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Bourbon Peach Tea (A Big Batch Cocktail)

August 22, 2016

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If you were able to join us at our Sip n Shop event at Brightside Boutique (THANK YOU! We had a blast!), we hope you got to try the Bourbon Peach Tea we made with peaches from the Fell’s Point Farmer’s Market. Super easy, full of delicious summer peaches, and a real crowd pleaser—definitely the thing to bring to that end-of- summer BBQ. The sweet peach nectar masks the bourbon well, so watch out! If you didn’t get the chance to try it, we’re sharing the recipe for you to make at home. We think you’ll love it!

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Bourbon Peach Punch

  • 8 peaches. Aim for half ripe peaches and half firmer peaches (more on this later).  We used a mix of yellow and white peaches, but you can also use yellow or white nectarines or any combination of the four, depending on your preference.
  • 6 cups unsweetened black iced tea.
  • 4 cups lemonade. 
  • 2 cups  bourbon-of-choice. We recommend
    Jim Beam or above, in terms of quality.
  • 1 cup light brown sugar.
  • 1 cup water.
  • Ice.

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Cut peaches into slices, and separate based on ripeness. Pour 1 cup bourbon into a container with slices from 3.5 firm peaches and set aside.

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Pour 1 cup water, 1 cup brown sugar, and remaining firm peach slices into a saucepan and heat on low for 30 minutes. Add slices from 4 ripe peaches to a blender and mix with 1 cup lemonade. Blend until liquified. Pour mixture over sieve into a large punch container (ours was 2 gallons, with a spout for easy access) and strain peach purée.

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Mix in brown sugar simple syrup, iced tea, remaining lemonade, remaining bourbon. Chill. Add ice and bourbon-soaked peaches to the mixture right before serving.

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Tag your pictures with #30thandweldon so we can share them on our Instagram. Enjoy!

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Eat/Drank

Muffin Cup Breakfasts – Two Ways

July 30, 2016

I recently made a life decision – I’m taking a big trip next year. This past year pretty much all of my travel has been wedding related because seemingly all of my friends got married in the same year (thank god I don’t have that many friends – that shiz is expensive) so next year is currently wedding free and I’ve decided home girl has earned it.

While I may feel as though I have earned it, that doesn’t necessarily mean I can afford it. I’ve needed to tighten up my finances for a minute, and having a goal is the perfect way for me to do so. When I really want something, I can be a real “dog with a bone” as my mother called me countless times growing up. I’ve been putting off really budgeting myself – but was reminded about it by The Office Goth a little while ago, and have finally decided to buckle down and do it.

I started with updating everything in my Mint account to make sure it was accurate and all of my accounts are there. I like Mint because you can see everything in one place, as well as use it for budgeting. One of my first transaction searches threw me for a complete loop: Starbucks. Okay, I’m not a complete fool, I know my daily ‘Bucks was adding up. But seeing that number from the last 6 months and realizing I could nearly pay for my flight in coffee alone was truly shocking. So I set out to change.

I made my cold brew, I picked up a few extra mason jar lids. But eating breakfast has always been a struggle for me. I’m not a morning person – no matter how hard I’m trying to be – and I just can’t eat as soon as I wake up. I end up with a rumbly tummy around 10 or 11 am, which leads to bagels and croissants being added to my mobile order. So I sought to find some easy breakfasts I can make ahead and bring to work.

I’ve found two easy breakfasts that can be made in muffin cups and frozen, so I can just grab two and microwave them at work. The best part is they are totally customizable, so you can add anything you’d like, and mix them up seasonally or based on whatever you have laying around. I made 1 batch of each, which is enough for two weeks of breakfast! Perfect for prepping on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll be good to go for the whole week. Here’s what you need:

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Oatmeal Cups:

  • 1 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats (I used Harris Teeter Brand, another brand may have different instructions for 4 servings)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed (optional)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Banana, 1/2 cup of Frozen Blueberries (optional)

Follow the instructions on your oatmeal for preparing, I used the stove top directions for preparing 4 servings of mine. Add in what any mix-ins, I used brown sugar and cinnamon, but you can use anything you like. Coat your pan in cooking spray, or use cupcake liners, and fill with oatmeal. Top with whatever fruit you would like. Refrigerate for a few hours to cool, then freeze overnight. The next morning, pop them out of the pan and freeze in baggies or containers of two. (2 muffin cups = 1 serving)

