Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Let's Get Together





Since school has been done for a few weeks now, all I can think about it is planning summer parties, especially now that my apartment is almost fully furnished and decorated. And even though I'm not the greatest cook, luckily I have found a few great ways to celebrate without the freak-out of needing to cook up something gourmet for my friends. I love the idea of having a tapas style menu, with a few favorite smaller dishes out for friends. Enjoy each others company out by the pool and happy early summer everyone :)

(images via the everygirl)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weeked Wrap Up...

 bubble baths and pretty little liars...
 new birchbox subscription and enjoying cupcakes
 and cashmere at home.
 summer is on its way. 
 so excited to be rereading this series with my guy,
enjoying some bronzing, reading and relaxing 
with this little guy. 

(images via intsagram)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Happy

Like I've mentioned before in earlier posts, I'm not really a late night talk show kind of person. But that doesn't mean that I didn't tune in for the David Letterman Finale this past week. Did you watch it, what did you think? Was it a disappointment for all his fans? I definitely enjoyed Peyton Manning's bit during The Top Ten segment :) What's making you happy this week?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Showing

It's no secret that I have a serious soft spot for pixar animated movies, everything from their short film collection to their big hits like Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and The Incredibles. I am over the moon and very excited to see their newest film, Inside Out!!!!  Which comes out this summer :)

Friday Morning

I have every intention of laying be the pool and being incredibly lazy this weekend. Which means lots of sunshine, pool time, catching on my long list of magazines, books and albums to listen too. I'm excited to finally be reading the Harry Potter series with my boyfriend and listen to his thoughts and opinions of one of my favorite book series. Feeling inspired I have changes in store for redoing some things in the apartment. After spending a few days window shopping and blogging, I can't wait to start on my new home project. I'm also planning a few upcoming dinner parties for the summer, so it's definitely time to kick up my cooking skills. Which by the way have you gotten your copy of the new Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home, it's full of inspiration and great ideas for party planning. What are you up to this weekend? 

(image via nice room)

this week's favorites...





My weekend is full of being straight lazy. The apartment complex pool and the large stack of books on the nightstand are calling my name. I'll also be enjoying an intimate show this weekend of an oldie but goodie, any Pennywise fans? Enjoy your weekend!!!  

(1,2,3,4,5)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lime + Raspberry Sangria Popsicles

Since I'm not that big of a desert person (although the butter cake at Maestros is pretty fantastic and the white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory is my particular favorite desert), my choice for an after dinner treat is usually always a popsicle! There's something so quenching about flavored ice to me. Well, it's time to kick it up a notch and play around with some of favorites, this lime and raspberry sangria recipe sounds delicious and perfect for hot summer day. 

Ingredients
6 ounces of raspberries
2 limes
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups of Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc

Directions
Add the 6 ounces of raspberries to a small sauce pan, sneaking a few. I mean, raspberries are freaking in season and these organic berries are delicious. Okay, mash them quickly before you eat them all!
Add 1/2 cup of the sugar to the raspberries (eating one more ain’t gonna hurt nobody!) and then warm the mixture over a medium-low heat, until it just begins to bubble. This helps combine the sugar with the raspberries. Now remove them from the stove and let them cool.

In a large measuring cup (one that at least holds 4 cups), juice the two limes. Notice my restraint on not eating the limes? Not the same as raspberries, lovely lovely raspberries.

Add the remaining half cup of sugar and let it sit for about 5 minutes, to dissolve. Don’t just stand there and watch. Maybe put on Call Me Maybe and dance around for a few minutes, take a few shots of tequila and then drunk dial an ex? Just a suggestion.

Now that the sugar has dissolved into the lime juice, you should have about 1 cup of liquid. No biggie if you do not. Pop open that Fumé Blanc and add enough of the white wine so that you have 2 1/3 cups.

Okay, so you can do these pops one of two ways. You can make them exactly like I did and go for the food porn or you can make them straight up because ain’t nobody got time for that! If you are doing them straight up, just ignore this next step.
So mix together the wine and lime mixture, and set aside about 1/2 cup of it. Take another lime, halving it length-wise and then slice it VERY thinly.
Add the raspberry compote to your lime and wine mix, mixing it well and divide it amongst the popsicle molds. Make sure to divide the chunky pieces of raspberries so that everybody gets some.
 Now place them in the freezer.
If you are doing the food porn thing, you will notice that the pops did not fill up all the way. So, only freeze your pops for about an hour. Just enough so they mix is slushy like. Now add a lime slice to each pop and top it off with the remaining lime mixture. Pop them back in the freezer for about 10 hours.
(image and recipe via cooking stoned)