My Etsy Picks: Calling Cards


I have been contemplating getting calling cards. They are a great networking tool for anyone, and as a blogger they are even better exposure. Sometimes when I am out and happen to tell people about my blog I wish I had card so that I could hand it to them instead of just telling them the address. It would also be nice just simply for when someone asked for my email. I already have business cards for work, but really need personal calling cards. I have collected a few of my favorites on Etsy below...and some that I feel really speak to me:

These first two calling cards have beautiful details that I think really speak to me and Fork and and cooking, of course! These lovely designed calling cards are by Nancy Nikko Designs and she has even more illustrations to choose from.

This next set of business cards is just purely awesome. They are a set of block prints of fruit and veggies by Rigel Stuhmiller. I think that these cards also speak to me and my love of cooking and produce. They would be a splurge, but totally worth it!

The third calling card has this awesome art deco vibe to it by Old Paper and Prints. I really like the design asthetic of this card with the lemons and the shapes. It also is the most affordable of the calling cards because it's a download file, which you can print.

The last calling card is a custom card, but I love the illustrations and layout of it. I think it has a fun vibe to it and would be interested in seeing what cool design they would come up with that suits me.
The Dapper Paper Co. is a husband and wife team that also does custom wedding invites branding and logo design, as well as posters.

Photo Credits: 1,2. Nancy Nikko Designs, 3. Rigel Stuhmiller, 4. Old Paper and Prints
5. The Dapper Paper Co.

Tie Dye Tuesday


Sometimes it's acceptable to wear tie dye...and maybe even it's okay to wear it at work. Well, at least it's acceptable as long as the tie dye in question doesn't look like this. Sorry for that, I couldn't resist!

This ensemble is one of my casual work day outfits. The winery can get quite chilly so I usually wear boots to work to keep my toes warm, and cooler temps make for happier wines! My friend and coworker, Patty, was sweet enough to take some outfit photos for me before we left work for the day. It has been raining nonstop here in Portland and the Valley so taking pictures has been restricted to indoors.

Not sure if you can tell in the photos, but last week I had my hair cut and dyed darker. I love's borderline black!

Outfit Details: 
Tie dye shirtdress - Collective Concepts
Jeans - Joe's 
Sweater - H&M
Necklace, Belt - F21
Boots - Enzo Angiolini

Have a great Tuesday!

Spirit Saturday: The Clark Gable


Wait, so why did I name this cocktail Clark Gable? Well, let me tell you: The spirit of this libation is Bourbon and what classic movie actor epitomizes Bourbon better than Clark Gable? Not only does he ooze Southern charm (well, he's actually from Ohio) and class (what I think of when Bourbons comes to mind, i.e. Mint Julep, Old Fashioned), but it also happened to be the spirit of choice for Mr. Gable.

The Clark Gable yields 1
3 ounces Bourbon
2 ounces pear nectar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
pinch ground ginger
pinch ground cardamon
grated nutmeg (optional)

Fill a cocktail glass with ice and water to chill. Meanwhile put a few icecubes in a cocktail shaker and add Bourbon, pear nectar, lemon juice, a pinch of ground ginger and ground cardamon. Shake until very chilled.

Dump ice water from cocktail glass and strain recipe into glass. Add another pinch of ginger and cardamon on top and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg. Kick back, relax and enjoy Red Dust.

Spice Roasted Squash with Lentils and Arugula


I made this dish sometime back for our harvest party at work and it was a hit! I love interesting combos and playing certain flavors off of each other like spicy and sweet or mild cheeses with spicy food or peppery greens with mild goat cheese. This recipe is a perfect myriad of different flavors, which was inspired by this recipe from Smitten Kitchen (I love her and can't wait for her book to come out!).

Over the past month of being on my detox diet I have really learned the importance of soaking your grains and legumes. While these foods are very nutritious for your body they are also extremely difficult for your stomach to digest, so it is really important that you soak them beforehand...believe me your gut will thank you!

