Posts by Carissa

A Tale of Two Beaches – Spiked Mango Peach Lemonade

Actually, It’s a tale of 5 or 6 beaches, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it. As a Southern California girl, I think I’m required to have salt water in my veins. My parents would take me to the beach almost every week when I was little. I would spend the day playing in the sand and diving into the Pacific with reckless abandon. Somehow, I don’t remember it being as cold as it is now. Up until the time that I was 11, we had lived no more than 10 minutes away from a beach. As you can image, moving to Houston was a big change for my family. After being landlocked an hour west of Houston for a few weeks we decided to make the drive down the causeway and see what this Galveston Island was all about. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit. The beach is pretty nice when it’s not covered in seaweed. While Galveston might not be the most picturesque beach I’ve ever been to, it does have its charms. And now that we’ve found St. Luis Pass beach, it feels more like the beaches that I grew up with. Once the temperature hits 80 degrees – and in Texas that could be...

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Elegant Pirate Party

If you like this party set, click here to purchase the files for your own party. Is it just me, or are lists taking over the internet? You know the ones I’m talking about –15 things to do before you turn thirty, 10 things to do before you settle down, etc. — these lists seem to be exploding on popular blogging sites everywhere. Well, I came across one of these lists the other. I don’t remember exactly what it was titled, but it was something along the lines of 20 things you need to stop doing in your 20’s. While it contained a few good ideas, I found myself disagreeing with one bullet point with every fiber of my body. Themed parties. If anyone ever tries to tell you that themed parties are just for kids you need to rethink your relationship with that individual. Trust me, you don’t need that negativity in your life. In a world where so much time is spent plugged in to technology and stuck in a daily grind, what’s wrong stepping back from the real world and exercising your imagination for a bit? Costume parties are a great way to let loose. It’s fun to take on a new persona for a few...

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Salted Caramel Conundrum

Last week, my friends Katie and Lauren invited me to a Premier Designs Jewelry Party. If you ever have a chance to attend one of these events, I highly recommend it. Their living room had been turned into a boutique complete with knowledgeable Premier representative, Brittany, who showed us how to pair and repurpose many of the pieces in fun, new ways. I had a blast and get to spend a few hours out of the house with some fun individuals. Also, shiny things. I like shiny things. Anyway, the day before the party I thought to myself, “I should bake something… It should have caramel.” I really hate to admit this, but I have been trying very unsuccessfully to make caramel for the last few months. It seems that no matter what I do, I always end up with a brittle, hard candy. Not the gooey treat I was hoping to make.   I took to the internet to see if I could find the solution to my caramel conundrum. After a few minutes of research, there it was looking me in the face. Temperature. Temperature is everything when making caramel. If my failed attempts taught me anything, this is it. I was pouring my cream right out...

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Lovely Leftovers: Ham and Bean Soup

I regret to admit that I have fallen off the blogging bandwagon. Work kinda took over for a couple months and all my side projects were put on the back burner… Good news, I’m back! And I have tons of ideas and recipes I’ve been waiting to share. So let’s get to it. Leftovers are one of my favorite things, and thanks to a giant ham Clint’s dad cooked for dinner, we were in possession of a mountain of leftovers for the following week. I’m pretty sure that I have mentioned my love of leftovers in a previous post, so I was more than happy to take a good chunk home and repurpose it over the next few days. It’s always nice to be able to whip something up quickly and not have to start entirely from scratch. I started with the basics and made some ham sandwiches and fried ham and eggs, but by the third day, we were in the mood for something a little different. My mom would always make split pea soup with leftover ham bones, but Clint is still hesitant when it comes to meals that are primarily green. This didn’t mean that soup was completely out of the picture, I would just have...

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Confetti Cake in a Cup

I have a couple of confessions to make. 1) I don’t know how to use a microwave. It’s not that I have anything against microwaves (other than the fact that I think the texture of food cooked in them can be really weird – okay, maybe I do have something against microwaves); I just never had one growing up. I tried using the microwave in the break room when I worked in an office, but I gave up after I exploded my lunch a few times. 2) I have a huge sweet tooth. I love baking and almost always have something sweet hidden in my pantry. Now these two facts might seem to have nothing in common, but there’s a story here. A few weeks ago, I was rooting around in my kitchen trying to find something to satiate my late night sweet tooth craving. Much to my dismay, all I found was ice cream. And being that Texas has been unseasonably cold lately, that was not going to make the cut. Cupcakes are usually my go to baking treat, but I didn’t have the energy to bake a batch. I wanted something that was a single serving. I started browsing the Internet to find something that I could...

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