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Egg Cups

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic Powder, Red chili flakes, Salsa, etc (Optional)
  • Veggies – Ex: Tomatoes, Broccoli, Spinach, mushrooms (Optional)
  • Bacon Bits or crumbled Sausage (Optional
  • Cheese (optional)

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Preheat oven to 350F. Crack all eggs into a large mixing bowl. Salt and pepper to taste, and add any other spices you’d like. Think of your favorite omelette or egg scramble, and use those things! Grease your muffin tin well or use cupcake liners, and pour in your whisked egg mixture. Top with whichever toppings you’d like, I used broccoli and tomatoes in half and Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, and tomatoes in the other six. Bake for about 20-25 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool fully, then divide into baggies or containers of 2 per and freeze. When preparing, I like to use a little ketchup, but Sriracha would probably work wonders too! I know Shae carries it with her at all times, so I’m sure she’d agree.

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To reheat, place either muffin cup in the microwave for about a minute, depending on the wattage of the microwave. I stop the oatmeal ones about 45 seconds in and stir, then decide how much longer. Super easy, filling, and way way cheaper than my daily bagel – and healthier!

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If you have a super easy breakfast to go, what is it? I’d love to get more suggestions for my money saving! Let me know in the comments.

 

Look Good

Summer Hairstyles: Best for the Beach / Pool

June 30, 2016

Summer has arrived and is exercising her right to partay – it’s hot and humid here in Bawlmer. When the sun is blazin’ and its more moist than the boys locker room in high school (sorry for the graphic reference, but y’all know what I mean) the last thing any human without a buzz cut wants to deal with is their hair. Whether you’re burying your toes in the sand or hanging by the pool – and yes, the baby pool you bought at the grocery store and put on your apartment patio counts because #millenialsolutions – a messy bun on top of your head isn’t your only hair containment option. Does anyone else actually find buns really annoying to deal with sometimes? For me at least, they fall easily, break and tangle my hair from the stress of the ponytail holder, and give me a headache by the end of the day. So here are 3 options dope enough to go from tubing on Gun Powder straight to happy hour – do not pass go, do not shower / redo hair and makeup, because its summer boo, you only have time for sun, sand, and one more margarita.

All pictures are from pinterest. Check out our board for links!

  1. French Braid Pigtails – A personal 5th grade favorite of mine, french braids are back with a vengeance. If you have longer hair, rock the super sleek, skinny braids or if you have braiding ~*skillz*~ flip them dutch style and pull the ends out for a loose, boho style. If your hair is shorter, tie the braids off at the nape of your neck and rock your natural texture on the ends so they don’t stick out like Pippy Longstocking. (Though she was a pretty cool chick)0a811c7f4e849c39937f62d1904783cf
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  2. The Fishtail High Pony – Not feeling super skilled at the braid lyfe? I find fishtail braids are even easier than regular braids, and tend to be more forgiving to mistakes. Never fear, I included a tutorial on our Pinterest board! Sweep your hair back into a high pony to keep your hair off your neck and plait it into a messy fishtail to keep it from being boring.4896017c66580c8fdce7d88b9f7e280a
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  3. Double the Buns – If you have ever tried to lie on the beach and your bun was constantly in the way of letting you be your most relaxed self, try doubling them up! Just as easy to achieve, but a little easier on your hair (less heavy = less stress) and more comfortable for lying down and catching some rays with SPF of course. Pro Tip: bring along some coconut oil and rub it into your ends before you bun up. It will help protect your hair from dryness from salt water and the warmth of the sun will help soak it in to damaged ends, i.e. the most lazy hair mask of all time, i.e. ideal.f9a66b05e9e35feed9be0ab4d2d4070f
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Life Hack

Learning to Garden (So Far)

June 19, 2016

While I am some semblance of a self-sufficient adult and have even managed to keep another creature alive for a few years now, (Shout out – it’s Albie’s birthday today!) there is one thing I have historically been gifted at killing: Plants. I’m serious – I’ve even killed air plants.

I moved a few months ago and our new place has a really nice deck. I committed to Adulting real hard and setting up a nice spot out there, but once it was all said and done I knew it needed some greenery to really make it awesome. After quite a bit of googling and with fear in my heart, I set out for my local Home Depot.

