Hands Free Selfies – Link Love Sunday

I love lists.  I make them all the time.  The Boy mocks my list-making fixation, but I like being “organized”.  Ok, more like having a vague feeling that lists allow me to have a method to the madness (aka my crazy life).

In celebration of my love of lists, I’m starting a weekly list of things I’ve recently seen & love.  Link Love is a culmination of anything & everything that catches my eye.  Hopefully you’ll find something that is entertaining, useful, or inspiring here as well.

1.  Take hands free selfies with CamMe.  Just wave your hand in front of your front-facing camera & take a shot.  Duck Lips not included.  Or encouraged.

The updated version is even cooler.  I used it to take the photos in the Blueberry Pie Cowl post.

The updated version is even cooler.
I used it to take the photos in the Blueberry Pie Cowl post.

 

2.  This collection of street art installations.  How awesome would it be to just stumble upon one of these?

 

So pretty.

So pretty.

3.  This super easy, but stylish tutorial for bangle bracelets.  So easy The Kid could do them, so chic even I need a few.

Lil & I need to make stacks of these.

Lil & I need to make stacks of these.

4.  This uber-useful oilcloth tote that is perfect for Lil’s swimming trips.  Sewbon is a sewing phenom… how does she make so many things so fast?

Follow the link above to get to the tutorial.

Follow the link above to get to the tutorial.

5.  This X & Plus quilt from Modern Handcraft.  The colors are so subtle, but work so elegantly together.  And, it’s primarily my fave color:  ORANGE!

I need to put together blocks like this!

I need to put together blocks like this!

6.  Yoga Booty Ballet!  So fun & it gets results.  I’m tempted to pop in for a drop-in class when I’m in LA next week.

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Yoga Booty Ballet creators.
photo: swervestudio.com

7.  This Strawberry Lemonade Cake recipe.  Two of my fave things!  I need to make this… NOW.

Recipe & Photo: Two Peas and Their Pod

Recipe & Photo:
Two Peas and Their Pod

8.  This Girl Power print by Anne Cha.  I’m certain The Kid needs one of these in her room.  You can order your own as well.

 

Every little girl needs one of these prints. Artwork:  Anne Cha

Every little girl needs one of these prints.
Artwork: Anne Cha

9.  This insanely gorgeous, jaw-dropping gown from the Zuhair Murad F/W 2013-2014 Couture Collection.

Get.  In. My. Closet!

Get. In. My. Closet!

10.  The birth of my blog!  No link needed, you’re already here!

 

 

 

Morel Cream Sauce with Shrimp (aka. Tasty Alien Pinecone Mushroom Things)

Morrel Season!  YES!

Morel Season! YES!

My maternal unit was born & raised on ranches in rural Oregon (Pendleton-Hermiston area, to be exact).  She was always a very “fruit of the earth”, moderately hippie type of woman.  The goal was to grow, raise, hunt/fish, or forage most of our food when possible.  Morel foraging was one of my favorite ways to source food (as opposed to butchering our “pet” rabbits).  Morel foraging meant a road trip up into the mountains and hiking, two things I love.  Every late spring we would head towards McCall, ID to hike and forage, spending the entire day surrounded by pine trees, cool mountain air, wild huckleberries (an added treat), and solitude.

When hunting morels, it’s wise to look for fallen, decaying trees, preferably in areas where there was some sort of recent-ish forest fires.  Once you find something that resembles a tiny, brown-ish grey pine cone you’ve likely found a morel… or a poisonous mushroom.  Really, it’s best to know exactly what you’re looking for.  Or, better yet, purchase your morels from a knowledgeable local produce grocer.  If you want to forage your own, definitely educate yourself about what to look for (and what not to look for) or take a guided hike with an experienced mushroom hunter.  They can also teach you how to avoid poison oak/ ivy (a lesson I learned the hard way).

I foraged these morels at a fantastic produce stand in Boise’s NorthEnd neighborhood (the best hood in Boise, if you ask me).  Morels can be a bit spendy, which is why it’s great that you don’t need a lot of them in this recipe to get the great taste.  Morels also have a limited season, so you can always use dried morels (can be found at most gourmet, organic, or health food grocers).  Just soak the dried morels in hot water (or veg broth) until they are softened through — don’t toss the soaking water, use it in another recipe or freeze in ice cubes & store in a freezer ziploc for use later!

morrell sauce close up   Morel Cream Sauce & Shrimp

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