EAT & MAKE || July 4th Coconut Cupcakes & Hand Lettered Decor

I’ve been teasing hand lettering and little illustration projects for our July 4th party, but the day is finally here! I created 3 cute hand lettered posters, illustrated some sunnies on matchboxes, and made a packaging for our giveaways: SPARKLERS!

I also baked up some coconut cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting from the Sprinkles bakebook. I swapped the shredded coconut for coconut flakes and gold stars.

We are hosting a BBQ at our house this year. We didn’t do any parade shenanigans.. and some of us are going out to partake in watching fireworks later tonight. We definitely don’t have traditions for July 4th. How do you all celebrate?
Found these cute Meri Meri Party straws and napkins at my local Marshalls.
Designed some sparkler giveaways (which we TOTALLY forgot to giveaway as everyone rushed out to watch the fireworks.. OOPS!) and also cute illustrations/patterns for matchboxes!july4th sparklers matchboxes graphic design decorjuly 4th matchboxes graphic design decorjuly 4th multicolor jello july 4th strawberry shortcake
Happy 241st birthday, USA! How do you celebrate July 4th?

EAT // Lasagna x Bacon Egg Hash x Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

My friends, I’ve figured out my personality as an eater after a friend spoke the word: GRAZER. I am a grazer.. little eating here and there. She totally got me defined in one word!

Homemade turkey/beef marinara sauce for lasagna and 4 clove garlic bread. Yummmm
Prebaked graham crackers and fresh pureed strawberries in the batter.

Fresh strawberry puree <3
Celebrating A’s new job!
A and I love brunch, but brunch is insanely expensive… so we try to make brunch whenever we can! This is bacon, red bell peppers, onions, red potato hash with fried eggs on top. We love a good one cast iron pan dish.

Ice cream at TinPot Creamery in Palo Alto during A and my midweek date. We got malted chocolate and Cookie Monster to share.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing food and location from Souvla, a restaurant A and I tried for the first time this weekend in the Mission!


EAT x MAKE // Belated Valentine’s Day Celebration

You know what? I had a belated Valentine’s Day celebration. It was actually a birthday, Valentine’s Day, and anniversary celebration all thrown in together. But it actually doesn’t even matter what the occasion was– this was one of the most fun things I’ve done.

It took a little planning and time to bake up most all the goodies, but once that was all aside, throwing a tea party is really a cinch. You could really buy little treats at your local store too, if you don’t have the time to bake. (I recommend Trader Joes!)

I made:
– strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with fresh fruit (baked them 2 weeks ago and froze them– still super moist!).
-blueberry orange zest scones (doubled up on the orange zest!!!)
-Earl Grey shortbread cookies
-lemon dill cucumber finger sandwiches
-roasted bell pepper bleu cheese roast beef finger sandwiches

My boyfriend made:
-tomato ham finger sandwiches
-tomato lettuce turkey finger sandwiches

We bought:
-macarons (TJs)
-tart, eclair, cannoli (Whole Foods)

We made:
-London Fog lattes (Earl Grey)
-Bliss Tea (Peppermint Tea Latte)

My mom joined in on the fun too, and we ended up cutting everything you see into even smaller portions so that we could taste test everything! It was such a fun experience and definitely cost far less than going to a tea party place!

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What are your favorite tea party treats? Do share! 🙂

Travel To Do: Washington DC & Surrounding Areas

Every time I travel, I spend a few days doing the touristy bit and visit a good handful of the well known places in a city. The other days are spent trying to be more like a local, visiting and discovering the smaller nooks and crannies of a city. I like the mix of both and with companies like Yelp and Instagram, finding interesting places is so much easier!

Our biggest “local” task was to discover and utilize the Metro/Metrobus. We lived in a city that had NO METRO, so we had to bus about an hour to get to a larger city center. We were 20 minutes bus ride from Georgetown though, which was nice. We traded some quiet for distance. I LOVED that!

I try to keep my vacations just that. I don’t want to feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. You just have to make sure to plan adventure days as well as relaxation days.

Most of my picks ended up being coffee or food, but we definitely explored so much more than just these little tidbits. Think of this as little stops to make while exploring your bigger cities/places!

9 places to try

9 places to try

1. Georgetown Waterfront– in the heat/humidity of July in DC? You’ll want to come here to relax and maybe enjoy a dinner along the Potamac at sunset. Gorgeous. You can rent bikes, kayaks, etc here and enjoy the weather, but many families just let their kids run through these giant arches of waterfall from an outdoor play fountain!
2. Astro’s Chicken & Donuts– Alan loves both. We tried this place after an exhausting adventure day (the first day we arrived!) on the Big Bus Hop On/Offs after visiting Ford’s Theater and going to Madam Tussaud’s. I wouldn’t go again, but Alan loved the chicken! The passionfruit donut had great flavor, but wasn’t anything special. The creme brulee one was great! Custard filled and brulee’d!
3. Eastern Market Flea Market– a 1 mile walk from Union Station. Open on Sundays, it is a great way to adventure but enjoy the locals getting goods at the farmer’s market and getting food.
4. Georgetown– shopping & food, but also has an amazing trail C&O Canal
5. Luke’s Lobster– I think this is the chain over here because it was all over DC! Maybe it was just our tourist thing to try, but it was tasty! A little small in portion, but they give quite a bit of seafood on each half piece of toast.
6. Northside Social– our friend Jo took us here when we landed. I had a sweet and creamy iced vanilla latte, which was the perfect thing for someone who was tired and hot from the plane ride! They also have soft serve and GIANT pastries.
7. Baked & Wired– In Georgetown. A MUST GO. Coffee isn’t amazing, but the strawberry cupcake WAS. I will dream about that place until I get my hands on one again! Locals tipped us off to come here rather than Georgetown/DC Cupcakes, and I’m so glad we listened!
8. Caffe Aficionado, Rosslyn– Walkable from Georgetown (across the bridge). This cafe is smack in a business center, but it is a hidden gem. The coffee was smooth and strong. I got an iced latte.
9. M.E. Swing Coffee– a block from the White House. This place has a cool and easy vibe to it. Cool and relaxed with high tables and old school brewing gear. This had THE BEST iced vanilla latte I’ve ever had in my life. The sweetness of the vanilla syrup, the creaminess of the milk, and the sweet and fruity notes of the roasted coffee was SOOOOO GOOD. It was smooth, but had body. My personal preferences perfected in a cup!