The Olympics Are Awesome!


August 7, 2012

This is the first year that my kiddo has really been aware of, or cared at all about the Olympics. She has announced her intention of becoming a super-archer (like Merida from ‘Brave’). We caught some of the men’s archery and she thought the bows were super cool. But she didn’t think they were that good, because, you know, ‘some of them didn’t hit the bulls-eye’.

The other day, she wanted to ‘play Olympics.’ We played Olympics all afternoon. I was the announcer. She was Merida, Queen Elinor, King Fergus and Wee Dingwall. Guess who won mostly? Merida.

EVENT 1: Archery


EVENT 2: Rhythmic Gymnastics


EVENT 3: The High Jump

jumpAren’t the Olympics the greatest? We’ve watched all the main events, but also the women’s marathon, table tennis, and weightlifting. Andrew and I have had great arguments about gymnastics. He says any sport that requires makeup and music isn’t really a sport. This includes ice skating. I start squawking and stamping my feet when he starts with this. .  .

Famille Summerbelle


August 6, 2012

Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle

My friends! Are you familiar with Famille Summerbelle? They are a French-English family who creates the most inspiring and darling designs and accessories for the home. You must see their prints and paper cuts. (they are amazing.)

And guess what, happy happy day! On two counts. First, they are coming out with a brand new book called 'Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle', and second, the book is being published by a book company I AM WILD ABOUT, editions Paumes!

(edition Paumes is a Japanese publishing company that has a French name and they produce books about multinational family decor. Did you follow? I have Belgium Family Style and Children's Rooms London, and I looooove them! It doesn't matter that they are written in Japanese. You just freak out over the pictures!)

I just cannot wait to get my hands on their new book -- I'm thinking that a pairing between Famille Summerbelle and edition Paumes is pretty much a match made in heaven.

Cool Stuff I Like


August 3, 2012

Julia got this cool thing for her birthday last winter, Giant Paper Flowers in a Vase Craft Kit. That's not hard to say at all, is it?? Well we finally made some flowers. I LOVE THEM. It's the bouquet that never fades, always bright. Fun, fun gift, I think it will be my next go-to birthday present to have handy! Oh and Happy August to you all -- one month until school begins again. I'm aghast at the prospect. 

COOL STUFF I thought was pretty, fine & fabulous, or looked super tasty:

Coolest space-themed birthday party I have ever seen. The jet packs! The space rocks!

Happy Faces print.

Creamy Corn, Basil & Bacon spaghetti.

Don't we all need 2-color Hello Kitty pens for back to school?

Glowing chalk.

My friend Danzel made me aware that a NEW OLIVIA book is coming! 

Yogurt Rainbow Tartlets. (this is so genius simple, it's ridiculous. Great for the warm weather months.)

Little Teatime Cakes.

Simply gorgeous floral head wreaths. Want more? Check out these floral crowns!

Helpful reminders.

Cool Book of the Week: Did you know that Roald Dahl (of 'James and the Giant Peach' fame) wrote a food memoir/cookbook? I cannot WAIT to check this out and read his witty take on life at his family table. There are recipes for birthday parties, holiday celebrations, chocolate treats...and "Hangman's Suppers", which sounds very much in the dark humor vein of Mr. Dahl. So now I know where his granddaughter Miss Sophie got her leaning toward food writing!

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND! Our temps are supposed to be nearing 90. August! That means it's finally summer in the Pacific Northwest! We're going to try and catch a viewing of the yearly Blue Angels airshow. Oh and that lemon pie I made was SO great, I'm making it again because we have another batch of family coming into town. Be safe, be well, and don't get any sunburnies.


Crabtree & Evelyn Marmalade Muffins


August 2, 2012

It’s been awhile since I slapped a recipe down on the blog. So I’m going to slap down some muffins. JAMMY IN THE MIDDLE MAGIC MUFFINS. Doesn’t that sound nice? From one of the coolest, awesomest cookbooks I own, I would be reaching for it first if the house was lit aflame by the glow of rainbows coming out of unicorn horns. (I had to make it sound less scary so I wouldn’t scare myself. Yes it’s one of those days. Sorry!) Anyway, the Crabtree & Evelyn cookbook is so great and will totally make you feel like eating peaches in your orchard (you’ve got one right?) and then having a cocktail in a flowy dress while playing croquet. DID THAT NOT TOTALLY SELL YOU ON THE BOOK?

I once thought that if I died and went to heaven, it would all be like one endless Crabtree & Evelyn store. Now I think heaven would be like living in the ABC Homestore in New York.

You know what I'm going to say right? Do you not know?

These muffins are so delightful! Julia adored them. We all did. The whole batch lasted less than 24 hours. Now, you don't have to just use marmalade, oh no. You can use any jam you like. Did I just blow your mind?

You can read more about the Crabtree & Evelyn cookbook in this post. Guess who did the food styling in the amazing photography in the book? NIGEL SLATER. Nigel Slater is awesome and you should check out both 'Tender' and 'Ripe'.

You must try these muffins. They sing of summery goodness.

Crabtree & Evelyn Marmalade Muffins


1 3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
6 tablespoons orange or lemon marmalade or other fruit preserve


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt together. In a separate bowl beat the egg lightly, then beat in the milk. Mix butter and orange zest into egg-milk mixture. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add liquid mixture all at once. Using a large wooden spoon, stir batter with 10-15 swift strokes, or until ingredients are just combined. Do not overmix; batter should remain slightly lumpy.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into the bottom of each of 12 generously greased muffin tins. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons marmalade to each muffin tin. Then add enough additional batter to fill each 3/4 full.

Bake in the center of oven for 18-20 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out free of batter. Turn out of muffin tins onto a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

Makes 12 muffins.

My Milk Toof


August 1, 2012

I saw ‘My Milk Toof’ by Inhae Lee in a gardening store, of all places, and I was like, OH YEAH BABY THAT’S A-COMING HOME WITH ME. It’s cute beyond imagining. Like, cuter than cute. What’s cuter than cute? Adoraboocute? Cutiepiecutiepoo? Cuteroo? (whatever it is, it apparently must have an “oo” in it.)

It’s a photo style picture book, detailing the CUTER THAN CUTE adventures of a little milk toof (the cute way of saying ‘baby tooth’) named Ickle, and his best pal, Lardee.

The missy loves this tiny gem of a story and I see her reading it all the time now. And see the tooth wiggling going on here? A day after I took this pic, her first top front baby tooth came out. It was major drama-rama getting that tooth out. (She finally gave it the big twist-aroo. Poor little boo, tooth wiggling can be traumatic. And I am SO SORRY about the “oo” phenomenon going on in this post. Not sorry enough to stop though…)


Did I not speak the truth about the x-treme adoraboo factor?? Ickle and Lardee make cupcakes! And s’mores! And they go swimming! And wear little hats! And make sandwiches with pickles! And have little milk toof squabbles! (but always make up because they are bestest buddieboos.)

I NEED MORE MILK TOOF, I can hear you saying to me. Really I can. So you must check out Inhae Lee’s website, where you can find out more about her, the book, and how you can get some very darling Milk Toof prints and assorted merchandise. You are going to freak when you see how cute the prints are!

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