Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe it’s already August? It feels like this summer – this whole year, actually – is flying by. After weeks and weeks of perfect summer weather, Seattle had its first few overcast days this week, and I know I’m a true Northwesterner because the grayness, mist, and 65 degree temperatures felt heavenly. This girl is definitely ready for football season. A few highlights from the half sunny, half gray week: Wine tasting at Two Vintners, my new favorite Washington winery. I joined their Wine Club this past weekend and can’t wait to go back – and to drink the Grenache Blanc that I purchased (featured on Canlis’ tasting menu this month, no less). Peach shortcake for my friend Scott’s 30th birthday dinner – homemade Smitten Kitchen biscuits, fresh peaches tossed with lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar (Scott: “are these like homemade canned peaches?”), and Ben & Jerry’s Peach Cobbler ice cream (Haagen Dazs vanilla bean on the side – no such thing as too much ice cream, right?). Latest score from the (constant) Banana sale. The day I attempted to purchase these, they were 40% off of the first markdown – but they had to ship them from a different store, and by the time they processed the transaction the following day they were 50% off of a second, further reduced price. $130 shoes for $38, yes please! Nordstrom Anniversary Sale “Beauty Exclusives” – $268 value for $128 – if you do the math (which I obviously did), that’s a 53% savings. Stock up before the sale ends on Sunday! My half successful, half failed attempt at dinner last night – the all-over-Pinterest Martha Stewart one-pot pasta. I did one pot with gluten free angel hair (fail), and one with Smitten Kitchen’s farro version, which turned out delicious. I’m sure regular pasta would be fine – the rice pasta just got too gummy – but I think the fact that the farro takes 30 minutes really helps develop the flavors (the pasta only takes 7-10, so those onions still looked pretty raw to me). Wishing everyone a lovely, back-to-being-in-the-80s weekend. I’m having another peach dessert tonight (peach crisp with crème fraîche ice cream, how yummy does that sound?!) -trying to enjoy these last few summer weeks while we have them. I suppose fall will be here soon enough. xoxo
It’s ironic that all of this week’s favorites involve food or drink, since I’ve been on a juice cleanse for the better part of the week. I promise that in some cases (donut, flasks) I just took a picture – I didn’t actually eat them/drink from them. But in some cases (ice cream) I did, which is why I then need to juice cleanse!
How yummy does this Top Pot donut look? Sprinkles make everything so much cuter.
How have I never seen these before? Restoration Hardware really thinks of everything. Perfect for floating the Wenatchee River last weekend!
One of my very favorite flavors, in mini-size. I can totally pass up the normal size, but this one is pretty tough.
Al fresco lunch for my soon-to-be-Sister-in-Law’s bachelorette weekend in Leavenworth. I love the mini Perrier bottles!
My new Thursday night obsession – the QA Farmers Market
I hope everyone has a weekend filled with al fresco dining and lots of treats! Happy sunny Friday!