One Ingredient Five Ways: Tomatoes

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One Ingredient Five Ways: Tomatoes

Earlier this summer I announced that I was teaming up with Unilver to spread the word about their amazing Project Sunlight campaign and taking on their One Ingredient, Five Ways challenge. The concept of the challenge is pretty simple! Hit up your local farmer’s market and load up on fresh, local ingredients and then maximize what you can do with them in the kitchen. We’re big tomato lovers around here and this is the time of year when they’re starting to get so so delicious. Over the next month, market bins will be overflowing with every variety you can imagine and today I’m sharing five super simple ways to enjoy delicious fresh tomatoes all summer long. Click through for all the yummy details!

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Three DIY Shibori Ideas + Friday Link Love

Ever since Stephanie rocked out this DIY indigo dyed linens tutorial for us last summer, my obsession with all things shibori has been growing. And honestly, it was pretty solidified before then if that gives you a measure of my love. Currently I’m debating dying a pair of curtains for our dining room. I think they’d be colorful, bold and dramatic, but still playful. What do you think? In the meantime, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorite shibori tutorials of late. I’m still on the mend (very slowly it appears) so I’m going to leave you with these pretty little things and a whole bunch of link love to kickstart your weekend. See you here on Monday! xoxo

DIY Shibori Ideas

[DIY Indigo Kitchen Towels | DIY Shibori Crop Top | DIY Indigo Dyed Scarf.]

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Loving a Lakeside Summer Vacation

I’m not sure if it’s being sick this week or just a serious need for a vacation, but this week all I can think about is running away to a little lakeside cabin in the woods. The perfect summer vacation in my book consists of long, lazy lakeside days spent swimming from the dock, reading books, making s’mores and cooking dinner over the campfire. Late afternoon walks before dinner, maybe a cat nap or two. The weather this week has been warm, humid, dark and stormy. For some reason it has me wanting to hide away in the woods even more. Turns out, it has been over four years since my last real vacation. I never take more than a few days off at a time and I think it’s catching up with me. Maybe this summer flu (or whatever it is) is a part of that? Whatever is going on, this is what my daydreams look like at the moment. Does anyone have any summer vacations plan? Spill the beans!

Loving Summer Vacation | The Sweetest Occasion

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[Photos, from top: Blue Moon Rising | Free People | Pastry Affair | Belathee via Design*Sponge | Oh My Deer | Yossy ArefiThe Why We Love | Rue Magazine | Jack Toohey.]

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Color Palette: Pineapple + Strawberry

Hi friends! I’m still struggling to feel normal today, but I think I am definitely on the mend. (Fingers crossed!) Lots of tea and naps have absolutely been necessary the last couple of days, and now that I’m feeling a bit better today I’m having a hard time not jumping back into things full steam ahead. Sitting still and shifting my priorities to rest and quiet? Yep. That’s almost impossible for me to do. That said, I had this pretty color palette of pineapple and strawberry already in the works so you can consider this your weekly dose of color love. It’s fresh and summery and just plain pretty, don’t you think? Now it’s back to resting for me, but hopefully I’m back to normal tomorrow!

Color Palette: Pineapple and Strawberry

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[Photos, from top: Jennifer Little for You Are My Fave | Laura Ivanova via Style Me Pretty | Orange Photographie via Wedding Sparrow.]

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Eat This: Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Hi, guys! I hope you had an amazing weekend and that for those of you who celebrated that your 4th of July festivities involved loads of fireworks, sunshine and ice cream. Speaking of ice cream, I’m wretchedly sick today and ice cream is the only thing that sounds good because my throat is killing me. And my head and my body, too. I’m not quite sure yet if I’m just dealing with a sinus infection from hell or some version of the flu, but I started to feel it coming on last evening and by this morning I was laid out flat. So basically, I’m going to curl back up under a huge mound of blankets now and continue binge watching Private Practice on Netflix. And wishing for the ice cream fairy to show up. In the meantime, make yourself some of this vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It looks like heaven on a cone!

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[Recipe + photo by Minimalist Baker.]

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