Looking forward to — Summer + Peaches

peach season
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I never liked peaches growing up. I would eat them in a peach cobbler, but I secretly cared more about the topping and the vanilla ice cream than the peaches. But now I can’t get enough of them. Isn’t it weird what you don’t like as a kid, and then fall in love with when you’re older?

Since I’m new to the peach dessert world, here are some recipes that sound perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon:

  • There are a lot of “best” recipes out there, but since the peach pie from A Couple Cooks is a family favorite and won a prize at the county fair, it really must be the best peach pie.
  • I’ve never had peach butter before, but it sounds amazing! (Also, how is peach butter not everywhere in Georgia? I went to college there for four years and never heard of it until I found it in the Smitten Kitchen archives!)
  • Deb from Smitten Kitchen loves peaches, and I’m hoping that these Almond-crisped peaches count as breakfast. Leftover fruit crisp is one of my favorite breakfasts!
  • Hummingbird High’s Blackberry peach pie combines two of my favorite fruits in one pie, so obviously I have to make it. I’m pretty sure there’s a rule written about it somewhere.
  • I’ve never been big on banana splits (I don’t know what’s wrong with me either), so these grilled peach splits from Smitten Kitchen sound like they’re more my speed. I bet they’d be amazing at a summer barbecue!

Do you have any favorite peach recipes? I’d love to hear about them!

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Weekend Thoughts / 35

Treat Yo' Self Flowers

I’ve been waiting for dahlias to come to my local grocery store, so I snagged these when I saw them Thursday.


How was your week? It went by super quickly for me, and I have a feeling it’s because our office went to an Astros game Wednesday afternoon. And I really enjoyed it, even though I’m the least sporty person in the world. The odds of me watching a baseball or football game by myself are slim to none, but I really like going with friends and family — it’s the perfect excuse to eat snacks, drink beer, and cheer on your local team. I also loved that the Astros stadium has a roof that can open and close, so it was actually cool despite the 90’s temps that day. I like watching baseball much much more when I’m not all hot and sweaty. 🙂 My mom loves watching baseball, so I think we’ll have to take my family whenever they come to town.


Besides watching baseball, I read Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want by Anne Sage, and I really enjoyed it! I loved the stories about women using design to maneuver a transition, unwind from busy lives, or bring their families closer. I’m pretty interior-decorating-illiterate, but I’m really inspired to look at my apartment in a whole new way.


Here are some of my other favorite reads this week:

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Weekend Thoughts / 26

Pappas Bros.


It’s been kinda quiet on the blog front lately. We’re about 75% moved into our new place (it seems to take SO much longer when you’re moving close to home!), so we’re hoping to get the last few things moved over in the beginning of this week. Yay!


Besides moving, this week has been a really busy one. I reached the 40,000 word mark in my novel (woohoo!) and went out to dinner to celebrate — at a steakhouse that was rated #3 in the US by Food Network. Because when the #3 steakhouse IN THE COUNTRY is down the street from you, you have to go, right? I’m pretty sure it’s the law. Today we’re working on moving the last of the big furniture, grabbing dinner with family and friends, and then going to see The Pirates of Penzance. (My first time ever!)


Besides all the craziness around here lately, here are my favorite reads from around the web:

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Weekend Thoughts / 15

Portland Dreaming

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I have a serious case of the travel bug lately, and Portland is high on my list of places to visit. Especially since I follow Kelly Purkey and Michelle  from Hummingbird High on Instagram. They post the coolest photos of Portland, and I’ve been dying over how beautiful Portland is in spring. (Apparently flowering trees are few and far between in Houston, and it’s the thing I miss most about spring on the East Coast.)


Here are some fun things I’ve read on the internet this week:




Our first anniversary is coming up soon, so reading about Emily’s three-year anniversary has me all excited, even if we’re not quite that far along yet.


I love Elsie’s wallpaper picks, especially the swan wallpaper that’s removable?! Maybe I can convince Teddy to put it up in the bathroom?


In the Kitchen:


I love these DIY Spring Recipe Cards, and they got me thinking about how my favorite recipes are so disorganized — some in cookbooks, some in notebooks, some on Pinterest! Maybe I should just sit down and write them out on recipe cards? How do you organize your recipes?


Writing + Blogging:


I’ve been stuck in a bit of a creative rut recently, so if you’re in a similar spot, Trina’s experience with blogging (over 7 years!) is a really encouraging read.


Would you go on a DIY Writing Retreat? I think this sounds so fun!


An abandoned briefcase in Germany filled with photos and paraphernalia from an office affair  appears in a gallery exhibit 45 years later. Doesn’t that sound like the beginning of a mystery novel?


It might be weird, but I always like when designers/ stylists/ artists come up with an imaginary girl as the inspiration for their collection or design project. It’s actually not that different from creating a character. I totally want to steal Garance Dore’s Dream Girl’s Upstate outfit.


This week was really overwhelming, so I’m looking forward to a long, relaxing Sunday. I hope you have a fun Sunday so you can wake up swinging on Monday!

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