Friday, May 31, 2013

MAY I look back on you. Ha!

Holy moly guys!  May is done!  Finito, finished, nada.  No more May.  What the eff.

Here are some of your and my favorite posts from this glorious month. :)

I grew my own bean sprouts!  So delicious, so easy, and the perfect addition to a salad or saute.

Alli and I started a link up party this month!  It was just the two of us pretty ladies this month, but we hope more of you join in the fun in June.  Stay tuned for a little preview on June 3rd!

I made a little old fashioned soda float.  A rhubarb soda float!  With homemade rhubarb syrup, vanilla ice cream, and strawberry sorbet.  One of the best things I've EVER made. 

I transferred this totally rad photo to wood for my best dear friend for her bday.  Happy bday Maghag!

Dijon potato salad with edamame.  Nuff said!  Except maybe that it's totally vegan. :)

I developed a massive obsession for moscow mules.  Best. Damn. Things. EVER!

Well...... those were the highlights!  I'm in a bit of a state of shock that May is over, but June is so super cool, so it's okay.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ad swap in June??

Hey guys, wanna swap ads?  I'd love to be friends!  Pop on over here or click that sponsor link above.  Use code "swap" at checkout for any size! 

Or, wanna swap feature posts?  Or guest post?  Just email me at jellybonesblog(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know.

So pumped for June....... this lady is FULL of anticipation for summer.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Linguine in tomato apple sauce

Are you thrown for a loop with this one????!  Cause I sure was!

Tomato and APPLE sauce?  What the what?  I found this recipe in Lidia's Favorite Recipes by Lidia Bastianich, a cookbook I won from Aub at Kitchen Vignettes.  I knew this had to be made....... like now.  She makes hers with spaghetti, but we had linguine on hand so....... voila.......

This recipe was pretty darn easy, and only took about half an hour to make the sauce.  Here's what you need to make about 6 servings:

3 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano (one 28-ounce can)
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 lb tart firm apple (Granny Smith)
1 lb linguine or other pasta
1 cup freshly grated grana padano or 1 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for passing

Pour the canned tomatoes into the food processor or blender; puree until smooth.
Add 4 tablespoons oil into a large skillet or saute pan; set over medium heat, and strew the chopped celery and onion in the pan.
Cook and stir the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until they wilt and start to caramelize.
Stir in the pureed tomatoes, season with salt and heat to a bubbling simmer.
Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or so.
As the tomatoes perk, peel and core the apples, and remove the seeds.
Shred them, using the coarse holes in a shredder or grater.
When the tomatoes have cooked about 5 minutes, stir the apples into the sauce.
Heat again to a simmer, and cook the sauce, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring now and again, until it has reduced and thickened and the apple shreds are cooked and tender.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil, drop in the spaghetti, and cook it until barely al dente.
Lift the spaghetti from the water; let drain for a moment, and drop it into the warm sauce.
Toss pasta with the sauce for a minute or two, until all the strands are coated and perfectly al dente.
Turn off the heat, sprinkle the grated cheese over the pasta, and toss well.
Drizzle over it the remaining oil, toss once again, and heap the pasta in warm bowls.
Serve immediately, passing more cheese at the table.
 We actually cheated and bought pre pureed san marzano tomatoes.  Not sure if this is a sin to this recipe or not, but it still ended up REALLY interesting and nothing like I've ever created.  The apple flavor really started to shine the next day with the leftovers.  

Have you tried any new recipes lately???  I'd love to hear them!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Stupendous Monday {5/27/13}

Happy Memorial Day everyone!!

The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of family time and wedding planning.  We are SO freakin busy it's making my head spin.  With only 2.5 months to go until wedding day......... we are starting to stress.  UGH! 

Managed to get some good insta-pics though.

Jerdy make me us a spice rack!  He's such a keeper.

Hi.  From Tootie

Took the fam from out of town to the Gumwall in Seattle.  So gross and rad.

Took a stroll through Lincoln Park in West Seattle.  Little Layla adored the beach.

