Day 212

We were able to take in a concert at the Chateau Ste Michelle winery tonight. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band come to the area every year, and just about every year we say we should go. By the time we decide it’s a really good idea, the tickets are sold out. This year, when they announced it and I could get pre-sale tickets, I didn’t hesitate.

It was an awesome concert. The venue was fantastic. It was great to be in our low-back chairs out on the lawn. The sun went behind the trees just in time for the concert, so it was cool enough that I actually went out to the car for my jacket.

We’ll have to do it again in a few years. Lyle is pretty expensive, so maybe we’ll try a different artist next year.

Oh, and not a half bad picture for me holding my iPhone, if I do say so myself. ;)

Day 211

I’ve raided about all aspects of my beading stash to work on a new project. I have a vision, so we’ll see how it goes. I got all these pieces out and was playing around and thought I’d just take a picture for fun. I really, really love that I’m planning around the Fluorite I’ve been collecting for years.

Day 210

Hottest day on record.

This is a picture of the weather widget on my co-worker’s computer at about 3pm this afternoon. It made me super excited to get into my husband’s car about an hour later with no air conditioning.

Not the kind of weather we love here in the Pacific Northwest.

Day 209

To say it’s been a little hot today is like saying the Pacific Ocean is a good sized pond. It is excessively hot here and there seems to be little relief in sight. We decided to take a trip out to the mall and were surprised that Cold Stone wasn’t packed, so we stopped in for a cool treat to share.

Day 207

Today I have a recipe to share because that’s the kind of friendly blogger that I am. We had a church picnic this evening, and were supposed to bring a dessert. I decided to make Toffee Brownies, which are really super easy.

First you make up a regular batch of 9″ x 13″ brownies, but don’t bake them. Then you melt a 1/4 cup of butter in about a 12-inch skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add one cup of brown sugar and one cup of chopped pecan. I made mine with about 1/3 cup of chopped pecans and 2/3 cup of walnuts because that’s what I had in the house.

The recipe I follow is a bit vague at this point and says heat until melted. You stir and stir for a while and think you’re done, but if it looks like this…

then keep going.

Once it looks like this…

you need to “pour: it over the brownies, which really means drop. Then spread it out a bit, but work quickly because it will harden into a toffee in not too much time.

Bake it in the oven per your brownie directions, and you’ll have…

Pretty easy, tasty, and you probably won’t come home with any.

Day 206

Today we went out to the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair with grandma and grandpa. I really, really like to go out and look at all the artistic stuff people are doing, but the biggest draw for me is the jewelry. There are some very innovative people out there.

I was going to feature a gal whose jewelry I liked, but I didn’t get a very good picture because she really threw me off when I asked if she minded if I took a picture. I thought I would ask because I know some people don’t want you trying to copy their work. But her issue was she was concerned that the purpose I had in taking a picture would be to “slam” her work.

I thought what she did was gorgeous, which is why I wanted the picture to put it on my daily blog. But when I did get her permission, I was still so thrown that I just snapped a quick one and went on my way. It didn’t show the detail that I wanted, so I’m going with a picture that I thought turned out more artistic.

These are graduated bowls by Marge Margulies Pottery. The coloring and design are just amazing. The bowls start at about cup size and work their way out to a significant 18 inches in diameter. They were really pretty bowls and fun to photograph.