You’re already 6 months, you’re only 6 months. This is such a weird age to grasp. Half way to your first birthday, but we were justing meeting you 6 months ago. You’re personality is so developed it’s hard to believe you are a baby, you smile and laugh, you dance and scream, you think its funny when you kick your mama and she says ow, you growl and pretend you’re angry and slam your arms down, you babble nonstop and dada is definitely going to be your first word… you’re my little weirdo, my little Bubbie man.
Sight: Books are already taking over. We may have to jump on the Ribba train.
Taste: We started solids this month. I’ve made pears, sweat peas, avocados, and oatmeal. He is good about taking a bite, most of the food seems to slide back out. Not sure how much is getting down the hatch. We’ve been using recipes from Bebe Gourmet, the purees are basic, but there are some great looking meals for the next steps.
This week it was finally above freezing so Oskar and I were able to go for a walk outside. We are getting major cabin fever over here. I know EVERYONE is talking about the weather these days, but seriously, I can’t take it anymore. I need sunshine, birds, breeze, the sweet smell of Spring, open windows… oh open windows, you are my favorite. But I’ll settle for flowers.. or just a pretty picture of flowers. Have a great weekend!
Sight: This kitchen put a halt on my previous plans. Back to the drawing board.
Taste: We went out to eat last weekend and had an amazing dish of polenta, mushroom ragout, and pork belly. I’m going to try my own version with this recipe.
Touch: I don’t know when I became so obsessed with sneakers. But these are numero uno on my wishlist right now. LOVE THEM! Like that sorta love where I almost didn’t want to share with you because I will get jealous if I see someone else with them.
Oh littlest Bub, you are a sweet boy. You love stuffed animals, snuggling and munching on them. Your laugh is sounding more like a boy and less like a baby. When you go in your jumper and we play music you stop bouncing between songs and start back up when the new song starts. I swear it’s like you are trying to get on beat with the new song.
But remember how just last month you were sleeping so well and I said I would try to be patient if you took a step back. Wellll, you took a step back and I am really really tired. So if you could go back to sleeping like a champ again soon, that would be really awesome.
Sight: I know “they” say kids shouldn’t watch tv until they are like 2 or something, but he really enjoys a little Sesame Street now and then.
Smell: When we are cooking I like to introduce the ingredients I’m using and give him a whiff.
Sound: Christmas songs are my go to for humming while soothing, I’m not sure why, but now I’m on a mission to switch it up.
Taste: We’re in our last month of exclusively breastfeeding and although I am excited to introduce food I’m also a little sad. Obviously breastfeeding will still be happening so I won’t get all weepy… yet.
Have you heard of Owl’s Brew? It’s a line of tea mixers crafted for cocktails. They are sweetened with agave. What a great alternative to boring ol’ sugar bomb soda. I really want to try Coco-Lada, it’s a blend of black tea, coconut, chai spices, pineapple juice and agave. Yes please!
Mazama is a beautiful ceramics company created by a group of friends in Portland. These are the kind of vessels that you proudly display on open shelving, but also use everyday. While it’s obvious to use a ceramic coffee mug, I’ve never thought of using one for wine or whiskey and I absolutely love that idea. Meagan gave us a great look into the people and vessels that make up Mazama. Enjoy!
Mazama comprises a diverse group of talented people, how did you decide on ceramics?
We knew we wanted to create a brand centered around pairing crafted beverages with vessels. When we looked for the perfect vessels, we felt there was something missing, so we decided to take on the challenge of producing these vessels ourselves. While glass is a wonderful material for drink ware, we felt it was a bit over saturated in the market and would have been much harder to create a studio making glassware. Ceramics was appealing for it’s versatility and because we felt there were very few brands making the type of vessels we all were looking for. The added bonus is that one of our partner’s sister has a master in ceramics. So you could say it’s in the family and that connection to the craft of ceramics has made building a production studio much less daunting than any other medium. All this being said, Mazama has aspirations for adding other materials to our collection down the road.
How did the group meet?
