As a kid, my favorite part about back to school season was always picking out new school supplies. I’ve long been a stationery nerd and loved the idea of customizing my look with unique supplies (because I went to private school and uniforms made it a bit hard to stand out).
While I might not be heading back to school this fall, I’m still a fan of school supplies. Just this week I skimmed the aisles at Target looking at all the cute notebooks, backpacks, and lunch boxes. Today I’m sharing 15 of my favorite backpacks that are perfect for school. So whether you’re student, teacher, or just looking for a new backpack for travel here are some fun finds all under $65—many are less than $35!
We live really close to a park and in the park there’s a guy that sells fruit under a rainbow colored umbrella. If you live in LA or ever visited, you’ve probably spotted a fruit vendor under a rainbow umbrella. They are about as ubiquitous (and delicious) as taco trucks. One of my favorite things to get from the street fruit vendors is watermelon covered in chili, salt, and lime.
Since it’s officially watermelon season, I thought it would be fun to share a fun and oh-so-delicous recipe video that’s inspired by the LA fruit stands. Watch it below and keep reading for the full recipe.
Chili Lime and Sea Salt Watermelon Pops
1 whole watermelon
sea salt flakes
cayenne powder, optional
Use a sharp knife to cut a watermelon into 1″ thick rounds. Then cut each round into 4-6 pie-shaped pieces. Use a pairing knife to cut a small hole in the middle of the rind of each watermelon slice. Insert a wooden popsicle stick into each hole.
Just before serving, sprinkle each watermelon slice with chili powder, smoked paprika and sea salt. Add a touch of cayenne powder if you like heat. Top with fresh lime juice and lime zest and enjoy!
Sticking watermelon slices onto wooden popsicle sticks is now my favorite way to serve watermelon. It looks cute on a serving tray and easy to eat. I just always make sure to save the watermelon rinds for my horse, they are his favorite treat!
This recipe isn’t exact on purpose. Just add as much (or as little) of each spice as you like and you can’t go wrong. If you love sweet and salty combinations, go heavier on the sea salt. And if you love all things spicy, add some cayenne powder!
Last month, Amy and I (and our Instagram guys) over to the Museum of Ice Cream. If you follow anyone with a colorful feed you’ve likely seen photos of this pink wonderland. While the museum is fun (Kelly has a great recap here) and basically just an Instagram playground if did have some yummy treats!
Each room is a different theme and features different sweets. Just before exiting, you are given a pink ice cream sandwich. But it’s not just an ordinary ice cream sandwich—it’s a scoop of maple ice cream sandwiched between two strawberry pancakes! If you visited the museum or if you still can’t score tickets, I’ve got you covered. I’ve created a super easy recipe so you can make the same treats at home—no ice cream maker needed.
Museum of Ice Cream Strawberry Pancake Maple Syrup Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
For the ice cream 2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
For the pancakes 1 strawberry cake mix
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups milk
Use large mixing bowl and a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment to whip the heavy whipping cream until peaks form and it’s fluffy. Set aside.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk and maple syrup in another large mixing bowl and mix until combined. Then working in two batches, fold the whipped cream into the milk and syrup mixture. Pour the mixture into an ice cream container or another food storage container and freeze overnight or until solid, about 6 hours.
Just before serving, make the pancakes! In a large mixing bowl combine the strawberry cake mix, flour, oil, eggs and milk. Use a hand mixer or spatula to combine all the ingredients. Heat a griddle or large pan on medium with 1 tbsp. oil. Cook the pancakes until…
Even though I have an ice cream maker (which I adore and highly recommend), I skipped using the machine for this recipe and opted for a much easier, fewer appliances version. Just 3 ingredients are needed to make this creamy treat. The pancakes use a hack too—the recipe starts with a strawberry cake mix. If you have another favorite cake mix on hand, you can use that too. I think it would be delicious with devil’s food or red velvet.
Have you visited the Museum of Ice Cream in L.A. or New York? If so, what was your favorite room and treat there?
This weekend I’ll be celebrating my birthday (again) with some of my favorite people. Because why stop at one birthday celebration? And really because it gives me an excuse to eat charcuterie and drink fancy gin cocktails—two of my favorites.
Painting is something I enjoy so much but never take the time to do. Do you have an activity like that? For me, creating is my job but sometimes deadlines and stress can really take the joy out of the process. Time flies and now it’s been over a year since I picked up a paint brush and just painted without a plan. Even though I am a planner (with everything), I love the feeling of picking up a brush and just seeing where it takes you. It’s definitely relaxing and an almost freeing feeling.
I recently spent the morning in front of a blank canvas with the new DecoArt Americana Premium acrylic paints. I didn’t have an plan on what exactly I would create. I just started mixing the paint on my palette and gradually built up layers of pastel blues and grays.
You can watch the video below to see the process!
In whatever I create, I tend to gravitate towards color, and more specifically towards corals, pinks, and golds. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know those colors pop up here a lot. They are just too good to ignore! When I started mixing the paint on my palette I decided to create something slightly quieter than the typical brightly saturated things I’m drawn too.
Because sometimes the negative space can be just as beautiful as lots of color.
Acrylic paint dries quickly, which is great for layering. But when I wanted to blend multiple colors directly on the canvas I added the Extender Medium to the paint. This medium is a clear gel that slows the drying time of the paint and allows you to blend colors oh-so-nicely.
When I wanted to layer the paint, I didn’t add any medium too it. I just waited a couple minutes for it to dry and then layers another color directly on top.