Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pretty Dresses

Blake Lively has amazing style!
Blake is wearing a Prabal Gurung dress and Louboutin shoes. Read more: http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/11/30/blake-lively-footwear-awards-with-christian-louboutin/#ixzz16pcCnOBs
I'm not exactly sure why but this last J. Crew dress is reminds me of Blake's dress from Gossip Girl!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy B-day to my sister's boyfriend!

On Sunday, the fam went to dinner at Anthony's Homeport to celebrate my (practically) brother-in-law's birthday. Tootie had the all you can eat Sunday Night Crab Feed. My grandmother is awesome. 
 What did you do Sunday night?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My four day weekend so far...

Thanksgiving went by so quickly that I'm glad I got a bunch of pictures, especially of my sisters!
 We wandered through a few shops on Black Friday but didn't want to mess with the crowds so we mostly window shopped. I loved all the Christmas displays!
Friday night, Mr. F and I went a bar in Ballard with my little sis!
This morning, we had breakfast at Macrina. I had the most delicious kumquat brioche french toast. It was amazing!
AND this afternoon we finally saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1! It was everything we hoped for and more. Yes, we totally would have sat for another two and a half hours to see the second half. My favorite part was seeing how Harry, Hermione, and Ron had grown up. Fleur's wedding dress was pretty awesome too. 
Read more about Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding details on the My Wonder Land Blog
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be in theaters on July 15, 2011!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

To brighten up Black Friday...Pobke Photography!

A friend from college has the most amazing photography business in Australia and I just had to share her most recent wedding photos
 I love how Christine, the photographer, captured the detailing on the bride's stunning gown and the awesome bridesmaid up-dos!
I adore this wide open field and the couple just waiting....
Love this red getaway car! It's got so much flair!

These wedding photos make me wish I had been to this fantastic party! Each smile conveys so much love and happiness!
I just love weddings!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the image I left work with, as I walked in the snow to the bus. I'm so happy to have a four day weekend! It got even better when I came home to my new Born "Yolanda" boots! They just arrived in the mail from Nordstrom! 

 Mr. F worked from home and made an amazing Beer Braised Brisket! It was so delicious I forgot to take a picture!

Here's the recipe he used by Emeril:


  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 (2-pound) beef brisket
  • Emeril's Original Essence
  • 2 large onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (not dark)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 carrots, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 1 boiling potato, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Cooked buttered noodles, as accompaniment
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a Dutch oven, cook bacon in 1 tablespoon water over moderate heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Pat brisket dry and season with salt, pepper and Essence. Brown in bacon fat. Transfer brisket to platter. Add the onions to the Dutch oven and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste. Cook 1 minute more. Add beer, broth, and bacon bits. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Braise the brisket, covered, in the oven for 2 to 3 hours. Add carrots, potatoes, and turnips for the last 45 minutes.

Transfer the brisket and vegetables with a slotted spoon to a plate and keep warm, covered. Bring the braising liquid to a boil. Let sauce reduce over high heat until thickened. Season sauce, to taste, with salt and pepper. Slice the brisket and arrange it and the vegetables with the noodles on a platter. Spoon some of the sauce over the brisket and the vegetables, sprinkle the dish of parsley, and serve the remaining sauce separately.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My walk to work this morning!

This morning I was inspired to snow shoe to work. When I got outside, there was only an inch of snow on the ground, so I strapped my snow shoes to my pack instead. It was a good thing I brought my trekking poles though, it was an icy morning, even though I waited until the sun was up!I couldn't stop taking pictures of Christmas colored leaves. I love their striking contrast to the snow!
The sun was rising over Capitol Hill and just peeking around Queen Anne. I love these trees and their light, on the Ship Canal Trail near Seattle Pacific University. 
 The houseboats start at the North end of Queen Anne and they looked particularly charming covered in snow.  The Aurora Bridge is majestic at all times of the day too.
 I walked by one of the houseboats used in the movie, Sleepless in Seattle and enjoyed South Lake Union's new park. 
The best part of the walk was seeing this crane by the Center of Wooden Boats! I could not believe I was this close to it. 
Did you get a chance to enjoy snow today?

I'm snow shoeing into work tomorrow!

It's snowing in Seattle!! It's practically a blizzard outside at 10:30pm, which nearly NEVER happens in this city.

This morning, I took the Metro (Seattle's transit system) and I was shocked when the 40-seater bus had 80 people on it! Fortunately, I live less than 4 miles away from work so I walked home today. These are the lovely winter wonderland scenes I saw after 5pm.

I'm planning on breaking out my snowshoes for tomorrow's trek to work!

Monday, November 22, 2010

My New Year's Dress

Mr. F and I will be celebrating New Years on Maui! I'm so excited that I just bought a dress for the occasion! I found this rock & republic KITT COWL MINI on Ideeli's sale. Check it out!

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