Calico Tales

Monday, June 23, 2014

point no point beach day...

We had our first beach day of this summer season. One of my friends at school grow up around where we live. I asked her about different areas that we could visit and Point No Point Beach was on the list. It's about twenty minutes away from our house and we were pleasantly surprised by how much of a beach it really was! Warm sand with beach wood scattered around. We packed some chairs and a picnic, found the perfect spot and soaked up the sun. Sebastian has an abnormally high tolerance for the cold water and he had no problem with running in and out of it.  

 Best part about this beach is because it's so popular Sebastian found tons of friends to play with! I think we will be coming back!

Monday, June 16, 2014

port gamble in photos...

Yesterday we took a day trip to Port Gamble. It's a sweet fancy little town with a wonderful strip of shops to browse. It was quite a rainy day but we kept an eye on the clouds and once they broke we all jumped into the car and drove. Port Gamble is really only fifteen minutes away from us so we got there quick giving us extra time outside before the rain started again. The Historic Museum is interesting and the boys loved seeing all the different artifacts. My favorite part of our trip was the General Store within the town. It's AMAZING. So much to see, from whimsical decor, to a lovely coffee shop inside, there's even a little restaurant along side the General Store that was remodeled this past winter. However, the best part of the store was that it had a fascinating marine museum full of fossils and skeletons of so many marine animals. We spend the most time walking around seeing all that was displayed on the second floor of the store. 

Everything was so eye-catching in this little store. It's amazing how much they had displayed in such small space and in a very artistic way. It made me giddy walking about see all unique things. I'll be coming back to buy this beautiful old-school tea pot turned light fixture for our future home. I must have it in my kitchen! Even the way the candy was set out was fun! It reminded me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when he goes into the candy store to buy his candy bar. Everything in gigantic glass jars and the old fashion registered tied it all together. 

If you ever spend the day on our side of the water take a quick drive to Port Gamble even if all you do is go to the General Store. It's so worth it! Bobby and I plan to come back on our next date night to try out the restaurant. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

our favorite chocolate chip cookies...

Sebastian and I multitasked today, first we started out making crayons and then while they were cooling set out on a batch of our favorite chocolate chip cookies. There's a million ways to make chocolate chip cookies. There is so many recipes out there and I've tried more than a dozen different ways but never felt like I had the perfect chocolate chip cookie until a few months ago when I tried William Sonoma's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. Literally perfect! Sebastian loves to be in the kitchen and for Christmas he was gifted the cutest little boy apron and chef hat. Being in the kitchen gives me an excuse for him to wear it and I melt every time. 

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour/wholewheat flour 
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6 Tbs. (3 oz./90 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks 

Preheat the oven to 350°F . Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. 

In a bowl, combine together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a heaping tablespoon, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the dough mounds 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched, 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

We love these cookies! There's something about using light brown sugar instead of all white sugar. These cookies are super chewy and soft, which we really love. They aren't those thick sort of cookies. They come out thinner yet gooey. We also prefer chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips, the more chocolate the better. Try them out on another rainy day. Like...tomorrow. 

Monday, June 02, 2014

who I am

I am...

...almost fully recovered from a crazy stomach bug or flu. My father was the first to get it in our house. He was down for the count for a little more than twenty-four hours. Then I was next a day later. I was happy that it came on after school Saturday so that I didn't miss any school hours. Unfortunately I had dropped Bobby off at the ferry, for he was heading to hang out with his friends for the rest of the weekend, before it hit hard so there I was dying on the couch on my own. I pretty much was running to the bathroom throwing up at least twice an hour. Yuck. But wait I didn't tell you the best part yet, around 12am Sebastian ran out of the bedroom throwing up at well. Yup. Climax of my weekend. So there we were on the couch together sharing the blue bucket I had out for us. Not fun. And I ended up calling Bobby telling him he had to come home because there as no way I could survive doing all that on my own. Poor guy did and was left out on fun with his friends. Love him for it though! Good thing that Sebastian's little episode only lasted those few early hours in the morning and he was golden. I'm happy to report that I'm feeling much better. Stomach is still out of whack but I was able to get out and take a stroll today. Progress. 

...finally going to graduate to a Junior C at school tomorrow! This basically means that I'll be on the clinic floor all day taking clients. So far I've always have classes through out the day but now I get to just take as many clients as I can and LEARN + PRACTICE! This excites me beyond belief. 

...loving the weather we have been experiences here in the Pacific Northwest. When the sun shines it really shines! 

...gaining a lot of perspective on being patient. I've never had to be so patient as I am right now currently in my life. With school and almost being at my mid-way point, so close yet so far! With wanting a house and to be able to work in the perfect salon. Right now. Some days I just want to scream with frustration at the fact that everything is taking too long. I can't wait for that moment when everything well feel just right. 

...thankful for my little sissy being back in my life. It's fun having her working at my school and seeing her each and every day. She's been helping me out a lot with picking me up at the ferry on Saturdays or any other days she can. She's awesome that way. We've always had our disagreements about this or that but I feel like right now in our lives we both are at the point were we see and know each other for who we are and except it. We roll with it and make the best of it. We laugh together. It's really the best feeling to have and knew she's always there for me. 

...continuing to try to find a balance for everything. It's hard. Whine. With school, being a mother and wife, a blogger, a photographer and a hair stylist. Trying to fit everything in and still bake some goodies in the kitchen on the weekends. So much to do and so much to see. So little time it feels like. It can be very overwhelming but yet I still try not to let it get to me. It's something new I've been trying out...roll with it. Just roll with it. 

