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I am still trying to find a daily pattern for myself in this new place. In the process, my blog sometimes gets neglected, so thanks to those of you who keep checking back. I am present.

I sometimes can’t help but feel a little less than useful while I remain on the search for a “real job.” I am intentionally allowing myself to be picky while I am able, but there still comes some level of guilt with that decision. I am trying to make the best of it. It would maybe be a little different if I could wholeheartedly immerse myself in creative projects, but I find myself only able to put in a few scant hours (if that) a day. It’s difficult to put your heart into something when you feel like the good parts of yourself aren’t quite making it through. I am sure it has something to do with depression, though psychoanalyzing myself makes me uneasy. I suppose it’s complicated. I tend to just let my brain do its thing.

In the meantime, I am finding comfort in our kitchen. It’s cozy, and a perfect amalgamation of the two of us. I find myself wanting to bake, despite the heat of the season, or more appropriately make ice cream. Nesting is something I am pretty skilled at. Kitchen creations emerge from that, interpretations on the works of other people (because there is far less pressure there).

And I like sugar.

These are a few things I want to make and eat, with thanks to Pinterest. You can follow me here, if you’d like.

Things I Want to Make and Eat Recipe Roundup :: girldust.com

Vanilla and Earl Grey Tea Cookies from Butter and Brioche

Salted Honey and Chamomile Ice Cream from 10th Kitchen

Things I Want to Make and Eat Recipe Roundup :: girldust.com

Strawberry Cookies and Cream Cake from Joy the Baker

Silver Toffee from Vanelja

Things I Want to Make and Eat Recipe Roundup :: girldust.com

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread from Butter and Brioche

Matcha Mint Chip Ice Cream from The Bojon Gourmet

You can read some other recipe roundup kind of posts here:

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I’ve decided (and Timothy is partnering up with me) to take a break from alcohol for the month of June. I’ve developed something of a beer tummy, and I sometimes worry, a little, that I may lapse back into college-era self destruction. Not that I currently feel, even remotely, that level of bleakness, but even in a good headspace, it’s always a concern in the back of my mind. I just want to take some time to reset and refresh. Taking a break is never a bad thing.

Rather than bemoaning the fact that I can’t enjoy summer beers or gin until July, I thought it would be nice to get fancy, and celebrate the season with some fresh flavors. I scoured the internet, and these all look promising.

I think the word “mocktail” is really stupid. Seriously. Can we do away with that? These are beautiful and artful in their own right; I’ve been intentional in my choice of not including alcohol-free versions of beloved cocktails. I have a lot of love and respect for the chefs and mixologists who take the time to create libations like these.

Soft Summer Cocktails :: girldust.com

(l to r/t to b):

fizzy herbed pineapple limeade from The Pig and Quill

blackberry, lemon, and thyme soda from Reclaiming Provincial

strawberry basil soda from The Kitchn

coconut lavender lemonade from Confectionalism

Soft Summer Cocktails :: girldust.com

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pear, rosemary, and lemongrass cocktail from Green Kitchen Stories

La Bohème Noir from The Kitchn

sparkling rosemary limeade from The Kitchn

roasted peach lemonade from The Naptime Chef

Lots of herbs, fruit, and fizz. Yes, please. Here’s to summer! Happy June. ♥

 

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Why Fair Trade?

Fair Trade:

  • provides a living wage for marginalized producers
  • empowers women and minorities
  • supports conservation
  • promotes sustainability
  • does not support forced labor or child labor

By spending a few dollars more on Fair Trade, you are ensuring that the producer of your product receives about 20% more compensation than they would under standard trade practice. You are investing in communities that will invest in themselves.

Support local businesses and craftspeople, too. Shop handmade. Shop products made in the USA. People matter.

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Rose Water Lip Balm by Hand in Hand / Marbled Infinity Scarf by SERRV / Margot Dress by Patagonia

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Oracle Top in Soft Sage by Simka Sol (I cannot get enough of this shirt, I’m not sorry!) / Erin Considine Arc Studs in Silver by Kaufmann Mercantile / Jacinta Skirt by Prana

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Around the web

American burial practices are expensive, destructive, and toxic. It’s time we start looking at alternatives.

I hate that this is a thing. I recently had a co-worker basically harass me about my personal choices regarding my body and my perfectly healthy, happy relationship. Done.

I love the care that is going into this project. They’re in the home stretch. Whether or not you’re into tarot, the art is beautiful. I love when collaborative works come together like this.

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I hope your week is off to a good start.

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In 2013, this blog finally grew into something more than just my  placeholder on the web. I can only hope for the same growth in the new year. Here are a few of my favourite posts.

pin it | January : my collection of vintage pins & brooches

a few photos from Maho | April : snapshots from our trip to Saint John USVI

DC Again | May : solo adventure in DC, photos from the National Zoo

outfitted // 01 | June : the first of very few OOTD posts on this blog

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Photos From Rangeley | August : photos from our trip to Rangeley ME

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Hurraw! Balm Ayurvedic Trio | August : review of my favourite lip balm

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Comfort | September : just a list that calms me

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November | November : photos and words

Happy New Year. Thanks for being here, from the bottom of my heart. 2013 was mostly-kind to me; 2014 will be even better.

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