The Hello Sessions!

The Hello Sessions - Workshops for Creatives in Portland, OR - 10/9/15 TheHelloSessionsBrunch2

You know that big announcement I’ve been hinting at for months? It’s time for the big reveal! This coming October 9th, Melissa and I will be putting on a small workshop-based conference called The Hello Sessions in Portland, Oregon!

The Hello Sessions - Workshops for Creatives in Portland, OR - 10/9/15

We have lots and lots of details to share, but first we wanted to let you in on the big news. Our official announcement came a couple of weekends ago at brunch with some of our favorite Pacific Northwest bloggers, which was held at Urban Farmer. Over fizzy drinks (and wine from La Crema), good conversation, and delicious food, we kicked things off in style.

The Hello Sessions - Workshops for Creatives in Portland, OR - 10/9/15

The Hello Sessions - Workshops for Creatives in Portland, OR - 10/9/15

Minted hosted the event, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect partnership. Everything grew out of the gorgeous invitations we chose from their collection, including the most magical, show stopping flower arrangements by the talented Anna Mara. Minted handled all the thoughtful touches, like the framed photos of attendees with their mothers wrapped in Minted’s new line of fabric.

The Hello Sessions - Workshops for Creatives in Portland, OR - 10/9/15

The Hello Sessions - Workshops for Creatives in Portland, OR - 10/9/15

Each piece of the brunch hinted at what’s to come, from the quintessentially Portland vibe of Urban Farmer to the gorgeous decor to the swag bags. Our Minted totes held:


It was such a fun morning and we’re so excited that we finally get to share our news with you! In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about what you can expect from the conference, when you can purchase tickets, and who our awesome workshop leaders are. We’re beyond thrilled with the incredible community that’s already joined us around our event, and we can’t wait to welcome you to The Hello Sessions!

All photos taken by the talented Linnea Paulina!

Simple Recipe: Fruit Filled Breakfast Shortcakes

Quick Shortcake Recipe (shortcakes for breakfast)

Since I love a sweet breakfast or brunch option, I wanted a cake I could easily whip up on a weekend morning. After discovering this mini German pancake recipe on Real Mom Kitchen, I knew I’d found just the thing.

Since these are really pancakes, they aren’t your traditional flaky biscuit shortcake — but they’re not sweet and I topped them with whipped cream and fruit, so in my book they’re shortcakes. I actually prefer these slightly chewy cakes to the biscuits.

To my delight, these took less than ten minutes of hands-on time! Fifteen minutes later, we had these perfectly fluffy babies on our hands, which we then decorated with a spoonful of maple syrup, a dallop of whipped cream, peaches, and raspberries.

Quick Shortcake Recipe (shortcakes for breakfast)


For shortcakes (aka German pancakes):
Minimally adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 cup butter, melted

For whipped cream:
1 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Maple syrup


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a blender, combine milk, eggs, flour, and vanilla. Make sure there are no lumps! Add the melted butter in four parts.

2. Grease your muffin tin. Fill each about halfway with batter. (Makes a dozen.) Bake 15 minutes.

3. Remove the shortcakes from the pan and allow them to cool. Meanwhile, make the whipped cream by whipping the ingredients with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

4. Drizzle each with a teaspoon of maple syrup, whipped cream, and fruit.

Quick Shortcake Recipe (shortcakes for breakfast)Quick Shortcake Recipe (shortcakes for breakfast)

These are best served fresh with a hot cup of coffee or tea! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Can’t wait until the weekend to make these? They make an equally excellent breakfast-for-dinner.

P.S. Another favorite brunch recipe: berry oatmeal brûlée. Oh, and you can’t forget bagels (three ways)!

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Brunch Bagels Three Ways

Frock Files | Bagels Three Ways

Last weekend, we had two of our favorite people over for our favorite meal: brunch. Since I never know what people will be in the mood for, I like to offer lots of different toppings for bagels. This even makes things easy if you have friends who are eating gluten-free, since GF bagels are easier to come by these days.

Since we’re headed out of town tonight, I won’t be posting tomorrow. So I’m taking this opportunity to wish you a wonderful weekend with a little video to inspire your Saturday or Sunday brunch. Have a wonderful one, friends!

Brunch Bagels Three Ways from Joy Uyeno on Vimeo.

P.S. The perfect thing to accompany bagels? Coconut Butter Coffee. That’s right, butter in your coffee — and it’s actually amazing for you!

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