Shopping Trip!!! Culinary Essentials Ballard, Washington

Adventure, Artisans & Merchants, Eat, Drink And Go Here!, Gifts, Home Decor, Kitchen, Party, Seattle, Shopping

Hello friends!

I recently had to take my big truck/SUV to be serviced, well what do you know….they loaned me a very gas efficient Prius! Well I ran with it!!! All the way to Ballard!!! I was able to parallel park on the street! Now I would not have been able to do that in my own car. Pretty….fun! Such a cozy street of shops, I could have spent hours!

My first stop was here at this amazing shop:

Culinary Essentials
5320 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-1334

Everything you could want or need for your kitchen and home, or entertaining a grand party!!! Feast your eyes!!!!
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And…they teach cooking lessons!!!! Grab your friends and make a date to go here!!! I finally found all the supplies I needed to make Sushi. It’s all here folks!

Check them out & Like them on Facebook by searching Culinary Essentials Ballard. Tell Em’ Vicarious-Vicarious sent you;)

And visit them in person at:
Culinary Essentials
5320 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-1334

There’s more Ballard goodness to follow!

Cheers & XOXO’s!!!
Vicarious-Vicarious

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Recipe: My Chocolate Covered Peeps- D.I.Y.

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vicarious-vicarious:

Hi everyone!
I know it’s been awhile, but I thought Id repost this recipe I made of homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Peeps last year!

I hope to have some fun posts for you soon! Meanwhile enjoy!

Happy Spring!!!
Xoxo! Vicarious-Vicarious

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Hello All!!!

I thought I’d share what I’m making this weekend. Homemade Chocolate Covered Peeps:

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I have to warn you, when I first concocted this experiment last year…. I never really knew how delicious this would turn out… to the point even my friends who tried them couldn’t get to sleep cause there mouths were watering for more in the middle of the night. Really….they are that good!
Here’s what you need:
PEEPS!!!

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Just get as many as you want, plus you can always go back to the store until they sell out. I start out with 2 packs (1×12 unit bunnies, 1×10 unit chicks).
Any chocolate left I will dip strawberries in or a pair of boots……. Just kidding;)
Our favorite brand of Chocolate for desserts!!!!
Guittard Can you tell?…

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You can also get some Graham Crackers & Flaked Sweetened Coconut….

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And don’t forget a stick of

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Kitchen Dreams Part 3: Bar Scene

Artisans & Merchants, Home Decor, Kitchen, Our Home, Seattle

Hi everyone!!!

Over winter break we watched just about every Gordon Ramsay Kitchen show that we could find on Hulu & Netflix.
We were absolutely stunned by the transformations of kitchen & restaurant design makeovers on Kitchen Nightmares. Which then got our wheels turning! And asking, where do they just find people that can do that? Especially with an expertise on designing restaurants? My Google & Bing fingers were on fire!!!

While I can thankfully say our kitchen does not have some of the gruesome discoveries that Gordon would run into, I do picture him saying that our kitchen just looks “Sad”….

I’m not going to insert a full view of our kitchen now, hopefully one day soon I will have that as an extremely amazing before and after post!

It became quite clear over the holidays when having friends and family over, that the small area where we have bar stools is always the coveted area to sit and socialize.

Plus on a bonus side note- my husband and I met in a bar;)…..
Anybody remember A little Belltown Seattle favorite- Casa U Betcha?

While we may not be tossing back drinks everyday, we do juggle creating meals for picky eaters on a daily basis. The goal is easy preparation access to delicious ingredients and goods all while keeping an open space to socialize with family and friends.

It’s all quite clear what needs to happen now!!!!

Do you see where this is going???? Do you want see what I found??? Serious talent from right here in the Pacific Northwest?!?! My research led me to this treasury of beautiful design/build projects from Mallet Inc. Sit back and enjoy!

Percy’s & Co. Ballard

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Image Via Shipwreckdesigns click here.

As you know I’m aiming for white marble with wood. This design nails it head on! Wait there’s more….
Check out how perfect the marble counter is inset with the wood!

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Image Via “My Ballard” article click here.

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The full scope of the bar with the seating- gorgeous!!!
Photo taken by Suzi Pratt- contact info click here.
Image Via the website Mallet Inc.
Also see this Eater Seattle Article by clicking here!

Then my eye’s were open!!! I have been scouring for more designs that Mallet Inc. has done. Are you ready? And I know your gonna flip because the styling of this matches us big time, the big farm table, bookshelf…love, love, love!!! It’s all coming together right?!

Ace Hotel Seattle

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image Via Ace Hotel Seattle -Lobby

Then there is the new Tallulahs (here’s their Facebook page)

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Once again, love that white stone countertop contrasted with a darker cabinet.

