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Looking for a Studio Mate

June 20, 2017

This post really is for local folks only, or anyone who would love to move to Bakersfield. You guys, I have this fantastic studio space downtown Bakersfield. It’s 650 bright, white, light-filled square feet. I’ve had folks share this space with me this last year, but some have or are moving on. So, I’m looking for a new studio mate. Who wants to share this creative space with me?

If you are interested, send me an email at oleanderandpalm@gmail.com with Studio Rental in the subject.

Food & Drink

Lemon Lavender Sorbet

June 16, 2017

Lemon Lavender Sorbet

Before I get to this super yummy and also very pretty Lemon Lavender Sorbet, I thought I should be honest about life lately. Oh boy, what a week! All the plans I had, kind of got thrown for a loop. That’s life right? Lately I feel like life it’s all up hill climbing, a little down hill or even a stroll through a meadow would be nice. The last 2 days have been filled with the worst kind of plumbing issues. Like ones that smell awful and cost thousands of dollars to repair. But, today we are heading to the mountains for a little backpacking trip. As much as I’m not in the mood to pack and prepare for camping now, I’m sure I’ll be glad to get away and enjoy some beautiful scenery and long hikes.

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We are definitely in the 100s for temps now. We have been spoiled the last week with out of the ordinary cooler weather. But, now that Summer is officially here, I’ll be using my ice cream maker a lot more.

 

Lemon Lavender SorbetWe love a anything lemon, so this Lemon Lavender Sorbet will be on repeat this Summer. Refreshing and unique, I can’t get enough of this recipe. I think it’s a winner. Head over to Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company for the full recipe.

Lemon Lavender Sorbet

DIY

Adding Personality to a Kitchen

June 14, 2017

We’re creeping close to being in our new house a whole year now! Wow, how did that happen? I really thought I would have a lot more done around here. But, man do we love this house, even though there is still lots of unfinished projects. Really, I’m a firm believer in loving where you live NOW, not when everything is finished and renovated. I think little changes and additions can really make a difference. I spend more time in our kitchen then any other room in our house and I don’t think I’ve shared a single picture of that room here on the blog. So, today I’m sharing pictures of our kitchen.

While I’d love love love to change the counter tops, re-tile the floors and repaint the cupboards, that’s just not in the cards yet. So, I’m giving this space a little attention with a few accessories and some inexpensive art. And I really love making things versus buying things for my home. I’ve teamed up with Mixbook again to come up with some fun DIY art for my kitchen.And while I am not an artist by any means, or even very skilled with watercolor paints, I had a lot of fun doodling with watercolors. Be sure to check out the Bathroom Art and California Wildflowers Canvases I made with Mixbook as well. They have so many great products for customizing art for your home.

Kitchens can be tricky rooms to decorate. They really don’t offer to much wall space and it is a space that needs to be “usable”. Real work and messes are made here, so too many cute objects and accessories can get in the way. So here’s a few things I’m doing to make this space our own without spending a ton of money or diving into a big renovation just yet.

  1.  There’s not a lot wall space, but I felt like I needed to find a way to break up all the cream cabinets and cream walls and cream trim. I started by making some really simple watercolor art pieces. And ya, if you like them also, you can download them for yourself HERE. I printed these 11×14 images with Mixbook .Their Poster Prints are high-quality large format photo prints that are really easy on the budget. They start at just $7.99 each and they come as big as 24×36. They also come in a glossy or matte finish. I chose matte for these watercolors.
  2.  The next change I made was a painted our back door black. It needed to be painted and I decided to take a little risk and try something different from all the cream paint color. The black made all the difference. It’s now the star of them room.
  3. The counter tops could definitely be worse. Really my least favorite part of them is the grout. I feel like i’m cleaning it all the time. I’m really not a huge fan of cluttered countertops. But some pretty plants, fresh flowers, and some a few favorite pieces help disguise the very busy backsplash (which I’m not a huge fan of). Leaning cutting boards and framed art in strategic places gives me little moments and memories to enjoy as a work in the kitchen.

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24 Must-Have Beach Towels

June 7, 2017

I think we just made the best decision for our Summer plans. We just signed up to for a pool membership! Yep, there is hope we will survive these 100 F plus days. We are only 3 days into Summer vacation, and my kids need a way to get exercise and burn some energy. Summer here is equivalent to a harsh winter elsewhere.  Keeping kids looked up indoors all day is a recipe for sibling conflict and endless messes.

