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New Work by Jenny Vorwaller | In the Shop

• 22 August 2014

It always feels a bit like Christmas when one of my favorite artists restocks her online shop.  I literally feel my breath taken away when viewing so much beauty in one little space.  If I didn't already own four of Jenny Vorwaller's works, I certainly would not be able to restrain myself this time. Hopefully, that means you don't!

With the kids almost back in school, treat yourself to a piece of original art and revamp your space to celebrate the tranquility that September inevitably brings :)

New works here  |  Pretty iPhone cases here  |  Peek into Jenny's new Seattle studio here

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Guava Pineapple Refresher


There are only three ingredients, but they are good ones!  One hundred percent guava juice is difficult to find, but not impossible!  I use the Ceres brand from South Africa, which oddly turns up at the most random of places (my local drug store?).  It's definitely worth seeking out.  Sometimes, you can even find it on sale for around $3.  When you do...stock up!

{click "Read More" to view the recipe}


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A Morning at Volunteer Park Cafe

• 13 August 2014


With school starting back up in three weeks, I am starting to dream again of the occasional morning get away with friends.  Don't get me wrong...I am not wishing away a moment of summer; however, it is always fun to ponder a change of scenery.  

I often am asked what my favorite breakfast spots are here in Seattle, so it was a real pleasure to be asked to taste the new-ish menu at Volunteer Park Cafe.  My short list includes about five restaurants, all very different from each other, but tasty in their own way.  I was thrilled to confidently add this fantastic, local joint to my list of must-eats! If stepping away with a friend to enjoy a delicious breakfast in a setting that feels like one of Seattle's best kept secrets, take yourself to Volunteer Park Cafe.  Not only is this popular neighborhood joint a choice destination, but the allure of the beautiful park down the street cannot be ignored.  So indulge in a few extra pastries and then promptly walk them off at Volunteer Park afterwards.  Be sure to stop at the arboretum as well!  


This welcoming cafe is casual, cozy, communal and gourmet.  If skipping the hussle and bustle of downtown sounds appealing to you (and why wouldn't it?), this Capitol Hill joint is a must-stop.  
While I prefer eating here for breakfast or brunch, please note they do offer dinner services Tuesday through Saturday.  

Volunteer Park Cafe
1501 17th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98112
t: 206.328.3155


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Nautical-themed Pie Slice Boxes

• 04 August 2014


Late Summer is the perfect time to throw a nautical-themed gathering (shower, bbq, party, dinner, birthday, etc.) with the warm weather during the day and the cooler breezes at night settling in. However, let it be known that in our home, any day is appropriate for a get together involving anchors. My three-year-old is surprisingly obsessed with them and this new offering is to celebrate his love. Note that this set includes a color block spoon, because the color is amazing and because sometimes it's fun to eat with a spoon instead of a fork :)

This is a limited edition DELUXE set and will be offered until supplies run out.  View it here



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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Gray Sea Salt (Low Altitude)

• 28 May 2014


When our family moved to Seattle three and a half years ago, I attempted my usual chocolate cookie standby only to find that it turned out completely different in my new location.  Unrecognizable even. The cookie's identify crisis was likely due to the change in elevation and air moisture--which made sense--but was nonetheless disappointing.  To where would I turn on a bad day without a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe on hand?  As a remedy to this unfortunate predicament, I then spent the new few years trying to revamp the recipe to my liking (this part my family and friends enjoyed a lot). I am not exaggerating when I say I've modified this recipe probably 20 times (and may continue to do so...who knows?!), as I tried to create what I felt was the perfect cookie.

I am aware of the strong opinions out there regarding chocolate chip cookies.  Some people like them soft, others crispy.  Some like them puffy, and others like them more flat.  Some like them with milk chocolate, and others enjoy them with dark chocolate. And last, some like them only dipped in milk and others prefer the cookie dough in it's glorious, raw state.  It's all a matter of personal preference, of course, which keeps us all on constant lookout for the perfect cookie.



