24 May 2013
Trapit in the Kitchen: A Kickoff to Grilling Season
It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, folks! If you’re not dealing with cool temperatures and pouring rain like we are here in Portland, that means it’s time to clean off the grill and kick off the unofficial summer food season. With that said, it’s not just about burgers and hot dogs anymore. If you’re looking to expand your grilling repertoire or perfect a classic, The Grilling Trap is a great resource for recipes, inspiration, and grilling tips. Whether you’re a meat-lover, a pescatarian like myself, or a true vegetarian or vegan, grilling your favorite foods can often be a healthy way to add tons of flavor and try something new.
20 Jun 2012
Trap of the Day: Swimwear
The first official day of summer finally rolls around this Thursday and among other things, that means that it’s time to pull out your favorite swimsuit or put yourself through another swimwear shopping trip in an attempt to find the perfect style and fit. I’m a pretty good shopper, if I do say so myself, but shopping for swimsuits can be tricky. You probably want something you can actually swim and be active in, so it has to be comfortable. You want to look your best, so it has to flatter your nicest assets. And you want to be stylish, so it has to be either classic and simple, or right on trend. That’s a pretty long list for a single item, but it can be done and The Swimwear Trap can help.
If affordability is key (this is usually me since I can never settle on just one suit) you might want to take a look at these bikinisunder $25. On that same note, we found some great suits in Old Navy’s current offerings, which are both on-trend and very affordable. If you’re a fashion risk-taker, have a little fun with your swim style and try a bold print or go for the retro pin-up look.
For those with swimsuit-phobia (understandable…it’s as naked as you’ll get in public), focus on suits that will show off your best features, whatever they may be. I even found a great post on a swimwear line designed specifically for women who are breast cancer survivors. There’s a great story behind that one and the swimsuits are stylish and sexy to boot.
6 Jun 2012
Trap of the Day: Cool Treats
While we may not be experiencing it in Portland quite yet (it was 58 and raining here yesterday), much of the rest of the country is preparing for summer weather, summer vacations, and lots of time enjoying the sunshine outdoors. Being a weak Pacific Northwest gal, I feel the need to be near a body of water if it is over 82 degrees. And that’s without humidity. Unfortunately, I can’t always be relaxing by a pool or lake every time the temperatures rise, so I have to make do with other ways of cooling off. These include refreshing glasses of lemonade or iced tea, and my favorite summer treat – Popsicles!
I do have to note that Popsicles aren’t just for summer consumption. Compared to most other desserts (think brownies, ice cream, pie, cake), Popsicles are a pretty healthy way to answer that craving for sweets. I always have a few pineapple or coconut Popsicles in my freezer just in case. Anyway, back to lemonade, iced tea, and Popsicles. Using my editor capabilities, I decided to roll all of those warm-weather specialties into the Cool Treats Trap, which highlights all kinds of delicious ways to cool off.
I like the sound of the roasted strawberry and coconut milkpopsicles myself, but you can also try some mint lemonade (recipe courtesy of the lovely Eva Longoria), rose petal lemonade, or bubbly mint-lime iced tea. If chocolate is more your style, we suggest you try some homemade Nutella and banana Fudgesicles. Yum!
We say bring on the heat if it means that we can try all of these treats without feeling too guilty. With that in mind, cheers to summer!
30 May 2012
Trap of the Day: Cocktails
If you’re over 21, enjoying a refreshing cocktail on a warm day might be on your list of favorite summer activities. It’s definitely on my list, particularly if it includes girl talk and a cocktail with a hint of ginger. I’ve never been a hard-partier, but take me to a happy hour bar with quirky cocktails and homemade habanero vodka and I will happily sip away. Going to bars with talented mixologists is, of course, one option, but making your own drinks can be fun, too. I like to put my skills to the test (previously learned from tending bar at a golf course) for holidays, special occasions, or on a summery day with some friends.
After just taking a peek at The Cocktails Trap, I was inspired by several recipes that sound both delicious and impressive – the perfect combination if you are serving to guests. If I were having friends over on a sunny day in the near future, I might try the basil and vanilla vodka lemonade, a cherrycaipirinha, or a passion fruit twist on the classic Mai Tai. Once again, I am giving myself food and drink cravings by writing this blog. Now go look at all the photos in the cocktail trap and tell me you aren’t thirsty. Pinterest, here I come!
If those cocktails sound a little too ambitious for you, we found a great article that outlines all the basics of mixing drinks. Read that if you’re not sure where to start. For those who have trouble with recipes, there’s always the Teflon Rhubarb Cooler. This is a great one for two reasons – 1. Rhubarb is currently in season, and 2. This drink is supposedly pretty tough (like Teflon) to mess up. Besides, it’s pretty difficult to make a drink made of good alcohol and fresh juices taste bad. So it’s not the end of the world if it takes a few tries to get your favorite drink perfected.
Unique find of the day goes to the blueberry and thymecocktail. Delicious or weird?