valentine’s day is just 4 days away. seriously…

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champs in a can. it doesn’t get better than this.

one of my fav things to keep in the fridge. you never know who will stop by. or when a celebration might occur. and don’t forget to stock up this summer and load them into a big silver ice bowl with colorful straws for your friends. super fun poured over sherbet. and of course perfect for valentine’s day.

available at target. you are welcome.

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since we are on the topic of valentine’s day and drinks at the moment…

i adore this photo. i don’t know if it’s stitched onto a nightie, a satin pillow case, or a cami.

i personally think it would be an adorable pillow or a hankie.

follow @wildfoxcouture on instagram. i promise you will love it.

my kind of style.

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i’d wear these socks with a silky nightie. i would. if nobody saw. haha

thanks to rob Kardashian for his amazing sock line.  love love love

you can find it @arthurgeorge87

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although the socks would be cuter with these fun pj’s from victorias secret.

ya, “sexy” is cool for a night or two… but “fun” is better.

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go ahead and bring out your inner girly girl.

ring pops.

you can find them almost everywhere this time of year.

if you can’t find the heart shaped ones, buy the big diamond shaped strawberry ones. delish.

feb10 cocktail cherries

you can dip your rings into your cocktail.

and don’t forget the bourbon cocktail cherries from jack rudy cocktail co.

i found then @hudsongracesf.  another one of my fav places to look.

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we are trying to get away (just the two of us) to seattle for the night. just waiting to see if my ear infection heals by then. yep, that’s fun for all on valentine’s day.

but if we make it, i’m surprising greg with dessert at the icon grill. my favorite little place in seattle for a fancy burger, a stiff cocktail and the world famous hot fudge sundae, of course. they come to your table with ice cream scoops in a homemade cookie crust that tastes like a decadent version of a fortune cookie. it probably has some fancy name. then they pour hot fudge on top. as much as you like. then there are the toppings… fresh cut strawberries, colorful sprinkles, homemade whip cream… and a few other toppings i can’t remember. see, it’s been too long since i was there last.

love the icon grill. if you are ever in seattle, go there for the sundae for sure.

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well, my bubble bath is poured. house is empty. and i’m off to take some ibuprofen and get a good night sleep. need this ear problem to be fixed within four days. pretty please.

happy wednesday.

-tracy


seven reasons i loved football season…

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gem day socks. love them. want them. need them. it’s not too late. right?

thanks @robkardashian for making these happen. and thanks @arthurgeorge87 for getting them out there.

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diet coke. my vice. in a big, tall glass filled with ice. or better yet, with a splash of crown royal…  and even better if i could find these cute bottles.

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lobster rolls. on brioche rolls. mini style. you can eat 4 or 5 and say it was one regular. yes, you can.

thanks for photo @katiegrossbard from instagram. love your photos and way of thinking.

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comfy outfits. for games on tv and in the stands. it’s ok to dress this way for football. and if you are just watching your team on tv then it doesn’t matter if you are wearing team colors. these pants look like they have every teams color in them anyway . perfect..

gotta go look on www.nordstrom.com or www.adidas.com – cute spring stuff.

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vodka is ok to drink in the morning…  if added to a bloody mary.  if you don’t want to buy all of the ingredients, get to sam’s tavern in seattle and have them make you one… or two. with sliders on top!  i discovered these when my friends took me for my 50th. they researched where to have the “best bloody mary in seattle”. took us straight to sams. they were right.

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football art. by me. great quote. look for art for sale this summer. on this site.

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then there is instagram. people ask why i’m posting so much lately. well, for a few years i posted about 7 photos. and it dawned on me that i could keep my photos, wants, needs, etc in one place and make myself a book each year. so, that’s why.

and anything beachy catches my eye. thanks @frankieboutique for selling this top. i am coming in this week to buy it. hope it’s still there. in my size. because the one sunny day we had this week makes me crave the beach.

now… on to baseball season (my favorite).

happy monday.

