after nearly four(!) weeks on keuka lake, we are finally headed home to ps! we’ve had a wonderful summer here soaking up loads of cool rainy mornings and warm breezy afternoons, canoeing, swimming, berry picking , hiking and lounging about dockside. we’ve baked and eaten gobs and gobs of cookies, fresh fruit tarts, pies and all things summery-sweet. i can hardly believe another season at the lake has come and gone (our last as a family of 3!)
while it’s always a bit sad to say goodbye, there’s nothing quite like coming home. i’m mostly looking forward to snuggling ben and getting our place (and ourselves) ready to welcome baby this fall! i promise more frequent updates and musings from pretty in ps soon, until then, here are a few of my favorite moments (and meals!) from our summer on the lake…
hope you are all having an equally wonderful summer full of friends and family! can’t wait to see you back in palm springs later this week!
hello, hello from the lake!
we arrived here nearly a week ago to a house full of yummy food, delicious wine and cozy beds. we’ve been spending our days on the dock, toes in the water, drinks in hand, not an ipad or phone in sight. i’m thinking my updates will be sparse in the weeks to come-the sun and rain and water are all just too good to pull away from for more than a few moments. summer as it should be!
as i sit here gazing out the window, rain streaming steadily down the lake and the scent of homemade chocolate chip cookies wafting in from the kitchen, i am instantly reminded of the absolute joy the most simple summer delights can bring. though there have already been far too many of these lovely moments to capture (family sails, fabulous meals, blissful cups of morning coffee on the porch-to name a few!) here are just a handful of our favorite lake moments so far…
stay tuned, my darling readers, more photos and posts coming soon!
this week’s dinner idea is a party favorite of ours! we actually just served this over the 4th and it was such a huge hit everyone went home with a copy of the recipe ! win!
what i love most about this meal is its versatility-it works just as wonderfully as a side dish for a big party as it does a weeknight dinner. the combo of fresh mint and lemon scream summer and, since the farro is mixed in while warm, it melts the feta just enough to make the whole dish seem more like a decedent pasta than a salad. double win! if we’re feeling extra hungry (and we almost always are), i’ll usually grill up some chicken or shrimp to go along with it. we also like to mix in a bit of peppery arugula along with the kale for an extra bite. yum!
quick tip: if you’re short on time, i’d definitely recommend an instant farro…just boil 10 minutes and done!
it’s a gray morning here in palm springs (the kind I secretly wish for more of in this land of perpetual sunshine). and while i’m loving the peace and stillness of a cloudy day, i’m also relishing in the memory of the beautiful, lazy weekend we had here in ps. are you ever just completely struck by how beautiful life is? this weekend was such a celebration of good food, wonderful friends and all the sweetest hallmarks of summer-night swims, fresh peaches, golden sunsets- i just couldn’t help but celebrate (and try to capture) the color and the feel of happiness that was in the air here…
a gorgeous, cool saturday morning spent swimming and lounging in our own backyard
homemade goodies, cucumber gin cocktails, a heavenly peach tart
a most magical friday evening spent with my favorite guys…
feeling truly blessed here today and wishing you all a beautiful, peaceful monday.
what’s doin this weekend? we’re having a few friends over for dinner on saturday but otherwise laying low, eating ice cream and generally looking forward to relaxing in our own backyard. hooray for lazy summer days!
here are just a few odds and ends from this week’s internet wanderings…
emerson fry is killing it. case in point here, here, here, and here.
been having few daydreams about this house. those lights!
pancetta, burrata and tomato sandwich
jonzing for another one of these this weekend. oh my.
next pool party…balloons!
hope you all have a lovely, relaxing weekend!
photo via pinterest
best news ever…palm springs has an amazing new coffee place!
