Drink Dreams

I just walked across campus and from the bus stop home, and I’m close to death. It’s been tortuously hot the past few weeks, not to mention the humidity that crept in today. I was greeted with a blast of cold air when I came in the house and immediately swallowed a glass of water. Although the Arizona heat is quite unbearable, it does make coming inside and having a drink that much more satisfying. Since I’ve cooled down though, I’ve just been fantasizing about all the sweet and refreshing cocktails I wish I was drinking right now. Or rather, I wish it was pleasant enough for me to lounge outside, read my book, and perhaps sip a strawberry basil lemonade. Instead, I’ll sit inside with my air conditioning and dream of these pretty drinks.

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1. Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa: I love mimosas – or maybe just brunch in general – so I’m curious about substituting grapefruit juice for orange juice.

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2. Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail: Summer in a glass.

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3. Peaches and Whiskey Ice Cream Float: Three things I love all meeting for one boozy float! I actually tried a beer float for the first time in Portland and really enjoyed it. This looks like an even tastier take on it to me.

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4. Eggnog Shooters: I think I’m just really excited for the holidays and anything seasonal. The heat has me daydreaming of Christmas. Also, I love how much care went into the presentation of these; they’re the only shooters I’d be interested in. Cheers!

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Summertime Crafting

Yesterday was possibly my final first day of school (excluding that indomitable possibility of graduate school), which means summer is officially over.  It was a summer of working, movie watching, making coffee runs, visiting much-loved places, and making. I’ve tried my hand at a few new crafts in the past few months, so I thought I’d share my successes and somewhat failures.

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Project 1: Weaving. Making this loom in and of itself was quite a project. Luckily, I had Domenico’s help and my dad’s tool bench at my disposal. I’ve only made one weaving so far, but now that I have my loom, I plan to make more. This tutorial from A Beautiful Mess, and the ones that follow it, is really straightforward.

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Project 2: Knitted sea creatures. This was on my list of crafts to make back in May, and I actually did it! Of course, now I don’t know what to do with them (I’m thinking maybe a mobile?). They are a lot of fun though. I’m working on a little, pink prawn now to round out the collection.

Lobster // Jellyfish // Seahorse

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Project 3: Cross-stitch. I used to cross-stitch when I was younger, mostly dolphins and puppies peeking out of wicker baskets at that time. I came across this shop on Etsy and decided to revisit cross-stitching but with some funkier patterns this time. I made this “Don’t Worry” one for Kaylie to decorate her new house with. I love the way it turned out, but it was so much more time consuming than I remember. I actually finished it the morning we flew out of Portland, so it wasn’t exactly stress-free. Ironic considering its message.

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Project 4: Embroidered shirt. This was just a simple afternoon project, but did perk up one of my more casual shirts. Yet again, the inspiration came from the lovely Katie Shelton over at A Beautiful Mess. I decided to tackle a shorter phrase – knowing me, I wouldn’t have gotten through hers.

Looks like it’s time to move onto something else new!

From PHX to PDX, With Love

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I just got home from a week-long trip with two of my besties, but my mind isn’t ready to be back yet. The morning after the final day of my summer internship, we packed up Kaylie’s car and drove 12 hours up to Berkeley. Amazingly, we packed San Francisco into one day before taking on another 10 hours in the car and arriving at Kaylie’s sweet new home in Portland.

It was such a happy week, and there’s really too much to pack into a single post. So here are some of my personal highlights.

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1. Eating so much delicious food. Of course, we had to get Voodoo Doughnuts, but the real star of the donut show was Blue Star Donuts. I also had the best ice cream of my life at Salt & Straw. We celebrated our final day by getting brunch at my favorite restaurant: Screen Door. Just look at that tower of sweet potato waffles and chicken. I think I need to go on a vegetarian cleanse after all of that.

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2. Playing vintage arcade games at Musée Mécanique. Domenico and I visited this arcade when we were in San Francisco in May, and it’s definitely my favorite part of Fisherman’s Wharf.

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3. Going to lovely vintage and craft shops. There are just two many to name. Nearly every block, we were ducking into a new boutique or antique store or yarn shop. I brought far too much of it home with me.

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4. Enjoying the beauty and perfect quirkiness of Portland. Of course, Oregon is gorgeous and green, especially to an Arizona girl like me. We got to really enjoy the outdoors on a 6-mile hike around Multnomah Falls. The city itself is so unique, too. Just look at those bricks – they’re coated in glitter. Where else but Portland would you see that?

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5. Sitting in parks with my cute friends. One of these parks was the Rose Gardens, where we ate a picnic of bread, goat cheese, berries, and cherry tomatoes from the farmer’s market. We also spent one evening at a little lake where we sat on a pier, ate leftover Vietnamese food, talked, took pictures, and went for an impromptu swim. Later, we all decided that simple evening was our favorite part of the trip.