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{Checking In}

Well, after several comments from friends and family about my lack of blogging, I finally decided it might be time to check in! It’s hard to believe we’ve already been back home in Portland for a month (as of tomorrow!). I am happy to say that my reason for not blogging isn’t just because we’ve been busy catching up with people, but also just because we’ve spent a good portion of time just being lazy and getting settled into life in Portland! Corey are I have both been back at work for a while now (took a whopping 3 days off!) and have been living between my in-laws’ house and my mama’s house. We’re currently searching for a place of our own and hoping to be out of the parent’s house by the end of the summer. But I can’t complain about living rent-free and having dinner cooked for us when we get home each night. Yeah, we’re pretty spoiled at the moment!
A lot of people have been asking if we miss Amsterdam. Mostly, I must admit we’re just happy to be home. Everything feels so familiar and comfortable. But there are certainly times my heart aches for those canals or our perfect apartment where we made such amazing memories. There will always be a big, special place in my heart for Amsterdam.
So what have we been up to? Lounging by the pool, eating lots of home-cooked meals, venturing downtown for dinner + drinks with friends, welcoming our new nephew Ryder into the world, and working on checking things off our summer to-do list. Time is flying!
I have an overwhelming amount of travel posts to blog (some even going back as far as Switzerland in December!) and I can’t wait to get back to it. I keep telling myself this week is the week I’m going to get back to blogging. And somehow it just doesn’t happen. I know I just need to make it a priority! I’ve just been having too much fun being lazy 🙂 So bear with me… I’ll be blogging regularly again soon…
Hope you’re all doing well out there! I’ve so appreciated the few emails and comments I’ve gotten from those saying they miss my posts. It makes me feel so good, you have no idea! And a little guilty, but mostly just really good. I miss you guys and can’t wait to be a regular blogger again soon! Thanks for hanging in there with me! Below you’ll find a bunch of iPhone photos from the last month at home!

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{Paul + Rachel // Married}

There are few things I love more than attending a wedding. I am just such a hopeless romantic and I will never get tired of watching two madly-in-love people committing their lives to each other. Corey and I were lucky enough to attend Paul and Rachel’s wedding when we were home in August. They had their ceremony in the Versailles Gardens, with the Fremont bridge perched perfectly behind them and had the reception right next door at The Castaway. What an incredibly beautiful night! Rachel and Paul are the sweetest couple and their love for one another was just radiating off of them the entire day and night. Congrats again, you two! We love you!

P.S. I’ve already gotten a few questions on my dress (you guys are clearly dress people like me!) It’s 2+ years old, I got it for my bachelorette party. It’s the BCBG Heart Applique dress if any of you want to look for it on ebay 🙂 )

{Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}
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The 4th!

This was Henry’s first Fourth of July. We didn’t know how he would take it, so we didn’t want to leave him alone in the apartment. We enjoyed the toasty (85+ degree!) weather and barbecued with family during the day. Later, Corey, Henry and I walked down to north waterfront and watched a beautiful sunset, a few fireworks and even enjoyed a sweet little glass of wine. Poor Henry was a bit scared and spent most of the time hiding between Corey’s legs, so we called it a pretty early night, but enjoyed quite a few fireworks on our walk home. I have to say, it was the perfect way to spend our last Independence Day in the U.S. for a couple years! Hope yours was just as lovely!

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}
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Sunday Snaps

I didn’t take many pictures this weekend, mostly because I was feeling kind of lazy about it. But Sunday I finally got my inspiration back and brought my camera along with me to brunch. Boy was I glad I did, too! 

We tend to frequent the same breakfast/brunch spots and we felt like trying something new, so we ended up at Irving Street Kitchen. We had been once before but ate outside. They were having a special barbecue for the Fourth of July and we weren’t crazy about the food, so we steered clear of it after that. Big mistake. Clearly we just caught them on an off day – and eating inside is the way to go.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves as far as decor, but in one word I was obsessed. I seriously wanted to move in and never leave! And they were playing 1920s tunes, Frank Sinatra, and even some Pink Martini. After a while I was starting to wonder if their playlist was solely dedicated to me, each song even better than the one before! 

And then of course there was the food. I totally indulged in what they call the “Smothered Southern”: Sunny side up eggs, cheesy grits, fried chicken and chili creole wedged between two buttery biscuits and served in a skillet. Did that gross you out? The description was a bit much, but the waiter insisted it was one of their specialities, so I went for it, and it was worth it! It somehow wasn’t actually as heavy as it sounds. Corey had their Bacon Cheesburger with gruyere, avocado and herb fries and he gobbled it up in no time. Moral of the story is… We’ll be back to Irving Street Kitchen very, very soon.