Spice Roasted Squash with Lentils and Arugula serves 6
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

3/4 cup black or french green lentils
6 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
3 tbs olive oil, divided
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp hot, smoked Paprika
1/2 tsp coarse salt
4 cups baby arugula
1 1/2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 cup goat cheese crumbles
1/4 cup Marcona almonds, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil, cumin, paprika and salt. Arrange on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Flip pieces and roast for and additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile, soak lentils in a bowl for 15 minutes and drain. Cook lentils in boiling water until tender, about 25-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and allow to drain and cool

Combine lentils, squash, arugula and remaining oil scrapped from baking sheet with 1/2 of goat cheese, 1/2 of Marcona almonds, vinegar and remaining olive oil. Toss ingredients and taste. Adjust seasoning with more s&p or vinegar. When ready to serve, sprinkle with additional goat cheese and almonds.

Kelly Moore "The Posey 2" Bag


I want to preface this with saying that I posted this on my own volition. Kelly Moore did not gift or approach me to review their product in any way, I just wanted to share with you my thoughts on this unique bag.

For many months now, I have been carrying my cameras around in my purse (bad, very bad...I know). Like any fashionable lady, I don't like to carry around a camera bag in addition to my purse and I find them to be unfashionable, which is why I asked for a camera purse for Christmas. I requested several different styles and companies and on Christmas morning I was thrilled to open up a gift from Will containing the Kelly Moore "Posey 2" in Muted Teal. The "Posey 2" has a nice compact size, but still can hold quite a bit of camera and equipment inside. You could easily carry your dslr and up to two lenses inside.

I used a dslr to take this photo, but you can see with my digital point and shoot that it is quite roomy in the bag. The best part is that you can reconfigure the compartments however you like. The inside is a padded nylon material, while the outer material is a quality faux leather (it really does have the look and feel that real leather has).

I love the built in wallet because it frees up the other compartments in the bag for other things. It is easy to access as it as a snap closure and two side zippers. The flash card holder is a nice feature for professional photographers, however I don't see me getting much use out of it. Along the back side their is a slim compartment that was made for an ipad, which is also nice (hopefully I will eventually have an ipad in it!).

There is an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, which is a key feature, but the uniqueness lies in the handle. I love the look and feel of sometimes just picking up your bag by the handle, this one is great because you can fold it open for quick access to your camera or fold over the bag in front.

If you are in the market for a quality camera purse I urge you to check out Kelly Moore's site. There are lots of different styles and the quality is spot on. I love mine so much that I will eventually invest in a second one that is a little roomier for weekend or event outings.

Roasted Winter Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza


This is one of our favorite pizzas to make, and now that I have gone back to gluten free I am on the hunt for the best damn gluten free dough I can find. Gluten-free pizza dough is just not the same as regular dough. I mean, c'mon, just look at that dough in how fluffy and crunchy it is. Well, anyway for the rest of you who are not gluten-free I hope you enjoy one of our favorite pizza recipes.

I originally found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen, however, I have made this several times now with some experimentation with different squashes and a few adaptations. My newest and favorite variation is using dumpling squash and the addition of chopped, toasted almonds.

I love the play of sweet and savory with the squash. Actually the reason why I love using dumpling squash is because it has more of that savory element than acorn or butternut squash, however any of the three work really well with this pizza.

Will is my expert dough man. While I may not make my own dough, rolling and stretching it out is quite an art form that I for one have not mastered. This is where Will comes in. He is my masterful pizza dough man; stretching, rolling and tossing our pizza dough into perfection!

Roasted Winter Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza serves 4
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 (1 pound) dumpling squash (or acorn or butternut)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (use less if you don't like too much kick)
coarse salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound pizza dough, brought to room temp
1 1/2 cup whole milk mozzarella, shredded
2/3 cup Gorgonzola crumbles
1 cup arugula 
squeeze of lemon juice
toasted almonds, chopped (optional)
cornmeal and flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice the squash in half length wise. Scoop out the seeds. Slice the squash into 1/2 inch wide half moons across the bias and place in a medium bowl. Toss the squash with the syrup, 1 tablespoon olive oil, red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place the squash on a parchment lined baking sheet or silpat. Bake the squash until tender and golden, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine remaining olive oil, oregano and garlic. Keep oven at 375 degrees. Sprinkle some flour and a little cornmeal on a smooth surface and roll out pizza dough to a 13 inch diameter, or a 11x13 rectangle in our case. Dust a pizza stone or baking sheet with cornmeal and place dough on top. With garlic, herb, oil mixture brush all over dough. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and Gorgonzola all over dough. Bake in oven until golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Peel the skins off the squash and top the cooked pizza with the cooked squash. Toss arugula with squeeze of lemon, 1/4 salt and pepper and top on pizza. Sprinkle with toasted, chopped almonds (optional). Slice and serve.

