Category: Around The House

My Mid Century Modern Gradient Dresser

When I picture something in my mind that I want, no substitute will do. That’s why when I decided that I wanted a new dresser earlier this spring, I measured the size that I would want and mentally pictured exactly how it would look, then started hitting my usual thrift stores in a a frequent rotation, hoping what was in my mind would materialize. Then one afternoon on a whim, I stopped in one that I usually never go to because the one time I did go it looked like a bunch of old hotel furniture- not the look I would ever have in mind. But I stopped and within fifty feet of the door I saw it. The price on the back said $175, an insane amount of a piece of thrift store furniture, nevermind one that had been through its share of insanity, like nail polish (or something) spilled all over the inside of most of the drawers. I was about to walk away then circled back to it. “Do you have a tape measure?” I asked the lady behind the counter. She produced one for me and the measurements were EXACTLY the ones I had in my head to fit the space I was looking to fit, 41″ high by 40″ wide. No way. Yes way. I took a photo then decided to walk a lap...

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(Some of) Our Garden As Seen Through A 50 mm Lens

Last year Patrick got me a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens for our anniversary (he claims it has crystal in it, I’m cool with that answer) and it has really helped me become more interested in upping my photography game. I’m still by no means super great at it, but it’s getting better I think. This past weekend I took it outside and personal with our little garden that we have growing in beds around the house. Purple mustard (tastes great baked like kale chips!!!) This sprouted out of the compost. I emailed a photo to a master gardener who says its Irish potato. We’ll see! This is another compost pile surprise! It appears to be broccoli! I’ve never seen broccoli as it grows so this is a fun sprout. Beets! I don’t know why we are growing these, I don’t like beets and Patrick won’t drink beet juice anymore. But the luscious red stalks are so pretty. In August I bought a lime tree from Seven Oaks Plant Shop and while I brought it inside and kept it alive through the winter I wasn’t entirely sure that it would ever produce limes. These little buds and flowers starting to grow from it are encouraging though! Any tips on lime tree growing? The basil plants after I harvested a bunch from them to make pesto. Those little...

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Ooh I Missed One

One, being a day in my NaBloPoMo challenge, which I successfully kept up with for a whopping nine days! But I missed yesterday, just a Saturday at that, because I was busy posting a new screen door on our house with my dad’s help. Actually, he did most of it, I was the screw and drill hander. This coming week I hope to post most if not all of my Portland recaps, but if I don’t, it’s because I have another deadline this week- the harder one to write! Also, I think I am going to treat myself and do another restaurant review because it’s been quite a while since the last...

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Wake Me Up When September Ends

Billie Armstrong is right about the month of September sucking and preferring to experience as little of it as possible, at least this year. This month hasn’t been the best for a lot of people, but somehow it’s still managed to freaking fly by. I realized the other day that my posts have become a bit straightforward food only type posts and while that’s great and all, the posts that sometimes are the most memorable are the ones that are more straight from the heart of the author. So this may end up a rambling post, or it may end up great, or even somewhere in between. 1. My job is great. When I say “I don’t wanna go to work today” these days I mean I don’t want to leave the house and do anything, not that I don’t want to go into my particular job. And that’s a nice feeling. Been here three months and loving it. 2. Uh, it’s now autumn and kind of cold. I don’t like it. Yes, below 70 degrees is cold. 3. I haven’t felt 100% inspired to write the past two weeks or so. And I need to get okay with that instead of trying to force it too much. I’ve had other writing lulls and have come out of them with a vengeance once I acknowledged it and rode it...

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Fall Bucket List

All great ideas are replicated, and so is this one! Christina did a fall bucket list and I thought it was a great idea to keep me motivated to have fun, keep myself focused on the enjoyment that fall can bring instead of the cold, dark misery that feels like it’s looming just round the bend. Plus, fall is a chance to quit sweating so much just from looking out the window! 1. Eat or preserve everything I get from my CSA share this season. Give away things I don’t like to people who do (raise ya hands for collards and radishes) Zero wasting. 2. Go to the State Fair for lunch! – Went 10/19/12 with two coworkers! Ate fried butter! 3. Take the computer to blog and drink a happy hour cider at World of Beer, again. 4. Get a pumpkin spice latte and Twitter about it. You know what people, the salted caramel mocha is the fall Starbucks winner. Drink THAT.  Done 9/24/12. Drank a PSL at my lunch bread and tweeted about it. 5. Tailgate at a USC game, which I have never done before, if you don’t count sitting outside of games selling t-shirts which I definitely don’t. I want to have a beer with thousands of other people wearing garnet. Then I will leave once the game is underway, because football is too hard...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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