Peach Cherry Salsa

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The plan was to have a pork roast for dinner last week (technically grilled, but the same concept). I think of roast pork as a fall/winter meal and I was totally dreading this for a summertime dinner, plus it was just. sounded. boring. I went about my way of seasoning the pork and tossing it on the grill all the while lamenting our dinner choice, why hadn’t we thought ahead and made our grilled peach salsa? When I came back inside to the kitchen with peaches on the brain a trifecta of ingredients were staring me down: peaches, cherries, cilantro. Hmmm, I think I’ll make a peach cherry salsa and rescue my boring pork! Let me tell you it was delicious, the pork was rescued and turned into a meal we actually enjoyed! Here’s what I did…

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1 small peach, chopped
10 cherries, pitted and chopped
small handful of cilantro chopped
1/4 of an onion finely chopped (red onion would work well here or a shallot)
small douse of olive oil
juice from 1/4 of a lemon or lime
s&p to taste

Mix together and serve.

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You have to try this one – would be great on any grilled meat for a refreshing summertime salsa! Enjoy!

Make Your Own Lobster Roll

Have you ever made your own lobster roll or wanted to try? Yes? Keep reading. Are you not sure what recipe to use and don’t want to waste your precious lobster on a not perfect recipe? Yes? Keep reading. Are you not sure if you want a mayonnaise-based lobster roll OR a butter-based lobster roll? Yes? Keep reading…

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It all started Saturday when we visited my Uncle Paul on his new boat and he generously shared some fresh caught lobster – that’s heaven on Earth right there! We feasted on them Sunday evening and actually had some left over. So, tonight, we made lobster rolls for dinner. We’d made them at home before but weren’t impressed with any recipe we’d followed in the past. We could never decide: butter OR mayo: an all butter lobster roll is too much and an all mayonnaise lobster roll takes away too much of the flavor of the lobster. So, why not both?

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I came across this recipe from Food Network and it was a WINNER! I thought I’d snap some photos and share the link and our recipe edits. We mixed the meat from 2, 1 1/4 pound lobsters with just over a Tbs of mayo, 1 Tbs melted butter, dash of salt, dash of celery salt, and 1 Tbs finely chopped onion greens (we didn’t have celery greens on hand and this worked well. Note, we omitted the lemon). Incorporate thoroughly and stuff inside a buttered and grilled basic hot dog roll. We served with our homemade cole slaw on the side. YUM – ENJOY!

Fourth of July Watermelon

Maybe you do this already, but I had a fun brainstorm for patriotic Fourth of July watermelon today! Let me back up… this afternoon we were making some sugar cookies shaped as stars decorated with red, white, and blue sprinkles for a fairly simple afternoon activity in preparation for the Fourth of July weekend coming up. As we were setting the dough to chill in the fridge I saw our giant untouched watermelon waiting to be cut up for a play date tomorrow. Bing! Use the star cookie cutter to make a super festive fruit dessert! It almost doesn’t even warrant a dedicated blog post because there is so little effort involved here. But I decided to pull out the camera anyway, take a few shots, and share my simple idea with you. I mean, what easier way to bring something festive-looking to any Fourth of July soiree you’re attending this weekend, right?

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Cut watermelon in slices, at least an inch thick. Use star shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

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Place on a white tray/plate/serving platter and sprinkle with blueberries for a pop of blue and voila – bringing this Fourth of July watermelon will make you star of the party (see what I did there?).

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Ps. You’ll have lots of random pieces leftover, perfect for snacking. Enjoy!

Summer Send-off

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What a summer! This was one for the books for our little family. Nothing huge happened, just a whole lotta fun – beach days, pool days, dinners out, play dates, adventures with friends, vacations with cousins, sleepovers with cousins, a couple date nights, and ice cream – a decent amount of ice cream. Anyway, we usually send off the summer Labor Day weekend with more of the above, but not this weekend, I was plagued by the flu! The dead-of-winter, sore joints, headache-inducing, appetite suppressing, high fever causing flu. What a bummer. So we didn’t do much but by Sunday I was ok enough to venture out and do some peach picking and by Monday I was ready for a big ‘ol summer send-off dinner, after the kids ran through the sprinkler once last time of course.

