Summer Time!

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I don’t mind admitting that I have a mild case of self-diagnosed OCD.   What event planner doesn’t suffer triumph from this right?  I’m detail oriented, organized and can’t get through life without a checklist, usually color-coded.   So since it was officially the first day of summer last Friday, I thought it was only appropriate to compile a list of all of my summer “to-dos.”

  1. Go camping in the Redwoods
  2. Master the skill of BBQing and make these and these
  3. Rent bikes and go for a ride along the coast
  4. Get in the habit of reading one book a month
  5. Hang twinkle lights in our patio and eat outside every chance we get
  6. Try out different workout classes to see what’s right for me.  I’m most interested in spinning and boxing so far, but the list is endless.  I even own a pair of these.
  7. Truly make yoga a part of my life. I feel so great when I practice; I’m not sure why I haven’t made it a daily habit.
  8. Re-institute Sunday day trips
  9. Host a picnic in the park with friends following a few games of bocce
  10. Visit at least three wineries in beautiful Northern Cali. Wine country, starting with this one

And the bonus to do….

11.   Learn to slow down, smell the roses and enjoy the scenery.

photo via Clement Demarquet

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Pretty Please with a Cherry on Top

Cherries

It’s finally cherry season!!! No matter where I turn there are cherries… farmers markets, grocery stores and literally people selling them on the street corners.  These tasty & delicious fruits have a pretty short growing period, so it’s best to get your fill now!  I stopped at Whole Foods yesterday evening to pick some up for us.  I of course love eating them just as they are, but I might have to try making some fancy dessert or entree with the cherries this season.

Here are a few recipes I’d love to try this summer:

Roasted Rack of Lamb with a Rhubarb and Sour Cherry Gastrique (via Spoon Fork Bacon)

Mini Cherry Crumbles (via Eat, Live, Run)

Late Summer Cherry Pie (via Bon Appetit)

Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream (via Joy the Baker)

White Chocolate Covered Cherries…and later in amaretto (via Not Without Salt)

And here’s the story behind behind those Mutant, Double Cherries

Enjoy!!!

 
 
 
 
 
photo via Not Without Salt

Well that’s just peachy…

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One of my favorite things about summer is the produce.  It’s refreshing to see so many beautiful fruits and veggies all over the markets and menus.

Saturday night, we ended up going to Campo 185 in Palo Alto, one of the newest farm-to-table restaurants popping up on the Peninsula.  On the menu was a grilled peach salad with wildflower honey.  It was perfect for summer…sweet and light.  It got me thinking that peaches are good in any course, from salads to entrees and of course dessert.

Here are a few recipes I’d love to try this summer.

Grilled Peach Salad with Mint Pesto  (pictured above: via Love & Lemons)

Peach Gnocchi (via 101 Cookbooks)

Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream (via theKitchn)

Peach Ricotta Tart (via The Forest Feast)

Enjoy!!