I was trying to delete some blog spam the other night and I got distracted (I know, so rare!) by looking through my iphoto annals. It got me to thinking, “hey! I should go through all my pictures from 2011 and pick my favorite two (or three) from each month and put them in a blog post.”
So, that’s what I’ve done here. It was a lot more fun than deleting spam comments from the moderation queue. Although, you have to admit, this one has a certain charm:
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It’s weird. It always seems like the year went by very fast, but then looking at all these pictures, I guess we did do a lot of fun stuff. I also still think that on the whole, 2011 was a pretty bad year, but this exercise definitely reminded me of some very nice moments that it had going for it.
January…the month for red wine and crusty bread.
In a very Portlandia moment, some tweeded up bike riders along Front Avenue.
A cup of Fez green tea from Smith Teamaker during brunch at Accanto.
A chicken and olive dish out of a favorite cookbook, “The New Spanish Table.”
Making Orange Caramel Scallops for French Fridays with Dorie.
The Hollywood Theater in NE Portland.
Planting lettuce in the garden bed.
Our backyard apple tree starting to blossom.
A chipmunk in Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.
Arches National Park, UT, right before a storm.
At the Montavilla Farmer’s Market. I just happened to snap the picture just as she was tossing the flowers into the air.
A Red Oriental Poppy by the side of the house.
An awesome meal at Place Pigalle in Seattle, WA.
Salted Caramel Latte at Coffee Girl in Astoria, OR.
The perfect Summer tomato — Montavilla Farmer’s Market Chef Demo.
The Decemberists at the Edgefield.
Birthday dinner for jwa at Nehelam River Inn.
Pistachios in an orange bowl (for lime pistachio angelfood cake).
Beets from the garden.
A path through Hoyt Arboretum in Portland.
Festive skeleton on the front porch for Halloween.
Interesting fence and a sunny day in Gearhart, OR.
Sunset later that day at Cannon Beach, OR.
Pear Lunch at Castagna in SE Portland.
Strange gourd ornament I put on the tree every year.