I’m more than halfway through my pregnancy and as the weather warms up, I want nothing more than a refreshing cocktail. While I know that I CAN drink during pregnancy, I’m opting against it for the most part. I’ve had a few sips of wine but I’ll be sticking to the mocktails this weekend and into the summer months.
Here are some of the delicious-looking mocktails I’ve found Pinterest:
Pear basil sipper
Ginger beer mojitos
Strawberry lemonade — a classic!
Blueberry mint lemonade
And these booze-filled cocktails also look good. I can just omit the booze and they’ll taste more-or-less the same, right!?
Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria
Strawberry and peach sangria
Strawberry and rhubarb sangria
Cheers to the long weekend and our expected Seattle sun!
Somehow it’s April and Easter is already this weekend. We’re not religious, but we are looking forward to celebrating with baskets of candy, great company and a wonderful meal.
Setting the tone for a day full of sweets, we’ll start the day with these festive cinnamon rolls:
Easter breakfast of champions
We’ve been assigned dessert for the main meal and I can’t decide what to make! There are too many great ideas! Maybe I’ll make a smorgasbord of items! Yes, that sounds like a great idea. Here are the front runners:
A platter of chocolate-covered strawberries
Bunny butt cookies
Cookie fruit cups
Coconut bunnies– How cute would candy eyes be on these!?
Oreos pudding cups with chocolate-covered strawberries, err, carrots
Nest cookies with eggs (and maybe Peeps?!)
I’ve compiled a lot of great Easter ideas over on Pinterest. Check them all out here. And have a wonderful weekend, however you plan to celebrate it!
It’s here! It’s here! Happy spring to you!
Here on Megan’s Island and in the Pacific Northwest, we never really saw a winter (sorry to rub it in, east coast) so this spring transition isn’t as big as it is some years.
Look, this Magnolia tree is almost done with this round of blooming! It’s been spring for SO long here!
It’s raining flowers on Megan’s Island!
With the days getting longer and warmer, I’ve scoured the internet for some ideas to help spring shine inside and out.
Flower cookie bowls
So many other great things about spring: Easter, baseball, tulips, the list goes on!
Here are some more signs of spring in our yard!
Signs of spring in the backyard
Flowers for days!!
For all of my finds, visit my “Sunshine-y days” Pinterest Board! And get out there and enjoy the warm sun-showers!
Yesterday I shared some super Super Bowl sips. To help soak up some of that booze, here are my super Super Bowl snack ideas.
Dip in a custom football bread bowl
A guac football field
A guac football field
Team-specific candied popcorn
Everyone loves popcorn!
And on to dessert!
Healthy, cute and delicious! The perfect combo!
So many ideas!
Chocolate peanut butter football cookies
Peanut butter + chocolate + football = Yes, please!
Ice cream sandwich footballs!
So cute, so tasty!
Brownie footballs! (As featured on my Q13 segment to kick off the 2014-15 NFL season!)
However you end up snacking, you know it’s going to be good! Let me know if you end up trying out any of these great ideas! Oh, and GO HAWKS!!
Woah. It’s already mid-September. Where did the time go!? Brandon and I are getting ready to celebrate our THIRD wedding anniversary on September 24 and it’s past time for me to get a gift for my beloved. We’ve already celebrated our cotton and paper anniversaries by giving one another gifts to fit the traditional anniversary themes. Again this year, I’m on the hunt for great, “traditional” gift ideas. This time, I’m looking for leather gifts.
Here are some fun ideas, courtesy of Etsy and Pinterest.
A romantic leather rose, perhaps?
This leather BBQ mitt is pretty fun…
A personalized scrapbook?
Or a leather key chain?
We like to travel, maybe this leather luggage tag?
I almost like this one more…
This make-up/whiskey/miscellaneous leather bag is nice…
A wallet card is a fun idea… and so affordable!
A leather flask? Maybe…
I may or may not have one (or more!) of these already in mind for Brandon. I also may or may not have already bought something not listed here. It’s a secret for a few more weeks!
