It’s been a little while since I’ve done any DIY beauty tutorials here on the blog and given that we’re in the season for all things pumpkin spice, I thought this would be the perfect return post! Not only does this mask smell (and taste) delicious, but it packs tons of benefits for your skin! Cinnamon and honey are both great for treating acne, reducing the signs of aging, and unclogging pores. Use this mask once a week and your skin will thank you later!
Last weekend you might have seen that I took over the Sailor Jerry Instagram and shared photos from our three day camping adventure, but now you get the details!
We packed up the car Friday afternoon which left a small 3 foot by 3 foot area in the back for me to squeeze into. I lost feeling to my lower half about 10 minutes in and after a 3 hour drive, we finally arrived at the campsite at Blue River Lake!
Our friend had stumbled across the spot about a month before and had saved the GPS coordinates so we could find this gem of a camping spot again. It was right on the bank of a creek, which we had fun exploring all weekend and it made for the perfect white noise at night when we went to sleep. We had the entire area to ourselves and spent most of our time cooking and having drinks around the campfire.
We went down to the lake on our second day to go for a swim in the beautiful green-blue water which was much needed to wash off all the camping grime!
The last day there we were all feeling a little rough and definitely yearning for a good night’s rest in a REAL bed and being able to use a REAL toilet! Haha we packed up, cleaned up our campsite, and hit the road again to Portland.
Of course I whipped up some delicious campfire recipes that you’ll see very soon and we’re already plotting our next camping excursion for the beginning of October.
Anyone else doing some end of summer/fall camping? What’s your favorite campfire recipe?
I was craving stuffed peppers a few weeks ago, but was a little bit bored with the basic Italian sausage stuffed pepper recipes out there. I decided to lighten them up a bit by using lemon pepper chicken, crumbled goat cheese, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes straight from my garden. I wrapped them in pancetta and baked them to create a zesty, hearty, and healthy dish that the whole family will love!
If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive dessert/drink combo, look no further than these Raspberry Sorbet Champagne Floats! Sweet, tart, light, and refreshing! You can easily substitute strawberries or blackberries for the sorbet for a different flavor. These are perfect for parties or when you’re just having a “Treat Yo Self” kind of moment! Check them out for yourself and see just how easy it is!
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this weekend, head over to Dream A Little Bigger for my latest cupcake concoction, Chocolate Porter Cupcakes with Black Cherry Frosting! Enjoy!
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a pizza recipe, which is pretty unusual for someone that thinks the food pyramid should exist entirely of pizza.. I suppose I could make an exception for cupcakes. All indulgences aside, I think we can all agree that at least homemade pizza is typically healthier and much tastier than delivery! I decided to incorporate my favorite pulled pork recipe into a pizza and the result… was quickly devoured! Sweet and savory pork that was marinated in spices and then slow cooked in Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce and Sailor Jerry Rum, my classic pizza crust recipe, and fresh veggies come together to make a pizza combination unlike anything you’ve had before!
You might have noticed I took a bit of a break last week. Life has been throwing me some ups and downs lately, but everything seems to be settling down and I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I appreciate everyone’s concern and patience in allowing me a much needed break. I especially appreciate the love and support from my husband.. and of course, Punky snuggles make anything better!
Now that that’s out of the way I can share some good news with you! In case you missed my posts yesterday, I’ll be taking over the Sailor Jerry Instagram this weekend and sharing photos from our camping adventure! Be sure to head over and give them a follow so you don’t miss out! Speaking of delicious rum, you can find my Boozy Brownies and a little feature about me at The Flamingo Tribune today! The Flamingo Tribune is a great new rockabilly lifestyle blog started by an amazing husband and wife duo, Stefano and Bridgette. They’ll be covering everything from music, cars, fashion, home design, food, and everything else that embodies the rockabilly culture.
A few weeks ago my good friend, Britnee, made the trek from Iowa to Oregon to move here permanently. She’ll be staying with us for a few more weeks and I can honestly say I’ll miss having her here as a roommate. We’ve been having a blast and she’s been very uplifting and encouraging on my not-so-great days.
That’s all I have for you guys today because I’ve got a mountain of projects and posts to work through! I’m going to be starting some fun Halloween crafts this week so stay tuned for those and be sure to check back tomorrow for a brand new mouthwatering recipe!
I hope you’re all having a great week!
I’ve never felt like more of a Portland cliché than when I found myself making my first batch of pickled onions. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Portlandia, they put together a little skit poking fun at the pickling and canning obsession that had swept through the city. When I pulled up 50+ baby red onions from my garden a few weeks ago, I found myself saying, “I can pickle these!” and then face palmed my forehead, realizing that I have become so very Portland in my three years here. All clichés aside, these tangy little suckers are delicious! We’ve now tried them on burgers, brats, steaks, and salads and it adds a great zesty flavor to the dish. Try out a batch for yourself, and soon you’ll find yourself hooked!
It’s officially September! I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves change, chilly nights, and drinking gallons of pumpkin spice lattes! Since September is also my birthday month, I’ve decided once again to try my Birthday Bucket List idea. Last year I wasn’t too successful because we had so many visitors out here and a lot going on, so I’m excited to give it a shot again! Even if I don’t succeed in checking off 26 items this month, it’s still a great way to jump start my goals and have a lot of new experiences this month! Wish me luck and I hope you all have a great month!
I can’t help but feel like this cocktail is the perfect representation of our summer.. Sweet and hot! I made this several months ago for a party we had at our home and I’ve been anxious to make it again ever since so I could share it with you! Since the season doesn’t show any signs of stopping, mix up a batch for yourself to enjoy on these balmy summer days!