Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lichen: Fiat 500

 Fiat 500 Jolly Ghia.  Image Credit: Oh Happy Day!

As a mechanical engineering student it seems my classmates talk about cars a lot, and more specifically they talk about the show Top Gear.  As a disclaimer, I am not a car person. I drive a sand colored sedan more fitted for a grandma than a twenty something. Yet, I want to fit in, so sometime over the summer I caught an episode of Top Gear and to my surprise it isn't all about cars. I mean it is, but the hosts are likely the funniest group on television. Before I knew it I was watching reruns of Top Gear daily. In one of these daily guilty pleasures, James (the nerdiest of the three hosts) reviewed the remake of the Fiat 500, and I instantly fell in love. So when I saw this version of the original over on Oh Happy Day! I nearly died. I mean come on, wicker seats? Definitely my ideal car.

New Fiat 500 next to the original. Image credit: Fiat

Saturday, June 25, 2011


I was introduced to this wonderful flavor idea at the cafe in the gym at school.  At first it sounded a bit odd, but after my first sip I was hooked.  Obviously I had to try it out at home as there is no way I could go all summer without another one.  So here is what I came up with:

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup apple juice (or enough to help it blend)
1/2 banana
1 spoonful of peanut butter

Puree the ingredients in a blender and serve!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sewing with my Boys

A few years ago I dragged these two (my cousins, they're twins) to the fabric store and naturally they wanted something too.  So we made pajama pants (they pressed the pedal, I did the rest).  Unfortunately, those well loved pants are a little too small now (although the one on the right continues to wear them), so another sewing date was in order.  Today was the day.  I had a lovely day picking out fabric and whipping up these pajama pants with them!  Oh, and the Oregon State jerseys were not my idea, they showed up with them on, they might have worn them in my honor though.  Gotta love 'em!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hi, my name is Allison, and I have a Pyrex problem

It all started last summer when I began frequenting thrift stores in search of house-ware goods to stock my college house.  One day, I realized all that cute bakeware that was sold at the antique mall was at goodwill at a much lower price.  I did a little research, and the Pyrex obsession was solidified.  At first I couldn't pass up a single piece of decent condition Pyrex, it didn't matter if I already had the same size casserole dish, I just couldn't let it stay in the store.  Mommy didn't help, in fact my friends called her the 'Pyrex pusher'.  She would help me rationalize my purchases, saying 'it's not like it's expensive', 'you'll have it forever' and 'you can store it here' (I think that means she will use it until I want it back).  Actually, much of my love of vintage goods comes from my moms, who dragged me to countless antique stores as a child, including the one where I eventually worked.

By the end of the summer I began to realize the impracticality of ten casserole dishes and slowed my acquisition to items that I didn't already have a similar dish, had a lid (if it originally had one) and were in nearly mint condition.  Yet, as summer rolls around and I will be residing in Portland again, far too near to the bins, I fear that I might have a relapse.  Maybe I will just restrict myself to absolutely amazing items, or maybe only rectangular ones, since those seem to be the most practical.  Until it all plays out, here are a few of my favorites in my stash and a few I hope to eventually find (see after the jump).

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Waffle Window

Summer has officially started, I've moved home to my beloved Portland and already got to visit one of my favorite spots this weekend: Waffle Window.  Many high school classes were skipped to visit this delicious establishment and I miss it quite a bit while I'm at college.  The waffles are coated in pearl sugar which give them a crunchy sweet quality, and although they are very good on their own, the main draw to the window are the elaborate creations such as the chocolate dipped waffle ice cream sandwich pictured, likely my favorite.  But other waffles include the Three B's (bacon, brie and basil), Nutella and fresh banana, and seasonal fruit concoctions such as apple pie in the fall and a variety of berry creations in the summer, all stacked high to flavorful perfection.