Sailing the Open Sea Pt. 2

Earlier this week, I shared about a recent sailing trip with Tristan’s parents. I had to lay the foundation by sharing all of the outfit research I conducted in advance, so that I could be ready to go sailing at a moment’s notice. Here are some photos from that day.

Up and at ’em with some coffee.

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I find it a source of pride that I don’t know how to take a selfie (or whatever). After taking the above shot, I attempted to take a manly photo of Tristan, and this is how it turned out:

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UG. Trying this again.

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There we go.

Here is our captain. Captain Dave.

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I somehow did not get a picture of my mother-in-law, probably because she was down in the cabin making a fabulous tapas lunch during the time I was in picture mode.

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Those are figs, people. I know, right? So fancy.

It was a day filled with lovely views and the most peaceful setting ever. I even had to take a little nap.

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We aren’t technically in the “open sea,” but it’s still pretty spacious!

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Look, the Needle!

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Since I didn’t take a full outfit photo, I’ve recreated my final outfit here:SUMMER SAILING OUTFIT Seattle Edition - Torie & Tristan

Anorak, Boyfriend Jeans, Flats, Sunglasses, Bathing Suit Top, Scarf (sorry, not all of these are still available!)

The casual research I conducted on sailing outfits totally paid off! Wouldn’t you know, my mother-in-law goes, “Oh, you look like Grace Kelly!”


First of all, I wouldn’t go that far. Second of all, isn’t every female trying to look like Grace Kelly every day, at least a little? I thought that was a cultural norm. But I was sure prepared with my sunglasses and headscarf! And was of course, very flattered.



Adios Amigos!


Today, Tristan and I are headed to Tijuana, Mexico to build homes and lead vacation Bible school for the next eight days. It will be a lot of hard, HOT work, but I’m excited to push myself in this way. We are going with a group of people Tristan grew up with. He’s been on this trip four times and our leader, Colleen, has been spearheading the trip for 20 years! She used to babysit Tristan when he was a toddler. It’s been a blast getting to know them.

Here he is back in 2007, the last time he went on this mission trip:

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We will be building two houses and outhouses, and playing games and spending time with the local kids. I’m really looking forward to visiting the orphanage. Also, visiting the market (shopping is shopping).

Here is the type of house we will be building:

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There is talk of adding a loft this year. Oo!!

Often times, the family receiving the house helps build it:


At the end of the process, the team and family dedicate the home(s) to the Lord. It’s a very emotional moment. Last year, the family who received a house had been living under a roll of carpet in a garbage dump. So humbling.


If you’d like to follow our trip, pictures will be posted on the mission team Facebook page. If you are interested in learning more about our mission group, the website is here.

It’s so inspiring to hear how Colleen and her family have had such a positive impact on so many families over the years, both in Mexico and here in the States. It really shows how one person can truly make a difference, especially when they inspire those around them to join the cause.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers!



Our Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom Debut

We’re super excited to share that our wedding was featured in the Summer/Fall issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, which hit newstands last week. We’ve been waiting to post photos and share info about our special day until the magazine came out. Here’s a sneak peak, featuring photos from our amazing photographer, Chris Ohta Photography!

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Too tiny to read? Well, go grab a copy for yourself! 🙂

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since our wedding. Tonight, we are headed to Lake Chelan, where we got married, for our 2nd Annual Family Reunion, the first of which was held when family members came to town for our wedding. They are staying in the same house and everything! Only, instead of Tristan and I flying solo in the honeymoon suite, we are camping on the deck… Oh, how the mighty have fallen! 🙂

You can see the beautiful lake in the background of this shot:

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We hope to lay out and relax as much as possible, perhaps get a little color in our skin. Catch up on magazines, go wine tasting, eat a lot. Thank God for high-waist bikini bottoms!




Torie & Tristan, Out & About

It’s been a busy last few weeks. Here’s a mini photo journal.

