It’s time for the first Happy Little Apron GIVEWAY! I’m so thankful and honored by everyone who has supported me on Instagram and those of you who are now following along with the blog—I want to do something to celebrate YOU and all the ways YOU are enriching my life.

Celebrations = Presents. Presents = I am happy. And boy oh boy, this first giveaway has a lot of happy in it!  Continue reading

FEAST 2016 part two — grand tastings

Friday: Media Breakfast presented by Bon Appétit and VerTerra (Private Event)

French Toast / Berries / Bananas Foster Compote

Challah French Toast / Berries / Bananas Foster Compote

I clearly noticed that some of the media was absent from this morning breakfast due to the late parties and the Flipcupstravaganza the night before.

No names shall be mentioned, but if you weren’t there I ate your Banana Muffin. BECAUSE THE BANANA MUFFINS WERE INCREDIBLE. I also took two of your Banana Muffins home and froze them and ate them later.

The breakfast was thoughtfully created by Gracie’s at the Hotel DeLuxe. There was Prosciutto Eggs Benedict, Octopus Benedict, Strawberry Toaster Strudels, Rosemary Fried Potatoes, Tillamook Cheddar Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Southwest Biscuits and Gravy, Granola Smoothies, Cheddar Scones, Cranberry Scones, and so much more. Did I mention the Banana Muffins? Huh. Must have slipped my mind.

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FEAST 2016 part one – the kickoff

Everything was delicious. I ate way too much. The end.

Go away now, I said “THE END”!

Tomato Basil Salad

Tomato Basil Salad

No? Ok ok.

FEAST 2016, the Portland food festival to end all Portland food festivals, has come and gone for another year. Whether you were in attendance for several events in person, whether you were only able to go to one, or if you simply hearted every Instagram snap all weekend from your snuggly happy couch in your wonderful home, I’d like to take you on a journey—nay, a veritable exodus odyssey (insertwordherethat’smoreromanticthanjourneyandlessdramaticthanexodus)—through the wonders and sights of 2016.

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feast portland, self-care, and s’mores

Maybe you’ve heard about this small little tiny food festival called FEAST Portland? If not, head to this page right here to check them out and see all of the great events that will be coming to PDX this weekend. Once you’re caught up, come on back here to last week’s post and check out my thoughts from last year’s and my top tips for making the most of it. Officially the festival is Friday through Sunday, but my first FEAST media evening event is tomorrow night! I’m barely containing myself.

With all of FEAST happening, I am in full anticipation that I will be eating and drinking everything for five straight days. The food song from Oliver has been running through my head all week… do you know the one I mean? *singing* “Food, glorious food!” Except I’ve been changing the words to “FEAST, glorious FEAST!” It might be my new theme song.

Sometimes you’ve got to feast right? Sometimes it’s ok to eat all of the things right? While I’ve been jobless for the last few weeks, I’ve been exploring several methods of self-care, and I think giving ourselves permission to have a feast every now and then is important.

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