• Jessica

    Happy Birthday, Jessica Jones | 4

    Here we are in 2011, on one of our favorite days of the year… which comes again this Friday! You always like to take care of me, especially when it comes to things like makeup, or pacing myself during a progressive dinner, or not performing a citizen’s arrest on the lady who almost ruined your son’s birthday party (and then stole my phone). You look out for me. You teach me things.You’re tricky, though.You’re my voice of reason and my teacher, but also my biggest instigator. It’s confusing and always out of control: like when you splashed water on me in the Matador bathrooms, but then tried to tell everyone…

  • Jessica

    Happy Birthday, Jessica Jones | 3

    Friends who diet together… die together.I’m pretty sure that’s how the saying goes.Jess and I have been on our fair share of diets together. We’ve also started our fair share of blogs about said diets, but that’s a whole new post for a whole new day. Seriously, we’ve done it all. Adtkins, Weight Watchers (stupid celeb endorsements – we believe anything we see in US Weekly), HCG, fasting, juicing, hot yoga. I dealt with her candy withdrawals like a BOSS, and she dealt with my carb-cravings with as much (tough) love as she could muster. In this photo from 2010, we’re at our favorite Seattle late-night spot – Taphouse Grill – for a…

  • Jessica

    Happy Birthday Jessica Jones | 2

    2009 will always be “the year of Corianne and Paul”, but that wouldn’t have been possible without one Jessica Jones. No, seriously. You think I’m just being poignant in that statement, but no… I’m actually being quite literal.  She had been dropping hints all evening, almost annoyingly so: “Paul, Corianne – you two just need to get together. It would be way easier on Jen and I, we can’t welcome a new girl or a new guy into this circle.” “Corianne – Paul will share his dessert with you! Paul, why don’t you feed her a little bite?” “Paul, Corianne looks scared. Hold her hand.” So, later that night when…

  • Jessica

    Happy Birthday, Jessica Jones | 1

    Instead of the normal birthday collage, I am going to be featuring my best friend @jessicanjones, the birthday girl, throughout the day. We’re getting too old to be able to remember all of our fun memories without a little bit of work,  so I’m going to start from the beginning and see how I can do. This photo is from 2008, the year we “re-met”. We bonded over the campfire at Dave Matthews Band, which we attended together because of mutual friends at church. When she told me she had an affinity for all the pieces of the Pub Mix I hated (I mean, how perfect is that), and she…

  • Love,  Married Life,  Paul

    A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action

    Four years of marriage down, and I think I’m finally coming to the understanding that marriage takes work. The cloud of honeymoon fog has lifted a bit, and the reality of life has set in: anything good in life takes work. Anything. It takes work to raise our kids (uh, it takes a LOT of work to bring them into the world). It takes work to climb the ranks in our careers and earn the respect we want. It takes work to keep our bodies healthy and strong. So, why would I not expect marriage to be just as demanding of our time and energy? The first year, we didn’t…

  • Dinner,  Food Network,  Katie Lee,  Meal Planning,  Menu,  The Kitchen

    Quick Dinner: Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon

    This brown sugar spiced salmon was so delicious and will become a staple in our weekly/monthly. Such a great way to get the family to eat fish: thanks to Katie Lee for yet another simple & amazing dinner inspiration. Just mix a 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar, a tablespoon of chili powder, sea salt and pepper together in a bowl. Pat the rub generously into each filet and bake in the oven on 400° for 10-15 minutes.  The sugars caramelize and whenever that happens, it’s like a party on my plate. So, so good- Porter loved the “chicky” too 😉

  • Restoring Woodland

    Shades of White

    I’m not the best decision maker. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I might be the worst. The worst, as in, one of my husband’s least favorite things to do in the whole world is ask me what I want to do for dinner. It sparks a full-on mind-numbing mental meltdown on most days (for both of us).   “I mean… do I want sushi? Spicy tuna kinda sounds good. Do YOU want sushi? I mean, I guess I should have salad. But you know what sounds REALLY good, though? Mac and cheese… wait. We had mac and cheese yesterday for lunch and I feel…

  • Friends,  Jen,  Jessica,  My Life,  Random

    My Iron

    You know those friends that just make life easier? That would be these guys. As I get older grow up, I become continuously more grateful for the relationships that just work. Sure, relationships take work, but I’m a firm believer that the best relationships are also glaringly natural. Personalities compliment, weaknesses are compensated for, and there’s a whole lot of grace and assuming the best. If I am upset, I tell them. If they are upset, they tell me. We’re so different, but we appreciate the quirks and traits that each one of us brings to the table. Jessica is so easy going. I used to feel like she just didn’t…

  • Book Club,  Friends,  Me Time,  The Best Yes

    The Best Yes

    Last night, we started our “book club”. Jen, Jess, Savi and I are reading The Best Yes together. We are only a few chapters in, but already I can tell that this book is going to help me (us) immensely. I am a  “yes” girl. I have the “disease to please”. So thankful for Lysa TerKeurst for writing this book, because not only does it speak to me, but I truly believe it speaks to a majority of women out there. We met at our favorite local coffee shop, got amazing coffee and tea, and started talking. We closed the place down, which resulted in some leftover pastries from the case,…

  • Dinner,  Mom Life,  Recipes,  Weeknight

    Quick Weeknight Dinner (Trust Me, You Want This Recipe On Hand)

    Make this next time it’s 5pm and you realized you forgot to plan anything for dinner. (Like, daily for me) Korean Beef & Rice I just made it for lunch because I had everything on hand, and omg… it was so good. Some healthy substitutions I did: Use coconut aminos or organic tamari instead of soy Use less brown sugar. I did barely 1/4 cup; some versions of this recipe call for up to 1/2 cup… just don’t, it’s too sweet (in my opinion). Use ground turkey instead of beef