Chocolate Banana Nut Fudge Pops

Y’all. Is it getting hot where you are? It’s starting to feel like summer in California, and the warm breezes and hot sun have me bursting out the door in the morning ready to take on the day…it’s got me feelin’ Good As Hell.

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I’ve geared up for summer with my new side hustle as a spin instructor (with this song on repeat), with chilled gazpacho on the patio, with a new striped maxi dress, and with these creamy, dreamy, frosty pops.

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Sweet Tea Mint Juleps

Controversial topic alert!…

 Sweet Tea Mint Juleps

How do y’all feel about country music? Yep, I’m finally broaching the subject here. I gather it’s usually a love it or hate it situation, but isn’t there a “tolerate it but wouldn’t listen to it on my own” crowd? I used to be in that last category until I started sharing a car with my mom when I was living in California. Sometimes we’d switch it up, but I know she prefers the country radio station, so that was on all. the. time. (Looooove you, Mom.)  Admittedly not my favorite thing at first – I didn’t do well with the super twangy, “beer and fishin” type songs (still don’t actually), but I did start to find some gems that I really enjoyed in the Keith Urban, The Band Perry, and Thompson Square genre. And then, slowly but surely I started listening to it on my own and discovering much much more.

I think I really love country music because it’s just honest, straight-shooting music that makes you feel good. Lots of ballads which are usually about love or heartbreak and songs just celebrating the countryside or summertime. It’s the perfect thing to listen to say when you’re enjoying a wonderfully refreshing cocktail out on the balcony as the sun sets…perhaps when you’re enjoying a Sweet Tea Mint Julep?  :)

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FLAMING Cocktails! Caipirinhas!

Let’s make phenomenal cocktails. Not only delicious, but fun and FLAMING! Can I get an “AMEN SISTAH”?! Why this is awesome should go without saying. FIRE. We’re going to set our drinks on FIRE.

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Summertime is simply glorious for cocktails namely because of all of the patios, balconies, pools, and hopefully beaches on which they will be consumed. You have the sun on your (sun-screened) face, a good friend to talk with, a magazine or book to read, some sweet jamz, an ice-cold cocktail in your hand, and not a worry in the world. (Try this Lemon Thyme cocktail or The 712 cocktail!)

Speaking of sweet jamz (no, that “z” was not a typo before – sorry I’m not sorry), if you haven’t heard “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, you need to turn up the volume and listen to it now! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4 Or listen to it again. And again…

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The Gin Sour

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We’re finally here! We’re on the spring-summer boarder. That means it’s dress season, and in my particular case?…Dress vs. yoga ball season. Seriously, have you ever tried to sit on a yoga ball in a dress? I’m sure most of you haven’t, but lemme tell ya, it takes incredible finesse. (It’s hard enough when I have a case of the Mondays – this is a whole new level.) But really, it’s a small challenge to overcome for all the beautiful, unearthed summer dresses that are in my future.

Another highlight of this time of year – in DC? The influx of bedazzled Obama apparel. It’s so ridiculous and over the top that I just love it. You can’t tell in this light, but that jacket is covered entirely in rhinestones. Rhinestones  :)

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Other than noticing silly Obama apparel with my trained eagle eye and wrestling my yoga ball at work, this summer I have high hopes of figuring out this fancy pants camera…my Everest:

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I’ll also be hiking, headed out to California and a few other places, eating lunch in the park, going to the farmers markets, making salads, aaaaaand…

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