Tag Archives: summer

A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

26 May

midtown, girl, walking
Hello SLH readers! I wanted to pop in before the weekend and say a quick hi.

Memorial Day is the official start for summer and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Normally I’m a fan of fall/winter but I’ve changed my tune! I’m ready for sunny days, warm weather, beach vacations, and most of all, plenty of time with close friends and family.

Speaking of which, I’m actually jetting out of town tonight to spend this holiday with my lovelies in California.

On my agenda: parking it on the beach, late-night drinks with friends, time with my family, and lots of guacamole & chips. Oh, and I fully plan on putting my camera to good use so get ready!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend… See you next Tuesday :)

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Peach Custard Pie

8 Sep

If you have stuck around these parts for a while, you know that I am a fall/winter kind of gal. I can tolerate summer and its high temperatures for about a month, but I grow tired of the constant sweating and multiple sunscreen applications. However, I am a big stone fruit lover. I seriously go through pounds of peaches and nectarines throughout the summer months. Even though apples and pears try to take their place, I go through bad withdrawls when these fruits disappear during the colder months.

My strong love for these bad boys often results in pits piles in my kitchen garbage and a reluctance to use them in a baked good. Why would I go through all the hassle of making a cake/pie when I could just eat these ripe, juicy fruits over the kitchen counter? It took a little convincing but I dragged myself to the kitchen (while it was BLAZING hot outside) and tried my hand at Ken Haedrich’s Peach Custard Pie.

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Easy summer livin’

19 Jul

summer favorites
1. this is exactly as i remember it, 2. He Means Business

summer favorites, 2
1. Untitled, 2. Untitled

summer favorites, 3
1. Untitled, 2. peach pie with homemade ice cream

summer favorites, 4
1. Untitled, 2. Slouchy shirt

I hope summer is treating you well. I spent all weekend moving out of my place, sweating profusely and wistfully walking through the empty rooms. I will miss both the more rancorous nights and quiet evening I spent in that small place. I was lucky to have spent the past year and a half there. But a new adventure awaits me in a mere five weeks.

5! weeks! I can barely contain myself. You’ll have to excuse some silence here in the coming weeks. I hope to spend the remainder of my summer soaking up as much California as possible.

Here’s to warm nights, cold beers, sweet ice cream, and smoking BBQs.

This summer, I love…

12 Jul

1. Hanging out with a blogging bud.
2. Eating my way through Los Angeles with formerly mentioned blogging bud
3. Anything related to the World Cup matches
4. Watching one of your favorite teams win the World Cup (Go Spain!)
5. Drooling over Eric and the other boytoys on “True Blood”
6. Donald Draper.
7. These brown wedges.
8. Listening to these fine gentlemen.
9. Enjoying pitchers of fresh sangria with my lovely friends
10. Reading this, this, and this.
11. Playing Guitar Hero at my best friend’s newly purchased home.
12. Week-long “Words With Friends” marathons.
13. Baking this fresh strawberry pie.

All Fresh Strawberry Pie
Origin: “Pie: 300 tried-and-true recipes for delicious pie” by Ken Haedrich
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour + 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 to 65 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:
● 1 recipe All-Butter Pastry, double crust, refrigerated

Filling:
● 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and thickly sliced
● 1/2 cup sugar
● 2 tbsp cornstarch
● 1 tbsp creme de menthe, (optional)
● 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
● 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
● 1 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut in to small pieces

Glaze:
● sugar
● milk or light cream

Directions:
Prepare the pastry and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about one hour.

On a sheet of lightly floured waxed paper, roll the larger portion of the pastry into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin. Invert over a 9-inch standard pie pan, center and peel off the paper. Gently tuck the pastry into the pan, without stretching it, and let the overhang drape over the edge. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Put the strawberries in a large bowl. Mix the sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl, then add the mixture to the fruit and toss well. Add the creme de menthe (if using), lemon juice, nutmeg, and toss again. Set aside for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

On another sheet of lightly floured waxed paper, roll the other half of the pastry into an 11-inch circle. Turn the filling into the chilled pie shell and smooth the fruit with a spoon. Dot the top with the butter. Lightly moisten the rim of the pie shell. Invert the top pastry over the filling, center, and peel off the paper. Press the top and bottom pastries together along the dampened edge.

Trim the pastry with scissors or a paring knife, leaving an even 1/2-inch overhang all around, then sculpt the overhang into an upstanding ridge. Poke several stream vents in the top of the pie with a fork or paring knife. Put a couple of the vents neat the edge of the crust so you can check the juices there later. Sprinkle the top crust evenly with sugar, then milk.

Place the pie on the center of the oven rack and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Rotate the pie 180 degrees, so that the part that faced the back of the oven now faces forward. Just in case, slide a large aluminum foil-lined baking sheet onto the rack below to catch any drips. Bake until the juices bubble thickly at the steam vents and the tip is golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes. If the top of the pie starts to get too dark, cover it with loosely tented aluminum foil during the last 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let cool for at least 2 hours to let the juices settle and firm up before serving.

Tales from the Road

23 Jun

What can I possibly say that will sum up my recent trip to Los Angeles? Sometimes, it is hard to put an experience in to words.

You know what I mean? I guess the one word that captures my trip is fun. Good, clean, solid fun. First of all, I should tell you that Linda from ButterSugarFlour is the sweetest, craziest, most lovable girl around. I swear, if could, I’d steal her away. Unfortunately, her family and friends probably want her in Australia. I will have to be content with the week we spent running around Los Angeles.