...currently planning a tattoo with Bobby. A "together tattoo". It's what I like to call it. We discovered a pretty nice tattoo shop here in Poulsbo that's literally just down the street from where we live. I stumbled across it on Instagram when someone posted a certain tattoo they recently got and to my surprise it was from a local shop so very close to us. 

...experiencing major wanderlust. After our anniversary getaway all I've wanted to do is get in the car and drive to some far off place that no ones been too. Ok that sounds like a a fairytale, but seriously I want to go places and it's very hard to be stuck. I always tell Bobby that at some point in our lives (in not so near future) I want to just pack a bag and travel. Go where ever we please and just be bums on the road searching for everything and nothing. 

...somewhat obsessed with watermelon. Give me all the watermelon. Oh and crackers. All kinds. Amen. 

...sad that a lot of my shows are starting to end. But excited that others are starting back up. Double edge sword,  I must say. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

raspberry rhubarb crumble pie...

I made the most delicious Raspberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie! I've been making a pie each week thanks to my dad who has been requesting them. Although, he's only been urging me to bake blueberry pies (his favorite) I made a point to try something new. I've never baked with rhubarb and actually this pie was my first rhubarb experience, same goes with my father and everyone else. While I was super excited to make it and eat it my dad was a little weird about, not very surprising since he's really rooted in his ways. He loves blueberry pie and doesn't want anything else. Well, he had no choice and he was glad about it because after the fact he told me that now this pie has become his new favorite.

Whaddya know! I agree with him too! 

I decided to pair the rhubarb with raspberry. I know that there is lots of recipes that pair strawberry and rhubarb together so I decided to be a little different and I'm so happy I did. The simply sweetly tart combination of the two and the crumble topping it's like no other. Highly recommend this pie. 

pie filling: 
pie dough (my favorite recipe) 
3 cups rhubarb, chopped
3 cups raspberry, frozen or fresh
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch 

crumble topping:
3/4 cup flour 
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold cut into pieces

1// Roll out dough. Place it into a 9 inch pie dish. Mold it to the dish and put a fancy edge on it. Take a fork and poke the bottom of the dough. Refrigerate dough while you make the filling. 

2// Preheat oven 375. In a large bowl add the rhubarb and raspberries together. Combine the sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Mix everything together. 

3// In a separate bowl combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon together. Add cold butter and using your hands incorporate butter into dry ingredients creating clumps or crumbles. Sprinkle crumb topping on top of the raspberry & rhubarb evenly. Place pie in a heated oven and bake for about 1-1 1/2 hours or until it's bubbly and brown. If you feel like the crumb topping or the edges are getting too brown and the pie itself isn't baked all the the way through simply put a loose foil cover the pie. 

Ps: Try to wait until the pie is completely cooled down, all the flavors infused together! And ENJOY!

Monday, May 26, 2014

nomadic tipi's and snoqualmie falls...

Our weekend was a success! Such a beautiful place. Bobby picked me up after school on Saturday and from there we headed to North Bend to the Log Cabin Bed & Breakfast
where we reserved a majestic tipi that's nestled next to the Snoqualmie River. 

We drove down a long gravel road to get to the main house, a log cabin, where we were anxiously awaited by the family who owns the bed & breakfast. They were just as excited for us to be there as we were and apparently we were the first tipi reservation of the season. We were handed a welcome basket full of coffee, water bottles, hot chocolate and other small necessities. From there on we were pretty much on our own to make ourselves at home. We were okay with that! 

Our tipi was the red one that sat first on the property and the one I was praying for! Beside our tipi was a picnic bench set up to be our little kitchen area complete with a stove/oven and all the pot & pans we needed for cooking. The fire pit was between our tipi and the river so we faced our camping chairs so that we were looking out onto the flowing clear blue water. Firewood was at our disposal with axes laid out for us to us. Bobby enjoyed pretending to be a lumberjack, chopping away at the logs. Our first night we spent sitting by the fire and enjoying the soothing sounds of nature and even played a game of Scrabble. 

The inside of our tipi was simple which made it so peaceful to be in. Inside was a full sized log bed, handmade by the gentleman who owns the bed & breakfast, a table and another fire pit! That's right we were able to have a rolling fire to warm us during the night while we slept. In case you're wondering the top of the tipi open just enough to make it so that we could have a fire yet keep the rain out just enough. I loved it! We were a little smoked by the end of the weekend and our things had a slight layer of ash on them but it was part of the experience and I really wouldn't of changed it for anything. Having a blazing fire as we snuggled in bed put us right to sleep and we both slept like babies. 

Sunday morning we woke up early, well, I woke up early to make breakfast and make a cup of coffee in my french press and as soon as our tummies were full we heading up to Snoqualmie Falls. Snoqualmie Falls is dear to our hearts since it was the place we said "I Do". At the time of our wedding the trails were closed down due to renovations so were weren't able to climb to the bottom of the falls. Since then it has reopened and we wanted to make a point to adventure down to the bottom of the falls. It was a beautiful little hike. 

It was an amazing weekend and we highly recommend the bed & breakfast to anyone who is looking for a tranquil experience. They offer actual log cabins as well as big tents. The tipi's are fun and I hope to do it again but maybe bring Sebastian along!