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weekend love it – inspiring words, ladies & mountain tops

One of the things I love most about blogging (other than randomly sporting the saying “hashtag brass blossom”) is it is an outlet. A creative outlet, an emotional outlet, an “I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere in the world” outlet. It’s no coincidence “The Brass Blossom” started in the month of February in Idaho when it’s cold, the winter is really starting to get to you and according to my Sirius radio it’s the least happy month…

And even though it’s an outlet for both Krista and me, it’s obviously a very public outlet since if you didn’t notice it’s on the Internet and we share it with no shame. But the point being, that even though this blog started as a place to keep us sane and our outlet, I wanted to thank you all for your continued support of our venture. Our last post on Grief and Support blossomed (see what I did there) as an idea from Krista and grew from there. The words, support and love we received were truly beautiful and I wanted to thank you all for that, from the bottom of the #brassblossom heart.

And that support couldn’t have come at a better time, as the last week wasn’t the greatest week, true to the ebb and flow of life.  So when I needed a bit of life inspiration last week I found it (like quite often in recent months) from Cheryl Strayed and thought it was too good not to share:

“You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.”

So with that mushy, gushyness said, here is what I have been loving in recent weeks.

1. torch. I originally had planned to start this book last week on a road trip to Salt Lake City but like always I failed to remember how I literally pass out anytime I am the passenger in the car…so I just started this book at the pool this weekend, and I am hooked. This book is raw and speaks to grief on so many levels. And while I have devoured all of Strayed’s non-fiction works that I have picked up, she proves her writing, her voice and her wisdom has no boundaries. A great read thus far.

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2. astronaut wives. The Astronaut Wives Club is hands down my new favorite show of pretty much all time. Every time the boy and I watch the show I verbalized how much I really love the show. I pretty much check OnDemand daily to see if it is available. The show features a truly challenging time in the world featuring (obv) astronauts and the space race but also the women behind the space race. You know what they say…behind every great man, there is a great woman. And for some reason, I have always felt a bit of a kindred spirit to a 50’s housewife. Maybe it’s the aprons? Maybe it’s the fact it was a huge time for women’s rights? Regardless, if you like me are not a wife, an astronaut or someone really interested in space at all, I still promise you this show will speak to you. Plus I have a huge girl crush on Odette Annable
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3. friends in high (model) places. I know a few pretty cool people who have all recently been blowing up magazine (and internet) spreads with their hot faces. And not only are their hot faces featured, but they are all featured doing something they are passionate about in the outdoors. They are all beautiful, adventurous, Idaho-loving models that I can’t help but share!
that one time the boy was a male model (for beretta)

that one time the boy was a male model (for beretta)

#studmuffin

#studmuffin

SVPN featuring three amazing, local fishing ladies on the latest in fishing fashion

SVPN featuring three amazing, local fishing ladies on the latest in fishing fashion

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love seeing this lady in print!

love seeing this lady in print!

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4. mount borah. #thebrassblossom and our lovely friend Tori almost summited Mount Borah last weekend. Yes Borah, the highest peak in Idaho. And while we didn’t quite make it, it was still an incredible, slightly sunburned and high on lack of oxygen time. Also don’t fret, an “Idaho Adventure” post will be coming soon as it was too incredible not to share (we just had to collect our wits and thoughts).
obvious market necessities for the borah climb

obvious market necessities for the borah climb

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popping a bottle to celebrate!

popping a bottle to celebrate!

5. power house and veggie love. The evening before hiking Mount Borah, I knew I needed to seriously carbo-load, so the boy and I headed to Hailey to the Power House. Two of our favorite people also joined us and we had an amazing time with some amazing beers and delicious food. For anyone that hasn’t been to their new location, it is just as good and I literally wish at least twice a week that this restaurant was in Ketchum. Also huge props to Power House for offering multiple vegetarian options, which just never happens in Idaho. I have been dreaming since of nomming again on those Oat Burger Tacos. Cheers!
a slightly intimidating door

a slightly intimidating door

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truffle fries - so delicious!

truffle fries – so delicious!

oat buger tacos! such a great concept!

oat buger tacos – such a great concept!

6. road trips & seeing eye dogs. I recently read a quote from Heidi Powell that was something along the lines of “it doesn’t need to be romantic to be romantic.” The boy took me to Salt Lake City for my annual eye appointment last week and while it was not in the slightest a typical romantic day (I think I channeled my inner pug with how large my pupils got), but it was still a “romantic” day. We got to spend 10 hours (more like 8 as I slept just a bit…) of uninterrupted car time together and just enjoy a day of him playing my seeing eye dog and chauffeur. It was totes fun had by all. And we even enjoyed pounds of mac-n-cheese for lunch at Whole Foods because there is nothing that their mac-n-cheese can’t make better. Nom nom. On another note, I sadly learned several years ago that careers in public service and even being as astronaut apparently have very strict eye tests to pass and are highly discriminatory against the legally blind, so sadly I will never be an astronaut, police officer, fire-fighter or anything cool like that. So for now, I will live my life vicariously through The Astronaut Wives Club. Also for anyone who feels their eyes need just a bit more attention, the Moran Eye Center is the place to go. I cannot say enough positive things about this institute.
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Hope you all have an amazing week full lots of love. ❤