DIY Project: Shadow Box Jewelry Holder


I made this shadow box jewelry holder for my sister-in-law for Christmas this year. I've seen tons of tutorials for this in 2011 and my friend, Patty, sent me the Martha Stewart instructions and couldn't resist making this simple project.

You will need: a shadow box with or without fabric backing (glass removed), favorite fabric, scissors or rotary tool, tape measure, pins, staple gun and hammer, cup hooks.

Measure the shadow box backing and then measure the fabric by adding an inch to each side. Using fabric scissors or a rotary tool, cut fabric.

Lay out the fabric and place backing over it. Flip the two over and, if the backing has fabric or felt, pin the fabric to the backing.

Fold the fabric, keeping taut, over the backing and staple to the edge. There will be left over fabric, which you can trim up once done.

Hammer the staples down to make sure they are flush with the fabric and backing. Now you can trim up the excess fabric.

Use a drill bit to drill holes for the cup hooks and screw in however many you want. Reassemble the frame and hang your favorites baubles to your new jewelry holder!

Brunch Success and the Fine Art of Polenta


Some of you may be thinking, polenta that's quick and easy enough to make, not sure why you would devote an entire post to it? That it is where you would be wrong. I even had to correct Will for having the same notion. This is not to say that polenta requires any difficulty in making, it's just requires a watchful eye and takes longer to make. Sure polenta is pretty instant to make, but in order to get the full flavor and textural consistency that we love in polenta it will take some time simmering to bring out these flavors. Another thing I want to add is that their are varying grind and corn types. The fullest flavor, though, comes from a coarse grind and "cooking the polenta long and slow for as much as an hour develops a deep corn flavor and light texture," says Alice Waters in her book, "The Art of Simple Food". Waters' knows a little something about celebrating simple food at home and at her restaurant Chez Panisse for the last 30 years and in her book she lays out the necessary steps and tools to cook and bake well executed, simple foods at home.

This dish in itself really celebrates the full flavors and simplicity of each ingredient; the kale was full of flavor with a nice texture, the tomatoes were softened a little and a sweet compliment to the polenta and kale and the egg was perfectly poached adding a nice sauce from it's yoke to the dish. I love meals like this where it's so simple and delicious that you kind of feel dumb for not making it more often.

Polenta serves 4
Recipe from Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Boil in a heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven 4 cups of water. When boiling, whisk in 1 cup polenta and 1 teaspoon saltTurn down the heat and stir constantly until the polenta is suspended in the water and no longer settles to the bottom of the pot. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, at a bare simmer. Add water if the polenta becomes too thick. Stir in 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil  and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Taste and and add more salt if needed.

Sauteed Kale with Tomatoes serves 4
1 bunch kale or spinach, destemmed and chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red chile flake
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
pinch of salt and pepper

Heat oil in a saute pan over medium high heat and add garlic and chile flake to pan. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add kale and saute until well incorporated, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes to pan and cover until the kale has wilted and tomatoes have softened slightly, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.

Spoon polenta in 4 shallow bowls and kale mixture over it and top with a poached or fried egg.

Pretty Frocks and Country Living


 It's funny that these last two outfit posts are of me wearing pretty frocks in the country. My parents live out in the country in the Sierra Foothills. It's absolutely beautiful, but also kind of ironic since I'm dressed to go out on the town.

I purchased this dress and coat from Modcloth right before the holidays and am totally and love with these new items. The coat is the perfect length and is surprisingly warm. I usually am skeptical of buying clothes in yellow or green because I have olive complexion, but the Goldenrod dress has a nice warm hue to it that doesn't wash me out.

While in California, during the holidays, it was surprisingly warm. I feel like I got my daily dose of Vitamin D which we're not really used to in the Pacific Northwest.

Photos by Sarah Vintze

Outfit Details: Coat by Tulle and Dress by Ark and Co. via Modcloth, Necklace via Anthropologie, Tights via Urban Outfitters, Booties by Coconuts.

