This past week was a bit ground-breaking. Caitlyn’s big reveal (and THIS, I never thought I’d see the day), a bevy of birthday bashes—happy 11th to my Smudge!, and a sweet farewell to my visit in Portland, OR.
I was in Portland to attend the first Indulge Conference where I spoke about photography and learned some valuable bloggers’ tricks and tips, ate too many donuts (that were so not on the swimsuit season plan), imbibed at 4 happy hours (nice pic!) and noshed at some of Portland’s finest restaurants + amazing Mexican food. Bryan’s Bowl is the bomb.
As always my favorite part of any conference was meeting new to me food blogging talents, putting a live face with some I’ve stalked online forever (I finally met her and her and her in real life!) and reconnecting with true-to-me-friends I would never have met were it not for this odd forum we call the www.
Before we get into this week’s Friday Faves, here’s a quick pictorial of my visit.
Dinner at Ned Ludd, the ultimate farm to table. Radishes in smoked butter with sea salt. I didn’t realize I liked radishes until this very moment.
It’s 9 p.m. and there’s literally a line around the block at Salt and Straw Ice Cream. There must be a reason. The Coconut with Petunia’s Salted Caramel Bars Ice Cream is mine.
A sunny view of Portland. It’s always like this here, right? Right?
My roomate and co-presenter Ali cheers with a fancy Rose City Sour at Red Star Tavern while I clink with a glass of Pinot Gris. Thanks Amy, (the third ingredient in our photography presentation) for taking the pic.
Cocktails and selfies as the Friday night party continues at Tasty n Alder. I had too much fun gabbing and didn’t take any photos of my food. The recipe for a perfect meal in my opinion. (me, Bev of Bev Cooks, Lori of Recipe Girl and Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer.)
Saturday’s lunch at the Food Pods at SW 10th. Wolf & Bears beckoned.
From the podium, hoping everyone will stay awake after their lunch time Food Pod excursions.
But enough about last week, let’s get summer started with this week’s list of Friday Faves.
Yes! A summer soup with bite! (and the avocados don’t hurt either.)
Miso roasted corn. Cob me please.
Beer-berry popsicles? I am so in.
Oh lordie, s’mores doughnuts. This IS a thing.
These cookies, er cookie dough bites, are all about me.
I can’t get enough of her Instagram posts. Totally creative.
A coffee station. In your own house. Now that’s one smart way to get friends to stop by.
These gradient food photos are so cool, all the colors of the rainbow.
Speaking of donuts (we were, weren’t we?), the ultimate guide to donuts in Los Angeles.
They tested them all and now they’re sharing the best, cheapest chef’s knives. HI-YAH!
I’m going to have Smudge make this for her birthday party table setting. Cute and easy. The name of my game.
Today is the last day of school for my Smudge and I’m still scraping together a plan for what our summer is going to look like. One thing I do know is that I’m going to be enjoying it WITH her. My time with my baby is going far too fast and it will be mere moments from now when she could give a rat’s a** about whether I’m around or not. So this summer, it’s going to be all about us.
If you’re in Utah and need to keep the kids busy, here’s a great summer bucket list,
This DIY summer adventure journal will be perfect project to document all our adventures in.
You may have already read this post from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg about how to move forward after her husband’s death, but if you haven’t, you should.
The only good thing about a Fifty Shades of Grey sequel. If there IS a good reason.
Slow parenting. I need to remember to embrace it.
I found these at Nordstrom in Portland. I can’t decide, stone or black?
Another necklace to add to my addiction. Don’t you love it?
We need new beach chairs so I ordered these. Bonus! There’s a cooler in the armrest *clink*
Blog Biz Links
The Slow-Blogging Movement: where quality trumps quantity every time
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6 Powerful Tips on Food Blogging from Successful Bloggers (thanks for including me!)
Recipes I Pinned This Week
Here are a few recipes that found their way onto my boards. Follow me here to see what else I’m favoriting.
Greek Salad Bowls with Spiced Lamb Burgers
Even though I’m not a huge fan of lamb, this would be one recipe I’d give a try.
Sticky Apricot Basil Chicken Thighs
I feel like apricots don’t get their due. This recipe is gonna fix that!
Cinnamon Chile de Arbol Donut Holes
I may have missed donut day but I didn’t miss this sweet recipe.
Thanks everyone for stopping by and checking out this week’s Friday Faves. Have a great weekend, and cook something good.
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