weekend things.

My long weekend in Maine was just what the doctor ordered--there's something to be said for 4-day work weeks (and I'm very glad I have another long one right around the corner). I went for lots of long walks with Olive, had some quality time with my mom and dad, and did a little shopping and cocktailing.

J.Crew Factory Things:
Tank // Sandals // Espadrilles // Shorts
(I can't seem to find the navy tunic tee was on super clearance)

I had the BEST grapefruit gimlet at When Pigs Fly. They used Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka, and it was so delicious. It will definitely be my drink of choice this summer!


happy weekend.

I know it's only Thursday, but I'm off to Maine for three glorious days. Looking forward to some cocktails, oysters, and general relaxation. Happy weekend!


this or that.

When it comes to the dining room, would you stay traditional and go with with the slipcovered chair, or would you get crazy with copper?


plenty slaw.

This is seriously the best slaw of all time. It's from the Plenty cookbook, and it's actually called "Winter Slaw" which is kind of weird because it has ingredients that scream summer to me, like mangoes, papayas and macadamia nuts...regardless of when you eat it, it's delish.

Winter Slaw
{ via Plenty and online here }
Serves 6

What you need:

  • Dressing:
    • 6 1/2 tbsp lime juice
    • 1 stalk lemongrass (chopped small)
    • 3 tbsp maple syrup
    • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • 1/4 tsp chile flakes
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Candied macadamia nuts
    • 1 1/4 cups macadamia nuts
    • 2 tsp butter
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp chile flakes
  • Slaw
    • 7 inner leaves of savoy cabbage*
    • 1/2 red cabbage
    • 1 mango
    • 1 papaya**
    • 1 fresh red chile (seeded and finely sliced)***
    • 1/4 cup mint
    • 1 1/2 cups cilantro
What you do:
  • Dressing
    • Combine all dressing ingredients except for the olive oil and sesame oil in a saucepan and cook until thick and syrupy, about 5-10 minutes. Strain and add oils and set aside.
  • Nuts
    • Over medium heat in a frying pan, dry roast macadamia nuts for a few minutes, until they’re lightly toasted. Add butter, and once it melts, add everything else and stir until coated and carmelized. Let the nuts cool, then chop.
  • Slaw
    •  Shred the veggies, and then chop fruit, and slice the chile into strips. Combine everything and serve.
* I omitted the savoy cabbage and just used red.
** I used half a papaya.
*** I omitted the red chile because my dad hates the spice. 


weekend things.

This weekend was the best--the temps have finally cooperated in the Northeast (70s and high 80s???) and I'm loving having the windows open and wearing short sleeves.

Saturday my sister and I had a delicious lunch on the patio at The Waterhouse (previously mentioned here)...

...and then we went to a dear family friend's baby shower. I gifted this:

there's something to be said for books about frenchies and dressing your baby like a burrito.

Sunday I hosted a Mother's Day brunch, which was the first official soirée at the new house.

Snail placeholders available here.

I gave my mom Plenty and a bottle of Brangelina's rosé. (And for the brunch, I made what might be my most favorite slaw of all time from the Plenty cookbook--recipe to come tomorrow.)

It was so great to have family over and raise a glass to the best mother in the entire world. Olive had fun too, but got a little overheated. Being social is exhausting.