On the Rocks: Mango Chai-tini.

Chai is one of the best things ever. But I’ve never had it spiked, which makes this Mango Chai-tini a must!

– 1 cup water
– 1/4 cup dried mango, chopped
– 2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar (plus more for rimming the glasses)
– 2 chai tea bags (I used TAZO)
– 3 oz. heavy cream
– 2 oz. Finlandia Mango Vodka

In a small saucepan, bring water, dried mango, and turbinado just to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover, and let mixture steep for 20 minutes. Strain chai mixture into a small pitcher and chill until cold (about an hour). Discard tea bags and mango.

Rim 2 martini glasses with turbinado sugar. Add cream and vodka to pitcher with chilled chai and stir. Pour mixture into martini glasses.

:: photo and cocktail recipe via Writing as I Eat



As the name suggests, the tucan’s bill was the inspiration behind the design and creation of TUKAANI. The sterling silver TUKAANI is a hand made eating device for Asian food that may be held as traditional chopsticks. The taut movement allows a steady grip in the hand while the curl at the end provides easy delivery to the mouth. The loop also allows easier hanging, storage and display.


But it Pays the Bills.

Sorry for the low postage today – I had a dentist appointment this morning (no cavities!) and have been playing catch-up at work all day. Hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday! Mine is rainy and dreary which is fine by me.

:: image via ffffound


The Daily Eat: Lemony Potato Salad.

This Lemony Potato Salad is another great option for those anti-mayo eaters out there. I think I’d probably mess around with the recipe a bit – omitting the capers and maybe adding some celery among other things.

Do you like alternative potato salad recipes or prefer the tried and true mustard and mayonnaise versions?

:: photo and recipe via [No Recipes]


Wax Crayons in a Box.

There’s really no reason for me to ever own a set of crayons that are A.) this pure or B.) this expensive because I’m not that cool of an artist. But you know what? Yeah, I still want them.

Pure beeswax is combined with all-natural pigments to create pure color that can be used in all kinds of ways. Children will find the chunky shape ideal for coloring and drawing forms and shapes. More accomplished artists can explore layering color or etching using the enclosed scraper. Artisans can even experiment with melting the wax with an iron. The 25 hues are based on an extension of Goethe’s 12-part color circle, which represents the natural progression of the color spectrum.

:: via Better Living Through Design


Rain Day.

“They” have been promising me rain for, literally, the past week. And there have been itty-bitty showers here and there, but no real rain. Until today. It’s fabulously gray and dreary and unmotivating. And I heart it.

:: via ffffound



I’m in love with my simplehuman trashcan, but should things ever fall apart between us I wouldn’t think twice about heading over to the Tumbelor. I kinda sorta love how it’s a modernized version of the mall trashcan! Baby blue, please.


The Daily Eat: Creamy Potato Salad with Chives and Peas.

With Labor Day and the official end of summer drawing near I’ve decided to try a new route for The Daily Eat. Instead of dedicating this week to one ingredient (although I suppose I am in a roundabout way) I’ll be highlighting variations on the same dish. Namely potato salad. Although I’m partial to my grandmothers’ recipe, I’ll try any that aren’t too heavy on mustard or mayo, two items that aren’t my list of favorite things. Enjoy!

Creamy potato salad with chives and peas that doesn’t include a massive amount of mayo? Yup. In this case it’s Greek yogurt. Tangy, crisp and crunchy – the perfect combination for a hot summer day.

:: photo and recipe via The Kitchen Sink