Sunday, June 30, 2019

Silent Sunday 6-30-2019




Have a great day!





Saturday, June 29, 2019

Friday Favorites from Garnish & Glaze, Climbing Grier Mountain, My Kitchen Love and More

Good morning, happy Friday and a happy weekend to you! I hope you have been keeping cool this week, it has been a heatwave for many of us and a bit of a challenge staying cool. I have had a great, albeit busy week and I cannot wait to slow down a bit this weekend and get ready for my holiday guests. 

I hope that you enjoy my favorites from this week and that you share your favorites as well. 

Favorite Foods

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If you are looking for a change from your average bbq burger this 4th of July, this Apple Mustard Pork Burgers from My Kitchen Love might fit the bill. 





Tomatoes and grilled corn are "the" vegetables of summer at least in my book. And of the corn is grilled and slathered in butter and salt I think it is the perfect meal. Read this article How To Make the Best Grilled Corn. if you are a fan too. 

This article will tell you 4 ways to grill it, just in case you didn't know how to do it. 


Image from Garnish and Glaze

I made this Berry Spinach Salad this week and it is AMAZING!


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This Pink Lime Margarita looks refreshing!




If you are looking for an easy dessert for the 4th of July look no further than these 7 Layer Bars! You can make a giant pan and pretty much top them with any of your favorite nuts, chips, candy bars, chips, pretzels and more. I make these bars for every bbq I attend and there are never any left. 


Favorite Articles/ Blogs

Image Home is Where the Boat Is
If you are looking for some great ideas to decorate or host a 4th of July party check out all of the creative ideas at Home is Where the Boat Is!









Favorite Books


Looking forward to: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell.

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. 

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.


Two Books for the Beach.






From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life. 

Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also peak hurricane season.

When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.

During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.






The Secrets of Paper and Ink


As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn’t dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature. 
Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who’s decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she’d be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband’s dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them—and Ginny’s brother-in-law, William—the bookstore might stand a chance. 
Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress—as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch. 

Eager to know more of Emily’s story, Sophia goes on a quest—dragging Ginny and William with her—to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny’s need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.

Newest Cookbooks

Two Cookbooks from My Favorite NY Bakery 








Favorite Finds




I ordered these Patriotic Fans from Amazon to use for my bbq decor along with these red, white and blue patriotic straws to use in my drinks. 







I like this dress from Beden.




I am not normally one for graphic t-shirts but this one of NYC is cute. 




I love these whimsical Soludos tennis shoes.





And last but not least Soludos Garden Flower Mules!


That is it for this week. I hope that you have a happy, safe and wonderful weekend. As always please share your favorites from the week. 




Thursday, June 27, 2019

Cinnamon Swirl Pound Cake

Good morning! Can you believe that the 4th of July is next week? It seems like it was just Memorial Day weekend. I am very excited because I have guests coming for the 4th of July and that means I get to do a lot of baking. I like to bake a few days ahead and freeze it, then when I need it I simply take it out, thaw it and either serve it or finish it off. It makes life so much easier. 





I started this week with Cinnamon Swirl Pound Cake which is one of my favorite cakes to make because you can serve it for brunch, snacks or dessert. This recipe is so easy that you will want to make a few just to have on hand for weekends or parties. 

Recipe from Seasons & Suppers

1/2 cup cutter, at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs at room temperature
11/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup sour cream at room temperature

Swirl

3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon 
1 Tbsp. milk

Topping

2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325. Prepare and 8 x 4 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and then add the vanilla, mix well. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add a half of the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and mix, then add the sour cream and mix again, finally add the rest of the flour and mix until just combined. 

In a small bowl combine the swirl ingredients and mix well. 

Pour half of the batter into the pan, then spoon the cinnamon swirl mixture onto the top, add the rest of the plain batter and smooth the top. Using a skewer of a knife run through the batter a few times to make a swirl. 

Mix the topping ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top of the loaf. 

Bake the cake in a preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake this cake as it will become dry. 

Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack them remove from pan and let cool completely. 




Do you have a cake, pie, cookie or dessert that you like to make for guests? If so please share, I would love to try some new recipes this week. 

Have a wonderful day. 




Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Eyelet Finds For Your Summer Wardrobe

Good Morning. Summer has officially arrived and it is hot, sunny and beautiful here. 

In the summer I live in classic comfy clothes and one of my favorite classics is anything eyelet. An eyelet dresses with sandals or wedges is perfect for day or night, a picnic or a party. 





I also like eyelet shirts paired with shorts or pants. 


Eyelet Shirt

Or you can wear eyelet pants with a simple tank top or t-shirt. Don't forget to add a sweater for cool evenings. 


Eyelet Pants

This skirt is one of my favorite pieces, it is so comfy. 




If you want just a touch of eyelet in your summer wardrobe these slip on mules are a great addition. 



Eyelet mules

I found many more eyelet pieces for your to peruse, you can see them below if you want to add a piece or two too your summer wardrobe. 

Have a great day. 

NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.


