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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

2015 January 26

It’s tough to find Valentine’s Day gifts that don’t totally suck. I mean, those stuffed teddy bears holding hearts should be outlawed, don’t you agree? I’m all about giving un-traditional Valentine’s Day gifts. A box of chocolates and a dozen roses can be sweet but gift me a couple of these thoughtful and unique items and I’m in love…

Valentines Day Gifts for Her

1. For the breakfast-in-bed lover: Red velvet pancake mix, a waffled pancake pan, and Valentine’s spatulas would make a very sweet gift. Just make sure you offer to make breakfast as well!

2. For the tea drinker: Sweet lemon marmalade, a silky pink robe, and new red tea pot would be the perfect way to show your love.

3. For the cocktail enthusiast: A set of celestial coasters, sleek copper cocktail shaker, and artisan all-natural grenadine make a tasty gift. Plus, who wouldn’t like a round of homemade cocktails on Valentine’s Day?

Next week, Valentine’s Day gifts for him. So, which gift would you like to receive? I think I’d like one of each…Jason, that was a hint.

Fleur de Lis Cocktail

2015 January 23

If you want the very best huevos rancheros in all of Pasadena, you have to visit Cafe Verde on Green Street. It’s a small, totally local, restaurant that has been around as long as I can remember and the rancheros never fail to impress.

Fleur de lis Cocktail

On my last visit to Cafe Verde I spotted a cocktail on the menu that sounded right up my alley. They call it the Fleur De Lis and it’s essentially vodka, St Germain, lemon and basil.

Fleur de lis Cocktail

That day I made a mental note to try that combination as soon as possible and today I’m sharing my take on the Cafe Verde Fleur de Lis…Freutcake style!

Fleur de lis Cocktail

This drink is uber refreshing from the squeeze of fresh lemon and grapefruit juice but also sweet and floral because of the St Germain which is an elderflower liqueur. Torn and shaken basil adds another sweet note as well.

Fleur de lis Cocktail

I’ll definitely be making this cocktail again and again for brunch or any weekend cocktail hour. Happy Friday!

Fleur de lis Cocktail

photos by Leah Bergman / glassware available at Anthropologie

Fleur de Lis Cocktail
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  1. 1 1/2 parts vodka
  2. 3/4 parts St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  3. 1/2 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  4. 1/2 part grapefruit juice
  5. fresh basil leaves
  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine vodka, St Germain, lemon juice and grapefruit juice.
  2. Tear in 3-4 fresh basil leaves (per cocktail being made).
  3. Shake vigorously until cocktail is well chilled.
  4. Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with a couple small basil leaves.
Adapted from Cafe Verde
Adapted from Cafe Verde

4 DIY Projects to Try

2015 January 22
by Leah Bergman

Happy Thursday! The weekend is so close I can taste it! Lately, I’ve been so impressed by the fun and fancy DIY projects I’m seeing my friends (and fellow bloggers) create. This weekend, set aside a little time and try one or maybe even two of these projects! Here’s what I love about them:


1. Color dipped brass hangers: First of all, how fancy would your closet be filled with nothing but brass hangers? I mean, these put my wooden hangers to shame. Plus you can customize the colors to match your bedroom, so fun! Get the tutorial over on Sugar and Cloth.


2. Copper Bud Vases: I’m all for home improvement diy project that are EASY! These cute little copper bud vases would be perfect in a small bathroom, don’t you think? Plus you can get all of the supplies right in your hardware store. Get the tutorial on Sugar and Charm.

 DIY Valentines Photo Strip

3. Photo Strip Valentines: It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day! This is such a cute and thoughtful way to craft a homemade card. Get the tutorial on The Sweetest Occasion.

 DIY Travel Mug

4. “This is Why I’m Hot” Travel Mug: How fun is this? I love the idea of customizing your coffee travel mug especially with lyrics that will have you singing all day long. Get the tutorial on Studio DIY.

Which project would you like to try? Personally, I love all of them but don’t be surprised if those bud vases appear in a bathroom very soon.


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