Rope & Summit by Junip on Grooveshark

happy friday! as i type this, i'm curled up in a blanket with the sore throat from hell. drew was really sick last weekend, and though i tried my best to avoid him (hard to do in a studio, by the way), i'm finally admitting to myself that i'm coming down with something.

i've been self-medicating with pho and ice cream. though my mom, who just had a similar ailment last weekend, offered up her famous method for curing everything: wine and potato chips. she swears by it. and mothers know best, right?



i mentioned earlier that i scooped up a banner at spoken for, and here it is, hanging over our bed. i was initially drawn to the sweet floral print, but the impressive handiwork is also worth noting: owner molly pringle cuts the patterns with a laser!


i heart portland

we went to see the vaux's swifts this past weekend with ashely and brett. every evening in september, at an hour before sunset, thousands of these little black birds fly overhead before settling in to the chimney at chapman elementary school to roost. we set up on the lawn with beers, sandwiches, and chips and salsa. with free entertainment and great company, it was the perfect way to spend a friday night.

1. helpful information.
2. swifts flying in to the chimney.
3. checking out a swift up close.
4. lovebirds (they're getting married in less than 2 weeks!)

see my full article at eyes + edge!


scenes from spoken for

i had a lovely time at spoken for! i brought my friend jill and we sipped on some signature cocktails while admiring the beautiful handmade goods. we were completely obsessed with the banners from dearest and each bought one (i'll share a picture soon). 



avocado toast

i've got another simple "recipe" for you. this time, i toasted a slice of crusty whole wheat bread and topped it with mashed avocado, lemon juice, salt and crushed red pepper. in my opinion, keeping it simple yields the best results. however, adding a poached egg, sliced tomato, or a sprinkle of feta cheese definitely wouldn't hurt!



Sleeping Ute by Grizzly Bear on Grooveshark 

happy friday! tomorrow i'll be attending spoken for, "an event that aims to put a fresh spin on the typical wedding show". before you jump to any conclusions, i'll be there c/o eyes + edge :). drew and i are not ready for marriage just yet, but i'm still looking forward to perusing the unique wares and tasting food and drink samples from independent portland vendors.

speaking of non-traditional weddings -- are you at a hipster wedding? too good.



taking up the entire loveseat. what a diva.



these falconwright clutches are too cute. how on earth am i supposed to choose just one?
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scenes from instagram

1. date night with drew
2. baby girl
3. hand lettering supplies
4. lavender earl grey tea
5. i want to live here
6. lights at firehouse, best meal ever
7. oregon coast
8. beach scene
9. dahlias
10. sour beer
11. had a craving for my banana muffins
12. mt. tabor trees
13. brunch
14. flea market treasures


a simple salad

the first thing i saw when i arrived at the farmers market this past weekend was a lemon cucumber. it caused an instant craving for a crisp, refreshing salad, so i grabbed it. i also bought a few heirloom tomatoes and some fresh basil and made it for lunch as soon as i got home.

i hesitate to even call this a recipe, as i just chopped up the tomatoes, cucumber, and a handful of fresh basil and served it in a bowl with fresh lemon juice and salt. you don't need any fancy dressings with this salad -- the ingredients are truly perfect on their own!



Old Mythologies by The Barr Brothers on Grooveshark

happy friday! my friend (since kindergarten!) just moved here for naturopathic med school and i'm so excited to have her here with me and to show her around her new home. we're taking a quick trip to the coast today to kick off this beautiful weekend.


i heart portland

luc lac vietnamese kitchen has been on my (ever-growing) list of places to eat and i finally got to check it out on monday. it's a happening lunch spot for folks who work downtown and there was a line out the door to prove it. we didn't have to wait too long, due to their efficient system -- you order and pay at the counter, then wait for a table to open up.

soon enough we were seated and served our massive bowls of steaming hot pho. many vietnamese restaurants serve "vegetarian" pho, with beef broth as the base, but i am happy to report that luc lac offers an insanely flavorful vegan broth. i ate about half for lunch, took the rest with me, and enjoyed it for dinner that very same night. two (filling) meals for $7? i'm smitten.



bill domanick

i absolutely love my new beautiful little blog header. almost as much as i love my talented friend bill domanick for creating it for me. he's a graphic designer based out of new york city -- head on over to his site to check out more of his impressive work (and his sweet 'stache)!


oatmeal lemon pancakes with blueberry syrup

making quiche for breakfast last weekend was such a departure from my normal routine that it felt completely luxurious. i decided to keep the tradition going and make something a bit more laborious for breakfast again this weekend, though this time i went the sweet route.

oatmeal lemon pancakes adapted from here

1 cup oat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 tbsp raw sugar
pinch of salt

2 eggs, separated
1 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp melted coconut oil

blueberry syrup adapted from here

2 cups frozen blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

in a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. in a separate bowl, mix together all wet ingredients (except for the egg whites), and add to the dry ingredients. whip egg whites until stiff peaks form, then gently fold them into the rest of the batter. warm a pan over medium heat, add a bit of coconut oil to grease the pan and ladle some batter in. once bubbles form at the top, flip the pancake over and cook until golden (do this until all batter is gone -- we got 5 large pancakes out of this).

meanwhile, place blueberries, sugar, water, lemon juice and vanilla in a saucepan on medium heat and allow it to cook into a syrup. remove from heat and serve over pancakes. 




Shadow by Wild Nothing on Grooveshark 

happy friday! this weekend is musicfestnw, and being the cheap bastards that we are, drew and i both entered in a contest to win free wristbands to all the shows. sadly, we didn't win, but i got us tickets for BEIRUT tonight! i would have loved to also see wild nothing, the tallest man on earth, blouse, xiu xiu, tanlines, and craft spells. maybe next year.


i heart portland

i came across the portland homestead supply co a few weekends ago and could have easily spent the entire day in the beautifully curated store. i'm a bit domestically challenged (i know nothing about canning my own preserves or raising chickens), but they offer a wide variety of classes to help out aspiring homesteaders. i'd love to go back soon and learn how to make my own cheese!



swiss chard and heirloom tomato quiche

a long weekend calls for a decadent brunch. when i'm pressed for time, greek yogurt with granola is my standby. but when i have the luxury of spending an hour or two in the kitchen, i like to whip up something extra special to savor alongside a strong cup of coffee.

swiss chard and heirloom tomato quiche adapted from here

1 frozen 9-inch pie crust (i used whole foods whole wheat)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch swiss chard, stems removed and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 large eggs
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup grated goat cheddar
3 small heirloom tomatoes, sliced
salt and pepper

preheat oven to 350f. heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. add the onion and swiss chard and cook for about 4-5 minutes. in a medium bowl, mix eggs with half-and-half, salt, and pepper. add the cheddar and onion and chard mixture to the eggs. pour the mixture into the pie crust, top with sliced tomatoes and bake until set (about 45 minutes).