basil italian soda

basil italian soda | the thoughtful plateIt’s finally that time of year where I want to drink cold, bright, fizzy drinks in the afternoon (preferably outside, in the sun) instead of hot chocolate or coffee. Rejoice! :)

Watermelon lemonade will always be a favorite. Also cherry limeade. Iced coffee is great too, even if it isn’t fizzy. I’m looking forward to exploring even more fun flavors this spring/summer. Continue reading

watermelon lemonade

IMG_5103-5Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth like that last week! I didn’t really… I was just traveling halfway across the country all weekend. My computer stayed stowed away in my backpack for three days while my brother and I took turns driving the almost 2000-mile route. When I wasn’t behind the wheel, I was either sleeping or endlessly scanning the radio for decent music (a lesson in futility). Anyways, I’m so glad to be here, and over the next few days I’ll be easing back in to school and blogging with the welcome additions of friends and swimming :) Now onto the reason we are all gathered here: watermelon lemonade! Continue reading

cherry limeade

cherry limeade | the thoughtful plateThe afternoon mood just naturally lends itself to sipping on something. In the winter, hot chocolate, cinnamon coffee, or hot tea do nicely. In the warmer months however, it needs to be something bright to (hopefully) match the sky. Continue reading

sparkling strawberry lime agua fresca

agua frescaThis year I have zero fun summer plans until the very last week of August. It’s the first year of my entire life that the definition of the word “summer” will not be “that time of year in which one spends 90% of their waking hours in the swimming pool”.

No, instead I’m going to be spending 90% of my waking hours studying (well let’s be honest, not quite 90%… studying just doesn’t have the same grip on me as swimming does).

To cope with this thing called adulthood (the period of one’s life in which they are not able to swim all summer long) and remind myself that it’s summer outside despite the fact that I’m inside studying human behavior and mental processes, I plan on making this agua fresca frequently. Continue reading