I don’t know where my days go. I feel so busy. All the time. But doing what?
I went up on the mountain the other day for a hike with Charley (my pup), and I realized how little time I’ve spent up there compared to last summer.
Last summer I had a 7-5+ job. I went to the gym everyday. And I would find ways to sneak out of work early (which just means on time in the oil field world) to grab my pup and head up to the mountain. (more…)
Last weekend my friend Candice and I drove to Minnesota to visit our friend Amy, who recently moved to Rochester.
There are so many places in the US that should be on my travel bucket list but I just don’t know about them, yet. Rochester is one of those places. It’s about an hour from Minneapolis. It has the small-town feel with the big-city perks (think amazing restaurants, lots to do, etc). (more…)
One of my very favorite things about summer is Caprese salad.
The smell of ripe tomatoes in the summer is just intoxicating. Fresh basil from my garden is the bees freaking knees. And add in mozzarella? Come on. Heaven.
And for the first time ever, I have a thriving basil plant. Ask my college roommates how many times my basil plant blew off our balcony…
To make sure I use up every last leaf of my basil plant this summer I’ve been making mini caprese salads with a balsamic dipping sauce. It’s super easy and super delicious.
There is so many amazing things about this meal. I don’t even know where to start.
- My friends gave me a ton of walleye they caught in North Dakota. I used this walleye to make the best beer battered fish tacos I’ve ever had (and I’m from San Diego, so obviously that’s saying something. Also, I’m a giant food snob if you didn’t already know)
- Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs and it’s to die for in this tomatillo and cilantro salsa.
- Please try this beer batter recipe. For the sake of humanity, please try this and just savor the heck out of it.
Today is the day (literally at 2:50PM)! One hundred sales on my Etsy shop.
Let’s talk about this: 100 is not a big deal, there are shops with thousands of sales. However, when I opened my shop last year and got my first sale, I couldn’t imagine a time when I would reach 100.
So I want to celebrate and share my excitement with all of you!
Here’s the thing: I love planting fresh herbs but I’m so bad at using them at the right time. I look at them everyday and think that I should give them more time and then all of a sudden I’ve missed the window and they’re bad and I’m bummed. Not this year! I have three recipes coming up that were inspired by my herb garden. First on the list – vodka cream sauce over bowtie pasta with loads of fresh parsley!
Hello! Happy week-after-a-holiday!
I’ve been debating some different posts for this week. (Someday, I hope to be that person that has posts planned out weeks in advance, however, I can’t even plan out my meals 30 minutes in advance – so it just ain’t happening.)
This same lack of planning has led to never ending to-do lists where I keep pushing off the things I don’t want to do while continuously adding more items to be completed. Today though, oh today! Today, I finally added some new designs to my Etsy shop. Holy, that’s been on my to-do list for months!
In celebration, I want to share some of the designs I’ve been working on recently.
Anyone have some extra mint out there?
One, I’ll definitely take some if you need to get rid of it, but two, you should make this sparkling blueberry mint lemonade asap. It’s so delightful. And easy. And it just screams summertime.
I have this friend, she gives great advice and is an amazing listener. But, she also does this thing where she’ll point out the deep down reason why I feel a certain way or what my motivation is in a certain scenario. She points things out that make me open my eyes a little bit (even when they want to stay shut), she’s the Sigmun Freud in my life. Yes, Gina I’m talking ‘bout you.
Recently, she told me all the things she wants me to blog about (her list is very long) and she mentioned my “shelving addiction.” Um, what? She rattled off all the different places in my home where I’ve DIY’d different shelves. Point made. I’m a fan of shelves. I have three in my dining room, one in my guest bathroom, one in my kitchen, one in my office, one in my bedroom and one in my bathroom. And I love them all.
So I wanted to share them with you today for the next time you are looking at a blank wall and wondering what the heck to put on it.