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The End of Summer Cocktail


Raspberry Mint Gin Cocktail

I know from the outside it seems that Phoenix is the home of never-ending summers, but while we do have roughly 300 days a year of sun, we have the desert’s version of winter too.

I moved to Arizona in a November long ago, and I spent my first winter the way a lot of non-natives do- by the pool. My roommate and I would get crazy looks at our apartment as we were sunbathing, but to us the weather felt a whole lot like Oregon summers. It only took me one summer of triple digit days to acclimate and 14 years later I won’t go near a pool once September ends.

Most people around here don’t think twice about telling summer to piss off, but I’m trying to soak in the last of the pool days, watermelons, and fresh cocktails before moving on to apples and pumpkin everything. There’s things I love about each season. This cocktail came from me wandering around the store, grabbing everything that sounded delicious and summery, and mashing it in a glass.

For each drink:

  • 4-5 raspberries
  • a few mint leaves
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1-1.5 oz gin
  • Dry Cucumber Soda

Muddle the mint and raspberries in a shaker. Add the gin, lime juice, and ice, and shake it up. Pour in a glass with more ice, top with cucumber soda, and lightly mix. Garnish with a raspberry & mint leave.

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Happy Hour: So Fresh & So Clean, Clean


So fresh and so clean, clean

I made this cocktail on Memorial Day weekend when we had some friends over for a pool party. It got it’s name because it’s super refreshing and who doesn’t love Outkast’s So Fresh, So Clean?

For each drink, muddle a bunch of cilantro and cucumber in a shaker. Add ice, 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice, 1 oz of gin, and 1 teaspoon of simple syrup (add more to taste- I don’t like my drinks very sweet but other people were adding more to their’s…) and give it all a good shake. Strain into a glass over ice and add some soda water. Garnish with cilantro and sliced cucumber.

Perfect for summer.

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photo booth: holiday weekend…


Hellllo! Here’s a lil’ recap of the Christmas festivities which were at our house this year. Christmas Eve was a fondue party with Brian’s fam and some of our friends and Christmas day was just the family with presents, games, and a Mexican food feast. Roasting marshmallows over fondue fuel? Totally safe. There was even a failed attempt at a photo shoot in our currently empty swimming pool.
christmas eve group shotchristmas evebrian and lisacheese fondue partyvegan egg nog bourbonfondue partychocolate fonderoasting marshmallowsempty swimming pool photo shootsara holiday unicornchristmas boozeoregon heart ornament
I was SOOO excited to get this ornament in the mail right before Christmas! Oregon has a huge piece of my heart, being where I grew up and all of my family lives so this is a special ornament on the tree! Sarah of Oh My Deer was so sweet to send this to me! Thanks girl!

A blog break was so good for me, taking time to step away and live some life! I hope everyone has been enjoying their holiday’s and is getting ready for one of my personal favorites- New Year’s! I get inspired by the feeling of a fresh start :)

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worm pie & other spookiness…


Like many grown-ups, we celebrated Halloween Saturday night at the Second Annual Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, hosted by my good friends, Sara and Jon. I went as a girl scout in a vintage scout dress I thrifted last spring. The sash was giving to me by a friend’s mom, it was hers from the 60’s, and the hat belonged to my great-grandmother.
vintage girl scout
Forget the cookies, I was serving up Blood Worm Pie! It was basically a giant raspberry jello shot with gummy worms added when it was about 1/2 way set. Man, those worms reallllly soaked up the alcohol!

I’m not the only cat lover in this house, and Brian managed to totally freak out our real life kitties with his costume…
brian cat costume

I didn’t get too many good photos from the night, but here’s a slightly blurry one of The 1%
the one percent 1%

Have a Happy Halloween! And, in lieu of candy I will give you a picture of Mo in his business cat attire from a couple years ago. Which reminds me, if you haven’t read this hilarious Halloween post, you should do that right now!
business cat
I will leave you with a picture of me as Raggedy Ann. Man I wish I had those curtains!
raggedy ann costume

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the return of the friendship bracelet…


Wednesday night things got pretty crazy around here… I hosted a friendship bracelet making party and boy-oh-boy, it was wild! I’ve been seeing these bracelets pop up again, and began feeling nostalgic for the craft so I thought it would be fun to make bracelets and swap them at the end of the night.

friendship bracelet party

Friendship bracelets were my 2nd attempt at being a 5th grade entrepreneur, my first being a witty detective, a la my idol Nancy Drew. That didn’t go over so well as I got in trouble for going through a girls desk, but I had every reason as she was a suspect in The Case of the Missing Markers! However, the second business went under pretty quickly too, probably because I set my sights too low, only selling them for 25 cents.

Karla and Kellyconcentrating

We had lots of yummy snacks like homemade whoopie pies from Sam, and cheesy goodness brought to us by Cheez-Its, Doritos, and Goldfish. I made pumpkin cookies from Joy the Baker- I didn’t have the butterscotch chips so I substituted white chocolate. We sipped on Moscow Mules and sparkling wine to help the inspiration flow.

snacksjoy the baker pumpkin cookies

To get ready for the party I put out a bunch of embroidery floss, safety pins, measuring tapes, and scissors, and printed out some patterns.

friendship bracelets

It was a fun crafty night with friends and totally worth getting made fun of by boys for the idea, because I have an awesome bracelet now!

P.S… I kinda want to keep making more if anyone wants to swap!!

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