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she’s home. they’re gone…

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she’s home.

my heart is soooooo happy.

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i tried to hang the cutest garland.  the cat ate it.

i baked a cake. betty crocker. white on white. lots of sprinkles.

balloons hung. thanks target for the cute polka dot balloons.

then i picked her up from the airport at midnight.  we drove with the top down.  we talked the whole way.  so much to talk about.  covered two months in 40 minutes.  that works.

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first thing she did when she woke up?  took a peek at the book sarah sundin sent her.  what perfect timing.

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then off they drove.

to visit grandparents and friends.

happy as can be.

um,. yes, i noticed that finger mason.  good one.  i’m kind of thinking i need to frame this photo.  it is exactly how i feel these days…. let it go!!!

i have until 4am on monday morning with her.  minus the hours she will be gone tonight visiting friends.  and i don’t mind.  i was in college too.  that’s important.  most of her friends are home for the summer.  but she is going back to CA to pursue her dreams… and get her chemistry summer class completed.  good girl.  i can’t even tell you how proud we are of her.

you go girl!!!!!

happy saturday.

-tracy



monkey with a banana. or hamster on a wheel…

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art from www.etsy.com

i’ve always loved this piece of art.

life has been crazy busy lately.

like a hamster on a wheel.  going round and round and round…

art orders going out.

cookbooks being shipped.

mason made his high school baseball team.

i’m his personal chauffeur until october 31.

sending brookie care packages.

lots of date nights with greg.  every weekend lately he wants to go out.  i’m not complaining.  no cooking.  no dishes.

putting our house on the market finally.  serious this time.  agent at our home today.

trying to figure out where in the heck we will live.

cleaning house. scrubbing showers and toilets. hosing down patio. putting light bulbs in burnt out sockets. changing old hardware and light switch covers. making sure cat doesn’t poop when the agent comes over..haha. new plant on front porch. beauty bark laid. neighbor called to mow tomorrow.. how did grass grow this fast. oh the things we are doing. exhausting.

i could go on and on.

but just typing this makes me tired.

so, if i’m not blogging my usual amount, this is why.

feel free to follow me on instagram @hellotracyfisher.

i post there a lot. making books for my kids out of the photos. long story.

now, it is time to say good night. and settle in for the Bachelor… women tell all.  yes!

happy monday.

-tracy


one week of good eating…

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i have been eating like crap lately. i’m admitting it. and my jeans are tighter than they need to be.

time to get real.

i’m not good at long term commitments on any diet. trust me. i’ve tried a lot of them.

i just want to feel better.

so, i am going to eat healthier. which is i guess anything better than what I’ve been putting in my mouth these past few weeks. yes, i was sick. i wanted comfort food. i didn’t want to prepare anything. but now i’m on the road to recovery.

no more excuses.

i bought yogurt and granola. this will be my sweet tooth helper. no comments from all of you health nuts. it’s better than ice cream. and that’s all i’m going to say about it.

i ate the lemon one before photographing this. and tonight i ate the cherry flavor. both… delish!

one week. that’s what i’m giving it. and on Saturday when we go out with our friends (it’s been on the calendar for two weeks, i will call wine a fruit… it does come from grapes… and grapes are in the produce section. it’s all good.

happy monday.

-tracy


girl scout cookies, auctions and smiles…

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every year at this time i get bombarded with auction requests for my art.

i love it. i will donate if i can. and i try to a lot. especially if it benefits any school or activity our own kids have been in.

but this year so much has been going on. daughter to college, son in sports without a drivers license until oct. 31, sore arm, getting ready to put our home on the market, need i say more? i’m not complaining. just the truth.

so, this year i decided that i would donate a copy of my cookbook… and fresh out of the oven cookies.

it might not bring in the kind of money that art does, but it is still a donation at least.

and, who doesn’t love cookies. it’s one item your husband and kids will say YES to bidding on.

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fresh baked cookies, a box of thin mints, one of my cookbooks and a cute little piece of art with a saying by Julia childs (not pictured). who wouldn’t want to bid on that? i would.

the cute little cookie jar is from pier 1 imports. $10. so awesome.

i used a paint pen from artco to write on the chalkboard area this saying…

SO MANY OF MY SMILES BEGIN WITH YOU… THAT, AND COOKIES TOO!

love it.

and if you are interested in my little ol cookbook called “appetizers & desserts. who needs dinner… a girlfriends guide to entertaining”. email me at tfisherart@comcast.net.  they are $15 (addl $4 for shipping).

or here’s the recipe…

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR COOKIE

2 1/4 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 c. packed light brown sugar