Eyelet Shorts
Eyelet Dresses
Eyelet Shirts

Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday Musings




Good morning! I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful weekend and start to summer. It is funny because summer has never been my favorite season, I prefer Fall. But the last few years I feel as if my mindset has shifted and I am trying to savor each moment and season. After a long, cold dreary winter I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see the buds on the trees, and the daffodils popping from the ground, the first signs of Spring. Then again, once Memorial day came I found myself restless, almost as if I were back in school counting down the days to summer

Now that Summer has arrived I am savoring the weekends. My husband and I decided that on the weekend we are going to take one day each weekend to "do nothing" and by that I mean no work, for work or around the house. We don't really sleep in because our pups get us up at 5:30 but we do stay in bed and read with a cup of cocoa or coffee. Then either Saturday or Sunday, depending upon the weather, we go to the farmers market, or the beach, take long walks,  BBQ, read and relax. 

This weekend, Saturday dawned grey and a little cool so we hunkered down with a good book and started the day at a leisurely pace. Once the sun came out, we went to the farmer's market for vine ripened tomatoes and peaches. Later, we visited a new craft brewery and had pizza(me), and beer(my husband) and then went home and while our pups enjoyed a bone we lounged with our latest books in the sun. We ended the day with a movie and a little reading before bed. It may sound boring to some but it was the perfect day for us. 

Sunday started much the same, but after our morning cocoa/coffee and walk we had work to do. My husband worked and I did things around the house to get it ready for a new week and guests. We have a busy summer with lots of family and friends visiting over the next few weeks so I want to be ready. 

How was your weekend? Did you enjoy a little sun? Or were you in the path of the storms and rain this weekend? 

I hope that you have  a wonderful week

If you are looking interesting food, recipes, style and more check out my Pinterest Boards:  Summer , Summer Style and Summer Food.





Saturday, June 22, 2019

Friday Favorites from Salt & Baker, Creme de la Crumb, Wild, Wild Whisk and More

Happy Summer! Today is officially the first day of summer and this morning I will be doing 108 sun salutations at sunrise to celebrate, I have never done that many so I hope I make it.

I found a lot of great things this week so I hope that you find something you like. 


Food

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I LOVE pizza and have my favorite take out place on speed dial but I also like to make it at home. Today I will be making Kale Pizza from Salt & Baker and 





If you need a pizza dough recipe this one from the Foodess is excellent.





If you will be grilling your pizza you could also grill a few peaches and make this grilled peach salad from The Endless Meal




Doesn't this Deconstructed Shortcake from Wild Wild Whisk look like a great dessert to make this summer?




If you want a bigger project than this Strawberry Cake from All the Crumbs Please would be perfect for a party.



Interesting Articles/Blogs/Magazines 

I recently discovered the blog Sincerely Loree and I love it. 

It's Back! Styling by Coty Farquhar. If you are not familiar with this online magazine than you must check it out, it is fabulous!





The next two articles are interesting and frightening. 





Books I'm Reading This Week






Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.
In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage—even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.




On November 22, 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy accompanied her husband to Dallas dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit. Much of her wardrobe, including the pink suit, came from the New York boutique Chez Ninon where a young Irish immigrant named Kate worked behind the scenes to meticulously craft the memorable outfits.


Kate is torn between the glamorous world of Chez Ninon and her traditional Manhattan neighborhood. Finding balance is not easy in a time when women are still expected to follow the rules. And when you're in love, it's impossible.



Kelby's luxurious narrative gives fascinating insight into the real story behind the iconic pink suit, introducing the reader to the wildly unforgettable characters that made Jackie Kennedy into the fashion icon of the century.







Rose is disappointed with her life, though she has no reason to be - she has a beautiful family and a perfectly nice house in the suburbs. But to Rose, this ordinary life feels overshadowed by her other life - the one she leads every night in her dreams.

After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who's grown up with her into a hero of a man. But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren't what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows. Is she willing to let go of everything she holds dear to understand their extraordinary connection? And will it lead her to discover who she truly wants to be?












Pizza remains America's favorite food, but one that many people hesitate to make at home. In Mastering Pizza, award-winning chef Marc Vetri tackles the topic with his trademark precision, making perfect pizza available to anyone. The recipes—gleaned from years spent researching recipes in Italy and perfecting them in America—have a variety of base doughs of different hydration levels, which allow home cooks to achieve the same results with a regular kitchen oven as they would with a professional pizza oven. The book covers popular standards like Margherita and Carbonara while also featuring unexpected toppings such as mussels and truffles—and even a dessert pizza made with Nutella. With transporting imagery from Italy and hardworking step-by-step photos to demystify the process, Mastering Pizza will help you make pizza as delicious as you find in Italy.





German baking has influenced baking traditions around the world for generations and is a source of great nostalgia for those of German and Central European heritage. Yet the very best recipes for Germany’s cookies, cakes, tortes, and breads, passed down through generations, have never before been collected and perfected for contemporary American home bakers. Enter Luisa Weiss, the Berlin-based creator of the adored Wednesday Chef blog and self-taught ambassador of the German baking canon.

