thoughts and things

by Kristina Sloggett

in thoughts and things

Will you look at those beautiful fluffy cakes? Can you believe they are vegan and gluten free? That soda trick is amazing, I tell ya. I did it again, and will share soon.

My favorite from Way Too Much Portland this week? a bike rack cozy. Awesome.

When Jason asks me to buy a hose for our front porch…

he has to know I’d come back with a cute one.

This is one of a few squirrels currently tormenting Basil. I really need to video his standard howling reaction, it is too cute.

…and with this amazing creation, my life is complete. I will look for them until I find them. Already scoured two stores.

This Monkey Orchid. I love monkeys.

My new necklace from BaubleBar:

They have some really fun pieces, and this photo doesn’t begin to capture the blinding neon. I love it when fun trends come back.

So this happened:

Given my ever growing heat and spice tolerance, it was really only a matter of time before I started adapting my hot sauce bottles.

The first winner of Lindsay’s Cookie Dough Cookbook did not reply (I know, what?), so the new winner of the Cookie Dough Cookbook has been announced here.

Have a fantastic weekend!


{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nichole June 8, 2012 at 5:18 am

Those little muffins sit there teasing me:~)

I love your hose, who would have thought I’d ever find lawn equipment cute.

My hus would def want a spray bottle – I don’t know how y’all stand it!

And are you behind this bike rack cozy??


2 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

I know, I had no idea hoses could be cute as well as functional. I love it.

and no, sadly I cannot take credit for the bike cozy… but I bet I know the person who did it, with as many cyclist friends as I have here… 😉


3 Abby June 8, 2012 at 5:22 am

I’m a big outdoor gardening person, but I have never seen a hose like that. While the “kinky” nature of it might make my job a bit more difficult, it’s too cute to pass up!

As for squirrels, I have a million and Monie has recently discovered them moonwalking across my deck to tease her. It’s quite entertaining…


4 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

moonwalking squirrels! just welcoming Monie to the neighborhood, right? :)


5 jobo June 8, 2012 at 6:33 am

OMG I LOVE THE HOSE!! AND that you put a nozzle on the sriacha! That is frigin hysterical 😉 LOVE the pink necklace! I want one!


6 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

these necklaces are now back in stock, just sayin’… it’s called the Fluoro 😀 the hose is SO fun! I don’t know if Jason will ever use it, but I like it! hope you are having a great weekend! XXO


7 katie June 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

Haha! Mike would never ask me to get a hose, he knows I would come back with a pink and glitter one!

Happy weekend to you 3 over there! Dad too! <3


8 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

hee, I don’t think Jason knew there were cute options for hoses. actually I didn’t either! 😉

Dad finished his first week of rad, with one day chemo too, and last night he said “I survived and still feel like dancing!” 😀 his doc says the first two weeks are okay, it ‘gets worse’ after that… so I am hoping he stays healthy, that this is easier than the aggressive chemo was.

hope you are having fun this weekend! XO


9 Allie June 8, 2012 at 7:05 am

Oh my gosh, I want that hose! I bought a cheap one (although cute and neon green!), but I’m paying for it, the thing kinks up like no one’s business. And cuuute necklace, I want one!


10 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

that’s why I liked this one, I figured it couldn’t kink! well, that and it was cute. if you need to buy a second hose, this was from Target and it was not expensive…

and this necklace just got back in stock – it’s called the Fluoro! 😀


11 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 8, 2012 at 7:19 am

Ok, love love that necklace. And the spray bottle for the chili sauce??? Hysterical! Happy Friday my friend!!


12 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

there are some fun necklaces there, Heather – and really good prices, I think. You earn points with each purchase, and those points turn into dollars off… 😉 and the spray sauce, well that just had to happen. 😀


13 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

Wow! those cupcakes are so fluffy!! and GF!?!? woo!! Adorable hose and fabulous necklace! thanks for sharing!!


14 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

yep, vegan AND gluten free, they act like a ‘normal’ cake. so awesome.


15 Cara June 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

It feels like it’s been FOREVER since I have 1). been over here, and 2). talked to you. Boooooo. I cannot wait for next week to happen and I can finally get back into my normal routine! I MISS YOU! And I want that freaking hose, it looks like you purchased it at Anthro…
How are you??? I heart you. I miss you. xoxo


16 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

oh Cara! I miss you too! I hope you are having fun and doing awesome things, and yes I want your normal routine back too so we can catch up 😉

hee, it does look like an Anthro hose! if they had hoses at Anthro… 😉 I am good! in two days I start my big class (yeeee!) and I REALLY wish you were coming up here for it! two weeks of awesome fun and food… I can’t wait. I’m nervous and giddy and ready for knowledge!


