Sunday Thoughts

Sundays tend to be my favorite days. You get to send texts to your friends about whatever ensued the night before and laugh. There's brunch to be had. Movies to watch. Bras to be taken off. Relaxing to do. Sometimes there's family dinners to eat. There's always cups of tea to drink. I'm not ready to give up on this summer just quite yet. I'm holding on to every sandal-wearing-minute of this summer and not quite ready to dive into pumpkin-and-cinnamon-everything-please fall.  As I begin to (begrudgingly) transition my brain into fall mood, here's some bits of the internet that I'm loving right now. Feeling rather inspired.

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What's in my Bag

Maybe I'm weird, but I love reading different people's "What's in my Bag" posts on blogs and Instagram. So I thought I would take a minute and post my own. Recently I've been loving large clutch bags and tons of lip products. I've also been carrying around this photo of my grandmother from 1934 when she was in her early '20s. I'm calling it a little good luck charm.

From left to right: Pineapple Compact Mirror (similar), Sunglasses (mine from the flea market, these are similar), Essie Nail Polish in Meet Me at Sunset, The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Blotting Tissues (Apparently they don't make these anymore, but the entire line is great), Standard Hair Tie, Benefit Lipstick in Rumor, MAC Pro Longwear Lipsticks in Prolong and So Very Good, MAC Prep + Prime Lip, MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Kiss Me Quick, MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, Kate Spade Wallet, a Photo of my Grandmother from 1934, Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, Avon Mini Nail File, Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Tulip, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball Perfume, Foldable Scissors, Rifle Paper Co Meow Phone Case, Polka Dot Clutch from Francesca's but not online, unfortunately. 

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Recipe: Lime Tart with Whipped Coconut Cream

It might be September, but summer isn't over yet. It's been in the high '80s all week, I spent the weekend with my parents at the shore, and still have one more shore weekend planned before I'm ready to pack up my shorts and call this the best summer in existence. I think you should hold on to the last moments of summer as well. Make yourself a lime tart and celebrate.

Lime Tart with Graham Cracker Crust

Yields 6-8 servings

Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 11 crackers)
6 tablespoons of melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons of sugar

Lime Filling
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
/4 cup lime juice (about 5 limes worth)

Pulse graham crackers in a food processor to make crumbs. Add butter, salt, and sugar and pulse until just combined. Pour crumbs into tart pan and press evenly across the bottom and sides. Bake for 15 minutes until a slightly darker color and fragrant. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and egg yolks. Pour filling into pre-baked crust and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let cool. 

Whipped Coconut Cream

Adapted from Shutterbean's Whipped Coconut Cream

1 can of coconut cream**
teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of agave syrup
toasted coconut (optional)

**Shutterbean has a great explanation for using canned coconut cream and getting the coconut water off.

Add coconut cream, vanilla, and agave into the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat with whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Add to a piping bag with a star tip and pipe around the outside of the tart and in the center. Top with toasted coconut. Refrigerate covered for up to a week. 

This dessert has a strong lime flavor and pretty tart, which is why I've adapted Shutterbean's recipe to make a sweeter whipped coconut cream. That, with the buttery crust, makes this an easy dessert that packs a lot of punch. I also like to add extra toasted coconut to mine once I cut it. Yum!

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Happy Caturday

Sometimes it's hard to love Audrey. While Abbey is more like a little dog or a kitten, likes to be roughed around and pretty resilient. Audrey is not that way. She's a diva of a cat. She does what she wants, when she wants to do it. She wants you to pet her, but you might do it too long and she might snip at you. Or catch you with her back claws. BUT to me, it makes the times when she's sweet and gentle even more special. She's not like a dog that will love you no matter what, you have to earn her love. I know it's crazy, but I'm into it.

And sometimes, she freaks out and rolls around on the carpet for 20 minutes while you snap photos. #truelove. 

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Recent Finds

I've been trying to make an effort to get to flea markets when I have a free Sunday to myself (and not feeling hung over). I often forget how much I love spending a few hours outside wandering through the aisles and looking at people's junk. Here's a little glimpse at a couple things I picked up recently.

  • Midcentury modern ottoman with removable top.
  • Bunny nesting dolls.
  • Gold embroidery scissors.
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