Around Here in July

Just a little update of my apartment. Things still need to be hung on the walls. I'm still on the hunt for a few key pieces of art and some more decorative things to fill up space, but I'm trying not to rush the process. Honestly, I'm in love with this little home. It's quirky. It has huge windows and old floors. The kitchen is super kitchy, but I'm kind of in love. Overall, so happy I found this little gem. Can't wait to make some memories here.


Watermelon Beer Cocktail

Summertime just screams HAPPY HOUR to me. I'm not sure why that is, I'm just much more inclined to order a fruity cocktail or a beer in the summer. I want to meet friends for drinks and sit outside under umbrella-covered tables. And most beach activities are just down-right better when you have a drink in your hand. BBQs, picnics, days on the beach, laying by the pool, fireworks. All better with a cold drink. Summer is just meant for relaxing, so drinks are helpful with that.

For this cocktail, I used one of my currently favorite summer beers: Hell or High Watermelon. I'll start by saying that if you don't like fruity beer, you probably won't want this. It's light, kind of like a shandy but without the lemonade, and has a definite watermelon taste. I'm addicted.

Watermelon Beer Cocktail

Makes one drink

To make your watermelon puree, cut half a small watermelon into cubes and puree in a food processor. Pour puree through a fine mesh strainer over a container that has a spout (for easy pouring later). Lightly push the puree through the strainer with a rubber spatula until mostly pulp and seeds are left in the top. This will make enough watermelon puree for a few drinks.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz. both vodka and watermelon puree and shake to combine. Pour over ice in a old fashion glass and fill the rest of the glass with the beer. Garnish with a piece of watermelon and enjoy.

**Because the beer is on the tart side or (for lack of a better term) beer-y, this cocktail works out best if you have a really sweet watermelon. You need that sweetness to combat the beer flavor and mellow it out a bit. You also will taste the beer in this, which I actually like but might not be for everyone. Cheers!

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Summer Lately

Lately I've been...

...Listening to New Classic from Iggy Azalea and Riptide by Vance Joy on repeat.
...Dreaming about this Max Wagner Photograph for my new apartment. Big size.
...Snacking on hummus almost every day after work.
...Struggling with decorating my new space.
...Hoping to get down the shore again before summer is over.
...Loving this summer more and more.
...Getting used to my new commute, which makes my life so. much. easier.
...Learning to live without air conditioning.
...Thinking a lot about DIYs, but not having the energy to complete any.
...Going to the movies more. Recently loved Begin Again and Obvious Child.
...Feeling more and more comfortable in crop tops and high-waisted shorts.
...Needing to get my car washed badly.
...Spending this week on the beach & celebrating the summer with friends.
...Loving my new clogs and my older clogs.
...Planning more vacations in my head. I have such a travel bug right now.
...Realizing I'm in a really good place right now.

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Mint Chocolate Icebox Pie

Let's get real for a quick second. I don't have air conditioning in my new apartment and it's taking some adjustment to get used to it. Fans are my currently my best friend. Along with sports bras. And I've turned into one of those people who doesn't want to turn their oven on because it heats up the kitchen. So I took a bunch of ice cream and froze it into a pie plate and called it an icebox pie. I know that icebox cakes usually consist of pudding, but ice cream is so much better and it's my kitchen and I can call things what I want. 

Mint Chocolate Icebox Pie

  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream, about a half a gallon, softened
  • 4-6 ice cream sandwiches
  • 20-24 Oreo cookies
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • hot fudge or chocolate sauce, for topping.

Using a sharp knife, cut each ice cream sandwich into 5-6 triangles and fit them into the bottom of your pie plate to create the first layer. Spoon ice cream on top of the sandwiches and spread into an even layer using a spatula. Next add your Oreo cookies, gently push them into the ice cream layer in a circular pattern. Place pie plate in the freezer.

In a chilled mixing bowl, beat heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high with an electric mixer. Whisk until it forms stiff peaks and spread over the Oreo layer of the pie. Drizzle with hot fudge or chocolate sauce and place in the freezer for a minimum of an hour. When ready to serve, let the pie sit out for a few minutes before cutting.

This is a really fun dessert and looks like a lot of work with very little effort. It's sure to impress your friends!


Vacations on Instagram

Somehow I went to New Orleans and barely took any photos. And then went to the mountains and took a good amount of photos, but mostly of water and videos of us laughing. But this summer has really been fabulous. Just really lovely and liberating. I feel good. I feel good about me. I feel good about the rest of this summer.

I've been really slacking in the blog department and I just talking about how I've been slacking and not really doing too much about it. The thing with this blog is, when I have a lot going on and am as busy as I've been at work, that doesn't leave a lot of time (or effort) left for blogging. But I love this blog and the things I get to create for it, so now that I'm getting settled into this new home and have a weekend home before my next vacation (!!!), hopefully I'll have some new content up soon.

If you would like to keep up with me in real time, you can follow me on everyone's favorite app, Instagram

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