July 24, 2014

C & C Hosts a Baby Shower

Happy Thursday! We're almost through the week, and this girl (Katie) can't wait for the weekend to get here. Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for a long-time college friend. I love entertaining and it was a fun reason to plan and execute on a brunch menu for 18 people. 

Not really being a crafty person, I relied on beautiful flowers (from Trader Joe's), a few paper products (from Shop Sweet Lulu), and a big buffet of food and drinks to do the talking. 

Butternut Squash and Kale Strata (it needed a little more than the prescribed time to cook)
Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves (Next time I'd use less onion and dressing than it calls for)
Yogurt and Granola Bar with Fresh Berries

In addition to making the granola for the brunch, I also decided it would make a great party favor. In retrospect, I might not have conquered making ALL of this by myself. Making that much granola is no small undertaking - I had enough granola for an army of hippies. All that being said, it was DELICIOUS, and I think people were excited to take some home. In addition to eating, we played one game (in addition to not being crafty, I'm not really into shower games), where people had to match the baby names to their celebrity parents. I gave away nice lip balm as a prize. 

The guests and the guest of honor were happy, so I'd consider this baby shower a success! 

July 23, 2014

Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life

It's me, Katie!

Last week I came across this article of 40 travel tips that will change your life forever and it had to be shared. There are a few that I'm definitely going to be using on my next trip. 

First, did you know you can create an "icognito window" when searching for airline flights? It makes sense that sites like Travelocity and Orbitz cookie your searches. I'm curious to see if this really works.

I've always got a charger and my headphones in my bag when we travel - and this idea of putting them in a sunglasses case is brilliant! 

While I always take a copy of my passport with me (better to leave the actual document at the hotel in the safe and put a print copy in your purse), keeping a scanned copy on my phone is an equally good idea! 

I usually pack for Dr. B, and this trick is genius! I'll be putting his belts to good use on our next trip. 

And I'll end with my own travel tip....you may remember around Christmas a post about my collection of ornaments. Whenever we go somewhere, I pick up an ornament. That way, every year when we put up the tree, we can recount all our travels. It's one of my favorite things about Christmas. 

Any travel tips they missed on the list?

July 22, 2014

C&C on the Move

This past weekend we packed up the car for a weekend of camping in Central Oregon. We knew that there were forest fires in the area, but we were hopeful that the winds would be in our favor.

Mt. Hood
Unfortunately, we drove over Mt. Hood and quickly realized that the winds WERE NOT in fact blowing in our favor. It was a tough decision, but after two hours in the car we decided to turn around.

This is the plume of smoke. We were still to the North of it. 
I mean, who wants to camp in an ash tray?

So, we decided to stay North of the smoke and camp on Mt. Hood. Well, that idea was good, in theory, but at 5:00 p.m. we found that campsite after campsite was full. Ughh!

So, nearly 5 hours after leaving the house we made the call....to head back home. What? Crazy, I know.

Thank goodness for popcorn and a movie
First we made a quick stop in Hood River to refuel and stretch our legs. It was by far the highlight of our day.

We dined right along the Columbia River at a great restaurant called Solstice, and right next door there happened to be the most amazing gelato stand called Cicci. I had the "Gorge Berry" and it was phenomenal. I could have gone back for seconds and thirds.

The Mini Fashionista enjoyed playing at the river park playground, and then we hit the road again.

Rock Climbing, her next sport
Eight hours and nearly a tank of gas later, we found ourselves back at home. Fear not, we still got our camping in. We pitched the tent in the backyard, made a fire, roasted some marshmallows and then went to bed. All three of us lasted the entire night in the tent!

We had to laugh at the whole thing....especially given that one of the Mini's favorite books, A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, ends just as our camping adventure did.

For anyone with kids, I highly recommend this book as well as others by Chris Van Dusen. The Circus Ship is also one of our favorites.

July 21, 2014

What A Wore: Night Out in the Neighborhood

Hi C & C readers! Katie here...

