Travel: Leavenworth



What better way to enjoy an afternoon in a faux Bavarian village then with brats, pretzels, and pumpkin spice lattes

Originally my iPhone GPS had us heading for Leavenworth, Kansas... far less fun, and far less charming.  One day and 20 minutes seemed an overestimation for our drive to Eastern Washington.

Anthony's: Birthday Edition



We celebrated Jen's 23 years with a traditional lunch at Anthony's. 

We gave her presents.  Some of which were unfit to be revealed in a restaurant.  

Then we took some pictures outside by the water.

I love these women, and so enjoyed the somewhat-rare opportunity to be in the same place at the same time.  Jenna, you should move home... 

Travel: San Diego



Just when things started to heat up in Seattle, Brad and I hopped a plane to San Diego.
We were greeted with equally warm weather, sunshine, family, and cookies. Classic. 

His & Hers: Travel Edition.



Ferry: to Bainbridge



Pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins



These muffins were inspired by recent conversations with my sweet cousin - - who to my delight will soon be moving back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years at law school in Michigan.  

Despite our love of summer, we both share a deep infatuation with fall.  Even amidst the sunny days and afternoons spent sunbathing at the beach, I can't help dreaming of the approaching season. 

Lauren, here's to you. 

Pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins
Adapted from Joy the Baker 

1 14 oz. can pumpkin (Libby's)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp (heaping) cinnamon 
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 
1/4 cup buttermilk 
~3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Preheat: 325
Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners 

1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and pureed pumpkin 
2. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
3. Add dry ingredients to egg pumpkin mixture all at once, folding ingredients together until completely combined.
4. Stir in chocolate chips 
5. Spoon batter into lined muffin pan, filling each cup about 3/4 full

Bake for 15-17 minutes, rotating half-way through, or until a sharp knife when inserted comes out clean. 

Enjoy the sun, get ready for fall.  

My husband, the maid of honor



The temperature gauge in the rental car read 105.  I knew it would be hot in Urbana in the middle of July, but this was something else.  At least there was plenty of Dunkin' Donut iced coffee.  And air-conditioning.  And Fannie Mae candy (properly stowed safely in air conditioning). 

The midwest heat index, however, did not stop us from enjoying a wedding weekend with family, meeting new family, and witnessing the joy of others become family.  Brad acted as "maid of honor" for his sister.  And faithfully fulfilled his duties of fluffing and straightening the bride's dress. 

Festivities included bowling.  I improved my score from a 40 to 113.  



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