It's been so so rainy on my walk to work lately.  Blah.

This little lady got a big girl bed! 

Memorial weekend walks in the park.

How was your weekend guys???  Do anything fun?

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Bye bye.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

May 2013 Wishlist

Hey dudes.  Wanna see what I want this month?

May2013 wishlist

1. I've been really wanting to get into the original Oz series!  This edition of the first book is WAY too expensive, but I bet I could find a cheaper one.

2. Copper moscow mule mugs!  I've been totally obsessed with these drinks lately, and these mugs are a dream of mine these days. 

3. This duvet cover from Anthro is just amazing.  AND on sale! 

4. The Beautiful Mess App.  Just another reason I'm dreaming of an IPhone over a Droid. 

5. This fantastic mid century style couch.  Rad. 

6. This totally cool satchel.  Love this. 

Have a great weekend friends!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A photo an hour {5/19/13}

Jerdy's bro came into town from Idaho this weekend.  Dude....... nothing like out of town guests to get you to see the beauty of your own city.

Daydreaming about being able to wear summer sandals.  Pissing rain at this point, so I went with boots.  Only to have the sun shine ALL day.  Oh Seattle.......

Brunch time with the fam!  Jared's dad and step mom went out and got me my favorite almond croissants from Bakery Nouveau, along with some other goodies. Such sweet rents!

Strolling through Lincoln Park in West Seattle.  Little Laylabug is looking super bad ass in her shades and her 'tude!

Hanging on the beach with the fam.  
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Cocktail hour!

After dinner little pup stroll

The best dessert EVER!  Strawberry shortcake.  With home made biscuits and fresh whipped cream.  And wine...... duh.
What a great little Sunday to end a really great little weekend.  SO ready for the 3 day weekend coming up though.  Yesssssssssss..........

Bye friends!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cocktail Hour {Moscow Mule}

This crazy thing happened about a month ago.  I discovered a love for ginger.  WHA?  I have NEVER liked ginger.  Never.  nope.

But............ a friend made me a moscow mule a bit back, and holy shit it was amazing.  I've gone a little cray-cray for the amazing vodka/ginger beer radness, and I'm sharing it with you today my friends.

Here's what you need to make a pretty decent size glass full:

2 shots vodka
6 oz ginger brew (I used Reed's Extra Ginger Brew)
1/2 lime

Here's how:

Fill a large glass 3/4 of the way with ice.  Pour the vodka over the ice, and then fill with ginger brew.  Squeeze the lime juice into your glass and stir.  Garnish with lime wedges and yippee!  You have a Moscow Mule!

I'd pretty much kill for some copper moscow mule mugs like these

 Image found here.
But for now... these will have to do

 Cheers friends!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Eat the Rainbow {Spring 2013}

Oh hi there blogging friends!  I'm starting a new series today called Eat the Rainbow.  Here, I will feature in season recipes featuring produce in {almost} every color of the rainbow.  Not much blue going on if ya know what I mean.

This time- SPRING!  Such a delight for seasonal recipes.


Balsamic Strawberry pops. Um......... if you guys know me at at ALL you know how much I want to make these.


Roasted sweet peppers and carrots with orange and hazelnuts.  Has a plate ever looked as beautiful as this?


Creamy avocado linguine with meyer lemon and arugula.   OK, so this may be a tad on the green side, but the shining star here is definitely the meyer lemon.  I just adore when these little gems come around.  Sadly, they are already past their April prime around these parts, but meyer lemons are a treat I look forward to every year.


Sun dried tomato and fet stuffed artichokes.   What?  Are you kidding me?  Oh hell yes.


Crispy polenta with morels and broccoli.   Morels are SUCH a treat.  We actually very rarely eat them.  Expensive little buggers!  But man are they delicious.  This recipe just looks like a dream come true.

Have a super duper Sunday my friends!  and let me know if you find any cool colorful recipes I can use in upcoming Eat the Rainbow posts!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dijon potato salad with edamame

Spring is in full force my friends!!  It's been a bit rainy and cold this week, but overall I couldn't be any happier with this May weather we've had.  It puts a huge grin on this girl's face.

