Monday, July 28, 2014

home grown

Food you've grown yourself tastes so dang good. At first I thought it was psychological, but then I gave it some thought. To really know where what you're eating came from is a rare thing. And if you think about it, it's kind of how it's supposed to be. 

Caprese salad is one of my very favorite foods. But the caprese salad I made last night was incomparable. It was so fresh! As I was eating it, I thought about how I once had the dirt these plants came from underneath my nails... And how I've watched bees working so hard going from blossom to blossom. And there I was not only eating the result, but it was providing real sustenance for my body. It's a kind of an amazing cycle. 

Side note: The mozzarella in my salad was not grown by me. I don't have a dairy cow, but one day I will and she will be the princess of all dairy cows. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

a few things

+ After a string of record-breaking heat, Seattle got hit with a rainy day. It was so refreshing and so needed. Central Washington [where my favorite lake is] has been burning wildly with fires. Here's hoping our characteristic rain helps!

+ I love stories. I love things. I love food. I love Blake Lively's Preserve

+ I'm trying this thing where I don't curl my hair, only blow-dry. One day I just kind of realized that not embracing my hair's natural wave and depending on curling iron curls is pretty silly. We'll see how long it lasts. 

+ Things best friends say: "Nice underwear line."

+ I wish the Property Brothers would do what they do for me and for free. I could swing a hammer or somethin' if needed. 

+ At the grocery store late last night, I saw a dad and his little boy with only bacon, eggs and orange juice in their basket. I concluded one of two things: They were going to have late night breakfast for dinner, or they were preparing for Mom's birthday breakfast in bed. The cutest. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

mint sun tea

+ Place 4-6 regular Lipton teabags in a clean glass pitcher of water
+ Add a few sprigs of washed fresh mint
+ Allow pitcher to sit in direct sunlight for 3-5 hours (depending on how strong you like your tea)
+ Pour over a glass of ice
+ Add a lemon slice
+ Enjoy

Sun tea has a slightly different flavor than tea that's made with boiling water. Basically, it tastes like summer.

Monday, July 7, 2014

about summer, duh

I had a great Fourth of July with my friends. Watching fireworks from a boat is pretty much the best way to do it. I also realized that most my posts are about summer and how it needs to be here, or how it's almost here, or how it finally feels like summer, or how summer is over... Basically, I'm just super sentimental about summer. But that's okay because I undeniably live for summer. I spend most the year looking forward to it and once it's here, I'm just so happy!

Summer becomes a weird word after you write it a billion times.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

back to the basics

    It's really starting to feel like the beginning of summer. It's too warm to not go to bed with open windows, and consequently I wake up in a room flooded with cool morning air that makes me pull the blankets up over my head. Summer has a slow start here in the upper-left - It's a general rule to not count on the weather being nice until after the Fourth of July. Which means almost consistently sunny days are just ahead.

    With a part-time internship as my only real responsibility, I have more free time than I've had in who knows how long. I've had the time to make additions to my indoor plant collection and complete a diy that I've been meaning to do for some time now. I've had the time to actually go to the farmers market that happens every Wednesday and only two miles from where I live. I've had the time to read stories in Summer Blonde, which I bought months ago. I've had the time to take long baths and just lay in bed for the sake of being lazy and laying in bed. I've had the time for yoga classes and daily walks. I've had the time to start blogging again! Everything has just slowed way, way down. I'm not going to lie... A part-time income is a little difficult, but I'm enjoying it for what it is. Had I taken the job that was full-time over my internship, I wouldn't have the time to be doing any of these things. I'd probably be wanting to pull my hair out. And I love my internship. I'm learning a lot and really enjoy the work I do each day. I'm happy with where I'm at and so thankful it's Summer. I love Summer.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!!  I'll be sticking to sparklers and sparklers only.

Monday, June 30, 2014

with a cool breeze

I could never live in a place that didn't have a bathtub. There's just something about piling my hair into a high bun and submerging myself up to my nose in hot water. And a bath by an open window with a cool breeze blowing in is the very best. The fresh hair keeps me from getting too hot and it's just... really refreshing. But the luxury pictured above isn't always available, so sometimes I bring a fan into my own windowless bathroom and make my own wind. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

a crime and a diy

Yesterday, I committed a bit of crime. There's this house I drive by everyday and it has the biggest rose bushes. I mean, huge! Roses galore. And they just spill over the fence above the sidewalk... So basically they're public domain. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Anyways.
Pruning shears in tow, I drove by all nonchalant like and clipped myself some pretty pink roses. I got home and decided the plain, clear vase just wasn't doing them justice. So I grabbed my gold spray paint and went to work. Then, I got carried away and started gold-ifying any and all glass I could get my hands on. 

This project was so easy and I love how they turned out! 

Supplies: ruler, masking or painter's tape, scissors, sharpie, plastic bag, Krylon metallic gold spray paint

+ Measure about 2" from the bottom of the glass and make a mark with the sharpie. Do this at several points all the way around the glass.

+  Wrap the tape around the glass just above each mark. Using the points as a guide will help create a straight line.

+ Cut up a plastic bag and use a piece to cover the rest of the glass. Seal it down with tape and make sure any gap or hole is covered.

+ Go into a ventilated area (preferably outside) and start spraying. When spray painting glass, it's extra important to keep the nozzle 8-10" away and use long even strokes - Otherwise, you'll get bumps and drips. Two coats should be enough.

I have so much mis-matched glass that I've thrifted - I love how the gold paint ties them all together.

Also, my stolen roses needed to be glammed up with some gold ;)