We’ve all know each other for years through other collaborations, and as friends. Sam Huff and Meghan Wright are married and approached me, Meagan Geer and my husband Tory Cross to to be partners back in 2013. We then added Casey Keasler and Connie Wohn to the team to help round out our areas of expertise. Honestly, we all probably met over a drink at some random bar or event way back when…
Was it important to be an American made company?
We find it very important to make hand crafted goods in the US. This helps our own economy as well as provide jobs to the creative culture here in Portland. Making these objects ourselves, allows us to have much more control over the final designs and pieces. We also chose to start with hand thrown pieces rather than slip cast. Hand thrown wares have a very unique feel in your hands. Making these in house allows us to see each individual piece come to life, giving us better perspective on how to improve the product over time, as well as a growing respect for the art of throwing.
Where does the inspiration for your pieces come from?
Each piece is inspired by the beverage that they were designed for. For instance I enjoy drinking wine out of Spanish wine cups, so our Small Cup is designed with this shape in mind. We also wanted the pieces to stack or nest. We found this was a major oversight in the existing brands out there. So there was a versatility we were striving for as well as a supple finish and minimal quality that would enhance the beverage.
What’s your current favorite beverage?
This is the question we ask anyone who wants to work with us and there is never a wrong answer. Whether is water or whiskey, they are all on our list of favorites. But right now around the shop we’ve been sipping on some hot cocoa for an afternoon cozy pick-me up and ending the day with pinot or whiskey, depending on the day
What do you do outside of Mazama?
We each have many other talents, obligations and jobs. I am personally the mother of two year old twins so that keeps me super busy. Meghan Wright is always cooking up some delicious new recipe. Lately she has been reinventing the art of Ramen. Sam owns and runs Tanner Goods, so that keeps him super busy. They are about to open up a new store in Los Angeles. Tory has a full time job at Nike designing foot ware, Connie is always working on a new rad event to produce and promote and Casey juggles working for Tanner as a designer as well as doing Interior Design jobs for business and residential clients.
What’s next for Mazama?
We’ve got a lot of ideas up our sleeves. We know we want to branch out into other mediums and add more cocktail accessories to our current line. And we are looking forward to creating more events for people to come enjoy our wares with us. We also have some fun collaborations with brands and restaurants that will be a great way to get our product into more peoples hands.
Thanks again for Meagan for giving us a look behind Mazama!
Happy Friday! Any good plans this weekend? None here. I might try and sneak out for a much needed manicure and try a bright color to ward off these winter blues. Next week I’ll be featuring a new Made Series post so make sure to check back in, it’s a good one!
Sight: Have you seen About Time? It’s so f*ing good. Seriously watch it. Watching the preview just now made me want to watch it again.
Oh Bubby, you are incredible. Every day more and more of your personality shines through. You are silly, sweet, quirky and observant. You listen intently when people talk to you and study their faces. Sometimes you even try to do what they are doing. Lately you have been all about spitting, drooling, jumping and growling while mauling my face.
No more co-sleeper! You are now going to bed in your crib in your own room. I didn’t realize how hard the move would be for me, not being able to roll over and see your little sleeping face. But you are a trooper and sleep quite well in there. Lately you take a big long afternoon nap and have been going down so easily at night and sleeping from 7:30/8pm to 8am with just ONE nighttime feeding around 4:30am. It is awesome! But of course, sometimes there is a little step back and you need more feedings and extra nighttime attention. I’ll try my best not to get frustrated and remember that it is temporary and you’ll go back to sleeping like a champ.
Sight: Norris (the cat) is one of your new favorite things to watch.
So let me start off by saying I’m not a great baker or recipe maker or food photographer. And yet here I am about to share the recipe I came up with. Are you still there?
