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lessons from the dinner table…

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when i was a kid our family actually ate around the bar table in our kitchen.

the dinner table was in the dining room.  only used for special occasions.  and we used wood handled silverware at that table.  it had to be washed by hand.  and i was the “dishes” girl.  i liked eating at the kitchen bar, on the bar stools, with the regular silverware that you could just throw into the dishwasher.

and on occasion… really special occasions (like fondue night) we got to eat at the coffee table in front of the tv.  i don’t even remember what we watched.  i am sure though that it was our parents choice.  but it was so much fun eating in front of the tv that we did not care as kids.

so, last night i went to the store.  bought ribs, salad makings and rolls.

and made the ribs just like my dad’s friend fred taught us (garlic salt, kosher salt and pepper… bbq slow).  and i made a yummy salad of romaine, goat cheese, craisins, toasted walnuts and newmans own raspberry walnut dressing.  along side, i served fresh from the bakery sour dough rolls.

and we ate in front of the tv.  like we always do.  because my art is all over our kitchen table.  i loved it.  the boys watched baseball.  not my first choice.  but it made me smile.  we talked about end of the year school, last weekends guys trip and baseball highlights, moving and how we wished we lived in the condos now because it was 90 degrees outside and the condo has a pool and we do not have one here in our hot hot house, what’s ahead for this week, schedules and planning… and our upcoming trip to see brookie.  i loved every minute of it.  until the bachelorette called my name and there was no way of convincing the boys to turn the channel.

note to self… always have a coffee table in the family room where we can gather and eat in front of the tv.  priceless moments and many lessons to learn… for sure.

happy tuesday.

-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


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


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


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


you go girl. you can do it. or just take a nap. it’s up to you…

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today:

clean house.  call cleaning lady to really clean the house.  drink coffee.  lots of coffee.  put away holiday stuff (good thing i didn’t put much up).  go to grocery store to get food.  real food as my kids call it.  search for an apartment for brooke.  pray one comes easily.  an affordable one.  book tickets to CA to get her moved in.  find people to help me with mason.  drink more coffee.  don’t forget to drink water too.  buy new comforter for mason’s room so brooke’s boyfriend is comfortable when he visits (um, shouldn’t i have done that for mason in the first place).  get ingredients for a cake.  yep, kids requested a white cake with thick fudge frosting and topped with gummy bears.  ok.  pay bills.  write some thank you notes.  buy stamps.  convince family we are all going out to dinner tonight.  get some epsom salts for sore leg (i’m sure it will be really sore by the time i’m done with this day).  pour a hot bath.  sip a glass of wine.  settle in with some tv or a movie and write down a list of what i need to do tomorrow.

happy monday.

-tracy

ps.. i promise to show you photos of the holidays… after i download them to my computer.  as you can tell, i’m too busy for that today.  heck, maybe i should just take a nap!!!