field trip — Virginia’s Eastern Shore

We’re back! And I have a ton of catching up to do. But I wanted to share some photos with you of Virginia’s lovely Eastern Shore. It’s a fantastic place — a wonderful combination of beach and farms, wildlife and history.

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Duck footprints on the beach

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Fun in the Bay

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Historic farmland

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A vintage railcar 

I also enjoyed some of the best oysters I ever had, super fresh from Chesapeake Bay and excellent served with Starr Hill Brewery’s hefeweizen “The Love” — a true taste of summer!

Cheers!

Nicole

a road trip and other fun notes

Our first road trip of the summer begins today! We’re off to the Eastern Shore for some sun, sand, and surf. Needless to say, we are all super excited!

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Before heading off, though, I wanted to leave you with a few tidbits to help you make the most of your own weekend.

This Sunday, July 14, is Bastille Day in France. Being the Francophile that I am, I plan to celebrate with some French wine and cheese, such as a rosé from Bordeaux or a white wine from the Languedoc. Either would be perfect paired with a baguette, some p’tit basque cheese, and deliciously sweet raspberries. A yummy afternoon picnic!

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And if you’re wondering what to do with all your blueberries, here’s a recipe for no-bake blueberry dumplings that I first learned about from NPR. It’s a quick and easy delicious summer treat that does not require an oven.

Finally, I have another “summer read” recommendation, Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld, just released this past June.

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Mr. M recently brought it home for me as a surprise. He knows I’m a big fan of Sittenfeld, having read her earlier books Prep and American Wife, and liking both tremendously. Her latest book – about twin sisters with a shared ability and their divergent paths — seems like another winner.

Enjoy!

Nicole

simply celebrating the 4th

I came across this idea for a casually elegant Independence Day fête and found it so lovely. I just had to share.

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Doesn’t the fruit look so inviting and tasty and ripe? I knew there was a reason I loved simple white porcelain! And the vintage milk bottles would be great for homemade milkshakes.

In any case, whatever your plans for the 4th of July, be sure to …

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Happy Independence Day!

Nicole