-tracy


banana. peanut butter. m&m’s in school colors. snack time…

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my mom always made after school snacks.  did yours?

the problem here is that mason likes BIG snacks.  we are talking full on dinners.  “can we please stop off at taco time?”.  “i’m so hungry i can’t make it home!”. omG… we only live 10 minutes from home.  and he wants his snack and dinner to NOT be the same thing.  on the same day.

really???

this is exhausting.  what ever happened to the cute little fruit roll up?  or baby chocolate milk?  even a bowl of cereal was fine last year.  but this year he has grown over 11 inches.  even the physical changes these past few months make me look twice at times.  where did my baby boy go?   i guess he deserved to eat like a grown up now.

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i promise i’d make you better snacks if you’d just get that hair cut!  been growing it for months.  seems like years.  growing.  growing.  growing.  so is he.  into a man. enough about the hair. tbh… we all like it.  it’s him.

ok, i get it.  independence.  high school  girls.  coolness.  you be you!

i love that kid of ours.

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so, today i was tired of making meals for everyone (not like i do it a lot…haha).

and we had these great bananas on the counter.  the kind that are a little green still.  my fav kind.  and the peanut butter and baggies were still on the counter from making lunch this morning (typical).  and the m&m’s and mini chocolate chips were left over from cookies i made this past weekend (which mason and friends ate ALL of them in 2 days).

i grabbed a baggie.  put some peanut butter in it.  snipped the tip off the end.  swirled the peanut butter onto the banana slices.  topped with school colors.  so awesome.  even i was proud of my accomplishment.  and guess what?  he liked it.  not one complaint that it wasn’t a “meal”.

i will never tire of making him after school snacks because i know how fast time goes.  brooke lives in CA now and i can no longer do that for her.  here’s to 3 1/2 more years of snack making.

happy tuesday.

-tracy


i am an official instagram junkie…

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my daughter @fisher_brooke told me i’d like instagram.  i thought it was too much work to figure out something new.

boy was i wrong.

now i’m ON. feel free to follow me @hellotracy if you are a lover of art, food and homes that you swear you could pull off. in your dreams. lots of sarcasm. big surprise. a dreamer of a new wardrobe, jewelry and hair you’ll never pull off or afford. you know, the usual “girl” stuff.

please excuse me as i probably post at the wrong times.  probably post too many or too little photos.  probably don’t know you are following me because i just figured that out yesterday. so many “probably’s”. oh well. too bad.

now, log on!

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love love love instagram. until something better comes along for this photo, quote, food, clothing, art, sign, jewelry, cocktail,, purse, sunglass, flip flop, beach, “family AND carreer” girl.

happy monday.

-tracy


happy birthday dad…

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we had this old sailboat.  my dad would take me out in it.  just the two of us.  every summer.

then boys came into the picture. and speed boats. and bonfires. and he let me go. be with my friends.

ever wish you could relive a moment or two in your life that was good?

ok, i’ll admit, if i had to relive this photo, it would have to be a larger boat with padded seats and we’d be drinking a cold beer… but everything else would be the same.  except i’d have a lot of questions for him. i would want to know more about him. his stories. his dreams. his successes. his lessons. his wisdom…. and whatever happened to the “underpants” found in prosser’s water system? what happened to coyote bazoo and snakey wolf at the end of those long stories? what else pairs well with a pep and a pop (pepperoni sticks and green river pop in a bottle)? what was your secret salmon recipe? did you always think you’d get away with ordering anchovies on half of the pizza even though 5 of us were eating it? did you know we took all of your quarters (just the quarters) out of your dish to go buy candy at the store? …so many questions to ask one day.  when we meet again. i love you. and love that YOU were my dad.

happy birthday dad.

i miss you a lot.

-tracy


what go give your man for valentines day? boozy cherries, of course…

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thank you for the idea www.recipegirl.com. btw… I love your blog!

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i’ve seen recipes for this before.  always wanted to make them. never do. typical me.

then it dawned on me when i saw them on my pinterest page…

valentine’s day is near.

what a better gift than booze and food in one! (ok, at least for my husband and i… no judging please).

