1. Even though I’ve had an iPhone for years, I’m still in disbelief what it can do when it comes to photography. That picture up there is strictly just taken with my camera on the iPhone, no app. I can’t even take a picture this fun with my DSLR.

2. We were also freaking out over the hydrangeas while in Nantucket. My husband planted some last year and is having a serious meltdown that they aren’t flowering like the ones we saw. I mean he was talking about ripping them out then entire trip. I told him to google SOS hydrangea rescue when we got home. Any tips on pretty hydrangeas? HALP.

3. I seriously though google reader was just not going away. I am talking complete denial. This morning I almost died. I know I talked about feedly over the weekend but I can’t figure it out and I hate change and just want to moan about it.

4. Can we talk about this outrageous shrimp burger? I’m losing it.

5. Are bodysuits seriously now a thing again? I can’t stress how uncomfortable this makes me. Yeah yeah, I’m probably just jealous that I could never sport one in a fashionable way. And they just bring me back to the days when I got a frizzy perm at the age of 10 and my mom said my hair looked like Roseanne Barr’s.

6. I’m waaaay behind on my couch potato schedule and since we got home late on Sunday night, I haven’t properly been able to form my thoughts on True Blood but omgomgomg Dexter! Let’s please discuss. If you don’t recall, two years ago Eddie and I watched the first season over Christmas “break” and then… I proceeded to watch the next five seasons in two weeks. TWO WEEKS. It’s amazing how much cooking you can get down when you place your iPad in the kitchen for 12 hours a day.

7. 22 ways to make your life neon. Do it.

8. We have come to the point during the summer where I listen to James Taylor constantly and nothing else.

9. Absolutely adoring this post from my friend Teri on life’s formula and being happy with where you are at right now. It’s great.

10. Over the weekend I shared my June beauty faves + other stuff. I feel like I already have so much more to add. Might have to do a halfway-through-the-month-I’m-a-hoarder post.

11. What fun things are you doing for the 4th of July? What are you making? I’m not sure if I’m making anything (I KNOW), but we will be at our super fun annual family partay. And it’s like an extended weekend! Totally. And in the next two days I’m sharing a throwback recipe that my mom always makes. I mean, it straight up tastes like 1995.

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74 Responses to “Tuesday Things.”

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    Jenna @ Sensationallyseasonal.com — July 2, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    Your seashell pic is beautiful. And I had a really bad frizzy perm in 1995 too. My mom lied and said it was cute. I have hidden all of my fourth and fifth grade school photos due to it. Yep, I had it for a long long time. Sad, but true.


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    Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run — July 2, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    From what I understand, hydrangeas will bloom based on acidity in the soil. (Colors change based on acidity.) Also, don’t prune hydrangeas. Ever. :) Those “dead” looking sticks are what end up bringing out new growth. We have three different hydrangea bushes, one that’s 4’x5′ and two slightly smaller. The smaller two are blue and near a shady area of the yard and the other is a whitish-lavender and is in full sun by a pond.

    And beautiful photo! We just got back from the Outer Banks and I have way too many beach photos to cull through!


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    Rachelle — July 2, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Hydrangeas will take a few years to fully bloom like you want them to. Give it time.


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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — July 2, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Love that neon DIY tutorial haha. “EVEN PUMPKINS AREN’T SAFE!”… and now I want to dip everything in neon.


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    Shelly G — July 2, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    Ok if you solve the hydrangea dilemma let me know. We have 5. One bloomed and its the one we planted this year that already had flowers on it. My hubs said it has something to do with the acidity of the dirt. We have the one that bloomed planted near a rhododendron and that’s an acidic type plant too I think. So have Eddie call Todd and they can talk plants and acid. :)
    We have a bunch of random get togethers. I’ll do easy boxed brownies on skewers with blueberries and strawberries. PW’s angel cookies- red and blue to go with white. Her pig cake too. Not sure what other treats.
    Have a great family time. We’re heading to MI at the end of the month.