1 small pkg vanilla instant pudding (3.4 oz)

1 c. butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

2 large eggs

1 sleeve (approx. 16 cookies) of GS Thin Mint cookies, crushed into small pieces

Preheat oven to 375. mix butter until fluffy. add brown sugar. mix. add dry pudding. mix. add vanilla. mix. add eggs, one at a time. mix. combine flour, soda and salt and then add to butter mixture. fold in cookies. refrigerate for 30 minutes. scoop into rough balls with ice cream scoop. place on ungreased baking sheets with about 1″ between cookies.  bake 9-11 minutes or until tops are light golden brown. go ahead test one. then let the rest cool. if putting into a cookie jar, let cool for a few hours as they are very moist and will stick together.

happy saturday.

-tracy


throwing a party is fun…

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we must start with crowns.

every girl (no matter what the age) needs a crown.

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let’s get real. we are 50. must start off party with diet coke…

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and crown royal.

trust me. it is refreshing. and it keeps you awake.

don’t forget to put out a bowl of maraschinos. because it’s a girly girl thing.

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and got get some funny napkins.

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great idea for the rafters.  i’ve spent countless hours tying knots then tying bows of ribbon. etc.

why didn’t i ever think of this.

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a fun table is a must. love the black and white. you can add any colors you like to it.

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and make the table fun.

candy necklaces and ring pops.

use white napkins and put out shapries. let the guests write their own message to the birthday girl.

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have everyone contribute to the appetizers.

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might i suggest lobster rolls on mini brioche rolls on the menu?  heaven.

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and how about a slider and dog bar. dont’ forget the chips, pickles and homemade potato salad.

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a photo booth for sure. right?

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cake.

oh the choices…

yum.

although by this time, the booze will be flowing. no woman cares what kind of cake at this point.

just make it cute so when she looks back on the photos she smiles.

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throw in a few good questions to get them thinking.

will anyone remember your private baggage you announce?

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and if cake wasn’t enough… keep smores makings on hand.

everyone loves a smore at 3:00 am.

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when the guests wake up, make them laugh.

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and quickly make bloody marys.

at this time you can get out the left over sliders and hot dogs and chow down.

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and throw in some donut balls on some cute skewers too.

sure you could make a wonderful breakfast casserole, but who needs to cook and do dishes.

not us.

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at this point you can also serve water. lots and lots of water before you send them on their way.

that’s a wrap!

happy thursday.

-tracy


had lunch with my mom today…

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there’s this great little store in gig harbor.

it’s called harbor general store.

they have feel-good, funky, wish i’d thought of that, yummy foods.  fresh baked goods.  local items.  the kind of store that is quaint, small town, but cool with a vibe that makes you want to hang out.

so, when my mom called me up this morning and asked me to meet and catch up, i suggested this place.

mainly because i wanted the acai bowl.

it’s a bowl of a thick smoothie like layer, topped with crunchy homemade granola, fresh fruit, toasted coconut and drizzled with local honey.  you can google it if you want to know how to make it.  i just call it a bowl of deliciousness!!

she had the gouda, beechers cheese and spinach grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough with a housemade pickle.

i swear it’s the kind of food i wish i cooked.  but i don’t.  why?  because i have a 15 year old son that appreciates tacos, burgers, spaghetti… the ususal.

we chatted and caught up.  she’d gone so much.  and for some reason i’ve been feeling the need for family lately so i was happy when i got the call..  she was in town.  and available for the afternoon.  of course i dropped what i was doing.

the bonus?  she bought me the mug i’ve been eyeing the past few times i’ve been in the store.  be aware that if you see something in the store… buy it!  because once it’s gone they replace with something new.  every time i walk in there i find something “i must have”.  lesson learned.  if i must have it.  buy it.  if i have money.  haha

BE YOUR FUNKY SELF.

new motto.

thanks mom.  thanks harbor general store.  it was a perfect afternoon.

happy tuesday.

-tracy


donut kill my vibe…

 

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took the week off.

mason had the week off of school. had all of these plans. didn’t do one of them.

maybe a week “off” should be just that… a week off.

ok.

i’m in.

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i think i will get out some of my simply baked containers (www.simplybaked.com) and my old camera (fyi… wish list for upcoming birthday is a new white cool fun camera that takes photos and can upload immediately) and have some fun.

list: donut holes, melting chocolates, sprinkles, maple glaze, bacon, boozy cherries… get it all!

and maybe a bottle of champagne to toast with.

for tomorrow i will get back to creating!

happy friday.

-tracy


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.

feb10 ring pops

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.

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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.

+++++++

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