Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friday Favorites from Elements of Style, NPR, You May Be Wandering, Savor Home, Between Naps on The Porch, and More

Good morning! How was your week? Mine was great but I am exhausted. So no surprise here I will be relaxing and doing nothing this weekend except sitting on the beach with another good book.

Image Savor Home

Have you found some time to sit, relax and read this summer? What are you reading? If you are looking for something to read check out these suggestions from Savor Home.

Image from Business Insider via Pinterest

This week many schools in my area celebrated graduation, and it made me wonder what words of wisdom were presented to them in them in the commencement speeches that were given. If you would like to see and read more than 350 of the Best Commencement Speeches Ever, check out NPR. This one by Sheryl Sanberg is one of my favorites. 

Are you a fan of Cristo the artist? If so check out this post by Sandy of You May Be Wandering of his latest installation in Italy. You can also see the project from initial drawing to installation on Cristo and Jeanne Claude.

I love bing cherries in the summer and I can eat pounds and pounds of them, rarely do I tire of them but on the off chance that I do I make this coffeecake.

Or these Roasted Vanilla Bean Cherries over No-Bake Cheesecake. This by the way is scrumptious and easy.

Image from Elements of Style via Architectural Digest

I love looking at other people houses in person, in magazines, and on blogs, this week, this cute home featured by Between Naps on the Porch caught my eye. As did this Maine home from Architectural Digest featured on Elements of Style.

What did you read, make, watch or do this week that we might find interesting? We would love to hear about it.

I hope that you have a great weekend! Safe summer travels.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer on Pinterest

Good morning! Now that it is officially sumer my mind is spinning with the possibilities of adventure, long weekends at the beach, grilled dinners, and lots of lazy afternoons reading.

Image via Pinterest from Canoe Bay

I have so many Summer thoughts and ideas I even made a Pinterest board to keep them organized. 

Image from Inside Out

Summer takes me back to my childhood where I went to "sleep away camp", spent long weekends at the family cabin swimming and boating and water skiing.   

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream image Pinterest via Give Recipe

There were many days spent reading, playing tennis, camping and biking and making s'mores over the bonfire. 

Image from Pinterest via Design Chic

Summer to me is also about food, popsicles, homemade ice cream, tomato tarts, burgers, potato salad, my grandmothers angle food cake and berries and picnics at the beach. 

Summer Adirondack from the Yellow Cape

Image Here

Image Pine Cones and Acorns

We spent many weekend as children picking blueberries and peaches and playing games in the yard.

Taking long walks on the beach and frolicking in the ocean.

Image Pine Cones and Acorns

What are your favorite summer activities, food, adventures or even memories? Do share, I would love to hear them.

If you would like a few recipe ideas check out my Summer Pinterest board.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

White Cupcakes with Whipped Buttercream Frosting

Good morning! Happy 1st day of Summer! Did you have a nice weekend? And did you enjoy Father's Day? I hesitate to ask that because I know that many of you have lost your dad's, if that is the case I hope that you were able to enjoy your memories of him. My dad is in Wisconsin so I will not be celebrating him until I see him in August, but we did have a nice long talk and shared a lot of laughs.

The weather was fabulous here, sunny, and mild temperatures, perfect for time on the paddle board and a little road trip around the area. 

I did manage to whip up a batch of these delicious cupcakes. Are you a chocolate or a white cake lover? I actually prefer white cake to chocolate, and I really enjoy it with Whipped Buttercream, the more the better!

White Cupcakes
Recipe from Add a Pinch

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs, room temperature
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare cupcake pans with cooking spray or cupcake liners and set aside. 

Cream together the butter and shortening until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Slowly add the 3 cups of sugar, one cup at a time making sure to incorporate the sugar fully before adding the other. Then add the eggs one at a time, be sure to incorporate each egg before adding another. 

In a bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then in another bowl whisk together the milks, vanilla and almost extracts. Add to the butter/shortening mixture, alternating between the milk and the flour mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. 

Pour mixture into the cupcake liners, about 2/3 filled, do not overfill. Bake for 15-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and place cupcakes onto cooling rack. Wait until cooled to frost. 

Frost and then enjoy!

Whipped Buttercream Frosting

2 sticks of softened butter
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2-3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream

In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time on low speed. Then add the extracts and the whipping cream and whip the mixture until light, airy and fluffy. You can add more cream to make the frosting the spreading consistency you like. 

I hope that you have a great week!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Fathers Day dad, I love you! And I cannot wait to see you!

Have a great day !