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 2, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    I have tried Feedly and Bloglovin’. I know a lot of people seem to prefer Feedly, but I find Bloglovin’ easier to use and that it is more similar to Google Reader. I feel like Feedly has too much going on.


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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — July 2, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Bodysuits, right?! Why are they making a comeback? They weren’t comfortable when I was in 4th grade and they cannot possibly be comfortable on an adult body. I blame American Apparel.


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    cindy — July 2, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    I’m using Feedly and I like it…enough. I mostly wish Google Reader didn’t have to die.

    A can of neon spray paint would mean that everything I own would be in danger of being neon-ized. I did this a few years ago with gold-leaf paint.

    Since our families and friends all live in Nevada and we can’t be there, I’m really excited about our 4th of July plans to do nothing and be the weirdo homebodies that we are. I plan on eating hot dogs and drinking pitcher cocktails most of the day.


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    Heather — July 2, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    For hydrangea color changes, put your used coffee ground around your bushes. sprinkle randomly if you want random color. The color will change pretty quickly. Hydrangeas act as a pH meter for your soil and the bloom are pink for alkaline soil and blue for acidic. The coffee ground add acid and will tint your flowers blue over a couple days. Also, I agree with Melissa and Rachelle, do not ever trim your hydrangeas. They grow slowly but they do grow every year.


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    Jenna — July 2, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    I don’t know a thing about hydrangeas, but I do remember Thirfty Decor Chick pleading for help in this post http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2012/05/hydrangeas-hate-me.html and now she has blooms on her bushes. Good luck!


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    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — July 2, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    I have been using bloglovin’ for the past month and really like it. But I kept hearing all these things about feedly so I signed up for it just to compare the two and immediately didn’t like it as much as bloglovin’. So maybe you should try bloglovin’ too and play around to see which one you like better.


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    Ann — July 2, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    Coffee grounds! I was just researching how to get hydrangeas to bloom yesterday, and coffee grounds kept coming up as a solution. Good luck!


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    Jenni — July 2, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    I have another Tuesday thing to add. I’ve recently (meaning as of today) gone off my vegan and gluten-free diet, which means I can start bookmarking/pinning your recipes and–*GASP*–actually make them! So stoked. Best Tuesday thing I’ve had in a while. By the way, I have Feedly too. It can be a little annoying sometimes, but I’ve learned to accept it even with it’s flaws. Google Reader was the best, though. RIP.


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    Dana — July 2, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    I, too, was in complete denial and today I feel like a best friend had died…RIP google reader. Last night before bed I said goodbye to GR and was seriously sad. Feedly is going to take some getting used to. :(


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    mrsblocko — July 2, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    I also use bloglovin and am enjoying it.


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    Melissa — July 2, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    The Old Reader. It’s the only one that’s even somewhat similar to Google reader. Do it.


    • Kelly C — July 2nd, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

      Agreed! It even has one feature that I like that Google Reader didn’t have or I didn’t know about. You can restrict the list of blogs shown to only those with new posts.


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    Jess @ flying on jess fuel — July 2, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    So funny that you called out those shrimp burgers… I saw them on my feedly and immediately assumed it was your post. So up your alley!


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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — July 2, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    I haven’t used feedly but I love using bloglovin’ as my reader, so like some other people have said you can always try that! OMG that burger. Like yes yum get in my belly now!


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    Brianne — July 2, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Bodysuits are back? Am I so old that I don’t know current fashion trends? I wore peplum yesterday, does that count?

    I wore WAY too many bodysuits in the early 90s. I definitely didn’t have the chest to fill them out. I might not have it now.

    What is it about 1995 perms. Mine didn’t take everywhere so I can a mix of curly and straight hair. Ugliest look ever and I got to document it like crazy between the class trip to Spain and my senior pictures.


