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Goodbye to The Hazel Bloom. Hello, Kitchen Treaty!

Goodbye to The Hazel Bloom. Hello, Kitchen Treaty!

You may have noticed things have slowed down around here. Like, “slowed down” is an overstatement. More like ground to a halt. A few months back, I decided to start a new blog called Kitchen Treaty. The theme is one I’ve touched on occasionally here on The Hazel Bloom: vegetarians and meat-eaters CAN live together. [...]

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Hawaii & Haupia (Coconut Pudding)

Hawaii & Haupia (Coconut Pudding)

This haupia recipe (or coconut pudding recipe) will forever remind me of this, my first trip to Hawaii. Hopefully it’ll whisk your tastebuds away, too … if only for five minutes.

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Queen Mary Tea Room, Hipstamatic Style

Queen Mary Tea Room, Hipstamatic Style

The past couple of months, I’ve had the fabulous fortune of working at a really fun company, with some great (and talented) fellow writers, Darrah, J.T. and Liz (whose second book is coming out this spring; talented indeed). The four of us convened this weekend morning at Seattle’s Queen Mary, a wonderful tea room that, [...]

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The Shrimp Dip Plate and Other Calamaties

The Shrimp Dip Plate and Other Calamaties

My mom’s been bringing her famous shrimp ball to family events for years. I stopped eating it 10+ years ago when I became a vegetarian, but I still remember the deliciousness of the shrimp ball. And the entire family loves it. And I still feel a little sad when she breaks it out every time, [...]

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Seattle Food Bloggers’ Event to Benefit Northwest Harvest

Seattle Food Bloggers’ Event to Benefit Northwest Harvest

Food bloggers in the Seattle area are a cool bunch. Case in point: Will Bake for Food, where 60 local food bloggers are whipping up some of their fabulous baked goods (including several gluten-free choices) to benefit Northwest Harvest. Just show up at University Congregational Church on Saturday with your non-perishable donation of canned food, [...]

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Weekend in Leavenworth

Weekend in Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Washington is a perfect destination for weekend getaway. It’s close enough to Seattle – just about 2 1/2 hours – to make a terrific day trip, too. We recently spent a weekend in this old-world Bavarian Alpine village, and had a blast wine tasting, eating (and more eating), and soaking in the gorgeous fall colors.

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Steamboat Rock State Park (or, I Frickin’ Love Washington State)

Steamboat Rock State Park (or, I Frickin’ Love Washington State)

I like posh hotels. Luxurious numbers with 800 thread count sheets and big deep white jacuzzi tubs. I like them a lot. But you know what I’ve decided? As wonderful as an expensive hotel can be, camping in an RV is a great way to get a little closer to the local world around you, [...]

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Weekend in Long Beach

Weekend in Long Beach

First thing in the morning, I made my way through our musty, dated, dog-friendly motel room and wrestled open the behemoth sliding glass door. I stepped outside, greeted by waves of green and gold grass stretching all the way out to the beach. Beyond that, the ocean. I couldn’t see it, but I could hear it. And I could smell it. I closed my eyes and breathed in the misty, salty-fresh air, and let it erase the memories of the harrowing drive here to Long Beach, Washington the night before. [...]

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Wedding Music DIY Style

Wedding Music DIY Style

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing many of the projects we tackled for our June 2010 wedding. This is the first blog story of several – I can’t wait to share with y’all all the fun, budget-friendly, DIY mayhem that went down! We were all about the DIY for our wedding, and tunes [...]

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Goodbye… Hello! (The New Hazel Bloom)

Remember this? Today I’m here to tell you this is so, totally, yesterday. After much agonizing, obsessing, tweaking, retweaking, and re-retweaking, it’s finally here… welcome to your brand-spankin’-new Bloom! Isn’t it sweet? My little blog is growing up! In fact, The Hazel Bloom will be one whole year old in September. Time does fly. I’ve [...]

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DIY Wedding Favor Sneak Peek

I'm all about the Do-It-Yourself for our upcoming wedding. And heck yes, I'm planning to share and share and share all our fun DIY wedding projects after the big day … but (except for today) not until after. (And afterwards is soon! This thing came faaast.) We finished one of our wedding favors this weekend [...]

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Escape to Arizona

I'm not sure I could state anything any more obvious than this, but: Seattle winters suck. Really suck. Gray. Dark gray. Drizzly. Soggy. Everything is a constant state of damp, for months on end. Don't get me wrong – much of spring, all of summer, and most of autumn more than make up for the [...]

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My Buddy Valentine

I wrote this story three years ago about my crazy, sweet dog Lizzie, who has wound up being the most terrific pooch. Sure, she's got her issues, just like most any dog that's been through something as traumatic as Hurricane Katrina. But I wouldn't have her any other way. She's the most affectionate, cuddly, sweet-hearted [...]

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