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Feeling Peppery.

If there’s one thing that we won’t be running out of anytime soon around here. . . it’s peppers. IMG_4780Peppers.





And more peppers. 


Almost too many to know what to do with. I’m all peppered out. You wouldn’t want any, would you? 

But they’re not just any normal peppers. Nope, they’re HOT. With all letters capitalized kind of hot. Definitely hotter than last year’s crop. 

So, what did I do differently to make the peppers so hot this year? Well, after a little Googling, I’ve figured it out. 

To maximize heat, peppers need these things:


You wouldn’t think it, but peppers thrive on stress. Or, I should say, their heat level thrives on it. You probably know that capsaicin is the chemical compound responsible for heat in peppers, but what you may not know is that it is also a natural defense mechanism that evolved over time to give peppers protection against certain fungi. The production of capsaicin increases when plants are stressed. Such as, when they’re not getting quite enough water.

I’ll admit, this summer has been busier than usual and has involved a lot of on the road travel, and I’ve been a little lax in the watering department. 


Peppers like sun. Seriously, hot, full sun exposure. Alabama has no shortage of heat during the warmer months (well, actually, all year long), but this year has been one of the hottest summers we’ve had with records being broken and set more than once. And my peppers are planted in full, direct sun exposure.


When jalapeno peppers are ripe, they’re not actually green. They’re red.

I totally didn’t know that. They’re also hotter. 

Apparently, waiting to pick peppers until they’ve ripened a little longer, to at least a darker green if you don’t want red jalapenos, will result in them being much hotter.

You can also look for little striations to form on the peppers. As they grow and age, peppers develop light colored lines in the outerskin. You might be able to see some of the lines below.

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Because I’m not a fan of heights & have literally no photos of anything height related. But I do have a pic of the Atlanta skyline taken last month.


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Tray Chic with One Kings Lane

I was so excited when One Kings Lane invited me to be a part of their Tray Chic campaign. 

Because I love trays. Well, actually, I love being organized. Sometimes a little too much. . . . my closet is organized by category, sub-category, and color. Seriously. Winter to summer, coats to jackets to cardigans, and cream to black. Please say I’m not the only one.

Don’t get me wrong, not everything in my life is that organized. Don’t even dare peek at my soap shipping filing cabinet. It’s a hot mess. Or the laundry/soap room. I really need to set my sights there next.

But give me a little space and the necessary tools (i.e. baskets, a few cute boxes, and yes, even a tray or two) and I can be organized. And for me, something as simple as a tray is a perfect organizational tool.

Let me share with you some of the ways I love using a tray:

They’re perfect for pool towels.

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Or for jewelry.

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For soap. 

mermaid dreams

Something I’ve learned from being a soap maker is that props matter, and trays, dishes, and baskets are some of my favorites.

By the way, above is one of my favorite new soaps: Mermaid Dreams. 

As a catchall by the door.


 Trays are also perfect for a little holiday decor.


And of course, food.




As a sort of desk. There really isn’t enough room in this house for an actual desk, so most of the time my blogging set up looks a little like this:


But my favorite tray is the one on my new nightstand.


It’s the perfect container for essential odds and ends, like tissues, glasses, and the most essential of all, my kindle.

By the way, I just love my new nightstand. . . Marked down to clearance last week, and of course, I brought it home and painted the cream colored drawers black. But I really do love it!

And I have to show off the London pillow I found on the same day. It practically called my name, and no way could I walk out of that store without it!

map of london pillow

Of course, any photo shoot around here usually ends up like this.


The girls insist on being in the middle of everything. Naturally 😉 

Sophie: You piled these pillows up here just for me, didn’t you?  

sophie2I guess I did. 

Hop on over to One Kings Lane for a huge selection of trays and be sure to check out their Style Blog for tons of fantastic inspiration.