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 2, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    That picture is amazing! And although I dont use my iphone anywhere near for photos, instagram, etc that you do, when I do use it – I am continually and constantly amazed by some of the images it can capture. For awhile about 18-24 mos ago, I was using it for some of my recipe process shots and I swear, couldn’t tell the difference from that and my DSLR at the time!


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    Sarah Beth — July 2, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Love that picture of the beach, and those hydrangeas are AMAZING, one of my favorite flowers for sure. I can not wait for this recipe that you are going to share with us! Sadly, I’ll be at work all day until 5pm on the 4th (sucky adult life) but I may just try to make this later in the week anyway! :)



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    Jill — July 2, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    These :)
    It’s my grandma’s snickerdoodle recipe made into ice cream sandwiches.


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    Tieghan — July 2, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    That is an amazing shot. I swear you have to be doing something different because every time I use my phone for photos the photo looks awful :(

    You have mad skills!


  24. #
    Amy — July 2, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    When I saw the thumbnail for this pic I thought for a split second those were pistachio shells… Yum! :)


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    Carly @ Snack Therapy — July 2, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    You are an iPhone photog genius. It makes me so jealous! And the body suits- hahahaha! I have a feeling this is going to be like the wedge sneakers, where you deny your NEED to have one for a looong time, but eventually give in (and totally pull it off).


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    Jessie — July 2, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Hydrangeas – did you plant them in a shady area? They grow from dead wood so you need to cut them back in the fall/winter/late summer for good growth the following spring. if you want blue hydrangeas, acidify your soil.


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    Jackie — July 2, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    I have a love/hate relationship with Hydrangea’s. Every one that I plant never blooms and i end up taking them out. UGH!!!

    Dexter was sooooo ridiculous and the most intense premier I have ever seen!!! I checked out “Ray Donovan” after Dexter and I think I found the show to help me get over the loss of Dexter!!! It’s intense but a great show and I just love looking at Liev!!!! I’m back to watching True Blood on Demand.


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    Jennifer — July 2, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    Use Bloglovin instead!

    xo Jennifer



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    Elizabeth K — July 2, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    I’ve been using Feedly for about a week now – it’s not that bad! I love that it actually saved all the posts that I bookmarked in reader as well.

    I am probably going to your recipe index to make some things from there – mainly the drinks section. Gotta have some good cocktails for the 4th! Is there a fireworks inspired one?


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    Randilea — July 2, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    #7!!! THANK YOU! I want everything to come in neon colors!

    Also I second #10. I love those posts.


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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — July 2, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    I forgot for like a year that Mr. Sweet’s name is Eddie. The first time I thought “whaaat? Eddie? He seems more like a Kevin… or a Carl… or a Scott.”

    I just went through that same conversation in my head and then I remembered it already happened.

    Oh, and I was in denial about the Reader too – especially because it still worked yesterday morning. Then this morning I cried big alligator tears.


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    mary — July 2, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    I miss Google reader also and didn’t like either bloglovin or feedly though I did keep feedly and imported my feeds into it. I found another no one ever mentions that I like better than any others and is closest to Google reader. It is gReader. After you download you can import your feeds from feedly.
    It (gReader) is very simple like Google reader was. I’m on an Android and I couldn’t find the old reader that every one talks about. Guess it isn’t available on Android.


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    Mia — July 2, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    I did not have a frizzy perm in 1995. I just had naturally enormous hair. Was very sad.

    Afternoon sun for just a bit is best for hydrangeas and lots and lots and lots of water every day.

    I’m making a flag cake for fourth of July!


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    Pam — July 3, 2013 @ 3:43 am

    Great shell shot!
    Hydrangeas – what people have said is true regarding the acidity of the soil helping the color. As far as keeping them alive and prettu, from what a friend told me, a lot has to do with the moist, humid air on Nantucket. “Off-island” can be so dry and hot, hydrangeas do not thrive. Try watering. A LOT. And often. Or call one of the nurseries on Nantucket and see what they have to say?