Which then led me to take my family to Tutta Bella’s On South Lake Union

I loved this bar in the back with what I imagine is marble, but Im not really sure? Some people say “No, no, no” marble scratches, etches and leaves water stains….I just hear buzz-buzz-buzz in my head when I hear that. If its any indication, whatever the material here it looks absolutely DIVINE!!!!

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And I just have to show you the beautiful wood counter I believe is from one long solid cut of wood where you can sit, watch and eat pizza made from a fantastic wood-burning pizza oven. The pie (pizza) has a crust so perfectly thin it took my tastebuds back to Rome…….Heavenly.

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Speaking of stoves but more of the home heating kind, I came across this photo on Pinterest (source unknown). We definitely need to replace and update our wood burning stove. We rely heavily on it to heat our home, especially because out in the sticks where we live the power goes out frequently (wind storms & trees don’t mix well) and there is no gas connection. Plus I’d really-really-really love a mantel, there isn’t one now. Salvaged beams of wood be still my heart! And if we could fit bookshelves on each side that’d be sweet. There might not be room my husband says. Oh and I don’t want wallpaper…just in case you were really studying this pic for my preference;)

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We definitely love the idea of having a more open space connecting the kitchen and living space area. As you know from a previous “Kitchen Dreams” post, I love so much of the interior layout on the movie “It’s Complicated” especially because our house has a very rustic-villa-feel. I love the layout of the living room seen here in the movie:

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I would love for the kitchen to flow out to something relaxed like that. Then I picked up the most recent House & Home Magazine. Look at this open kitchen/living room!!! Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the vision! Maybe with a more rustic vibe for us, but Helloooooo Gorgeous!!!
I already winked at my husband about building a dining table like that! Especially since we also love some industrial and eclectic touches thrown in!

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I know there is alot of ideas here, but I think pulling something like this with a really cohesive design could happen! I feel us getting really close to getting the ball rolling! What are your thoughts? I am over the moon about all of it! I’m just so ready for it!

If you want to see my first Kitchen Dreams post go here and my second one is here.

-XOXO!!!-
Vicarious-Vicarious

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Turn your home into a bohemian paradise

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vicarious-vicarious:

Hey there!!!!
While I did promise the next post was going to be a new “Kitchen Dreams” post, I got distracted by this lovely gals post when I was trying to track down some pics of Bohemian Christmas stockings Free People made that are gone, gone, gone!!!!!! DIY in my future???? Well then, in the mean time I am gonna devour this Hey Mishka blog! While her post here is from 2012, I think a bohemian feel in decorating always gets my attention and is a continuous favorite for many. I definitely feel a sliver of it in my approach when it comes to our villa style house….. especially and for sure in the summer out back on the fire-pit-pond-side of the house.
Hey Mishka! I’m a new fan and following!
I hope you will enjoy too!!!
Cheers!
XOXO!!!!!
Vicarious-Vicarious

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One of my favorite things to do is transform spaces. Bedrooms, apartments, window displays, whatever. I do it everywhere I go, and my current apartment is no exception. While it’s definitely a work in progress, I’ve come a long way in bringing the colors, textures, and aesthetics I love to my pre-war Brooklyn abode.

A free-spirited, globe-trotting friend recently asked me for ideas on decking out her stomping grounds in a way that combines trans-global beauty with function and budget-friendly fixtures, so that’s what this post is about.

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A few notes about “bohemian” decor.

 First off, no rules. The idea of bohemian style is that it’s free-spirited, free of trend of restriction, and makes your spirit sing.

 There are more than a million ways to approach this aesthetic, from regal and opulent to Australian coastal to Mexican folk to old rustic farmhouse. Find the style that calls to you. It might be a…

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Master Bedroom Christmas 2013

Christmas Leftovers: Promised Pics Of Our House During the Holidays

Christmas, Holiday, Home Decor, Shopping

We've had these musical notes stockings from way back when. They were from ZGallerie in the early 2000-01. They are still one of my favorites for decorating and the velvet is so lush:)

We’ve had these musical notes stockings from way back when. They were from ZGallerie in the early 2000-01. They are still one of my favorites for decorating and the velvet is so lush:)

I found these fun Christmas pillowcases by H&M for our sons room.

I found these fun Christmas pillowcases by H&M for our sons room.

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Pottery Barn Blanket

Pottery Barn Blanket

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West Elm Mongolian Velvet Stocking

West Elm Mongolian Velvet Stocking

Pottery Barn Knit Stocking

Pottery Barn Knit Stocking

H&M Velvet Cushion Cover & Noel Cushion Cover

H&M Velvet Cushion Cover & Noel Cushion Cover

Master Bedroom Christmas 2013

Hey Everybody!!!!

I thought I’d get out the pictures of other parts of the house that I took with my camera. Yes… If your new to my blog- its more than halfway through February 2014 and I am posting about Christmas. But if you back track on my main page you will see I have not posted much since the holidays. So welcome and I hope you enjoyed the random goodness!

