Month: August, 2015

saturday surf


I love kitchen gadgets.

Tinder and the dawn of the dating apocalypse.

Heard this primer is supposed to be A-MAH-ZING!

Monica Lewinsky writes on shame and survival.

I am loving these spliced Instagram photos. So creative!

Khaleesi-inspired braids.

I’m about all things watermelon, like this watermelon-st. germain cocktail.

Private security in NOLA.

Tip to stop avocados from browning.

The last true hermit.

Pictured above is a Green Monster: 1 cup skim milk, 1 handful spinach leaves, 1 frozen banana and 1 heaping scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood in Chocolate.

saturday surf

Comes after

I’m hoping this Saturday finds you lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun. Before we surf the Internet together, I wanted to throw out this PSA: I am going NEXT Friday to Jamaica! I’m participating with fourteen of my classmates in the 1000 Smiles project to provide free dental care to locals in Negril, Jamaica. As part of my regular Surf Saturday, I’m adding this link. Click on it to read about our mission trip and consider donating to help cover the cost of supplies and allow us to do our most while we are down there. Thanks! Now onto our regularly broadcasted Surf Saturday…

This is my lust swimsuit. Minimalistic perfection.

Can’t wait for this movie to come out in November!

The real man behind the Dallas Buyers’ Club.

OMG. I need these watermelon Keds.

As well as this watermelon keg tapping kit.

Need to try my hand at making aioli.

This information-age satire sounds depressingly good.

Netflix is now offering unlimited maternity/paternity leave!

Aerie’s success with not retouching photos.

Females looking like an engineer.

Pictured above is a coffee planet: iced coffee with coffee ice cubes.

watermelon + nectarine caprese salad

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Mom gives a hefty thump thump to see which gives the hollow reply of a sweet, juicy center. I wrap my arms around the chosen one, being careful to hold it tightly. When we get home, she’ll takes out the largest cleaver. Thwack! Thwack thwack thack I watch with fascination as she makes quick work of the watermelon, reducing it to perfect cubes. As she cuts, I grab at the thick rinds to munch on any lingering bits. Perfection.

Lifetoast 7 of 9Watermelon is a quintessential summer fruit of my childhood. We have always salted ours before eating. The salt lets the sweetness of the melon blaze through.

Let’s making something brilliant with this. Add nectarines for diversity, mozzarella because cheese you know, some basil and mint for herby goodness, and balsamic glaze for tang. All things are excellent separately but together..phenomenal.

watermelon + nectarine caprese salad//

1/4 medium watermelon, cubed
2 nectarines, sliced
4 ounces mozzarella, cubed
1/3 cup basil
1/4 cup mint
1/2 tablespoon coarse sea salt
2-3 tablespoons balsamic glaze*

Toss ingredient together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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*balsamic glaze//

2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup sugar

Combine over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until glaze is reduced to half. Let cool and store in a jar. Refrigerate.

newport, ri travel guide

NEWPORTRHODE ISLANDTRAVEL GUIDENewport, with your bougie mansions and slow living, can I stay here forever? Let me live in this land where nautical stripes and anchor dotted shorts are always in. This seaside city stole my heart when I went with my family in mid-June.  It got me good with its sparkling waters, gorgeous sunsets and fresh seafood.  Here’s a breakdown of what we did on our three day trip:

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Day One.

  • Mission// for burgers
  • Newport Flower Show
  • Castle Hill Inn// for food + relaxation
    We did the three course prix fixe in the dining room. You can also dine al fresco on the lawn, lounging in your Adirondack chair. It’s the perfect place to catch the sunset. Reservation recommended.
    Loved: scallops + beef tartare, boar loin + ribeye, chocolate chip cookie dough souffle

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Day Two.

  • Empire Tea and Coffee// for a london fog
  • Rosemary & Thyme // for stuffed croissants and coffee (the terminator!)
  • Cliff Walks//
    Note: the walk is manageable for a wide range of ages but some parts are not stroller friendly (pictured above!)
  • Ocean Drive/Ten Mile Drive// for a scenic drive
  • Fort Adams
    Note: tickets needed for entrance
  • Del’s Lemonade// for delicious icy lemonade
  • Trip to Narragansett Bay, Jamestown, RI*
  • The Mooring// for seafood
    Loved: the Walrus & the Carpenter oysters for apps + scallops for entree + Take Five Pie for dessert

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  • Breakers Mansion Tour// for some Vanderbilt history (the mansion to visit!)
  • Easton’s Beach
    • Fabulously cheap carousel
    • Easton’s Beach Snack Bar// for cheap lobster rolls ($13 for two lobster rolls and fries)
  • Trip to Middletown, RI**
  • Midtown Oyster Bar// for seafood
    Loved: chargrilled octopus (+ everything else we ordered was great!)

