summer

grilled peaches with honeyed mascarpone

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a quick dessert for a late summer evening, when peaches are ripe and meals are enjoyed outdoors. halve peaches, remove pits, and brush lightly with oil. place face-down on a medium/high grill just long enough for marks to appear-- 3-4 minutes or so. fill with a spoonful of whipped mascarpone and local honey, sprinkle with turbinado. add fresh herbs if you like-- i would have preferred basil, but thyme worked well and i'm sure mint would be delicious. i tend to opt for the savory. serve with a crisp white wine that's (hopefully) already open.

 

florence - part 2

the remainder of my florence photos…  they really do give a better idea of the city and our time there than anything i could write. we managed to cram a lot into about 48 hours-- including an amazing rabbit gnocci, and some of the best cacio e pepe we'd find. of course, it didn't all revolve around food… (just most of it).

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florence - part 1

last month, matt and i, along with his family, took an amazing trip to italy. you may have seen if you follow along on instagram. we had 9 adventure-filled days, with lots of walking and sunshine, and of course gelato. our first stop was florence, which quickly topped my list of favorite cities. the bicycles and meandering streets and charming eateries won me over in no time. here, the first batch of photos.

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Charleston

a few photos from a trip to charleston with my mom and sister last month. with no plans to speak of, we spent our days wandering the streets, browsing the shops and market, and enjoying leisurely meals. dinner spots were chosen based on whether we could eat al fresco… it seemed as though we couldn't stay indoors. we shared bites of fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and some of the best summer cocktails. although three days was perfect for our trip, something tells me charleston is a place that will call me back again and again. 

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a few recommendations:

bull street gourmet / husk  (& adjacent bar) / 82 queen / blossom  / hominy grill

 

september / i took the plunge

summer is winding down. the humidity is at bay (for now), windows are open, and sun is sinking earlier each night. i can't help but begin to have football + cozy socks + pumpkin spice on the brain.

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but i am doing my best to stay in the summer mindset for a few more weeks... it is a wonderful season that i wait so long for, so i hate to wish it away at the flip of the calendar. for now, i'll continue to cook on the grill and go barefoot as much as possible.

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as you can see, after holding off for as long as i could (because i'd heard of its addictive ways), i took the plunge and joined pinterest. everything i heard was true... it's wonderful and terrible all the same. in my defense, it was in a moment of severe boredom and it seemed like the best solution at the time.

sigh / follow me here.

those were the days.

summer pool

on a walk through the neighborhood the other day, i couldn't help but overhear a group of girls, wrapped in towels and crowded around the latest issue of what was probably seventeen magazine. cards were being played and chocolate eclairs licked.

someone should tell those girls they've got it made.

all is well

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my weeks are nonstop. busy is good. making time for the plentiful things. savoring long walks with the dog, and morning runs without a jacket. catching up with friends and longing for the beach. making the farmer's market a routine. reading a chapter on the porch whenever a spare moment strikes. headed to the  lake for a quick northern minnesota weekend. hoping for a few moments of tranquility.

picked cherry tomatoes last friday morning and sliced them to top an english muffin with goat cheese and pesto.

what are you savoring?

one year.

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two weekends ago, matt and i celebrated our one year anniversary. neither of us can believe it was one year ago that we got married.

we marked the occasion with a low key, summer night away in the tiny boating town of st. michaels. we stayed in a little inn, strolled the streets, and ate delicious food, admired the crepe myrtle, sipped cold drinks on a shady bench. we talked about the past, present and future. we both agree that our wedding was an absolute blast, but being married is even better.

happy one year, husband.

for the 4th

this weekend was perfection. we cooked on the grill, ate corn on the cob, sat outside past sunset, and then again once the sun was up. we worked in the garden, got sweaty and dirty, sat by the pool, ate flag cake, and watched fireworks. we finished the weekend with ice cream on the front porch. what's not to love about that?

fourth of july

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hope your 4th was perfect, too.
xo

ps. paris pictures are not far off!