Dizzy Swallows

Little Bits for a Monday

November 12th, 2012

This grey morning I feel in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Enter The Lumineers, an East Coast by way of Colorado trio, playing “an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk.” This track, “Ho Hey” is probably they’re most famous, off their eponymous, self-recorded 2011 EP. I dare you to hold still:

This weekend, Jacob and I hit up our local craft store for the first round of wedding supplies (more on that anon). I am now kicking myself that I didn’t get the supplies to make one of these genius DIY magnets. All you have to do is buy the plastic animal of your choice, saw it in half, spray-paint if desired, and attach a magnet to the back! Next time…


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Speaking of weddings, we have the nuptials of a dear friend fast approaching, and I’ve been searching about for an appropriate … Continue reading

Mint and Green Tea Granita

July 1st, 2011

Happy Friday my dears! As things heat up for a long Fourth of July weekend, my thoughts are turning to grills and icy beverages. A few weeks ago I made these deliciously refreshing granitas as a pre-dinner party treat. They are ideal for a flagging, flushed chef, or for sun-soaked guests. The recipe is adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Food Matters Cookbook, and, like most things Bittman, it is a breeze. The whole process takes about 2 hours due to freeze time, but only about 10 minutes of active work.

The result is a palette tingling hybrid of a shaved ice and a slushie. The ice crystals crackle and melt on your tongue imbued with the invigorating flush of mint, and the soft, grassy flare of green tea. If you are more inclined towards a sort of French glace, increase the freeze time slightly and enjoy the drink with … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

April 18th, 2011

My sweets, how was your weekend? I hardly feel like I have time to catch my breath before we dash off again, this time to Vancouver. But more on my crazy wedding travels later in the week.

This morning I’d like to share a song and video from one of my favorite new discoveries, an all girl quartet out of Los Angeles that goes by the (kick-ass) name Warpaint. The song, “Stars”, is from the group’s 2009 EP, Exquisite Corpse, but you can hear their latest album, The Fool here. Their music combines hypnotic vocals with intricate guitar, and heavy post-punk rhythms that come together to form something between ambient horror and an intimate, effortless lullaby.

The film was shot in the ashes of the Angeles National Forest by Adam Harding, and makes me miss all my college girlies.

Though it is still sweatshirt weather here in … Continue reading

Prickly Pear Margaritas

August 30th, 2010 1 Comment

On Saturday we had the pleasure of joining some friends (a fun-loving, outdoorsy couple who just happen to both be named Danny) in the beautiful Pedernales Falls State Park. Well-worn hiking trails ramble about the 5,211.7 acres, shaded by oaks, juniper, walnut and sycamore. The focal point of the park is the clear, spring-fed Pedernales River which winds lazily over smoothly sloped limestone. Though the graceful and inviting pools of the falls are closed to swimmers, we did manage a good soak downstream, beating the heat of the day in cool, emerald river-water.

As we made our way back to the car, sunbaked and loose-limbed, Jacob suddenly bounding off the trail yelping, “Prickly pear!” Indeed, the paddle cactus, or more accurately “Opuntia”, have now begun to sport what look like plump burgundy crowns. There was no stopping this wild forager (oh gods of the park, I beg forgiveness … Continue reading

Deep in the Heart

June 27th, 2010

Texas won me over the moment we hit hill country and saw the meadows of brightly painted wildflowers, cosseted among the oak trees. There is a certain charm for me in the simplicity of this place. It has to be noted that this comes as something of a surprise to my friends in the Northwest who harbor a certain, shall we say, reserve towards Texas. And so, in an effort to dispel stereotypes and bridge the divide, I’d like to share a few snippets from what I have come to love about Texas.

Images from top:
A spring calf nestled down for a nap.
The sunset sky alive with colors from our backyard.
Young fruit peaking out from the leaves of our fig tree.
Flowers so bright they seem saturated by fuchsia paint.
The weathered face of small barn.
Tacodeli in Austin. There are no words to describe its magnificence.… Continue reading