Author Archives: Aileen

Made To Measure

At long last – the pictures of my new hand made wardrobe!  I’m afraid I have been ruined by the experience, though, and won’t be able to go back to clothing off the rack… The whole Yaly experience was such … Continue reading

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Hoi An

The little French colonial town of Hoi An was a welcome sight after the chaos and rain in Saigon.  We explored all the little side streets and markets, depending on our trusty little scooter for all our transportation.  For most … Continue reading

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Saigon

Saigon was a shocking introduction to Vietnam – loud, crowded, colorful and fascinating – and I loved it.  I know the proper name now is Ho Chi Minh city now but I think Saigon sounds much more glamorous.

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Tantalizing Textiles

Jas and I are packing our bags for Vietnam and I am looking forward to getting a new wardrobe made while we are there.  Meghan and mom helped me pick out a few beautiful fabrics to bring along – I … Continue reading

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Beautiful Gifts

  Jas is a far better person than me.  As Christmas approaches he is genuinely more excited to give gifts than to receive, something I thought didn’t happen in nature.  I, on the other hand, have learned to eke some … Continue reading

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Granola

  As promised here is the recipe for the granola for Valiant.  I wish I could take credit for this but I can’t – and I can’t even take credit for discovering it.  My mother-in-law made it for me a … Continue reading

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Eight Mile

      I was chomping at the bit this weekend to get out into the mountains since it is getting close to snow season and traversing the trails without snowshoes will soon be impossible.  Sunday was clear and cold … Continue reading

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Summer Bounty

  This spring, with the help of my mother-in-law we planted a garden.  It was in her yard (my ‘yard’ is a hard dirt patch with brown and yellow grass) and we narrowed down my list of about 20 vegetables … Continue reading

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Granny

This is an ode to my granny, who, despite the sound of her title (which, should be noted, she chose) was a real lover of the finer things of life and passed on some class to her granddaughters.  She taught … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake

There are some things in life that are scientifically proven to be impossible to resist.  According to a recent study I did the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is one of them, especially in the case of this magnificent … Continue reading

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At LONG Last!

I promised pictures of our renovated (ok, that is kind of an overstatement – really we just repainted and cleaned, but it’s amazing the difference that can make!) apartment.  We had to force ourselves to stop making changes so as … Continue reading

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring is in the air (here at least, sorry Caitlin…) and I am busily working on plans for a little garden.   The operative word here is little because this is my first experience gardening and, although there is a … Continue reading

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New Apartment!

In an effort to slim down our flabby budget Jason and I recently moved to a cheaper apartment.  It’s an old triplex complete with hardwood floors, a fireplace and tall ceilings but it was in desperate need of some TLC.  … Continue reading

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Makeup Remake

Jas and I recently took a trip over to Seattle for a special dinner at McCormick and Schmicks with some old co-workers of mine.  I was enjoying the fact that we had outsmarted the others because we had parked in … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather

I have recently been in love with all things aviary, and have found a couple pieces of jewelry that I wear constantly and wanted to share with you.  Although mine were found at out-of-the-way antique shops there are plenty of … Continue reading

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French Connection

With my new job as a barista at a local coffee shop I have to keep my hair up and out of my way whenever I’m working.  After a couple of weeks of wearing a ponytail (boooooring!) I decided I … Continue reading

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Apple Butter Day

Nothing says fall quite like the smells of cooked apples, cinnamon, ginger and fresh-ground nutmeg wafting through the house as you patiently cook down apple butter.  It is so satisfying to see the pretty glass jars, still hot, lined up … Continue reading

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Oh The Places We’ll Go!

My dear friend made the long trek from California to visit me this last week (actually she came to visit all her Seattle friends but I like to think she just came out to see me).  It felt like old … Continue reading

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Can I help you with that?

How many times have I heard that in my lifetime?  I can’t even count them.  Most recently was the other night as I was struggling to carry a rolled up full-size oriental rug down the street to my apartment.  In … Continue reading

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Fresh Summer Feasting

This delicious recipe comes from Cooking Light and I tried it the other night with great success!  I could not find any fish except tilapia, and it worked just fine.  Add some coronas and lime and voila!  A perfect summer … Continue reading

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