Ok so you should also know I’m bad at measuring and following directions. Not that I don’t know how, just lazy I suppose. Yeah yeah yeah, so why the hell am I sharing a recipe I made up? Well because it worked and I like it! I may not be the worlds greatest baker but man can I wing it, I’m also pretty good at figuring out a way to use multiple ingredients that are on their way to the trash. I had realllllly ripe bananas, buttermilk about to expire, not a lot of butter and a hankering for gingerbread. So I looked up a dozen recipes… banana bread, gingerbread, buttermilk banana bread, spice cake, buttermilk cake, on and on. Then I took them all and mashed them together based on what I had on hand. Et violà! My frankencake! (Realtime: just realized I threw out the recipe I wrote down, going to dig thru the trash now). Found it!
Spiced Banana Bread
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp all spice
1/4 c. butter
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. molasses
3 really ripe bananas
1 c. buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a loaf pan. In bowl, whisk all dry ingredients.
In large mixing bowl (I used the Kitchen Aid mixer) cream sugar and butter, add rest of the wet ingredients and mix together, mash bananas separately and mix those in too. A tip: oil your measuring cup before using for molasses and it will slide out really easy.
Add dry to wet and mix until just blended. I added in slowly while mixer was on.
Pour in prepared loaf pan. Pop in the oven for about an hour, until browned and wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack. Slice and eat. It’s also nice to toast and butter a piece in the morning with a cup of coffee. Which I highly recommend making with this thing I got for Christmas. It makes one clean mean cup o joe.
Happy New Year! 2013 was very good to me and I was happy to celebrate the year’s end with a couple of great friends, good snacks, and hilarious games we weren’t so good at. In the past year we bought and renovated a home, I turned 30, and had a beautiful baby boy. Of course with the good came some struggle, but I love a fresh start. I’m very excited about some goals I have for 2014. Goals for this blog, for me, for my family.
For The Senses Five: new series, more posts, new design. I have been writing posts here for quite a long time and one thing I realized was I didn’t want to post for contents sake. I really enjoy sharing on this space and don’t want to lose site on why I do this. I have reflected on what I like about other blogs, and what I don’t like and how I can make this a space that I would enjoy coming to. When I got wrapped up into pushing out content, I didn’t always like what came out. So babbling over, there’s some changes coming that I am excited about and I hope you’ll enjoy as well!
For me: wardrobe, try something new, meditation and reflection. It’s finally time for the big change in my wardrobe. In my head my style is defined and clear, but when I look in my closet I see something very different. It’s time for these things to align. I’ll talk more about this soon and how I plan to slowly but surely transition my closet. Trying new things doesn’t have to be a huge things, just something. A class, a food, a new route to the place you go to over and over again, a new book. And last but not least meditation and reflection – 5 minutes a day. That’s all. Just 5 minutes of me. No phone, no computer, no tv, no baby, no one else.
For my family: me, wife, mom. Yes, in that order. Being a mom is one of the best things I have ever experienced. But I am not alone in this, I am one half of a parenting duo. I want to make an effort to remember that. And also remember that I am a wife and a person aside from both those things. It may be controversial but I believe that putting myself first will make me a better wife and mom, and a strong marriage will make us better parents.
It’s HOLIDAY TIME. To be honest, I’ve had a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. Our tree is half lit because I ran out of lights… even after I took them all off and put them on again. There are no presents wrapped under the tree with care. Just a Gap bag of jammas thrown on the guest bed. No cards went out. Seriously! This is very strange for me. I freaking love the holidays and this is our first FAMILY Christmas. So this weekend I’m getting out of my slump before it’s too late. I’m drinking eggnog… probably with some booze in it (hey, i’m in a slump remember), listening to christmas carols and decorating the shit out of that big beautiful tree. Here are some things that will help. I would love suggestions from you as well. What gets your holiday juices flowing?
Sight: Christmas movies! We have a TON, like a billion. Keeping in the Murray Christmas theme, let’s watch Scrooged this weekend.
Smell: In case the tree isn’t putting off enough of those sweet fir fumes we’ll just fake it with a candle.
Sound: Oskar seemed to really like this twistmas song… or maybe it was my awesome dance moves. Ya never know.
Taste: This gingerbread looks amazing. I bet it would be really good with coffee in the morning.
Touch: Gotta be curnfy (or comfy as you probably say) to get in that winter wonderland mood. And slippers are key!