BOOZY BOURBON CHERRIES (according to the recipe girl)

3 1/2 c. bourbon

2/3 c. granulated white sugar

4 c. fresh sweet cherries, washed, pitted and stems removed

“in medium saucepan, bring the bourbon and sugar to a simmer over low heat.  simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves, then turn off the heat and let sit for at least 15 min.  pack your cherries into two 25oz jars (or three smaller ones).  snuggle them into the jars nice and tight without smashing the cherries.  pour the syrup over the cherries in each jar until it covers the fruit completely. if you have any leftover syrup, you can use it to make a cocktail.  place the lids on tight and store the cherries in the refrigerator.  they should be used within one year.”

crown royal and diet coke is my drink of choice.  if you are friend of mine, you know that already.  when i’m in restaurants i like them to add a cherry (or two) to my drink.  just because.  kind of like a combination of my brother’s roy rogers, and my parents manhattans at the tacoma country club when we were kids.  i can imagine if you mixed them both together it might tast like this.

ok, off topic… big surprise.

when i was in hermosa beach with brookie a few weeks ago, i ventured out one night on my own while she was either studying or seeing her boyfriend (or doing both as she would claim… right).  i found the cutest little bar.

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THE MERMAID RESTAURANT

and it had “cocktails” underneath.

the outside was painted all black and there were valet drivers and it looked fancy and shady at the same time.  my kind of place.  where you would meet people with good stories.   i was so curious.  walked in.  sat at the bar.  alone.  totally cool.  felt 21.  haha.  it was a mixture of young and hip suntanned kids, old locals, and harley dudes with their beach blonde babes.  awesome people watching.

i ordered my usual and when i asked for a cherry or two… the bartender told me she had the perfect thing for me.  um, ok. i waited patiently while i looked around.  i noticed the red, old fashioned, cut glass candle holders.  totally reminded me of my grandparents.  note to self… go find some at the thrift store.  red.  for v-day.

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booze soaked cherries. my dream come true.  i can’t wait to go back.  i told greg i would stay in hermosa beach just to have a cocktail there.

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cheers to saturday nights.

i might just have to have a cocktail.  just because.

happy saturday.

-tracy


i love it when i get a sign i’ve been waiting for. thanks God, and Lisa Rinna…

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so, i wake up this morning (ok, i was actually laying back down after taking my kid to school… you caught me… exhausted… didn’t sleep last night… don’t know why… as my aunt says “your committee in your head must be keeping you awake”… yep, too much thinking, not enough sleeping), and my cousin, kim ohlson, texted me this photo.

seriously?

a piece of art i painted (with rascal flats lyrics on it) was on Lisa Rinna’s instagram page!

this is similar to the painting (as each one is painted individually) i gave to our daughter when she went off to CA this year to chase her dreams.  and she is chasing them i tell you.  so proud of that girl of ours.

but…

how cool is this?

i love love love Lisa Rinna.

i’ve loved her since reading about her shop (never got to see it, but dreamed about the clothes in it for a long time). i’ve watched her on Days Of Our Lives forever.  and she is my favorite wife on RHOBH.  yes, i am a reality junkie.  i know who is real… and this girl has got it going on!!!

anyway, it’s weird how things happens.  i was just talking about quitting facebook the other day.  and getting back into instagram.  not that i was ever really into instagram.  it’s apparent from looking at it.  i think i have about 10 photos on there from the past 5 years…haha..  it started with getting an account to stalk my kids in middle school so i knew they were being appropriate on social media.  but now i love that it is like one big photo album of your life.  and that is soooo up my alley.  i am fresh from returning from CA as i just helped brookie move into a new place.  i felt renewed.  i was ready to make changes.  i was ready to paint.  i kept saying all week, “i’ll update it.  i’ll do it tomorrow.  i really will….”.  then life gets in the way.  old habits form.

well, not now!

this was my sign.  this morning.  changes are happening.  thanks, lisa (even though you have no idea who i am and how much of an influence this one post of yours made in my life).  funny how people we have never met send us in a direction we didn’t realize we were going to take so soon.

so, i’m back.

on instagram. and painting. and dreaming my dreams.

just for fun… thought you might like to see a few pieces i have hanging around my own home…

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the original Fisher Family Vintage.

what started it all.  my style has changed a little.  the bottles aren’t so jug-like. and more information fits on the story.

email me if you are interested in one.  i have a few openings left for 2016.

tfisherart@comcast.net

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i love painting these little framed pieces.  it reminds me that when our kids are home (and husband too), i will always be able to say, “party of 4, please”.  I like that.