So, now that we will be swimming daily, beach towels were on my mind. The couple of beach towels that we own currently are over 10 years old and have definitely seen better days. So, I’m definitely in the market. I put together a little round up of some of my favorite finds. With so many good choices, I’m not sure which ones I’ll pick.

  1. Gold Palm Leaves
  2. Yellow and Pink Stripes
  3. Black Marble
  4. Black + White Stripe
  5. Black Tribal
  6. Green + White Stripe
  7. Pink with Tropical Leaves
  8. Pineapples
  9. Hot Tub
  10. Wide Black + White Stripe
  11. Good Vibes
  12. Round Tropical Leaves
  13. Green Leaves
  14. Peach Turkish Towel
  15. Pink with Black Leaves
  16. Round Tribal
  17. Pink Stripes
  18. Orange + Blue
  19. Orange Smiley Faces
  20. Round Black
  21. Moroccan Black + White
  22. Geometric Black + White
  23. Garden Rose
  24. Round Geometric

Did one catch your eye? I think my oldest would love the number 23, the Garden Rose. I love the big round towels, not only for the beach but also for a trip to the park or just for hanging out in the back yard. Number 5 is probably is my favorite, I’m always a sucker for Pendleton patterns.

Food & Drink

Faux Gourmet Donuts

June 2, 2017

Happy National Donut Day!

Ok, I think this might be the best idea I’ve had in quite a while. You guys, I’m a huge fan of a gourmet donut. You know what I’m referring to – the $3-4 donut with unusual flavor combinations. Well, my town does not have a fancy donut joint. And while I do like making donuts from scratch, they can be very time consuming and messy. So, I’ve come up with a fun way to have that over-priced, trendy donut fad in your life without frying or spending a lot of money. Let me introduce you to Faux Gourmet Donuts!

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I’m taking grocery store donuts (ya the ones that cost $5.99 for a whole dozen) and I’m giving them a gourmet makeover. I already shared the Boysenberry Rose Donuts in Wednesday’s post. But, I’ve have two more winning flavor combinations for you.  Matcha Green Tea with Coconut and Lemon Lavender are two new favorites in our house. I topped regular cake donuts with the Boysenberry and Matcha icings and glazed yeast donuts with the Lemon Lavender. Oh my, these are so good. And I totally had my family fooled.

Lemon Lavender Icing

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. dried lavender
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

In a small microwave save bowl, combine the lemon juice and lavender. Microwave on high for 45 secs. Allow to cool completely. Strain off the lavender flowers. Add the powdered sugar and zest to the lemon juice. Whisk together until smooth. Dip the donuts in the glaze and top with a sprinkling of zest and a few lavender flowers.

Matcha Green Tea Frosting

In a small bowl whisk the green tea powder and cream together. Add the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. This should be a very think frosting. Dip old fashioned or cake donuts in the frosting and top with a sprinkling of toasted coconut flakes.

Faux Gourmet Donuts - give grocery store donuts a makeover with 3 yummy flavor combinations.

Aren’t you glad we made it to Friday? Be sure to celebrate with a donut or 2. And if you really want to try taking on homemade donuts, these Lemon Old Fashioned Donuts a good place to start.

Entertain / Food & Drink

Brunch Block Party

May 31, 2017

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During Southern Californian Summers, we often try to do all our outdoor activities early in the day before it really heats up. So, to kick off the Summer I’m all hosting a Brunch Block Party. Move over BBQ get-together in the heat of the day, I think getting an early start is a great idea. Plus, who doesn’t love brunch food? It’s the best of breakfast and lunch. Here’s the menu I put together, I kept it simple and seasonal. I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 Imports to throw this fun Brunch Block Party. There’s a little for everyone. Keep reading, I’m sharing all the recipes.

Brunch Menu

  • Grapefruit Sage Mock-Mimosa
  • Mint Mojito Iced Coffee
  • Faux Gourmet Donuts
  • Pineapple and Cinnamon Yogurt Dip
  • Nectarine + Macadamia Nut Salad
  • Green Chili Corn Bread Waffles
  • Cheese Board + Fresh Cherries

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Our house has a fantastic, huge front porch. Lately, we have been spending a lot of time out there. It’s very shaded and really has so much space for entertaining. I recently re-painted a vintage sofa my mother-in-law gave me. I replaced the cushions with some white and grey pillows from Pier 1 and it’s like a brand new piece of furniture. I also added two slings, which my kids are loving, but they also provide 2 more places for folks to sit. This porch is the perfect spot for a neighborhood block party brunch. With lots of shaded area and plenty of room to spill over onto the front yard, it’s a great space for hosting a crowd. Plus, the best part of outdoor entertaining, is that all the mess stays outside!

