weekend love it – golden sun, leaves & air

Krista and I may sound like a broken record but I just have to say again that I am loving the Indian Summer we are currently experiencing. It is too amazing not to enjoy and I have been taking full advantage of the golden sun, leaves and air. My Instagram attests to my current obsession with everything golden.

Here are a few things that I have been loving during the end of this Indian Summer!

1. Maude Pod Turns Six Months! It is hard to believe that little Miss Maude is now a big girl. She is no longer little Miss Maude but rather big girl, Maude Pod. My mom crafted the nickname, Maude Pod and it just stuck! It seems like just yesterday the boy and I brought her home and caved almost instantly letting her sleep in bed the first night. Needless to say, she has been running the show ever since.

So like a good, annoying and over zealous mother, I bought a bow with high hopes of taking a few pictures of Maude with a birthday bow on. But Maude managed to wrangle the bow off her head within seconds each time I stuck it onto her, thus no pictures were successfully taken. So disregarding my high hopes and the precious birthday bow we took a few pictures of her six month birthday to remember forever!

maude turns six months!

maude turns six months!


posing like a good girl

fall adventure walks

fall adventure walks

she was born a retriever!

she was born a retriever!

2. J.K. Rowling Anagram. This last week, J.K. Rowling sent out a quizzical tweet about Newt Scamander, which happened to be an anagram hinting at her current project. She tweeted, “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” I amusingly followed the twitter battle through tweets to Rowling guessing at the anagram and wish I was as wise as the winner, Emily Strong. She solved the anagram that “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…”

It appears that Rowling is working on the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was a textbook in Harry Potter’s world. Since I am pro-anything related to Harry Potter, I am ecstatic about this new movie delving into the magical world of Potter and cant wait to see some magical creatures in New York.

3. Sarah Kay Ted Talk – If I Should Have a Daughter. I came across Sarah Kay’s Ted Talk through a random Facebook link and was immediately captivated. I simply could not stop listening to Kay. From her voice to her words to her body language, every part of her talk had me fixated.

Kay is a preforming poet and the founder of Project Voice that is an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a tool for literacy and empowerment. Kay’s Ted Talk is worth every second of the eighteen minutes for the beautiful prose. I’m a sucker for poetry but have never had an affection for spoken poetry until listening to Kay.

Perhaps my favorite quote was, “I want her to look at the world through the underside of a glass-bottom boat, to look through a microscope at the galaxies that exist on the pinpoint of a human mind.”  

4. Jimmy Kimmel – What’s a GMO. The answers in this video say everything. Please look up what GMO’s are if you don’t know. And a big thank you to 9th Grade Biology Class and some soybeans for teaching me what GMO’s are so I wouldn’t have been featured on Kimmel…

5. A Featured Sun Valley Wedding. Sun Valley Magazine  recently featured the gorgeous Sun Valley Wedding of Ashley Howe and TJ Lanning in a Q&A and incredible photography. With a theme of rustic/romantic, all of the small touches were incredible. I am smitten with the personalized cow bells featuring the couple’s “brand.”

Another incredible part of the wedding was that my incredibly talented Brass Blossom co-star was the wedding coordinator and is obviously featured as such. Everyone should take a peak to see her name in print and all of her effort that went into coordinating!

branded cow bells at the wedding of ashley howe and tj lanning

branded cow bells at the wedding of ashley howe and tj lanning

6. Squeezing in Final Fall Hikes. It has seemed as though every weekend recently has been an fueled by the impending change of weather. So this weekend, Krista and I thought it may be the final hooray and we decided that we needed to get out for one more Fall Idaho Adventure hike. With our friend, Abbey, we headed off to Stanley, Idaho for breakfast at Stanley Baking Co and a hike to Goat Lake. Here are a few spoilers with an “Idaho Adventure” post to come soon!

abbey & krista taking on 10 foot granite slabs

abbey & krista taking on 10 foot granite slabs

first view of goat lake

first view of goat lake


the brass blossom + pars does goat lake

the brass blossom + pars does goat lake

7. Mini Galettes. With my baking ADD, I have moved on from donuts to galettes. For any newbs out there, galettes are defined by having a free-form pastry without baking in any sort of dish, pan or mould. The New York Times so adequately states about galettes, “A pie is homey. A tart is fancy. And a galette splits the difference, but is easier than either one.” What could possibly go wrong?

Since everything in mini form is cuter and more practical for celebrations (no sharp knives involved), I made major plans to make mini galettes Sunday afternoon. However, with our hike taking far longer than expected plus the much needed beers and frenchfries after it left little time for baking. So here are just a few inspirations until my next baking excursion!

blueberry cheesecake galette - kitchen meets girl

blueberry cheesecake galette – kitchen meets girl

country apple galette - food & wine

country apple galette – food & wine

mini blueberry galettes

mini blueberry galettes

rustic blackberry & lime galette - hummingbird high

rustic blackberry & lime galette – hummingbird high

taylor brass

brass blossom

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