one of the biggest things we miss since leaving brooklyn is the vast and wonderful array of coffee places in the city! it seems every corner of our tiny neighborhood had a coffee place with its own unique and amazing style. we had our personal favorites, of course. our beloved colsons was just around the corner, perfect for a quick sunday morning fix (think pj bottoms, messy hair and morning buns). we greeted them by name and they knew me well enough to treat me to free coffee(s) on those early days of motherhood when i would inevitably forget my wallet, my keys, and, lets be honest here, my right mind! on tuesdays we’d jet over to two moon for sing-alongs and lemon bars, grumpys for espresso and artisanal blends, cafe martin for a slice of surly irish attitude and a bit of local gossip, and, of course, there was always le provençal for the best almond croissants outside of paris. like sweet friends each of them, and so very hard to leave…
but alas, after a year of living in ps (and sipping boring old starbucks) we finally have a new coffee place! ernest coffee is a lovely little shop on the northern end of palm springs arts district-our neighborhood! freshly baked pastries and perfectly roasted stumptown beans combine effortlessly with a fun urban decor, warm welcoming staff, and piles of freshly printed ny times… i mean, really, what could be better?
we’ve been twice so far: a quick 4th of july run for iced coffees and apple pie and just this morning for a leisurely little breakfast date with Q, warm americanos and almond croissants. everything thus far has been lovely. i’m SO looking forward to the day when i can toss our little babe in one of these and stroll down for my morning paper and caffè! oui!
anyway, if you live in ps (or plan to visit us soon) ernest is definitely worth a stop.
any big plans for the holiday? we’re headed to our local park this evening for a family picnic and fireworks! tomorrow we’ll be celebrating the long weekend (and the end of Q’s first year of preschool!) with a few close school buddies and a backyard bbq! woohoo summer!
fun with watermelon
making these for our mini bbq on saturday!
4th of july outfit ideas for the cool cats
toasted marshmallow coconut milk ice cream. yes yes yes!
what a fun diy beach bag
stars and stripes for bèbè
hope you all have a wonderful, long weekend!
vintage photo via pinterest
tonight’s dinner is one of my absolute favorite summer pastas! we’ve been making this for years and yet somehow i never, ever tire of it. buttery feta combines perfectly with fresh tarragon, chives and lemon for a summery pasta so creamy and bright you won't be able to stop eating! i've already had three helpings tonight…no lie.
my parents actually have the original fine cooking magazine this little gem was featured in-it's sticky, rumpled and covered with years of love, feta and lemon juice. the mark of a true classic!
follow the recipe exactly. i promise it won’t disappoint.
4th of july is just around the corner! any plans yet? we’re hosting a little bbq and debating a menu of the classics-burgers and dogs- vs. this party idea. decisions, decisions!
whether you’re hosting a party or just kicking it in your own backyard, here are a few festive ideas to get you in the mood for red white and blue…
sparklers for the kiddos (and adults too!)
a diy hotdog bar. brilliant!
summery cocktails are a must
or perhaps punch ?
these bbq recipes would be great to serve at a party…or to take to a potluck!
salt and vinegar . need i say more?
and, of course, no 4th of july is complete without pie! cherry, preferably.
let the celebrations begin!
i’m super excited to announce a new series i’m calling ‘what’s cookin’! each week i’ll be posting favorite family dinner recipes that are easy and (hopefully) kid-approved. i’m going to kick off this week’s post with one of our go-to summer dishes: tarragon chicken salad! this dish is bright and summery with lots of fresh tarragon, french mustard and a handful of red grapes for just a touch of sweetness. light, refreshing and easy enough to toss together for a quick weeknight meal!
tarragon chicken salad with pecans
1 hearty bunch of fresh tarragon, chopped
1 tablespoon or two of good french mustard
1/4 cup of mayo (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
3-4 chicken breasts, marinated and grilled
1-2 bunches of red grapes, halved (or you can substitute dried cranberries for a sweeter salad)
1/2 cup of toasted pecans
simple greens dressed with oil and red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
combine tarragon, mayo, mustard and onion in a large bowl and set aside. in a separate bowl, combine chicken with fresh lemon, olive oil and season with salt and pepper, let marinate for as long as possible (if you’re short on time just a few minutes will do the trick).
grill chicken breasts, about 5-6 minutes per side or to 160 degrees, depending on size. once cooked, cover and let sit for a bit.
once chicken has cooled slightly, cube into bite-sized pieces and toss with the mayo/ tarragon mixture. add in grapes and pecans. toss again. season with salt and pepper and adjust favors to taste. serve chicken salad over dressed greens and top with more pecans.
photo from our dinner table last week!