We started grilling outside for the first time this year, one of my favorite things about spring and summer.  One of my other faves- potato salad.  I freakin love potato salad.  My mom used to make it for me all the time and I would eat most of it warm before it cooled down.  Although I love her mayo filled recipe the most, I'm trying to be more on the healthy side lately.

I borrowed this recipe from Good Ole Martha, and tweaked it by adding some shelled edamame I had in the fridge.

Here are your ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 pounds red new potatoes, scrubbed and halved (quartered if large)
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
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 Here's what you do:

Steam the potatoes in a steamer basket for 15-20 minutes.  While those are steaming, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and olive oil in a large bowl.  
When your potatoes are fully cooked, place them in the bowl with the vinegar mixture and add edamame.  Toss together and gently stir in parsley.  Add salt and pepper to taste.


Serve on a sunny spring evening with some lemonade and a beer. :)

Enjoy friends!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DIY Photo to wood transfer

Check this out friends...........

This is piece of wood.  No joke.  Yes, it's also a photo of a bunch of nerds  really cool people playing battle with cardboard armor.  Heh.

I've been seeing this photo to canvas thing floating around, and heard that you could use the same gel medium for most porous surfaces.  My friend Maghag's bday was a few months back, and I jumped at the chance to turn this gem of a pic into a work of art. 

Here's what you need to make one of your own:

1. A photo in the size you want, printed with an inkjet printer.  This was the most difficult part for me!!!  Not only could I not seem to size the picture correctly, but I don't have an inkjet printer.  And turns out, neither does ANY FREAKIN WHERE in Seattle!  We had to use Jerdy's mom's dinosaur to get the job done.  
2. A very smooth piece of wood.
3. A gel medium.  You can find this at any craft store.  Just make sure you do NOT use ModPodge.
4. A foam brush.
5. A paper towel or cloth towel.
6. Water

First, take your gel medium and evenly spread it over the wood surface and the photo side of your paper.  Place the photo, photo side down, on the wood and smooth as well as you can starting from the middle and working your way out.  Leave it to try overnight.

The next day, take a damp towel and blot your photo, getting it damp, but not soaking wet.

Start rubbing off the paper with your fingers.  This process takes FOREVER!  Once you think you're done, there's more dry white paper.  Don't rub too hard here, you don't want to rub off the transfer from the wood.

Keep wetting and rubbing until you are satisfied with how much paper is gone.   It may take a couple of days, because you'll notice more paper after it's dry again.  

I had Jared seal this with conversion varnish at his work, but a spray can lacquer will work wonders for preserving this.  

This is how it looked totally finished!!  I love it, and I'm pretty sure Maghag does too.  By the way, that's me on the very far left.  See the frilly skirt I made myself with a beer box????  We are so cool.  NOT!

Let me know if you try this out friends!  I'd love to hear some cool tips on how to make these really neat.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Stupendous Monday {5/13/13}

Monday Monday.......
So good to meeeeeeee.........

Here it is friends!  My bi-weekly insta-dump.

I got this antique banjo-uke from my grandma around Christmas.  It's an old family heirloom that we had refinished and fixed up.  SO COOL!  This is us, learning to play Sea of Love.  A friend of ours is going to play it on this little dude as I walk down the aisle.  YESSSSS!  Exciting stuff guys.

The weather's been like a dream.  Jerdy and I are feeling the spring fever, strolling hand in hand to dinner.

Just a usual Saturday morning for me.  No big deal.

Moscow mules on the deck.  In the sun.  With good friends.

Caught these two lovebirds napping on the couch.

I can't get enough of this amazing vegetable.

Music discoveries.......

This is what my walk to work looks like lately.  Tennis shoes and iced coffee.  A really nice 15 minute stroll every morning.

Looking back, it's been a really really awesome last couple of weeks.  SO much sunshine and lounging and friendly faces.  Lovin life right now.

What have you guys been up to???


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