i love family traditions! cut out cookies at christmas, birthday morning balloons, homemade valentine surprises and halloween costumes…sunday waffles! i could go on and on. some of my best memories as a child were born from the sweetest family moments, lovingly repeated over the years to create piles and piles of wonderful memories. it’s so incredibly important to me that we keep and continue to create these memories for our own growing family. and, while we’ve been doing many of these things for years, this year has been exceptionally fun since Q is finally at that special age where he’s starting to remember (and even look forward to) these family moments. yay!
one of my absolute favorite summer traditions here at the lake is by far our annual trip up ‘the hill’ to pick blueberries. my mom and i started bringing Q here when he was just 4 weeks old, all snugly and tiny in the front pack, and we’ve made it a point to visit the same lovely patch every summer since. the farm that we go to nestled at the top of the lake, flanked on all sides by sleepy dirt roads, miles of grape vines, wildflower fields and duck-laden ponds. it’s the perfect place for little ones to wander, pick, and sample for hours, and a perfectly lovely way to wile away a cool tuesday morning. this year seemed extra special with a little bump tow-nothing like starting a tradition before you’re even born, right?
i hope you enjoy these photos of our family picking adventure! i tried really hard to limit myself but it’s just too lovely up there not to go a bit crazy…
are you enjoying any special family traditions this summer? what are your favorite traditions from childhood? i’d love to hear!
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!
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
after a week of sunshine and beach lounging we’re finally back from mexico! we had such a wonderful trip. how is it that the best vacations, the ones where you really just do nothing at all, always fly by in a flash?! true to form, this particular trip was over in a blink. we closed ourselves into a lovely little all-inclusive number on monday evening and didn’t emerge from our beachy cocoon for six whole days! lazy mornings of coffee and pastries blended seamlessly into afternoon sandcastles, swims and picnic lunches on the beach. Q blasted superheroes in the waves while ben and i read books (of the old-fashioned paper persuasion) under big billowy palms. as far as activities go, there was, of course, a daily ice cream run or two, margaritas cabana side, and an ocassional stroll along the beach. and, thanks to baba and gido, a few romantic dinners just for two. truth: traveling with grandparents is the absolute best!
no phones, no computers. just sunshine, ocean, food and family. it was absolute perfection.
here are a few of my favorites from our week…
we were headed out for dinner the other night and was running a bit late(of course). i started rummaging through my drawers for a fresh, pregnancy-friendly outfit, which is getting harder and harder to come by in my closet, when i happened upon the simplest combination…
white on white!
i threw on a fitted white tank and some distressed white jean shorts and, voilà! i felt instantly refreshed! the bright whites looked great against my early summer tan and, surprisingly, the light monochrome effect made my growing bump feel quite elegant and refined. i finished the look with a bright green head scarf and a dab of coral lipstick and raced out the door! i felt great all evening and i guess a few other folks thought so too since i received some lovely compliments from my husband, toddler, and a few random strangers to boot! and, major bonus: i somehow managed to avoid spilling any of the bbq sauce from my massive burger on myself!
it was truly an amazing night.
looking to give white on white a whirl? here are a few looks i can’t wait to try next…
and this suit? incredible.
photos via pinterest
i was wandering through some of my favorite food sites when i ran across this brilliant bon appétit idea from 2011…
a summer clam bake party!
all you need is a giant pot full of delicious seafood, a bunch of old newspapers for a tablecloth, and a group of hungry friends ready to work a bit for their dinner! yum! seems to me like the perfect party idea for the 4th of july!
i’d add in a few fun cocktails, perhaps something light and summery to sweeten the deal and, of course, s’mores for dessert!
what do you think? would you join us for clams in july?
photos via pinterest
it’s picnic, pool party, bbq season here in palm springs and we have lots of fun parties on the horizon to host and attend! i just love summer! here are a few of the sweet treats that are inspiring me today…
Oreo pudding pops
peanut butter ice cream
mini root beer floats
don’t all these just look amazing?! we have a bbq on saturday and family arriving for Q’s birthday next week…weeeeeeeeee!
what should we make first?
photo of Q enjoying his first ever creamsicle! for more fun summer treats check out my pinterest
hello all and happy friday!
i’m currently winging my way down to nyc for a quick little overnight and baby brunch for a dear friend.
it’s slated to be hot, humid and sticky in the city this weekend and, while i’m beyond excited to celebrate my friend and her impending new babe, i’ll be equally happy to slip back into the cool waters of keuka lake.
this friday cocktail is inspired by lazy summer afternoons by the water. in the summer, we drink a lot of rosé, it’s the perfect midday refresher or late afternoon retreat. this refreshing punch, courtesy of martha, looks absolutely perfect! we’ll undoubtedly be sipping on some version of this in the weeks ahead. also, i’m excited to share a few instagram photos of our time at the lake next week!
until then, stay cool and enjoy! x
Photo and recipe courtesy of martha stewart.