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I picked up a few outdoor entertaining essentials from Pier 1 Imports to make out front porch feel I little more like another room in our house. I few great pillows, a pretty lantern, some really cool melamine serving dishing and a touch of peach with some fun linens, and now it’s our favorite room in the house.

  1. Cheese Board
  2. Long Serving Tray
  3. Bowls with Ice Filled Bottoms
  4. Grey Lantern with Rope Detail
  5. Peach Window Pain Napkin
  6. Peach Coasters
  7. Large Round Serving Tray
  8. Grey and Jute Outdoor Pillow

I love wood grain and marble, it’s such a pretty combination. But, who wants to be hauling heaving dishes and trays in and out of the house. I love these melamine serving pieces from Pier 1. They are modern, minimal and just plain good looking dishes AND they are totally unbreakable. Probably my favorite new outdoor entertaining item is the grey wood grain serving bowls. Not only are they pretty, but you can fill the bottoms on the bowls with ice and they keep your food chilled. How cool is that?

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Ok, let’s start with the drinks, because I’m pretty sure a party is only as good as the drinks that are served. Since it’s brunch, coffee and mimosas are a must. I love a twist on something traditional, so I came up with a fun Grapefruit Sage Mock-Mimosa and too keep everyone cool, Mint Mojito Iced Coffee.

Grapefruit Sage Mock-Mimosa

  • 6 cups Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 liter Ginger Ale
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh sage
  • ice
  • grapefruit slices and sage leave for garnish

Start by making the sage simple syrup. In a small pot, place the water, sugar and sage. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. I like to leave the mint leaves in the syrup as long as possible. When you are ready to serve the drinks, stain off the sage with a fine metal sieve. Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

In a large pitcher, combine 6 cups grapefruit juice, the sage simple syrup and the ginger ale. Stir and serve poured over ice. Garnish glasses with a fresh sage leaf floating on top and a slice of grapefruit on the rim on the glass.

And if you want to make it an adult version, champaign can easily replace the ginger ale.

Block Party Brunch

A party isn’t a party without some sweet treats. So I created some faux gourmet donuts. Ya, I’m making this a thing. Bakersfield is a great place to live, but we do NOT have a fancy donut shop. You know what I’m talking about – the $3 donuts that come in fun flavor combinations with pretty icing. So, I decided I’d make my own. I bought a dozen plain buttermilk cake donuts at my local grocery store. Then I mixed about 1/4 cup boysenberry syrup with 1 cup of powdered sugar. I microwaved it on high for 30 secs. stirred it again and then dipped the donuts in the frosting and sprinkled some dried rose petals. Ta-da – instant gourmet donuts.

But hey, if you have a fun donut shop, pick up a dozen, and serve them at your brunch. I guarantee your guests will be pleased and it will save you sometime.

To balance out the donut situation, a yummy green salad is always a good idea. I mentioned it earlier, but these grey wood grain melamine bowls are pretty darn cool (literally). You can fill the bottom part of this bowl with ice and not worry about your salad getting warm or wilted outside in the heat.

White Nectarine and Macadamia Nut Salad

  • 3 white nectarines
  • 1/2 cup whole macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 oz. log of herbed goat cheese
  • a bag of mixed spring greens
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/3 cup oil oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Start by making the balsamic salad dressing. In a large mason jar, add the lemon juice, zest, vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake vigorously to mix. Store in the fridge in an air tight container. Allow the dressing to come to room temperature before serving, if the olive oil is too cold it will become a solid.

Toast the macadamia nuts in a dry frying pan until they are golden brown. Toss the spring greens, sliced nectarines, macadamia nuts and cherry tomatoes. Dot the salad with small spoonfulls of  the goat cheese. I chose to serve this dressing on the side and allow guests to put as much or as little as they wanted.

