Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Five {Pacific Pie Co}

This week, I had the opportunity to check out Pacific Pie Co's new menu that will be debuting next week, and was blown away by all of the tasty treats.  I had enjoyed a PPC fruit pie on Pie Day but had had only heard about the savory dishes.  I was a bit skeptical that a shop filled with sweet stars could master savory treats.  Let me tell you, I was W-R-O-N-G!!!!  I've already planned a return trip to enjoy a giant plate of my favorite savory dish!

Sweets

{Chocolate Pecan Pie}


{Strawberry Rhubarb Pie}

This chocolate-pecan pie bite was really amazing!!  It is a great mixture of textures and flavors-not too sweet with a nice salty crunch.  It actually reminds me of a pie my sister Steph always made.  She is actually coming to visit in a few weeks and I have this penned into our calendar!!  The strawberry-rhubarb pie bites were delicious!!

Savory
{Polenta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce}

{Savory Pasties}

I was really blown away by the polenta with a creamy mushroom sauce!!  How blown away?  Mushrooms are my top priority for Saturday's Farmer's Market!!!  I also really enjoyed the bite sized samosas with a light curry sauce.  And come this fall?  The mini-chicken pot pie will be a go-to!

Sips
{Pie Shake}

{Refreshing G&T}

Have you ever heard of a pie shake??!?  I had not, but, my life has been changed!!  Pie and ice cream blended together!!  You even have the option of adding a little booze.  The Chocolate Bourbon Hazelnut Pie Shake is every Nutella lover's dream.  For me, I really loved the Key Lime Pie Shake.  It was refreshing and not overly sweet.  

Spot
{Nom Nom Nom}

The space and location is absolutely amazing!  Located on 23rd and Savior in NW Portland, this spot is within walking distance from my apartment and moments away from amazing shops, Forest Park and the Pearl District.  Live on the East side?  Fret not, it is just blocks away from the street car!!

Sara & Co
{The Menu}

I have a very unique palette.  You see, if the service or people are less than pleasant I get a horrible taste in my mouth.  This predicament has ruined some really amazing oysters.  It is sad.  Thankfully, Sara and the entire staff at Pacific Pie Co. is absolutely wonderful.  They were the most lovely hosts and so fun to chat with!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sundae Funday {Ice Cream Party}

Do you ever have moments in life when you actually have to pinch yourself?  This past weekend I did!  You see, awhile back my friend Jane and I were swapping ice cream making tips and came up with the idea to host a "Sundae Funday" party.  We wanted to keep it casual, fun and make it a great way to beat this Portland heat wave.

At the end of the night, when I was shutting down the house, my phone was flooded with texts, emails, tweets and Instagram love. Everyone seemed to have a genuinely fantastic time!!! That is when the pinching came into play.  You see, my ultimate goal as a hostess and friend is that my guests leave thinking "I am so glad I attended!!  I can't imagine a better way to spend my evening."  

The Guests
After determining the the key things, like when and where, decide the who.  While this could be a great party for families, kids, and couples; we decided to have it be a ladies only event.  We invited 16 ladies and 12 attended.  Having one dozen guests was a perfect amount!!  There were enough people that we had a variety of toppings, but, still intimate enough for everyone to chat, meet and catch up.  

Jane and I were very thoughtful when making the guest list.  There were a good amount of bloggers, but, we also invited some of our own friends.  Knowing everyone has amazing, sparkly personalities.  Trust me, this is always the most important part of any party.  The people!!


Ice Cream Flavors
Since Jane and I both love making ice cream we each decided to make two.  Jane made Cake Batter and Bacon {my favorite} and I made Peach and Cookies'n'Cream.  We also picked up vanilla ice cream and two small dairy free options.  The homemade ice creams were such a hit!!  It worked out very well having a balance of fruity, chocolaty, sweet and savory options!  It was also very fun pairing the flavors.  The Peach and Bacon combo was life changing.


Ice Buckets
To keep the ice cream as cold as possible we used a few medium sized plastic tubs.  These ones are from the Dollar Tree and have been amazing!!  I highly recommend them.  We filled the buckets 3/4 of the way with ice and plenty of kosher salt.  The salt helps keep the ice cold and prevents melting. I'd seen the trick on Pinterest and it is amazing!!


Toppings Bar
For the toppings bar, we asked all of our guests to please bring their favorite toppings!  There were fresh berries, candy bars, sauces, gummi bears, whipped cream and HOMEMADE fluff!!  Having this as the designated "What can I bring"  not only helped us out, but, it was also really fun to see what everyone brought.  We were also able to make some really unexpected  combinations.
 

Vessels
I happen to have a very large Fiesta Ware collection, so, we used all of the teacups as our bowls.  Whether you use glass or paper vessels, make sure they are on the smaller side.  By having smaller containers it forced everyone to make small sundaes. Think, a baby scoop with 2-3 toppings.  This allowed everyone to go back for seconds and thirds without feeling guilty or ill.  Before guests arrive set out all of the bowls, spoons, scoops and containers for toppings.


Refreshments
While milkshakes are amazing, be sure to have plenty of refreshments for guests.  We set out a large bowl of ice, pitchers of iced tea and lemonade, sparkling and still waters along with all of the glasses.  Guests were able to help themselves throughout the night and stay hydrated.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Sun, Something's Begun {Must Haves}

Hello Lovelies!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Mine was glorious.  I co-hosted a really great BBQ that included fantastic sangria, an epic cake from Erin, and, really great company.  Saturday, I started the day off brunching with a friend that turned into an all-day 
chat-a-thon and snacking on my beloved calvestrano olives.  On Sunday, I spent the entire day lounging by the pool with Rachel.

It was amazing.

What dreams are made of.

A pinch me kind of weekend.

I took ZERO photos.

#BloggerFail


While lounging by the pool I wore this high-waisted swimsuit bottom.  It is adorable, concealing and super fun.  The only downfall is the funny tan line on my stomach.  


When selecting sunscreen, I usually pick up 2-3 bottles at a time.  I always buy one with UVA & UVB protection {which is actually required now} and with a SPF of 30.  It doesn't hurt that this one smells great!  Apply liberally.  Apply often.  


This sundress is my go-to!!  It is thick enough that a slip isn't required, and, it pairs nicely with a swimsuit OR wedges.  And, this isn't a "Cover-up will buy you a wedge" kind of situation.  It is perfect for the pool or a casual dinner.  


After all of the sun and fun, moisturizing is a top priority.  I found this c. Booth lotion at Nordstrom Rack for a crazy good deal.  Usually, I go for an unscented lotion, but,this one is nice and light.  It has helped sooth a few sunburns and kept my skin nicely hydrated.  Just don't forget, if you have selected a scented lotion pass on perfume.  Not only will mixing the scents change the chemical makeup of your products, but, it is also inconsiderate of others.  


While this isn't the most attractive thing to share, I get the worst summer sandal feet.  They get dry and tough.  It is gross.  I admit it.  Thankfully, this callus shaver has been a game changer.  I run this along the bottom of my feet right when I get in the shower, before my feet get too soft, and lotion them up right when I get out.  This has really helped stretch my pedicures and eliminated any embarrassment.  


Hair Balm

I've mentioned it before, but, my hair is a big part of my personal style.  It is almost always blown-out, smooth and voluminous.  This is SO hard to accomplish in the summer heat, when playing in the water, or, strolling about.  Thankfully, I found the Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry Balm last summer.  I apply a dime size amount to my hair {I have A LOT of it} before I blow it out every 3 days.  It keeps my waves at bay, makes everything smooth, and, holds my style for several days.  Did I mention that this bottle has lasted me almost 15-months?!?!