Feelin’ It – Summertime

Here in the Northwest the dog days of summer are really heating up! This week we’ll be hitting the 90’s and might even surpass 100 degrees which is, super hot for us! The following are a couple of things I’ve been feelin’ this summer. Try them out and let me know what you think.

Emeril Lagasse – Chocolate Mousse

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Here’s a quick, easy, delicious tasting summer dessert that’s wonderful for the summer because you don’t have to use your oven. Personally I don’t really care for milk or dark chocolate but when I tried this I fell in love. Emeril Lagasse the BAM!!! man himself has a boxed chocolate mousse that is to die for!!!! All you need to whip up this quick and easy mousse is milk! I suggest chilling it in beautiful glasses. An easy, elegant delicious tasting dessert for the win!!!!! They carry it at Fred Meyer in the baking aisle or on Amazon in 6 packs!

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Refreshing Summer Beverage

Lavender Lemonade

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I remember very clearly the first time I had this drink it was at local coffee shop and I can recall it being so refreshing and delicious. After that experience I was curious to find out how to make it myself. After inquiring I found out that its super simple to make. It’s simply just two ingredients lemonade and lavender syrup. You can use either frozen concentrate or premade lemonade and Monin brand lavender syrup. Once your lemonade is made/ready just sweeten with a 1/4 cup of lavender syrup or  to taste and stir well. Serve cold. The colder the better. I also suggest using edible lavender sprigs as a garnish or stripping the sprigs and mixing the actual little lavender pieces into the lemonade as a final touch. Enjoy!Bottoms up!

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The lavender syrup can be found online @ the Monin site below or at Cash&Carry stores.

https://www.monin.com/m/catalogsearch/result/?q=lavender&category=15

Book – Journal

52 list of happiness

https://www.mooreaseal.com/collections/everything/products/52-lists-for-happiness

On Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Lists-Happiness-Journaling-Inspiration-Positivity/dp/1632170965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493610857&sr=8-1&keywords=52+lists+for+happiness

I loved the 52 Lists Project and I absolutely love the 52 Lists for Happiness Project just as much. This is  my “go to” gift this year. I gave out the 52 Lists Project last year and this year I’m handing out the 52 Lists for Happiness Project. These books prompt quick short personal journaling sessions that are encouraging and release positive vibes!!!! I’ve really enjoyed soaking up the sun this summer and going through this. Also, Moorea Seal will be releasing a new book this fall called Make Yourself At Home it just went on presale. It looks fabulous! If you’re interested take a look!

https://www.mooreaseal.com/products/make-yourself-at-home

Accessory – Temporary Tattoos from Tattly

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The design I’m wearing is part of the Bloom set by Helen Dealtry.

https://tattly.com/

I can’t say enough about this amazing temporary tattoo company based in Brooklyn, NY. The temporary tattoos Tattly creates are not only made in the U.S.A. they are non-toxic (vegetable based ink) and super cool. Created by professional artists the variety of styles/designs they carry is endless. There literally is something for everyone of every age. Summer weather is perfect for showing a little skin and highlighting the brilliance of these tattoos. Sold online and at selected retailers (Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Powell’s’ City of Books etc..).

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Feelin’ It

It’s that time a month again where I reveal what I’m feelin’. Check it out I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking!

 

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Hershey’s Birthday Cake Kisses

I love white chocolate and anything birthday cake flavor!!!I’m currently obsessed with Hershey’s Birthday cake kisses. They’re the best of both worlds. Get your fix on @ Target, Wal-Mart or Amazon!

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Blog

Notre Vie A Paris (Our Life in Paris)

https://notrevieaparis.squarespace.com/

I’ve been reading this new blog about two Americans in Paris. It’s about their experiences, feelings and obstacles of living in a foreign land. Everyday experiences are shared like going to the grocery store and dealing with language barriers to strolling the history rich laden streets of Paris. Not only is the writing great but the pictures and the music are fabulous! They even share their favorite hot spots to visit. If you want to experience a bit of Paris I suggest reading this!

