cold drinks food + drinks

Sweet Vanilla Iced Coffee

June 2, 2017

Cold brew season has arrived!

Last year I tried cold brew for the first time and I was easily convinced that it should be the drink of summer. It’s so easy to make up a batch at home and saves sooo much money when you don’t spend $5 per drink out in the real world. Yikes.

Side note: for those that don’t know what cold brew is, it’s not just cold coffee! It’s concentrated so it’s stronger and tastes way better in drinks than cold coffee would.

My go to last summer was to have it Vietnamese style – over ice with a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk. Mmmmmm. But when Matt made up the first batch of cold brew for me this year I didn’t have any condensed milk on hand so I improvised… and discovered my new favorite recipe!

Let me introduce you to the Sweet Vanilla Iced Coffee!

Sweet Vanilla Iced Coffee

  • 1 part cold brew (recipe here)
  • 1 part milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla simply syrup (recipe here)
  • ice to fill half your glass

Fill your glass halfway up with ice, pour in your cold brew to cover the ice, and top with milk the rest of the way. Add the vanilla syrup, stir, and drink!

food + drinks meals

No-sauce slow cooker pulled pork

May 30, 2017

During my last Whole 30 I discovered a recipe that has become a new favorite around here.

I was searching for a pulled pork recipe that didn’t have any bbq sauce type things in it and I have to say that’s not easy to find. But I finally found one that sounded easy and it ended up being SO good too. Yay!

The other thing I like about this sauce-less version is that you can use the leftovers in so many different ways and everything doesn’t end up tasting exactly the same – like bbq sauce does. Double yay!

My favorite thing to make with leftovers was a pulled pork + egg skillet, but I’ll post about that one soon :)

In the meantime here is the recipe!

No-sauce slow cooker pulled pork (adapted from GoodCheapEats)

  • 8lb pork roast (I just buy whatever kind is on sale)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock

Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl and mix well.

Place the roast in your slow cooker and use your hands to spread the seasoning mix all over the roast. Be sure to cover all sides.

Pour stock to bottom of the slow cooker. Don’t pour it over the roast or all your seasonings will come off!

Cook on low for 8-10 hours (or high for about 6)

Remove bones and fat if any and shred roast with two forks.

Serve on buns, in tacos, in a breakfast skillet… there are so many options!

baby + family photography

Bash by the month // zero to six

May 26, 2017

Before Bash was born I saw so many cute ideas on Pinterest and Instagram for monthly photos of baby’s first year. There are SO many.

I had grand plans to do something super creative. After all, I’m a photographer! I should totally be able to pull of something suuuper creative, right? Um. Yeah. Right.

That first month flew by in about 2.5 seconds so when the end of the month arrived I had no plan. I did however have this blanket that I absolutely love (thanks Liz!) so I put it on the floor, laid Bash down in whatever he was wearing at the time, and took some photos. Good enough.

Three seconds later it was the end of month two and time for another photo so once again I just laid Bashipants down on the same blanket, in what he was wearing at the time, and took more photos. By the time he was three months old I was committed to this blanket and saw that a clothing theme has accidentally emerged too. It seemed like all the ingredients I needed had somehow come together and six (almost seven) months later I’m happy to say that it is working out wonderfully and so far I haven’t missed a month. Yay!

So if you are pregnant or a brand new parent and are overwhelmed with not wanting to miss out on cute things like this than here is my advice for you:

  • keep it simple. You won’t have the time or energy to do something complicated every month.
  • consistency is key. Use the same blanket, location, color scheme, etc for each photo and by the end they will all go together nicely.
  • choose something they won’t out grow. When Bash was a newborn the blanket looked huge! But six months later he has already reached the edges. Oops.
  • bonus: add a stuffy or prop into the photos so you can see how much baby has grown every month in comparison! This alligator made it into the first photo because we thought it was funny that it was the same size as Bash and then I just kept putting it in for a few photos once I got the other photos done. I love seeing the size difference!

Now lets all collectively cross our fingers that I can keep this up for the next 6 months too! And that I figure out some way to keep using this same blanket that he’s quickly outgrowing… any suggestions?

lifestyle Miscellaneous

Tuesday night thoughts

May 17, 2017

Well, it looks like this is slowly becoming more of a diary than a DIY blog these days. I guess I do call it a lifestyle blog so this would be that ‘life’ part?

Life has seasons and the season I’m in right now has a lot less space for crafts and projects and blogging. But I like knowing that I have this little place to come back to when the evening is quiet and life pauses just long enough for me to realize I miss it here.

So here I am.

Tuesday night, baby is sleeping, Matt is away on another work trip, my to-do list for the day got it’s final check mark not long ago, and instead of doing the dishes or watching tv I came here instead. I feel like that was a good decision.

So, what’s on my mind then….

Being grateful that circumstances changed and we’re no longer moving to a new place. We get to stay right here! No stress of finding a new place before the end of the month, or packing, or all those not-fun things that comes from moving. Yay!

Looking forward to June and having life slip back into normalcy with Matt being done all his work trips for the year and me able to work more. And our weird little self-employed life giving us a lot of time to spend together this summer.

Wishing I made more time to do some of the things I used to do in my pre-mom days. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I’m very aware that I’m the one that chooses how I spend my time, but with family, work, and normal life things filling my to-do lists there isn’t usually a whole lot of time left over for frivolous things. Things like taking photos just because. Or making something just for the sake of making. Or even posting on Instagram. Things that might seem pointless or silly, but they’re things I enjoy. And will one day bring back into my life when the time is right.

Feeling… sleepy. Time to go to bed. Good night world!

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Some Lovely Things for April

April 11, 2017

With spring in the air and Easter just around the corner I’ve rounded up a bunch of…. completely unrelated things that I’ve found around the internet lately haha. But I hope you enjoy them like I do!

these simplified steps to make a photo book (that’s almost motivating me to do another one) // and these IKEA hacks (for the tiny cooks)

these gorgeous ceramics (that I want to buy all of) // and this highly impractical bag (that I love anyway)

this post about guilt (that I need to remember and practice) // and this one (that I also relate to quite a lot)

this tattoo (that I’m in love with) // and these illustrations (that I would love prints of)

this dress (that gives me all the heart-eyes) // and this one (for the little ladies)