Two weekends ago I had some time to myself and decided to head over to Mazza Gallerie (a shopping area a mile from our house) to return a few things and browse for anything I might "need." The timing was perfect! Neiman Marcus was having an INCREDIBLE sale and I got this Shoshanna dress for $130 down from $360! To add to the visit, they were serving gelato while you shopped! For a minute I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Discount shopping and gelato all in one? 

With summer (and its humidity) in full effect here, the lightweight dress was perfect for a night out with friends at our new neighborhood restaurant - Macon. Playing on the two towns, Macon, GA, and Macon, France, the cuisine is Southern meets French, and it is delicious! 

Our neighborhood (Chevy Chase DC) was in dire need of a local haunt with good food, wine, and cocktails. And I've got one word for Macon (in French or English), bravo! 

The service is friendly (just what you'd want in a neighborhood restaurant), the wine list is chalk full of obscure and delicious French wines, the cocktails are innovative, and the food is DELICIOUS. I had the cauliflower steak with ratatouille, spring vegetable emulsion, and thyme crumble. It was AWESOME. This is definitely going to be my go-to for our nights out here. 

Both of our friends ordered the shrimp and grits (a special that night) and gave it a 10 (and they are definite foodies). Unlike a more Southern shrimp and grits, they both said the French influence was very apparent in the dish.

Dr. B went for the class steak frites. I might have "borrowed" a few of his fries...and they were perfection. 

We started with an order of the biscuits with honey butter and pepper jelly (I didn't snap a pic). I'm not normally a bread person, but I've never turned down a biscuit - and these were worth every calorie. On our first visit to the restaurant (a few weeks prior), I also tried the le puy green lentils - which were savory, yet light all at the same time. These are going to be a favorite during the winter months. 

And, of course, I can't get out of a restaurant without dessert. The blackberry cobbler is served warm with creme fraiche in a mason jar. I've never met a cobbler I didnt' like, and this was no exception. We also tried the coffee praline sundae - and needless to say it looked as if we'd (okay, maybe me) licked the jar clean. 

If you live in the D.C. area, do yourself a favor and add Macon to your date night list (they take reservations). You won't be sorry. 

July 18, 2014

Simplify and Go

Regan here....You may be wondering what the H*ll this is a photo of? 

Well, it's a straightening iron (yes, for your hair) and my leg(s) in a pair of shorts (J Crew from years ago, in case you are wondering). So why is the straightening iron around the hemline of my shorts? 

Well, they were wrinkled, and my favorite method of "ironing" hemlines, necklines or collars is my straightening iron. Typically when I pull a piece of clothing out of the closet, I'm in a hurry. So if there is a significant wrinkle, chances are I don't have time to get out my iron to fix it. A few years ago, I randomly decided to use my straightening iron to smooth out the neckline of a v-neck t-shirt, and ever since it has been my go-to method. 

In the words of one of The Nike Maxims, sometimes you just have to "Simplify and Go"! Try it, you won't be sorry. 

July 17, 2014

Copying is a Compliment

Last week I fell in love with this BLANK NYC Jacket when I saw it on someone in the barre3 studio (thanks Liz for the inspiration). She had it paired with her black workout pants and a bright pink tank, and she looked so chic despite wearing workout clothes. 

I immediately fell in love with it and knew I had to track one down for myself.

This jacket is so versatile (it comes in taupe too). You can wear it with workout clothes or jeans, and it adds an edge to any outfit.

Mine is currently en route, and although the weather here in Portland has been in the 90s and I won't be wearing it anytime soon, I know it will be the perfect fall staple.

July 16, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Super Smoothie

Happy Wednesday! Katie here...

Its been a while since we posted a smoothie, and since I have one EVERY day, I figured the least I could do for you faithful readers is share another recipe. We had this one on Saturday after a workout at the gym. I'm a "little of this," "little of that" girl, so the measurements aren't going to be exact.  

1 cup of almond milk
2 dates
1/4 cup blueberries (frozen from Costco)
1/4 cup mango (frozen from Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup power greens (Trader Joe's)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp almond butter (Trader Joe's)
1 tbsp flax seed (Trader Joe's)

And voila! Delicious fuel in a glass.