And of course I couldn’t wait home to get home and snuggle with my little Henry. He got sicky this weekend, but I won’t gross you out with the details… He’s on antibiotics now and feeling much better!

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}
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More {Memorial Day} Weekend Snaps

Before last weekend, we had spent the four weekends before it buried in loads of plans. All wonderful, but at the same time exhausting. We decided not to plan anything for the long three day weekend, and it ended up being utter perfection. We went out to delicious meals, walked a ton, spent time with family and just recharged. 

What? Do I have something on my face?
Scrumptious dinner date at 50 Plates. Hello mint julep!

We like to walk. A lot.
We walked all the way up to Pittock Mansion. Twice.
*Walking in the West Hills is not only beautiful, but also a great workout for your bum!
We enjoyed a fancy dinner at Laurelhurst Market. If you’re in Portland you must go. It’s insanely good!
And Corey surprised me with my first peonies of the season. He was congratulating me. I hope I can tell you why soon 🙂 I know, I know. I’ve been saying this forever. But trust me, it’s good!
{Photos © Liz Denfeld}
NW Portland

{Easter Weekend Snaps}

This weekend was spent entirely with family, and it was so amazing. Friday night Corey and I took Henry on a long walk and picked up dinner and ate it in the park. The weather was so beautiful, everyone was out enjoying it. When the sun shines in Portland your heart feels extra full and it’s hard to wipe the smile off your face.

Saturday the sun was actually producing warmth – like 70+ degrees warm! My in-laws had a little BBQ shindig so family and friends could come by and meet baby Emma. There are few things I love more than a sunny day spent with family (including cute babies) and delicious food. It was truly blissful! 

{All Photos ©
Liz Denfeld Photography}
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Weekends, Lately.

This weekend consisted of:
A haircut. No bangs. After all the hype, I know. Next time!
Long walks around the city.
Our first trip to the Farmer’s Market this year.
Cappucinos, fresh-baked olive bread and puppy cuddles at Lovejoy Bakers with my mom and sis.
Dinner at Russell Street BBQ {oh.em.gee. so good.}
Nike Hoop Summit
Lots of Friday Night Lights. We’re hooked.
A puppy-free Sunday cause our boy was at the vet (Henry lost his manhood if you know what I mean…).
Sunday brunch at Tasty n Sons. I’m kind of obsessed with this place, aside from the horrendous 45 min. wait.
Dinner at the in-laws. Always fun. Always leave feeling so blessed to have such amazing family.

Hope your weekend was amazing! Hoping for a stress-free work week 🙂

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Weekend Recap

Martinis with the girls followed by pool and beers with some good friends who were in town from Seattle.

Major laziness. Sex & The City marathon. Hey, I deserved it!
Made kale chips for the first time at the suggestion of my sissy and this little lady. Yum. Try it!
Whipped up stuffed portabello mushrooms (recipe here, just added a cup of quinoa), grilled chicken and garlic bread.
Watched The Fighter. Acting was insanely phenomenal. Great movie, but I had to hide my eyes a few times. 

Strawberry shortcake for breakfast (including homemade whipped cream!). Uh huh. That’s how we roll!
Spring cleaning.
Tried the PB&J cart down the street. Probably shouldn’t have done that because we discovered how ridiculously yummy they are. Corey had the “Good Morning” and I had the “Pumpkin Pie”. Grilled PB&J concoctions. Who woulda thought?
Going away dinner for a coworker who’s moving to Amsterdam to work at our European headquarters. Will miss her. Tried to hide my jealousy 🙂
Hope you had a great weekend!
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Weekend Recap

This weekend we…

Took Henry over to the in-laws, ate take-out Chinese and cooed over photos and videos of our adorable niece.

Double-dated with my sissy and her boyfriend who was in town from L.A. We had a delicious dinner at Jo Bar and then played Taboo ‘till 1 a.m. It was so much fun!

Finally experienced the famous Mancakes from Stepping Stone Café. They are huge buttermilk pancakes that were featured on Man vs. Food (one of Corey’s favorite shows). They were gigantic, fluffy and delicious!

Took a walk in Washington Park. It smelled like Spring and there are so many beautiful houses in the west hills. We daydreamed about buying a home up there someday and taking our kids to play on the swing sets.

And Henry lost his first baby tooth! Our little man is growing up so fast…

Hope you had a great weekend! What did you do?