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I started small: a couple of herbs, some perennial flowers, a few succulents, and a lavender plant. (We have a ton of flies in our yard, and I’ve heard good smelling plants like lavender and mint actually can help.) That was over a month ago, and I’ve since added more herbs, more succulents, and a tomato plant. I feel like I went from having a black thumb to a very, very pale shade of green, but green nonetheless!

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I’m obviously a level 1 gardener, but I’m proud of my little garden and really enjoying the process. Any expert gardeners out there are going to find some of these tips really obvious, but I’m sure there are a couple other kindergarten level gardeners out there that might benefit!

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  1. Get the right plants for your light – I never gave a ton of thought to how much light a given spot would get throughout the day before. When I realized that our deck is in full sun for the majority of the day, I made sure to only get plants that don’t mind a lot of sunning. I live in a traditional row home, so our house doesn’t get a ton of direct light inside, so my indoor plants are fond of low or indirect light.IMG_1072
  2. Water them – Yeah, seems pretty obvious. But seriously, they need to be watered. Pretty much every day!  I’ve made watering the plants part of my get home from work / let the dogs out routine, and it only takes a few minutes. I actually find it very relaxing now and enjoy doing it. (A glass of wine is a good partner in crime in this situation.)IMG_1071
  3. Get big enough homes for everyone – This was definitely the first big mistake I made, as the plants started to grow they didn’t seem to have enough room in the pots I got. Apparently, the size of the pots they come in is not a good indicator. (duh? Have I mentioned that I’m new at this?) My second trip to the garden center involved quite a bit of relocating of the plants I already had, and finding smaller ones to go in the old containers. Now everyone seems to find their roomy homes much more comfortable!

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    My personal fave, the Pizza Pot – Basil and Italian Oregano

  4. Enjoy the process – It has been known since pretty much the beginning of time that gardening is a slow but extremely rewarding process. I love using the mint that I grew myself in my mojito and can’t wait to taste my first tomato! I’ve found the more I enjoy the process, the less of a chore it feels like to check on them everyday and water them. I notice if one is looking a little droopy or the soil is too dry because I check often and notice change right away, then I can react to it before its too late.IMG_1062

I’m definitely don’t have a perfect track record – there was one Cilantro casualty (he grew too tall and the wind blew him over) but overall, I’m loving my little city garden. Maybe next year, I’ll get really adventurous and do a raised bed! Any expert gardeners out there, please share your expertise in the comments below – I can use all the help I can get.

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Arts & Entertainment

Summer Reading List 2016

June 12, 2016

I absolutely love reading, but I’m such a busy little bee these days (three jobs will do that to ya) that I definitely don’t read nearly as much as I’d like to. But this summer, I’ve decided not to allow myself to make excuses – I’m going to take my summer reading list to the interwebs so I can count on you lovely people to hold a bitty accountable to her goals.  I always have a note in my phone of books I want to read, which I subsequently add to my library wishlist. Yes, I have a library card. Yes, I use it often. Fun fact – both Baltimore County and City libraries have pretty good pick up programs! So even if your local branch is small and doesn’t carry much (cough, Hampden, cough) you can select books online and pick them up. Here’s the books I’m adding to my list this summer, some new, some classics I’ve been meaning to get to / revisit:

 

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1. The Girls by Emma Cline – The webz are blowing up about this soon to be released novel about the girls of a cult inspired by Charles Manson. The book was apparently fought over by publishers and is already signed to a movie deal, so expect to hear about this one around the water cooler this summer. Basically, the internet made me do it.

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2. Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge – Inspired by a true story, Love Water Memory is  about a woman with a rare form of amnesia and her journey of self rediscovery. I feel like I’m constantly on a path to self rediscovery  because #twentysomething, and I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast – so we’ll get along well.

 

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3. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein – The memoir of one of Amy Schumer’s writers about the trials and tribulations of growing into a full grown Adult Lady in the 21st century. So basically all of our life stories, except she’s actually funny.

 

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4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – This is one that’s been on my life book list forever, so I’ve decided this summer is the one. I’ve decided to forgo my annual reading of Perks of Being a Wallflower so I really hope it lives up to expectation. Let’s do this, Ponyboy.

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5. Modern Lovers by Emma Cline – Whatever pool or beach I can manage to park my tush in front of this summer, I’ll throw this read in my bag. A good beach read doesn’t make you think too hard but does make it hard to put down to jump in!

 

What else should I add to my reading list this summer if I get really adventurous? Would you like to see a review of any of these books? Comment below!