Whether you’re in the mood for the simple yet emblematic Streuselkuchen, crisp and flaky Strudel, or classic breakfast Brötchen, every recipe you’re looking for is here, along with detailed advice to ensure success plus delightful storytelling about the origins, meaning, and rituals behind the recipes. Paired with more than 100 photographs of Berlin and delectable baked goods, such as ElisenlebkuchenMarmorierter Mohnkuchen, and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, this book will encourage home bakers of all skill levels to delve into the charm of Germany’s rich baking tradition.

Classic German Baking 
is an authoritative collection of recipes that provides delicious inspiration for any time of day, whether it’s for a special breakfast, a celebration with friends and family, or just a regular afternoon coffee-and-cake break, an important part of everyday German life.




Finds



I love this eyelet dress from Anthropologie.






Beautiful Embroidered Sandals








I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful start to summer. Please share your finds from this week, recipes, podcasts, books, movies and more. I love reading about what you discovered and found interesting. 













Thursday, June 20, 2019

20 Little Things on My Summer Bucket List

Good morning. Friday is the official first day of summer and although I have been "celebrating" since Memorial day I thought I would write a bucket list of things that I plan on doing this summer; not necessarily a wish list of adventures but a list of simple, little things that will help me to slow down and enjoy summer. 





20 Little Things to Do This Summer


1. STOP and smell the roses, pick a dandelion, blow it and make a wish, snip a few hydrangeas to put in a vase so that you can enjoy them all week. 




2. Take a long walk on the beach, enjoy the sand between your toes, the waves lapping at your feet. 

3. Go the the library, just as you did as a kid and join the summer reading program, believe it or not they have one for adults too. Savor the additional daylight hours and spend time reading and not watching TV. 




4. Make a meal from the farmers market or your own garden. Use the tomatoes and basil from your garden and make a caprese salad or pick some lettuce from your garden and make a garden salad with zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and whatever else you have growing 

6. Take a staycation in your town. Look up the 10 best things to see in your town and take a day to do and see a few of them. 

7. Although we love the sun in the summer there are going to be a few rainy days. If your rainy day falls on a weekend don't be sad, spend the day at the spa. A spa day in your own home is perfect, do a facial, give yourself a pedicure or a manicure,  just enjoy the excuse to pamper yourself. 




8. Get up with the birds and enjoy a cup of coffee, a walk or just sit and enjoy the peace and quite






9. Bake some of your favorite family recipes. Yes, I know you don't want to use the oven on hot days but how else do you make strawberry shortcake or rhubarb crunch?



Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

10. Make some ice cream. When I was little my grandparents had one of those ice cream makers that you needed rock salt and ice and we would spend what felt like hours cranking the handle. Today there are tons and tons of recipes that are no-churn and they are delicious. You simply make the ice cream base, pour into a lined loaf pan and freeze. Then scoop into a bowl, or a cone, top with nuts, sprinkles or my favorite fudge topping and enjoy. You could also use your favorite brownies or cookies and make ice cream sandwiches

11. Have a camp out. If you are not up for the bugs or being outside, simply camp in the house. Pull out your sleeping bags, or blankets throw the couch cushions on the floor and set up camp. 




12. Make some homemade lemonade or sweet tea, sit back and relax.

13. Send some snail mail. Get some post cards from your town and send them to family and friends.

14. Watch the sunset or the sunrise. 





15. Spend time with the fur kids in your life. 

16.  Sleep in on the weekend, read a book or make breakfast and eat it in bed. 

17. Watch an outdoor movie. 

18. Pretend you are a kid again, go to the county fair or amusement park. 





19. Go to the farmers market, local berry patch or orchard and pick summer fruits and produce. 


20. Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends. 


I hope that you enjoy beautiful weather, lots of time with family and friends and many, many little moments. 

Have a happy summer.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Biscochitos New Mexican Cookies

Good morning. I hope that you had a wonderful Father's day and a great start to the week. It was a beautiful weekend here, 66 on Friday and then in the 90's on Saturday and Sunday. In the Summer we are never lucky enough to wake up to a day in the 60's so I relished every second. Father's day was nice, although neither my husband nor myself were able to be with our father's we did speak to them on the phone and my husband was able to speak to his children. 




 I recently made some Biscochitos, otherwise know as New Mexican sugar cookies, after my return from New Mexico and I wanted to share them with you. I love sugar cookies and these are very similar to my favorites but a bit different because they contain cinnamon and anise. 

I think they make the perfect cookie for a cup of tea and a light dessert. 




Biscochitos Cookies

Ingredients

cups all-purpose flour
11/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest of one orange
11/4 cup lard
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg

Topping on cookies

1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Directions

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then whisk in the anise seeds and the orange zest. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the sugar and lard. Beat the lard and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture, stop as soon as the mixture is combined and a few streaks of flour still appear. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat baking mats. 

In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar topping. 

On a lightly floured surface, roll out cookie dough to 1/4", using a fluted or round cookie cutter cut cookies. Place the cookies on the lined baking sheets and bake for 9-12 minutes or until just golden brown. Remove cookies from oven, let sit for 1 minute then dip into cinnamon/sugar mixture, then set onto a baking rack and let cool. 

Enjoy!