30 Before 30: Progress Report

I am 3 months in to my 30 Before 30 list and I thought it was time for an update.

To see the full list: http://eventfulstudio.com/about-me/30-30/ Status as of 9/10/14

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Progress:

Skills

9. Bake my own sandwich bread. – I have successfully baked 2 loaves of sandwich bread.  I am not thrilled with the result, but I am going to work on it. I will blog about it once I am close to “mastering” it (wishful thinking)!

10. Master the art of the macaron. – I haven’t attempted the macaron yet, but I have started teaching myself to bake other French pastries! My profiteroles with lemon pastry cream are coming to the blog soon! Here is a sneak peak at my first attempt!

Ok…it was actually my second attempt.

13. Become comfortable hanging wall decor on my own (without my husband!). – Does hanging with washi tape count? I don’t think so. Ok still working on this.

Home

18. Completely organize and declutter our home. – Who was I kidding?!  Our home is finally in a condition that is livable,  but the organization is definitely an ongoing process.

19. Complete at least 5 home projects currently on our list

  • Hang and organize our dining room credenza. – Check!
  • Attached hardware to our garage to add curb appeal. – Check!

Personal

23. Visit 30 restaurants that I’ve never been to in Phoenix. – 24 to go!

24. Start a collection. – My husband and I started a cross collection.  We try to get one in each place we go!

27. Complete 30 Random Acts of Kindness. – Two down! I feel these are things I should keep private and not brag about.

I am fairly happy with the progress I have made so far.  Many of the items on my list are more long term things I want to accomplish.  I had to give a status update to hold myself accountable!

 

Friday Happy Hour: Lemon Fizz

I recently made a Lemon Bundt Cake for a friend’s birthday with candied lemon peel on top.  This process resulted in a lemon simple syrup!  I guess the extra effort to candy the lemon peel paid off! I knew that the next step was to find a cocktail to use it in.

Even though summer is coming to an end for many, in AZ we still have several weeks of HOT weather ahead! This lemon cocktail hit the spot and will be perfect for the holiday weekend. Who doesn’t like a drink with bubbles and lemon?!

Lemon Fizz - bright and bubbly cocktail!

 Lemon Fizz

– 1 1/2 Parts Vodka (bonus points for citrus vodka!)

– 1 Part Lemon Juice

– 3/4 Part Lemon Simple Syrup (leftover from this recipe: Food Network)

– Sparkling Water

– Lemon Wedge

– Ice

Pour the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice.  You can substitute the lemon simple syrup for a plain one, but make sure you use plenty of lemon juice!  Shake for at least 30 seconds to really break up that ice. Pour over ice in your choice of glass, then top with sparkling water or soda. Garnish with lemon and enjoy!

Lemon Fizz - bright and bubbly cocktail!

$20 Projects

Being a homeowner is expensive. We just hit the one year mark of home ownership and I want to start getting things accomplished! That’s when I came up with the idea for our $20 projects.  There are a lot of little projects around the house that I have been wanting to do. If I can keep them under $20 each, then why wouldn’t we get to work?!

Here’s what we have been up to…

I found this gray faceplate in the clearance section in home depot. Similar one here: Lutron Wall Plate, Stainless Steel This wall is soon going to become a chalkboard wall and I thought the gray faceplate would look much better than a white one against the black background. So far this project is at about $6 without the chalkboard paint, but I also found some magnetic primer on clearance at Target for $5!

Faceplate

Next, we added some legs to our Ikea bookcase in this project. This one got us for about $17 (we found one set of the legs in the As-Is section). We are going to tackle that space above it next!

Expedit with Legs

This last weekend, we power washed the garage door and added some hardware to give it some visual interest. We picked up the kit for $18! There are other plans in the works to add some more curb appeal to this garage. Get your own here: Carriage House Garage Door Decorative Hardware Set – Spear Style

Garage After

Our current project is our Ikea nightstands.  We bought the Rast about 2 1/2 years ago and finally decided to take on the project.  We will finish it up this week for about $13.50 each/$27 for the pair. We are on the hunt for some hardware though.

Bonus Project:  I don’t know if I would really call this a project, but for $6.50 we upgraded our light bulbs from the ugly curly-q CFLs to some simple white globes.  This should have been done a long time ago!

Bathroom light

Check back for the status of these fun projects!