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Whackadoodles & Wanderlust

http://whackadoodles.com/

I went to a Pinsperation market this past weekend and had a great time. I got lots of inspiration and found lots of new vendors that I love! One in particular was Whackadoodles & Wanderlust. They are a stylish Washington state based company that makes beautiful pieces by upcycling antique silver plated or sterling silver flatware. I bought this cool bracelet that was made out of recycled belt material! I think their products are amazing and I appreciate that they are made out upcycled materials. You have to check out their website they have everything from earrings to key chains to wine tags and oh, did I mention they do custom orders!

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Jamie Oliver’s Drink Tube Channel – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/JamiesDrinksTube

I love this YouTube channel! On this channel you’ll find many quick, thirst quenching recipes for basically every drink genre and then some. Jamie Oliver (a.k.a. the naked chef) and friends concoct cocktails, smoothies, juices, infused water, coffee and tea to name a few. In addition, there are many different tips and techniques that can be explained in a minute or less. For example, I recently learned how to make coffee using a Moka pot! If you’re looking to expand your beverage making repertoire you’ll definitely want to watch this channel!

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Ten Meter Tower

Video

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/ten-meter-tower-by-maximilien-van-aertryck-axel-danielson/

I came across this video the other day and strangely I can relate to it. When I was about seven I had to jump off the high dive in order to pass my swimming lessons. I was so afraid but was motivated to jump because I didn’t want to fail! Sometimes in life it’s better just to go for it and dive in otherwise you might just miss out because of fear.

 

FEELIN’ IT

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Here are a couple of things I’ve been feelin’ lately.

Cook with Amber

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Amber Kelley is a talented & inspiring thirteen year old who is a Food Network Star chef. I came across a segment she did with a major Seattle news channel and was very impressed by her message to promote and challenge people to eat healthy delicious food. I suggest following her on all social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and yes, she has a YouTube channel it’s very entertaining. Watch her with your kids or by yourself and get inspired to not only cook delicious meals but meals that are healthy. Recently I’ve been making her green smoothie and I love it! It’s healthy and it tastes great! She has many excellent recipes that I’m dying to try.

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TheWoollyBugger – Etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWoollyBugger?ref=search_shop_redirect

I’m a big supporter of buying local especially from artists. Recently I came across a stunning piece of Washington state string art someone posted on Instagram of Jane Patten’s work. She’s a Spokane artist whose subject matter is inspired by the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. She makes custom drawings, mugs, totes and string art. Check out her Etsy shop you won’t be disappointed.

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Moon Valley Organics

https://www.moonvalleyorganics.com/

I have been buying products from this skin care company for over 10+years at their stand in the Pike’s Place Market and everything is excellent! I have very sensitive skin that gets really dried out in the winter and their lotion bars help keep my skin looking and feeling great. Moon Valley Organics is a USDA certified organic business that sells everything from soaps, lotion bars, lip balms, medicinal salves/balms etc.. Check out their website or visit them next time you’re at the Pike’s Place Market.

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I’m always looking for life hacks on how to be more productive here’s a great article from REALSIMPLE on just that. It’s a worth your time read.

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/time-management/habits-highly-productive-people

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Pinspiration Market

https://www.pinspirationmarket.com/upcoming-markets/

I’ve attended a couple of The Funky Junk Sisters events before at the Washington State Fair grounds and they are just the perfect girls day/night events. The Pinspiration Market is a new event showcasing over 100 booths of what you would find on Pinterest! If you’re obsessed with Pinterest as much as I am you’ll want to check this event out for sure!

