Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

Tomato Pesto

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Sometimes you need a segue. Not one of those vertical scooter-like vehicles that automatically prompts a chuckle with visions of Paul Blart or Gob awkwardly motoring along (I apologize if you have not seen Mall Cop or Arrested Development. I also apologize for admitting that I have). A segue that gracefully closes the door on one thing while getting… Read more »

Making salt

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You may have guessed by the title of this blog that I have a thing for salt. Resting on a little ledge in the kitchen, always within arms reach, are at least three different salt varieties. In the inside pocket of my purse I carry with me a small container that contains a modest amount… Read more »

Fall’s sandwich

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So this is the first week of homeschooling for us. There is still a part of me that can’t believe I just typed that. Never would I have thought homeschooling would feel like the best option for our family. To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t wait until our kids were school age. FINALLY I could… Read more »

a place for leftovers

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If you could see the inside of my fridge right now you’d be horrified. I am not naturally an organized person. Having three kids has forced me to improve on my organization skills but the fridge is still one area in which I need great improvement. There are random jars of pickled peppers, capers, and… Read more »

Video: Gradient Cake

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I couldn’t decide on the perfect cake to celebrate my little girl turning one. So I did what any normal person would do – I made three cakes. It’s possible I regretted this decision as I frantically frosted while the list of things yet to do grew longer and longer as time went on. But… Read more »

Film Friday: Polaroid Edition

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Film is back this week but something’s different. Instead of the usual Canon A1 I’ve been playing with a Polaroid Land Camera that my parent’s found at a flea market in Pasadena for a mere $10. I’m in love. There is something so exciting and satisfying to press the trigger than moments later be able… Read more »

Cardamom Honey Caramel Pears

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or apples. Apparently it hit me. Last week I was urging Summer to stay and for the cool days of Fall to be a distant reality.  Then I started to see Gravensteins pop up along country roads in farm stands that are only attended by a black box with the words, “honor system” painted on… Read more »

she’s one + a giveaway

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Contest closed. The winner was selected via Random.org. Comment #47, Alanna! Congratulations. Thanks for entering. This was fun. Let’s do it again sometime. She came into our lives a year ago today. Because of her there has been more pink, more ruffles, more rosy cheeked dolls, more kisses, more love, and more joy. Because of… Read more »

Film Friday: So long, Summer

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. I really hesitated to put that title… Read more »

Nigel’s Yogurt Brulee

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My preference is for pie in the morning. A deep dish loaded with seasonal fruit lightly sweetened with sugar wrapped in a buttery crust – a perfectly balanced meal I’d say. I often wake up with the first thought of the morning leaning towards pastries. At home scones are practically a sixth member of the… Read more »

Film Friday: in his garden

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. “To find the universal elements enough; to… Read more »

(mostly) Film Friday

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. Digital images at the bottom of… Read more »

Dating My Husband: Peanut Butter Pie

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It had been on the calendar for over a week but in an instant this date night felt particularly important. Last Sunday a dear blog friend lost her husband. One moment he was a husband and father to two sweet, young girls and then suddenly he was gone. Hearing this news took my breath away…. Read more »

Homemade Mascarpone and broiled peaches

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More time has passed than I had planned when I made a passing promise to give you a lesson in homemade Mascarpone. We used it together when making this Asparagus Tart. And if you had been holding out on that tart until the publication of this post , I am so very sorry. Because now… Read more »

Behind the scenes

photo by gabe Did I ever tell you about the time I filmed a TV commercial?! I had been keeping it a little secret but now it’s time as at any moment you may be seeing my face plastered over your tv, if you haven’t already. I wanted to give you a glimpse of what… Read more »

Film Friday: Night out

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I apologize for being a bit late on this one but I assume you’ll forgive me when you hear that I chose swimming in lakes, long walks, and watching the sun fade into the ocean instead of sitting inside writing this post. But now we are home from vacation and I am so happy to… Read more »

Film Friday: random acts of cookies

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On a particular morning, not unlike many before, I started to head down a dangerous path in my own head. You know the one – questions arise of the purpose of your path, and why you are not where you think you should be, and a wave of self-doubt starts to build. Usually I wander… Read more »

grilled soft cheese, thyme honey and fresh figs

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Here’s the story of how I met my new favorite snack. First I saw this image of brie with honey and figs and thought, “I must eat this.” Then a couple weeks later I ran into another image, this time the cheese stood alone but was grilled. You’ll notice a couple things so far. 1. I… Read more »

Film Friday: out of the city

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. We can get there in just over an… Read more »

sage, walnut pesto – three ways

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What does one do when your garden is rampant with sage (and sadly, very little else)? Well, you make pesto of course. Before the brilliance of sage pesto, I had relegated sage to merely a Thanksgiving herb, getting neatly tucked under turkey skin just prior to roasting. Or casually stirred into sauteed mushrooms before the… Read more »

Film Friday: Block Party

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. This week started off with a block party. Which,… Read more »

Honey Herb soda

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In reality I am not the advanced gardener of my dreams. The vision of me wading through overgrown rows of sun warmed produce with a wicker basket in one hand while the other plucks craggy and beautifully imperfect heirloom tomatoes from their fragrant vines, is just that – a vision. I have to believe that… Read more »

Homemade Butter Finger Candy

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I started making homemade pasta when I was eight. My parents kindly complimenting my bowls of mush while eating soppy noodles with much oohing and ahhing. I’ve since improved my pasta making skills. The moment I realized I could make my own butter I was out of my seat and shaking a jar of cream…. Read more »

Tequila Peach Pie

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I asked her to teach me her secret to making pie. Grandma was after all the bringer of pie to all family functions so of course I thought to learn from her. I wasn’t a foreigner in the often intimidating land of pie making as my mother frequently gifted us children with pie. The process… Read more »

Film Friday: when in Seattle, you must…

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*side note* This is part of a series in which I post images I’ve taken throughout the week using my Canon A1 (fancy talk for a film camera circa the 80′s) Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400. ok,… Read more »

this year’s strawberry shortcake

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That title just doesn’t even begin to do this recipe justice but if I were to list all the things it has going for it, you would be missing precious seconds that you weren’t preparing and eating this dessert. You start with sweet strawberries that are ruby red through and through. Then you have hefty… Read more »

Bee’s Knees

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It’s been a few weeks now but our weekend away lingers on in the form of gin, lemon, and honey. It’s called a Bee’s Knees and I’m desperately trying to make up for the lost time when we, sadly, did not know of one another. A chance meeting that I won’t soon forget. Gabe and… Read more »

film friday: so far, summer

An antique picnic basket has already been put to great use with many more picnics in its future. A snuggle on the beach. It may not have been the warmest day but there was sun so we headed to the sand and sea. There has been gin. Lots of lovely gin. This particular cup is… Read more »