Checking in quite belatedly with this week’s link love! B is off on his annual guys-only fishing trip this weekend which leaves me with a houseful of little boy antics and a fun weekend on deck! Kayaking tomorrow, a movie tomorrow evening, a baseball game and [hopefully] lots of sunshine on Sunday. Summer has definitely hit here this week. This time last week it was literally struggling to hit 40 degrees and today we topped out at 92 with the intense humidity to match. Needless to say, the littles and I are looking forward to heading off to the lakehouse tomorrow for some much needed fun in the sun. And more than our fair share of splashing around, to be sure! Before I jet off for the weekend, I send all of my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have taken the time to participate in this year’s reader survey. (If you haven’t yet, please do! One participant will win a $50 J.Crew gift card, too!) I’ll be back on Monday, but until then here’s wishing you all a sunny weekend full of joy! xoxo
[Photo by Sincerely, Kinsey.]
As far as I’ve been able to discern in my 30 years on this earth, ice cream still reigns supreme as the world’s singular greatest invention. Yes, even over sliced bread and the internet. I used to dabble some here and there with making my own, which is something I really want to experiment with again. This likely explains the inordinate number of homemade ice cream recipes I’ve been pinning like a ice cream loving mad woman as of late. Here are just a handful of the recipes I’m eyeing – blueberry muffin, cinnamon dolce, toasted coconut – holy schnikes! As always, for more of what I’ve been recently pinning and loving, give me a follow over at Pinterest and leave a comment here with a link to your profile so I can follow you, too!
[Row 1: Jeanny's Zucker Zimt Liebe | Roost | Row 2: A Beautiful Mess | How Sweet It Is | Row 3: How Sweet It Is | Souvlaki For the Soul.]
Undoubtedly one of my go-to summer entertaining essentials, for crowds of all sizes, is a pretty pitcher. I pick them up whenever I see one for cheap at thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, you name it! They’re perfect for serving up cocktails, icy cold water or even acting as a stand-in vase for a big spray of grocery store flowers when you need a quick and easy centerpiece on the fly. A lady can never have too many pitchers, I say. My boyfriend, however, would likely beg to differ. It seems they multiply daily in our cabinets. (Oops. My bad.) Never mind all that, naturally I couldn’t resist sharing a few of the beautiful pitchers and carafes that have caught my eye lately. From the most gorgeous hobnail to the simple elegance of classic white, any one of these pitchers (or two or three) would be perfect for rockin’ at your summer shindigs all season long.
[Shop | 1: Jewel green pitcher | 2: Smoke gray carafe | 3: Recycled glass carafe | 4: Hobnail pitcher | 5: Classic white pitcher | 6: Citrus green carafe.]
I have been such a fan of Linda of Call Me Cupcake for as long as I can remember. Her images are each like stunning pieces of fine art, drawing you in with the loveliest compositions and most incredible light. Who knew cakes and confections could be so damn awe inspiring? She has a book out that I so wish were in English because I’d buy not only a copy for myself, but for basically everyone I know. Her latest creation to blow me away? This recipe for lilac sugar. Lilac sugar! Who knew such a thing existed? Linda recommends it in a cup of tea, and I’m thinking I need to hurry my butt outside to snag up a bunch more lilacs before the short-lived season passes us by. Lilac sugar. It may just be my new obsession. Get the recipe at Call Me Cupcake.
[Photo by Call Me Cupcake.]
I have no idea how another year has slipped by so quickly, but alas it has and it’s officially that time again – time for the 2013 reader survey! Once a year I reach out to you and ask you to chime in with your thoughts, suggestions and ideas to help keep The Sweetest Occasion evolving. Over the last several weeks I’ve been spent a lot of time putting pen to paper dreaming up new ideas for columns and features and new ways to bring you more and better content. Combine that with your input in this year’s survey and I have big plans to make this next year the best one yet! The survey is short and sweet (just 11 questions) and one lucky participant will receive a $50 J.Crew gift card as my personal thank you for contributing your thoughts and ideas. (If that sounds like a bribe, it’s ok. I’m not above bribing!)
Take the survey here and allow me to thank you in advance! You’re all the best. Seriously. xoxo
p.s. Please note that in order to be entered in the giveaway you’ll need to include your email address when taking the survey. (Only completed surveys will be eligible to win.) Your answers will remain completely anonymous and your email address will never be shared! The survey is open now through Friday, June 7 and the winner will be announced soon thereafter!
[Image by Oh No Rachio. Visit her shop here.]