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*Narragansett Bay, Jamestown, RI 

  • Point Judith Lighthouse (closed for construction at the time!)
  • Iggy’s//for doughboys + chowder + fried seafood
    Loved: the red (manhattan) chowder
    Note: the clam rolls and doughboys are HUGE

** Middletown, RI 

  • Frosty Freez// for dessert
    Loved: frozen coffee drink + chocolate dipped coffee soft serve
    Note: apparently Autocrat coffee syrup can be added to your soft serve here!

saturday surf

SATURDAYI want to convert to glass tupperware. Thinking these.

Microwave nachos. Yesss.

Enough is enough. This article about today’s exhausted superkids.

I am feeling this warm toasted cabbage with lemon garlic cashew dressing.

Do everything in moderation, including eating kale.

This roasted tomato and garlic pasta. So basic, so good.

Also a fan of this one pan pasta.

Craft day idea: making these DIY beach towels!

This interview with Judd Apatow.

This peanut butter Krispie crust is blowing my mind.

chicken spring rolls

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Today is a bonanza. I’m talking to you about chicken spring rolls but really I’m bringing you the option to have…a SPRING ROLL PARTAY. What I love about this is you can prep everything but the rice paper and vermicelli beforehand! I’ll let you know how I made mine and give you other options to add to your spring roll conga line!

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  • 1 package of rice paper (not pictured)
  • Pickled carrots (recipe below)
  • Vietnamese chicken (recipe below)
  • 1 cup of cilantro, minced
  • 3/4 head of romaine lettuce, cut into thin strips
  • 1 package of rice vermicelli- 1 bunch inside the package
  • Peanut sauce, for dipping (not pictured + recipe below)

chicken spring rolls//
makes 8-10 rolls

Make the rice noodles/vermicelli according to directions. Let cool prior to starting.

Start by placing a rice paper into a large shallow plate filled with about a 1/4 inch of water. Spin around in the water, making sure to get the edges wet. Let it only sit for a few seconds. Carefully lift out of the water and place onto a clean flat surface.

Add toppings to the top 1/3 of the sheet. Don’t add too much or the paper will rip! I started with pickled carrots. Then added the chicken. (Recipes for carrots and chicken below!) Next up is the lettuce and cilantro.
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Finally top with rice vermicelli. Now start rolling! And keep it tight! Spring Rolls  7 of 11

Tuck in the filling while folding the side so nothing falls out! Now roll towards the top of your wrapper. Continue to keep it tight. Spring Rolls  8 of 11

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Other meat options:

  • If you’re more into pork, you can substitute the chicken thigh with pork loin/shoulder to be marinated.
  • You could also do shrimp spring rolls! Buy peeled, de-veined shrimp and give them a quick boil until pink!
  • Grilled extra firm tofu slathered with soy sauce would be an excellent idea for vegetarians/vegans!

Other possible filling options:

  • Pickled daikon
  • Cucumbers, peeled and cut into strips
  • Mint
  • Jalapeños, thinly sliced and seeded
  • Peanuts, crush
  • Scallions, deep-fried
  • Egg rolls, fried and halved

Vietnamese chicken//

  • 1 1/4 pound chicken thigh, cut into strips
  • 1/4 small onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon thick soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar

Combine the onion, garlic, pepper, soy sauce, oil, and sugar. Add chicken, making sure to thoroughly coat all pieces. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours up to overnight. Set skillet on medium-high heat. Cook chicken until cooked through.

pickled carrots//

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips*
  • 1 small poblano pepper, cut into thin strips and seeded
  • 3/4 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Massage carrots with salt and sugar. Put into a well-sealed jar. Add rice wine vinegar and water. Use after 30 minutes. Refrigerate.

*If you would like to add some pickled radish, I would purchase a medium daikon radish. Peel it and cut into thin strips. Just double the salt, sugar, vinegar and water.

peanut sauce//

  • 2 1/2  teaspoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Crushed peanuts (optional)

Combine well. Garnish with crushed peanuts if you would like!

saturday surf


I’m intrigued by this cocktail.

This article about budgeting for out-of-town weddings.

What $100 is worth around the country. Eek, Cali.

All I’ve done this past week is watch this show. Dukes.

This video puts into perspective the miles- and time-of New Horizons’ journey to Pluto.

OMG. I need a cocoon tree in my life.

So this is why I always go for the red candies.

I am definitely into these shorts.

Watch Nick Offerman hang out on a pizza farm.

I want someone to make me this sandwich!