown away by the generosity.  But then again, cancer DOES suck – as I’ve been reminded of all too much recently.

Here is Nick and I, raising awareness for colon cancer.  Get it?

We had friends in town for the 4th of July, ate lots of food (we totally made pretzels, don’t be jealous), and even had time to throw a little baby shower!  It was a Kate Spade themed shower and I was really proud of it….but apparently took ZERO pictures.  Epic fail on my part.

This past week/weekend was spent in SLO for a wedding.  We took the long way home, up HWY1.  Driving it on a Friday was actually kinda relaxing.  We made an impromptu stop to see the elephant seals (highly suggest it if you’re ever in the neighborhood) and snapped a few of the Bixby bridge – it’s a thing.

And what’s up now?

  • Patiently awaiting the items I ordered from Nordstrom for their anniversary sale – seriously the best sale out there.  But I’d buy toilet paper from Nordstrom if they sold it.  Best customer service out there.
  • I’m not entirely sure how I ended up watching it, but Ladies of London is awesome.  Awesome in a totally trashy, I-feel-kinda-guilty-but-not-really sort of way.  It’s like real housewives, but in London.  Good thing we don’t have the “good” cable.  I can only watch when I’m on travel for work.
  • Started listening to Nick’s podcasts a few weeks ago and I totally learned some things.  That, and I had a long drive and it felt like he was in the car with me.  But seriously, he’s dishing some good info!

Happy Monday!

Fun Finds

We photographed a wedding over the weekend and we loved the favors/decor.  Friends of bride and groom own an etsy shop where they sell air plants in painted pots.  Simple yet chic (and tough to kill!).  You can find them here!

Air Plants I also got turned on to these fun, handmade, porcelain plates by Corbe Company.  They started out through a kickstarter campaign are now producing their state plates!  I’m always glad to come from a state whose shape transfers well to kitchen ware (I’m talking Washington).

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I’m assuming you can’t buy the full 50 and make a gigantic united states – although that would be pretty amazing!  And I think Hawaii could be tough – I see that one getting displayed incorrectly from time to time :)

This week and last

Things are getting crazy around these parts!

Between a dinner with friends, a wedding shower, an impromptu visit with my cousin and a few photo shoots, it’s been busy!

I got to snuggle this little 1 month old last week!  She passed out in my arms.  And then I got super warm from her body heat!

I helped put on a little shower for a friend getting married in August.  I was also pretty impressed with what you can do with black craft paper and chalkboard pens.

My cousin came to town, so Nick and I headed to the city for a little ferry building brunch – blue bottle coffee and some random snacks.

And then I spent a couple hours with one of my favorite dancers.

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2014-Tory-0266-2-XL After looking at all of her gorgeous pictures, I proceeded to attempt my *best* arabesque in the living room mirror.  I was highly disappointed – need to manage my expectations a bit :)

Last Thursday was family night at the Livermore Rodeo, yes, we live in a cowboy town.  Family night = free, so we go on family night.  In addition to roping cattle, they also have magic carpet rides – where someone rides on a carpet getting pulled by a horse, and wild cow milking – where they lasso a cow and then someone comes and gets the cow in a head lock while the other one milks it – no joke.  The evening was capped off by a performance from a pink, glittery, horse-riding, drill team!  You literally cannot make this stuff up.

Friday night we helped some friends break in their new fire pit.

The original plan was to try something we’d seen online.  Where you make a toasted marshmallow “shot glass” and fill it with kahlua.  It sounded awesome.  But in reality, the kahlua to mallow ratio was too high, and the alcohol ate through the bottom of the mallow – so it got a little messy.  Instead, I filled mine with nutella.  Now THAT was amazing.

And today I’m off to England for the week.  A quick-ish work trip followed by the busiest weekend of my life (no joke).  I’ve refrained from caffeine for most of my life, always figuring there would come a day when I’d need to channel its powers.  And I’m pretty sure this weekend will be the one.  Jet lag + relay for life + 2 weddings + tickets to a show.  Oopsy!  If a candle had 3 ends, I’d be burning all of them.  Wish me luck and happy Monday!