Couple Things…

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We went to Grafton Street Pub one night and had some amazing apps – charcuterie and arancini.

We also went blueberry picking and got 2 pints of fresh blueberries (look at the tiny hand picking blueberries!).

Z and I decided to get somewhat dressed up on Tuesday in black and white for no reason at all!

…and then we headed to Panera for lunch. Poor Z has inherited the family gene of the love of chips. Salty, crunchy, chips! She was so happy when I told her we re going to split my bag of Baked Lays.

For dinner one night this week, we made a salad with steak tips, blue cheese, and these fabulous golden beets, so good.

I was going to share a photo here from the beach yesterday, but we were having too much fun to stop and take pics!

Happy Weekend!

What to Wear – to the Beach

It’s too hot here so we’re heading to the beach! I sound so spontaneous, don’t I? It just so happens that we (in the Boston area) are in the middle of a heat wave and all I can think about is diving into a cold body of water so we are in fact lucky we were already planning for the beach! And we got our Z a floaty in the shape of a kitty cat. She loves it, obviously – pics soon, I promise. Stay cool!

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1. I wear the Sun-lite cover-up from the Patagonia girls department (the XL fits fine). It has UPF sun protection of 50+ which is main the reason I bought it, but it’s cute too. 2. One-pieces that aren’t matronly are hard to find. J. Crew has a great assortment and if you still need one for the summer the sale suits are an extra 30% off right now with code EXRTRA30. I have the Liberty Ruffled Tank in Amy Hurrel Floral. 3. You need shades for the beach, I love these Toms Sandela sunglasses. And their sunglasses are part of their one for one campaign just like their shoes! 4. A simple read is perfect for the beach (when I’m not chasing after Z). Right now I’m enjoying Revenge Wears Prada (the sequel to the Devil Wears Prada). 5. I love the idea of this Beach Mat with Pillow from Target for lounging at the beach, and it rolls up for convenient schlepping from the car! 6. I still wear classic J. Crew flip flops every summer. and 7. Large, classic L.L.Bean tote to carry your towel, reading material, sunblock, etc…

**Don’t forget your sunscreen! I wear Neutrogena Ultimate Sport on my body and Elta MD on my face.

Assembled at Assembly Row

I was excited to be asked to pay a visit to the new Assembled Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row in Somerville, we’ve been meaning to stop by and check it out. Every summer Saturday from 11 -4pm over 80 artists and a handful of food trucks assemble – we went this past weekend and had a blast. The diversity of booths was great – jewelry, knitwear, food items, painted art and so much more, there really was something for everyone.

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We were pleasantly surprised at how many artists were there set-up to sell. We let Z out of her stroller and followed her lead at first…

 

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She loved this artist selling these cute ceramic dogs – she definitely thought they were real.

 

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My husband liked this booth selling all natural BBQ rubs – they even have one that is salt free!

 

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Z and I were enamored with the bold necklaces and other jewelry that we saw, no surprise there.

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I almost wasn’t able to leave without one of these custom birch wall art pieces, don’t you love that forest scene on the bottom right?

 

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And look at this artist selling wood bangles and these beautiful handmade bowls.

 

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But then I saw this little tent selling handmade sandals, that’s right – hand. made. sandals. I spotted the green slingbacks and I was sold!

 

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Then it was time for lunch. There were a few food truck options and we picked The Happy Taco and Bon Me (we had to get their banh mi after we had just made our own).

 

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We waited forever for our tacos but when we got them we knew why…the fish taco was freshly fried and piping hot. We also got the lobstah taco – you guys, SO worth the wait. YUM!

 

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From the Bon Me truck we got a traditional pulled pork sandwich that was just out of this world.

All in all, a great way to spend the afternoon. Check it out this summer – you have until September 21st. And don’t forget to get that fish taco if The Happy Taco is there when you go!

 

*Disclaimer: I received complimentary goods for this post, however all above opinions and thoughts are my very own.

Grilled Peach Salsa

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I couldn’t do a post about salsa without mentioning one of the best Seinfeld quotes of all time. Agree?

On to the salsa…I was soooo sick of eating plain old grilled pork chops so I was perusing the web for some sort of topping. We’ve had BBQ, various chutneys, even this delicious apple topping that is great for the Fall. But I wanted something light, fresh, healthy, summery! Then I came across this recipe for a Grilled Peach Salsa and I was sold.

