4th of july

after a stellar weekend camping in the olympic mountains, we enjoyed fireworks and patio chats at theresa’s place on south lake union. the fireworks in seattle are supposed to be top 10 in the nation. I am not sure if this is actually true, but they were quite amazing.

a refreshing and delicious watermelon wheat beer for the 4th of july! …and incredibly appropriate. i am currently smitten with the beers at 21st amendment brewery and the can designs. oh, and i just love the craft beer can movement.

going camping …kinda

today is national camp in your backyard day (according to my bro-in-law, john, and this site). so be it! oh, and while i wholeheartedly believe that dale’s pale ale is the best camping beer, simpler times comes in at a close second for both taste and cheapness.

j & m campsite

keeping warm

s’mores nachos (half choc half hazelnut). yum!

addicted

every so often i get absolutely hooked on something. this week, i’ve had a few addictions…

after seeing backyard at siff, i can’t stop listening to icelandic electro-dance-pop band, fm belfast.

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ginger mints! you can buy them in bulk from amazon!!

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taking too many photos of my dogs.

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the editing of my drunk kitchen is genius. hannah hart is hilarious!

sxsw 2011 – part uno

it was a crazy fun sxsw this year! while i could fill up a whole page on everything i did while in austin, it would take a while and probably not be that interesting to anyone but me. sadly the number of beers drank was more than then number of bands seen. but that’s ok. i had a rad time with friends as well as running around on my own and meeting new people.

it is not the greatest video quality and i was dancing a bit while filming. enjoy!

yuck: the wall. sharp set but not much stage presence.

baths: aminals. amazing live! i have a crush on will wiesenfeld… so adorable.

grouplove: gold coast. incredible energy on stage. best performance imo.

grouplove: colours. this person was standing next to me at the same show filming. you can prob hear me screaming. again, best sxsw performance overall!

a night of pi(e)

i love theme nights and this particular one was all about pie. we started at pies & pints just down the street. they serve delicious little pot pies, but don’t be fooled by the size because they are quite filling. the mini ruebens (corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese in a puff pastry) are to die for and my fave pie at this point is the spinach and feta. the beer selection is good too although we skipped the beer to save some room for dessert.

the next stop was high 5 pies in the capitol hill neighborhood. i fell in love with the place instantly with the classic 1950’s seafoam green accents on the chairs, espresso machine and even the telephone. i ordered a mini apple crisp with some scrumptious molly moon vanilla ice cream. it was a bit dry but the ice cream helped. we took our sweet pies and coffee to-go to continue our themed night at home.

our movie selection was none other than darren aronofsky’s 1998 film, pi. i had never seen it and it is one of michael’s favorites so it seemed fitting to cap off our evening with such a stellar film.

a very annie christmas

happy holidaze ya’ll! may your days be big and bright and your nights be dark and mysterious! merry christmas, happy hanukkah and all that jazz…

happy captain crunch!

merry frakkin’ christmas!

orange lantern cookies made by geekboy, @fatskamike

the elves: josh and helo

bungee cord glass markers by @musicjunkeeee

aunt pina’s sour cream cookies, an italian tradition

gloria’s sausage balls, a mexi-tradition

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mrs jena j.

may the force be with your holiday glow and watch a plenty.

my version of seafood salad minus the conch (i threw in two, and only two pieces of tentacle in honor of rissa).

charles say relax!

cozy sweater, never fear!

this guy likes last minute wrapping.

a very merry, merry christmas to you!

chocolate salty balls

chocolate. beer. love.

i received a delicious treat in the mail from a sweet friend back home (thanks ASH!). and omg, yummmm! chocolate truffles from dude, sweet chocolate made with rahr ugly pug black lager (which is so good on its own)! i was waiting for michael to get back in town to share them but that didn’t work out. i noshed on a few and they were pretty damn good. i would have eaten more but that would mean more time spent at the boring gym. don’t worry, i saved enough for the boy to get a taste, minus that last one i just snacked on…

go. order. chocolate. now! but i think the rahr truffles are no longer available. although fungus amongus and crack in a box will be going on my wishpot list! i’m craving a tasty rahr brew now to wash down that truffle and am missing texas a little bit.