Now for all of you who know me and have followed along……..

I will be posting another KITCHEN DREAMS POST that I’ve been working on!!!!! WOOHOO!

I just got a new computer, with all of that comes the time to refigure everything out. So thank you for your patience and I hope you can tell the difference between pictures taken from my phone versus my camera. I see a world of difference and I am so happy with it.

Cheers and Love,

XOXO! Vicarious-Vicarious
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Vicarious-Vicarious is back and in HI-DEF!!! Plus a little love for the Seahawks!

Seattle
Seattle Aquarium and Seahawk 12 Man Pride

Seattle Aquarium and Seahawk 12 Man Pride

Its good to be Blue in Seattle!!!!

Its good to be Blue in Seattle!!!!

Seattle Ferry, Ferris Wheel and Waterfront

Seattle Ferry, Ferris Wheel and Waterfront

Hello!!!!!!

I’m back!!!!! There’s alot brewing over here and it isn’t just the coffee!!!!

First off I’d like to give a shout out to our Seattle Seahawks for a glorious victory at the Superbowl!

There is some serious excitement and a huge parade happening right now!!!

I’m not in the city right now, but I was in Seattle on Sunday while the actual game was about to happen on the East Coast. There was Seahawk pride happening in the streets!
I was able to take these pictures from 27 floors up, with my camera (the one I always talk about right?!!!)!!! Yes, finally!!! Our best friends Dan & Ted were having their beautiful daughters’ birthday party and I actually remembered my camera!!! Its about time!!!!!

So I tried to capture some of the blues for you!!! These blues are the happy Seattle kind! And just a beautiful majestic day for what a great game was about to take place!!! I have more, but I’m getting used to all the connecting of download/upload technology I figured out. Seriously…. I’d be cool with a rotary phone… wait, I take that back. It probably takes the same time of waiting, don’t you agree?

Stay tuned! GO HAWKS!!!!!!

XOXO!!! Vicarious-Vicarious
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Half A Christmas Tour At Our Home 2013

Christmas, Home Decor, Our Home

Greetings!!!!

Christmas finally came and went. I did take pictures with a digital camera but my husband is nervous I’ll lose the data in the transfer (things I seem to decide to do at 1am, so assistance in waking hours are best;).
Sooooo…..I made sure to do some shots with my phone. Here’s a fuzzy baby that followed me in the process. Enjoy!
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I hope you enjoyed the little tour of our home during Christmas!
Here’s a look at it last year in 2012 here!

Merry Christmas! And much love and warmth to all in the new year to come!

XOXO!!!!!
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Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Merry Christmas!!!!

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Hopefully more to follow, whether in pictures from my phone or a digital camera! It may be both!
Patience and crossed fingers!!!

Love to all!!!
Vicarious-Vicarious

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Christmas Decorating…Still…

Christmas, Holiday, Our Home

Yes…. I am still decorating, and I will hopefully be done by tonight.

Coffee throughout the whole day and partial night may be required. I’ll probably start seeing and hearing mirages of Starbucks baristas caroling with an old fashioned espresso cart.
This girl can dream!

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Happy Christmas Eve! I hope to have one more Christmas glimpse in store for you…from a real camera!!!
..I hope!!!!…haha!!

-XOXO!!!-
Vicarious-Vicarious

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Delicious Gifts I’m Giving For 2013

Gifts, Holiday

No Peeking!!!!

Psss! Here’s a few scrumptious goodies I’m giving this year!
I pretty much send what I love! Especially for my family on the East Coast! Where I’ll be sending delicious tasty treats of West Coast/local goods & treasures. Plus you know that when I put it together, it’s always “Made With Love!”

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Image Via Anthropologie – Made With Love Cookie Stamp (no longer available on line Call 1-800-309-2500 for availability.)

The sweet taste of Trophy Cupcakes & Party…….

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…..That can be recreated and devoured by this treasure!!! The Trophy Cupcakes And Parties Book

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Above 3 images are pictures I took of the book…psss…one which I gifted to myself;)!

If you need more tasty goodness….

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Bought at my local Safeway grocery market, my favorite for baking:
Guittard Chocolate and a great snack or salad topper Sahalee Snacks.. Here’s a delicious recipe making Guittard Chocolate covered Peeps from one of my old posts here!

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Our favorite Juanita’s Tortilla Chips. You can see how they are not only delicious, but how I use them as filler for shipped gifts on one my posts by clicking here.

For the tea enthusiast (myself included), loose tea from Queen Mary Tea Room Seattle.

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I hope this gives or helps you with ideas for even last minute gifts that are local favorites near you!
Because everybody loves something tasty, cute & delicious!

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-XOXO!!!-
Vicarious-Vicarious

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