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Archive for August, 2010

August 12, 2010

the XX

I never post about music. Mostly because I don’t consider myself to be someone who’s on the cutting edge of new material. I love music, but I love other people to find it for me. But the XX needs a post because I’ve been listening to their album non-stop.

Wait, maybe I will just post one of their videos. Wow! So technological of me.

Take a listen here, on their site, or their myspace page, or on itunes or amazon or wherever you like to buy your music. And buy the whole album because it’s meant to be listened to as a whole, if you ask me.

August 11, 2010

Sunset mag

Every month when I open the new Sunset I think, I seriously need to do a post on how much I love this magazine. And then I promptly forget once I’ve read through the pages and dog-eared half of them. I had to email myself last week to remind me to do this post.

In a few words, it’s pretty much a perfect magazine. And now that Gourmet is gone (though perhaps making a comeback?), it’s even better. It has most everything I love about life: food, gardening, backyard patios, home decor, living in California, little trips around the west, and a smattering of trendy ideas, like airstream trailers and gourmet ice cream shops. It doesn’t have any fashion or make up tips or relationship advice, thank god. It’s so relevant to my life at this moment, which is exactly what the perfect magazine should be. Yay Sunset! You’ve seriously stepped it up in the last year.

Let me show you around the latest issue:

It’s the national park issue, which couldn’t have been more perfect timing considering when I picked it out the mailbox we were just packing for Yosemite.

Best river float: the Merced, through Yosemite Valley. It IS pretty awesome, though we couldn’t partake this year with the babe. Here’s a little secret, the Merced is actually more beautiful up the in Yosemite backcountry, about a day’s hike out of the valley. But you can only enjoy it if you’re backpacking. One day we’ll backpack again.

Glacier… one day we’ll go there too.

An awesome little spread on repurposing found objects: a shutter succulent garden,

Sewer pipe planters,

And a gate made from old oars. Pretty genius.

A pretty, wine-racked kitchen.

A rustic cabin modern remodel. Yum.

A family of pioneer caretakers in Montana.

I love a good set of raised beds.

Gastrique. A balsamic vinegar, fig cocktail mixer. I will be making this at some point this summer.

Peak season recipes.

And party ideas.

Plus the Sunset website has all sorts of great stuff too. Like a summer canning guide (we all know how much I love to can), growing and eating tomatillos (yay! I have tomatillos growing out back), and a photo gallery of modern cabins.

I could go on, but I will let you explore a bit on your own.

August 9, 2010

Yosemite and back

So much for posting while we were away. We had no phone service and shoddy internet abilities and to be honest, it was nice not to be stuck on the computer for a week.

We hiked, ate, read, ate, jumped off rocks into the river, played dice, celebrated my grandparents’ 60th anniversary, ate some more… you get the picture. I read an entire book (so luxurious to be lost in a good long story), made quinoa burgers and peach pie, and mostly just loved seeing my family and Dashiell’s great grandparents get to spend time with him.

Now we are back, exhausted (oh the irony), and someone has their first little tooth coming in. He won’t share it with anyone though. It’s his big secret.