Brunch Block Party

Brunch Blog Party

This easy recipe is my take on a brunch dish I had the last time I was in Maui. Fresh, ripe pineapple wedges were served with a yummy sweet cinnamon yogurt dip. When I saw delicious ripe pineapples on sale at the grocery store, I knew this recipe needed to be on the menu. And the mini version of the iced melamine bowl was perfect for keeping this yogurt dip icy cold.

Pineapple Spears and Cinnamon Yogurt Dip

  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 cups vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Cut pineapple into long spears or wedges for dipping. In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, brown sugar and cinnamon. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Green Chili Cornbread Waffles

This final recipe is one that I’ve wanted to share here for quite awhile. I love the idea of a savory waffle. There is no need to turn on the oven and heat up the house with this recipe. Did you know that you can cook corn bread in a waffle iron? Well, you can and it sure does make cute bite sized corn bread.

Green Chili Cornbread Waffles

  • 1 can of chopped green chilis
  • 2/3 cup frozen or canned corn
  • 2 boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • chopped chives or green onions
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cojita cheese

Start by cutting the bacon in 1/2 inch pieces. Fry until crisp, drain on a paper towel. In bowl, mix together the green chilis, corn, Jiffy Mix, eggs and milk. When the waffle iron is hot, spray with nonstick spray and cook the waffles according to your waffle iron’s instructions. Top the warm waffles with chives, bacon and cojita cheese.

Brunch Block Party

Aren’t you ready for some fun Summer entertaining? Head to you local Pier 1 or shop online for all your outdoor entertaining essentials.

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This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports, thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible. 

 

 

 

 

Food & Drink

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

May 26, 2017

A friend recently described Philz Coffee Mint Mojito Iced Coffee to me and I immediately went home and made my own version. I already had mint simple syrup in my fridge, so a couple of shots of espresso and a dash of cream later, I was enjoying the best iced coffee I’ve ever had.

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 shots of espresso or strong cold brew
  • crushed ice
  • half and half
  • fresh mint for garnish

Start by making the mint simple syrup. In a small pot, place the water, sugar and mint. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. I like to leave the mint leaves in the syrup as long as possible. When you are ready to serve the drinks, stain off the mint leaves with a fine metal sieve. Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

In a glass filled with ice, pour two shots of espresso or a generous amount of your favorite cold brew (I like this kit). Depending on how sweet you like your coffee, add 1-2 oz. of mint simple syrup. Then finally top the glass off with half and half. Stir and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

I’m telling you, this might sound kind of weird, but it’s sooooo good. It’s sweet and refreshing and there is not a more perfect pick-me-up for a warm afternoon. This will be my Summer go-to coffee of choice. And now I need to get to Philz and try the real deal.

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10 Actions to Take Right Now to Boost Your Creativity

May 25, 2017

I try to be as honest and authentic as I can be here. Just enough, but not too much to be a totally downer all the time. Really, most of the time I love life and really am enjoying this season. But, it’s really far from perfect. I know I post pretty pictures of yummy drinks, flowers, and a clean house – but, that’s not always the case. I just don’t think folks want to see pictures of my cluttered bathroom counters and my unmade bed today. There’s nothing inspiring about that. Believe me, it sucks all the creativity out of me.

So, without sounding like someone who wants sympathy or attention, I just wanted to say that the last couple of weeks have been hard. I’ve felt drained, anxious, unmotivated and just blahhh about my job life in general. I share this here so that hopefully someone else doesn’t feel alone.

When you feel like this, creativity is GONE. I don’t know where it goes. I think I’m an idea person, I usually have a few good ideas brewing at anytime.  But, lately I’m totally tapped out. I’m not one to wait for something to happen or change in my life. I’m a door knocker, I’m knocking on all the doors and hoping someone answers and says yes. Over the last couple of weeks, I’m trying a bunch of things to try to kick start my creative juices.  So, I thought I’d share with you what is working. I’m not a self-help guru and definitely don’t have everything figured out. But, maybe some of these ideas will resonate with you and maybe help you out of a creative slump.

