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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Banana+Peanut Butter+Chocolate

I am in love with the banana+peanut butter flavor combination, so when I saw this recipe over on nom!nom!nom! I realized the only thing that could make it better is chocolate.  Can't wait to try these perfect frozen banana bites, they're like Arrested Development Banana Stand but better.  Here's the recipe and instructions!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ball Jars

Although I like to think of myself as reasonable, sometimes I buy things that are not particularly necessary or even practical.  Last summer, the beginning of my Pyrex obsession would be an example, as I couldn't pass up ANY Pyrex, it was scary.  But, another spree of unpractical purchases surrounded Ball mason jars.  I couldn't resist their vintage style, and clearly they are perfect for dry food storage.  However, I am in college, moving glass items is not ideal, in fact quite annoying.  So, to once again convince myself (and my mother) that the collection of jars I've accumulated are worth moving around I decided to gather a few clever uses for mason jars, see them after the jump. Click images for sources.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sewn: Bow-back Knit Top

Procrastination nearly always leads me to sewing, I can be productive without actually doing what I need to do (study).  This top is the result of this avoidance and a wish to shrink my fabric stash before moving home for the summer. 

I used a basic t-shirt pattern as a guide and finished the neckline with a facing so that the bow could be easily integrated.  I flared out the hem from the original pattern, so that it has sort of a floaty look.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Adore Home

Love this, and you can find a similar screensaver right here
Adore Home is an online Australian home and lifestyle magazine. Their mission "is to bring you beautiful homes from across the globe, tips and design advice from interior experts, as well as easy online access to the latest home treasures."  The best part is, if you like a product in the magazine, simply click it and you will be directed to a website where you can purchase it (or just lust over it some more). They also have a great blog, full of inspiration.  Check out the new issue below, who doesn't love a good magazine read? Or, just look, it's beautiful.

        Open publication - Free publishing

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hurry Up Summer

LIFE Magazine- 1950 via yehyehgrace

It's June 1st and I was just caught in a hail storm on my way home from school.  I am so ready for some sun and that whole no school-work thing, but mainly sun.  I can't wait for Portland adventures and shopping and runs in Forest Park and movies in the park and picnics and thrifting and trips to Sauvie Island and bike rides sans pouring rain and HOME. In the mean time I need to seriously buckle down and finish up the term.  Here is a sampling of songs that will be the soundtrack to my finals week.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Whoopie Pies

I'll be honest, I originally decided to make these little treats just because I loved the name, but they are also quite delicious! I was introduced to the idea of these sandwich cookies when reading about the book Whoopie Pies : Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes.  I decided to make my own for one of the weekly barbecues at the lab, and they were a hit.  The best part is the flavor possibilites are endless, I'm thinking I will try a red velvet next. Here's the recipe I used:


1 box chocolate cake mix
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs

Frosting (via bakedbree): (This makes a lot of frosting, a half batch would do but I like to have the extra around for snacking...)
1 cup room temperature butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup marshmallow creme
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

Mix the cookie ingredients together and dollop (error on the side of too small, they'll spread a fair amount) onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until they spring back when touched.

Beat together the frosting ingredients, adding the milk last so you can control the consistency.

Once the cookies have cooled spread a generous portion of frosting on the flat side of one cookie and then sandwich with another cookie.  Voila! You have a whoopie pie!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Conquered: Jeans

I've attempted jeans before and although they have all been wearable, there were always definite flaws. The waistband was funky, the stitching was crooked, the shape wasn't quite right, whatever it was they weren't close to being like store-bought jeans in my eyes.  

But, this last weekend, procrastinating studying for my impending finals, I decided to give jeans another go. Lately, I've been obsessed with the 70s revival that seems to be occurring this summer, from flatforms to bell bottoms I love it!  So naturally I made a pair of flairs, I used an existing pair of jeans as a guide and added width to the bottom for the bell.  

I'm thrilled with the outcome as this is by far the closest I've come to store-bought-like-homemade-jeans. The key was taking my time when drafting the pattern and having the background knowledge of past faux pas.  

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I miss French

I found this over on anthropologie's tumbler etymologie (which I love).  I truly miss my years of French class, the language of engineering just isn't as romantic.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Nerdy Affair

Please note that the cigarette has been replaced with a graphing calculator, an engineering students best friend.
As a member of the Society of Women Engineers group on campus, I volunteered to help with decorations for the engineering ball (the definition of a nerdy night? I say yes).   I however didn't manage to take photos of the decorations but I do have a couple that show off the sign for the event.  The theme was Mad Men (great, right?), which I had quite a lot of fun with.  We had vintage advertisement posters around the dance (including Lucky Strike and Belle Jolie 'Mark Your Man'), 1960s style silhouettes, and a mocktail bar complete with some of the classic drinks from the show.  Photo credit: Sam Weiss.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Project Lust: Hex Nut Bracelet

This bracelet tutorial is so great.  I just lust it so much.  Not only is it crafty and inexpensive but it involves a trip to the hardware store which is always an adventure!

Who knew hex nuts could be so elegant?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mad About It

To say I love the show Mad Men would be an understatement.  Half the time I don't think I care what happens in the show but just enjoy looking at it.  The detail put into the costuming and sets and the historical accuracy of it all is amazing.  The AMC website has an interactive fashion flip book with stories of some key pieces and styling in season 4; I love it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


It is the beginning of a new year and a new term in school.  Each new term (and often in shorter time increments) I like to change my iPods 'walking to school' playlist.  Here are just a few songs I am enjoying on my many walks to and from campus.

P.S. Use the buttons under the cassette tape on the boombox to play, skip, and pause.