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First, cut your peaches in half, take out the pit, brush with a little olive oil, and place cut-side down on a hot grill. Let grill for 8 minutes or until peaches have grill marks and are getting juicy.

 

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While your peaches cool, mince a small onion, a tomato, a garlic clove, 1/2 a jalapeno (or the whole thing if you like a kick), and as much cilantro as you like (we didn’t have cilantro and substituted parsley).

 

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Once your peaches cool to room temp, dice them and put them in the bowl with the rest of your ingredients.

 

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Squeeze the juice of one lime on top and salt to taste.

 

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Serve over pork like we did, or over swordfish maybe…or of course eat with chips. This is so good, so healthy – enjoy!

I Bought a Romper

I have been debating rompers for…I don’t know…a year maybe? The thought of wearing one is appealing – they’re so cute, perfectly coordinated, and you can dress them up or down. Problem is, they seem to be made for the very tall and the very thin – neither of which I am.  Hmph. So, I have just been admiring rompers from afar.

Until…Zara was having their annual sale and of course I poured through their website and spied quite a few cute rompers – all on sale! Well, this one:

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sat in my shopping cart for nearly 3 weeks (along with a couple other items) until one day I noticed items in the cart were disappearing one by one as they were selling out. So, I finally hit “buy now” and bought it! Well, it came in the mail late last week and I am in love! Why didn’t I go down Romper Road sooner?!

Ladies – you can have an actual behind and thighs and wear a romper and now I can tell you that with confidence and from experience. And if you’re seriously in the market, I contemplated this one in navy because it’s only $17 and the dark color would be flattering.

I wore mine out to dinner over the weekend…

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Love it! A few notes:

– the rumors are true – it’s a pain in the a** to go to the bathroom when you’re wearing a romper. I basically undressed every time I had to pee, which post-child, is often.
– I learned on our trip to London at the Churchill War Rooms that Winston Churchill in fact invented the romper. If you follow me on Twitter you know this fact already but here’s the full story: during WWII he was so busy that the didn’t have time to put on a proper suit in the morning when he got dressed.  So, he had his tailor design a one-piece suit-like outfit to wear every day. His family thought he looked comical “romping around” and  the romper was invented and named. Thanks Winston!

Couple Things…

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On Monday, we got the postcard we mailed Z from London (on June 24th, um exactly 2 weeks later!) and she is obsessed with it.

I tried and hated egg salad for the firs time. I don’t like yolks or mayo so I don’t know why I thought I’d like it.

More backyard blooms!

I got a new cute iPhone case from Society6.

3 Words: Giant-Heirloom-Tomato. This with shrimp and pasta was our dinner Wednesday when my husband went out with friends.

And – we’re headed to Assembled: The Handmade Market at Assembly Row in Somerville to check out the crafts…and food trucks – stay tuned for a recap next week!

Banh Mi

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We’ve all seen the food trucks around town selling Bahn Mi – Vietnamese-style sandwiches and they…are…yummy! We got home from London and were so food-inspired that we decided to tackle making our own version of a Bahn Mi. And let me tell you…it was easier than we thought…and they came out GREAT!

According to Wikipedia, Banh Mi is the Vietnamese term for bread. And in this area of the world Banh Mi has been used to refer to a meat-filled sandwich on bread. Meat on bread? That’ll work for me!

We used this recipe from Epicurious because we wanted to make chicken Bahn Mi’s instead of the usual pork. I was surprised to find that the ingredients were somewhat basic and definitely able to be found at your local grocery store.  Daikon is in season now and we had some from our weekly CSA, so that worked out too.

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First, cook your chicken, we baked ours, let it cool, shred with 2 forks, and set aside.

 

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Make your slaw using shredded carrot and daikon. Mix with combined vinegar, sugar, and salt. Let sit for about 15 minutes.

 

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Mix your oil, fish sauce, and soy sauce and spread on your crusty baguette that has been warmed in the oven and then split.

 

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Now it’s time to assemble! Layer a piece of lettuce on the bottom, then pile your shredded chicken, top with a few cut white onions, then sprinkle your slaw on top. Last, spread a little mayonnaise on the top piece of bread. I was surprised by the mayo too, but it makes the sandwich.

 

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This is a messy one, but soooo good – enjoy!