Month: March 2015

The Book That Found Me

I come from a long line of… shall we say… Book hoarders.

We love books. I LOVE books!

My particular love is for books about history, fashion, and food. Sometimes history of food, sometimes history of fashion.

So you can imagine my surprise when a vintage cookbook seemed to have found me.

While I was home for Christmas I went to a local used bookshop with my mom. Of course the two of us ended up in the cookbook section. We can’t help it. I’m convinced it’s in our DNA.

While I was searching for the Les Halles cookbook and having a slight meltdown when I found a book on Truffles (the mushroom) in the candy section; I came across what appeared to be an old leather bound novel.

Thinking that yet again there was a book in the wrong section… I sat down on the floor prepared to rearrange the books and take the vintage book back to it’s proper home. The glass enclosed vintage book case.


I carefully pulled the book from it’s resting place between Ina Garten and a gluten free cookbook. The cover was so unusual. Shiny black and orange leather, slightly worn on the corners.

It felt different. It felt comfortable.

Like Alice, curiosity got the best of me and I fell down the rabbit hole.

The cookbook was published in 1931 for “The Household Magazine”. Having an affinity for all things vintage and food I started to flip through the pages.

The smell, the tiny bits of flour left in the bread section, and the notes clearly written on the pages by someone who used the book frequently gave me the most giddy feeling.

 I turned a page and picked up a note written on a calendar page in beautiful handwriting.


Monday Oct. 15th. 1951

“Bonnie’s Pumpkin Pie”

2 Eggs

1/2 can of pumpkin

1 1/2 cups milk

1 t. salt

1 cup sugar

1 t. cinnamon

3/4 t. nutmeg

1/4 each cloves and nutmeg

Expecting to find the rest of the instructions on the back I turned the page over.

What I found seemed to be a little more than a coincidence.

Sunday October 14th 1951.

“Home from Pullman”


Wait… what?!

Yes, the page said “home from Pullman”. For those that don’t know from previous posts, I’m currently living in Pullman, Washington. I attend Washington State University finishing my degree in Apparel Merchandising.

So imagine my surprise that I found the book 300 miles west of Pullman at one of my favorite used bookstores.

The coincidence was just too much… I took it as a sign and bought the book.

I like to think that like my collection of cookbooks passed down from my mother and grandmother, this book was looking for another owner to care for it.

And care for it I will. It has a home next to my other food books and a beautiful copy of “Alice in Wonderland” from 1920.

It will remain with me for the rest of my life. I think I might add to the notes hidden in the book and leave one about graduation day next spring 2016.

“Last day in Pullman. Happy Graduation day! Go Cougs! – May 2016

Who knows maybe it will find it’s way in to the hands of another coug some day.

I plan on making a trip to our archives at WSU to see what kind of information they can give me about life in Pullman in 1951!


DIY Cornhole Boards

I was introduced the game of cornhole while visiting my best friend in Massachusetts. Since then it has quickly become a summer and fall favorite.

Since I moved to Pullman, Washington to finish my degree I have become a hard core, bleeding crimson and gray, Saturday loving, COUG!

Since tailgating is so big here (as in any self-respecting college town), I decided last summer that I was going to make a set of Washington State University themed cornhole boards.

My dad helped me build the boards, and let me tell you… when my dad decides to build something he does it right… these are by far the most sturdy boards at the tailgate.

This link will take you to the instructions for the boards. We tweaked it a little but for the most part these instructions worked really well.


use all proper safety equipment when using any tool!

We used a Hole saw for a power drill to cut the actual hole for the bean bags. It was a much more even circle.

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After you get the boxes all put together, you want to sand everything down. This is really important because you want the bean bags to slide on them. We used a power sander and hand held sand paper. Make sure you get the inside of the hole nice and smooth.

I used a Bear primer in white to prime the top, sides, and bottom of the boards, and the legs. It took about three coats to to get the paint even. You are better off using some kind of a fluffy roller for super smooth finishes. Using a brush will leave to much texture.

You MUST let these dry completely! If you don’t, any design you try and put on here will not work.

Try and draw out your design, before you get going… it makes life a lot easier!

IMG_7047Now, the week that I was working on these was brutally hot! So having a few beers didn’t hurt either!

While I was looking for just the right crimson paint I happened to find one called “Stadium Red” by Ralph Lauren… It was the PERFECT crimson! I had the color mixed in to a Bear paint, and purchased a dark grey as well.