taylor brass

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“pop-up” fishing birthday – silver creek brown drake hatch

silver creek, idaho

silver creek – idaho

Our dear friend Abbey recently had a birthday. Since her birthday fell right around Memorial Day it was difficult to find a day to gather the troops. But we knew we had to celebrate Abbey, despite her being quite reluctant. Abbey is one of those friends that you know you can always count on. Not only does Abbey always have her shit together but she is also fun, outdoorsy, domestic and one of the most caring women that I know. She is one of those friends that goes over to your house when you’ve been gone for three weeks to clean our your fridge (and the ensuing mold) and your bathrooms before you come home. Now that is one upstanding friend.

So after extensive consideration we concluded that it would be best to have her birthday coincide with one of the biggest events (according to most local fishermen/women) of the year: the Brown Drake hatch on Silver Creek. It just so happens that during “the hatch” most of our friends are already gathered in the relative vicinity of Silver Creek and Abbey happens to be one of those bad-ass girls that can throw a fly (is that even a saying?) right along with the boys. So it was perfect.

Thus, Abbey’s “pop-up” birthday was born. The place and time were relatively unknown until the day before when the bugs started getting frisky. All in all the idea for a “pop-up” birthday was fantastic. It just took a bit of going with the flow, creativity and lots of communication on where to be and when but fun was had by all.

Last year we celebrated “the hatch” with a night of glamping on Silver Creek and this year I (unfortunately Krista got a death sickness) took it just a bit further with a ton of food, pretty table and good company. There is no reason why a picnic doesn’t need a chalkboard and flowers.

Cheers to an amazing night on Silver Creek!

decor

Silver Creek happens to be one of those places that really doesn’t need accessories. The views are breathtaking and everything is incredibly green right now. Also a sunset worthy of capturing each evening makes any place truly magical. That being said, I couldn’t resist just a few pretty things to add to the picnic. A party is not a party without at least either something gold, a balloon, a chalkboard or flowers…

  • diy “happy birthday” chalkboard made from a mirror
  • freshly picked lilacs courtesy of Rachel
  • a pretty table cloth
not that this view needs much accessorizing

this view doesn’t need much accessorizing

birthday chalkboard complete with a couple of brown drakes

birthday chalkboard complete with a couple of brown drakes

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menu

I originally wanted to keep things light and simple as I knew we would have to pack everything to the Creek. I made a few salads and dessert and asked a few others to bring appetizers. Initially I was worried we might not have enough food but we ended up having a feast! Everyone was encouraged to eat as much as possible to avoid packing up everything again…

  • green salad with red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan and ranch dressing
  • red quinoa salad with goat cheese, onions and green olives
  • a huge appetizer spread including a plethora of cheeses (there is never enough cheese)
  • rainbow rice krispie treats
  • assorted desserts
green salad - fresh greens, red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan & ranch dressing

green salad – fresh greens, red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan & ranch dressing

quinoa salad - red quinoa, goat cheese, onion, green olives with a light olive oil & red wine vinegar dressing

quinoa salad – red quinoa, goat cheese, onion, green olives with a light olive oil & red wine vinegar dressing

the appetizer spread

the appetizer spread

rainbown "fishie" rice krispies

rainbown “fishie” rice krispies

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the company

Like always we had amazing company to help celebrate Abbey’s birthday. Happy Birthday Abbey! We were also accompanied by several BILLION brown drakes, a few fish and a couple of dirty dogs!

happy birthday abbey!

happy birthday abbey!

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no words for this...apparently he was taking pictures of the bugs?

no words for this…apparently he was taking pictures of the bugs?

cuties

cuties

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two of my favorite boys around

two of my favorite boys around

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right of passage - tori dutifully eating a brown drake

right of passage – tori dutifully eating a brown drake

love bugs (no pun intended)

love bugs (no pun intended)

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And here is to all the bug friends that joined us!

brown drake friends

brown drake friends

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the one and only "butt selfie" i will ever take

the one and only “butt selfie” i will ever take

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until next year!

until next year!

taylor brass

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on hunting and gathering — game dinner birthday party

It’s officially hunting season — I have a very love-hate relationship with the concept of hunting, but I’ll save that rant for another time.

Disclaimer: I am a lover of all animals, except probably sharks and snakes. I do not tolerate the mistreatment of animals and think that people like the CEO of Centerplate … and anyone who endeavors to kill an elephant … deserve to rot in hell (ok, mini rant).

That being said, I know how much the boy (and the crazy black dog) loves it, so I don’t interfere. I’d rather he be outside exercising and bringing home food than smoking pot on the couch and watching video games (which he wouldn’t do anyway, but still). There are far worse hobbies.

Due to his passion for hunting, I knew just what to do for Chase’s 25th birthday party last summer: A Game Dinner featuring meat that our friends had hunted themselves, a baked potato bar, cocktails, and hunting-inspired table décor.

