Friday Favorites // Week 4: March 2015

March 27, 2015

Happy Friday folks! The weather is beginning to heat up in Portland (it was in the 70s yesterday!) and I’m already plugging in my air conditioner. Yes, I’m a wimp in the heat. I really can’t stand anything above 75. And honestly, I really dread it. I can’t function properly. My brain turns to mush. I don’t sleep well. I know I’m in the minority (like probably 1%?) of people that don’t like the heat at all. But I’ll welcome the longer days, for sure.

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Pistachio Cream Cheese Brownies

March 24, 2015

Pistachio Cream Cheese Brownies | The Baking Bird

Last year over Memorial Day weekend, I visited Canada for the first time in my life. Vancouver, British Colombia, specifically. We made the 6-hour long drive up there from Portland, passed through border inspection successfully,  and had to acclimate to driving over 100 kilometers/hour. Well, rather I had to acclimate…it completely freaked me out. Since my dashboard is digital, switching over to km from mi and driving on the freeway seeing speed limits listed at 100 was very disorienting. I felt like I was in a dream… continue reading

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Friday Favorites // Week 3: March 2015

March 20, 2015

This week has been an interesting mix of ups and downs. The weather has been up and down, my mood has been up and down, house buying prospects have been up and down, the stock market has been up and down… but what doesn’t go up and down? That’s life. Part of what has been keeping me entertained and optimistic this week is related to some of the links posted below:

-Eleven reasons your Crazy Cat Obsession makes you happier and healthier. I knew it all along!

-This app is pretty remarkable. I want to give it a try.

-Vetiver is one of my favorite bands of all time, and I had no idea they were planning on coming out with a new album next week! Here is a first look free stream of ‘Complete Strangers. Andy Cabic’s voice is always so soothing.

-Don’t ever visit Oregon. EVER. I really don’t like living here… (not!) But really, I think we seriously need to consider border control.

-Ok, that’s it. My new treadmill routine is inspired to come up to this level. WATCH OUT.

-14 essential baked goods every baker should master. I really need to up my bread making game!

-Also I love this advice about saving costs when remodeling. I heart you, Remodelista!

-I think my heart just skipped a beat. A couple of beats, actually. Peanut Butter Samoa Cookies dipped in CHOCOLATE?!? Tieghan is amazing.

-Really need/want to work on this. Been reading a ton of blog-advice articles lately which have been super helpful.

-I’ve always been obsessed with Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battles and now it’s becoming a show! So happy!

-Also, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is starting is own TV show! Best week of television news ever. Even though I don’t own a television…

-And I’ll leave you with this. I took some non-food photos for once for the Portland Mercury last Friday about 70mm film coming to one of the local theaters (that I just so happen to live right down the street from). Their first feature is 2001: A Space Odyssey and we’re going to go see it tonight! It was so awesome to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of my favorite places in Portland.

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