Kelsey Malie

Iced Tea and AC

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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It feels like someone punched the Portland thermostat dial up 15-20 clicks. From the normal 75 and breezy to a standard forecast of at least 91. For the next two weeks. It has been enough to drive us rainy-folks mad. And air conditioners have been on and humming. Cats laying down in on any cool piece of floor they can find. I've personally been sweating through all of my work clothes on my walk to work... at 8 a.m. For those in traditionally hot climates, our 91-100 forecast is probably less than impressive, but to us? It's pretty unprecedented. It even has its own hashtag  - #pdxheatwave.

What is one to do in the gorgeous PNW in this sort of weather? I've been lurking around the cool waterfront where the breeze seems cool sweaty skin much quicker than in the depths of the city. I am lucky enough to live in an area that's really close to some cooling water and a ton of events that happen right near it. All of our festivals - the Blues Fest, the Oregon Brewer's Fest in July, and many a city fair - happen right down near my apartment on the waterfront. But in this sort of heat, I'm all about my indoor time during the heat of mid-day. It's about air conditioning, two cats (also trying to stay hydrated and cool), a cool drink, and a good summer magazine read. I'll peek outside the apartment once the temps drop to 80! It's the perfect time to enjoy something cool and summery with a loved one, or just a loved cat. That likely sounds anticlimactic, but what's a girl with pale skin to do?

I've been relying on cold beverages in this hot weather (bye lattes!), but quickly realized that my go-to was leading to an Anchorman scenario - an iced Chai on a 99 degree day? Milk was a bad choice. And so it was time to reevaluate my decisions and make a big batch of ice cubes for the next go to - lemon and simple syrup sweetened iced American Breakfast tea. It doesn't sacrifice the caffeine or the refreshing coolness, but it certainly nixes the loads of calories and heavy dairy! I've been relying on Bigelow American Breakfast tea bags to make a big pitcher of iced tea to enjoy after work and even on my lunch break. Sweet (literally) relief from the insane heat! 

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How do you stay cool in this sort of weather?

Summer Shopping

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I haven't been shopping in quite a while. What with running home at lunch to take care of the new kitten, to being insanely busy with calligraphy, my wardrobe has remained the same for the past few months. It has been nice on the bank account, to have basically forgotten about shopping, but my wardrobe is feeling a bit dark and outdated for summer! 

When I need reliable clothes that I know will fit with my current staples, will wear well, and I can trust the sizing - I visit my go-to stores: LOFT, Ann Taylor, and Gap. The LOFT has been wow-ing me lately and almost everything I wear to both work and play are their currently breezy silhouettes and tailored work attire. Some of my favorite pieces in stores are in the shoppable widget above! I actually just bought that pink dress (couldn't resist!). 

Let me know if you are eyeing any new pieces for summer!

On the Menu: Tomato, Basil, Pesto Hot Dogs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tis the season. To be grilling. And spending maximum non-indoor cooking time. When it gets above 85, our apartment turns into a slow cooker, building over the course of the day to become an inferno by 5 p.m. Using the oven is usually just about out of the question, as is doing laundry, using the dishwasher or taking a hot shower. Those activities are all stored for 5 am when there's a reasonable breeze blowing through the room and we're no longer sweating from just sitting down.

We're fortunate enough to have an outdoor BBQ area at our townhome complex and the ranges are often un-used and the entire area uninhabited. People must love to sit inside and bake... The other afternoon we decided to grill some hot dogs and while Ben picked up his relish, ketchup and mustard for his, I decided it was time to get a little more interesting with my own. 

I'm a HUGE fan of anything summer-Italian - charcuterie, fresh pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella. And while you don't usually see that cuisine meeting all-American hot dogs, I gave it a shot and am obsessed. New go-to for hot dogs! This is perfect for a 4th of July grill-out or party, as hot dog toppings can be endless, varied, and make a great buffet or toppings bar. 

You'll need:

Your choice of hot dog (we used an organic all-beef hot dog) 
Pesto (fresh or jarred)
Slice tomato (we used roma)
Freshly grated parmesan
Fresh basil

We toasted our buns on the grill while the hot dogs were cooking. On the toasted bun, spread pesto like you'd spread mustard or ketchup. Add in your hot dog. Top with sliced tomato, fresh basil leaves, grated parmesan. Enjoy with a beer or even a glass of Italian white wine!