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this is what you see when you leave our home.  next to the front door.  next to the coat rack that is piled with baseball caps, scarves and rain coats.  and the beautiful ceramic cross my mom bought me when i turned 40.  she took me to laguna beach, my birth place, and drove me around to my old house, the hospital where i was born, and the bar that my dad went to after she delivered me… and he bought everyone a drink.  um, these days, there’s no way the husband gets to leave the bedside to go for drinks after the baby is born…haha.  after the fun trip down memory lane, she took me to san juan capistrano.  i saw this cross in the window of a store.  it has a leather cord.  i fell in love.  she bought it for me.  and it has been hanging next to that door ever since. almost 12 years.

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one day i was watching oprah.  and gwyneth paltrow came on her show.  she had just had a baby.  and had named her apple.  and she told the story why.  i loved it.  and i painted this.  yes, many years ago.  one day i hope to give it to her.  it’s been in our bar room, hanging on the wall since that day.  anyone know gwyneth?  if so, give her my email address.

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i love my family. and they love us too. most of the time.  haha.  i’ve painted a few of these for people that have the same feeling.  love it.  it sits on my bookshelf, next to a photo i just bought in venice beach.  i love buying art from locals when i travel.  the artist/photographer was one of the vendors on the side of the skate path.  and i loved this piece.  and if you look closely, you will see a butterfly.  when my dad passed away last year i was told to look for white butterflies passing by.  it would mean my dad was near.  funny thing is i see them all of the time.  greg’s mom sent me a beautiful basket of all white flowers and this sparkly gold butterfly was pinned on top.  she then passed away suddenly.  a shock to our family a few months back.  and that butterfly has been on our book shelf every day since.  it might not be white, but it’s sparkly and happy… and i love it.

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this is a little piece i made a long long long time ago from pages from one of my kids story books.  i cut them out and glued them on.  a reminder that He loves us all.

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this piece hangs way up high in my office/studio. about 10 years ago this guy commissioned me to make a very large painting for his girlfriend.  i was so excited.  because he offered me a lot of money compared to what i was making those days.  he gave me his number.  i painted the piece. and he never answered his phone. ever. talk about a sad moment. i always assume people are good on their word.  my parents taught us that was important.  keep you word.  oh well.  lesson learned.  i covered the flower on her swim cap with sequins and put more blonde in her hair and called her “brooke”.  and now it is mine.  how lucky am i?

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i have a red wall in our kitchen.  I’ve repainted all of our walls a cool taupe color.  but for some reason this one wall did not get painted over at the time.  i must have liked red.  now i can’t remember the paint color on the other walls.  i guess this one will just remain red.  i cover it up a lot with art and photos. this is what hangs there now.

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this piece hangs in our bar room (which is technically our living room but we never used it so we turned it into a bar room with tv, games, bar and the usual mess… yep, right as you walk into the door).  i made a few of these for a show years ago and pulled this one aside.  it was mine.  i knew it as i was painting it.

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don’t get me wrong.  i love money. it can buy fun vacations to see my daughter… and lots of converse sneakers… and the little white convertible bug i dream about that my husband says “one day, dear”.

i did a painting for someone as a thank you from garth brooks.  it was a very personal piece with lots of information on the recipients life and all of his accomplishments.  it was really really cool. i don’t talk about my celebrity work much because they don’t like me posting the actual art.  it’s always personal.  word art.  but i loved the story because i worked with one of his guys to get it finished in time. then shipped it to an airport that garth would be arriving at for a layover so he could sign it. then it went to the place it was meant to be.  when i saw this quote i loved it.  when i saw who said it, i loved it more.

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notice anything wrong with this piece?  no, it’s not the broken piece of glass i had to take out after it fell off the wall.  yep, “wonderful” is misspelled.  so it hangs in our home.  on the wall.  has for years.  it makes me laugh every time i look at it.  reminds me we aren’t perfect.  and the funny party is that a few people have offered to buy it from me.  no.  it’s mine.  my original piece of flubbed up art.

