You guys, these are my old and new favorites for summer reading! I know you are going to be as obsessed with them as I am…and I even added one that is coming out soon that I can’t wait to dive into while sipping ice coffee on the beach. BUT I would LOVE to know what you are reading, so please comment below or let me know over on Facebook or Instagram! You can shop these favorites by clicking on the images or links below. Enjoy!
There is nothing better than relaxing in a beach chair by the ocean with a great book in your hand. I always have my nose in a book—if the kids are behaving! I narrowed down my favorite summer reads and even a few I haven’t gotten to yet but can’t wait to drive into.
Paris Letters: Ever thought you should just pack up your life and move to Paris one day? OK, well this girl did and it’s a great—and true—story.
Go Set a Watchman: I cannot tell you how excited I am for this to be released. I pre-ordered it months ago and will jump for joy when it arrives. It is the first book Harper Lee ever wrote, only to have it rejected by publishers. She re-wrote it into what we know today as To Kill a Mockingbird.
It is officially starting to feel like summer here in New England, and so we must celebrate with a “kick off to summer” post. The gals, and I rounded up our favorite finds in summer recipes, beauty, travel, fashion, music, and more. Major Kudos to Heidi, our graphic designer, who put this together for us, and for being SO patient as we changed our minds 7-800 times! Hope you enjoy…
2 medium yellow beets, peeled
2 medium Chioggia beets, peeled
2 medium red beets, peeled
Sea salt, to taste
Aioli (recipe follows)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks at room temperature
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons light olive oil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1. Thinly slice the beets with a mandoline or a very sharp knife. They have to be paper-thin or they won’t fry well.
2. Add canola oil into a cast iron pan and heat the oil to 350F. If you don’t have a thermometer, just add one slice of beet and watch to see when it start to sizzle and fry to a crisp. Add the beets in batches without overcrowding the pan starting with the yellow beets, then the Chioggia and the red at the end. This will keep their color.
3. Fry the beets until crispy and the edges turn golden brown. Remove them with a slotted spoon or spider and place them on a plate with paper towels to remove excess oil. Sprinkle the beets with sea salt. Repeat until you have fried all the beets. Serve the beet chips with aioli.
4. To make the aioli, mix the garlic and salt in a mortar and mash it with the pestle until it forms a paste. Combine the garlic paste, egg yolks, and lemon juice in a small blender and blend to combine. While the blender is running, slowly drizzle in the light olive oil. It is very important that the oil is added slowly or the emulsion will break. The aioli will begin to thicken. At this point, add a teaspoon of warm water. Continue by slowly adding the extra-virgin olive oil. If it becomes too thick, add another teaspoon of warm water to loosen the aioli. It will keep for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
For the browned butter butterscotch: Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Continue to let the butter boil until it smells nutty and when you carefully swirl the pan you can see speckled milk solids on the bottom of the pan turning golden. Add the sugar and cream then boil over for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Remove the pan from the heat then stir in vanilla and salt.
Let cool or refrigerate until ready to use.
Store leftover butterscotch, covered, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
For the toasted walnuts and oats: Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Combine butter, sugar, oats, walnuts, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir well to combine.
Pour the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Stir halfway through the baking time.
For the roasted strawberries and rhubarb: While the toasted walnuts and oats are roasted prepare the fruit. Toss the strawberries, rhubarb and sugar together then lay in an even layer on a parchment lined sheet tray. Roast in a 400°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes until soft and the juices bubble and is slightly thickened.
For the whipped soured cream: Prepare the whipped cream while the roasted fruit and the oats cool. Combine the cream, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment. Whip until soft peaks form.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
To assemble the cake:
Add half of the cooled, toasted walnuts and oats to the bottom of a 9 or 10-inch spring-form pan.
On top of the oats add one 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream. This works best if the ice cream is a bit soft.
On top of that layer add the rest of the toasted oats and 1/2 cup or so of the brown butter butterscotch. More is perfectly acceptable, just save some for serving.
Stick the ice cream cake in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Remove from the freezer then top with the other 1/2 gallon of ice cream.
Just before serving pipe on the whipped cream (or just plop in on) around the edges then put the cooled roasted fruit in the center.
Serve the slices with more butterscotch and whipped cream.
You can assemble the cake entirely ahead but then the fruit and cream will be frozen so I like to wait until the last moment but have everything made ahead and ready for assembly.
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400 ml fresh raw coconut milk (or 1 can of store-bought)
1/4 cup raw cane sugar (or preferred sweetener, to taste)
Other ingredients (use however much you need):
Finely chopped thyme, rosemary, basil or other fave herb (optional)
To prepare the popsicles: fill popsicle molds with small pieces of fruit and chopped herbs (don’t forget the popsicle sticks!) leaving room for the ice cream to fill in.
To make the ice cream: blend the coconut milk and sweetener until smooth. Then carefully and slowly pour into your popsicle molds until they are full. Set in the freezer overnight or until frozen solid – then take them out and lick them clean in the warm sunshine.
Ingredients ¼ cup maple syrup 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil 1 tablespoon water ½ teaspoon ground ginger 2 cups gluten free oats 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup raw cashews ¼ golden flax seeds ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut flakes ¼ cup hemp hearts ⅓ cup roasted & salted pepitas ⅓ cup chopped pineapple 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger
Preheat the oven to 275°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the maple syrup,coconut oil, water, and ginger. Stir to mix together then allow to come to a gentle simmer.
While the liquids are heating combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, cashews, flax seeds, and coconut flakes. Stir to combine.
When the liquid mixture has come to a simmer carefully drizzle over the oat mixture and stir well to ensure that everything is coated evenly.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared pan and use your hands to squeeze small clumps together to create clusters. Bake for 30 minutes. Keep an eye on the edges of your pan, if the clusters towards the edge begin to brown stir them in towards the center and allow the granola to bake for the remainder of the time. At the end of 30 minutes remove the pan and stir in the hemp hearts, pepitas, pineapple, and ginger then continue to bake until the granola is golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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