Remember when you are marking your design on the board, you will not be able to erase pencil marks on this paint. so try and print all of your designs out and make sure everything is to scale.

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Don’t bother trying to use that blue painters tape. It will be a waste of your time and money. Invest in some Frog Painters Tape. It seals the edges better and peals off perfectly.


Those who are in the Pac-12 or are familiar with the insanity that is Cougar Nation, know that our logo is a big deal to us.

Seriously… don’t mess with our logo.

It was really important that I get it just right. Because trying to free hand it with bright crimson paint was quite frankly terrifying, I printed the image out in the right size. I then turned it over and used a pencil to trace around the outline. Then I flipped it over on the spot where I wanted to the image, and used a pen to trace around the outline. The pencil that was on the back, then transferred to the board.

IMG_0764I didn’t want the paint to turn out pink, so it took about four coats to get it just right. Keep in mind that if it is hot out… like it was when I was doing this, you may need to do the painting after the sun has gone down.

You also want to wait until all of the paint is 100% dry before pealing the tape off. If it is still tacky the paint is liable to peal off with the tape.

This was the finished paint job!


Your goal is to get the bean bags to slide across the board’s surface and through the hole. So the board needs to be smooth. Because I used an oil based paint it was pretty smooth. But we were perplexed with how to seal the top. Varnish and acrylic spray were just way to risky. We didn’t want the paint colors to bleed together or change color! After researching online, my dad came up with a fairly expensive solution.

It was totally worth it though.

We ended up purchasing two sheets of crystal clear acrylic.

Leave the plastic film attached to one side of the acrylic until you are ready to attach it to the board. You can take off the plastic for the side that will be against the board, and leave the film on the side that will have the bags sliding across it. This will prevent scratching.

Using the same hole saw for a power drill we lined up the acrylic with the board and marked the hole. Then we took the acrylic and placed it on a piece of plywood and cut. Be really careful because you don’t want the acrylic to crack.

After you are done you can mark where you want the screws to be. Carefully drill the holes in the acrylic and the board. Then use a hand screwdriver or a power screwdriver and very slowly attach the acrylic to the boards.

Don’t tighten them to tight or you run the risk of the edges cracking.

After you are done, peel the film of of the acrylic and wipe it down with a paper towel.

You are ready to go!

However, we went one step farther and attached bottle openers to the top ledge!


Now all you need to do is make the bags!

Use a heavy cotton fabric, you will need eight bags.

This lovely gal has the best instructions!


I hope you enjoy your new tailgate toy!


A Chateau on a hill

For our fourth installment of our Woodinville Winery series we are featuring DeLille Cellars!

Thank you to Alante Photography for sharing the images with us!

Florals all by Flora Nova Design.

DeLille Cellars is a very popular winery in Woodinville.


This family owned winery has been producing ridiculously great wine for nearly twenty years. Their exceptional wine list led to the distinction as the only wineries in the world chosen for both the Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of the World lists for two consecutive years.

Their Chateau is set up on a hill slightly outside of the main circle of tasting rooms in Woodinville. If you drive past at night you are likely to see their drive way lit by beautiful trees covered in twinkle lights!


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The villa is surrounded by beautifully manicured grounds, a beautiful pond, and a sheep or two!

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The Chateau is an incredibly popular wedding venue and one of the select wineries featured in the wedding show, “Weddings in Woodinville”.  There is a large wood burning fireplace inside the chateau’s main room. Not only does it add a slightly rustic feel to the beautiful main room, but it is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine during a party in the fall and winter.

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Florals by Flora Nova Design

The outdoor space is absolutely stunning at anytime of year! Every time I have been here the patio has been tented and set up beautifully!

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If you are looking to have a party or wedding here it’s best to plan well in advance. There is sure to be a long list of people wanting available dates.


Because of their popularity, their tastings are held just down the road at their carriage house. For a $15.00 fee you can sample some of their limited production wine. If you purchase two bottles of wine the tasting fee is waved!

Tasting Room Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have a party of six or more please call ahead so they can have the staff to accommodate your party with the special care they are known for.

I have had several of their wines and the reds have to be my favorites! It doesn’t really mater which one… they are all amazing! You can’t go wrong picking up a few bottles of wine at the carriage house!