September 30, 2010

Downown Dispatch Round-Up

Over the last few weeks I've written about some great restaurants, vintage stores, and coffee shops on my other blog, Downtown Dispatch. For those of you who are new to Tea Talk, or haven't heard, I also blog for State Press/ State Press Magazine at Arizona State University. My blog focuses on all things having to do with downtown Phoenix, and I am constantly encouraging students, and others that read my blog to go out, spend some time in downtown Phoenix, and try something new.

I've included some links to my most recent blogs so that you can check out each article. If you live in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, I also encourage you to get out there and try/check out all of these wonderful places.

Verde- a quick-eats restaurant in downtown that serves yummy Mexican food.

MacAlpines Soda Fountain Shop- This place has literally everything- old school soda fountain, coffee, treats, and vintage goods.

Zinnias and Hollywood Regency- These two antique shops are the perfect place to find your next chic home decor piece, vintage camera, or Mad Men inspired dress.

Hanny's- A chic restaurant and bar located in the heart of downtown Phoenix that has a nifty walk-in elevator shaft, and super swanky bathrooms.

I blog under Downtown Dispatch once a week on Thursdays, so don't forget to check out my new blog post each week!

September 29, 2010

September 29, 2006

Four years ago today I met the love of my life at a show (his show) at a coffee shop in Ahwatukee, Arizona. Four years later we are very much in love, and share a wonderful life together.

Here is the flyer for the show that I attended, and Scott played in the night we met.

Over the last four years we have changed, and grown so much as a couple. I am thankful for John Scott every day, and can't imagine not having in my life.

I love you John Scott; here is to another 80 or more wonderful years together.


Fall Envy

As you all may read previously via twitter or my blog, I am now going to be posting outfit photos on my blog. Fashion is a passion of mine, and I really do enjoy dressing up. With Fall upon us I feel that it's my wardrobes time to shine, as it's mostly made up of cardigans, and layering options. Anyways, without furtherado here is my first outfit post "Fall Envy":

Knit jacket: Old Navy via 2008
Knecklace: Vintage heart charm with the letter J (for John Scott) on it
Textured shirt: Element (I found it at some random store while out on my travels this summer)
Jeans: Levi's Jeggings
Shoes: Ruby & Bloom

I've had this knit jacket for some time now, but I really love the peter pan collar it has, and also the double breasted buttons.

I wore this outfit to my internship yesterday. When I go to work I like to look a little more business casual, and I think the knit jacket helped with that. I do have to tell you that it was in the low 100's yesterday, and because I really want Fall to come now in Phoenix I decided to wear knit in protest.

After work yesterday Scott and I ate dinner at went to see Wall Street- Money Never Sleeps with my parents. The movie was very good, and it was nice to just relax at the movies after a long day.

Look for more outfit posts in the near future!

September 28, 2010

Fall Wants 2010

I've been meaning to post a Fall wants blog for awhile now. Fall is my absolute favorite season, and I look forward to it every year. To me, Fall offers everything wonderful: cooler weather, layered clothing, pumpkin patches, hot apple cider, and the chance to see the leaves change colors (if you're lucky and can spot the very few trees in Phoenix that do change colors). The Fall season is is also when Scott and I met and fell in love, so it's a very special time for us.

Anyways, without further ado, my current Fall wants/must-haves are:

1. Lace-up leather boots:


2. Cozy boyfriend cardigans and chunky knits:


3. Leather boat shoes (got them!):

4. Side swept braids:

(Source unknown)

5. Suede Minnetonka moccasins:


6. Brown leather watches:

(All from Fossil)

7. Pretty scarves, specifically ones with little birdies on them:


What are your Fall wants and must-haves? What trends are you following right now and want to pursue for Fall?


September 27, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, Oh My!

A few weeks ago Scott and I started our Fall baking. The first thing we made was pumpkin spice waffles (which turned out great). The second thing we decided to bake was a pumpkin spice oatmeal from a recipe that I found on the interweb sometime last winter.

The recipe that I found called for ramekins, and since Scott and I thought they were super neat we decided to buy a few sets to bake in, and for future use of course ($2.99 for four small ones, or for two larger souffle dishes at Cost Plus right now). After having made this recipe I have realized that you probably don't have to use ramekins, but I feel like they add an extra cuteness to the dish.

The recipe we used was found here and is as followed:

1 cup old fashioned oats (not quick cook)
1 Tbs whole flax seeds (optional)
2½ Tbs brown sugar, packed
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp allspice
⅛ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp lemon zest
2 tsp butter, softened
¾ cup pumpkin puree
¾ cup milk

¼ cup pecans, chopped
2 tsp butter, softened
1 Tbs brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 4 individual-sized ramekins. Set aside.
2. Combine the oats, flax seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well.
3. Zest the lemon.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla, lemon zest, butter, pumpkin, and milk. Whisk thoroughly. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oat mixture. Stir until combined.
5. Divide the mixture evenly between 4 individual-sized ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet (this makes it easier to move in and out of the oven.). Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the topping: chopped pecans, butter, and brown sugar. After the oatmeal has baked for 10 minutes, remove and divide the topping mixture evenly between the ramekins. Bake an additional 7 minutes.
7. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Top with a splash of milk and raisins, if desired.

Scott and I followed the recipe exactly, except we used two souffle dishes instead of four smaller ramekins. Overall, we really loved the oatmeal and found it to be sweet and extra filling. Neither Scott, nor I could finish our entire souffle dish full of oatmeal. Next time we bake it we plan on using our smaller ramekins so that we can save the extra two for later, or share with others.

(Don't forget, no breakfast is complete without some coffee or tea!)

Do you ever cook with ramekins or souffle dishes? What do you bake in them?

