Buzz and Cluck

It appears we are getting chickens.

Today we ran quite a few errands, one of them involved a trip to Sun People Dry Goods for their Buzz and Cluck festival.

The hubs has been wanting chickens for quite some time, so today was the perfect opportunity to find out a little more information about raising chickens inside city limits. Unfortunately we didn’t learn as much as we had hoped, but the chicks sure were cute!

While there I found this adorable crocheted apple. I think my desk at work might need a friend…

Craig Goodwin, of Year of Plenty, was also there signing copies of his book, aptly named Year of Plenty. He was pretty busy chatting it up with patrons, so I decided I would purchase the book via Amazon. I’m sure he’ll be signing copies once the Spokane Public Market gets going.

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Have you heard of Year of Plenty? I only recently found out about Goodwin’s blog. He and his family spent a year living as locavores: consuming only what was local, used, homegrown, or homemade. I’m glad I found his blog, because he has a nifty tab for all things Spokane.

Daily eats included coffee, 2 slices bacon and pumpkin pie un-overnight overnight oats:

1 container plain yogurt, 1/3 cup canned pumkin, 2 TBS raisins, 1/2 T chia seeds, 2 tsp brown sugar, 1/3 cup old fashioned dry oats.

Pom lychee green tea, (which was delish), and a nanner while running my errands, (I did not eat the think thin bar, but I am interested if anyone has tried these before? I can’t resist a sale, so this wound up in my basket).

I also wound up eating a smidge of cashew butter because my new container fell out of our pantry and it broke! I salvaged all but a tablespoon of this creamy goodness.

I also prepped my quick-n-easy app for my friend’s Appetizer Extravaganza Birthday Bash.

Tim’s mom’s homemade pepper jelly + cream cheese w/multigrain crackers. Doesn’t get any easier than that.

I packed everything up, drove over to the party, and discovered no cars were parked outside their house. A quick check on the iPhone to my fb app revealed the party was not in fact tonight. It’s tomorrow. I need to re-think having close attention to details on my resume.

So now I’m enjoying a little Bombshell Red while I wait for our cod to defrost for impromptu fish tacos. Fish tacos do not sound as enjoyable as an appetizer extravaganza!

Would you ever consider raising chickens in your back yard (for eggs)?

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Fashion [First] Friday

Tonight we hit downtown for First Friday. I haven’t been in quite a while, as freezing weather and I don’t get along. However, I was browsing the lineup for March and noticed The French Quarter was on the list.

The French Quarter? Hmmm, I’m intrigued, what is that?

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After a quick google search I discovered it is a shop combining 3 of my favorite things: wine, chocolate and pasta. Ummm, how did I not know this existed?!

I planned our route along the Adams Street area, which put Barrister Winery as our first stop of the night.

It was packed! I love Barrister, and if you guessed correctly, yes, it was created by lawyers. Two retired ones, to be exact. I had sipped their wine before, but hadn’t actually been to the winery until we sent Tanica off in style.

If I weren’t already married I would definitely consider using this space to hold a reception. Their catering is done by Beacon Hill, and while everything looked tasty, it just wasn’t what I was in the mood for.

I really want to purchase the birch tree photograph, but it is $450, and I just can’t justify that much money for a picture at this moment in time. Even if my mantel needs some company.

At one point I excused myself to use the restroom, only to discover a shower was in the public potty area…complete with shampoo! Really?

How odd!

I also took the opportunity to do a photo opp with an elephant.

However, I wasn’t an arse, like some patrons, who HUNG themselves UPSIDE DOWN from the elephants arms. Seriously. I almost went into full teacher mode and scolded them, as I was appalled that no one from the winery escorted them outside. But I was in so much shock it just didn’t happen.

After Barrister we hoofed it over to The French Quarter. I was excited to try the Gilbert Cellars Claret,and the Airfield Estates Bombshell Red.

I spent my high school years in Yakima, where Gilbert Cellars is located. Obviously I couldn’t participate in tastings then, but I make up for it now. Gilbert Cellars vino is divine. And I’ve been to Airfield Estates quite a few times, as it is only a hop, skip, and a jump from Yakima.

Inside I was pleased to find a wine + chocolate tasting.

Cute chocolate star plates, no?

I was very pleased with the Key Lime Chocolate, which is very amusing to me. I love Key lime pie. I enjoy high quality chocolate. I do not like fruit + chocolate combos. But this combination? Divine!

Lots of interesting pasta situations graced their west wall…

However, neither of my wineries were featured tonight. No worries, the wines available were very tasty.

I didn’t sit, as the only chairs available were hair stations.

The French Quarter is located inside a hair salon, which is why I never noticed it before. But the owners, and their friends, were so much fun! And they were happy to answer all of my questions about pasta and chocolate. 🙂

While tonight’s outfit is totes adorbs, if I do say so myself, and I do, the beginning of the week wasn’t!

Monday: t-shirt and jeans!?! Say whaaaa?

There is a reason for that. Monday was “tobacco t-shirt” day, where 19 staff members and 20 students wore shirts with numbers on them. The numbers corresponded with tobacco facts. We were given a list of statistics, facts and resources and encouraged to educate the students about tobacco after they inevitably asked what the numbers stood for.

Care to guess what my number represents?

