Friday, August 22, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

explored south pasadena the other day. it was nice to just walk around and enjoy the sun. there's one more month left of summer, but it looks like i'll have to cut back on my days out. i guess until i can find the right balance between fun and rest.

Friday, August 15, 2014

what better way to end the week than with friends and food?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

this summer was filled with many trips to the local ice cream parlours! ♥ i had the chance to try some new flavors, which led me to discover a few new favorites-- fresh mint and earl grey! here are some of the places to try if you're in the area:

cookies & cream

carmela; 'our dynamic flavor palate focuses on garden-inspired ingredients such as herbs and spices, flowers, and seasonal fruit. we use farmers' market produce and organic dairy in our small-batch, artisan ice cream.'

fair oaks pharmacy and soda fountain; 'in the 'good, old days,' it was convenient for people to meet at the corner drug store to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a hand-dipped milk shake, pick up a prescription, buy some candy for the kids, and find gifts and greeting cards for every occasion. fair oaks pharmacy and soda fountain brings back the days when the corner drug store was the social hub of america's small towns.'

mother moo creamery; 'mother moo creamery specializes in small batch, homemade ice cream using locally sourced ingredients all grown within miles from our store. our ice cream is made fresh, all on the premises.'

Monday, August 4, 2014

one of my younger sisters taught vbs this year and asked us to help with the graduation gifts. it was quite fun-- spending an afternoon on arts and crafts with these lovely ladies.

since we were making diy photo frames, we spread out the popsicle sticks.

over newspaper, over grass. just in case we made a mess.

and then we sprayed the popsicle sticks with gold spray paint.

what a beautiful color! since it was hot out, the popsicle sticks dried quickly.

then we glued and glue gunned the popsicle sticks to make frames.

there was an assembly line of gluers, stampers, and hand writers.

and before we knew it, everything was finished!

we really should do this more often! ♥

Friday, August 1, 2014

i love colorful cakes! so when i stumbled upon a box of blue velvet cake mix, i knew i had to buy it. plus, duncan hines is the next best thing to baking from scratch. it's so easy!

the only other ingredients besides the cake mix were eggs, butter, and water.

and the color turned out amazing-- so bright and beautiful!

i opted for cupcakes to share with friends, but next time i'll be making a cake for myself.

i was expecting blue velvet, but it was more like blue vanilla cake. to finish it off, i made my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

the sun came out to play last weekend, but that didn't stop us from visiting the renegade craft fair. ♥ it was nice to walk around with my sisters and soak up some much needed inspiration.