Sweet Pea By Kaelah Bee Giveaway!

Hello everyone! Today we have a super sweet giveaway from Kaelah Bee. Kaelah runs an amazing style/personal blog, tweets her heart out most days, and also owns an Etsy shop called Sweet Pea.

Kaelah has been kind enough to offer one lucky Tea Talk reader:

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me your what your favorite item is in Kaelah's shop! If you would like a chance at a second entry, you can become a follower of Kaelah's blog, but be sure and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did so.

The winner will be announced one week from today on Monday, October 4th!

Kaelah is one sweet lady, and I hope you all check out her inspiring blog!


September 26, 2010

A Night in Downtown Mesa

Friday night Scott and I went on a little adventure to downtown Mesa. We went there with the hope that something would be going on i.e. street fair, art showing, etc., however we went got there all we found open was The Underground where some hardcore show was going on, a local bakery/frozen yogurt shop called Sweetcakes, and of course the Mesa Arts Center.

Since there wasn't much to do we decided to take a little walk through the arts center and snap a few pictures.

The Mesa Arts Center was built when I was still in high school and holds monthly art classes, plays/concerts, and gallery showings. I feel like we are pretty lucky in this area to have an arts center in almost every surrounding town (the Tempe Arts Center is about a ten minute drive in the other direction for me), and hopefully soon Scott and I will be able to participate in an art class or two.

The arts center is made up of a few different buildings, with a courtyard area in the middle. I thought the above view of a hanging sculpture in one of the art galleries was just too pretty. Hopefully soon we'll be able to go to the arts center during the day and check out all the different shows going on there right now.

The arts center is filled with all different kinds of designs, and interesting lights. This staircase is by far one of my favorite features of the center, and is so fun to climb up.

One of the arts center's most popular features is the color changing light walls that are placed throughout (courtyard and street view areas). I remembering coming to the arts center when I was younger and taking pictures with old friends in front of the light walls. This time around Scott and I couldn't really resist taking a few fun photos:

Lately we've been trying to figure out some new fun activities to do on our nights off, and visiting the Mesa Arts Center was definitely a good pick (and somewhere we hope to visit again soon).


September 23, 2010

Go Diamondbacks, Go!

Thursday night Scott and I attended a Diamondbacks VS. Rockies baseball game at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

Generally, Scott and I are not much of sports fans, but we thought it would be fun to attend a game and take in the sites. About a month ago we purchased our tickets at Costco, and paid $40 for two tickets, and also $12 in Dbucks that we could use to buy food at the stadium.

Since parking can be kind of hectic near the stadium we opted to park in my parking garage for school a few blocks away and walk to the game. The weather was really nice that evening and it actually felt like fall.

Once we made it to the stadium we picked up our tickets, and made our way in. We soon found out that we were sitting pretty close to the field and had great seats.

After hanging out for a bit and watching the game start, I decided that I was hungry and needed to spend our Dbucks, so we took a walk to the food court area and picked out some chicken strips, french fries, and one very large iced tea.

The game was overall a lot of fun, and we enjoyed talking about the goofy pictures of the players, how fast the balls were going, and how well the Dbacks were doing. We're pretty happy that we went, and now are planning on going to a Suns game when basketball season starts.

Do you ever go to sporting events? What's your favorite part about them?

Thankful for John Scott

Tonight (and really every moment of every day) I am feeling so very thankful for my guy, John Scott.

He is the kind of guy that will hold you when your stomach hurts, and make you food that you suggest will make you feel better. He will come to your work after he gets off of school and pick up your phone and take it to Verizon to find out why the battery keeps dying so quickly. He will also bring you (and your mother) iced teas from Starbucks just because he knows you like them. Not to mention, he will also hold you close when you are cold, or when you're scared to walk around downtown Phoenix at night.

I am truly a blessed lady, and I feel so lucky to have John Scott in my life. On the 28th we will mark four years of knowing one another, and on the 24th of next month we will mark four years of loving one another.

He is truly the glue that holds me together, and I am so blessed to have in my life.



The boy and I are going to a baseball game tonight (just for fun), and I feel that this is just another reason to love Thursdays.

For me, Thursdays mean the start of the weekend, time off, and the chance to do something fun.

What do you love about Thursdays?

By the way, I am so bad at taking photos of the both of us because I always cut off the top of Scott's head. Mind you though, Scott is a good six or so inches taller than me!

PS I have NOT had coffee in almost two days! I'm pretty sure that is some kind of record for myself. I blame it on my achy stomach that just can't handle coffee when it's down. Grrr.

September 22, 2010

Hi Fall /// I'm Back!

Welcome Fall, I am so glad that you are finally here.

On another note, I am so sorry that I have been MIA the last few days. With a mixture of flu like symptoms, stomach pain, and heartburn, a girl doesn't want to do much. I've been barely making it to school, and even had to leave my internship early yesterday (sadly). However, today I am feeling much better (even though that pesky stomach pain is still lingering around) and I WILL do those things I haven't felt well enough to do the last few days i.e. blog, get things ready for class today, and eat breakfast.

Now, on a lighter note, my mom decided to Google me last night and easily found my Twitter and decided to recite all of my tweets to me (I'm pretty sure I had someone do something similar early in the day i.e. Colin from SPM). Lets just say that I was slightly embarrassed...

Ok, time to get ready for class and celebrate the first day of Fall!

Hope you all have a lovely day!

September 18, 2010

A peek into my school life /// on film

Here is a little peek into my every day school life in downtown Phoenix (on film, of course):

Part of the skyline.

My spooky parking garage.

On 1st Street.

On the third floor of the Cronkite building.

Royal at the Market.

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend.