Sugar Cookies

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I’ll take any excuse to bake frosted sugar cookies, and Valentine’s Day is a good one! This is my favorite method for making cut-out sugar cookies easily, and it ensures they hold their shape: Roll out slightly chilled dough on parchment paper, roughly to the size of your baking sheet. Cut out shapes, not too close together, but fitting in as many as you can. Remove the dough between the shapes and chill the entire sheet for 15 minutes before baking. They turn out perfectly!

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Wool cap

Here’s a favorite of mine to make. Simple and classic, this garter-brim cap is made with 100% wool from American farms. I love working with double-point needles when making caps. I feel that they give me more control than a circular needle, and of course you have to switch to them anyway when shaping the crown.

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Kuilau Ridge Trail, Kaua’i

Last April, my husband and I traveled to Kaua’i, Hawai’i for our honeymoon. It was a beautiful time of year to be there, and we took several hikes on various parts of the island. I think my favorite was the Kuilau Ridge Trail, which offers lush views of the interior parts of the island. Here are a few of my photos from our day on this trail.

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Frozen Lake Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

One of our favorite areas to hike is around Sunrise, in the Mt. Rainier National Park. A few weeks ago we did a 7-mile hike around Burroughs Mountain, including Frozen Lake, which in August is more of a pond, but does still have some snow lingering around its edges. I never get tired of how the views of Rainier change along these trails, where it is so close that you can really notice every detail. I especially love seeing the mountain from top to bottom, where rivers emerge from beneath the glaciers and start their journeys down through the foothills. Here are my photos from this hike, and one from a friendly fellow hiker.

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Laurel McConnell Photography, a Seattle Yacht Club Wedding

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I’m so happy to share these gorgeous photos by Laurel McConnell Photography of one of my last weddings. At the Seattle Yacht Club, and coordinated by Megan of Clutch Events, this was a fun, coral-themed wedding with other light touches of marine-inspired decor. It was a beautiful August day, and I loved being part of the festivities by creating these floral designs.

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