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and this one hangs over our tub.  the tub used by me… oh, and my son with epsom salts after a long baseball weekend… and our cat.  yes, our cat loves to take baths.  hilarious.  funny cat.  i love the saying on this.  i read it every morning when i get ready.  chocolate and martinis?  sure, why not.  i’ve made quite a few of these for the girls in our area (40th, 50th, even 60th bdays).  just adjust the hair color, drink and dessert choice.  fun.

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as i end this post, i have to put this photo up from my computer.  it’s a little blurry.  just snapped it from my cel phone.  look…. brooke (fisher_brooke) left lisa rinna a message.  my heart is melting.  thanks brookie.  and lisa, I’m sorry to hear about your dad.  maybe one day i can put him into a story for you on canvas.

happy thursday.

-tracy

 


oh my, how i love pie…

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pie.

doesn’t everyone love pie?

if you were born anywhere before or in 1964, i guarantee you have “pie” stories.

my grandma loved pie. my mom makes the best pies ever. she has many recipes from her friends for pies from around the country. people have stories about their pies. cookbooks have entire sections devoted to pie.

pie is back!

as a matter of fact, my grandma betsy used to take me to knapps restaurant in tacoma, wa back in the day.  we would have a cup of soup, a half of sandwich and a piece of pie.  we would take one or two bites and ask for to-go boxes.  i swear we both ate our pie pieces in our cars on our way home…haha.

in the past it was all homemade.

now boxed crusts and funky new style crusts have taken over.  and pies are served with ice cream inside (not just on top).  and there are fried pies.  and the kind of pies you get at the supermarket in little bags that you will never, ever look at the calorie content on the back.  pie is pie.  it’s just good.  eat it.

so, when asked what one pie i would want at this moment…

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coconut cream pie, of course.  well, at least my version of it.

COCONUT ICE CREAM PIE

35 ritz crackers (i use one sleeve of reduced fat version because that’s what’s in our pantry at all times)

5 Tblsp. butter, melted

3 c. vanilla ice cream, softened (i like plain old fashioned vanilla ice cream. no vanilla bean.  no ultra creamy, fancy type.  just the original.  even better if it comes in a box, not a round carton.  but that’s just me.  use whatever vanilla you like)

2/3 c. sweetened shredded coconut, not toasted

1 box (3.4 oz) coconut cream instant pudding mix

3/4 c. milk (i use 1% because that’s what we drink but i’ll bet it would be really yummy with 2%)

1 c. whipping cream

3 tsp. sugar

1 c. sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

crush ritz crackers in food processor.  mix with butter.  press into bottom and up sides of pie plate.  mix ice cream, non toasted coconut, pudding mix and mil together until creamy.  pour into pie crust.  place in freezer.  whip cream until peaks form.  add sugar half way through to sweeten.  while you are doing this, put 1 c. coconut on parchment paper on cookie sheet and broil.  watch closely.  it only takes a minute or two.  do not over toast.  cool.  after coconut is cooled, top pie with whipped cream and then toasted coconut.  return to freezer until ready to eat.

side note… you can make this pie and put in a regular pie crust or even an oreo pie crust.  but the ritz cracker (sweet/salt thing) is what i like.  the photo above is the one i made for my mom… she likes the regular crust.  that’s her generation.

happy wednesday.

-tracy


the best place to eat cake…

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why not. don’t mind if i do.

(thanks for the idea pinterest)

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layer 1: bake white cake according to box in 9×11 pan. cool.

layer 2: layer with boxed ice cream.  the kind that comes in a box is easy to cut into thick slabs and place over cake.  plus I love that old fashioned kind of ice cream.  we always had it as kids.  choose your own flavor.  we had chocolate chip.

layer 3: spray on whipped cream from a can.  i hope you find it necessary to keep a can on hand at all times like i do.  you never know who is going to stop by.  and if it’s someone’s kid, i swear you will look like the best mom in the world.  we keep it in our fridge all year long. feel free to spray in mouth too.  when nobody’s watching.

layer 4: strawberries.  or if you don’t have fresh fruit, feel free to top with sprinkles or malt balls or crushed girl scout cookies.  whatever floats your boat.

eat.

in bed.

with tv on.

happy tuesday.

-tracy