13 July 12 • SCB

I know I’ve shown you my mug shelf before—like MAV’s mugs, all are different and all were found or gifted to me.

When I look for mugs for my own home, I am attracted to neutral, earthy colors with shots of blue. I always flip them over to see how their underside adds to their story. Some markings add value, some just add mystery.

There are those in my family who have a favored mug that they reach for every time.

I like to spread the love, making sure all the mugs see a little use.

Not to mention, I am a serial mug-abandoner—leaving them behind high on shelves, sills, and back steps, temporarily lost and necessitating a fresh mug. Luckily, there are plenty from which to choose.

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Today, we’d like to invite you to replenish your own mug shelf with our Mug Collection in our shop. We had a great time finding these gems. I had a really hard time parting with quite a few of them!!

We are also offering 3191 Quarterly, Issue No. 5 for just $20! It’s a great summertime issue with features on pickles, blackberries, picnics, the beach and so much more. While supplies last.

Cheers!

6 July 12 • MAV

Hi everyone! While it was nice to be “away” I missed our little space here at 3191 Miles Apart. Glad to be back home!

I thought I’d give you a little tour of what my summer has looked like so far. For me the summer truly starts on the solstice (this year it was June 20th), and this year has been no exception, so I really feel like things are just beginning. It’s a nice feeling.

I have (seen up top here with my oldest nephew, Miles, and my sweetie) spent a good deal of time barefoot. This is a necessity for me in the summer.

I’ve worked through some creative ideas. I spent a week making drawing after drawing of lines in various colors and in various lengths. Then the concept morphed into painting and things became a bit more free. You can see a few of my painting playings here. Still feeling very much into lines. Not sure what that’s about?!

I ate a ton of strawberries (even got a little rash on my tummy as per usual but didn’t bother me in the least) and now the Maine strawberry season is already over. Sob!

I’ve seen a couple of rainbows but this one was by far the most amazing. It was wide and round and we could see the entire color spectrum. There is something about a rainbow that really turns me into a kid again. I am still in awe of them.

I’ve enjoyed a few cocktails but am feeling more into chilled red wine this summer. I am trying hard not to overdo it on rosé because lately I get headaches the morning after (ugh). This here is a homemade negroni and I only had a sip but it was delicious.

And most of all I have done a lot of wandering. I’ve walked and walked on paths of grass, sat on docks, swam in the ocean, put my feet in the sand. I’ve stopped at barn sales by the side of the road and sat on a picnic table watching the moon. My schedule has not slowed down as much as I’d like it to (still working pretty much 7 days a week) but I have tried to make a bit of time every day for summer. There is so much more to be had! I am happy to be back here so I can share it all with you.

In the coming weeks you can look for a surprise in our shop on July 13th, a much needed update to my Portland Guide for those of you who might be making a trip to Maine this summer, sneak previews of our 3191 Quarterly, Issue No. 8 and plenty more summer fun. Thanks for being here.

6 July 12 • SCB

Hello again!

I hope you have been enjoying summertime. Here in the Northwest, we are just hitting our stride with summer, and it feels so good. I have been busy with work and family, but I am getting into my summer groove and finding new routines. I am loving the long days (especially the sunlit mornings!)

We took the plants outside for their own little summer vacation.

And brought what is blooming outside indoors to enjoy.

We have also been making quite a bit of lemonade. I actually make this lemonade all year long. It is one of the staples of my fridge (we drink it warmed in the wintertime). It can actually look quite identical to another of my fridge mainstays, homemade chicken broth, resulting in some culinary mishaps (I store both in large Mason jars). You do not want to mix up the two.

I have been making honey lemonade since I was a kid and found a recipe for it in my Winnie-the-Pooh cookbook. Fresh lemons are best, but I have used a good quality bottled juice as well with great results.

Honey Lemonade

1/2 cup good quality local honey

1 cup water

3/4 – 1 cup lemon juice

3 cups water

Heat the honey and 1 cup water in a saucepan until honey dissolves. Mix the dissolved honey and lemon juice in a pitcher or storage jar. Add additional 3 cups water and chill, or, if serving immediately, add 2 cups water and fill with ice.

Uses for honey lemonade:

Add frozen berries or fresh herbs

Mix with strong black iced tea

Add to smoothies

Freeze into popsicles (a few berries floating around is great)

Mix with beer for a shandy

Make a cocktail with bourbon and mint sprigs

Heat with a chunk of ginger to soothe a sore throat or cough (optional, add whiskey to make a hot toddy)

Do not attempt to make chicken soup with your honey lemonade

Check back next week. We’ll have a surprise for you over at by3191!