It’s 95 today and the humidity is through the roof. It’s one of those days where I’d rather lie around daydreaming about popsicles than doing just about anything else. Not that I’m complaining! These long, hot sunny summer days are the kind of days I live for in the midst of the crazy winters we get up here. Walking outside and feeling like you stepped straight into a blast furnace because the wind is blowing hot air all up in your grill? Bring it on, summer. I love you. That said, we are packing it up and headed to the lake for the rest of the day! We’ve got some swimming to do and a serious quantity of popsicles to eat. Here’s wishing you a beautiful weekend!
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It’s the time of year when honestly all I want to do is hoard all the fresh fruit I can get my hands on. It’s a real thing. It happens to those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon Line who know our days of fresh produce are limited and will all too soon be fading into the place where beautiful memories go to live. You find yourself wandering the market with two little boys in tow, literally shaking your head in part horror and part glee because you know you probably just spent $50 on fruit. True story. It happened yesterday when we came home with not just the week’s second batch of blueberries and blackberries, but also a huge bag of cherries, peaches, grapes, and strawberries. Which naturally means you need to find something to do with all that fruit other than just snack and, thus, the Cherry Blueberry Smash was born!
Here’s what I like about this cocktail. It’s fruity and really refreshing without being overly sweet. Somewhere along the way you start sucking up little bits of fruit in your straw and then it kind of feels like dessert. Bonus! And, of course, it’s pretty and I’m a big advocate of pretty cocktails. (Well, pretty everything if I’m honest.) This is one of those perfect summer cocktails for sipping on the back porch on a hot summer evening. As I always preach, the key here is good ingredients. Really fresh fruit. A high quality gin. You know, the good stuff.
- 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
- 6 – 8 fresh cherries
- 1-1/2 oz gin
- 1 oz St. Germain
- Club soda
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
Begin by pitting your cherries and smashing them up in a small bowl with the blueberries. I used my pestle for this part. Once smashed up pretty good, muddle in the sugar. Add more sugar if you like a sweeter drink! Transfer the fruit into your glass and add ice. Add gin and St. Germain, then top with club soda. Stick a pretty straw in it and call it delicious!
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Striped straws from Shop Sweet Lulu
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Following yesterday’s ode to the classic summer lobster boil, it only seemed fitting that we talk about hosting our own seafood boil or clam bake before the season is over! While it may seem a daunting exercise in hosting, it’s really not all that tricky. You just need to load up on seafood, set some big pots to steaming, boil up a huge pot of salt potatoes, melt lots of butter and asks friends to show up with a salad or treat to share. When we do our big seafood boil every summer we all chip in a week or so in advance to buy the seafood and then everyone picks a side dish to bring and we serve it up family potluck style. It’s the best way to go!
For a lobster boil in particular, you’re not going to want to forget the crackers and bibs! Working your way through a lobster can be a bit messy, but truthfully, that’s a huge part of the fun. Otherwise keep it simple with enamel plates that will hold up to eating outside, line your table with kraft paper for easy clean up and use cute plastic party cups to keep dishes to a minimum.
p.s. For more summer essentials, be sure to catch my picks for a day at the beach, hosting a backyard dinner party, and a summer camping trip!
[Shop: Lobster tray | party cups | serving set | lobster cracker | Old Bay | coasters | mugs | enamel plates | lobster bibs.]
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Lobster boils, clam bakes, seafood boils – I’m obsessed! (I’ve mentioned this before, I know I know.) Lately though, I’m really hurting for a classic Maine lobster boil. I want the bib, the salt potatoes dripping in butter, the blueberry cobbler to finish it all off. I will tell you that lobster is my favorite food in the entire world other than ice cream. Give me the two of them together in one meal? Holy cannoli. That’s my kind of day! Over the last couple of weeks B and I have really been wanting to try grilling our own lobsters (this recipe looks amazing) and this weekend may just be the one where we get the job done. So naturally it’s Wednesday and it’s all I can think about today. You’ll have that. Anyone else wanting to jump on hosting or attending a seafood boil this summer?
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Do you guys know Fab? Because if you’re like me and you love to shop, but equally love a great deal on really high quality stuff that’s beautifully designed, you need to know about Fab. A carefully curated shop offering fresh modern designs in home, decor and fashion (among so much more), Fab brings you the hottest trends at amazing prices. With a number of summer events coming up shortly (parties, weddings, photo shoots, business trips, you name it), I’ve been on the hunt lately for a few key new pieces to add to my wardrobe. In particular I’m looking for a handful of new accessories and jazzy additions in bright, tropical colors and Fab is delivering on the goods with some serious style!
While playing around checking out the gorgeous collection of summer wares and wears that Fab has to offer, I had no trouble rounding up a whole bunch of pretty little things I definitely want to make mine. In particular, this Koi fish scarf would be the perfect little addition to my ever-growing collection of scarves. (I swear it’s not time for an intervention. Yet.) And paired with a cute pair of shorts and these great sandals, the look could easily transition perfectly from day to night for an upcoming business trip I have where I’m going to be going from workshop during the day to business dinner at night without time to get back to the hotel to change.
To start your own love affair with all things tropical and summery, pop on over to Fab and be sure to sign up so you can receive the latest news on their freshest designs and sales. Oh and don’t forget to pick up a cute owl tank top or bright pink backpack while you’re at it! You so deserve a little something fab this summer.
[Shop | 1: Koi fish scarf | 2: Red beaded necklace | 3: Mini yellow pouch | 4: Pink backpack | 5: Owl tank top | 6: Double wrap bracelet | 7: Sandals.]
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