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Things I Dig // Ferm Living

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Scandinavian housewares shop and longtime object of my affection FERM Living released their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection this past week. They seem pretty on trend with bare leather, triangles (there’s that geometry again!) and brass. Brass is everywhere right now, man.  These are a few of my favorites. At first the ladder confounded me, until I realized it would make a splendid edition to a super minimalist bathroom as a towel rack. I’ve never really been able to justify spending any money from FERM. This is probably also one of those times.

1 Toilet Paper Holder // 2 Cushion // 3 Cabinet  // 4 Ladder // 5 Napkin Holder // 6 Basket

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While we’re in that neighborhood, a new subscription service is coming out {Skandicrush} this time just for Scandinavian housewares by well-known, top dollar brands, for $50/mo. Kinda steep for my income, but I’m dyyying over it. I am thinking about doing a one time box, just to see what delicious goodies are inside. Although Alan is flat-out opposed to it because the name is too similar to Candy Crush. And.. He’s not wrong.  h/t Door Sixteen

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We are the sons of no one

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Last night we saw The Replacements! It was their first hometown gig iiiin 23 years. Neither of us are HUGE fans, well, in that we were just plain never exposed. But we KNEW this was going to be special, and I managed to score some tickets in the 11th hour through twitter, of all places.  We hitched a ride with some friends and had a great time at Midway stadium, standing in the glorious fall air, drinking beers, and jumping around to rock n’ roll.
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Seriously, could you ask for a more gorgeous night for a concert?
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The Hold Steady opened, who I’ve seen as a headliner twice. So that’s what we’re dealing with.
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We didn’t end up very close for The Replacements’ set, but we also weren’t in a very crowd-heavy spot, so we could dance or jump around and talk to each other and be like “THIS IS AWESOME” and go to the bathroom or get beers whenever we wanted. It was honestly one of the most fun nights of my life, and half the people I’ve EVER KNOWN were there. It was probably the buzziness of a.) the excitement and b.) the beer, but Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson did a little hug at the very end of the show before they left the stage and I was leaned up against Alan and I just kinda lost it. After a rollicking good rock show, and then to close with that moment of tenderness… It was the sweetest thing ever.

So this year just keeps getting better and better with legendary concerts (Neutral Milk Hotel! Paul McCartney!) Man, I wonder where it can go from here.

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My week in #vscocam

Trying to use VSCO more and more. Picture apps are a great quick way to stay creative and try to look at things in a different way.10666204_816853831668043_710609620_n
I had some fun with gin on Friday and made a delicious cocktail which I plan to share soon.
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The future Vikings stadium, as seen from my office building.
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Busted out the #LeatherJacket this week! Feels good, man.
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I’m not 100% sure, but I may have never used this mug, despite wanting one for *YEARS* (because it’s cute right!) and I finally bought one when we went to the Tate Modern last Spring in London. Anyway. Mod morning coffee.
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Last night I saw Buzzcocks with my good friend Anna. It’s kinda odd but they’re actually my favorite punk band, but then, I’m not the biggest fan of punk music in general (of course I LIKE it and I know about it, and I know how it’s important, but I just don’t get that into it.) I love Buzzcocks however because I dunno, listening to them makes me so damn happy.
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And at last, this week Alan and I were both saying we wanted new desk chairs (the one I was using had ZERO back support). We ordered a couple of these Eames knockoffs on Wednesday and they were couriered out yesterday! I was gone all day and all evening and getting to come home to a GORGEOUS new office chair is such a lovely, lovely treat.

You can follow along with all of these, of course, straight from the source (My Instagram)!

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Get Into The Season: Jersey Sheets

CRW_4218Minnesota got slapped in the face with a dose of Fall with a capital F this week. It’s great. I’ve busted out the Minnetonka Moccasins, last night I wore my leather jacket out, an Autumn staple, and this past weekend we put jersey sheets on the bed.  You guys ever had these? I was concerned they might get super sweaty, like a poor-breathing t-shirt. But it’s actually the opposite. They’re so cozy. Like, SO cozy.
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They breathe really well too. And they’re malleable and taught on the bed. Every night is like going to bed on fresh sheets.
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Arya concurs. We got these sheets at Target, and you KNOW the only color you can get is heather gray (possibly striped, if it’s for a child).
Now I just gotta get ourselves a new duvet cover to continue this bedroom minimalism. Got my eyes on this or for a cheaper option (cuz let’s be honest I need the cheaper option),  this. I’ll let you know how that goes…

Also: I’ve been listening to Angel Olsen today, and her sparse, minimalist folksy music suits this chilly Thursday morning well

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Things I Dig // Rocks, Man

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I’ll admit I didn’t get it when the “geometry” trend rolled out a little while back. I call it that because I don’t know what else to call it. Simple shapes you got taught in kindergarten were no longer “cool.” No, it’s all about polygons now. I didn’t get it, but I sure love it now. Now lots of things in my house are multi-facted and while I always favor symmetry over all, I’ve really taken a liking to rough gems. Many of these things have been on my wishlist for a long time. (I actually received the wall calendar the other day and I’m pretty excited to use it). Check it!

1 Ring // 2 Calendar // 3 Earrings // 4 Bookends // 5 Magnets // 6 Lamp

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Game day Snacks: Creamy Onion Dip!

CRW_4140Well. Here we are. A recipe feature. A recurring opening to many of my posts lately is “Since getting married…” But it’s the super truth. After you get married, it’s great, you have all this free time and a buddy around the house to do stuff with! I’ve become a sort of Susie Homemaker all of a sudden. Cooking a lot more, cleaning like ALL the time. There are endless projects I want to tackle now that I’m not stressing over a wedding. Being married is also great for projects because you also have a taster and a model and an idea giver. The goal of being more a “Lifestyle Blogger” is not understood by many, but Alan, true champ he is, has been pretty much on board with every silly thing I want to blog  about, or every time I want to stop and take a picture. Thanks Alan!
CRW_4078Anyway. A recipe feature. As I’ve been cooking more lately, and sort of into making my own kind of everything (it’s so much more rewarding to make stuff from scratch than to buy it in a store), and because I have all these new appliances and cookware and serving dishes I just want to share it with everyone. Maybe like me, you have friends who like football. Football season comes, and every Sunday it’s just “whose house is it this week?”
CRW_4082We like entertaining. We like supplying way too many snacks too. I thought I’d start off with an easy Onion Dip I adapted from these two recipes with a little twist: fresh mint (also, I didn’t have cream cheese, but I totally had goat cheese which is way cooler). A little weird, right? I’ll explain where that came from eventually. BUT, I’m obsessed with mint lately. I’m not sure how much the prep time is, as I was too busy staging these photos, and it took me a much longer time to chop onions than I expected, because I’m totally susceptible to their evil.

INGREDIENTS
So, the recipe:
- 3 medium onions, chopped
- 2 Tblspoons olive oil
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 juice from a lemon
- Fresh Mint

Directions are simple:
Heat oil in skillet, sautée onions and 1/4 tsp salt over medium-high heat until golden brown. They should look like this:
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I used the opportunity of these puppies frying up to get the cleaning up done. Just give them a quick toss every so often.
CRW_4100Next, after the onions have cooled a bit, throw them in a food processor, or blender, pulse them into a nice paste, then add the rest of your ingredients. Stick it in the fridge for a few hours to “set.”
CRW_4137And it’s really that simple! Serve with your preferred brand of potato chips (or if you run in a “healthy gameday snack crowd”, serve with veggies. Or both, who cares.

Bonus tip: You can use this exact recipe to make another equally delicious dip if you leave out the onions! Whaaa?