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    Emily @ Life on Food — July 3, 2013 @ 5:30 am

    I think Bloglovin’ is much easier to navigate. A bit too many emails though. I have to work on that part.


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    Candace — July 3, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    I don’t usually comment, but just wanted to let you know I was distraught from making the switch away from Google Reader… at first I used feedly, and really hated it.. then I tried bloglovin and I found it’s MUCH better. It has a cute interface, kind of like pinterest, and is nicer to use. Give it a try!! xoxo


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    Jody — July 3, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Being born and raised in Massachusetts, summers on the Cape, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, I’m so glad you loved Nantucket. Lovely people, scenery and great food and drink. For your next visit, I suggest you go to The Vineyard first for a few days and follow it up back on Nantucket. Two totally different experiences. Looking forward to what you’ll be whipping up with your purchases!


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    Phyllis — July 3, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Give your hydrangeas time. At leastbthree years. For the 4th we are taking our friends from out of town to the park to see the city views of Denver and watch the wonderful fireworks.


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    Lisa — July 3, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    As far as hydrangeas are concerned, they bloom on year old wood. Tis means you cannot cut them back. Also, they start to form buds in the current year, so if there is a late freeze the following spring it will kill the bud, so no bloom… Give it time. And as was previously mentioned, higher acidic soil = bluer blooms. We use used coffee grounds. Sprinkle them around the base of the plants all year!

    Good luck!


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    Wendy @ all kinds of miles — July 3, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    UG. Google Reader’s retirement is messing with my life and my sanity. I’ve tried pulse, and it’s not even a close substitute for Reader. Can we start a campaign to bring it back? It worked for twinkies…


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    Julie A — July 3, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I would love to visit there. Sounds like all the things I would like to do, see and eat!


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    susan lloyd — July 3, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    just want you to know that I sure enjoy your tuesday things!


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    Jilll Pedley — July 3, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Here are my tips for most mop head types: 1st is that they prefer morning light. They are not a fan of all day sun. The first year you may not get very many blooms but if you leave them without trimming next year you should be rewarded. Also before dumping coffee grounds on your plant check the ph of your soil. Once you establish what your ph is you can decide to amend you soil to get blueish blooms or more on the pink side. Tons of sites on line can tell you what to add once you know your starting point. I would suggest that you give your plants a fall feeding of fertilizer & again in the spring (Mar or Apr) right before they bloom to give them a little omph – but do not over fertilize or you will just have big bushes with few flowers. Remember weather is a huge factor – we’ve had a very wet spring on the east coast which they love. I have the largest blooms ever. Once again here are the keys: Placement (sun exposure) – no prunning – adequete water & fertilizer. Good luck! Just give them a chance to settle in.


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    Rachel — July 3, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Ugggghhhhh I feel ya on Google Reader denial. Thankfully I’m moving on through the stages of grief and have switched to Bloglovin’… which, so far, I actually love. Maybe even more than Google Reader?! I tried The Old Reader first but thought it was a little slow and also it didn’t have a mobile app.

    Good luck with the hydrangeas!!! My favorite flower, for sure!


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    michelle — July 3, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    apparently if you place pennies under/around them when planted they flower better.


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    Dana B. — July 3, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    #10 – doooooo it. :)


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    Kathy W — July 3, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce? Yes, please. Thanks for the chance to win. I can see how you’d be in love with those hydrangeas. Having a brown thumb myself I don’t have any advice for your husband, though. Have a wonderful 4th!


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    Nicole @ Nicocobell — July 3, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Wonderful seashell pic! Hydrangeas are my fav, I planted one last year and this year there are so many more flowers. I wish I could tell you what to do with your hydrangeas, but I’m just a plant and see if it lives or dies kind of gardener, haha. That shrimp burger looks flipping fantastic and I will love pineapple with almost anything.


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    Sonya — July 3, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    I love your blog. Don’t think I’ve stopped by to say so before, but I do :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!



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