Tuesday was much cuter. I got this Halogen cardi a few weeks ago at The Rack and I couldn’t wait to wear it. I heart olive green! It’s funny, I received so many compliments on my outfit and how slender* I looked. Yet in pictures I feel like I look rather stumpy. Darn wide-leg pants!

I think the first pic highlights my pants better, and the second highlights the color of my cardi better, so you get both.

*Actual word used was skinny. I detest the word skinny and do not take it as a complement, so I am replacing it with slender, which still kind of gets under my skin. However, lately one co-worker has been telling me I look so healthy and I am glowing. I prefer these words to complement someone much more!

Wednesday featured my favorite sweater (Banana Republic). I love this sweater because it isn’t bunchy like sweaters always are. And horizontal stripes that don’t widen me? Score!

Hmmm, my boots need to be shined…

Thursday…well you already read about my Thursday. My outfit really didn’t come together at all. But I always set my outfit out the night before, (actually, I pack it in my gym bag, even though I know I never actually go to the gym on Thursday mornings…I like it to be an option just in case), and I never spend any extra effort picking out something different, even if the ‘fit doesn’t look quite right. Sigh. I can afford to be low-maintenance about some things.

And back to today. Cute, no?

Sorry bout the facial expression. My co-worker is forced into taking my picture, at lunch, on a daily basis. She makes me strike a pose each day as payment. Some days the only decent photo is one where I look like an idiot 😉

What is your confidence outfit?


Coo Coo for Cupcakes.

Today was a very exciting day, but it all started with yesterday’s cupcake trivia. Every Friday Celebrations Sweet Boutique throws a trivia question up on the ‘ol fb. Yesterday the owner was stumped for a question, so the first 50 people who responded with their favorite cupcake flavor won happy hour prices all day long ($1 per cupcake – no limit!). I was number 46 -score!

We purchased a few (ahem, 9) and will be storing nearly all of them in the freezer for some tasty treats later on. But later tonight I will probably give into temptation and dive into this little banana/chocolate/bacon number.

Prior to cupcake purchasing I attempted to re-create my 3-day oats by assembling my oatmeal and allowing it to sit for an hour and a half before I cooked it. The oats turned out quite well if I must say, (and no explosion in my microwave!).

Don’t oats look so much prettier prior to adding liquid?

Today’s mix included oats, almond milk/water, cherry craisins and chia seeds. Nothing crazy, but I am loving these cherry craisins. I really should have titled this post coo coo for craisins.

I ate ‘em while I watched a little Jersey Shore. I’d never seen Jersey Shore and decided it would be like an indulgent Saturday morning cartoon for adults. Which, by the way, cartoon characters are really sending the wrong message to kids these days.

Umm Garfield’s dad, what the fudge have you been doing?

Lunch was spread throughout the day and included a Kashi Crunchy! bar and a few Costco samples, (umm yes, we go to Costco A LOT). While at Costco we picked up this beauty.

So excited to play with it!

This afternoon I had a little girl date with my buddy Crissy. We stopped by Fringe & Frey to check out their one-year anniversary sale.

I didn’t find anything, as I was in just one week ago, but I did enter into their drawing. Crissy scored some cute 7 jeans and some fun tops.

But they did have cupcakes! Double the cupcakes, double the fun.

While waiting for her to pay I snuck over to The Rocket for a little afternoon pick me up.

I love that their fixin’s bar is an old dresser, so homey. I used to live in a super cute apartment across the street and would spend hours sipping away and utilizing their free wireless internet.

Then on over to Vintage Carousel, where Crissy again scored and I walked away with nothing.

Sigh. I did see some very cute Betty Drapperesque dresses, however, and I may be picking one come wedding season this summer. Oh wait, I don’t know anyone getting married. Ok, maybe I will just get one to wear around the house to cook’n’mix cocktails in.

I was totally in love with this (not my size) dress.

And I tried on another in the ever so cute dressing room.

Then I had to meet my mentor Marla because we switched debit cards last night! We have the same credit union and didn’t think twice when our waitress brought our tabs at Left Bank last night. She discovered this accidental swap when she tried to pay for something this morning and her card was declined. Woops!

Since I was already out and about I decided to swing over to Sun People Dry Goods, a new organic store in a less-than-savory area of downtown. Spokane has really been trying to transform its downtown over the past few years. When I moved here nine (wow, nine!) years ago I hated Spokane. I was here for one reason only: school. But over the years I have come to love Spokane and am thrilled people are supporting all of these new local businesses that seem to be springing up every day.

I am also a sucker for free parking.

And for bike racks made from recycled bike frames.

Inside I found some fun (but overpriced) items.

I know these prints are for a kids room..but I really want them in mine.

Free coffee while I shop? Yes, please.

I also accidentally stumbled into a staging area for next week’s First Friday, and was allowed a sneak peek at the art. I’m really loving this Oh, I have a blog response when people ask me why I am photographing random things.

After arriving home I assembled this kick-arse salad of mixed greens/spinach, goat cheese, avocado, tomato and cherry craisins. YUM!

I only recently discovered that goat cheese is lactose-free. I’ve been missing out for years!

Tonight the hubs and I have some fun plans with our friends John and Kim. We’re having a late sushi date at sushi.com, which ironically does not have its own website. After some cheap (but definitely delicious) sushi we’re heading over to Nectar for Last Sip. I had so much fun last weekend I wanted to go back as soon as possible. Sadly we will miss their Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil tasting (it ends at 6), but I’m sure our taste buds will still be tempted with other treats.