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday Favorites from Madleif, The Little Green Notebook, From The House of Edward, Sprinkles and Sprouts and More

Good morning! Happy Friday, happy weekend and an early happy Father's day! Do you have big plans or just a nice relaxing weekend planned? We have lots of plans but hopefully we will be able to squeeze in a little relaxing at the ocean.

I love food and so does my dad so when we are together, aside from just enjoying our time, we like to try new recipes or restaurants with one another. If I were able to be with my dad this Sunday I think I would probable make him something with meat, potatoes and chocolate for dessert. 

Image Saveur

I have heard that steak is one of the most favorite meals of dads so I think many of them would enjoy this Steak with Herb Sauce from Saveur

Grilled Ribs from Food and Wine

My dad and my husband both love ribs and these Grilled Beef Ribs with Smokey Sweet Barbecue Sauce look like something they would enjoy. 

Image from Sprinkles and Sprouts

I personally LOVE potatoes and would rather have them than meat, so I think these Cheesy Garlic Potatoes from Sprinkles and Sprouts would be perfect to accompany any meal you are making for your dad. 

Dessert must always include a little chocolate, and these incredibly easy No Bake Turtle Tarts would be perfect!  

Image HERE

Or if you have a dad that is not fond of chocolate perhaps these Lemon Rasperry Cheesecake bars would be a better choice?

Summer reading is the best sort of reading, it brings back memories of the library contest each summer. Pamela of From the House of Edward always has a great list in the summer and this one is no exception. So if you are looking for a book or two to add to your list visit her HERE

Are you a fan or Woodsworth and Beatrix Potter? If so and you have never visited their stomping grounds in the Lake District than heat over to Madleif where you can transport yourself there with her beautify photos.

One of the first blogs I ever followed was The Little Green Notebook and it is still a favorite years later. Jenny is great decorator and her bathroom redesign is stunning. You can check it out HERE.

What about you, did you find any interesting books, recipes or adventures out in the world this week to share? If so please let us know!

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend with your dad! I will be celebrating with mine in August and I cannot wait!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

There Are No Words...The Orlando Shooting

There are no words to describe my anger, at a man that killed 49 people and injured 53 more. Or to express my dismay at the politicians that will not acknowledge the real problems of todays world, such as mental illness, terrorism, and more but push their own agendas, even in a time of tragedy. Their are no words to describe my sadness and sorrow for an 18 year old girl celebrating her graduation who's life was snuffed out, or for a mom who jumped in front of the gunman to save her son, or for so many other young men and women who were killed in their prime. What would these beautiful men and women have accomplished in their life? We will never know because they are gone.

I did not know any of these people but each time I see their smiling faces on the TV news a tear comes to my eye and I want to weep. 

I cannot let these 49 people go without acknowledging them. You were the sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mom's, dads, friends and family of many. You are remembered and you will be missed. 

Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Amanda Alvear, 25
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
Cory James Connell, 21
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Paul Terrell Henry, 41
Frank Hernandez, 27
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Kimberly Morris, 37
Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31

 Rest in Peace. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bolognese Pasta Sauce

Good morning! How was your weekend? We had a beautiful and hot weekend here and it finally felt like summer. It was so nice to walk by the ocean and feel the sand between my toes, to meet with friends and to just relax.

I am a very lazy cook in the summer so if I can use my crock pot at anytime to make life and dinner easier, I do. This bolognese sauce is hearty, delicious and easy to make in the crock pot but it can also be made on the stove-top. What I like to do is make a double batch and then freeze half for sometime later.

Bolognese Sauce
Recipe from Williams Sonoma

2 Tbs, olive oil
11/4 lb EACH of ground beef and pork
kosher salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. pancetta, cut into 1/2 dice
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup milk
2 cans whole(28 oz.) tomatoes, passed through a food mill
2 bay leaves
1 parmigiano-reggiano cheese rind
1 lb. Tagliatelle, cooked

In the stove-top insert of a slow cooker, over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. oil. Cook beef and pork, salt and perter for 12 minutes. Drain the meat on paper towels. Cook pancetta for 7 minutes, then drain on paper towels. 

Reduce heat to medium, warm 1 Tbs. oil. Cook onion, carrots, and celery 8 minutes. Then add garlic, cook 1 minutes. Add tomato paste, then cook 2 minutes. Add wine, simmer 5 minutes. Then add the meats back to the pot, the mil, and the tomatoes, bay leaves, cheese rind, and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Then place the insert into the slow cooker and cover and cook on high for 3/12 hrs. Discard the bay leaves and the rind. Toss pasta with 3 cups sauce, reserve remaining sauce.

What did you make this weekend? Did you bake or grill, try something new or make a family favorite? Share with us if you did, I love learning about new foods. 

Have a fabulous week. 

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