One of my favorite parts about being a ‘grown up’ the ability to celebrate holidays anyway I’d like. As a kid, there was nothing I loved more than dying eggs bright neon colors. These days I’m more excited about decorating my hard boiled beauties with natural colors ‘upcycled’ from around the house.
With this DIY, there’s no need to go buy expensive ingredients or cardboard easter egg kits — instead, just poke through your cupboards for some fun colored foods and spices you already have! The dying method method and ratio can be used for almost any ingredient and is a great way to clear out anything hiding in the back of the fridge.
St. Patrick’s Day is always a bit funny to me… mostly because my birthday is the day after! By the time the 18th rolls around, everyone is totally partied out. Usually I embrace it and celebrate both days together. This year, I plan to whip up a batch of these tangy, spicy cocktails which we’ve dubbed the San Patricio. The recipe is totally customizable, so whether you’re like Gwen and can’t stand spicy or you’re like me and love a good kick, this cocktail is perfect for celebrating all things green.
What a year it’s been… 2015 was such a doozy, but a good one, too. I had a lot of personal growth and change, worked on SO many amazing projects, and finally moved back to Seattle, my real-true home. I couldn’t have made all of these things happen without my amazing contributors, my darling friends, and YOU, my awesome readers. So, first a great big THANK YOU for reading along, commenting, sharing, encouraging… everything. I cannot thank you enough for following my journey and also being part of it.
Second, I have some news… I’ve never done this before, but I’m taking some time off! This is my last post of the year. Crazy, huh? I’ll be back on January 4, 2016 (it’s really weird to write that) with lots of fresh, new ideas and inspiration to share with you guys. I’m so excited to actually take a break and get some perspective on where I want to take this blog in the new year. Believe me, I’ve got some really awesome stuff in the works already and cannot wait to share it with you. Until then, I hope you have a magical Christmas and a very happy new year!
And, in case you missed them… I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts from 2015:
Tomorrow is the B-I-G day and it’s already assumed that I’ll be in pjs all day… but what will I be sipping on? Lots of coffee, spiked with seasonal yumminess like cinnamon, clove, and even orange zest! Oh, and the most perfect caramel sauce maybe ever. These Christmas coffee recipes are perfect in a pinch when unexpected guests drop by or even if you’re just snuggling with your honey on the couch (that’s my plan). Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Pour-Over Coffee in a Chemex:
For best results, start a freshly roasted single origin coffee beans. Grind the beans fine. Place 3-4 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee into the filter. Pour boiling water over the coffee beans slowly and in a circular motion as to be sure that all the grinds are soaked. Keep the water hot and pour more in as soon as all the water had drained out of the filter.
3… 2… 1… it’s already New Year’s Eve!? Wow. 2015 has been a blast, but I’m soooooo ready for a fresh start. I really love Thanksgiving, and Christmas is always wonderful, but December 31st might just be my favorite holiday. I mean, come on, a night all about new beginnings, drinking champagne, and sparkling party decor? What’s not to love?! So… to help you ring in the new year right, we came up with a couple of quick and easy ways to add a little somethin-somethin special to your celebrations.
This project is very easy to customize to personal taste or color scheme. If gold isn’t your thing, just swap out the metallic sheets for tissue paper, and almost any berry will work as a garnish.
As much as I love shiny tinsel and metallic stars, this year I wanted my Christmas decorations to have a more natural feel. I started by making some geometric cinnamon stick himmeli ornaments, but still wanted to add a bit of color and pop. So I started thinking, where do you find the brightest colors in nature this time of year? Then it came to me — berries! All you need for this project are some inexpensive glass ornaments and the great outdoors.
Christmas is in one week (geez) and this year I’m keeping things pretty chill. I’ll be spending the day in my Seattle loft, relaxing and not really doing a whole lot. Aka exactly what I’ve needed after the mad rush of this holiday season! My not-so-secret goal is to stay in my pajamas all day and I want to encourage you to do the same.
Here are my top picks for keeping comfy and cozy on Christmas morning (and afternoon… and evening…):
When it comes to Christmas, I’m definitely a purist: I like things traditional, red, and plaid. Because, really, when else do you get to wear silly pajamas like this??