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10 Cozy Things to Make in July

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Admittedly I missed the whole 10 cozy things to make in June because my life was insane around the end of the month last month and I completely forgot. BUT I’m bizzack with a lil’ round-up of dishes and desserts you should def make in the month of July.

Are you doing anything for the 4th? I’m always confused as to how to celebrate this holiday when it lands smack dab in the middle of the week. And like most freelancers, I’m just working, trying to get everything in order for my life/work.

I am going to a bbq on Friday and still figuring out what to bring. One of these is bound to end up on my to-make list!

Lemon Berry Meringue Trifle – I made every component in this trifle from scrigedy scratch. Do I recommend this? Absolutely not. Just buy the dang pound cake from the store and cube it up and layer it with the curd and whipped cream. And add those fresh berries from the farmer’s market. It’s a dreamy dessert.

Blistered Tomato Shrimp Scampi – Sungold and cherry tomatoes blistered and then tossed into a classic shrimp scampi, inspired by the greatest place on earth: Olive Garden. I made garlic bread, too, that maybe I left in the oven for a bit too long and it got kinda toasty. But it tasted VERY good.

Sabiches – These sandwiches are my jam. I actually like to make it deconstructed for a super healthy option. I like to eat all of the components on a plate—it is literally one of my favorite summer lunches.

Tomato Confit with Burrata and Basil – If you’ve ever wanted to face bunt a bowl of burrata, then this appetizer is for you! Tomatoes slowly roast in olive oil. And then it’s spooned over pesto and burrata. It’s like a beautiful pillow of comfort and acidity and freshness. Summer at its best.

Aperol Spritzes, Every Which Way – There was this New York Times article that came out about how Aperol Spritzes suck and it really shook me to my core because there where else are we supposed to get happiness from?! The world is trash and this brings people happiness—let us live! They’re delightful. I also love straying away from the traditional spritz and shaking it up a bit. Hello!

Grilled Summer Squash Gyros with Herbed Tzatziki – I love my grill (you probably know this by now) and these are ideal for grilled squash. Throw it in the center of a soft pita with lots of herbed tzatziki. It’s glorious and vegetarian.

Aguas Frescas – Hello, if it’s hot this is something you have to make. It’s an absolute must. It couldn’t be more simple and more delicious. I’ve already made exactly five batches of watermelon aqua fresca and this years watermelon is so easy that it requires ZERO sugar. ZERO. So sweet and tasty.

Peach Maple Yogurt Cake – This cake is so pretty. But it’s also V delicious. It’s inspired by summer in Vermont. The cake is yogurt based, giving it this lovely tang. And the sweetness is from maple syrup. Those two go very well with each other. And then peaches!

The Ultimate B.L.T. – Simple things need to be done correctly. This applies to the very simple B.L.T. Every component needs to be bangin’. This means delicious, juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce and thick-cut bacon. And perfect white bread. It’s simple.

Breakfast Tacos – Is there anything better than a breakfast burrito? Absolutely not. These breakfast tacos take a swift move from the breakfast burrito and apply it to tacos. They have a hash at the base that is SO delicious.

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How I Clean My Kitchen

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I was going to write a whole blog post about how I spring clean in the kitchen but the truth of the matter is that I destroy this kitchen nearly every single day. So really, I clean daily. Constantly. It really doesn’t stop.

What’s unfortunate for me is that I also hate messes. HATE. I blame this on growing up with a very organized and clean mother. Our house was always immaculately clean because of her. And I took after her (though I’m not nearly as good at it). In order for me to think and be creative, I have to begin with a clean slate every single day.

This means that I clean the kitchen up and down at the end of the day. It gives me peace! For this post, I teamed up with Home Made Simple, which is a plant-based naturally-inspired line of cleaning products.

These cleaning products have zero phosphates, parabens, gluten and dyes, meaning that these products are not only effective but super safe for all of us, including Amelia. I always worry about what I’m cleaning the floor with since she’s always lying in a corner somewhere taking a nap.

I also need cleaning products to work! These absolutely get everything super clean.

Here’s how I clean at the end of the day.

Actually before we dive into “clean kitchen shots,” here are some shots of my kitchen mid-destruction.

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10 Cozy Things to Make in May 2019

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It’s May and while I’m usually complaining about the time passing so quickly, I’m also super excited for May because that means I’m going to Paris! Josh and I are celebrating our first year of marriage by taking a trip to Paris at the end of the month and we couldn’t be more excited. It’ll be our first time there EVER! I’m super excited to eat croissants every single morning, drink loads of coffee and eat all the butter.

But until then, we still have brunches and Mother’s Day celebrations to have and meals to make!

Roasted Rhubarb Scones with Vanilla Bean – These scones are what I call…interesting. The rhubarb is roasted to remove some of its liquid. And then the dough is flattened and the rhubarb is placed in the center. The dough is folded over and baked! SO GOOD!

Shoyu Chicken with Hawaiian Mac Salad – I made this chicken last month and since I posted it, I’ve made it like four times. It’s the easiest, breeziest dinner EVER. Also it’s super delicious.

Ramp Cacio e Pepe – Ramps have about a 1 month window every Spring, if we’re lucky and most times people are like “what should I do with them!?” Last year I was lucky enough to get a huge bunch of ramps and made this cacio e pepe. It was dreamy!

Matcha Iced Latte – Every year when the temperatures start to get warmer, I get on my Matcha Iced Latte game because it’s SO good.

Big-Ass Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake and Chamomile Cream – If you’re’ like what should I make for dessert. The answer is: A BIG ASS BISCUIT. This one is delicious because it’s layered with fresh strawberries and chamomile cream.

Spiced Babka with Rhubarb Glaze – Babka is a baked good of great comfort! I love this babka because it’s full of chocolate and topped with a delicious rhubarb glaze!


Fluffy AF Cornbread Blueberry Pancakes – These cornbread blueberry pancakes are a fluffy stack of deliciousness.

Earl Grey Honey Scones – For some reason, these have become a super popular recipe on this site in the last few months. I have no idea why but go on!


Breakfast Braided Strawberry + Apricot Bread – This braided bread is super tasty and fluffy. The best part about it is that you can use store-bought jam which makes things a million times easier.

Mojito Cupcakes – These are super bright and fluffy cupcakes. They’re a true winner!

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