Month: June 2014 (page 3 of 4)

In The Kitchen: Blueberry Yogurt Parfaits {With Granola}

Last weekend, my little family of three stayed at a bed-and-breakfast in East Hampton, The Hedges Inn.  They had the most amazing breakfast spread on Sunday morning and we couldn’t decide what to grab first, so we had a little bit of everything.  My favorite was the blueberry yogurt with granola in a perfect sized jar on ice.  So, I set out to recreate easy versions of a few of the special items from their brunch.  First up, the yogurt.

yogurt blog pic

I used Chobani blueberry non-fat Greek yogurt.  And KIND vanilla blueberry clusters granola.

yogurt ingredients blog pic

I layered the yogurt with granola in small, glass containers and stuck them in the fridge to get nice and cold.

yogurt jars blog pic

A little more fun to serve yogurt in these pretty containers than the standard plastic ones and the crunch of the granola is the perfect addition to one of my morning staples.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Bag Must-Haves

June is here and that means many trips to the beach lay ahead.  Here is a round-up of some great beach bag must-haves that will be coming along with me this summer.

beach bag must haves

 

1.     A light, comfortable cover-up that is pretty enough to double as a tunic if the beach leads to lunch or drinks.

2.     Soft, durable towel that you can take from the bath to the beach.  The fun fringes are an added bonus.

3.     Basic hat to protect your hair and shield your eyes from the sun.  And the perfect accessory to complete the beach look.

4.     This fruit-infused glass water bottle helps keeping hydrated less boring.  Lemons and limes are a great pick-me-up.

5.     Light-weight, oil-free moisturizing sunscreen that offers serious protection.

6.     A flattering inexpensive pair of shades that can endure the surf and sand.

7.     To enhance the full-bodied texture your hair gets after a day at the beach or to create those same beachy waves anytime.

8.     A feel-good book with great take-aways that you can get wrapped up in.

9.     Nourishing and soothing tinted lip balm that takes care of the almost-always forgotten about part of our summer skincare regime.

10.     Simple enough to go with anything and a stylish option with no heel.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

A Few Of My Favorite Things {This Week}…In The Hamptons

{A few of my favorite things this week that I either just discovered or already know I couldn’t do without}

purple hydrangeas{Bright purple hydrangeas perched outside Kate Spade on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, NY}

1.     Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Hedges Inn – These super soft, chocolate chip cookies covered in powdered sugar greet you each time you enter The Hedges Inn and I got so accustomed to scooping up this treat after a long day of walking in town that I only assumed they would be on my own kitchen counter when I arrived home.  {They were not.}

chocolate chip cookies at the hedges inn 2

2.     Dressen’s Donuts {at Scoop Du Jour} – Their ice cream is great, but so are their other baked goods.  Scoop Du Jour gets in shipments of cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop in NYC and they bake their own famous Dressen’s donuts, which you should not miss if you stop into town.

donuts at scoops

3.     Serena and Lily – I have long been a fan of Serena and Lily catalogs and their online shop, but they opened up their first retail store last Memorial Day weekend and I finally got to check it out.  Located on Montauk Highway in Wainscott, it was a perfect place to stop on our way out of town.  The place is packed with personal touches and hand-picked vintage items as well as their stylish furniture, bedding, kids shop accessories and great upholstery selection.

serena and lily

4.     Wolffer Estate Wine Stand – Wolffer Estate Vineyard is home to a stunning building, beautiful landscape, great wine, and it is the venue where my husband and I got married.  So, all-in-all, an amazing place for us to visit.  They also have a wine stand up the hill from the main building that has a more casual vibe, an unbelievable view of the vineyard and it’s where you can capture a breathtaking sunset.  They have their wines to purchase by the bottle or the glass and you can bring a blanket and set up camp on the lawn or hang out at one of the many tables.  They also have live music on the weekends, at no additional cost.

if you do one thing

Enjoy!

A Few Of Emma’s Favorite Things {This Week}…In The Hamptons

{A few of my daughter, Emma’s favorite things this week that she either just discovered or already knows she couldn’t do without or some kid stuff that her mommy may love even more than she does}

rise and shine{Rise and shine from The Hedges Inn, East Hampton, NY}

1.     Seashells by the Seashore – This little lady could spend forever collecting shells and sticks and washed up pieces of wood by the cool, blue water of Main Beach.

seashells by the seashore

2.     Ice Cream at Scoop Du Jour – When attacking the cone gets too messy, she will find another way.  Emma grabbed a spoon and got back to work on the creamy, mint chocolate chip ice cream we shared from one of our favorite shops.

scoops{Scoop Du Jour, Newton Lane, East Hampton, NY}

3.     Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie – This strawberry, orange, banana and Stonyfield organic non-fat yogurt creation from Babette’s is Emma’s favorite way to cool down on a warm afternoon.  And these smoothies are so easy and healthy to make that we will be enjoying these at home, too.

smoothie loving

4.     Sunglass Shopping in Sag Harbor – My daughter has a thing for sunglasses just like her mama.  She picks them out and puts them on herself and she has gathered quite the collection.

sunglasses sag harbor{Flying Point Surf and Sport, Sag Harbor, NY}

Enjoy!

My Happy Place

327784_228417803915383_1360514077_o{Main Beach, East Hampton, NY}

This past weekend, my husband took me to a little corner of the east coast that juts out to touch the water.  It’s the place we first went to after being newly engaged.  It’s the place where we got married.  Where we sought solace after losing an unborn child.  Where we go to sip good, red wine and take pictures of the grapes that make that possible.  It’s the place we drive to when we need calm.  It’s the place we head to each year the last weekend in September to walk between the same vines where we stood and said our vows.  It’s where we feel good and happy.  Where we eventually got pregnant.  Where we watch boats rock back and forth, clinking into one another and then going static, without saying a word.  It’s the place we brought our family to, so they could feel it, too.  And our daughter following that, shortly after she was born.

sag harbor{Sag Harbor, NY}

And as long as it’s there, we will keep going back.  There are a lot of milestones yet to reach, moments to celebrate, memories to be made and sadness to endure.  It’s the place we will always know how to get to by heart.  And it’s a happy place to have.

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