Friday Link Love

And the sun finally decided to show itself for a bit yesterday. Much to my coworkers elation. They were beginning to wonder if it would ever reappear, where as yours truly was happy as a clam in her dreary pasty girl world. There were fluffy blankets, kitty snuggles, and large mugs of tea; it was lovely. Now I am back to dramatically donning my oversized shades as I step outside as well as issuing the occasional vampiric hiss whenever the intense sunshine catches me off guard. Seriously, my boss jokingly opened my blinds the other day, and I may have grouchily inquired as to whether he was trying to make me burst into flames or not. Also, my window overlooks the scenic parking lot, and if anyone parts in front of it, I can’t see through the glare on my computer screen. He still has to come in every other month or so to prove to himself that what I am saying is in fact true, so I like to heckle him a bit for funsies. You gotta do what you can to keep things at your 9-5 interesting, right?

As a female who…well…glistens profusely in the summer months, I think these 7 products to help beat the heat are right on target.

Summer alfresco dining is always a good time, here are a few ideas to help inspire you.

I always have been, and probably always will be a big grilled cheese sandwich fan, and this garlic scape swiss chard number seems so delightfully green that I can almost tell myself it’s healthy.

With all that heat, cocktails and mocktails are essential for any gathering. Here are some simple syrups you can quickly whip up to elevate your beverage recipes.

I am all for trying out new things, and floral arranging and shoe making classes sound great, especially when you can start your lessons for free.

There hasn’t been a subscription box that I’ve really felt the need to indulge in for a while now, but this Enchantment Box is giving me that itch.

Lush introduced me to the wonderful world of bath bombs, and I’ve been a little obsessed ever since. This DIY option featuring coconut oil seems like it might be a fun alternative.

It’s supposed to be funny, but right now this is feeling a little to real.

 

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Drawing It Out for You

Once again, Bored Panda has brought me something beautiful. Ikea  partnered with a Toronto-based marketing company by the name of Leo Burnett to take easy at home cooking to a whole new level with their project entitled Cook This Page. Which is a large pad of posters that not only provides detailed recipes for would be chefs, but diagrams that you lay the ingredients out on, a paint by numbers sort of thing if you will. The best part is, after you’re done, all you have to do is roll up the parchment paper and pop it into the oven. How incredibly cool is that!?

It actually looks good right? Plus I think this would be fantastic for families with kids. I loved helping my mom cook when I was little and this would have made things infinitely easier for both of us.

Unfortunately, these bits of awesome aren’t available in stores….yet, but there has been some speculation about them eventually replacing the cookbook.


Happy Solstice!

In a lovely bit of irony, thing are wet and dreary here in the Sunshine state on what is supposed to be the longest day of the year. Those of us who have lived in the state more than a few years are just rolling our eyes and shaking our heads. This is so apropos for our capricious little state, but in the spirit of the solstice, I wanted to share my summer bucket list with you guys. There is quite a bit to do as the days start to shorten once again.

  1. Go to the beach
  2. Swim in the ocean
  3. Look for seashells
  4. Buy a watermelon
  5. Have a cookout
  6. Make strawberry short cake
  7. Buy a summer hat
  8. Have a picnic
  9. Wear a sundress
  10. Build a sandcastle
  11. Wear flash tattoos
  12. Take a day trip somewhere new
  13. Eat as much summer produce as possible
  14. Have a summer movie day
  15. Eat a snow cone
  16. Dance in the rain
  17. Make friendship bracelets
  18. Play in a puddle
  19. Buy some over the top sunglasses
  20. Get ice cream from a local shop
  21. Watch fireworks
  22. Build a blanket fort and take a nap in it
  23. Watch the sunset

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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GF Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt

Okay guys, I am all for scratch baking. If you got time and energy (and sometimes a little ingenuity), you can really create some amazing things. However, there isn’t always the time to trial and error your way into greatness. Keeping a mix or two on hand for a baking emergency, especially when you are baking with dietary restrictions. No lie, there is always a GF brownie mix or cookie mix in my pantry. I’ve gone through a few different brands, and though I deviate from time to time, King Arthur is my tried and true go-to.

So if you too would like some pretentious, low effort cookies follow the instructions on the back of the box and add these four ingredients:

  1. 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  2. 1 tsp smoked sea salt (for finishing)
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla powdered vanilla
  4. 1/2 a heaping cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Put the mix together according to the instruction on the box and then mix ingredients 1,3 &4.
  • Bake as directed.
  • As soon as they come out, sprinkle some of that delicious overpriced salt over the top of those bad boys (sparingly, this stuff is potent) and let cool. Seriously, let them cool for at least 5 minutes or they’ll fall apart when you pick them up. You’re welcome.

Look how pretty! These bad boys are so delicious, and yes, you need to make them. ASAP. Seriously, go get some mix now.


Friday Link Love

It’s so close, guys! My feelings about the impending weekend are like when you’ve dropped something underneath the refrigerator or a low cabinet and you stretch out as far as you can with you fingers brushing the edge of the object, and if you could just stretch a scant 1/2 inch more, you’d have it. That is what today feels like to me. The responsible adult part of me is getting things done and the more childish part of me is straining in her seat. Not that I have anything particularly special planned this weekend, but I have had a very tedious responsibility laden week and I want to shake it off and be a little lazy and less structured for a few days. Who knows, maybe even a touch reckless. Okay, probably not reckless, but you know what I mean. Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?

File this experience  under #lifegoals, I think it would make any woman’s day.

Creativity is important, and according to this article, something as simple as doodling can lead to a better and more mentally agile you.

I am all for Inst-worthy treats, but these NYC locations take things to a whole new level.

These quick and easy shortcakes are the perfect accompaniment to all the lovely summer fruit that has been showing up in the produce section.

While I am usually more of a color girl, this sedate rustic farmhouse looks so lovely and serene.

In addition to the shoes I featured earlier this week, you can add these satin lovelies to my wish list.

Baking can be stressful and the ingredients can be temperamental, here are some tips and tricks to help you get a better handle on some baking do’s and don’ts.

This summer will see me (hopefully) taking a series of small trips. To help me up my packing game, I am going to try to implement these 10 suggestions.

 

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