Monthly Archives: December 2007


cooking classes

last night, we had our departmental holiday party at Sur la Table. it was a group “team building” experience, as my boss called it. we chopped veggies, sipped on wine and champagne, and cooked a wonderful meal together. it was fun, and as I always say, I really enjoy spending time with co-workers outside of the work environment.

that being said, I highly recommend signing up for a cooking class at Sur la Table, or any other cooking school offering classes. I like to think of myself as being a pretty good cook, however, I learned quite a bit last night, like the best way to cut an onion and how to really avoid tearing up! our menu included Roasted Beets & Bleu cheese salad with a tangy vinegarette, Mushroom & Leek soup, green beans with crispy shallots, and Duck in a Pinot Noir Sauce. all of this followed a delicious French cake with vanilla bean paste, grapes and orange zest. yum! to find out if your Sur la Table offers classes, look here.

coming up in the next few weeks at the Sur la Table Portland:
12-20: Bon Appetit Easy Holiday Buffet
12-28: Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party
12-29: Five Quick Hors d’Oeuvres
1-3: Ravioli Workshop
1-5: Cake Decorating Basics


a tiny calendar in my shop

thanks for the sweet comments on my tiny calendar. yes, it is for sale.
you can never have too many calendars to adorn your walls. I’ve printed them for gifts and I’ve got a couple left which are now in my shop. I’ll be printing more after Christmas, but in limited quantity. purchase them here. you can see additional pictures here and here.

{I’ve got two in my shop today. there will be another shop update Thursday, December 27, stay tuned}


favorite things

05. gift lists

since dlb and I bought each other gifts that we needed this year for Christmas, I already know what all my gifts are from him. however, I still compiled a gift list for those in case moments, or for myself to remember days down the road. {or, for my birthday next month!}
but gift lists are still one of my favorite things, so here are some of the things from my list, with varied price points, for some last minute gift ideas:
01. moleskin reporter small squared pocket journal – $11.99
for jotting ideas and drawings on the go.
02. gourmet scented pencils – $14
“smencils” for the artist that still remembers Mr. Sketch markers.
03. ornithology magnets – $24
for the seasoned bird lover or for the one who’s developing their interest.
04. stila all over glow in peachy keen – $28
face warming powder that adds just the right amount of color, for the beauty-conscious lady.
05. sweet and natural baking – $28
for the baker who’s dying for a sweet alternative.
06. striped cashmere sweater – $98
a cozy classic dressed in stripes.
07. camper industrial boot – $245.95
for the girl who loves her shoes both stylish and versatile.
08. the kitchen aid pro 600 mixer – $399
for the power cook.
09. orla kiely stem print blanket – $426
for staying warm on those cold winter nights.


right this second

I’m thrilled:
with my tiny calendar.

but I’m a little pissed:
that July isn’t quite right. oops.

I’m delighted:
with this post about my eco Christmas.

I’m looking forward to:
spending hours at Powells tonight.
my Christmas swap with Amy.
my hair cut with Kammie on Tuesday. {thanks for the rec, Jess}

I’m sort of looking forward to:
Christmas shopping tomorrow… but not the crowds.

I’m still thinking about:
one or two more things that I want from dlb for Christmas. {I’ve already gotten three pairs of shoes… do I really need another pair? I’m thinking trail runners…}

update: I’ve added a new category to my side bar called become inspired. be sure to keep a look out for at the moment ideas and inspiration to pop out from here.


favorite things

04. winter brews.

here’s a few of my favorites this year:
Moylans White Christmas – a zesty Belgium White Ale. it’s both spicy and fruity, with cinnamon, coriander, and orange peel.
Full Sail Wreck the Halls – a hoppy holiday IPA. full and piney.
Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve – a spicy American Strong Ale. lots of flavor, full of caramel malt and floral hoppiness.
Bison Winter Warmer – a classic Abbey Dubbel, yum.
sweet fruity character with a hint of toffee and chocolate. at 9% abv, it’s definitely a cheek warmer.