First of all, everyone says it but, LA traffic is the worst. It can’t be compared to anything else in this world. I don’t know how you Angelenos deal with it. I would go mad! No matter the time, there is always traffic. But you endure it because the Los Angeles is a city meant to be explored in the car. And explore we did. We visited practically every neighborhood in Los Angeles, with some minor exceptions. My favorite area has to be Venice because of its lowkey vibe and cute shops. But we spent most of our time in Santa Monica and West Hollywood where we ate to our hearts content.

We both fell in love with Huckleberry Café located in Santa Monica. Bright and busy, the café boasts a menu for all eaters. Their pastries are fresh and gorgeous while their savory egg dishes leave you completely satisfied. I’m a big people-watcher and this café is the perfect venue for that.

Another place we enjoyed was Joan’s on Third in Mid-City. It reminds me of a smaller version of the famed Dean and Deluca markets. Fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, and eye-catching desserts. We tried the Vanilla and Raspberry Cupcake, Broiled Lemon Tart, and Snickers cake. The Snickers cake was by far the best thing I have had in a while. Layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with a crunchy nut topping. Seriously, it was heavenly. I’d like to recreate it sometime soon. Also, the lemon tart was tart and sweet in the best way. Their tart dough was light and salty and the lemon filling tasted like pure lemon. The vanilla cupcake wasn’t dry (thank god) and the frosting was exactly how I like it. Not too buttery, sweet, and light.

For dinner, we enjoyed Pizzeria Mozza, a casual restaurant owned by Mario Batali. The menu has a plethora of pizza choices that will please everyone. We had the Fennel Sausage pizza, and while the toppings were divine, it was the pizza dough that won me over. Crispy, thin, and melt-in-your-mouth good.

We also had the pleasure of meeting two fine ladies: Joy and Terilyn. They are both as sweet as can be and I’m glad we were all able to talk for a bit. (By the way, Teri is a lovely photographer and her portfolio is worth checking out.)

Before Linda departed, I introduced her to some of our most “tasty” American foods. She had some Cheezits, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Hostess cupcakes, ding-dongs, and ho-hos. Also, we had an ice-cream tasting test of the finest ice cream we could fine: Ben & Jerrys Chunky Monkey, Half-Baked, Triple Caramel Chunk. Suffice to say, we saluted our spoons to friendship and the crazy world of the internet for bringing us together.

I’m a little bummed that my partner-in-crime has left me but I know that our paths will cross soon. Till then, I can always look back at these pictures and recall our crazy outings.

Road Tripping, Part II

20 Jun

Summer Break

7 Jun

You will have to forgive me but I am a little preoccupied. You see, a very fun Aussie is in town and we are hitting the road.

On Sunday, we met up for a little blogger meet up and guess who showed her pretty face? My favorite lady, Tracy from Shutterbean. We gabbed about all kinds of things while downing some yummy cocktails. I’ve got some major love for that lady.

Anyways, Linda and I plan on taking Los Angeles by storm. I plan on parking my butt on the beach everyday with a cocktail in hand. Be back sometime next week, hopefully thoroughly relaxed and a little sunburned.

Picnicking + salads

19 May

Picnics are a fine art. You have to assemble the right dishes and bring the right materials in order to have a truly smashing picnic, especially if you are expecting company. When I have my solitary picnics, my basket consists of book, iced tea, water, fruit, and sunglasses. I don’t need any fancy gadgets nor do I need multiple snacks. Lying out in the sun with a good book and fresh fruit is all this girl needs.

However, when the picnic becomes a group event, I feel the pressure. Every area must be planned out (god forbid we leave something out). Forks, napkins, plates, sodas, wine, bread, fruit, cheese, and salads. Salads tend to be the ugly stepsister of the event. Who wants that mushy potato salad while there is ripe strawberries and good brie? And don’t forget about the wine. You get my drift? But, if this minted orzo salad was on the menu, I would dive right in and leave everything else behind.

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flickr favorites- best of summer

4 Sep

Despite the soaring temperatures, the summer days come to a slow end once Labor Day Weekend comes around. I’m sad to see the summer go; it went by far too fast. I feel like I didn’t do all the things I wanted to do, but my unfinished to-do list will get put aside for next July…

I decided to honor this past summer with my Flickr favorites from the past couple of months. There were so many photos that caught my eye, and it was hard to choose. But these were the ones I couldn’t stop thinking about…

1. the girl with the killler heels, 2. In the heart of the world there is a place that holds the secret names of the rocks & the trees & all the children of the earth & around it gather women & men who hold it dear …, 3. mushrooms, 4. Three/Threesixfive – Kodak 66, 5. [365] – Twenty Four, 6. smores!, 7. Chiquita Who?, 8. day three hundred and sixty two., 9. I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality, 10. Untitled, 11. Robert Pattinson, 12. philip newton, 13. breakfast, 14. Untitled, 15. plug, 16. Paris / montmartre

Have a great and safe weekend. I will catch you all back here come Tuesday!

quick! before the summer ends…

2 Sep

Confession time: I’ve been holding out on you all. I made this fantastic potato salad back in freaking July and I am just now getting to posting it. How ridiculous am I? In my defense, I didn’t even realize that it had been that long. It wasn’t until my friends urged me to make that damn potato salad again to our upcoming BBQ that I thought, “wait, did I mention that on the blog?” Turns out, my spacey brain of mine decided to take a short break or something. Blame it on the heat, or my lack of focus. Either one is the right answer.

I couldn’t let this recipe fall through my blogging wayside, especially with Labor day upon us. I’ve said it once, and I will say it again: How in the world is it September? Anybody? No? You are all just as lost as I am? Great…

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