Have a great weekend!
We’ve had a beautiful summer so far, but lately it’s taken a bit of a turn and we’ve had “Seattle Fall” weather the past couple of days. And? I love it. The sun and our 80 degree temps are set to return this weekend, so until then I’m celebrating this “Gone Pinning” Friday with some of my fall favorites, a preview of what to expect a few months from now…
I love fall!!
Sail gating!!!! (Although tailgating works too!)
Happy mid-summer to you! (And happy almost-fall!!!)
Happy weekend! Last weekend we spent many hours cleaning and staining the deck, planting and re-planting new plants, rearranging the yard and plotting future projects.
Here was the main focus of my plotting: the lower deck in the backyard:
Lower deck, in need of a bench
Then it was off to Pinterest to find some good ideas to fill in that gap in the laurel that looks right at the neighbor’s house, provide some extra seating for all the parties we’re planning for this summer, and finish off the lower deck. Beyond finishing the pizza oven, this is the only thing we really have left in the back, which is AWESOME!
So, here are some of my ideas. Let me know your thoughts. We’ll have our Megan’s Island contractor/supervisor (my Dad) over here soon and I look forward to sharing the finished product with you shortly.
Standard bench with backrest
Another basic bench, this one without a back. This could double as a storage location.
Maybe something in between? I do like adding a planter into the bench design.
A more modern look, with a concrete planter as part of the base
Or a bench that matches our front fence?
So many great ideas. I’m looking forward to talking it out and making a design decision this weekend. Have a great Easter and rest of the weekend!
We tried to celebrate Brandon’s spring break from school this week, but circumstances beyond our control made that less of a reality. We did use “spring break” as our theme of the week for dinners, but the rest, relaxation and sun weren’t in our cards this week. But man, doesn’t that sound nice? I can almost see/smell/hear the sounds of the waves now…
Since I don’t have the time to travel to a fancy tropical location, I scoured the interwebs (thank you, Pinterest) for some things that get me in the mood for spring, sun and relaxation. Enjoy!
Hawaii: Yes, please
Beach: yes, please
Cocktails? Yes, please.
Strawberry tequila lemonade: yes, please
Kiwi blueberry mojitos: yes, please
Adult Capri Suns (vodka + lemonade): yes, please
And to drink all of this safely by the pool?
Plastic wine glasses: yes, please
Some tropical-inspired foods? Yes, please.
Monkeying around with lots of tropical fruits
Grilled avocado salsa: yes, please
Citrus-y cilantro shrimp: yes, please
Vietnamese summer roll salad: yes, please
School is not in my recent past or immediate future, but school is challenging for Brandon this quarter. Thankfully, he’s just finishing up the last week of the quarter and next week is FINALS week.
How can I help? With finals snacks! Where do I go to find some delicious, nutritious snacks for Brandon and his cohort? PINTEREST! In case you’re also supplying study treats over the next week, I’ve scoured the internet for some great ideas. Don’t worry, these are great for non-finals times too.
No bake energy bites
And maybe some not-so-healthy options…(via my “Sweets for my sweets” board)
S’more krispie treats
Happy snacking! And good luck on finals!
I can’t believe that St. Patty’s day is already next week, on Monday, March 17. This year is flying by, which is good because I’m over all of this rain we’ve been having. I’ve scoured the internet for some great ideas to make your St. Patrick’s day a golden success.
We’ll be enjoying corned beef (my favorite!), potatoes, and cabbage, and if you’re not a corned beef-aholic like I am, here are some other fun Irish ideas:
Irish beef stew
Shamrock tortilla chips
Maybe we’ll deviate a little bit and combine our two favorite things: corned beef (mine) and pot pie (Brandon’s):
Corned beef pot pie
Corned beef and cabbage soup
We’re always looking for desserts…
Sweet And Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie With Beer Marshmallow Meringue
St. Patty’s day bars
Baileys Irish Cream Cookies
Check out all of my ideas on my “Luck ‘o the Irish” Pinterest board. And have a wonderful St. Patty’s day!