When I’m home on a hot summer day and looking to relax and cool down, I want something no-fuss or frills. I want refreshing. I want light. I want fruity and botanical. I want is quick, and I want it while sitting in front of the AC or on the patio. These drinks are far from new and inventive. They are my go-to summer sips because they’re classics, but with my fresh take on them. They’re botanical, fruity, and bright, and I hope you enjoy!
Blueberries are delicious little flavor bombs that, until this summer, I severely underestimated. These hot little pockets of goodness are filled with simmered berries and sweetened cream cheese and wrapped in a slightly sweeter variation of the buttermilk cornmeal crust I use for my Peach Blueberry Galette.
Living with a tiny bathroom is a challenge. It has to be both functional and cute, and with a budget, that’s a little tricky.
Luckily, I was able to update and organize my bathroom for about $65! It’s still just as small, but a few well-chosen updates have given it a fresh feeling, and the color scheme and absence of the unnecessary items I’ve tossed out make it feel a little bigger and brighter.
There’s not much better than an ice-cold treat on a hot day, and pudding pops are a classic hot-weather treat. With summer fruits and berries at the height of their abundance right now, I decided to put a new twist on one of my childhood favorites – Pudding Pops! This Berry Lemon Pudding Pop is made with a slightly sweetened berry compote, lemon instant pudding, and Greek yogurt for a little extra tang and a creamier texture.
I love this rustic dessert and it’s customizability. After several attempts, I came up with a recipe that is naturally sweet and bursting with flavor and has a light yet crunchy, sturdy crust.
In college and our various programs, we are given SO much advice; however the following are tips and tricks that I didn’t pick up in college, but through my own experiences and with the guidance of my amazing veteran teacher friends and colleagues. Once I figured these things out, I was able to have a life outside of planning and grading. I even often received the compliment that I seemed “too calm and organized for a first year.” Whoa!
I was so happy with how this cake turned out! I had some left over sour cream, so I decided to add that in to make the cake dense and moist as a bundt cake should be, and the strawberries lend the cake a beautiful juiciness in each bite. The combination of almond and sweet strawberries with a hint of lemon zest give this cake a lovely, light flavor that is a perfect warm-weather dessert.
There was a time when I thought I was Italian. My grandfather was Italian, and Italian food has always been a source of comfort for me, but I vividly remember the day I learned that I am not Italiana – after a family dinner at (yup, you guessed it) an Italian restaurant, I made a comment that I was so happy that we’re Italian – we have the best food, and everyone is so loud and happy! That’s when my seven-year-old boot-shaped bubble was popped – we’re not Italian, but Grandpa is… This was also the night I learned about step parents.
LA is my happy home now and for the foreseeable future, but there are obviously some things I miss from San Jose. I could ramble off a laundry list of things I miss, but instead I want to give you a short list of my favorite places to visit in my old neck of the woods, south San Jose.
It’s food. All five places are food.
If you’re surprised by this, you clearly haven’t been following along.
If you followed my previous creative venture (BestBayhavior) on instagram or were a blog subscriber, you may wonder where I went for so long and without warning. As some readers (from way back when) may remember, I was completing my teaching credential and working full time while trying to maintain BestBayhaviour and my sanity. It was not working, and something had to go… I chose to keep my sanity over my website.