Thursday, October 20, 2011

Raspberry Goodness 2

Remember this post? After spending way too much money on Simply Juice Raspberry Lemonades, I decided to try and make my own fresh raspberry lemonade! I came across this recipe on google (Amanda's Cooking). The raspberry lemonade turned out delicious!

I tend to like things a little less sugary and I wanted to be able to taste the raspberries more so I modified the recipe a bit:

6 medium lemons
1 1/2 - 2 cups mashed fresh raspberries
1 cup white sugar
4 1/2 cups water

1. Make a simple syrup. Pour 3/4 cup of sugar & 1 cup water into a saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Turn off heat and cool.

2. Mash the raspberries and pour 1/4 cup of sugar over it. Let them sit for at least ten minutes to macerate.

3. Extract lemon juice. I cut up the lemons in half and used this beauty from Crate&Barrel to squeeze out the lemon juice. Amanda made a suggestion to zest the lemons and freezing them for some other use. I like to take the juiced lemons and putting them down my disposal to make my kitchen smell nice.

4. Pour the lemon juice through a strainer to eliminate the pulp and any seeds. Pour the juice into a 2 quart pitcher.

5. Push the macerated berries through a strainer using the back of a spoon. Pour the sweetened berry juice into the pitcher with the lemon juice.

6. Pour in the simple syrup (sugar water) into the pitcher and mix with about 3 1/2 cups of water. You can adjust the amount of water according to your taste.

7. Refrigerate & Enjoy! (Don't worry, this recipe made double the amount shown in the pitcher. I drank half of it before I realized I should take a picture before it's all in my tummy).

Monday, October 17, 2011

My new lamp

I saw this on a blog...(unfortunately, I can't remember which one)...

Then I asked Dean, "can I please please please get one!?"

And he said YES!

So I paid for one. Luke said he's shipping it to me tomorrow!!! I wish I had the budget to purchase everything on his site.

Roadtrip with my coworkers #1


My coworkers and I + Dean went on a day trip. But my friend definitely tells the story way better than I can so I'm going to let her tell the story. (Guys, she's a copywriter. She writes scripts and clever taglines. My writing capability of a designer can't compete with that.)

For the story, click here.

Also, I definitely looked like an asian tourist, with my straight bangs, asian looks, messenger bag, & most importantly, a holga camera around my neck. But hey, if a white Blondy wore the exact same outfit, with my haircut, and a holga camera around her neck, she would look like a normal artsy girl. NOT FAIR.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Raspberry Goodness!

Sorry, I accidentally deleted the post! So I'm rewriting this.

I've always wanted to go berry picking. Luckily, Saturday was the perfect weather to go pick some raspberries. I heard from a friend about a farm in Spanish Fork where you can pick your own raspberries. 

Dean and I had so much fun picking berries. We ended up picking 5 pounds of raspberries! The couple who runs the farm were so nice, they gave us a discount on the berries we picked. They even threw in some tomatoes for free! 

When we got home, I decided I wanted to make some jam. This was my first time making jam all by myself so it was really exciting. I made 8 jars of jam and we still have plenty of raspberries left!  If any of you have any suggestions on what I can make with raspberries, let me know!  

Also, you can get a glimpse of how I've decorated the kitchen/dining area. The white & gold prints you see on the wall are from one of my favorite design studios, seesawdesign. They used to be a 2011 calendar but I couldn't wait until next year to frame them so I cheated!

PS. I am officially back to blogging now that pre/post wedding madness is over! And no, I have not forgotten the promise I made about posting my wedding pictures. I just have so many that I can't choose which ones to share!