And This is Why I’ll Never Do Laundry Again

never-doing-laundry-again On laundry day last week, I headed out to my garage (aka laundry room), and began dutifully stuffing things into the washing machine. Suddenly I caught a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was either my imagination or a mouse…both of which I can deal with. But to my horror as I turned my head to get a clearer look, I saw that it was not a mouse, or my usual paranoia…but a snake! A SNAKE! In my garage, no more than 2 feet from where I was standing! Worse yet, I’m pretty sure that it slithered out from under the washer (probably when it heard me open the garage door). I’m now certain that it lives under there with a nest-full of slithering baby snakes, and comes out to feed on unsuspecting toes, ankles, and the occasional fingertip or two. Obviously, I’m not up for becoming snake-bait, so I see three solutions before me:

  1. Declare a permanent end to laundry duty and see if I can pretend that we’re just taking the “grunge” look to a whole new level.
  2. Buy fishing waders or a hazmat suit so as to properly protect my legs and feet from imminent snake attack.
  3. Figure out some way to get the snake to leave…

I’m hoping you all might have some advice on how to implement option #3. Do they even make snake traps (I’m having a hard time visualizing what that would look like)? How would one even encourage a snake to venture into it? Somehow I don’t think that snakes are as gullible as mice with the ol’ cheese bait trick. I really don’t want to kill the thing…just encourage it to go far far away from me. Do any of you have experience with reptile wrangling? If so, this is your time to shine!

Snake image from BioDiv Library

Summer Print Sale – 25% Off Everything

summer-print-sale I’ve been sitting on a little secret for a while now friends. In just a short couple of months I’ll be relaunching my personal shop with a brand new name and some exciting new products. I positively cannot wait to share it with you. But before I can stock my virtual shelves, I need to make some room for the new products I’ll be offering. What better way to do that than with a Summer Print Sale! Use promo code SUMMERSALE when shopping and receive 25% off your entire order! This offer will end 7/20/14. Head on over to my shop and pick up some great deals before they’re gone!

Tried + True: Caramelized Peaches + Cream with Toasted Crumble

caramelized-peaches-cream-crumble I spotted this Caramelized Peaches + Cream with Toasted Crumble recipe over on Pinterest last week and immediately knew that it was going to become my next test project/recipe for the newly-minted Tried + True series.

caramelized-peaches-cream-crumble3 Happily, the recipe was a huge success (I’ve actually made it twice now), so I get to share the results with you here today! Woot woot! The caramelized sauce paired with the fresh sweetness of the fruit, topped off with the crunch of topping is pure nirvana. I have a feeling this gem of a recipe is going to continue to be a Summertime regular in my home from here on out. And I know it’s dessert and all, but I’ve also enjoyed eating the leftover chilled fruit for breakfast…with yogurt (that makes it healthy right?).

caramelized-peaches-cream-crumble2 Needless to say, I’m urging you to skedaddle on over to check out How Sweet Eats for the original Caramelized Peaches + Cream with Toasted Crumble Recipe pronto. You will not be sorry!

Here are few notes from my experience:

  • Instead of the coconut cream, I whipped up some heavy whipping cream with a bit of granulated white sugar, and a splash of bourbon vanilla, for a delicious addition.
  • I also added a dash of bourbon vanilla to the peaches during the carmelization phase. Yum!
  • Because the caramelized peaches are very sweet (both from their natural sweetness and the brown sugar), I recommend not over-sweetening the cream.
  • Bonus…if you make sure to use gluten-free oats and gluten-free vanilla, this recipe is deliciously gluten-free

caramelized-peaches-cream-crumble1 All photos taken with iPhone 5c

Wish Listed

wish-listed-714 Today I thought I’d share a few of the most recent things added to my ever-growing wish list. I figure if I can’t have them…at least I can enjoy gazing at them in one more place! Le sigh!

1. Bird Black Polkadot Shirt | 2. Necklace No. 12 | 3. Indigo Chambray Tribe Cushion | 4. Birds Archival Giclee Print | 5. Leather Strap Basket | 6. Blue Line Dinnerware  | 7. Arya Glow Shoes