7.03.2015

HAPPY HOUR // STRAWBERRY SANGRIA


Today is a holiday weekend edition of Happy Hour! I thought about creating something festive, but truthfully, the red, white and blue drinks floating around Pinterest didn't look very appealing to me, and creating a flag-themed beverage sounded like too much work. It is so hot here, and I knew I didn't want to put a lot of effort into this. We're keeping our 4th of July pretty low key this year, with no parties or BBQs, so I wanted to create something we could enjoy, but not slave over.

If you're a country music fan like myself, you might have had a certain Blake Shelton song rolling around in your mind for the past few weeks. The song planted a seed, and after hearing about my mom's many ventures in sangria over the past year, I decided to try it out myself.

This is my first try at sangria. I know, it's a little bold to commit to sharing with y'all my first attempt. However, it is such a simple drink to make, that can really be modified to your liking, so it's hard to go wrong. With the high temperatures, it was tempting to go for a white wine sangria, but B doesn't drink white wine, and I wanted to start with a more traditional recipe. I chose the recipe I did because I'm not a fan of apples, which are traditionally found in sangria, and wanted to use strawberries, instead.

This sangria is sweet and fruity without losing the dry, tannic qualities of the wine. It's the perfect thing to sip while complaining about the heat ;)


INGREDIENTS //
1 bottle red wine (I used pinot noir, but would have preferred a Spanish varietal if I could find it)
1/4 cup brandy - less???more???
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (I used Grand Marnier, because we had it)
Juice of 1/2 large orange
1/2 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1/2 lb. strawberries, sliced
Ice
Optional: club soda or sparkling water


HOW TO MAKE IT // recipe adapted from The Primalist
In a pitcher, combine all ingredients except ice and sparkling water. Stir together, cover and place in the refrigerator. Chill and let it steep for at least 12 hours, but no more than 2 days. When ready to serve, pour into a glass over ice. If preferred, top with sparkling water and garnish glass with orange and strawberry slices. Sip and enjoy!

Optional: Play Sangria in the background ;)


7.01.2015

TOUR // BRIGHT AND WORLDLY IN SAN FRANCISCO


When I came across this home tour yesterday, I knew I had to share it with you. The living room really looks like the direction I want to take our own living room in. Janette Crawford, a designer for Homepolish, decorated her Alamo Square  home (shared with her toddler daughter and two roommates!) with various worldly textiles, lots of greenery, and clean lines. What she created is a space that is both cozy and airy, with tons of personality. Take a peek inside her home, then be sure to click over to Glitter Guide for more photos, and her incredible design advice.

Source: Glitter Guide
Designer: Janette Crawford
Photography: Aubrie Pick






6.29.2015

MONDAY MOTIVATION


A late post today. This Monday I am feeling spent. After two weeks of managing the house mostly on my own, with multiple visitors in and out, and weekends spent with family, I am feeling worn out. I had truly planned for June weekends to be quiet, with no travel, and plenty of time to check things off my list, and spend time on myself. Unfortunately, I forgot that we had visitors coming, so I lost those weekends. I'm hoping I can regain some weekend time in July. (Can you believe it's almost July? Crazy.)

As a person who gains energy from alone time, this quote really speaks to me. It can be difficult in this busy, noisy world to carve out time for yourself, but the busier and noisier the world gets, the more important it is. I was reading about this idea last night in Essentialism, and nearly highlighted the whole chapter. Sometimes you read the perfect thing, at the perfect time. I was stressed and tired, and picked up a book that had been collecting dust on the table for a few weeks, and read exactly the words I needed in that moment.

Make time for yourself friends. Take care of your mind, allow yourself the space to take care of that to do list, so the unchecked items don't weigh on you daily, and say yes to yourself more than you do to others.

image via Pinterest / unable to find original source

6.26.2015

HAPPY HOUR // THE PALOMA



Temperatures are reaching record highs in Portland this weekend. 100 degrees is certainly not the norm in the Pacific Northwest, especially in June. When it gets this hot, we pull out all the stops to keep us cool. Around here we stock up on fans, plan trips to the coast, and reach for ice cold beverages.

When the temperature spikes, I need my drink to be two things: easy and refreshing. There's simply nothing easier than a two ingredient cocktail. Enter: the paloma.



The paloma is one of the most popular cocktails in Mexico, and for good reason. It's light and juicy, with just the right kick. Like a toned down margarita. Simply mix up some grapefruit juice with tequila, pour it over ice, and enjoy! Kick it up with a salted rim and a squeeze of lime. This literally couldn't get any easier, and if you already have tequila in your liquor cabinet (it's summer, so you definitely should) it's less than $5 at the grocery store to mix this one up. Salud!



INGREDIENTS //
Tequila
Grapefruit juice
Optional: lime, salt

HOW TO MAKE IT //
Mix 1 part tequila with 3 parts grapefruit juice. Stir over ice. Add a squeeze of lime and salt the rim to dress it up, and add a little sour. Can easily be mixed into a large batch for a party. Grapefruit soda can be subbed for a little fizz.

One last note... I've been guzzling the San Pellegrino Aranciata sodas lately, and think they would all taste so good mixed with some tequila. Might have to give that one a shot this weekend, too!

6.24.2015

OUR HOUSE // FAMILY PIECES


There's something about a piece of furniture that tells a story. 

Recently, as B and I have moved from 450 to 1000 square feet, we have shifted gears away from having as little furniture as possible, to trying to figure out how to fill the space. It's a slow process, but we are enjoying it. Fortunately, my parents just downsized, so they are clearing house. This means we have inherited a few things from them, and it's started me thinking about what these pieces mean in a modern home.

I've always been an independent person, and particular about my tastes. With a tight budget, we've been furnishing our homes with IKEA furniture that fits our aesthetic, or just simply serves a purpose. We can't be too picky. My parents style is very different, and a lot of their belongings are antique. So, as they drop off tables and chairs, we have are learning to combine old and new.

I've found real joy in glancing around my living room and seeing memories of my childhood. The tiny chair used to be covered in my mom's Boyd's Bears collection. The other chair has been reupholstered a few times, and only ever made a useful appearance at the occasional big dinner. There's a bedroom set my dad made me and a quilt from my grandmother. Our first real piece of art was pulled from my grandparents' storage unit a few weeks ago ("It's probably worth $1800," grandpa told me. Insert my jaw dropping.) When I see it, I remember how my grandmother used to paint, and all the art they had around their home. 

It's fun to peruse modern furniture, to imagine decking out my whole home from West Elm. When I think about a home that I love, though, it's filled with pieces with history, ones that tell a story. The happiest homes have a mix of new and old. I don't know what I'll do with all these collected pieces yet, but they bring my heart joy just to have them. 

6.23.2015

COLOR CRUSH // INDIGO

via DesignLoveFest

I'm all about these deep blue hue lately. It feels very raw and pure, perfect for summer. When paired with crisp white, the color truly shines. This color is trending in interiors and fashion alike, and I wanted to pull together some indigo inspiration for us all today. It lends that perfect California boho feel to any room or outfit.

via Anthropologie

via Design*Sponge
via Elle

via New York Times
via 1st Dibs







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