Another month has passed and it’s time for another house update (plus a giveaway by OXO at the end of this post)! The part of the house we actually have spent the majority of our efforts on is the backyard and garden area. It’s ironic because none of our guests ever really see much of it or spend much time out in the yard, but we’ve devoted countless hours trying to do things for it.

One of my main requirements during house hunting was that we had to have a small backyard so I could have an herb garden and some fruit trees. The size of our backyard is just what I was looking for. It’s small enough to not need too much maintenance, but big enough to fit some patio furniture and my garden.

Our backyard is broken up into two areas: A flat surface surrounding the house, as well as a rocky slope that sits behind a wall. We are reserving the flat area for a bbq and patio furniture.

We chose to move the gardening and trees to the rocky slope area, a project which Mr. K has taken on himself. He has been quite a hard worker, digging into and breaking down all that rock. He dug deep enough to set up a two tier garden bed where I am currently keeping various herbs, so I can always have fresh herbs on hand.

I have eagerly been following Eater’s coverage of the new Common Theory Public House. With its grand opening last weekend, I couldn’t wait a minute longer.

We tried out the two previous former occupants of the large space, neither of which lasted long, but Common Theory definitely shows signs of staying power.

The 5,500 square feet of space has been transformed to a very open and welcoming setting. In addition to offering a huge selection of craft beers, the restaurant also boasts a creative pub fare menu.

These creamy ice pops have chocolate cookie crumbles and Oreo cream scattered throughout.

With summer officially here, I couldn’t wait to break out my ice pop molds.

I love making ice pops. They are so easy and versatile.