A Special Birthday


Today is Will's birthday. I am so honored to have such an amazing person in my life. I also feel blessed to see this person grow over the last five years that I have known him. Some of you as readers already know how awesome Will is, but for others that have not I wish you could all meet him personally.

He is one of the kindest people you will meet. He is extremely well spoken and intelligent, but the greatest listener; and is deeply interested in what others have to say. He is inspiring in his life goals and it has been wonderful to be by his side as he works towards those. Will is my best friend and greatest love and relish celebrating another day where he is on this earth and by my side!

It would mean so much to me if you would all wish Will (or Billy to some) a very happy birthday!

Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits


I cannot begin to tell you how easy and delicious these parfaits were. I am not a baker. I cannot bake, I always screw up ratios and more often than not if I make a dessert it tends to be something no bake. Things haven't changed and I am happy to add this to my repertoire of no-bake desserts.

Originally, my mom and I had planned on making the pumpkin mousse from scratch; she had some leftover cooked sugar pumpkin, but unfortunately it had gone bad. Thankfully she had some cans of pumpkin in the pantry, which saved us from suffering a dessert-free Christmas dinner.

Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits serves 8
Adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa

1/4 cup dark rum
1 packet (2 tsp) unflavored gelatin powder
1 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie filling)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons grated orange zest (I used clementine zest)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Sweetened whipped cream
8 gingersnap cookies, lightly crushed
crystallized ginger, candied nuts, brittle or caramel wafer cookies for garnish (optional)

Place the rum in a heatproof bowl and sprinkle gelatin over. Set aside for 10 minutes, or until the gelatin has softened.

In a large bowl whisk together pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set the pan of gelatin over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until the gelatin mixture is clear. Immediately whisk the gelatin mixture into the pumpkin mixture. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment whip heavy cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Gently fold cream into the pumpkin mixture.

To assemble, spoon pumpkin mixture into parfait or cocktail glasses, then a layer of whipped cream, and a layer of gingersnaps, repeat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours up to overnight. When ready to serve, top with a layer of whipped cream and preferred garnish.

Whole Living Action Plan and Chanterelle Tacos


As mentioned before in this post, I am embarking on a food detox and fitness program. I wanted to share with you my progress on day two of my adventure (early as it may be). So far, on day two I felt a little sluggish, due to the fact I significantly cut back my caffeine intake. I've also noticed my increased appetite so I think I will need to eat some more health snacks in between meals. I am hoping a little coconut water might also perk me up.

For my meal plan on day two I had a green smoothie and a cup of coffee for breakfast, a kale/cabbage slaw and lentil soup for lunch and chanterelle tacos with black beans for dinner. In between meals I snacked on mandarine oranges and trail mix, while drinking plenty of water and tea. 

Will got me Super Natural Everyday for Christmas, which is where I found this awesome recipe for chanterelle tacos. This is such a flavorful dish and a great weeknight vegetarian meal. My one complaint is that the recipe called for 12 ounces of chanterelles, but if having this for dinner I would make closer to 16 ounces (1 pound). You can find the recipe here, on the Whole Living website.

Yesterday was also day two in my fitness plan and was a very relaxed day in my workout. Yesterday morning I started with some detox stretches and after dinner I took Cassidy on a 40 minute continuous walk. Today I will be back at run/walk intervals. The workouts have definitely made me feel more sleepy and I am looking forward to the exercise bringing me a good nights rest.

A Holiday Outfit Post


There has been a little delay in posting this, but it's always hard to get back to normalcy following a vacation. My sister has been plaguing me to post these photos...and rightly so because she was my photographer for these next two outfit posts (thank you Sarah, you did an amazing job)!

I'm really excited to share with you this beautiful dress that I purchased for the holidays from Wanderlust, which is the mobile vintage clothing store I spoke about in a previous Some Faves post. It fits like a dream and is my new favorite vintage find. I think it will also make a very lovely dressy spring outfit.

No need to wear a lot of glittery jewelry as it already is jeweled like a broach with tiny little faux pearls and rhinestones and velvet piping along the neckline and sleeves.

I am totally smitten with my new dress and if you are in the Portland area you should definitely check out Wanderlust!

Outfit Details: Flowery vintage dress via Wanderlust; Coat, Spiewak; Shoes, Seychelles; Rhinestone headband via Nordstrom; Gold earrings, my Mother's; Gloves, Coal.