Thirsty Thursday: Honey Lavender Infused Lemonade Cocktail

For when BBQs & pool time need a little something extra. 

Honey Lavender Simple Syrup


  • equal parts honey and water, any amount
  • lavender pods


  1. Combine honey, lavendar and water in a saucepan. Warm over medium-low heat, stirring, until honey dissolves completely.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour into a glass jar, and store in the refrigerator

Homemade Lemonade


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemonade
  • 6 cups of water
  • simple syrup to taste

To make the cocktail, pour a 1 oz. shot of vodka in a shaker with ice. Add 1 C. of the homemade honey lavender lemonade - and enjoy! 



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Happy Monday, friends! Whether you celebrated Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Black Friday/the official start of the Christmas season, Small Business Saturday, or all of the above like we did, I hope your holiday weekend was magical! Here is a little peek into our turkey day -- 


I wanted the table to incorporate different reds, the deeper fall shades that arrive with a chill in the air. If only we had a few beloved maple trees in this dry desert state, I would have loved to use real leaves! Thank goodness for Michael's.


Source list: Chargers, Target //  Black Plates, Ikea // Dessert Plates, Crate & Barrel // Fall Leaves, Michael's //  Wine Glasses, World Market // Table Runner, Crate & Barrel // Gold Votives, Crate & Barrel // Pomegranates, Our Backyard! // Name Cards, Oh Happy Day


Three cheers for stretchy pants.


Making a Plan: Thanksgiving 2013


This Thanksgiving will be my second year entertaining for family. With my rookie year behind me, I'm approaching this holiday with an enthusiasm that puts to rest any lingering fears of an overly dry bird or crispy burned stuffing. A few evenings perusing food & bev boards on pinterest, coupled with my tried a true thanksgiving recipes, and the menu has been set!


Sunday morning started at my favorite local coffee shop, Lola, listing recipes, ingredients, and final timelines for the big day. There is no task a hot cinnamon americano can't conquer...I'm sure of it!

This year I'll spend a little more time assembling the tablescape, as all of last year's focus was on making edible food. But hey, it looked pretty good if you ask me! What are your favorite dishes to make & enjoy?

Thanksgiving 2013

Oven Roasted Turkey

The Pioneer Woman's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Cornbread Sourdough Stuffing

Apple Crisp a la Mode

Pumpkin Pie Bites with Maple Whipped Cream