Beautiful sunset off the coast of Bayville, NY
I don’t really know if August 9th can be considered late summer. As far as I’m concerned, summer goes on for a while after Labor Day, though, and maybe even long after mid-September depending on weather. I wear my flip flops into October… so I’m probably not the best person to make these types of decisions. Technically the “Back-to-School” stuff has been in the stores since my birthday (which is a travesty, really), so I guess this really is late summer. Or close to it.
Which sucks, I know. But there’s still time! Don’t fret. There are a few weeks of glorious summer to go, so cram in those beach days or fishing trips or barbecues. Wear those shorts! Make a cobbler. Make pickles. Bask in the sun, and admire those beautiful summer sunsets. Like I said before… summer is fleeting. Enjoy it while you can. Winter is long.
Anyway, here’s the latest Friday Fifteen. Enjoy!
- Pickling season is in high gear now as all the pickling cucumbers are poppin’ up. I love this time of year for that reason! Get some pickle recipes here, including ones for pickles other than just cucumber.
- I’ve been into making gold polka dot jars lately. They make awesome vases or even pen holders. Tie a gold ribbon around the top & use it as a vehicle to give someone a gift. It looks so pretty! I feel like there might be a post coming…
- When I was a kid, I used to do little embroidery projects. I’ve been wanting to get back into it & now that I’ve found House of Miranda on Etsy, I think I have to! This store is one of my new favorites, & I think some of you will love it too. As a matter of fact, I love just about every single thing she has for sale. The R. Kelly towel? Love.
- Speaking of cool housewares & such, how about a little D.I.Y.? Those painted wooden spoons I posted have been getting tons of hits, and it’s no surprise. I highly suggest you make some & see just how fun it can be to spruce up those old wooden spoons- or new ones.
- Fatty ‘Cue is one of my newest obsessions, & so I have to tell you about it here. Back when me & Jay first became engaged, two friends of ours (Matt & Melanie- whom you might remember from this post) took us to Beecher’s for cocktails & a charcuterie platter & then took us to Fatty ‘Cue on Carmine St. for dinner. The food was amazing! Dragon bread, smoked Bobo chicken, Bao chicken bao bao, smoked Brandt beef brisket, 1/2 pound deep fried bacon with salsa verde… HOLY DELICIOUSNESS BATMAN. Not to mention the cocktails- I personally recommend the Dark & Stormy, Smokin’ Bone, Drewish Princess & the Lower West. They have two locations: West Village & Brooklyn, as well as two other restaurants: Pig & Khao and Fatty Crab. If you’re a New Yorker or planning a trip to NY, pay them a visit. You will NOT regret it.
- Do you put Old Bay seasoning on your corn on the cob? No? ‘Cause you really should.
- I must make this recipe for pickled carrots with mint from Food & Wine. I can’t attest to the flavor yet but it’s going on this list because it sounds amazing.
- I’m still listening to The Great Gatsby soundtrack endlessly.
- Because I’m eventually planning on having a custom wedding band made (with diamonds that are in another ring of my grandmother’s), lately I’ve been researching vintage-looking wedding bands… I found a website for a jeweler in NYC, Leigh Jay Nacht Inc., that has amazing replicas & vintage originals. I’ve got tons of inspiration now! And maybe, if you need some, you do too.
- This rabbit container with a cork top is so cute & offbeat. Imagine it on a counter among your other canisters? Adorable.
- In terms of new favorite edibles? Cabot Vintage Choice cheddar cheese. Ohhh so good. We gobble it up paired with red wine & popcorn, but hey, do as you will.
- And new(ish) blog faves? Skunkboy blog for sure. Love her style.
- Thrifting! It’s nice on a hot day to go roam around some secondhand or thrift stores, killing time in the A/C, looking for cool stuff. I’ve been finding some excellent things lately, and I’m writing a post all about it. So look out for that. Soon!
- I found taco pasta on Pinterest (where else?!) and HELLO… it sounds like the best thing ever. Which brings me to…
- Finally, one of my favorite things to make (& eat) when it’s too hot to cook.. after a long day outside gardening, or at the pool or beach: veggie taco salads. A mix of different lettuces, red cabbage, salsa AND pico de gallo, shredded sharp cheddar or queso fresco, tortilla strips, black beans (cooked & drained, but then brought to room temp), sliced avocado or guacamole & maybe some sliced radish all piled in a big bowl. You can also add seasoned shredded chicken or taco beef if you like… but I keep it veg. If you’ve never made it, try it & you’ll see- it’s amazing! And much less work than taco pasta- although that WILL happen!