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Spring Wishlist

My home has seemed a bit lack luster since the holidays. We took all of the decorations down and… didn’t put anything else up. The mantle is bare; the shelves where I usually keep my unusual finds contain nothing but dust. Honestly, it’s kind of a bummer. I’ve sort of trained myself to look past it, but I was sitting in the living room this weekend, looking at the riot of color bursting forth in our backyard and thinking maybe it’s time to do something about it. Usually, I am a more is more kind of girl, but I have really been enjoying some of the more minimalistic decor – softer color pallets with clean natural accents. Here are some of the things on my current wishlist.

Glass TerrariumAnthropologie
Fern Wall MixWest Elm
Garden Party GarlandTerrain
Embroidered Cover H&M
Marina Adirondack ChairTarget
Carter Wall ShelfUrban Outfitters
Solig White NetIkea
Fern Wall ArtWorld Market
Loungie Floor ChairJane

Can you tell that I’ve been fantasizing about laid back lounging? Now I just need to get my tax return filed so that refund “fingers crossed” can be put to good, strategic design use.


Spring Bucket List

While this might be a bit premature for those of you located further north, it is well and truly spring time in Tallahassee. Truth be told, it’s probably more accurate to say that it is summer-adjacent since the thermostat will be hovering in the low eighties a little later this week. With the threat of the inevitable summer Florida heat looming, it seems like a good time to put together my spring bucket list so I can start crossing things off.

  • Go to MacClay Garden
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Yoga or Meditate Daily
  • Go to Lake Ella to see the ducks
  • Buy myself something in a fun spring color
  • Sip a chai on the back deck at Black Dog Cafe
  • Play with Sidewalk Chalk
  • Go for a walk
  • Make a flower crown
  • Enjoy some fresh berries
  • Take a day trip
  • Go to a farmers market
  • Drive with the windows down
  • Plat roses in my back yard
  • Buy an Adirondack chair for my back porch
  • Go Marie Kondo on my closets
  • Make a loaf of homemade bread
  • Bake something with lemon
  • Make some DIY extracts for baking
  • Stomp in some puddles
  • Curl up and enjoy the rain

I thought about putting a few more trip/mini vacation ideas on this list, but Andy and I have both been a bit bogged down with work lately, and I am trying to make sure that we can have fun but still rest up on the weekends. It’s all about that complicated thing we call balance. So what is on your spring bucket list this year?

Image from here.


A Little Self-Care On A Day Like Today

We all knows what today is. We all know. And to be completely honest no matter my status, this day almost always leaves me feeling inadequate in some way. So how about we take this year off and give some serious attention to the relationship we most often neglect, the one with ourselves. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Buy yourself a little something. A pair of shoes, a new phone case, overpriced yet gorgeous flowers, whatever makes you feel special.
  • Get a pedicure. Start your self care from the bottom up and try out a new polish while you’re at it.
  • Don’t feel like paying for your primp? Grab one of those single use face masks (or DIY one), and paint your own nails.
  • Watch a movie. Pick your favorite genre, hit up Red Box, Netflix, or Target, and grab a movie watching treat while you’re at it.
  • Take a bath. Light a candle, throw in a bath bomb, do the whole damn thing, and luxuriate in scented, bubbly bliss.
  • Journal. Take some time to really check in with yourself and work through where you are in your current journey, then spend some time thinking about where you want to go and how your going to get yourself there. Write out some steps and make plan.
  • Roll out the mat and do some yoga or meditation. I have been really enjoying some of the routines by Yoga With Adriene, and I have no doubt she’ll have exactly what you need.
  • Clean out your closet. We all get bogged down with clutter from time to time, and it can be incredibly freeing to shed all that extra weight.
  • Color. Find yourself a nice clean page, your favorite crayons or color pencils, and kick it old school for an evening.
  • Read a book. Pull out an old favorite or lose yourself in something new. Lose yourself in a literary adventure for one.

Extra points for adding chocolate and or ice cream to any of these activities 😉


Ceramic Arty by Danielle Penderson

I am one of those people for which tiny things are almost always cuter. Animals, food, decorations… you get the idea. Imagine my delight when Instagram started throwing images from SmallWildShop at me, the website to purchase things from is actually Ceramic Art by Danielle Paterson, tiny perfect ceramic works of art that are fantastical and gorgeously gilded.

Tigers, owls and sloths oh my! While tiny trinkets are without a doubt a staple of this incredible little shop. If you are looking for something a little more affordable or maybe even “useful” there are a number of necklace options as well. in all honesty it is probably the option I’m probably going to go for. Not to wear but hang from my rear view mirror so I can enjoy on the daily.

This is going to sound strange, but these dreamy little pieces remind me a bit of the whimsical pastry confections created by Jacob Kowalski at the end of the first Fantastic Beasts movie. And yes I am 95% sure that that particular brand of magic is not real…but when I see things like this I always wonder if the artist has somehow tapped into something a little extra special. Who knows for sure right?


Vegan Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt

There was a Super Bowl Tailgate themed luncheon at my office last week, and since I knew they were planning on the traditional wings and sliders, my vegan coworker and I made plans to bring some veggie friendly food for ourselves. We’re all for the office camaraderie, but we’re definitely past the age where we can get away with only eating potato chips and celery sticks for lunch. Luckily for us, Field Roast has a number of veggie options that easily fit into hot dogs and hamburger buns, but I wanted to make sure we’d have a sweet treat as well. After doing a little poking around online, I found this simple recipe video on Tasty . Quick and easy, which is exactly what you need when you decide to bake on a Thursday evening. Even better, it was a recipe that couple be elevated an personalized with a few extra ingredients.

Ingredients:
for 10 servings

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 oz vegan semi-sweet chocolate, chunks
  • 4 oz vegan dark chocolate, chunks

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, salt, and coconut oil until combined.
  2. Whisk in non-dairy milk and vanilla, until all sugar has dissolved and the batter is smooth.
  3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks evenly.
  5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  7. Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Be sure to leave at least 2 inches of space between cookies and the edges of the pan so cookies can spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies just begin to brown.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Enjoy!

*For my cookies I subbed the chocolate chunks for mini chocolate chips and added a 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. As soon as the cookies came out of the oven, I sprinkled each with smoked sea salt.

Oh my, were these cookies exactly what was needed! Chewy, a little crispy at the edges, with the crunch of the nuts and the creamy chocolate chips, and that pop of the smokey salt every now and again. My coworker and I agree they’re the kind of cookies that you want to eat even after you’re full to the brim. 10/10 would recommend and will absolutely make again.