eating this: strawberry basil fizz


Today is my birthday! Hi!

I thought a fun fruity girly drink would be just about the only thing I’d want to make this week.

Strawberry Basil Fizz

5 strawberries
2 basil leaves
dash of simple syrup

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender with a dash of champagne. Blend, and strain into a flute to quarter fill, top with champagne.

Garnish with basil leaves or strawberries. I’m not huge into garnishing drinks, but you totally can.



making this: diy striped beach bag


I needed a beach bag desperately for Hawaii. When I was browsing at Michaels, I saw this cotton tote bag which is more expensive than the normal canvas tote but soooo much softer and comfier. I think it cost about $17.

I taped it flat down and very tightly to a board. I also stuffed thick pads of paper inside so it wouldn’t bleed through.

I didn’t really bother keeping the lines perfect because that would be impossible for me. And I didn’t care. It looks better this way!

I only waited about an hour or so to peel off the paint. I WAS SO ANXIOUS!

It came out just the way I wanted. I even got a couple of “where did you get that bag” compliments on vacation!

yada yada

our new kitties


Back in April, I posted about some new kittens and picking out stuff in case we were to get one. Well. We got TWO. They were best friends – how could we not?!

Say hello to our babies Lucy and Bodhi!

Yes, they’re that cute. It’s insane.

A week ago I wasn’t a cat person. Now I am a cat lady. I’m sorry to say I’ll probably be posting obscene amount of pictures and cat related DIYs.


eating this: avocado toast


When I read this super easy recipe in Bon Appetit, I immediately dictated it into my phone to try it asap. Well, I went out and bought an avocado and a loaf of bread and it was that easy!

The recipe says to grill the bread. Obviously, that’d be the good way to go, but we haven’t cleaned our grill so I just broiled the bread instead. Laaaaazy.

Avocado Toast (from Bon Appetit) 

one nice loaf of bread
an avocado or two (i only ended up using half of one for 4 pieces of bread)
one garlic clove
olive oil
sea salt
crushed red pepper flakes

Grill (or broil) the bread to a char. Rub one side of the bread with a cut clove of garlic. Layer the bread with sliced avocado. Douse with the oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and crushed red pepper.

Could that be any easier? I’m making these again this weekend for a potluck, but in appetizer form (using a baguette instead!)