A friend invited us over for Moscow mules at her “carriage house.” I didn’t know what a carriage house was, either. But now, I’m obsessed – it’s basically a mini party house that lives in the backyard:


Upon quick research, they appear to be universally charming. And this particular carriage house is shabby chic fabulous. The lights on the wall spell out BE NICE. And look at these Moscow Mules all lined up, begging me to take a picture (and drink one):

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Now that Tristan is advocating for local, organic food, I initiated him into the granola world that is the Ballard Farmer’s Market. If you’ve seen my recipes lately, you’ll know I’m already a fan.


We made the mistake of going at lunchtime and so naturally, everything looked and smelled delicious. We made a pit stop at the Market Minis stand for some powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar fresh mini donuts.

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Then we opted for fresh tamales and veggies:



And look at this!

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Later, using some of our veggie purchases, I created one of my first-ever “I think these ingredients should all taste good together” recipes: roasted red pepper, sauteed mushrooms, chicken, chestnut fettuccine, cucumber, basil, garlic…


And, yay!


Another night, when Tristan was in charge of dinner, he continued to confirm that he is a WAY better photographer than I am. I received this picture message on my phone:


He just has an eye for photography which I try to fake. And I even have a better camera phone. Oh well, that’s why we’re a team! And the dinner was yummy, too :).

We also tried out two raw “healthy” cookie dough ball recipes – chocolate chip and peanut butter butterscotch. LOVED them both, and they lasted us all week and completely satisfied our sweet tooth (teeth?) while being a great protein boost.



This weekend, we are having my aunt and uncle over for fondue (our fave) and I will be able to finally debut my Easter tablescape and new gold flatware. Pictures to come next week!





From the Island to the Stadium to the Tree Farm!

Here are some shots from our whirlwind 4-day weekend.


Headed to Camano Island, Wash. on Wednesday evening. The tradition is to eat at the Mexican restaurant the night before Thanksgiving. The next morning, my cousin Danielle made everyone lefse, a Norwegian flatbread, which she buttered and cinnamon-sugared.

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After lefse and some pumpkin liqueur coffee, I left Tristan on a chair watching football and went on a hike with my mother-in-law and aunt around Camas Beach. It was beautiful!


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We stopped at the most charming bed and breakfast on the way back to search for my father-in-law rumored to be enjoying a bloody mary at the bar.

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After we got back, I saw that Tristan was exactly where I left him. So I took his lead and parked myself in front of the fire with a magazine and fresh cup of coffee.

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Before we left for the hike, Danielle and I had collaborated on Ina Garten’s mulled wine recipe. I know I married into the right family because they just so happened to have vintage gold-embellished mugs AND festive glass stir sticks on hand. It was the perfect stress reliever as I made …

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… my first-ever stuffing! Talk about grown up. Last year I brought a salad.

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On the table it went:

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After dinner and a power nap, some of the gal cousins and I went into the hot tub, and decided to paint our nails and watch a Christmas movie. When there’s teenagers involved, the color quota goes up by like, one million:



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Lots and lots of glitter. Stay tuned for my DIY Manicure #3 post with the sparkly results.

The next morning, we left the island bright and early to head to the annual Apple Cup between University of Washington and Washington State University back at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

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Here’s our stadium’s view. As I mentioned in my last post, we are never far from water and/or boats. When he was a kid, Tristan’s dad used to bring him out on their boat  next to the stadium and they’d listen to the game on the radio.

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The next morning, we met some friends at Trinity Tree Farm, where we picked out (and chopped down) our very first tree as husband and wife.

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Ta Da!

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We will be decorating the tree this upcoming weekend because I only grabbed one of my Christmas boxes from storage, and apparently it wasn’t the one with the ornaments. So, I can’t get very far without them!

Does anyone else feel majorly behind already since Thanksgiving was so late this year!? I’m trying to be so festive but there’s NO TIME!




Leaving Town + Links of the Week

Today after work, Tristan and I are headed to Portland to visit family and some college friends.


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It will be great to spend more time with everyone, since the last time we saw them was a brief “hi-bye” at our wedding. And who doesn’t love Portland? Tax-free Forever 21 practically IS free!

Here are some of my favorite links I found this week:


And if you are traveling this weekend as well, just remember: