What They’re Into with Bradford Crowder a.k.a. Uncle Beefy

The Bedlam of Beefy‘s Bradford, or as I affectionately call him, “UB”, is one of my all time favorite bloggers.  He lives in Washington state, so our friendship was a virtual one until we made plans to meet up in wine country a few years ago.  Needless to say, we felt like we had known each other for years and I became an even bigger fan.  Everyone here at Ruby Press loves his candid, thoughtful blog posts and loves the fact that he loves food as much as we do!  {Have you seen his baked goodies??  The man clearly has a wealth of talent in many arenas.}

Thanks so much for joining in our series, UB!  You’re one in a million and we’re so happy to call you our friend!  xx


What is the last thing you bought that you shouldn’t have?

God help me… more cookbooks! I’m probably around two more away from either opening up a cookbook shop or appearing on an upcoming episode of hoarders. I’m trying to stave off from getting anymore but I’m kinda aching to get the latest offering from
Ottolenghi, “Jerusalem.” It looks amazing!


What are your favorite places to shop, online and off?

Two local favorites for me are Sur La Table (in the Pike Place Market) and Watson Kennedy! (Luckily both shops have an online presence.) Sur La Table feeds all my foodie fantasies and Watson Kennedy, well, I just want to own the whole store – the merchandising is stunning!

(Watson Kennedy photo from here.)


If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Hands down, it would be the theme from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” It isn’t exactly the most masculine choice but it’s just so damned upbeat and optimistic that it’s impossible to pass up.


What is your favorite room in your home and why?

Despite the fact that it needs a massive redo (can you say “Harvest Gold” appliances?!), I love being in my kitchen. Especially during this time of year, there’s nothing quite like firing up the oven and stove and working up something tasty. And, hey, they don’t call it the heart of the home for nothing.


What is your favorite scent?

Oh boy! This one is kinda tough for me. There’s the whole “coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, bacon, fresh-baked bread” food scents. Then outdoor smells like the sea, fresh cut grass, the smell of a summer rain on warm pavement, or, up here in the northwest, the sweet scent of blackberries that wafts on the air in August. On a more fashionable note, papa likes to spray himself down with either Bulgari Black or Creed’s “Silver Mountain Water.”


What inspires you?

Currently, I find myself inspired by Kinfolk magazine, Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, and Mastin Kipp. Kinfolk is such a great combination of aesthetic value and fostering an appreciation of the extraordinary in the everyday. Danielle, Marie, and Mastin are inspiring me in my mission to lead a more conscious and heart-driven life. Authenticity is always inspiring.


What’s one luxury you can’t live without?

Champagne. I mean, it doesn’t always have to be Veuve Clicquot but papa does love and indulgent glass (or four) of the bubbles. It’s a celebration of life in a glass!

The Bedlam of Birthdays

So, I am thrilled to say I finally met the fabulous Uncle Beefy this past weekend, and he was just as charming, witty and warm as I knew he would be.  He was celebrating his 40th birthday in my favorite wine country town, St. Helena, with his friends and Bradford {I couldn’t call him Uncle Beefy in casual conversation, just too weird!} was generous enough to let me join them for the afternoon.  {And if you haven’t seen his friends’ Georgina and Jon’s to-die-for St. Helena home, you should check it out here.}

Here’s to Uncle Beefy!!  xx


{image via The Bedlam of Beefy, orginally from Martha Stewart}

Meet your new uncle…

I haven’t dedicated an entire post to one blogger, and don’t know if I’ll ever do this again, but I just want to introduce the few of you who don’t already know Uncle Beefy… His real name may be Bradford, but his blogging alter ego “Uncle Beefy” always makes me smile, so I have to call him by that.

His blog, The Bedlam of Beefy, is personal, stylish, warm, and always witty. This may sound a bit sappy, and even though I don’t know the sound of his voice, or what he looks like, he’s one of the wonderful fellow bloggers that I’ve come to know as a real friend. (And his comments on our blog often cause me to laugh out loud!) May this serve as your formal introduction.

Some of my favorite posts…

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