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When: February 10th & 11th

Where: Washington State Fairgrounds

Early Bird Shopping

Friday night Feb.10 from 6pm to 9pm ($15)

  •  Purchase tickets ahead ONLINE to get in at 5:30pm
  •  Tickets will be available to purchase at the door ($15) at 6pm
  •  Early bird tickets get you in both Friday night and Saturday

General Admission

  • Saturday is general admission shopping ($8) from 10am to 4pm
  • Kids 12 and under are free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving

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It’s almost time for Thanksgiving!!!I don’t think it could have come soon enough for our country this year. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays not only does it take place at my favorite time of year but, it literally involves everything that I love family, friends, food and football! I know it can be stressful especially for those of us that are hosting so here are a couple of décor and recipe ideas to make your Thanksgiving planning easier.

Pumpkin Succulent Arrangements

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Anybody who really knows me knows I really love succulents so when I came across an easy DIY pumpkin succulent decoration I had to do it.

Supplies

Pumpkin(s) (the ones used in the pictures were sparkler pumpkins)
Spray adhesive
Glue gun & glue sticks
Moss
Succulent cuttings (assorted colors & types)
Scissors or pruners
Disposable gloves
Disposable paper surface – newspaper etc..
Pencil (acting as a holder)

Note: Succulents can often be purchase at hardware stores, Fred Meyer and depending on the season and location Wal-mart & nurseries.

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The day before assembling the pumpkin succulent arrangements cut your succulents so the ends have time to dry out.I suggest wearing disposable gloves and spraying the pumpkins with adhesive outside. First, spray a pumpkin top with adhesive than top with moss pressing down securely to create a good flat moss bed for your succulents (more will be added later). When assembling succulent arrangements I think its best to approach them like a floral arrangement preplacing and experimenting are how to create the perfect arrangement.Some vital things to consider when arranging is the style, color, height and size of each succulent for each placement and how it complements the overall look. I had some pumpkins that had long stems and others with no stems at all. For the pumpkins with no stems I chose the largest succulents and glued them to the centered of the pumpkin and then continue to work my way out from the center. It’s a little trickier to start an arrangement for pumpkins with long stems but start by placing bigger feature succulents around the stem you can even tilt them against the stem of the pumpkin working again from the center outward. I used the flat side of a pencil to hold whatever I’m gluing in place for a good amount of time. Use your good judgment to glue additional moss where needed making sure that no ends of the succulents are exposed and ensuring your succulents with have a good moss bed to take root in. These pumpkin succulent arrangements can last for a long time (months) if properly taken care of start by using a spray bottle to spray them every other day, a day after they’ve initially been assembled. When you get sick of looking at the arrangement or the pumpkin starts to go south just slice the top of the pumpkin off (with the succulents) and plant in your garden or in an adequately sized pot.Note: If you live in a colder climate where it freezes and it’s currently fall/winter you want to plant the pumpkin top with the succulents in a pot inside and then transfer outside when it becomes warmer.On the other hand, if you live in a climate that is warm most of the year and is currently warm go ahead and plant it outside.

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I took so many beautiful pictures of various angles. I just love these!!!Please bare with me just a few more.

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Make Ahead Breakfast Dish Recipe

My family loves this recipe and its great for the morning of Thanksgiving or the morning after Thanksgiving when you just don’t want to cook anymore. This simple overnight breakfast dish will save you time and energy and still be a big hit. I suggest doubling this recipe and making it in a 9×13 pan.

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Blueberry Croissant Puff

(Serves 10)(Vegetarian)

Ingredients

1 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 Eggs
2/3 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tbsp. of cinnamon
3 Croissants, cut up (about 5 to 5 1/2 cups), large (I use the Costco ones!)
1 package Cream cheese
1 cup Milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place croissant pieces in a 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle with blueberries.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, eggs and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add milk, beating well after each addition. Pour evenly over croissant pieces. Let stand 20 minutes or soak overnight.
Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until set in center and golden brown. You may want to cover it with foil for the last 10 minutes if the tops are getting too browned.
Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Source:

The Girl Who Ate Everything

http://www.the–who-ate-everything.com/2013/02/blueberry-croissant-puff.html