Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beach Mantlescape

Trying to keep that summer vacation vibe going... with a beach mantlescape.

I certainly have enough shells from beach combing for it. And the life size faux lobster? Doesn't everyone have one? Actually I have two. (Our neighbors got them for me... they know me well!)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cherry picking

Cherry season here started on July 4th and goes until they are all picked. So Aaron and I hustled out to Brown's Berry Patch to pick some.

Yeah, I showed up with the special basket again.

We get a little excited when we see all the cherries on the trees.

I ate a good many cherries right in the orchard.

Does anything look strange in this photo? ; )

It's a bit of a drive but we love going to Brown's Berry Patch. They have lots of different fruit to pick plus an area with goats and bunnies and a shop with ice cream. Ice cream is key.

Brown's Berry Patch has been in operation as a family farm since 1802. Seven generations of Browns have worked here. I think that is great.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pie Pans

If you look at my last two blog posts you will see we were eating on pie pans. This began a couple years ago when I first made giant salads for my parents on pie pans. I think pie pans are the next mason jars.

When we were at a yard sale over the Fourth of July I found these hexagon pie pans. I have never seen ones like them before. So cool. Bake a pie in them and you get six perfect giant slices!

Pie pans. Mark my words. Pie pans.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A new BLAT

We are loving the Wegmans thick sliced, maple flavored, hickory smoked bacon. And baking it in the oven is so easy. I baked a batch to make BLATs - (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwiches)

I made another groundbreaking BLT/BLAT discovery. I had a big container of cherry tomatoes so I didn't want to get a beefsteak tomato for our sandwiches, so I had an idea. I chopped up the cherry tomatoes and mixed them with mayo to make a sort of tomato salad to put on the sandwiches. Delicious!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer grilling with F. Oliver's olive oil

It's grilling season and we are making good use of our F. Oliver's olive oil. Basil olive oil and spices on sliced zukes.

Smoky chipotle olive oil on bacon wrapped steaks.

The master griller at work.


A cozy dinner.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Beach shots

My parents were in town and we took them up to Durand Eastman Beach to eat subs by the water. I took a few pictures (of course) and was instagramming them.

After I added words my friend Patricia noted they looked like Barry Manilow record covers.

Then I was on a roll. I have to take a lot of photos because I think summer days pass twice as quickly as other season.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dual Top Ice Cream Cone

When we stopped at Lewisburg Freez this trip I spotted someone enjoying one of these "dual top" ice cream cones. I had to try it! It's the perfect way to have both chocolate and peanut butter ice cream. Genius!