Friday, July 25, 2014

Food Porn Friday


Darlings, I don't know about you but I have had one of those weeks were you're doing so many different things that you don't realize what day it is.  So, I was thrilled yesterday when I remembered that today would be Friday!  Mac and I both had busy weeks so we decided to have a mid-week date on Wednesday and went out for a glass of wine and to see Chef.  It was perfect to make a crazy day feel like the weekend and the movie was a relaxed, feel good, food porn vacation.  Please see it!

Speaking of food porn, I can't get enough of this basil panna cotta with rosé poached peaches from Katie at the Kitchen Door.  Not only is it beautiful and sounds delicious but Mac and I are planning a visit to a local orchard for some stone fruit tomorrow.  Win, win, win.  What are your plans for the weekend?  After the orchard we'll be headed to a small winery next door then traveling a couple miles for happy hour on the beach.  Hope your weekend is lovely! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekend Cocktails: Fresh Peach Margarita


Darlings, I can't say how excited I am about these stone fruit and margaritas from Gimme Some Oven!  Don't they look like summer in a glass?  To be honest Mac and I normally follow a margarita recipe passed down from my family in Mexico but this drink looks pretty spot on for an afternoon by the grill.  Time to hit a the farmer's market! Is it Saturday yet?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Food Porn Friday


Darlings, yesterday's cherry muddler cocktail got me thinking about making a dessert with fresh summer cherries and just look at this beauty from Pink Patisserie.  Cherries, ricotta, almonds...I'm sold! I see my farmer's market tote filled with fresh cherries this week.  

What do you lovelies have planned for the weekend?  My brother and his wife are in town this weekend, I'll be going to a friend's birthday party on Saturday, and a bridal shower on Sunday.  Time for a weekend filled with family, friends, and great reasons to celebrate! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weekend Cocktail: Rainier Cherry Muddler


How beautiful are these photos from Sprouted Kitchen?  I adore her blog and this cocktail looks like the perfect thing for a friend's backyard birthday party this weekend!  I love taking advantage of in season produce and a drink that features local cherries and basil from my garden hits the spot.  Find the recipe here and let me know what you think! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Do You Have A Home Office?


Darlings, do you have a home office set up?  I have slowly been developing mine and working from home I am always coming up with new ideas.  I have also realized how much colors and aesthetics effect my mood.  It's silly but I really am happier working with my gold and aqua notebooks drinking tea out of my cute little teapot.  What inspires you to get working and what can you not live without on your desk?

You can get the aqua Poppin notebook here.  I love their whole line of office products.  

The beautiful gold dot Kate Spade notebook can be found here.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Food Porn Friday


I woke up this morning craving the misty streets of London and these strawberry cream scones from Joy the Baker might just be happening today.  On top of being adorable I think they'll help with that little part of me that is feeling homesick for a place I lived years ago.  Do you ever get homesick for a place you haven't been to in years?  I find myself missing London all the time.  

This will be the first weekend in two months that Mac and I will not have guests in town, in fact Mac may not even be in town.  Which means I'll be enjoying these with a cup of tea and a good book tomorrow, doing some yoga, then spending the evening at a close friend's birthday party.  I can't wait! Have a lovely weekend darlings!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Weekend Cocktail: Rhubarb Mimosas



Darlings, I just can't resist sharing these rhubarb mimosas.  I've been looking for inspiration for a friend's bridal shower and I'm thinking these are a must!  Pretty, pink, and the tang of rhubarb...party time.  I've been in love with rhubarb since I lived in London years ago and I always get excited to see it popping up here in the spring and summer.  So combining it with champagne for this cocktail sounds like perfection.  View the recipe for these simple four ingredient sparklers here!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Farmer's Market Girl


Darlings, do you visit a local farmer's market?  I've always been a fan but I can't resist now that we've moved and I drive past fields of fresh artichokes on my way into town.  I love knowing that I'm supporting local farmers and that my produce came from a few miles away, not across the country.  

There's something about walking around farmer's market picking out fresh flowers, seeing who has the best price on peaches, and talking to the same people every week that takes my stress away.  It feels like a mini escape from the hustle and bustle of Target and Costco and I just adore it! So tell me are you a farmer's market fan?

Photo via

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Lemon Tart


There is nothing like the bright yellow color and smell of lemons to get you in the mood for summer!  My niece and I made this lemon tart for my dad's birthday last weekend and we highly recommend you give it a try. It would be the perfect addition to a dinner party this long weekend or to savor with a glass of white wine in your back yard after work. 

We followed my lemon bar recipe and baked it for 28-30 minutes to adjust for the shape of the tart pan.  Give the recipe an extra boost by adding 1-2 tbs of minced dried lavender flowers to the crust!  Enjoy darlings!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Food Porn Friday


I am dying just looking at this treat from Jelly Toast!   On top of being gorgeous the combination of warm marshmallow, waffle cookies, chocolate, and berry compote sounds like heaven.  Summer is here and I can't wait to make this over our fire pit!

What are your plans for the weekend loves?  My niece is in town and it's my dad's birthday so she and I will be baking up a storm and preparing for a family dinner tomorrow night.  Hope you have a fabulous sunny weekend!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Party Perfect DIY Pom Pom Ballons


Aren't these DIY balloons from Land of Nod just too cute?  I came across these looking for easy DIY ideas for my dad's birthday this weekend.  My niece is visiting and I have to say I love that her summer visits always coincide with my dad's birthday.  Free child labor, yes please!  

If we can get our act together then Friday night may be us with a big bag of pom poms, a hot glue gun, and a room full of balloons.  Easy, inexpensive, and a fun project for the little one to work on.  Heck, these would just be great for a backyard BBQ or 4th of July.  What do you think? 

Looking for more party inspiration? Here are a few of the projects we did a couple years ago for my dad's 70th birthday.  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Weekend Cocktail: Vodka Lavender Lemonade


The weekend is on it's way and that means it's cocktail time for this lady!  The lavender in my garden is in full bloom and this recipe from The Effortless Chic looks like the perfect way to use it.  A plus, it looks super simple to make.  Time to fill our glasses and welcome in summer with this grown up lemonade! 


Recipe and image from The Effortless Chic.  

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