  1. Rest – this probably seems obvious. But, if you are a do-er and go-er like I am, rest can feel like a waste of valuable time. Listening to your body and taking a nap can actually be a good place to start. For me, I had no choice, I stopped for about 10 mins a Sunday afternoon a couple weeks ago and fell sound asleep for 4 hours. For someone who naps about once a year, this is a big deal. Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve been conscience to go to bed at a reasonable time and try to give my body what it needs.
  2. Make Healthy Eating Choices – I consider myself a pretty healthy eater. We cook most of our meals at home and yes, I do bake treats, but actually I rarely eat any of it. But, when I feel burnt out though, I let me guard down and I don’t pay attention to the things I’m putting into my body. So, I’ve cut back the amount of coffee I drink and I’m trying to pack as many fruits and veggies into my meals as possible. Thinking about food more as fuel always helps me. Right now I’m in the middle of a Juice Cleanse. It may feel a little drastic, but I felt like I needed to hit restart and flush my body of toxins. Whether it’s taking a simple step like making an effort to drink more water or taking on something more intense like a Juice Cleanse, a change in nutrition can help boost creativity.
  3. Hunt for Inspiration – sometimes you have to seek out a creative spark. My spark was definitely gone, like a bucket of water had been dumped on it. I’m trying to make time to do the things I love, like walk through an antique mall or actually flip through the beautiful design magazines that sit on my coffee table but I never have time to read. I also have a trip to downtown LA in my sites. I need a little time in a big city from time to time. The energy of a city, the hustle and bustle, the people, the traffic, the food, the art, the mess – all help my mood. Sometimes life feelings to hectic or busy to make time for just being inspired. It can seem a frivolous, but usually stepping away can be really helpful.
  4. Clean and De-clutter – clean out your purse, your car, your closet. I always feel like my home is a refection of my state of mind and schedule. If it’s messy and cluttered, usually my life is too hectic and I’m feeling stressed out. So, this week I took a whole day to just clean and put away all the junk that collects around a house with 3 busy kids. Honestly, seeing a clean space can instantly give my mind room for creativity. The mess definitely hinders me taking on a new project or idea.
  5. Get Dressed – well, I do wear clothes everyday, but some days it’s just a tank top and some yoga pants. Getting dresses in something that makes you feel confident and pretty in can really change the way your day starts. For me, putting on mascara and some big earrings can boost my moral. Maybe a hair cut or getting your nails done can be a breath of fresh air.
  6. Exercise – This might be the most important one for me. I need to burn off all those endorphins. Ya, I’d like to be a little skinnier, but mostly I exercise for my mental health. For the last couple of months, I have been swimming laps at my local pool. An hour of swimming back and forth gives me a lot of time to think and process my day. I’ve rediscovered how much I love swimming. Being weightless and submerged in water has a restorative power. I’ve also been riding my bike a lot. I never regret a bike ride. A bike ride always takes me back to my childhood and simpler times.
  7. Make Something – even though your creativity might feel totally tapped out, sometimes the act of starting a project can spur on something new and interesting. For me taking my camera for a walk around my neighborhood can help. I use my camera almost daily for my job, but taking pictures of flowers that are in full bloom and just taking pictures for no purpose at all is fun. I also picked up my water color paints this last week and painted for 3 hours straight. And yesterday I decided I’d finally make the swings that I wanted on our porch. So, I headed to the hardware store with absolutely no plan at all. It was fun to make something with a little trial and error, not know if the outcome would be good or not.
  8. A Change of Scenery – today I’m writing this post from my favorite coffee shop. but, I also editing a big batch of pictures from my front porch this week as well. Often I get stuck at my kitchen table trying to work. But, from my kitchen table, I can see my basement, which is where my laundry room is, I can also see my kitchen sink and all the dishes that need to be done or the dinner that needs to be started. Finding a new location to work can really help eliminate distractions and give you fresh eyes for the task ahead.
  9. Do Something New – for me, this kind of long, wordy post is not my usual type of blog post. I tend to rely on pretty images for the foundation of my posts. So, I type this post with a little bit of fear of failure. But, it also feels good to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Sometimes you discover something that you are good at, sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that writing is something I’m good at, but a little exploration of something different can be refreshing.
  10. Get Outside – I’m an outdoors kind of girl, but I do believe there is some power in being in nature for everyone. If I can’t make it to the desert, beach or the mountains, a little time weeding in my yard can be really helpful. I walk is also always a good idea. Right now our river has a lot of water (which hasn’t had any water for 7 years), so even though it’s still in the middle of the city, it’s good to walk along the water and listen to birds and crickets. As a christian, nothing makes me feel more connected to my Creator then being in his handy work. It always brings me so much peace.

