spicy pulled pork

i love spicy. i love pork. i love avocado. this is my favorite pulled pork i have ever had (restaurants included). i posted the recipe for it awhile back and i’ve been making it regularly ever since. the only thing i’ve really modified is i’ve added more garlic and more SPICY. also, i am practicing my food photography more now. i want to get my food photos as good as my baked good photos


sneak peek

working on some lino cuts and making some test prints. gave myself a deadline of adding items back into my etsy shop in 2 weeks! things are coming together nicely 🙂

for Just Sweet Love

i won one of the june jubilee giveaways over at Just Sweet Love – so thank you, jenny, for my goodies. i LOVE them! i hope to return the favor someday (soon) 🙂

these homemade cards (by jenny, herself) are so sweet. i already have plans to send one along to nick and sam in seattle. i miss them both terribly already.

this pencil case has everything i’d need in a pencil case – namely, it’s yellow/polka-dotted, has a typewriter and a cute saying on it. i can carry the sparkly pens in it 🙂

“there are times it seems to me i’m sharing you with memories”

stationary! super cute girly sationary! now i just need more pen pals. sending (and receiving) good old fashioned snail mail is one of my favorite things.

detail of one of the sets

and lastly, my favorite item of them all (the main reason i entered the giveaway) – the sheep book stands! (2nd one not pictured)

all-holiday holiday party

june 12th was the 4th annual (we skipped one year) all-holiday holiday party. a fantastic party that my friend nick, with our help, throws every summer – we wear halloween costumes and celebrate the various holidays of the year throughout the night. i think this year was my favorite yet. and part of that is definitely because nick’s girlfriend, sam, and i spent many hours making tissue puff balls and going all out in the decorating.

nick and sam have gone back to seattle now, but luckily i got a couple more hang out nights with him (sam had to go back early for work) before he left again. it made me happy, but also sad – thinking about how so many of my favorite people live so far away. i like these pictures because it reminds me of how magical everything can seem/look when you’re filled to the brim with joy.

why i love my puppy today

(sandstone june 2010)

*every morning when i come down from the bedroom after waking up, he gallops up to me from the living room and presses himself against my legs to be pet.
*when he’s tired, he goes into his crate and puts himself to bed.
*if i lay on my side on the living room rug and call him over, he’ll come curl himself into a ball against my tummy
*he hurdles back and forth over my leg when i’m resting it on the ottoman.
*he touches mine and dave’s face with his paw as a gesture of affection when we are playing with him
*when you ask for a high-five, he will sometimes get extra excited and high-five your hand with both paws
*he makes me extra nervous for when i have kids, because if i can love a little puppy this much, it’s going to be terrifying when it’s my own kid.

chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

i made these for a party last weekend and they were a big hit. the cupcakes i made from scratch, however, i cheated on the frosting – sorey! i’m still working out the kinks of making a frosting that is a consistency i like, so i figured since i was short on time, i would just go with the for sure route.

*note: i thought the flavor of these cupcakes were great, but felt they were a little dry. everyone else told me i was crazy, though, so you’ll have to decide for yourself*

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES (from the joy of baking)

1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1 cup boiling hot water

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Lightly butter, or line muffin cups with paper liners.

In a small bowl stir until smooth the boiling hot water and the cocoa powder. Let cool to room temperature.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Then in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated. Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.

Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16-20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool cupcakes completely

*i frosted them with a piping bag with a star tip – i added the sprinkles for a pop of color on the white. also, i apologize for the blurry photos. i only saved one cupcake from the party to photograph, quickly took the pictures and then ate the cupcake before uploading the photos and realizing they were blurry*

may books

under the banner of heaven – jon krakauer if you’re like me, you have a morbid fascination regarding mormon fundamentalists. and this extreme interest was brought on my watching big love. particularly when you burn through the latest 3 seasons in about a month and just want more episodes! under the banner of heaven delves deeply into the lives several mormon fundamentalists and the history of joseph smith and his successors. truly some harrowing stuff in this book. a few nights i read some of the chapters right before bed and had nightmares of being kidnapped and taken to a commune. eek. i would definitely recommend this book though. it’s like a really horrible car crash – you just can’t look away.

running with scissors – augusten burroughs this book was crazy and sad. it’s burroughs recounting his childhood where his father left him and would not even take his calls and his crazy mother signed him off to live with her extremely unorthodox psychiatrist. i won’t tell you much about it in case you want to read it, but it’s a little bit funny and a really sad story about some supremely messed up people. also fascinating in the car crash kind of way. he has other memoirs and i ended up liking his writing style so i may check others out.

2 non-fiction books in one month! i normally don’t read non-fiction and i’m actually on a third one right now. perhaps i will make it the summer of non-fiction. we’ll see.

new dress #2! i love the ruffle detail and that it looks tailored but the fabric is really versatile and lightweight. i wore it on a 4 mile walk the other night and didn’t get too hot at all. i also like that it’s sleeveless so even on warm days i can pair it with a cardigan and have it not be too heavy.