What I've Really Been Up To

A couple weeks ago I met one of my bloggy friends, Cheryl, in person while she was in town for the International Quilt Market.  Cheryl tipped me off to a vendor at the market who had beads for sale.  She knew I'd been in a bit of a jewelry-making slump recently because I'd been having trouble finding beads that excited me.  A new-to-me bead vendor with a fresh selection was just what I needed.  I hunted the vendor down and since then I've been busy with designing and making lots of new necklaces and earrings.  Over the next few days I'll show you exactly what I've been busy making, thanks in big part to Cheryl.  Prepare to scroll.  Soon, you'll be able to find these pieces at the lovely Portland shops that carry sulu-design (listed over there in the sidebar).  If something calls your name before then, e-mail me at sulu-design@hotmail.com and we'll make arrangements to make it yours.










The Anti-Barbecue

The weather in Portland this Memorial Day was not conducive to barbecuing.  Not that we have a yard.  Or a grill.  But, you know.  I think about it.

The week before Memorial Day was a pretty long one at work, so I was actually really satisfied that it was grey and rainy here on the holiday - it made me feel better about staying inside and doing all things restful and cozy.  We watched old but new-to-us episodes of Project Runway, we read, we tidied the place up, and we ate.  We ate well.  Better, perhaps, than we would have eaten at a barbecue.  At least better than the pretend barbecue I'd conjured up in my head.

For breakfast I made omelettes inspired by a couple breakfast dishes we've had at Junior's Cafe.  Eggs, sauteed leeks, goat cheese, fresh black pepper, and a drizzle of honey.  Try it.  Amazing.

Lunch was a little... non-lunchy.  The dreary weather had me in a baking mood, so I decided to try out this cream cheese pound cake recipe that I recently bookmarked.  We ate slices of it all afternoon.  Not bad with a little honey drizzled on it, too.  Funny how that works.

And dinner?  Homemade meatballs, ciabatta from Lovejoy Bakers, and a side of baked cabbage (heavy on the olive oil, pepper, and balsamic vinegar) inspired by a dish at Mamma Zu in Richmond, Virginia.  Thanks to my father-in-law, Mike, for getting the recipe.

I never met a grilled meat I didn't like, but I didn't miss the typical barbecue menu one bit.  There will be plenty of time for that this summer.  Right, friends with yards?


Been Hanging Around

in parking lots recently.
At least that's what the evidence points to.



Actually, I've been up to plenty of good stuff besides hanging around parking lots.  I'll fill you in soon.


Camping Season On

A couple weeks ago, we had unbelievably amazing weather here in the Pacific Northwest.  Had you noticed the lack of posts for a while?  I was busy dealing with sunshine.  It was our cue to pack up the car and head for the hills.  Or a river.  Or wherever we could find a great campground.  Lower Falls campground on the Lewis River in Washington was where we ended up.  And it was awesome - an entire campground almost all to ourselves on the side of a beautiful river next to a trail that led to three gorgeous, rainbow-inducing waterfalls.  Cooking on an open fire, sleeping under the stars, sunning on warm rocks on the side of the river.  Yes, yes, and yes.  And the campground came equipped with the perfect chopping block on which Barry split logs for the fire.  I couldn't ask for anything better.  Maybe just more of the same this weekend.