I hope this is helpful to someone out there. Obviously there are no perfect formulas or answers for getting out of a rut. But, my thought is that change isn’t going to happen unless you take the first step. So, I’m taking all kinds of steps forward and hoping that something works. Here’s to finding my creativity again.

Food & Drink

Cherry Limeade

May 22, 2017

It’s Monday, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need a Mocktail to get through it.

Cherry Limeade recipe - a healthier take on a drive-thru classic.

This weekend we hit 100 F. The heat makes me crave trip to Sonic for a huge Cherry or Strawberry Limeade. So, this year I’ve come up with a healthier version of one of my favorite hot weather drinks. Without all the sugar and artificial colors and flavors, I feel I lot better about serving this Cherry Limeade recipe to me kids and guests.

I’m actually not a huge fan of cherry flavor, but real, fresh cherries – YES, I love those!  My fridge is always stocked with an assortment of La Criox, so as long as I can find fresh cherries this Summer, this drink will definitely be served often.

Cherry Limeade recipe - a healthier take on a drive-thru classic.

Cherry Limeade

  • 2 cups of fresh cherries pitted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • a pinch of salt
  • La Croix Cerise Limon or sparkling water

Start by making the cherry syrup. In a small pot bring the cherries, honey and lime juice to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and pour the cherry mixture into a blender or food processor. Blend or pulse on high to make a puree. There will still be some little bits and chunks of cherry, but you kind of want folks to know that this was made from real cherries.  All the cherry syrup to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

In a glass filled with ice, pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the cherry syrup (depending on how sweet you want the drink) then fill the glass with La Croix Cerise Limon or you favorite sparkling water. Stir and garnish with a wedge of lime and a fresh cherry on a pick.

Cherry Limeade recipe - a healthier take on a drive-thru classic. Cherry Limeade recipe - a healthier take on a drive-thru classic. Cherry Limeade recipe - a healthier take on a drive-thru classic. Cherry Limeade recipe - a healthier take on a drive-thru classic.

I hope you have a fabulous Monday friends.

Cherry Limeade recipe - a healthier take on a drive-thru classic.

DIY

The Chlorophyll Wall

May 18, 2017

You know, somedays I love my job more then others. I have a great job, but this weekend was really SO MUCH FUN! For a couple months now, I have been planning and prepping for this project – The Chlorophyll Wall. I’ve been wanting to find a way that I could collaborate with my husband (the biology nerd) and his students. So, with The Bakersfield High School Ecology club as the man power and 17th Place Townhomes providing us a space, we teamed up with Sherwin-Williams for National Painting Week to bring a little green to our downtown.

I put together a little video to show you a little of the behind the scene fun.

If you have followed me for a while, you’ll know that my family loves living downtown Bakersfield. We work, live and play all in about a 1 square mile radius. We love our little community and are always looking for ways that we can help it grow and improve.  We also wanted to get students involved so that they would feel a little ownership and pride for their hometown. Adding a little color to our downtown was an idea I’ve had for a while now. Selfishly I chose the color green, because it’s my favorite color. Chlorophyll is the life giving force behind plants, our hope is to bring a little of that natural fuel to downtown Bakersfield. We chose 8 native plants from this area. Using the ColorSnap App by Sherwin-Williams, we picked 8 shades of green to represent those plants. You simply upload an image to the app and it picks Sherwin-Williams paint colors in the image.

My local Sherwin-Williams store provided all the paint and even sent a crew out to help us. They gave the kids great painting tips and were such a pleasure to partner with. 

Here’s the colors we used and the plants that inspired those color selections we used:

  • Bakersfield Cactus – Courtyard SW 6440
  • Green Palo Verde – Dill SW 6438
  • Valley Live Oak – Billiard Green SW 0016
  • Manzanita – Agate Green SW7742
  • Joshua Tree – Shamrock SW 6454
  • Lichen – Talipot Palm SW 6726
  • Willow – Arugula SW 6446
  • California Poppy – Picnic SW 6731

These kids were amazing! They worked so hard and did an excellent job. I’m a very picky painter and these kids were all about quality work. The taped, they rolled, they brushed and they cleaned. While is was work, it was also a really great day spent together. If you are in Bakersfield, be sure to stop by the wall and take a picture. It’s located in between 17th and 18th St. on N St. Use the hashtag, #chlorophyllwall, we want to see your pics. And now we are ready to take on another wall!

Photo Credit: Ally Swen Photography