My version uses a good, semisweet chocolate; Guittard and Ghirardelli create fantastic chips and usually one of these brands is available at every standard grocery store. This recipe calls for eleven ounces of chips, which leaves a few left in the bag to munch on or to pawn off on your toddler (an ideal scenario if your child is like mine and begs for chocolate chips constantly).  The easiest way to measure eleven ounces is to use a digital kitchen scale.  They are an incredibly useful addition to every kitchen and cost around ten dollars.  Last, these cookies are not overly sweet and have a kick of French gray sea salt there at the end.  Good stuff, my friends.  I hope you love them like we do!

{recipe below}

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How to Make the Most Beautiful Paper Flowers

• 25 May 2014


Now that we are all spotting pops of color here and there and sunshine is showing its face more often, it's time to relish in this beautiful season.  To celebrate, I wanted to share with you this online flower making course by Brittany Jepsen of the beautiful and highly creative blog, The House that Lars Built. Formerly an ex-pat living in Denmark, she now resides in the US and presents the most inspiring blend of creative projects both on her blog and at workshops.

You also must know that her paper flower creations are the prettiest I've ever seen. And, if you want in on that, you can sign up for her online flower making course; one that you can take at your own pace (love this part!).  She's also kindly offered my readers a 15% discount with the code "MODO". Wahoo!

p.s. if you live in Seattle, hit up Packaging Specialties for supplies.  They have the prettiest hues of crepe paper.

images via The House that Lars Built


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Spiced Buttermilk Banana Bread with Hazelnuts

• 20 April 2014




This recipe is one of the most beloved in our home--we pretty much all go crazy for it!  The combination of bananas, vanilla, buttermilk, good sea salt, hazelnuts and aromatic cardamom make it my go-to recipe when the bananas are past their prime.  In fact, I buy a lot of bananas, just so I have an excuse to make this recipe.  I can easily down one of these perfectly moist, mini loaves in one sitting; so be warned that it's dangerously delicious!

If you want to save yourself some time (and I highly recommend you do so), buy pre-chopped hazelnuts.  You can find them in the baking aisle at your local Super Target, QFC and sometimes at Fred Meyer and Harmons.  Be sure to use good vanilla too--I like the Nielsen Massey (also at Target, Williams Sonoma, etc.) or the pure bourbon vanilla extract at Trader Joes.

One last note on my Spiced Buttermilk Banana Bread with Hazelnuts recipe...when I decide to make banana bread, I don't want to just make one loaf.  If I am going to the effort to make something from scratch, I want to make a lot!  More to consume and more to share.  This recipe will make either 3 large loaves (in standard loaf pans), 8 mini loaves or a combination of the two--4 mini loaves and 2 large loaves.  It's really up to you!

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Top Wardrobe Essentials for Spring 2014

• 04 April 2014

Now that it's actually starting to feel like Spring in the Pacific Northwest (i.e. you can actually walk out of the house without your wool socks and a jacket some days), I asked one of my favorite friends, stylist Beverly Jacobs, to share her top wardrobe essentials for Spring, 2014.  I hope you enjoy this edited collection!  Beverly really does have an eye for style--always has, always will--but, it's her energy and zest for life that I truly adore. If you live in the LA area, look her up!  

And, while we all know that what you wear isn't the most important thing in life, it is nice to know where to allocate your budget or what gaps to fill.  I'm all about bang for buck, so a tidy list like this is quite helpful to a gal like me, who truly has no idea what's trending right now (my uniform tends to be skinny jeans, boots and a striped shirt. like every day. help!).  What I found helpful for me, was to move down through the list, link by link, to get an overview.  Then, I thought about what I already had and how I could wear it differently (or just actually wear it); and, hopefully pick up something fun along the way.


the oversized white button down   /   a boxy striped top   /   another boxy striped top   /   brogues

the perfect casual pant with the perfect amount of slouch   /  rounded sunglasses   

perfect little jacket   /   lizzie fortunato scale bracelet   /   high rise skinny jeans

floral top   /   tropical floral print bag one   /   tropical floral print bag two   /   slip on vans 

cable knit sweater one   /   cable knit sweater two   /   crew neck muscle tee


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