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We went for a southern theme of ribs, cole slaw (we used this recipe and added chopped tomatoes), corn….

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and homemade peach cobbler for dessert (I used this recipe and added a cinnamon/sugar sprinkle on top before baking).

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And it was awesome, just like our summer. I felt extra nostalgic this weekend, maybe I was delirious from the fever, but as much as I love LOVE the fall, I sure am sad to this summer end.

How to Cut A Watermelon

As summer comes to a close and we approach Labor Day Weekend, you must be acting like me and savoring every summer moment as you cram tons more summer activities in the next 2 weeks. That includes eating watermelon! I’ve been cutting my watermelon a special way all summer long that I finally snapped a few photos to finally share with you how to cut a watermelon. This is a particularly good way to serve watermelon to kids because it creates a bit of a handle for them AND allows them to eat most of what they’re holding with not much waste. I served watermelon this way at our recent flamingo party to rave reviews.

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Cut your watermelon into rounds and then triangles, as you usually would. Then, make 4 cuts into the rind to create a little stump/handle.

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It ends up resembling a little tree, right?

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Makes for easy watermelon eating at the beach, enjoy this little trick!

The Most Flattering Bathing Suit – EVER

I am known to exaggerate a tad for the benefit of a good story, but I promise you the title of this post is no exaggeration. I also must be up front and let you know that I did not discover this flattering bathing suit on my own, it was my friend Amelia who let me know. In fact, a couple weeks ago we were meeting for dinner and waiting at the bar for our third friend to arrive. We were lamenting that we are of a certain age and how I’ve had 2 children and finding a flattering bathing suit is just impossible these days when Amelia alerted me that the most flattering bathing suit ever is the mesh inset microgoddess bandeau one-piece from….TARGET, no less.

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I went online on my phone and bought the suit right then and there without even trying it on and let me tell you…this weekend I wore the suit to the beach for the first time and I felt like a million bucks. In fact, I was hit on (as witnessed by my mother) while at the beach with my 2 children, cute husband, and parents – that’s not a usual scenario for being hit on, am I right? It was the suit! You must order one immediately, it will change your summer.

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You can wear the suit strapless or with a thing around the neck and I went with the latter based on the fact that I’d be swimming with and chasing after my 2 small children. There’s something about the mesh part (the shape and the material) that is so flattering and a little sexy – which I don’t usually go for with bathing suits these days (aforementioned 2 small children) but hey, why not? Anyway, just thought I’d give you the heads up – think of this as a general PSA on flatting bathing suits – YOU’RE WELCOME!

All Good Things Must Come to an End…

So today is the day – the last day of the Summer of Us, my husband goes back to work tomorrow. We have had the best. summer. ever. Can imagine the luxury of 10 weeks off together as a family? And to start our sweet baby M’s life with such a bang? It’s been truly wonderful. You can click through all of the Summer of Us posts but I also wanted to share a few fun days that I just honestly ran out of time to make posts for…

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2 separate rides on the carousel where my husband and I got married in Newport, RI…

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…and a trip to the aquarium at the same beach. After a major Z meltdown we had fun (although the shark touch tank was a little scary as seen here).

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A day at the Franklin Park Zoo.

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Outdoor concerts and picnics (where we made Deviled Eggs and a Quinoa and Edamame Salad).

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A ride on the swan boats in Boston.

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Lots of playground time.

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Local long weekends.

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Countless beach days.

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and best of all – non-stop sister/brother bonding, she loves to help him with tummy time.

This summer was fun, it was stressful, and boy was it tiring (especially for me, our M still gets me up twice a night to eat!) but I wouldn’t change a minute of it. And thankfully we have about 5,000 photos to remember it by! I hope your summer was as kickass as ours!