As a Texas native, I can appreciate the delicious simplicity of vanilla ice cream. Not only did I grow up with (in my opinion) the creme de la creme of sweet treats – Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla – but nothing makes you appreciate a cool dessert like sweltering heat. It’s no surprise that July is both National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month – Independence Day wouldn’t be the same without either – but today is specifically reserved for ice cream of a certain simple flavor. Reconnect with good ’ol uncomplicated vanilla in honor of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and try your hand at homemade ice cream.
A couple weekends ago, I mentioned helping a friend move into an apartment – a small apartment with a small kitchen. It can be difficult to make any small space personal, but that especially applies to renters committed to a lease agreement. Plus, a kitchen has to be as functional as it is unique.
I have a summer strawberry obsession. I love the sweet little berries and insist on trying my hand at growing them every year despite never having any luck. This year, I gave up on my inner fruit farmer and decided to celebrate the beginning of strawberry season (and my birthday!) with strawberry cake instead.
My kitchen flooring is the bain of my existence. I enjoy the look of the pristine white tiles and grout, but I quickly realized my lifestyle rarely lets the floor stay looking that clean. Ever since I was little, I’ve been known to get a case of what my mom calls “the dropsies.” It’s a serious case of butterfingers that happens in waves and most recently seems to peak in the kitchen. My dachshund’s been having a field day licking up all my dropped veggies, butter, eggs, you-name-it before I can get to it.
When I first moved into my house, my kitchen lighting was pretty ugly – two giant fluorescents complete with little bug corpses piled into the corners of the fixtures. They were unsightly but functional, so I saved what I could from my “paying-back-student-loans” type budget and eventually had enough to finally replace my infamously ugly kitchen lights. I was ecstatic when I could upgrade to contemporary-style track lighting. I expected the new lights to make my kitchen look more modern and open – which they did.