At the time, we weren’t blogging, so I took zero photos. Thank you to Rachel for documenting the evening! Here’s how it went:

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  • I opted for a Paperless Post to add some class and (hopefully) receive an accurate head count, as it was a sit-down dinner.

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hunter green envelope lining

hunter green envelope lining

as masculine as I can make my Paperless Post invites!

as masculine as I can make my Paperless Post invites!

decor

  • A “Happy Birthday” sign made with a fish patterned paper background
  • Bar and food buffet tables with similar themes of burlap and hunter green
  • I went for a full hunting theme for the decor but added some sophistication with three round tables (borrowed from work) and about 30 chairs (borrowed from Tara Bella Flowers). The tables featured:
  • Simple white cloths that dusted the grass below
  • A burlap overlay to add some texture
  • A brown unscented hurricane pedestal candle (already decorating my home) in the very center
  • An arrangement of antlers, borrowed from guy friends — each antler is different, so I leaned a few against each other around the candle to create some volume
  • A large, 3D metallic “25,” ordered from Etsy — it would be very easy to use initials in this same format
  • Mason jars filled with shotgun shells (which the boys happily gathered for me) and pheasant feathers (from birds Chase had hunted at a friends’ estate in Weezer, Idaho). These came together organically — my original plan was to weight the shotgun shells and put place cards in a slit I made at the top of the shell, a seen on Pinterest
  • Votive candles — there wasn’t any light out there otherwise
  • Simple place settings including a white plate and napkin, silverware, and water glasses, all rented from Barbara’s Party Rental
  • Place cards with a forest green border and names written with silver sharpie
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table setting with texture and neutrals

"hunting" table setting

“hunting” table settings

all lit up

all lit up

dinner was a little delayed, so the candles came in handy!

dinner was a little delayed, so the candles came in handy!

centerpiece detail

centerpiece detail

mason jars filled with shotgun shells and pheasant feathers

mason jars filled with shotgun shells and pheasant feathers

menu

 

  • Whiskey, a gin cocktail, and a keg from Sun Valley Brewery (not the kind you want to take a keg stand with, but that didn’t stop us) along with bottles of wine on each table
  • Venison (deer) tenderloin bites as an appetizer, cooked by Sagen. I think garlic and butter were the important ingredients here — that’s the only deer or elk I’ve tasted that I’ve enjoyed
  • Duck popper appetizer bites including bits of duck breast, bacon, and jalapeño, held together with a toothpick (thank you, Casey and Taylor!)
  • A baked potato bar (because what’s more Idaho than that) including butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, and bacon bits
  • Pheasant with cherry and sage (thank you, Rachel!)
  • Elk steaks (thank you, Cody!)
  • Sautéed zucchini and squash
  • A green salad
  • Beautiful peach and berry pies with duck and fish cutouts (Thank you, Taylor!)
the bar

the bar

the feast

the feast

filling our plates

filling our plates

lighting the candles was a three-person job

lighting the candles was a three-person job

making a wish!

making a wish!

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quack

hunting motif pies

hunting motif pies

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casey excited

casey excited

rawrr

rawrr

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zac getting ready for his big  (impromptu) speech

zac getting ready for his big (impromptu) speech

pablo making a speech in honor of his son

pablo making a speech in honor of his son

the night deteriorating...may have been post keg stand

the night deteriorating…may have been post keg stand

It was a super fun night with great food and company. I even admitted to enjoying the venison (deer) that Sagen made — a first for me!

Thank you to everyone for contributing to this group effort and celebrating cha-se!

cheers krista

 

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glamping — “fishing” the brown drake hatch

When it comes down to it, we are truly Idaho girls at heart. We both have a love for the State of Idaho with its rustic style, access to the outdoors and natural beauty. We can dirty with the best of them, but you’ll most likely find us downing red wine instead of Budweiser.

Thus when our boys decided we were all going fishing for the night we collaborated for a night of fishing on Silver Creek. Silver Creek provides a picturesque setting and it’s worth the trip any Friday night, especially when paired with a cocktail.

Now this is not just any fishing, but fly-fishing the infamous Brown Drake hatch for brown trout. To be honest, we didn’t fish but rather played with the puppies, enjoyed our picnic and toasted the beautiful views and company with Krista’s homemade Tinto de Verano.

People come from near and far for “the hatch” but regardless if you are Brad Pitt from A River Runs Through It, there is something for everyone to enjoy during a night on the creek.

"God's Country"

“God’s Country”

what the hype is all about

what the hype is all about

The company:

Krista, Taylor & the girls

the girls

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photobombed!

matching hats for the night

matching hats for the night!

Miss Maude seeing what it is all about

Miss Maude seeing what it is all about

Parley

Parley enjoying every minute on the creek

Zoe

Zoe

Picnic Dinner:

  • Krista threw together an antipasto plate complete with 3 cheeses (naturally), crackers, salami, turkey and apples
  • Taylor made a wild rice salad and kale salad for the main course to complete a healthy dinner on the go.

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A few more pictures…

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just before dark

just before dark

krista and taylor

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