Category Archives: i love

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


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


sorry i was gone so long…

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i had a date with netflix.

well kind of.

i was helping our daughter find, and move into a new place in santa monica.  a friend of ours graciously offered her son’s condo to us for a week or two.  had no idea it would take 3 weeks.  and i don’t think they did either.  i owe a debt of gratitude to this family.  one, for making it affordable for us to stay.  and, two, for giving my daughter and i three weeks out of our lives we will never forget.  thank you from the bottom of my heart.  and hers too.

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three weeks.   well, let me tell you… a lot can happen in 3 weeks….

our son started driving in driver’s ed…

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…no bills were paid while i was gone because i am the one who pays them (insert heavy sign and “uh oh, gotta make some calls today”).  we met some pretty colorful characters while in CA house hunting (a sweetheart neamed “kitten”… a landlord that had police visit during the move in and back up police called to assist (yes, she got her deposit back)… a dj that works nights in clubs but would teach her to surf during the day… two girls that wanted to make triple sure she was 420 friendly… yep, that’s pot, marijuana, and i think i got the numbers correct, they were worried she might be too young for them…  a place that lets their dogs poop inside their house and you walk around it or pick it up yourself…  a person that hadn’t cleaned in months and made my house at home look spotless…  a grandma who was lonely…  a mom who missed her daughters and was renting their rooms out (i wonder if they know)…  a single mom with two kids who might have really just wanted a babysitter…. oh, i could go on.  los angeles.  hollywood.  venice beach.  santa monica.  looked everywhere.

 and every night we came home to our cute little condo… two blocks from the beach… with netflix and wine as my entertainment while she did homework.  loads of homework.

and i landed on the show FIXER UPPER.

chip and Joanna gaines.  quite possible the cutest couple from texas.  with 4 of the cutest kids.  and a decorating style that seems to be a bit of country, modern, hip, sweet and based one each individual client.  i fell in love.  watched every episode.  wanted her wardrobe.  wanted my kids to be young again.  wanted their goats (i had goats as a kid and for some reason i’m missing them now…haha).  just truly enjoyed their story.

a few of the things i wanted are available on their website   www.magnoliamarket.com

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love love love Joanna’s personal style…

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leather bracelet.  Joanna wears on the show.  love it. want it. need it.   $66

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“beloved” necklace.  so sweet and simple.  unfortunately “out of stock”.  made by a local waco, tx artist so i put my name on the “to be notified when it comes back in stock” list.

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distressed leather tote.  it comes in a few shapes and sizes.  i’m not picky!  $175 – $350

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metal tube earrings.  i have got to own these. birthday is less than 2 months away.  hint.  $34

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love love love the gaines family home style…

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everyone needs a “family rules” sign.  and these seem to be very important rules for our family also. $155

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it’s apparent i love black and white with pops of color.  these pots are so darn cute.  from $6 ea.

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metal wall pockets.  for files.  for magazines.  for whatever.  i like.  i want.  $68

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and I’ve fallen completely in love with this one. the shiplap sign.  they design a lot of their homes with “shiplap”.  i didn’t even know what that word was until i watched this show.  now i know what many of my waterfront home friends have in their home.  so, if i can’t have a waterfront home right now, i can have some shiplap.  HOME.  the perfect word.  $96

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how cute are their kids?

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and how cute are they?

i suggest you go to the store now.  get some snacks.  some wine (or if you don’t drink, some milkshake makings).  and settle in for hours of binge watching this show.

you will be glad you did.

happy monday.

-tracy


yes, i’m in CA. thank you for asking…

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she is why.  our brooke camille.

got her into her new college.  now just searching for the “appropriate” place to live.

it’s unlike like all of our friends’ stories… get kid in college. kid goes straight to dorm on campus that is secure and safe and full of kids their same age.  then join greek system.  just pay bill every month and they graduate in 4 years and everyone is happy.

um, not our path.  not even close.   i wish.

but we’ve got a kid who has already traveled to South Korea at 16, and has now left her safety net of her previous college and lacrosse and friends to get her dental hygienist requirements and to find an agent.  not the easy way.  but the kind of way that we’ve told her will make a great story one day!!

the boys are bacheloring it at home with frozen salisbury steaks, pizza and the occasional salad.  i want to personally thank all of our friends who are pampering them… i owe you!!!  oh, and I forgot… drivers ed started last week.  gotta get a photo of that!! oh boy…

us girls are flying by the seat of our pants with yogurt, fruit, cheese, crackers and lots of starbucks coffee to keep us going.

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thanks NOVOGRATZ family for the advice.  David Bowie definitely had some great words to tell.

we are truly on an adventure we will never forget.

right, brookie?

i can’t wait to post some photos that will make you smile.  and laugh.  give me a few days to get her settled.  trust me.  we’ve met some amazingly unique people along the way.

happy tuesday.

-tracy


January 1, 2016…

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today…

i slept in.  got my husband to go to mcdonalds and get us all breakfast.  made coffee.  watched tv.  stayed in my pajamas most of the day. eventually went to target for useless items.  had a bloody mary with a friend.  went out to dinner with my husband, kids and two tag a longs.  got all four of us to coordinate our calendars for the next two weeks since i will be with brooke soaking up some sun (while she goes to college, looks for a roommate and finds an agent in los angeles).  resuscitated our fish back to life.  punished the cat.  paid some bills.  and now i intend to pour a hot bubble bath with my new jo malone bath oil (thanks mom) and pour myself a glass of wine.  then put on my big fluffy white seahawks robe and turn on the boob tube (as my dad used to call it).

i think i’ve had a terrific day… according to my standards.

happy friday.

and happy new year.

-tracy