Ginger Long Island

Hello hello!

New drink recipe today!
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The long island is definitely one of my favorite drinks. It’s baffling to think that so many things together can create such an unexpected flavor. My inspiration for this drink was ginger tea… which I love, so I decided to spice up the classic long island recipe!

You Need:
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-1oz Vodka
-1oz Gin
-1oz Tequila
-1oz White Rum
-1oz Triple Sec
-1oz Ginger Simple Syrup
(combine 1cup of water with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of sliced, fresh ginger. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool before straining into a container.)
-Juice from half a lemon
-Coke to fill

One:
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Fill a tall glass with ice.

Two:
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Add 1oz of each liquor to the glass.

Three:
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Add the 1oz of ginger syrup, juice from half a lemon, and top with Coke. Stir with a bar spoon or a straw. Garnish with a lemon twist and a wedge!

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I love the simple twist this variation adds to a classic drink. Plus it’s perfect for summer!

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-The Whale

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Featuring: April Deacon

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t done a featured artist piece in some time. That partially has to do with the fact that I haven’t had a ton of time to look into new artist lately… but then I came across April Deacon.

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Deacon’s works captivate and inspire me. She uses (mainly) old photographs, specifically portraits, which she finds in various stores, and then ‘resurrects’ them with acrylic paints.

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She tends to use bold colors and geometric patterns in most of her work. That’s probably a lot of the reason that I love her art. Geometric is huge in my life right now!

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“I collect discarded memories, then reinvent them.” -April Deacon

I also love how she goes about gaining inspiration. Deacon comes up with stories for the photograph about the people in them. She uses these stories to create her art.

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” to be forgotten

perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall a human life
all of the joy and love, all of the pain and suffering, all of the memories, all of the contributions, all of the work
erased
as if those experiences never occurred, never meant anything to anyone
how many are there?
the forgotten certainly outnumber the remembered
terrifying
the possibility of living an entire life only to be forgotten

comforted
only in the knowledge that energy inhabits all of us
and
energy
does
not
die”

-april deacon
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Check out more of her awesome works here!

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-The Whale

Avocado Egg Breakfast

Hey, everyone!

Recipe today!

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I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy, yet delicious meals I can make for myself. This is definitely one of those! Plus avocado is the bomb. Am I right?

You Need:
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-1 avocado
-2 Eggs
-Green pepper, diced(maybe 1/8c ish)
-Onion, diced (about the same as the pepper)
-Parmesan Cheese
-Salt and pepper

One:
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Cut your avocado in half, remove the seed, and scoop out a bit of the flesh. Just enough for the egg to fit!

Two:
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Crack an egg into each half of the avocado. Sprinkle with your desired amount of salt and pepper. My egg overflowed a bit!

Three:
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Top with a bit of diced green pepper, onion, and cheese!
Now it’s time to place them in a preheated oven (on a greased pan!) at 450 degrees. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the egg is set. I tested this by kind of jiggling the pan. If the egg doesn’t move, they’re done!

Enjoy!
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Breakfast is the best!

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-The Whale

West From My iPhone

Hello hello!

So I recently shared my adventrures west with you all… but really those were just the photos from my camera. There were lots of times where I didn’t have my camera with me, and thus used my phone to take photos. (plus I love doing panoramas!) I wanted to share these with you guys too! Take a look!

Buffalo Bill Dam

Buffalo Bill Dam

Buffalo Bill Dam

Buffalo Bill Dam

Mountains

Mountains

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Wild Animals

Wild Animals

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

The first ever Chipotle!

The first ever Chipotle!

I need to go on more adventures.

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-The Whale

My Homemade Bar Cart

Hey, everyone!

Today I’m sharing a project I’ve been working on along with my dad!

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When I first started this project (looking at inspiration, drawing out how I wanted it to look), I intended on posting it as a DIY… but unfortunately it turned out a bit more complicated than I thought it would. I don’t really have any woodworking experience. Really, my dad did 90% of this… just with me telling him how I wanted it to be.

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I really wanted a white cart with copper piping for handles and rails. Turns out copper piping is kind of expensive (at least more than I wanted to spend), so instead, I bought plastic piping and painted it copper. I think that worked out alright.
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One of my favorite parts of the cart is the wine rack/holder! I’m not sure what it used to be… my dad and I think it maybe was part of an old oven, but we found it just lying around the garage! It’s the perfect size to hold some of my wine.

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Definitely pleased with how this project turned out. I’m also really thankful to have a dad who will help me out with this kind of stuff!

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