17 Krystina June 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

OMG! That necklace! I waaaaaaant ittttt.j


18 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

they just that necklace back in stock, Krystina! it’s called the Fluoro! 😀


19 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

spray bottle siracha and that necklace and cupcakes with soda..YES!

and a missing winner? I have those sometimes too on my site. Headshake.


20 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

I know. I’m thinking it must have been a wrong email?


21 Richa@HobbyandMore June 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

i love that hose! yeah i can imagine that squirrel being all smarty pants and tormenting basil:) my pom is all about sea gulls.
that spray is a super cool idea. i mean we already have that kind of heat tolerance, though my mom will still add double the spice on her meal when she visits. she calls my spice level american-ized 😉


22 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

the squirrels at our old place definitely tormented little Basil… these don’t know him well yet, they run when he barks. I think they are starting to realize he can’t get up there on the fence, though… so they linger sometimes.

sounds like your mom would love the spray bottle then? 😀


23 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies June 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

I found those BLT chips at Target and Stop & Shop. They are yum! You’ve just given me a fabulous idea regarding that sriracha – protecting plants! They always say to sprinkle cayenne on them to protect flowers and such from deer, but I think it makes way more sense to use a spray bottle of watered down sriracha!


24 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

I finally found the chips yesterday, ha! they ARE good.

and what a great idea about the deer… I have always used chicken wire! 😉


25 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan June 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

I.LOVE.the hot-sauce spray bottle!
Uh-oh, I never saw where the giveaway winner was announced before – it wasn’t me, was it??


26 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:17 am

no! 😉 and I always email people too, so you would have known… 😀


27 Loanna Overcash June 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

I am loving the spray bottle for hot sauce – such an awesome idea! Can’t wait to try it.


28 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

you will love it, Loanna! it’s pretty fun!


29 Christina June 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

LOL! I think we need to adapt the hot sauce bottle in my house as well. We’re obsessed.


30 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

its good stuff. 😉


31 Roz@weightignfor50 June 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

OMG Kris, spray on hot sauce!!!!!! BRILLIANT!!!!!!! have a great Friday. I’m off to the dollar store to buy a spray bottle!! :)


32 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

hee hee – I love it!! enjoy! XXO


33 Pure2raw twins June 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm

love that necklace!

great idea with the hot sauce bottle! I cannot do a lot of “hot” things, so this would be nice.


34 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:07 am

they have a lot of fun jewelry there – this necklace gets many comments! 😉


35 Kim - Liv Life June 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

Ooohh!!! I LOVE that spray top on the bottle!! Absolutely brilliant!!! And the hose?? Yep… it’s adorable!!!


36 sippitysup June 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

Spray bottle sriracha? Why haven’t I thought of that? Oh, and return the hose before it’s too late. GREG


37 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

uh oh – why return the hose, Greg? for a real functional reason, or do you just not like it? :)


38 Kristy June 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I wish I had a yard so I would have an excuse to water things with that really cute hose! I wonder if my neighbors would mind if I just carried around a hose and started watering their plants… (Note to self: Go buy a cute hose).

There is a squirrel that sits in the tree outside of our dining room window and eats very loudly, taunting our pup. Poor Samantha cannot handle it.

Thanks for sharing- Have an awesome weekend! :-)


39 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

You are genius with the spray bottle! That is awesome!!! I use sparkling water in my gluten free baking it is like magic! I love how fluffy it makes everything! Those cupcakes look amazing! I hope you’re having a great weekend!


40 Heather @Gluten-Free Cat June 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

My friend Shirley@gfe just introduced me to your site. I LOVE it! Look forward to following you. Looks like we have lots in common! Just sub the doxies for black cats. 😉


41 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hahaha, I’d love to see Basil having fun with the squirrels! 😀 😀

I love your hot sauce bottle creation. Until know, I only knew those things for watering flowers. 😛


42 dorry June 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

haha – yes! there’s a shopping cart that I run past on my way to the running trail, and it has a fitted knit sweater. I need to take a photo! and I love that hose. it is pretty and reminds me of a slinky. the sriracha sprayer is genius. I’ll have to show Billy that one. xo


43 STUFT Mama June 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Love the spray top on the rooster sauce!!! :) You are too much friend. Your posts always make me happy. :) Hope you had a wonderful weekend.


44 janetha [meals & moves] June 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

why are you holding out a basil howl video? WHY?


45 Krista June 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Oh my heck. Totally LOVE the spray bottle sriracha!!! I need the necklace and while you’re at the hose too. What great taste you have! 😉


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